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Why Reed Hastings is the nation's best chance for curbing the influence of money in politics

Dec 03, 2:30PM

Reed Hastings Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and good old fashioned DVR, other than senior citizens watching traditional news broadcasts and people watching live sports, tv ads just don’t reach that many voters anymore. Read More

Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you

Dec 03, 1:00AM

computer-heart The idea of creating robots that can understand, compute and respond to human emotions has been explored in movies for decades. However, a common misconception is that the challenge of creating emotionally intelligent computing systems is too great to be met any time soon. In reality, computers are already demonstrating they can augment — or even replace — human emotional intelligence. Read More

The NFL will reportedly relax their social media rules so teams can post more GIFs and videos

Dec 03, 12:22AM

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown by Latavius Murray #28 against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) About two months ago the NFL implemented a new social media policy that effectively banned teams from posting any video-based content during games. The backlash was tremendous, with fans and teams criticizing the NFL for negatively impacting fan’s social media experiences, especially during a TV ratings slump. But now it seems the NFL has decided to relax these restrictions. In a memo… Read More

Augmented reality treatment reduces phantom pain in missing limbs

Dec 03, 12:04AM

an-amputee-patient-tries-out-the-ar-system Phantom limb pain is a mysterious ailment: people with amputations experience aches and acute pains in an arm or leg that isn’t there — making the problem notoriously difficult to treat. But a new type of therapy using augmented reality is surprisingly effective at reducing even the most intractable phantom pain. Read More

What interns and new grads really get paid at top tech companies

Dec 02, 10:23PM

Man taking money from wallet From woefully underpaid internships to legendary hiring bonuses at huge Silicon Valley companies, it’s hard for job seekers to know what they’re worth in tech. It’s even harder when they’re new to the rat race. One undergraduate computer science student at Purdue University, Jesse Collins, has taken it upon himself to gather data from undergrads and recent grads to… Read More

ESA commits half a billion to its next Mars lander despite predecessor's crash

Dec 02, 10:19PM

ESA Exomars robot The European Space Agency is doubling down on Mars, dedicating nearly half a billion dollars to its follow-up mission to the planet’s surface — even though the first one quite literally cratered. But an ambitious joint plan to redirect an asteroid’s moon has been scuttled in order to find the funds. Read More

A sneak peek at Propel's battling Star Wars drones

Dec 02, 9:31PM

o92a9558_720 Last year’s breakout Star Wars toy was, without question, Sphero’s BB-8. It was the perfect synergy of technology and intellectual property, which brilliantly captured The Force Awakens’ breakout star droid. In the lead up to Rogue One, there isn’t a single toy running away with the title, but Propel’s drones are a pretty strong contender. Unveiled via a teaser… Read More

As acquisition talk surfaces, Pebble stays quiet about Time 2 shipping

Dec 02, 9:25PM

Pebble When rumors first surfaced about a Fitbit acquisition of Kickstarter king Pebble, concerned backers were understandable concerned about what the news would mean for the status of their unreleased devices. While its hard to know how such a move might ultimately impact support for the company’s existing line of products, at the very least, Pebble 2 buyers can breathe a relative sigh… Read More

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

Dec 02, 9:00PM

snapchat-los-angeles If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More

Hands On With DirecTV Now, AT&T's new streaming service for cord cutters

Dec 02, 8:45PM

DirecTV Now event This week, AT&T unveiled its new TV streaming service for cord cutters, who aren’t ready to subsist entirely on Netflix, YouTube and whatever else they can watch for free around the web. Launched on Tuesday, DirecTV Now offers access to over 120 live TV channels, in addition to on-demand programming, and the option to add on premium networks like HBO and Cinemax for just $5 more… Read More

Copy and paste trick could unlock iOS 10 devices in Lost Mode

Dec 02, 8:38PM

activ_lock_bypass Lost and stolen iOS devices could be at risk if ne’er-do-wells learn of this blunt-force method of getting past Activation Lock. No special equipment or technical know-how is required, which means any geek off the streets can do it. Fortunately, it’s easily fixed — but until that happens, you might want to be a little extra careful about leaving your phone unattended. Read More

Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park

Dec 02, 7:58PM

menlo-park Across the Bay Area, affordable housing remains hard to come by. In a climate where many displaced residents point their blame at the techies, Facebook has decided to invest $20 million in what it calls “A partnership to strengthen our local community.” In just the last six years, San Mateo County has added 54,000 new jobs while only building 2,148 new housing units to support… Read More

Beddit 3 knows if you've been sleeping. It knows if you're awake.

Dec 02, 6:36PM

beddit-ios-app Jolted into existence with a $500,000 Indiegogo campaign back in 2013, followed by a version 2 that was sold in Apple Stores all over the world, Beddit is back with a third generation of its popular addition to the Quantified Self movement: sleep tracking. The product went on sale in September and immediately sold out, and the company is still selling Beddit 3 faster than it can make them. Read More

Nigeria's Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga

Dec 02, 5:56PM

jumia-gen-i Africa’s two leading e-commerce startups, Jumia and Konga, topped their 2015 Black Friday merchandise sales in Nigeria—even as the country weathers currency volatility and recession. The shopping spree of the continent’s most populous nation has become a de facto test event for each venture’s business model. Collectively backed by over $400 million in VC funding, both… Read More

Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

Dec 02, 5:53PM

pandora-ios-icon Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase. The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal with SiriusXM or any other prospective buyers. This isn’t the first time… Read More

Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

Dec 02, 5:41PM

adblock-ios2 Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More

AWS shoots for total cloud domination

Dec 02, 5:17PM

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-02-45-am AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference this week — and as it revealed one new service after another, one thing became clear: the company with a marketshare lead that is by Gartner’s estimate 10 times bigger than its 14 closest competitors combined, has no plans to slow down or rest on its laurels. If that market lead isn’t enough to shake up the competition… Read More

Emotibot wants to help chatbots know how you really feel

Dec 02, 4:30PM

englishbanner1 Emotional intelligence is a hard thing to achieve, even in humans. But it’s especially difficult in robots, and maybe even more so in chatbots, whose available tools for picking up on emotional cues are quite limited. Emotibot is a Chinese startup focused on making sure personal assistants, chatbots and virtual customer service agents can accurately understand the emotional state of… Read More

NFL games come to CBS's streaming service, starting this Sunday

Dec 02, 3:44PM

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos breaks the tackle of strong safety John Cyprien #37 of the Jacksonville Jaguars and rushes eight yards for a touchdown in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) CBS this week announced a significant deal with the NFL that could bring more subscribers to its over-the-top streaming service aimed at cord cutters, CBS All Access. Starting this Sunday, viewers will be able to watch all NFL games on CBS via the service, including regular, preseason, and postseason games. CBS All Access, in case you’re unfamiliar, is the network’s attempt at… Read More

Amazon isn't playing nice with Plex's new cloud service

Dec 02, 3:00PM

plex-cloud-server Media server software Plex, which helps you organize your own library of movies, TV shows, photos, and music, is now making it easier to access the content you’ve saved on other cloud storage services with an expansion of its Plex Cloud service. The company has added support for online services Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s OneDrive – meaning you can stream your… Read More

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