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113 enterprise AI companies you should know

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Enterprise companies comprise a $3.4 trillion market worldwide of which an increasingly larger share is being allocated to artificial intelligence technologies. By our definition, “enterprise” technology companies create tools for workplace roles and functions that a large number of businesses use. For example, Salesforce is the primary enterprise software used by sales professionals in a company. Also known as a type of customer relationship management software, or CRM, it is the system of record for sales professionals to enter in their contacts, progress of leads, and for sales metrics to be tracked. Any compan... Read More
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VentureBeat is hiring an AI reporter

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We’re looking for an experienced reporter to help lead our coverage of artificial intelligence. As startups and big corporations invest money and talent into AI, VentureBeat aims to cover both the broad ways AI will change life as we know it and the technical infrastructure underpinning it. As VentureBeat’s AI reporter, you’ll help define our daily coverage of AI and cloud technology — from incremental developments to breakthroughs that may one day beat the Turing Test, cross the Uncanny Valley, make self-driving cars possible, as well as an appropriately jaundiced view of the many consumer apps already powered by AI. You’ll be responsible for covering breaking news on this topic in a fast-paced newsro... Read More
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How to tell when a SaaS startup is ready for IPO

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If you’re a founder, early employee, or investor of a growing SaaS startup, chances are that the word “Exit” has crossed your mind. Generally, you have two options: get acquired or go public. While the former has long been a viable option, the public market for SaaS businesses is relatively new. Salesforce.com was the first of its ilk to go public (in June 2004); the stock priced 30 percent above the initial filing range and ended its first day of trading up 56 percent. That success demarcated the market’s receptivity to SaaS companies, and a precedent was formed. Blackbaud and RightNow followed in subsequent months, and so have 75+ other SaaS businesses since then. To understand what it takes for these companies to exist ... Read More
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As Europe’s startup scene explodes, a continent goes tech conference crazy

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Even as Benjamin Costantini was helping organize the 2014 edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris, he had a hunch this was going to be the last edition of what had been one of Europe’s largest and most important tech events for more than a decade. Conferences tend to have a natural lifespan, and LeWeb had run its course. Despite LeWeb’s demise, Costantini’s inbox was crammed full of invitations to tech conferences sprouting up across Europe. The startup scene was surging, and suddenly every corner of the continent was putting together a conference. From Riga to Dublin, from Lisbon to Sofia, the startup calendar has become crammed with an improbable number of tech conferences of all shapes and sizes drawing nomadic entre... Read More
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Nvidia identifies the top 5 AI startups for social impact

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Nvidia is on a quest to find the best “social impact” artificial intelligence startups as part a program called Nvidia Inception, which is screening more than 600 entrants to cull the best AI startups in three big categories. We wrote about the first four candidates for the hottest emerging startup on Friday and the five most-disruptive startups on Sunday morning. ... Read More
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Companies of the future: No CEO, no boss, managed by blockchain

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We can get rid of bad bosses once and for all. At least that’s the promise of a radically new type of organization based on blockchain technology. It’s called a Decentralized Autonomous Organization and it has no CEO, CFO, or VPs. In fact, there’s no hierarchy at all. Of course, any time you bring people together in a group, there are bound to be politics, but it won’t be the “command and control” structure that most of us are used to. Admittedly, the concept of a “DAO” got off to a rocky start. The first big one, appropriately enough called “the DAO” ... Read More
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Nvidia selects 5 most-disruptive AI startups

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Nvidia is on a quest to find the most disruptive artificial intelligence startups. This quest is part of a larger contest dubbed Nvidia Inception, which is screening more than 600 entrants to cull the best AI startups in three big categories. We wrote about the first four candidates for the hottest emerging startup on Friday. And now we’re focusing on the next five candidates in the category dubbed the “most disruptive” startups. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, host... Read More
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The reality of M&A for augmented and virtual reality

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Despite Facebook’s blockbuster $3 billion Oculus acquisition in 2014, augmented and virtual reality has been too early stage for large scale mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far. But that’s set to change in the next year to 18 months, so let’s look at what could drive M&A deals going forward. Where Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality Report Q1 2017 and deals database tracked $1.5 billion investments in the last 12 months to Q1 2017, there was only $600 million of M&As in the same period. That dynamic of investments... Read More
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What happens when the Trump administration ignores AI

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about Donald Trump’s lack of concern with artificial intelligence. Trump has ignored mentioning AI in any economic context, instead focusing on ... Read More
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Facebook M is now becoming a digital butler

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Facebook just moved even closer to the center of your digital ecosystem with the roll-out of a smarter, more connected version of its proprietary AI assistant, M. Speaking at this week’s Facebook F8 conference, the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and head of Messenger, David Marcus, announced plans to turn Messenger into a sort of “social living room” — one where you can chat, make dinner reservations, hail a cab, order food, and share music directly from Spotify. What that means, in ess... Read More
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Is this the end of venture capital as we know it?

