Bloglikes - Tech https://www.bloglikes.com/c/tech en-US Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:09:09 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/2A7FSEAJ0WI/ China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags.

The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as noted by the United States Department of Transportation. These defective airbags use a propellant that might rupture the airbag and cause serious injuries, or even deaths.

Tesla has begun a worldwide recall of its sedans that use Takata airbags, the firm said on its Support blog. It noted that the airbags only become defective based on certain factors, such as age. The recall does not affect later Model S vehicles, Roadster, Model X, or its more affordable Model 3.

The China recall involves Model S cars manufactured between February 2014 to December 2016, shows a notice posted on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla for comments and will update the article once more information is available.

The setback comes as Tesla is making a big push into the world’s largest auto market and tapping on Beijing’s effort to phase out fossil-fuel cars for China. The company recently reached an agreement with the Shanghai government to build its first Gigafactory outside the US, which will focus on making Model 3 cars for Chinese consumers. There is no target date for the factory to become fully operational yet.

Despite being an alluring market, China has been a major source of Tesla’s concerns over the past months due to escalating trade tensions and the rollback of government subsidies for green vehicles. Tesla responded by  for China to neutralize heavy tariffs on imported cars.

The Palo Alto-based company previously recalled 8,898 Model S vehicles in China over corroding bolts, which it claimed at the time had not led to any accidents or injuries.

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Vivo APEX 2019 bezel-less curved screen smartphone to be introduced on January 24 https://www.fonearena.com/blog/273177/vivo-apex-2019-bezel-less-smartphone.html Vivo introduced its APEX FullView Concept Smartphone with 98% screen-to-body ratio and an in-display fingerprint scanner at the MWC in February last year. Later it introduced the phone as NEX and the new NEX Dual Screen with a new design was unveiled last month. Today the company posted a teaser for APEX 2019 bezel-less smartphone ahead of announcement on January 24th. This shows a more curved design without the front camera or even the buttons on the sides. In a teaser on Facebook earlier this week, the company posted an image with a caption 'Natural Perfection'. Recent renders of the phone codenmaed "The Waterdrop" revealed a curved design without any notches, bezels, or physical buttons. This is expected to feature gesture navigation and pressure-based integration. It is also expected to feature large and improved in-display fingerprint scanner , similar to what OPPO and Xiaomi showcased earlier this week. We should know all the details when the phone goes official next Thursday. Source ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:16:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook News Blogging Xiaomi Vivo APEX 2019 Vivo APEX 2019 World's Oldest Periodic Table Chart Found At University of St Andrews In Scotland http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/AQ1FIMr3qLc/worlds-oldest-periodic-table-chart-found-at-university-of-st-andrews-in-scotland

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As Xiaomi Shares Sink, a Russian Investor Is Still Up $1 Billion https://finance.yahoo.com/news/xiaomi-shares-sink-russian-investor-024824201.html Milner, an early investor in Facebook Inc. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., quadrupled his money even though Xiaomi’s market value has tumbled by more than $18 billion since the IPO. The declines accelerated when a six-month lockup period expired on Jan. 9, promoting some investors to sell the stock.


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To elude the parking challenges, here’s how to get to the Women’s March LA, Jan. 19, using public transportation https://www.dailynews.com/2019/01/17/to-elude-the-parking-challenges-heres-how-to-get-to-the-womens-march-la-jan-19-using-public-transportation/  

Women’s March LA 2019 map. (Courtesy of Women’s March LA)

You’ve decided to take part in Women’s March LA 2019 and you know that the organizers are expecting around 250,000 participants.

Streets will be closed as early as 7 a.m. around Pershing Square and Los Angeles City Hall, according to the latest from Los Angeles Department of Traffic.

Plus, traffic and where to park will be a challenge around Pershing Square where the rally and march kicks off.

The organizers of Women’s March LA have a few suggestions on their website including using Lyft, the official ride share partner for the event. Go to Apple App Store to find Lyft, and if you’re a new user, use the promotion code LAWOMENSMARCH19 for $5 off for your first ride to the march.

