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Be kind to artificial intelligence

Apr 18, 2:00AM

be-nice-to-ai Big innovations come in unexpected bursts. We grow accustomed to life and work as we know it, until something apparently simple brings about bold change. For example, we used phones for 100 years, but making them mobile transformed the world. When individual creativity is enhanced by technical ingenuity, new behaviors and capabilities emerge. Read More

Making sense of the lending industry's rapid changes

Apr 17, 10:00PM

lending Lending, one of the biggest industries, is currently undergoing a transformation. As it was with the automobile industry transformation, a number of modern innovators will probably face serious difficulties, some will merge with competitors and some will just disappear. Read More

The 3 factors behind Uber and Lyft's regulatory win in California

Apr 17, 7:00PM

Lyft_Pink_Mustache It’s a common gripe: Outdated regulations obstruct innovation; government regulators move too slowly or, worse, try to block technological progress. But when conditions are right, regulations can sometimes change quickly, often in a way that promotes innovation. That’s what happened in the case of ridesharing in California. Read More

The next version of OS X could be called 'MacOS'

Apr 17, 3:13PM

big-mac-stack-side It’s a small branding change, but it would make a lot of sense. Many different signs point to Apple abandoning the name “OS X” in favor of “MacOS”, or maybe “macOS” without a capital letter. Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller first hinted at this change last year at WWDC in an interview with John Gruber. Then a configuration file <a… Read More

The investor psychology and why VCs aren't immune

Apr 17, 3:00PM

fear One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture capital in particular in mind when he offered up that bit of sage advice, it is a fitting way to describe the current climate of the VC industry. Read More

How to deal with the rising threat of ransomware

Apr 17, 3:00AM

ransomware Of all the money-making schemes hackers employ, the most prevalent is perhaps ransomware, a malware that is usually delivered through infected email attachments and hacked websites or websites featuring ads. Ransomware encrypts files on a user’s computer and renders them unusable until the victim ransoms the key for a specific amount of money. Read More

The new-world insurance agent

Apr 16, 10:00PM

insurance Silicon Valley is building the new-world insurance agent. My grandfather started selling insurance in the 1950s and insurance eventually granted him the American dream. Today, the industry accounts for 7 percent of U.S. GDP, with more than $1.1 trillion of net premiums paid annually. The aged way of conducting business is pushing the Valley to disrupt all layers of the value chain. Read More

How Silicon Valley can put local businesses back on the map

Apr 16, 7:00PM

smb-pin I come from a small-business family. My mom has owned three small businesses; most recently, a medical clinic in the South Bay. But it was in her first business, a Chinese restaurant outside Chicago, where I saw firsthand the challenges facing small-business owners. Unfortunately, for most of its life, Silicon Valley has failed to address this critical segment of the economy. Read More

GoDaddy CTO and cloud VP heads to Google

Apr 16, 6:50PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 11.34.35 AM GoDaddy’s chief technology officer — amid a time when the company is expanding its cloud-computing operations — is departing, according to a regulatory filing. Elissa Murphy will be leaving the company later in May. Her departure comes as GoDaddy has begun building out cloud infrastructure, helping it evolve from a simple hosting service to something more robust. These kinds… Read More

Making sense of enterprise security

Apr 16, 3:00PM

enterprise-security Until recently, I knew nothing about enterprise security beyond some of the more widely-publicized breaches in the United States. That said, after spending most of 2016 immersed in the space, I’ve come to appreciate just how challenging and broad an issue security has become to enterprises. I’ve also come to believe that our best hope for solving security is by understanding… Read More

MediaXchange, U.S. newspapers' biggest industry event, will be an echo chamber without solutions

Apr 16, 1:30PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 9.09.09 PM The most frustrating part of newspapers’ downward spiral is that it’s happening while they have the greatest competitive advantage in the crowded “new digital world.” Read More

We should be worried about job atomization, not job automation

Apr 16, 1:00PM

atomization In the future, machines will do tedious, repetitive work for us, and do more of it than humans ever could, simultaneously increasing economic output and liberating humans everywhere from drudgery. We all know what that means: Disaster! Dystopia! Catastrophe! Everybody panic, the robots are stealing our jobs! We’re dooooooomed! Read More

Nokia and Skype strongmen invest in Finnish food delivery app

Apr 16, 8:32AM

delivery service Even with billion dollar behemoths already in the food delivery market, Helsinki-based food delivery app Wolt has managed to raise $11 million fresh funding from heavyweight Nordic investors including the founder of Skype and the chairman of Nokia as the company announced its Stockholm launch on Friday. “We are now expanding in the Nordics and in the Baltic region. The funds go to the… Read More

Artificial intelligence and racism

Apr 16, 2:00AM

AI-racism AI is here — although Microsoft’s blunder with Tay, the “teenaged girl AI” embodied by a Twitter account who “turned racist” shows that we obviously still have a long ways to go. The pace of advancement, mixed with our general lack of knowledge in the realm of artificial intelligence, has spurred many to chime in on the emerging topic of AI and ethics.… Read More

Game Review: Chameleon Run

Apr 16, 1:49AM

c-run-thumb Chameleon Run launched a little over a week ago and has been heavily promoted by Apple. Admittedly, I love this game and I am not the only one. Chameleon Run is an auto-runner where you fly through the air bouncing off platforms, see-saws and slides to make your way to the end of each level. It costs roughly $2 on both iOS and Android and there is no free version. Yet, it’s on the paid… Read More

Jony Ive designs one-off iPad Pro and accessories for charity auction

Apr 16, 12:11AM

00_apple-inc Want some serious bragging rights in the tech community? Why? Inquire within yourself whether this craving for attention is healthy, and if you still want those rights, consider bidding on this one-of-a-kind iPad Pro and accessories designed by Jony Ive. It’s for a good cause, or at least you can tell yourself that. Read More

Apple doesn't consider government intrusion a primary iPhone security threat, yet

Apr 15, 10:31PM

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Despite Apple’s highly publicized sparring match with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, security engineers pushed back against the idea of Apple as an opponent to the government in a meeting with reporters. Senior Apple engineers feel that government intrusion is not their primary threat model when designing iPhone security and said… Read More

Apple tells NY judge FBI has 'utterly failed' to prove it needs help unlocking iPhones

Apr 15, 10:22PM

apple-vs-fbi-logo-seal Apple has strong words for the Justice Department. The simple fact that the feds unlocked a phone without any help shows that they didn’t need it in the first place, Apple asserts: “The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary.” Read More

Live video viewing up 86% over last year in MLB's At Bat app, thanks to addition of multitasking

Apr 15, 10:12PM

mlb-at-bat When Apple introduced multitasking in iOS 9, MLB was one of the new feature’s early adopters in its At Bat application for iPad. Today, the organization is releasing some new numbers on what impact the introduction of split-screen viewing and picture-in-picture has on engagement and video viewing minutes in its application. In short? The news is good. Very, very good indeed. The… Read More

CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

Apr 15, 10:03PM

9987513376_0c4d7100ff_k Genetically modified crops are in the midst of a metamorphosis thanks to new gene-editing technology. The latest example is a white button mushroom genetically edited using CRISPR, or the ability to snip out and rearrange parts of an organism’s DNA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it won’t regulate the mushroom because it doesn’t pose a possible threat like GMO… Read More

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