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We are in a perverse moment in the global venture capital industry: VCs are fast coming to resemble private hedge funds, and the more money they are able to raise, the worse off startups are becoming. Capital is flowing into funds of all types, yet the rate of investment is shrinking rapidly. This could mark the decline of true venture capital by many funds as they are forced to evolve into private hedge funds or momentum investors, investing far larger amounts in much later stage pre-IPO companies, and drifting further away from taking higher risk, long-term investment in innovation. Perversely, this risk is greatest for the most valuable, value-adding investors with the best track records, since they can raise the most money.... Read More
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The 5 biggest tech stories out of India this week

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It’s been another action-packed week for India’s tech and startup scene. Here are the highlights:1. Google launched Areo, a hyper local app for food delivery and services. In a really strange move, Google has kind of entered the food delivery services market in India, which has seen quite a bloodbath over the past year with the likes of FoodPanda shutting down operations. 2. Snapchat responded to heckling; said it’s “grateful for Indian Snapchat community.... Read More
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Microsoft is improving Windows 10 Mail and Calendar for Gmail users

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Microsoft today announced that it has begun to add features to its standard-issue Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 for Gmail account holders. Over the next few weeks, the enhanced apps will become available to people participating in the Windows Insider Program, and after that, all Windows 10 users will get them. Gmail support in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar is not new. What’s new are nice-to-have features that have only been accessible to Outlook.com account holders and Office 365 subscribers. For one thing, Gmail users will get to use the Focused Inbox, which is a way to prioritize certain emails that Microsoft picked up through its ... Read More
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What Trump needs to include in his tax reform plan

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Published on Apr 21, 2017Forbes Media chairman Steve Forbes and entrepreneur Carol Roth on what the Trump administration needs to include in their tax reform plan. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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14 AI startups will compete for $1.5 million from Nvidia

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Artificial intelligence is hot, and you can tell that because both giant companies and tiny startups are excited about it. Nvidia, which had $6.9 billion in revenues last year, is in touch with more than 2,000 AI startups around the world. And this week, the graphics chip maker and AI company took a step in figuring out which ones are the best. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, hosted a Shark Tank style event called Nvidia Inception to find the best AI startup... Read More
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Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, gubernatorial candidate, Republican Greg Gianforte poses below animal trophies in his home in Bozeman, Mont. Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than Republican voters when the president's son campaigns for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana on Friday, April 21, 2017 and Saturday, leading to backlash from at least one animal-rights organization. Gianforte, who is up against Democrat Rob Quist in the May 25 election for the U.S. House seat vacated by Interior Se... Read More
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Juicero CEO Says Luxury Juicer Is 'Much More' Than Juice; Internet Is Unimpressed

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Sometimes, it's the Internet of Stings. Juicero, a startup that sells a pricey juice press, found that out firsthand. The company's machine produces cold-pressed juice out of packets sold exclusively to owners via subscription. Received as both Silicon Valley cautionary tale and commentary on conspicuous consumption, Juicero's story was chronicled this week in a Bloomberg News piece. The article pointed out how the original pitch — specialty juice, at home, by way of ... Read More
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Steve Wozniak discusses how Apple is becoming Microsoft, commercial space travel, and more

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There would be no Apple without Steve Wozniak. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple over 40 years ago with the late Steve Jobs, remains a revered figure in Silicon Valley. Although he is no longer connected with Apple, he keeps busy making appearances at big tech conferences to inspire inventors, serves as chief scientist for... Read More
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TiEcon 2017 focuses on disruptive tech as it celebrates its 25th year

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Presented by TiE Silicon Valley TiEcon — the annual tech entrepreneurship conference created by not-for-profit TiE Silicon Valley — is approaching on May 5th & 6th. Its goal is to serve as a two-day manifestation of TiE’s mission since 1992: to foster entrepreneurship. The event has attracted 4,600+ attendees from over 20 countries in recent years, and brings entrepreneurs, investors, C-level executives, government representatives, and other key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof. The tangible benefits stemming from the event are significant, and many previous TiEcon attendees have left TiEco... Read More
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No. 209: Morey, Saulle, Fortunoff, Melvin and Bergman. Oh, and Tuesday.

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It’s Friday out there: The last week of April is nigh upon us, leaving scant days to wrap up your celebration of National Welding Month. Please butt, corner and lap responsibly. Not really related: Members of Boston’s elite Weld family like to joke that they didn’t arrive on the Mayflower – they sent servants over on it to get the cottage ready. Most famous Weld you’ve likely heard of: NYC-born actress Tuesday Weld, a third cousin once removed of the aboves, was the first of Dobie Gillis’ many loves and an Academy Award nominee for “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.” Happy birthday Neal Lewis and Roz Goldmacher. But first, this: The tech sector did a collective exhale... Read More
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Quora raises $85 million to expand internationally and develop its ads business

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Quora is known for being an under-the-radar company. But in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat, cofounder and CEO Adam D’Angelo announced that Quora has raised an additional $85 million, in a round co-led by Sam Altman, on behalf of Y Combinator Continuity, and Collaborative Fund. Previous investors Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and Dustin Moskovitz — one of the cofounders of Facebook —  also participated. The fresh capital comes three years after Quora’s last round of $80 ... Read More
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AI Weekly: Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.0 and open-sources Caffe2 deep learning framework

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Discovery is the number one issue bot makers told Facebook Messenger they wanted addressed, said Messenger engineering manager Mikhail Larionov. That’s certainly what VentureBeat has heard from bot developers, and now — a year after the launch of the Messenger Platform — Facebook has launched version 2.0 at its F8 conference. And it’s all about discovery. The n... Read More
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Oculus’s Michael Abrash: AR glasses will change everything in ‘the next 50 years’