Another option is to use the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, simply known as Metro. For those new to using Metro, all riders need to purchase fares on a TAP card. Regular fares apply on Jan. 19.

Metro advises that you purchase and load the TAP card ahead of time to avoid long lines. Purchase the card and load fare online at taptogo.net or at any Metro Rail or Orange Line station. Round trip fare is $3.50 and a day pass is $7.

Metro park and ride lots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check for a list of free and paid locations: www.metro.net/riding/paid_parking

Metro Rail will add additional train cars on all rail lines beginning at 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The Orange and Metro Silver lines will have additional buses.

Metro buses will be using streets surrounding the march including Alameda Street, César E., Chávez Avenue, Figueroa Street, and Olympic and Pico boulevards. Check Metro’s Twitter for updates and detours: @metroLAalerts

The starting point for Women’s March LA is near the Metro Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station.

Metrolink has scheduled additional trains on the Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Ventura lines to help participants attend the event. Metrolink passengers can transfer with no additional cost at Union Station to Metro Rail or Metro bus service to Pershing Square. Tickets for Metrolink may be purchased on Metrolink’s App on the Apple App Store and Google Play. www.metrolinktrains.com/womensmarch

Key addresses

  • Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St.
  • Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

Contact: 310-200-0124. www.womensmarchla.org

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Netflix says more 'choose your own adventure' shows are on the way after the success of 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' (NFLX) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/SK5FmzBSrgw/netflix-black-mirror-bandersnatch-choose-your-own-adventure-2019-1 black mirror bandersnatch

  • Netflix plans to make more interactive TV shows in the format of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," company officials said Thursday.
  • The movie was popular with viewers and excited video content makers, officials said.
  • Company officials see an opportunity in offering the system Netflix created to produce "Bandersnatch" to content creators.

The choose-your-own adventure format of "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" was a novelty when Netflix debuted the movie last month. 

But it'll soon become a lot more common, if the streaming video giant has anything to say about it.

"You should anticipate we'll do more of those [interactive shows] as we start to explore that format," Greg Peters, Netflix's chief product officer, said on a webcast Thursday following the company's fourth-quarter earnings report.

Read this: Netflix falls after slight Q4 revenue miss and solid subscriber-growth numbers

"Bandersnatch" is nominally about 90 minutes long. But viewers can determine the outcome of the movie by choosing different alternatives along the way. In total, the creators of the show produced five hours of video for it, giving viewers "countless" ways to experience the story, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said.

The interactivity of the movie excited and engaged consumers, company officials said. It also enticed video content makers.

The show "has got storytellers salivating about the possibilities," Sarandos said on the webcast."We've got a hunch that [the interactive format of "Bandersnatch"] works across all kinds of storytelling," he continued, "and some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it."

Netflix sees an 'opportunity' in interactive video

Netflix is also excited about it, and not just because such choose-your-own adventure shows could have viewers tuning into its service for longer periods.

Creating "Bandersnatch" was an intensive and challenging effort, company officials said. Netflix ended up creating a system called Branch Manager to make the process of producing the episode more manageable, company officials said in a letter to shareholders. The company plans to use Branch Manager to produce future episodes, officials said in the letter. 

But Peters seemed to imply that Netflix could eventually offer Branch Manager as a paid service to content creators or license it to them.

"In that challenge [of creating interactive shows] is an opportunity," he said. "It's an opportunity to bring technology to bear to create a tool set for creators to make that process easier and more effective."

Netflix posted mixed fourth-quarter results. Although it reported a strong rise in paid subscribers, its revenue fell shy of Wall Street's expectations and its own forecasts. The company's stock fell 4% on the news.

