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Google is helping online news companies get money out of readers

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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Google is developing tools to help online news companies get people to give them money, as the Verge reports. It remains unclear how much of that money Google intends to keep for itself. The plan is to make it harder for people who can pay to read without paying. The changes should come in September. Arguably, companies like […]

Your new favorite beauty store: how Ulta beat Sephora

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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In 2013, beauty store chain Ulta welcomed a new CEO in Mary Dillon and ever since its star has been on the rise, Digiday notes. It wasn’t long ago that Ulta was considered something along the lines of an expanded drugstore beauty aisle, while Sephora was considered to be the market leader in beauty. French giant […]

Prisma’s artificially-intelligent machine vision tech is on the market

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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The company behind the photo filter app Prisma is shifting its focus away from the app and towards selling its technology to other companies, as reported by the Verge. You know, that app that can trick you into thinking bad phone photos are paintings? You know, that app that can trick you into thinking bad phone photos are paintings? That’s Prisma. […]

Changes are coming to Google’s search results page

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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As reported by TechCrunch, changes are coming to Google’s mobile search. Now: video previews Now, whenever your Google search query returns video results, Google will automatically play a six-second video clip on the results page to give you an idea of its contents. Don’t worry: the preview will be silent. Your search results will not be broadcasted to […]

The FDA is making food companies stop using trans fats this month

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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As reported by Bloomberg, the FDA is forcing food companies to stop including trans fats, or partially-hydrogenated oils, in food products this month. Three years ago, a deadline was set for companies to stop using trans fats in their products. Now we’re reaching that deadline. What are trans fats? Small amounts of trans fat may naturally occur in animal […]

Markets lurch as Trump talks and NEC director Gary Cohn considers leaving

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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The euro has been weakened against the dollar since the release of the minutes of the European Central Bank’s last meeting. But the dollar is having its own problems. The dollar has fallen since the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its last meeting in July, during which policymakers expressed concern about weak U.S. dollar inflation. The recent attack […]

Amazon looks into military food tech

  • Ashley Leader
  • 9 Months ago
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Could I interest you in a package of fully-cooked beef stew that sat unrefrigerated on a shelf for a year before being dropped on your doorstep? Or perhaps a vegetable frittata? That’s what Amazon might have in store for us — lots of non-refrigerated pre-cooked food. Amazon is reportedly looking into a process called microwave-assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS. This […]

China is using quantum cryptography to produce unhackable transmissions

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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China has proven itself able to use quantum cryptography to produce what are essentially unhackable transmissions. A Chinese group of researchers called the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale project, or QUESS, launched a quantum cryptography satellite into orbit in August last year. This satellite has enabled the QUESS project to send quantum-encrypted messages from earth to the satellite — […]

Malicious code can now jump from DNA to computers

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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We now live in a time in which you can use DNA to hack computer systems. The discovery was made by a group of researchers at the University of Washington made up of both computer science and molecular biology specialists. They focus on how information is encoded not only in computer systems, but also in biological systems, and […]

Facebook is making moves in the realm of video

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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In an effort to break into the video entertainment market, Facebook is introducing a new video platform called Watch. The platform will be made available to a select group of Facebook users today. Everyone else will have to wait to try it. In making this move, Facebook is most likely looking to open up new sources of […]

Disney and Netflix are about to fight over the kids

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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Over the past few years, Netflix has invested heavily in original movies and TV shows which are available exclusively on Netflix. This content works to attract new customers who want to find out what the House of Cards hype is all about. And it makes existing Netflix subscribers less likely to cancel the service since they would then be unable to access Netflix-exclusive content. […]

A Google employee’s manifesto calls for ideological diversity instead of gender parity

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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A manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” written by a software engineer at Google has garnered attention not only within the company but also throughout the broader media. The attention has been largely negative, as many commentators have found the manifesto to advance sexist arguments. The manifesto was originally disseminated via the company’s internal email, but it has now been […]

Tesla faces production challenges as its battery chief departs

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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Tesla, Inc. has a tough year ahead as it attempts to exponentially increase production even as its battery chief has just announced his departure. Tesla first unveiled the Model 3 in 2016, but it’s only this July that the company has actually delivered any of them. Pricing for the Model 3 starts at $35,000. That’s a pretty […]

Google and Facebook have a duopoly

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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The field of digital marketing is dominated by two Silicon Valley superpowers: Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc, the latter of which controls Google and a family of other companies including YouTube. Google and Facebook, which also controls Instagram, both have enormous masses of users and data. That gives them an advantage in the online advertising […]

How Google Can Track Disease Outbreaks

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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Google is now putting its massive power to work tracking disease outbreaks. Of course, it’s not really Google doing the work so much as it is the billions of people who type search queries into Google every day. Researchers at Harvard University have successfully created a mathematical model to track the spread of infectious diseases using Google searches, […]

Elon Musk Hopes to Connect NYC to DC Underground

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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On July 20 Elon Musk tweeted that he had “just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.” Musk added that the hyper loop would run from “city center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.” Earlier […]

ABB president claims robotics will create manufacturing jobs

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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During the TechCrunch Robotics Session on MIT’s campus, Sami Atiya argued that increased robotics use in industry will create rather than replace manufacturing jobs. Atiya is president of the Robotics and Motion division of ABB, a multinational corporation based in Switzerland. ABB specializes in technology in the areas of robotics, power, and automation. As a result […]

Lobbying Spending Spikes Against Paul Ryan’s Border Tax

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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Obamacare has proven unexpectedly difficult for Republicans to dismantle. As a result, the GOP is anticipated to focus the bulk of its future efforts on tax reform instead. The new GOP tax plan put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan includes a border-adjustment tax. Under this type of tax system, all domestic consumption would be taxed, while exports […]

IMF to lend Greece $1.8 Billion

  • Ashley Leader
  • 10 Months ago
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The International Monetary Fund has resolved to bail Greece out yet again, Bloomberg reports. To be precise, the IMF has approved “in principle” a loan of up to $1.8 billion to Greece. Just over two years have passed since Greece was unable to make a payment on a previous IMF loan. Greece has endured severe economic conditions […]