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Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing it as possibly being “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he doesn’t think that a copy of Google Glass isn’t going to cut it, that AR glasses must be see-through, stylish, and socially acceptable, among other things. At this year’s F8 developer conference, Facebook put forth the next phase of its push towards augmented reality, introducing its camera effects platform in closed beta which would let anyone create their own Snapchat-like masks and display ... Read More
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A solution to the H-1B mess that tech companies don’t want

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President Trump signed an executive order this week that directs federal agencies to implement a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy and reform the much maligned H-1B visa. No doubt, lobbyists and congressional staffers are working overtime to develop an even more complex visa system that will be riddled with new loopholes. It will benefit large corporations and immigration lawyers and do little for the American worker or the technology startups that need the skilled talent the most. The right solution isn’t for... Read More
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On-demand air taxis move one step closer as Lilium flight-tests electric vertical takeoff jet

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A world in which on-demand air taxi services permeate the skies above has moved one step closer, as German aviation startup Lilium has announced it has now completed the first flight tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet. The prototype two-seater Lilium Jet carried out a number of maneuvers in the skies over Germany, and the company now says that it’s working on a bigger five-seat version of the vehicle that it’s touting for use for airborne ride-sharing and on-demand taxi services. Founded in 2014, Lilium — up until today known as Lilium Aviation — ... Read More
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Gladly raises $36 million to simplify customer service across calls, social media, and emails

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Gladly, which provides software to help businesses deliver better customer service, announced today funding of $36 million, led by GGV Capital. Companies use Gladly to interact with their customers across voice, email, SMS, chat, and social media. “Legacy products, including the leading cloud products, like Salesforce and Zendesk, are all centered around tickets and cases, and they tend to silo the conversations inside of individual channels,” wrote Gladly’s cofounder and CEO, Joseph Ansanelli, in an email to VentureBeat. “So, a single phone call can kick off the creation of a new case number, and if a customer decides to then email, text, or tweet, a new... Read More
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No. 208: Post-holiday meatloaf, best NY biz spots and a sweet-talking vending machine named Vicki

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TG it’s T: A great Tuesday, everybody, and hope you made the most of the holiday break. Join us in a warm Innovate welcome to new readers Julianna, Tom, Jeff, Surabhi, MeiLin, Audrey, Barney, Barbara, our great lost friend Tommy who resurfaced in Florida, Katy, Bitadzus, N. Roberts, Ashlyn and Zomorua. Glad to have you all aboard. What to do with the leftovers: Horseradish meatloaf. Mmmm. Now that you’re back at work: Friday’s newsletter was a good one.... Read More
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Facebook offers snapshot of its burgeoning bot ecosystem

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Considering that bots have only been on Facebook Messenger for a year, it can be tough to define the core companies that make up this ecosystem. But Facebook gave it a shot at this year’s F8 developer conference. (The bot ecosystem, broadly defined, encompasses all the developers and companies that build on platforms like Facebook Messenger.) During a session titled “How to build a great bot,” Facebook shared the external players that the Messenger platform — with 1.2 billion monthly active users — looks to for growth of the ecosystem. The list of 26 c... Read More
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From sportsman to businessman, Stern never far from the NBA

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, then NBA Commissioner David Stern smiles during a news conference after an NBA board of governors meeting in New York. Stern, 74, is more businessman than sportsman now, advising venture capital firms from his position atop DJS Global Advisors and investing in a number of startups, some of them in sports technology. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) -- David Stern hasn't left the NBA far behind. Just a few blocks, actually. H... Read More
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Before you invest in a startup, here's what you need to know

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It has become easier for regular folks to buy stock in startups, but doing so is risky. In case you are tempted, here's what you need to know. -- Invest only what you can afford to lose. Many of the companies raising money through crowdfunding are in their very early stages. Some haven't made or sold any products yet and are raising the cash to do so. The businesses could fail and you may... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in ... Read More
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Law change could boost little-used state crowdfunding laws

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In this March 30, 2017 photo, former Green Bay Packers player Darryl Ingram poses in Milwaukee, next to the website for his personal consulting business, Videoscore, which helps high school athletes connect with college teams. Ingram wants to develop an app that matches players with programs and to launch the venture he's turned to an emerging form of state crowdfunding that lets entrepreneurs sell stock in their startups without going public. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno) (Credit: AP) ... Read More
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ZappRx raises $25 million to help patients get specialty drugs faster

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ZappRx, which helps physicians and pharmacists better manage specialty prescription drugs for diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis, announced today funding of $25 million, led by Qiming US Healthcare Fund. New investor GV (formerly Google Ventures) and existing investor SR One (the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline) also joined. Many pharmacies still use the phone or the fax machine to exchange prescription information, methods that could be viewed as antiquated amid today’s digital mania. “ZappRx’s early research showed that it can take up to six weeks for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to receive their th... Read More
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Microsoft reportedly to acquire Israeli cloud monitoring startup Cloudyn for around $60 million

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Microsoft is lining up a bid to buy Israeli cloud-monitoring and analytics startup Cloudyn in a deal thought to be worth around $60 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the Calcalis. Founded in 2012, Cloudyn’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps companies automate the process of monitoring their cloud costs, providing analytics and optimization tools. It’s all about improving cloud performance and efficiencies, with companies garnering real-time data across various operational and financial metrics. Cloudyn has raise... Read More
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The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles

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Laurie Wolf’s recipes appear in High Times, Dope, and Culture.CreditIllustration by Olimpia Zagnoli Last fall, the food... Read More
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To infinity, and beyond, at FSC commencements

