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Maxwell, Struggling Battery-Technology Maker, to Sell to Tesla

Battery-technology business Maxwell Technologies has agreed to be acquired by Silicon Valley electric car company Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) in an all-stock deal valued at about $218 million, the San Diego-based company announced Monday.Maxwell (NASDAQ: MXWL) said Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla would buy its shares at $4.75 apiece, a 55 percent premium over its stock price as of market close Feb. 1.Maxwell, which makes energy-storage electronics called ultracapacitors that some automakers use alongside ba...
Tags: Deals, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, San Diego, M&a, Maxwell, TSLA, Silicon Valley, Energy Storage, Merger, Electric Cars, Acquisition, Hybrid Cars


Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers By 2100

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Rising temperatures in the Himalayas, home to most of the world's tallest mountains, will melt at least one-third of the region's glaciers by the end of the century (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) even if the world's most ambitious climate change targets are met, according to a report released Monday. If those goals are not achieved, and global warming and greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rates,...
Tags: Asia, Tech, New York Times, Himalayas, Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Under, Hindu Kush Himalayan Region, Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment


Cryptocurrency Firm Loses $145 Million After CEO Dies With Only Password

QuadrigaCX, the largest bitcoin exchange in Canada, has claimed to have lost CAD 190 million (nearly USD 145 million) worth of cryptocurrency after the exchange lost access to its cold (offline) storage wallets. Reason? Unfortunately, the only person with access to the company’s offline wallet, founder of the cryptocurrency exchange, is dead. Following the sudden death of Gerry Cotten, [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Bitcoin, Canada, Cryptocurrency, Mohit Kumar, Cryptocurrency Mining, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Cryptocurrency Market, Exit scam, Cryptocurrency Scam, QuadrigaCX, Gerry Cotten


Google poured billions into its cloud business in 2018, outspending both Amazon and Microsoft (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN)

Google doubled its capital expenditure spending in 2018 to $25.8 billion, which included spending on offices and tech infrastructure. Its cloud unit also got the lion's share of new hires in the quarter, the CFO of parent company Alphabet said. Google's cloud computing efforts were a mixed bag in 2018 but the company on Monday said that it invested heavily in 2018, and will continue do so in 2019, albeit maybe not at the same pace. During its year-end earnings report on Monday, Google reveale...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Beyonce, Microsoft, US, Trends, Alibaba, Aws, Ibm, Oracle, Sundar Pichai, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Google Cloud Platform, Ruth Porat, Diane Greene


Highest Court In Indiana Set To Decide If You Can Be Forced To Unlock Your Phone

The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that police should not be allowed to force you to turn over your passcode or unlock your device. "The Fifth Amendment states that no one can be forced to be 'a witness against himself,' and we argue that the constitutional protection applies to forced decryption," writes the EFF. Last week, the non-profit digital rights group filed a brief making that case to the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to decide if you can be forced to unlock your phone. Fro...
Tags: Supreme Court, Seo, Tech, Indiana, Indianapolis, United States, Aclu, Electronic Frontier Foundation, State, Fisher, Indiana Supreme Court, Katelin Eunjoo Seo


Google Hired Microworkers To Train Its Controversial Project Maven AI

Google hired gig economy workers to help build out a controversial AI program that the company had paired with the Pentagon to build, according to a new report from The Intercept. "The workers were hired through a crowdsourcing gig company outfit called Figure Eight, which pays as little at $1 an hour for people to perform short, seemingly mindless tasks," reports The Verge. "Whether the individuals were identifying objects in CAPTCHA-like images, or other simple tasks, the workers were helping ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Pentagon, Defense Department


Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company isn't backing down from the challenge that 'Fortnite' poses to the Android app store business (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is holding the line on its app store economics.  On Monday, CEO Sundar Pichai said his company was sticking with its current revenue split with developers — which is a 30% cut on app sales and in-app purchases.  Pichai was responding to an analyst question about alternative app distribution channels — a not-so-subtle reference to "Fortnite," which famously circumvented the Google Play app store in protest of the revenue split.  Epic Games, the creator of "Fortnite," has been trying to r...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Google Play Store, Trends, App Store, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Epic Games, Business Insider, Sweeney, Apple Google, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, Google Analysts


Google parent Alphabet hit by rising costs

Google parent Alphabet reported quarterly earnings beating Wall Street expectations on Monday, but shares slipped, with investors apparently focused on rising costs at the technology giant. Alphabet reported a profit of $8.9 billion in the fourth quarter on revenue that was up 22 percent to $39.3 billion from the same period a year earlier. "With great opportunities ahead, we continue to make focused investments in the talent and infrastructure needed to bring exceptional products and experien...
Tags: Google, News, Alphabet