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Acxiom, a huge ad data broker, comes out in favor of Apple CEO Tim Cook's quest to bring GDPR-like regulation to the United States http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/vRS9sBO1GfU/acxiom-supports-apple-ceo-tim-cooks-call-for-data-regulation-2019-1 TimCook2016

  • On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for sweeping regulation of advertising data brokers— essentially, an American version of the EU's GDPR data regulation law. 
  • One of those data brokers is Acxiom, which said in a statement to Business Insider that the company also wants a national privacy law in the US.
  • The company said that it is "actively participating in discussions with US lawmakers" around the issue.

Acxiom, a large data brokerage, has come out in support of Apple CEO Tim Cook's quest to bring a law very much like the EU's GDPR to America.

"Acxiom, like Mr. Cook, also supports a national privacy law for the US, such as GDPR provides for the European Union," said the company in a statement to Business Insider. You can read the full statement below. 

These comments were made in response to remarks made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in Time Magazine on Thursday. The Apple exec argued that the US needs to rein in data brokers in order to give people true privacy when it comes to their data.

Data brokers are firms which act as middlemen, transferring data between different companies and parties — or as Cook put it in the op-ed, "a company that exists purely to collect your information, package it and sell it to yet another buyer." The biggest data brokers include firms like Acxiom, Experian, and Oracle.

"Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that's largely unchecked— out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers," the Apple CEO wrote.

In the statement, Acxiom said that it is "actively participating in discussions with US lawmakers" on consumer transparency, which it claims to have been voluntarily providing "for years." Still, the company denied that it partakes in the unchecked "shadow economy" which Cook made reference to in his op-ed.

"We agree that we must root out the nefarious players in the ecosystem, and   Acxiom’s data privacy impact assessment (DPIA) process ensures we don’t do business with questionable companies," the company wrote.

However, the company advocated for a single set of US policies, rather than multiple state laws.

"What everyone must understand is that the cost of compliance for all businesses in the US will be punitive and detrimental to our economy if everyone must adhere to multiple and independent state laws versus a singular, united set of policies across the US."

Read more:   Apple CEO Tim Cook on privacy: "we have to admit when the free market is not working"

Here's Acxiom's full response: 

Data privacy and data ethics are important subjects for businesses, law makers and people globally. Acxiom has long championed an ethical data use framework that promotes transparency, access and control for consumers while enabling respected brands to provide more relevant marketing to these same people.

Acxiom, like Mr. Cook, also supports a national privacy law for the US, such as GDPR provides for the European Union. Acxiom is actively participating in discussions with US lawmakers as well as industry trade groups to help ensure US consumers receive the kind of transparency, access and control Acxiom has been providing voluntarily for years. We believe it would be universally beneficial if we were able to work with Apple and other industry leaders to define the best set of laws that maintain the benefits of data in our economy while giving the necessary protections and rights to all people. What everyone must understand is that the cost of compliance for all businesses in the US will be punitive and detrimental to our economy if everyone must adhere to multiple and independent state laws versus a singular, united set of policies across the US.

As a leading provider of marketing services, solutions and data, Acxiom has led the conversation around the ethical use of data and technology to help companies make the advertising messages consumers receive more relevant than random. Like all companies that have consumer data, Acxiom must comply with all laws and regulations applicable to numerous industries and jurisdictions, including FCRA, HIPPA and the EU’s GDPR. As an example, in the UK, Acxiom undertook and passed a DMA audit to demonstrate Acxiom’s compliance with the   DMA code of Practice. In addition, Acxiom has always been proactive with industry associations across the globe, such as the ANA, DAA, DMA, and the IAB, all of which have established data use guidelines that mean genuine players in our industry self-regulate practices, even beyond current legal requirements. 

We agree that we must root out the nefarious players in the ecosystem, and   Acxiom’s data privacy impact assessment (DPIA) process ensures we don’t do business with questionable companies.   We look forward to working with people across the industry, including Apple, to ensure transparency, access and control is available to all people.