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Farmingdale State College will go global, and then some, at its annual commencement exercises. The college is planning two separate ceremonies this year – one for students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health Sciences, one for graduates of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering Technology – and each will feature a heavy-hitting keynote speaker. ... Read More
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Facebook’s Building 8 is creating tech that lets you hear through your skin

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Regina Dugan, the leader of Facebook’s secretive Building 8 hardware research group, today provided the first official hints about what her organization has been working on. Dugan joined Facebook last year spending four years at Google, where she was chief of the company’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) group. That’s the organization behind the Project Ara modular smartphone concept, which ended up dying an inevitable death. Other ATAP projects like Project Vault... Read More
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Composite deposit unites ThermoLift, CPC

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A pair of modest research grants will help one of the shining examples of Stony Brook University’s innovation ecosystem incorporate cutting-edge materials into its mechanical design, with the assistance of the Composite Prototyping Center. The nonprofit, Plainview-based CPC – a manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, aramid, fiberglass, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – is lending its expertise to ThermoLift Inc., the Stony Brook-based startup developing a revolutionary natural gas-powered air-conditioner and heat-pum... Read More
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AWS launches Redshift Spectrum, which lets users query data in S3

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At the AWS Summit in San Francisco today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Redshift Spectrum, an extension of AWS’ Redshift managed data warehousing service that enables querying on data that sits inside of the longstanding AWS S3 storage service. The introduction of Redshift Spectrum will make certain types of queries on data more economical, because Redshift, which includes computing and storage capabilities, is a more complex and costly service especially for number crunching on lots of data. As an example, Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels provided an example query that would run on an exaby... Read More
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Facebook Unveils Two New VR Cameras With ‘Six Degrees of Freedom’

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Facebook believes that video is the future. Not just any video, but immersive 360-degree video that approaches virtual reality. Of course, creating such video requires a very different breed of camera. So, a team of Facebook engineers, led by a camera guru name Brian Cabral, is hoping to bootstrap a much larger market for these extravagant devices. This morning, at Facebook’s annual developer conference in Northern California, Cabral and team unveiled blueprints for two new cameras designed to capture spherical video with extreme fidelity.One of these orb-shaped devices grabs video through 24 individual lenses. The other, simpler and cheaper to build, spans six. A... Read More
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Xiaomi: ‘We definitely have plans to become a world-class player’

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Every single time Xiaomi announces a new phone, the company is inevitably asked about availability in other countries. The phones do eventually make it outside of China, but only to a handful of countries, and none in the West. Today’s Mi 6 unveiling was no different. It is launching on April 28, but only in China. Details for availability in other countries isn’t being shared yet, though the Mi 6 doesn’t even support all the global bands, so you can forget about even trying to import it. I wanted to get a proper answer on where Xiaomi was in terms of bringing its phones to North Amer... Read More
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Atomwise launches research program to accelerate drug discovery with AI

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Atomwise, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate drug discovery for diseases like Ebola, multiple sclerosis, and leukemia, today announced the launch of its Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) program. The program is free and open to any university-affiliated scientist in the U.S. or Canada who is supported by a principal investigator and has the means to test molecules. “Our goal is to apply to healthcare the transformational performance that we’ve seen AI have in domains like self-driving cars, voice recognition, game playing, and language translation,” wrote Atomwise CEO Abraham Heifets, in an email to VentureBeat. Sinc... Read More
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Xiaomi unveils Mi 6 with Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM, starting at $363

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At an event in Beijing today, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun unveiled the Mi 6 flagship smartphone. The Chinese company plans to start shipping the device on April 28, but only in China. There are three models: 64GB for 2,499 RMB ($363), 128GB for 2899 RMB ($421), and a ceramic edition for 2999 RMB ($436). The Mi 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM. In February, Xiaomi introduced its first chipset: the Surge S1, which powers the Mi 5c smartphone. While that is a huge accomplishment, the company is sticking to third-party chipsets for its flagship phone. Samsung reportedly bought up ... Read More
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Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio will sell mass-production car next year

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Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio will start selling its first mass-production vehicle next year, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday, as it unveiled its ES8 SUV car at the Shanghai auto show. Nio, formerly known as NextEV, is among the first of a raft of Chinese electric vehicle startups to launch a production vehicle, with many so far only showing concept cars. The Chinese auto market has been flooded with electric vehicle start-ups in recent years after Beijing opened the sector to technology and venture capital investment. Nio is backed by Chinese technology giants Tencent Holdings and Baidu Inc as well as Silicon Valley investors. The company said it would also sell 10 EP9 electric “super cars” for... Read More
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Venture Challenge: Innovators dazzle, CountryBox soars

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By GREGORY ZELLER // An e-commerce website pitched by a trio of undergraduate students walked off with top honors, and a hefty $20,000 check, in Tuesday’s final round of the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge Series. Envisioned by Class of 2017 seniors Henry Crayton, Rory Murphy and Lerthon Theuma, CountryBox – designed to bring “care packages” from the old country to expats living abroad – edged out nine other finalists in the annual student business-plan competition. The Venture Challenge is the brainchild of Hofstra alum Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based digital media company CPXi, which reformed this year as ... Read More
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Australian startup pioneers 'perfect' headphones

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A few years ago, Kyle Slater set out on a quest. Relying on his training in electronic engineering and a passion for music, Slater wanted to know how to make the perfect headphones. "The answer was quite simple,” said the entrepreneur. “The perfect headphones don't exist, only the headphones that are perfect for you." CGTN's Greg Navarro reports on this burgeoning business.... Read More
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New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