Even Apple Isn't Immune to AT&T's '5G E' Bullshit

AT&T is continuing to move forward with its bullshit strategy to rebrand slightly enhanced 4G service as “5G E,” 9to5Mac reported on Monday, with some of its customers who have downloaded the latest iOS 12.2 beta reporting that the 5G E icon has replaced the LTE service icon on iPhones.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Technology, Telecoms, Wireless, Att, 5g, 5g E Is Not 5g


ZoomInfo Bought by Washington Marketing Tech Firm DiscoverOrg

Business contact software company ZoomInfo is being acquired by Vancouver, WA-based marketing technology firm DiscoverOrg in a deal that aims combine the pair’s business and personnel intelligence into a single dataset to power enterprise marketing tools.Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that bought ZoomInfo in August 2017 for $240 million, declined to disclose how much DiscoverOrg paid for the Waltham, MA-based company or other terms of the deal.A source close to the deal...
Tags: Deals, Contacts, Washington, Boston, Trends, Tech, Outreach, SaaS, Vancouver, Salesforce, B2b, CRM, Marketo, Acquisitions, Waltham, Carlyle Group


Facebook to Bombay High Court: Can’t censor content on site (even before elections)

Facebook told the Bombay High Court that it could not censor any content on its site, in response to a petition to restrain any political advertisements, videos or messages 48 hours before elections. “We can’t self censor any content on the site.. this would violate the freedom of speech” [Facebook] In response to a petition to restrain any political advertisements, videos or messages 48 hours before elections (source). The post Facebook to Bombay High Court: Can’t censor content on site (ev...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Tech, Bombay High Court


Whatever you've got to say about Google, it can't hear you over the sound of it banking $85m a day in pure profit

Costs on the rise but still added $99m a day to its bottom line in Q4 2018 Google parent company Alphabet says it logged a 23 per cent jump in revenues in the final quarter of 2018, even as losses from its various side projects continue to mount.…
Tags: Google, Software, Alphabet


Apple Watch ‘fall detection’ feature credited with saving man’s life

One of the more interesting things about the Apple Watch is how the narrative behind the wearable has seemingly done a 180. Early on, the Apple Watch was positioned as something of a fashion accessory. Remember, for instance, the outrageously expensive Apple Watch Edition? Today, in sharp contrast, Apple prefers to tout the device as a fitness tracker and health monitor. Over the last few months, we've seen quite a few stories involving the heart rate monitor on the Apple Watch being used t...
Tags: Apple, News, Apple Watch, Norway, NRK, Toralv Østvang, Østvang


2018 Was the 'Worst Year Ever' For Smartphone Shipments (slashdot)

2018 was the worst year ever for smartphone shipments, according to the latest figures from research firm IDC. It means Apple isn't the only company fighting to keep people interested in buying new phones every year. From a report: IDC said 1.4 billion smartphones were sold in 2018, marking a 4.1 percent decline for the year in an industry that's accustomed to rapid growth. In 2014, as well, 1.4 billion phones were shipped, which means the industry seems to have regressed about 5 years. Shipment...
Tags: Apple, News, China, Samsung, Tim Cook, Xiaomi, Huawei, Idc, Msmash


It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for February 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch. The post It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for February 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Wearables, Trends, Smartwatches, Apple Watch, Apple Watch deals, Apple Watch Series


Account linking could make Instagram the heir to Facebook Login

Teens’ aversion to Facebook jeopardizes not only the company’s feed ad revenue, but its dominance as an identity provider. The Facebook Login platform keeps people tied to the social network in order to easily access other apps without a separate username and password. But for younger users who ditch or neglect Facebook in favor of Instagram, the tech giant stands to lose one of its most powerful wedges into our lives. Meanwhile, Instagram loyalists are forced to juggle multiple sets of lo...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Poshmark, Spotify Netflix, Facebook Login, Instagram Account, Ishan Agarwal, Finstagram, Instagram login, Instagram platform


Celebrating Chinese New Year in Argentina 9 Years Ago

Chinese New Year is a very important celebration for Chinese all around the world. During Chinese New Year’s eve, we had reunion dinner which means families get together for a dinner together. For some families, they work far from home and they take this opportunity to come back home to sit down for a reunion dinner with their families. However, how does it feel when you are not at home for Chinese New Year celebration? Well I had the opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year in Argentina 9...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Featured, Malaysia, Antarctica, Argentina, South America, Places, Headline, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Chinese New Year, Mercado, Yee, Argentina - Ushuaia