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Activists propose Amazon shareholder vote on facial recognition software https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/activists-propose-amazon-shareholder-vote-on-facial-recognition-software/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_all
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Court Rejects FCC Request To Delay Net Neutrality Case http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/sYd2o1XtuIU/court-rejects-fcc-request-to-delay-net-neutrality-case

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Walmart is looking for a CEO for a ‘stealth company’ that doesn’t exist yet https://www.dailynews.com/2019/01/17/walmart-is-looking-for-a-ceo-for-a-stealth-company-that-doesnt-exist-yet/ By Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. is searching for its next big technology star.

The world’s largest retailer has posted an opening for a “CEO, Stealth Company” who would lead the latest startup housed inside its technology incubator, Store No. 8. The executive will be responsible for “building a business from scratch,” the job listing says, working closely with senior Walmart leaders and serving as the “public champion” for the as-yet-undefined business.

One key skill is the ability to handle competitive threats and possibly “pivot strategy” just in case, say, Amazon.com Inc. decides to try and crush the fledgling unit.

Walmart created its incubator Store No. 8 two years ago to identify and capitalize on changes in the way people shop, by using tools such as virtual reality and self-checkout. The unit already includes several endeavors, such as Jetblack, a concierge shopping service for upscale city dwellers; Spatialand, a virtual-reality software maker acquired in 2018; Project Kepler, a push to compete with Amazon’s cashierless Go stores; and Project Franklin, which is still in stealth mode after hiring a Google veteran as its CEO year ago.

Walmart representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Store No. 8 is a reference to a Walmart location where co-founder Sam Walton tried out new concepts. It’s the brainchild of Marc Lore, who joined Walmart in 2016 when he sold his own startup, Jet.com, to the Arkansas retailer for $3.3 billion. The goal is to have a fast-moving, separate entity based in the heart of Silicon Valley that pinpoints emerging technologies that can potentially be used across Walmart.

Many of those technologies were on display at the National Retail Federation’s annual confab in New York this week. There, executives spoke about the industry’s promising digital future, but the optimism has been shaken by the recent downbeat holiday sales results from big retailers like Macy’s Inc., Kohl’s Corp. and Nordstrom Inc.

“There’s a lot of great new cool technology,” Walmart’s Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King said in an interview last week. “The challenge at Walmart is how do I scale those things?”

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Coinstar machines will start selling Bitcoin at the grocery store http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/W6eZ8hqKjb0/ You know those machines at the grocery store that transform your gallon jugs worth of change into more usable currency? They’re about to start selling Bitcoin .

To make this impulse shopping dream come true, Coinstar, the company behind those ubiquitous change-counting kiosks, has partnered with Coinme, a startup that operates a small network of cryptocurrency-dispensing ATMs around the country.

“Coinstar is always looking for new ways to offer value to our consumers when they visit our kiosks, and Coinme’s innovative delivery mechanism along with Coinstar’s flexible platform makes it possible for consumers to easily purchase Bitcoin with cash,” Coinstar CEO Jim Gaherity said in the announcement, first reported by GeekWire.

With 20,000 machines around the world, Coinstar operates a pretty huge network that could be enabled to dispense digital currency. As the company’s announcement states, there are “thousands in the U.S. market that can be enabled to accept Bitcoin transactions” though we’d guess it won’t hit those numbers for a while.

Coinme has digital currency ATMs in 11 states, including multiple locations in Texas, Washington and California, among others. While it’s not initially clear exactly how many machines will become Bitcoin-ready, Coinme’s site also states that the partnership will result in “thousands of places to buy Bitcoin.”

The Coinstar Bitcoin locator tool wouldn’t point us to any local kiosks when we tried, but if you can track one down, buying Bitcoin from the updated machines sounds pretty easy. It’s worth noting that you’ll need cash for the exchange — you won’t be able to trade digital money or credit for cryptocurrency here.

After sticking your paper money into one of the machines, the newfangled kiosk will dispense a voucher for a Bitcoin redemption code that points you to Coinme. The limit is $2500 and you’ll need to link a phone number to the transaction, though it’s not clear if you can just make one up to get around that kind of questionable requirement.