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When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed. Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they usually have a huge influence as many corporate security professionals use them as base standards and best practices when forming policies for their companies. Thus, another fact I was surprised about was a lack of attention to this document, finalized March 31, from both official media and the blogosphere. After all, those change... Read More
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GamesBeat Summit will examine how investors see the startup climate

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It’s time to introduce new speakers. We’ll delve into the investment climate for the gaming ecosystem with a panel moderated by Amitt Mahajan, a managing partner at Presence Capital, at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. This roundtable session will examine the climate for game startups and how to get funding for them. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1-2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can ... Read More
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Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

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The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s lobbying arm. Among the most prominent examples is the proposed merger between the industry’s two largest companies — Boston’s DraftKings and New York’s FanDuel. That deal, which was announced late last year, is currently being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission. At least three notable companies — Fantasy Aces... Read More
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Who needs ESPN? The Golden State Warriors bot sends you video highlights in Facebook Messenger

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The NBA playoffs started last Saturday, and the Golden State Warriors, the team that again ended the season with the best record in the league, has created a Facebook Messenger bot to act as a personal playoff assistant to Dub Nation fans. The bot helps fans cheer on the Warriors, talk trash to friends and coworkers, and follow the team as it tries to reach the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. The bot was launched as part of an onstage demonstration at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference. The Golden State Warriors bot is made especially for the playoffs and can share live scores and video highlights. Highlight video can be sorted by dunks, 3-point shots (aka splashes), or... Read More
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Facebook’s plan to win over developers: local support groups called Developer Circles

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Ten years ago, Facebook held the first F8 developer conference where its platform debuted. Since then, a myriad of tools have been released to allow developers to build websites, apps, and bots on top of the social network and its “graph” of data. This year, however, the company is launching a new initiative with the goal of empowering developers to help one another build on its platform. Reaching the multipliers Called Developer Circles, this is a group program that brings together developers in local areas to not only build together, but also connect and learn from one another. Each chapter will have a forum from which members can share kno... Read More
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Everette Taylor, app wars, and the truth about growth hacking – VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Stewart and Travis interview the amazing Everette Taylor, a serial entrepreneur who went from being homeless to cofounding GrowthHackers and creating GrowthPup, and who is now the CMO at Skurt. He reveals the secrets of his success throughout this fascinating, eye-opening conversation (which includes a home truth about growth hacking.) In the news, we discuss app marketing, a new report on app store optimization, an AI tool that automates the process of buying ads for apps, and a study that explains just how important native advertising has become. Hint: With 600 percent growth in spend over the last three years, it’s pretty darn important. ... Read More
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Tumblr launches Cabana so you can video chat with up to 5 friends while watching YouTube

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Remember Tumblr? The popular blogging platform acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion way back in 2013? Well, amidst all the hullabaloo at Yahoo regarding its own acquisition by Verizon, you could be forgiven for letting Tumblr slip from your consciousness. But Tumblr has some notable news today — it’s launching its first ever standalone app. Arriving first for iPhone, with Android following within a few weeks, Cabana is touted as an app for “hanging out with friends and watching videos,” according to a statement issued by... Read More
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SparkLabs launches tech accelerator in Beijing

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SparkLabs has launched its first tech startup accelerator office in China with SparkLabs Beijing. SparkLabs operates a network of accelerators in Asia, including one in South Korea. The company has now signed a partnership in China with Guoan Academy, a subsidiary of Citic Guoan Group. Citic Group is a state-run financial institution in China with $514 billion in assets. The advisers for SparkLabs Beijing include Peter Guber, executive chairman of the Golden State Warriors; Justin Kan, founder of Zero-F and founder of Twitch; Lili Cheng,... Read More
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Betaworks-backed Shine raises $2.5 million to boost morale via text messaging

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Not everyone can afford a life guru. That’s why Shine created a free daily messaging service to make well-being more accessible. The Brooklyn-based startup announced today that it has secured $2.5 million in a round led by Betaworks. According to cofounders Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey, text messaging has an open rate of 98 percent, which is why they initially chose to capitalize on this medium. Some skeptics might have a hard time believing this in an age of fleeting apps and social media — but the cofounders are confident. “Function over feature is more important,” said Lidey, in an interview with VentureBeat. Shine initially started with ... Read More
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Video analytics service Mux raises $9 million led by Accel

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Mux, a startup that provides performance analytics for video developers and media publishers, announced today that it has raised $9 million in a funding round led by Accel. The B2B product targets online video publishers who need to understand what happens when they stream out their video. Although Mux can work with any video format or player, such as YouTube and Vimeo, customers do not use the product for third-party sites, according to Mux cofounder and CEO Jon Dahl. “We focus on companies or developers hosting their own video platforms,” he wrote in an email to VentureBeat. Customers, which include PBS, Funny or Die, and Livestream, integrate Mux by insta... Read More
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Uber confirms Ford veteran Marakby is leaving after 1 year

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App-enabled cab company Uber is losing another person who’s been working on its self-driving cars. Sherif Marakby, who spent 25 years at Ford is leaving Uber after spending a year as the startup’s vice president of global vehicle programs. Based out of the Pittsburgh, where Uber runs its Advanced Technologies Center (ATC), Marakby was working on “manufacturer strategy and integration efforts,” as the Verge reported last year. “Sherif’s deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry have helped us tremendo... Read More
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4 ways AI is helping you drive smarter