Gig Workers Unknowingly Helped Google and the Pentagon Build AI for Drones: Report

The future of artificial intelligence and war sounds dizzyingly high-tech, but that’s not always the case.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, War, Artificial Intelligence, Pentagon, Project Maven, Crowdsourced War


Is free expression online threatened by content removal?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Deep Learning 'Godfather' Yoshua Bengio Worries About China's Use of AI

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelligence, is worried about China's use of AI for surveillance and political control. Bengio, who is also a co-founder of Montreal-based AI software company Element AI, said he was concerned about the technology he helped create being used for controlling people's behavior and influencing their minds. B...
Tags: London, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Montreal, University of Montreal, Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio, Bengio, Amnesty International U K, Geoff Hinton, Element AI


Microsoft has a chance at beating Amazon for the 'most important cloud deal ever,' and it could change the balance of power in the cloud wars (MSFT, AMZN)

Six months ago, Amazon Web Services was seen as the clear winner in the race for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.  Now, Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives says Microsoft has a 40% chance of winning over AWS — far from a sure thing, but better chances than it had even a year ago.  Microsoft has stepped up its game on its Azure Government cloud, and it's leveraging it's four-decade- long relationship with the Department of Defense to be more competitive f...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, China, Trends, Department Of Defense, Aws, Ibm, Pentagon, Cia, Seattle, Amazon Web Services, Dod, Jedi, Ives


Is free expression online threatened?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Tesla Acquires Ultracapacitor Manufacturer For Over $200 Million, Reaches Deal With Electrify America To Deploy Powerpacks At Over 100 Charging Stations

Thelasko shares a report from Electrek: Tesla hasn't been known for making many acquisitions, but we've now learned that it has reached an agreement to acquire ultracapacitor and battery component manufacturer Maxwell based in California. The all-stock transaction worth over $200 million was announced by Maxwell this morning and we reached out to Tesla to confirm the news. [...] Tesla's acquisition of Maxwell might have little to do with ultracapacitors. The automaker might be more interested wi...
Tags: California, Tech, Tesla, Maxwell, Elon, Electrek, Powerpacks, Electrify America


Business Innovations of the Future

As a futurist, I often get asked to predict the business trends that organizations can afford to ignore, because, while they generate a lot of buzz, they are also likely to fizzle out. On the other hand, we must also pay attention to  business innovations  that are gathering such rapid strength that adoption is now essential. Let's look at a few. Blockchain A  blockchain  is a data structure that builds a digital ledger of transactions and shares it among a distributed network of computers...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Flexible Work, Skill acquisition


Serverless Keynote at @KubeSUMMIT | @DavidLinthicum @Deloitte @DeloitteUS @DeloitteOnTech #CloudNative #Serverless #DevOps #Kubernetes

In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That...
Tags: Google, Software, Sumo Logic, Amazon Web Services AWS Microsoft


Airplay 2 may come to Roku devices, leaving the Apple TV high and dry

Roku is reportedly in talks with Apple, working out the details of a deal that would allow the streaming video device maker access to Apple's Airplay 2 protocol, allowing users to easily stream their favorite content to Roku devices. The post Airplay 2 may come to Roku devices, leaving the Apple TV high and dry appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Home Theater, Roku, Airplay 2


Roku may soon improve Apple integration by supporting Airplay 2

Roku is reportedly in talks with Apple, working out the details of a deal that would allow the streaming video device maker access to its Airplay 2 protocol, allowing users to stream their favorite content to Roku devices. The post Roku may soon improve Apple integration by supporting Airplay 2 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Home Theater, Roku, Airplay 2


Alphabet Is in a Tumultuous Time, but the Business Keeps Booming

Google’s parent company, fueled by searches on mobile devices and YouTube’s popularity, continues to have strong financial results.
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Search Engines, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Pichai, Online Advertising, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Company Reports, Computers and the Internet, Sundar, YouTube.com


Legal Tech For The Legal Elite: Observations Of Two Conferences

Conversations about innovation in legal technology and practice continue to be stuck in the same echo chamber.
Tags: Technology, Law, Robert Ambrogi, Conferences / Symposia, LegalWeek, Inspire.Legal


Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that...
Tags: Google, Startups, Sergey Brin, DoubleClick, Syndication



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