After last year’s wild highs and painful if inevitable lows, cryptocurrency’s cool off period might be here a while — particularly if the stock market keeps everyone battening down the hatches. Given that, the kiosks would have been met with more interest during the most feverish moments of early 2018 when everyone was trying to navigate the sometimes complex process of buying their first cryptocurrency. Still, given Coinstar’s ubiquity, the Bitcoin kiosks might pique the interest of some shoppers who just cashed out thirty bucks worth of nickels.

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  • Facebook is moving hundreds of employees to a new product-focused augmented reality group as it continues to quietly develop AR glasses.
  • The employees are being moved out of the research-driven Facebook Reality Labs and into a new specialized team overseen by two key hardware execs, Business Insider has learned.
  • A Facebook spokesperson said that Facebook is working on multiple different AR hardware products, but that they might not all ultimately launch.
  • A source who has tried a prototype of the glasses on said "they look like really high-end glasses."

Facebook is restructuring its efforts to build futuristic glasses as the company's augmented reality efforts inch closer towards launching a commercial product.

The Silicon Valley tech giant has moved hundreds of employees from its research-focused unit Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) to a new standalone product team focused on AR, Business Insider has learned.

The employees had already been working on AR tech at FRL prior to the move, and the shift indicates Facebook continues to be focused on developing augmented reality hardware and that its approach is shifting from something experimental and research-driven to a focus on delivering actual commercial products.

It's not clear exactly how many employees were transferred. One source estimated there were 650 employees within the Reality Labs group and that 60% of them were being transferred (just under 400), but Facebook spokesperson Tera Randall disputed this figure, instead saying: "A few hundred people moved out from FRL to work on AR product. We're growing both teams and expect FRL to increase by 20% this year."

Legendary programmer and games industry veteran Michael Abrash is in charge of FRL, and will jointly lead the new AR product team with Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, Facebook's VP of AR and VR (Virtual Reality). The changes were introduced around November 2018, Randall said, and have not previously been reported.

"We made a shift to a more functional organization last year and brought the AR product work into our product org and out of research, now that we are closer to shipping," the spokesperson said. (Some AR research will continue to be conducted through FRL.)

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On Wednesday, Facebook exec Rafa Carmago also announced he was changing roles, becoming the new VP of AR/VR hardware at Facebook underneath Boz. He now works alongside Ficus Kirkpatrick, who manages Facebook's AR and VR software efforts.

Excited to announce that I'll be leading Hardware for AR/VR at @facebook...and would like to welcome Ryan Cairns, who will now lead Portal. Launching @portalfacebook with the team was an amazing experience and I look forward to launching @Oculus Quest and more

— Rafa Camargo (@rafa_camargo) January 16, 2019

The AR team change follows a broader shakeup in Facebook's approach to experimental projects. In late 2018, as Business Insider previously reported, Facebook quietly scrapped the Building 8 umbrella organization that housed the various hardware and AR research projects.

Some of Building 8 was moved to Facebook Reality Labs — a rebranded version of Oculus Research, an older VR/AR-focused research lab at the company. Facebook now uses FRL to house some of its most far-out research — like brain-computer interfaces and "soft" robotics. These efforts are continuing as normal post-re-organization.  Meanwhile, the newly created Portal organization took responsibility for the eponymous Portal smart video chat device Facebook had just launched. 

Multiple AR hardware products in development

It's not clear if the AR hardware product closest to commercialization are the futuristic glasses Facebook has previously discussed, or another, undisclosed product.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased the company's vision for augmented reality glasses at Facebook's annual developer conference in 2017. A digital mockup of how the glasses might look, displayed to the crowd in an on-stage presentation, resembled ordinary-looking eyeglasses with the capability to superimpose digital objects in the field of view. Facebook has said relatively little about the project since then, although Kirkpatrick confirmed to .

According to a source that Business Insider spoke to, development of the AR glasses has progressed and there is now a physical prototype. The source, who had tried on a prototype of the glasses, said it resembled traditional glasses much more closely than the bulky AR headsets offered by Microsoft (the HoloLens) or Magic Leap: "They look like really high-end glasses ... it's light enough to not feel heavy on your face, and it wasn't light enough to feel like you could just sit down and break them."