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Looking around in 2017, it’s hard to find an industry that hasn’t been affected by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). From manufacturing to health care to finance, AI is everywhere — and according to experts, its presence is only going to increase from here on out. The auto industry is also at the forefront of AI integration. AI can help streamline transportation and reduce costs.  Let’s look at some of the ways the industry is utilizing AI. 1. Driver assistance One way AI is being used in cars is to help drivers. Functions like automatic parking assist and collision avoida... Read More
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Mangano: WineUDesign Founder To Discuss Entrepreneurship At Nassau Inventors Club

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces that WineUDesign, Inc. founder and winemaker Vincenzo Saulle will speak about building a successful business at the April 24th meeting of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club.  The meeting takes place from 7-9 p.m. in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building located at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.  Admission is free. “My administration is proud to foster a stronger economic climate for inventors and entrepreneurs to succeed in turning their ideas into viable business solutions,” said County Executive Mangano.  “I welcome all residents interested in joining the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club to ... Read More
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Why AI is not the enemy

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Inspired by Wired articles by Oren Etzioni and Joe Lonsdale titled “Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math” and “AI and Robots Will Take Our Jobs — But Better Ones Will Emerge for Us,” I wanted to share six quick — and down-to-earth — thoughts about artificial intelligence. ... Read More
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This race car drives itself

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This self-driving race car is a prototype from motorsport startup Roborace. It can go 200 mph. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/businessinsider/ TUMBLR: http://businessinsider.tumblr.com/... Read More
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#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement

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Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive.CreditPhotograph by Jeff Minton for The New Yorker ... Read More
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Oracle buys Wercker, a Dutch startup that automates code testing and deployment

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Database technology giant Oracle has announced plans to acquire Wercker, a Dutch startup that offers tools for automating the process of testing and deploying code. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded out of Amsterdam in 2012, Wercker offers developers a container-centric platform that helps automate the development of applications and microservices. It operates in a space that includes competitors such as Shippable, Codeship, CircleCI, Drone.io, and Semaphore, though Wercker cites its ability to integrate with Docker containers as one differentiator. It’s all about helping companies that are building software specifically for deployment in the cloud. Wercke... Read More
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VC funding for U.K. remained steady in Q1 despite Brexit

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It’s been more than nine months since U.K voters delivered a shock victory for Brexit. But, so far at least, the U.K.’s vibrant startup scene seems to be weathering the turbulence. According to data from Dealroom.co, U.K.-based startups raised $1.04 billion in venture capital during the first three months of 2017. That’s a slight dip from $1.17 billion for the same period one year ago. But it’s above the amounts raised in each of the last three quarters. The U.K.’s numbers received a strong boost in the quarter from peer-to-peer lending service Funding Circle... Read More
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LeanDNA Secures $4.5 Million Series A Funding to Bring Prescriptive Analytics to Manufacturing

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Austin Startup Aims to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Manufacturers and Disrupt Multi-Billion Dollar Inventory Optimization Market AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 17, 2017– LeanDNA, a market leader in SaaS-based actionable intelligence analytics and project execution for lean factories, today announced the closing of a $4.5 million Series A funding round led by Austin-based ... Read More
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Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen

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Regulators are now off the backs of big internet providers. Thanks to a resolution signed by President Trump earlier this month, consumer-friendly privacy rules passed by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission won’t take effect. Rules designed to protect net neutrality—the idea that internet providers shouldn’t be able to give certain content preferential treatment—seem likely to fall next.Republicans argue that the government should stay out of regulating the internet. And, in a perfect world, they’d be right. Ideally, if your internet service provider slipped permission ... Read More
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How the people of the future will view the robots of today

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Another week, and another bunch of “the robots are coming for our jobs” stories permeate the media sphere. While many of these reports are little more than future-gazing predictions, there are some real and tangible instances where it appears robots are currently out to steal humans’ jobs. Robotics startup Marble ... Read More
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The smart marketer’s guide to loyalty in a blockchain world

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The history of airline travel was upended back in 1979 when Texas International Airlines introduced the first frequent flyer program. From there, loyalty programs exploded in popularity and are now commonplace across almost every industry. How loyalty makes money today At the heart of a loyalty program lie a few key concepts: For the most avid users, it increases high value purchases significantly above the cost of servicing the loyalty program For the medium users, it increases purchases above the cost of servicing the loyalty program For the low users, it doesn’t really make a difference ... Read More
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Look to Toronto, not India, for tech talent

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Throughout the ’90s, software development executives have considered offshore development as part of their cost management strategy to keep spending down. They did this by outsourcing many functions and projects to Ukraine, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, or Russia. On Friday morning last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it had already reached its congressionally mandated threshold of 85,000 visas for the new fiscal year, so we could see a massive bump in offshoring. After nearly two decades of expansion, software makers have learned a lot of lessons on what works and what doesn’t in offshore software development. When it comes to outsourcing, India pione... Read More
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Apprenticeships could solve tech’s diversity problem

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In case you missed it, Howard University and Google recently announced that they were partnering to attract more African American students to study computer science, targeting a segment of the tech population that is notoriously underrepresented (along with women). The Google/Howard partnership is a small step (albeit an important one) with a specific goal — to bring more people of color into the tech workforce. The industry is truly missing out on a lot of great talent. However, the fact is that only by changing the way we recruit, inspire, and educate (tr... Read More
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Global blockchain innovation: U.S. lags, Europe and China lead

