Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

 Facebook’s latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out. The Watch tab sits in some premium Facebook real estate, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons on the main desktop navigation menu. On mobile, the feature hangs out at the bottom of the navigation bar where users can launch it with… Read More


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The White House has removed an important report on sexual violence from its website

 Since Trump took office, how many times have you asked yourself ‘What fresh hell is this?’ Today is one of those days I feel I’m asking every five minutes. Our current administration recently took down a 2014 report, published during the Obama administration detailing facts and information on sexual violence from its website. Civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky first… Read More


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Benchmark-Kalanick Uber board suit sent to arbitration

 We’ve just received the following statement from former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about the Uber-Benchmark lawsuit getting sent into arbitration. “Mr. Kalanick is pleased that the court has ruled in his favor today and remains confident that he will prevail in the arbitration process. Benchmark’s false allegations are wholly without merit and have unnecessarily harmed Uber and… Read More


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LeEco’s Silicon Valley offices are a virtual ghost town

 Last April, LeEco heralded the opening of a new Silicon Valley office in San Jose. The new building would be the home of the company’s US operations, with enough space to house up to 800 workers. The Mayor of San Jose was on-hand to help cut the ribbon.
Seventeen months later, the space appears to be a virtual ghost town. The company won’t disclose exact numbers, but did tell… Read More


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TravelBank raises $25 million to reward employees who save on travel budgets

 If you travel a lot for work, you know that there are two kinds of employees. There are those who spend less than the budget allows and those who push it to the very limit. Most people don’t feel incentivized to save money for their employer, so that’s why a handful of startups are attempting to solve this problem by rewarding travelers for cost-savings. TravelBank is the latest to… Read More


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The Instagif is a camera that “prints” animated GIFs

 Have you ever wanted to print an animated image? Well now you (almost) can. A maker named Abhishek Singh has created an instant camera that outputs a little box that contains a Raspberry Pi connected to a PiTFT screen. When you take a picture the camera transmits a short video to the screen which the plays it over and over again until you take another picture. The entire project is… Read More


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MIT CSAIL teaches a robot to follow contextual voice commands

 MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has devised a method by which robots can understand and respond to voice commands, stated in clear, plain language. The system is advanced enough to understand contextual commands, too, including references made to previously mentioned commands and objects.
The so-called ComText system (short for “commands in context”)… Read More


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A preview of the first wave of AR apps coming to iPhones

 Over the past few weeks I’ve been steeping myself in the developer and investor community that is quickly sprouting up around ARKit. There are a variety of reasons that people are excited about the possibilities but it’s safe to say that the number one positive that’s shared by everyone is the sheer scale of possible customers that will be able to experience augmented reality… Read More


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Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s taking the Uber CEO position

 The contract still needs some finishing touches, but Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has indicated to the Wall Street Journal today he plans to accept the Uber CEO position.
Though Uber’s board unanimously voted on Khosrowshahi over both GE’s Jeff Immelt and HP CEO Meg Whitman for the top position Sunday night, he hadn’t officially announced he’s taking the job at the… Read More


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Ember just raised $13 million for its popular, temperature-controlled mugs

 Two years ago, Ember launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to build a mug that keeps hot drinks and iced drinks cool. Contributors gave the company nearly $362,000. Fast forward and the five-year-old startup has now raised just north of $24 million altogether, including a $13 million Series C round that it quietly closed last week. The individual investors supporting the company… Read More


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