The source said they had been told they were originally scheduled for a 2020 launch, but this had been pushed back to around 2022. However, Facebook's Randall disputed this, saying in a statement: " We have an exciting AR roadmap that includes multiple products, so your intel on release dates is wrong."

She confirmed that meant that Facebook is working on multiple different hardware AR products, but that they might not all launch. She declined to provide specifics.


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Educational Play Kit Company Osmo Sold to India’s Edtech Firm Byju’s for $120M https://xconomy.com/san-francisco/2019/01/17/educational-play-kit-company-osmo-sold-to-indias-edtech-firm-byjus-for-120m/

Byju’s, an edtech company based in India that claims a $3.6 billion valuation based on its sales success there, announced it has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based learning-through-play firm Osmo for $120 million.

Named after the teacher Byju Raveendran, who founded the company in 2011, Byju’s is making its first acquisition in the United States to advance its goals of expanding globally and adding very young children to its user base. The company, which announced the deal Wednesday, had already made inroads in the United States by securing venture capital from investors including Sequoia Capital, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and Lightspeed Venture... Read more »

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Android Q Leak Confirms System-Wide Dark Theme, Experimental Desktop Mode https://news.softpedia.com/news/android-q-leak-confirms-system-wide-dark-theme-experimental-desktop-mode-524578.shtml Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:30:05 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Google Linux CEO Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is embracing Amazon's Alexa instead of fighting it — and he wants to be friends with Google, too (MSFT) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/h6YHtEZ0DBw/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-cortana-amazon-alexa-2019-1 Satya Nadella and Jeff Bezos

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that it no longer sees its Cortana smart assistant as a competitor to Amazon's Alexa. 
  • Instead, Nadella says that he wants Cortana to be thought of as a skill, or app, for Amazon's Alexa — something that Alexa users can already try for themselves. 
  • But Nadella doesn't want to stop there: He says that there's no reason why Cortana shouldn't be available on Google Assistant, too. 
  • Rather than fighting Alexa and Google Assistant, Microsoft wants to be friends — in the same way that Microsoft puts Office on Android and iPhone, Nadella thinks that Microsoft can benefit from having Cortana available across platforms. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is signalling that change is on the horizon for Cortana, its voice-powered smart assistant.

Rather than focus on challenging Amazon's mega-popular Alexa assistant directly, Nadella says that Microsoft will focus on making Cortana available as a skill, or app, on other platforms. Indeed, last year, Alexa users got the ability to summon Cortana and vice versa, as part of a major partnership between otherwise-rivals Microsoft and Amazon.

"Would it be better off, for example, to make Cortana a valuable skill that someone who is using Alexa can call? Or should we try to compete with Alexa? We, quite frankly, decided that we would do the former. Because Cortana needs to be that skill for anyone who is a Microsoft Office 365 subscriber," he said.

But Nadella doesn't want to stop with the Alexa integration: He wants Cortana to offer a similar integration with the Google Assistant, which powers the Google Home speakers and other devices. Microsoft and Google haven't officially announced any such partnership, but Cortana is available as an app on both Apple iOS and Android. It is also integrated into the Windows 10 operating system.

"And you should also be able to use [Cortana] on Google Assistant. You should be able to use it on Alexa, just like you use our apps on Android or iOS. So that’s at least how we want to go," he said. 

Nadella's comments came on Monday at an invitational media day at the company's headquarters. Representatives for Microsoft and Google did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication. 

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Nadella says that the decision to pursue this strategy came down to this: He looked at the speaker market and decided that if Microsoft created its own rival to the Amazon Echo or Google Home, it would be an also-ran. And he believes he doesn't need to enter this young, burgeoning market category to take advantage of it.

This ties directly into Nadella's broader strategy for Microsoft, which has seen the company open up to competitors in unforeseen ways — including releasing its own version of the once-hated Linux operating system, or working on a version of its Edge browser for Apple's Macs.