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No one can predict the future of blockchain in the same way we could not predict the future of the Internet in the early ’90s. But it is clear this technology is going to have a significant impact. From corporations to startups and governments to organizations, the race is on to tap into the concept of distributed and decentralized trust in order to reduce friction and build more honest, transparent, and efficient frameworks for business and governance. The U.S. has been somewhat quiet on the blockchain startup front, which has more to do with regulatory issues than a lack of companies that can innovate, and that has resulted in an absence of blockchain buzz in Silicon Valley. Kraken and Coin... Read More
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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

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David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed by $8 million in funding, they won’t say much about the virtual world they’re building—at least not publicly. But they will say that they’re building it in a way that alters the relationship between computer hardware and software. When a PC or a game console runs this virtual world, the GPU chips play an unexpectedly large role, taking so much of the burden off the main processor.GPU is short for graphics processing unit. These chips were originally designed as a better way of rendering graphics for games an... Read More
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Brands see visual intelligence as key part of AI strategy

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Ever since neural networks began their renewed renaissance in 2012, computer vision has been a ripe field of study and innovation for AI researchers and a fruitful area of applied AI for enterprises. Deep learning enables incredible feats of machine vision, such as classifying image subjects at human parity and dynamically generating completely new imagery. Brands have quickly recognized this technology as a commercial asset. Clarifai, a leading computer vision company with a popular visual intelligence API, was recently used to a... Read More
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SpaceX to hold second Hyperloop competition in August

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SpaceX has announced another chance for student teams from around the world to race their Hyperloop pod prototypes, with the second pod competition set to take place August 25th-27th in Hawthorne, California. The first round of the competition started with an open field pitching design specs and concepts at ... Read More
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India’s e-commerce battle is not Indian anymore

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India is the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world, according to a report published by Forrester. The same report claims the online retail market in India is poised to reach $64 billion by 2021, with a 31.2 percent compound annual growth rate over five years. In the Asia Pacific region, mobile commerce is expected to account for 78.1 percent of online sales in 2021, amounting to $1.1 trillion. Considering that mobile will be the predominant driver for online commerce, the future looks promising for the Indian market, where the number of mobile Internet users is expected to reach 650 million by 2020 and ... Read More
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The art of algorithms: How automation is affecting creativity

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“Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult — so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw,” wrote Google Creative Lab’s “creative technologist,” Dan Motzenbecker, earlier this week. AutoDraw is one of Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) experiments, working across platforms to let anyone, irrespective of their artistic flair, create something super quick with little more than a scribble. It guesses what you’re trying to draw, then lets you pick from a list o... Read More
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Ahead of F8, developers talk the future of bots on Facebook Messenger

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Last year in the lead up to F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, the buzz was that Facebook Messenger would spark a “chatbot revolution.” Bots, some believed, would fundamentally change commerce and the nature of how businesses and customers speak to each other. There was open speculation at that time whether Facebook Messenger and its 900 million monthly active users (now 1.2 billion) would embark on a journey to kill apps and achieve some sort of digital metamo... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Silicon Valley, sci-fi, and games are coming together

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Last year, I started writing stories about the uncanny melding of science fiction, real-world technology, and games in mainstream entertainment such as HBO’s Westworld. The sci-fi in games and other entertainment used to be really out there, divorced from real-life technology and the near future. But then came lightning fast advances in artificial intelligence for voice services and self-driving cars, and that blurred the line between sci-fi and Silicon Valley. Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japan’s SoftBank conglomerate, ... Read More
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Sales AI company Afiniti raises $1.6 billion, files for IPO

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You’ll be forgiven for not having heard of Afiniti, a Washington, D.C. company that may be the first pure-play artificial intelligence companies to file for an IPO since the big AI hype wave hit last year. Afiniti uses AI to help companies more efficiently pair their sales people with customers, and boasts that it raises sales by an average of 4 to 6 percent. Since Afiniti started 11 years ago it has lain low, preferring to amass customers quietly rather than banging the PR drum. About to go public But now Afiniti’s about come under a spotlight. The company confidentially filed for an IPO late last year, VentureBeat has learned, and it has raised $1.6 ... Read More
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No. 207: Molecular Orbitals, Scooby Doo and why small business doesn’t like full employment

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TG it’s F: A great Friday, everybody. If you’re an observant Christian, enjoy your collations. Howard Taft became the first president to throw out an Opening Day baseball on this date in 1910. Chief execs tossed the ball from their seats until 1984, when Ronald Reagan took to the mound. Bill Clinton was the first president who managed to get a throw all the way to the catcher on the fly. Yikes: Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall is 49 today. And HB2U, Ronald Stair. But first, this: The Federal Reserve was out with its annual survey of small businesses this week, and the numbers look good. More than 60 percent said they expect higher revenues this year and four of 10 small ... Read More
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GM to boost self-driving car efforts with 1,100 new jobs in California over five years

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(Reuters) — General Motors Co said on Thursday it will add more than 1,100 jobs in California over five years at its Cruise Automation unit to boost its self-driving efforts after receiving $8 million in state tax credits. The largest U.S. automaker said it is investing $14 million in a new research and development facility in San Francisco that will more than double its current space. GM acquired Cruise Automation for $1 billion in March 2016 as part of its effort to build autonomous vehicles. GM is testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco, the Detroit metropolitan area and Scottsdale, Arizona. “Running our autonomous vehicle pro... Read More
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AI Weekly: VB Messenger bot, DeepMind, Dropbox, and more

