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Janet Yellen eats the world

Jan 14, 7:00PM

Bitten Earth World globe. Exploitation Environment Concept In a world economy with slow growth and increased uncertainty, policymakers have had two sources for hope — the tech industry and low interest rates. Could it be these goals are at odds? Read More

SpaceX successfully lands its first-stage Falcon 9 rocket on drone ship

Jan 14, 6:09PM

screenshot_2017-01-14__1_03_pm SpaceX successfully recovered its first stage Falcon 9 rocket during a launch on Saturday, marking the 7th rocket recovered overall, and the first one for this drone landing barge, ‘Just Read The Instructions.’ The recovery was captured on video from the rocket’s perspective, too, so you can see the entire process as it touches down. The first time SpaceX successfully… Read More

SpaceX successfully returns to launch with Iridium-1 NEXT Falcon 9 mission

Jan 14, 6:08PM

screenshot_2017-01-14__12_55_pm SpaceX has succeeded in launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, its first launch since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad in pre-flight procedures in September 2016. The launch took place at 9:54 AM PT Saturday, during an instant launch window. It’s a huge victory for SpaceX, which has had to delay its launch schedule since the explosion. The… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Cold Turkey

Jan 14, 6:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 6, 2017. First show of the New Year, proving once again there is a next time. Plus the latest G3 (below) with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @borthwick, @kevinmarks, @fradice Produced/directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

Jackson Wayne makes a messenger bag for time travelers to the Old West

Jan 14, 4:16PM

screen-shot-2017-01-14-at-10-59-20-am Well howdy, partner! How’s your Django app deployment going? Jackson Wayne makes leather goods with a decidedly old-timey, pre-WWII/post-Pony Express bent. Founded by a former lawyer, Andrew Lynch, the style is based on “old pictures of lawyers and their briefcases” that Lynch found while running is law practice. Lynch’s inspiration came from a leathery past. “I… Read More

Timehop founder Jon Wegener replaced as CEO by design lead Matt Raoul

Jan 14, 3:22PM

timehop Some changes at the top of Timehop, the quirky app that shows you reminders of photos and other content that you’ve taken and posted on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Flickr or from your camera roll. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Jon Wegener, who co-founded the company with Benny Wong, has stepped down as CEO. He has been replaced… Read More

Watch SpaceX's first launch since its September 2016 rocket explosion here

Jan 14, 7:59AM

iridium_l-1-31 SpaceX is launching its first mission since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad during preflight routines in September of last year. The launch is set to take place Saturday, January 14 at 9:54:39 AM PT, or 12:54:39 PM ET. A Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, designed to form the base of a mobile voice and data network that will eventually include 70 satellites in… Read More

Crunch Report | Nintendo Switch Hits the Market on March 3

Jan 14, 4:00AM

Nintendo Switch to hit the market on March 3, San Francisco District Attorney brings lawsuit against Lily, Moon Express is going to the Moon and Microsoft buys AI startup Maluuba. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Hidden Figures: Inspiring STEM heroes for girls

Jan 14, 2:00AM

Girl goggles assembling electronics circuit at science center There is a much-loved aphorism used by parents of all generations that says “you are what you eat.” I would also suggest that a similar phenomenon holds true for career choices: “You become what you see.” Unfortunately, cinema often does society a disservice in that very few strong, independent women present compelling career choices for our young girls. Read More

You should read this super-interesting AMA with AI researcher Joanna Bryson

Jan 14, 1:32AM

Artificial intelligence and cybernetics The field of artificial intelligence is a large one, full of interesting research, arguments, and people — so you could be forgiven (as I hope to be) for not being familiar with Joanna Bryson, professor of CS at the University of Bath who for decades has studied AI and its many ethical and technical conundra. She just wrapped up an AMA and you should read it. Read More

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

Jan 14, 1:23AM

education_home_canvas An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll and certify via these internet-accessible classrooms. 2016 only saw around half the participants as the previous year — likely due to the programs’ discontinuance of free certification. Read More

Udacity launches deep learning nanodegree foundation program

Jan 14, 1:02AM

tc-09 Greater compute power and power efficiency has made deep learning algorithms ubiquitous in our world. Deep learning has found its way into self driving cars, convenience stores and hospitals. Yet the fight for top talent in the space remains fierce and is a bottleneck for reaching new industries and solving tough challenges. To complement Udacity’s previous AI courses, the… Read More

Amazon seeks to run wireless tests in Washington state

Jan 14, 1:00AM

amazon-drone-prime-air_high-resolution01 According to documents unearthed by Business Insider, Amazon Corporate has sought permission from the FCC to run tests of wireless technology prototypes in and around one of its facilities in Seattle, and outdoors in Kennewick, Washington, for unspecified purposes. The person who filed the request on behalf of the e-commerce and IT giant, Neil Woodward, is a former NASA astronaut, now a… Read More

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat's chairman

Jan 13, 11:32PM

snapchat-search-features Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, will be stepping down from the company in order to serve as chairman of Snap (the makers of Snapchat), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lynton’s name may sound familiar with respect to Snap. During his time at Sony Entertainment, he oversaw the company suffer a massive breach — which also included a trove of leaked emails… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Claims surface on Trump's dealings with Russia, Yahoo splits into Altaba

Jan 13, 11:13PM

marissa mayer As part of the Verizon acquisition, Yahoo has split itself into an investment unit called Altaba and is now waiting for Verizon to undertake its remaining assets. Amazon announced a plan to create 100,000 U.S. jobs, and memos about Trump’s dealings with Russia surfaced this week. You can receive this post in your inbox by signing up here. Read More

Here's what we know about the Nintendo Switch

Jan 13, 10:58PM

Nintendo Switch What? The Nintendo Switch, the convertible console formally known as the NX. The product walks the line between a home and portable console, courtesy of a docking tablet and a pair of detachable controllers that work in a number of different configurations. It also features out-of-the-box multiplayer functionality, connecting up to eight devices via Wi-Fi. How much? The U.S. MSRP for the system… Read More

Nintendo talks Switch launch titles, price point and lessons learned from the Wii U

Jan 13, 10:12PM

Nintendo Switch The Switch arrives at one of the most tumultuous moments in Nintendo’s long and storied history. These last several months have seen the gaming giant finally get a little wind in its sails, thanks to the back-to-back successes of the Niantic-produced Pok√©mon GO and its own in-house creation, Super Mario Run. Both seem like somewhat begrudging victories for the company, after years… Read More

Saleforce's Quip acquires ex-Facebook designer studio Unity&Variety

Jan 13, 10:01PM

quip-unity Some ex-Facebook designers will be adding extra pizzazz to Salesforce’s word processing company Quip, which today acquired Unity&Variety. Founded in 2015 by Joey Flynn and Drew Hamlin after several years designing products at Facebook, Unity&Variety released a cute mobile game called Pinchworm last year. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but we’re awaiting… Read More

ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation

Jan 13, 10:00PM

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Toytoy under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license The genius and creativity of American scientists and inventors has long kept the United States at the forefront of innovation and helped to drive U.S. economic success. The federal government’s role in this effort often involves providing seed money for research and experimentation and, increasingly, in protecting American intellectual property rights in the global marketplace. Read More

Researchers find that "moderate" screen use is OK for teens

Jan 13, 9:39PM

fellowkids Parents rejoice! Researchers have found that “moderate” screen use “has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement.” This means your kids can play on the iPad for a few hours — but not all of them. The study, led by psychological scientist Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford, examined the habits of 12,000 British teens, found that… Read More

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