"We are very mindful of the categories we enter where we can do something unique. A good one is speakers. To me the challenge is, exactly what would we be able to do in that category that is going to be unique?," Nadella said on Monday.

Notably, Microsoft has dipped its toes into these particular waters: In late 2017, Harman Kardon introduced the Invoke, the first and so far only smart speaker running Microsoft's Cortana. However, great hardware wasn't enough to offset its $200 introductory price point, or the limitations of Cortana itself, and the Invoke never really took off.

The context of Cortana

Also of note is that Cortana itself is going through some changes: In November, recently-appointed Cortana head Javier Soltero announced that he was leaving Microsoft. Meanwhile, the company has indicated that the next major iteration of Windows 10 will move Cortana away from its place of prominence in the search bar.

Still, Nadella believes that there's a lot of upside to Cortana, which offers deep integrations with the Microsoft Office 365 business productivity suite. Cortana can help users control their corporate e-mails and work calendars with their voice in an easier way than with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.

In that light, Microsoft seems to be betting that Cortana becomes something of a Trojan horse: Rather than get into the notoriously difficult hardware game — something Nadella knows all about, in the wake of the failure of Windows phones — it can use Amazon and Google to give it one more way to reach Office 365 customers. 

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After all, Office 365 is a major revenue driver for Microsoft, and this strategy could keep it more relevant in a world increasingly reliant on voice technology. With Amazon and Google getting aggressive about selling millions of smart speakers, Microsoft can ride the wave.

Furthermore, Nadella is taking the long view that eventually software will get so smart that the voice assistant speaker you use won't matter. Instead, people will tell lots of types of software to do all sorts of things for them, via voice, typing, gesture or what-have-you, and different agents 

"You are going to have devices, just like you have anything else, that you would grant to do things for you, even with voice," he said, adding that the idea that there will be just one way to talk to an assistant "makes no sense" to him.

Time will tell whether this strategy will pay off for Microsoft and Cortana. 

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Instagram influencers are so overwhelmed by hackers, they’re hiring hackers of their own to get their accounts back (FB) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/IprWhdu5kNY/instagram-influencers-using-hackers-to-get-accounts-back-2019-1 instagram influencers milan restaurant

  • Instagram influencers with thousands of followers are getting their accounts hacked and held for ransom.
  • Hacked influencers told VICE's Motherboard that Instagram has been slow to give them back their accounts, even after creators followed necessary steps for account recovery.
  • Some influencers have turned to 'white-hat' hackers to get their Instagram accounts returned to them, after being unsatisfied with Instagram's slow process.

Internet celebrities who have seen their Instagram accounts hacked and personal information compromised say they've had to hack back in order to get their profiles returned.

Several "influencers" told VICE's Motherboard that Instagram's process to regain control of their accounts is so slow and difficult they've been forced to find alternative means to recover their profiles. Despite repeated calls and emails to Instagram to help them out, hacked influencers say they only get unhelpful automated emails in return.

Influencers on social media have turned their online activity into lucrative full-time jobs, hawking products from advertisers to tens of thousands of followers. These social media accounts, on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, have become key to their livelihoods and hackers have taken notice. 

" I had an emotional breakdown," influencer Cassie Gallegos wrote in a blog post. "I had worked so hard to become an influencer, to make the life I wanted to be living, I had partnerships with Hotels.com, PierHouse Key West, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Living Proof lined up to name a few. GONE. ALL OF MY WORK WAS GONE."

According to the Motherboard report, many hackers gain access to influencers' accounts by posing as brands interested in sponsoring or advertising. Using emails containing phishing links, hackers access an influencer's Instagram account and change the email and password, which then locks out the account's rightful owner.

But when affected influencers have reached out to Instagram to recover their accounts, the Facebook-owned platform has reportedly been unhelpful. Instagram's policies say that without an account's email and password, users need to go through a verification process to ensure the user is actually the account owner. The process includes taking a selfie with a code Instagram sends directly to them written on a piece of paper.