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: VentureBeat today announced the launch of a personalized news bot for Facebook Messenger, which follows the ... Read More
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How AI finds big value in big data

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Bots can augment human interaction, create greater business efficiencies, and remove friction from customer interactions. It’s a market that has already rolled up $24 billion in funding for companies at every stage, from startup to multinational. Industry leaders from IBM to Facebook are making big efforts to take advantage, spending significant resources to encourage developers to create new bots that enable more personalized customer interactions... Read More
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Google Hire is a job site that Diane Greene’s Bebop has been quietly working on

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Google has finally begun to provide hints about the app that’s been under development by Bebop, the startup created by VMware cofounder Diane Greene that Google acquired in 2015. The Bebop website advertises job openings at the URL hire.withgoogle.com, which brings you to a splash page for an announced service called Google Hire. The service is already working; Warner Bros. subsidiary DramaFever and the startups Medisas and ... Read More
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Travelling in a blockchain enabled world

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I was on my way home from work when I received a notification on my smartband. It was Pat, the bot from my firm’s travel management company (TMC), saying now would be the ideal time to book to get the best flight price for my regular trip to our office in London three weeks later. Pat sent me the recommended itinerary, which included flights and hotel. When calculating the best fare for me, the TMC takes our travel policy as well as my past trip history and personal preferences into consideration. And they nail it every time. Happy with the suggestion, all I had to do was confirm the trip. Pat told me my hotel reservation was my company’s 200th room night booked more than one week in advance at the hotel this year... Read More
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Futurists want to transform Black Mirror’s dystopia into something better

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Netflilx’s Black Mirror has the tech world worried about the dystopian future that the science fiction show depicts. To counter that, a group of futurists, creators, and hackers are gathering in Los Angeles to envision a “White Mirror,” or a society where technology can inspire us instead. About 100 people will gather in Los Angeles for the project, dubbed #OnceUponAFuture, and the first edition is called #WhiteMirror, as an homage to the TV series, which features shocking stories about technology addiction, surveillance, mind control, and hacking. Their mission is to reboot Black Mirror... Read More
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How AI will spur marketing innovation

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I remember sitting in a meeting at my old marketing agency in 2013, thinking about how exhausted I was by our company’s mundane routine. Rather than channeling our creativity into new marketing programs, my colleagues and I were spending countless hours on administrative tasks, including everything from sending emails to creating spreadsheets to organizing reports. Although we had a sterling work reputation — our agency was featured on AMC’s series The Pitch, won countless awards, and had a robust client roster — I knew there was untapped potential. I knew we could deliver our ... Read More
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Sansoro Health raises $5.2 million led by Bain Capital Ventures

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Sansoro Health, which provides software for moving data between digital health applications and electronic medical records (EMRs), announced $5.2 million in funding today. Bain Capital Ventures led the round. Customers integrate their apps to Sansoro’s Emissary application programming interfaces (APIs) to hook them up to health providers’ EMRs, which include Cerner, Epic, MEDITECH, and Allscripts. “It essentially creates a 21st-century marketplace,” wrote Sansoro’s CEO Jeremy Edes Pierotti, in an email to VentureBeat. One application allows physicians to see patient records from two separate EMRs within one window. “That gives clinicians ... Read More
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Companies from 15 Countries Expanded in Oakland County, Michigan in the Metro Detroit Region in 2016

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More than 40 percent of total job-supporting investment came from foreign-owned firms. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. Located in the heart of the Metro Detroit region, Oakland County, Michigan, has long been a community open and inviting to foreign direct invest (FDI) from around the world. This investment supports nearly 6.4 million U.S. jobs, and over 200,000 jobs in Michigan, making it a great driver of growth in our state.... Read More
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GamesBeat Summit to delve into China’s role in the global game ecosystem

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It’s time to introduce new speakers. We’ll delve into China’s accelerating expansion in the global game ecosystem with a panel moderated by Lisa Cosmas Hanson of Niko Partners at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. This session focusing on one of the biggest forces shaping the modern game industry is one more reason to get excited about our must-attend event. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1 and May 2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, California, just a short distance from San Francisco. You can ... Read More
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Teachers cash in, big time, by putting lessons up for sale

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Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world. Despite worries from some educators, such online marketplaces are booming, driven by rising standards and the willingness of teachers to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested materials. “I am so thankful and blessed that it came into my life and that my passion and career can kind of mesh into one,” says Miss Kindergarten, aka 32-year-old Hadar Hartstein, of Lake Forest, California, who says she has earned more than $1 million in sales ove... Read More
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GoTenna raises $7.5 million to enable off-the-grid communications on your smartphone

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Satellite-powered phones are often clunky, expensive, and, well, dependent on satellite connection. GoTenna wants to bring off-the-grid text and GPS communication to your smartphone. No cell service? No Wi-Fi? No problem. The Brooklyn-based startup today announced funding of $7.5 million, led by Union Square Ventures. GoTenna’s USB key-type device works using Bluetooth low-energy (LE), a version of Bluetooth that was built for the Internet of Things (IoT). Users can pair the device with the GoTenna app on a smartphone, which needs to be within a range of... Read More