Despite following appropriate steps, influencers told Motherboard their efforts were "to no avail." One Instagram influencer said in a blog post she only gained back her account after fans and others also reached out to Instagram and piled on the pressure.

Instead, users have turned to "third-party social media experts" and "white-hat hackers" to help them recover their accounts. One such expert told Motherboard he has tricks to speed up the progress on Instagram's end in recovering an account. Another method is identifying the person behind the hack, and then hacking that person as well in order to get the account back.

“We know that losing access to your account can be a distressing experience," an Instagram spokesperson said in a statement. "We have sophisticated measures in place to stop bad actors in their tracks before they gain access to accounts, as well as measures to help people recover their accounts."

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Motorola Razrs Are Coming Back, So Remind Me What Year It Is Again? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/geeksugar/~3/ySIlraA01gw/New-Motorola-Razr-2019-45689439

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We may no longer be sporting low-rise jeans, peasant tops, and Juicy tracksuits, but if the rumors are true, then we should all be prepared to feel like it's 2005 again pretty soon. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Motorola Razr - the flip phone that became one of the most popular phones of the early 2000s thanks to its super slim design - is making a comeback. Motorola's parent company, Lenovo, is apparently coming out with an updated version of the classic phone that will be sold exclusively to Verizon customers in the US as early as February.

If you're already hyperventilating over the thought of using T9 and pressing number keys an absurd amount of times just to type out a five-word text message, relax; the new model will reportedly be a foldable smartphone with a full touchscreen keyboard! That said, the price tag on the updated phone may be hefty, as reports say Lenovo plans to produce around 200,000 new Razrs that would sell for $1,500 each. Other possible phone features haven't been shared, but for $1,500, we can only hope that it's getting a major modern update.

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MoxiWorks goes for Upstream’s jugular http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheFutureOfRealEstateMarketing/~3/bT_OXndmNGg/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:16:35 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Technology Radio Data Management Upstream National Association of Realtors Brokerage Select Listing Data Alex Lange MoxiWorks Craig Cheatham York Baur MLS & Associations MoxiCloud Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary. http://languagehat.com/wales-inupiaq-sea-ice-dictionary/ Kifikmi Sigum Qanuq Ilitaavut/Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary (pdf, Google cache) is an impressive document of a bit over a hundred pages. Igor Krupnik, in his introductory essay, says “In the community of Kifigin, also known as Wales, Alaska, over 120 words have been documented for various types of sea ice (sigu) and associated phenomena in the local Kifikmiut dialect of the Inupiaq language,” and the book documents them with both verbal explanations and pictures. It begins with a summary in Inupiaq and continues with “Qanuq Ilitaavut: How We Learned What We Know” by Winton (Utuktaaq) Weyapuk, Jr.; some excerpts:

People often intersperse Inupiaq into their everyday conversations. Exclamations, endearments and teasing in Inupiaq can be heard among young adults. The few Elders still carry on their conversations totally in Inupiaq. The Inupiaq language in Wales has been severely impacted, but it survives. […]

The people of Wales have continued to hunt and use other subsistence resources even as the changes described above have taken place. The animals, plants, invertebrates, and environmental conditions remain the same. Global warming may have changed the timing of sigu, or sea ice arrival, the formation, departure and the thickness of the ice, but basically the environmental conditions are unchanged.

Scientifically there are many words and phrases, in English, to describe sea ice conditions. There are just as many, perhaps more words in Inupiaq for sigu, the sea ice. On St. Lawrence Island, hunters use more than one hundred words in their Yupik language to describe various forms of sea ice in their area. In Wainwright, over eighty words have been documented. The number of Inupiaq words for sea ice in Wales is, perhaps, comparable to that in Wainwright. […]

It is our hope that our Inupiaq words for sea ice and the English translations we collected here can help young hunters supplement what they have learned in English about sea ice in our area. Using the English translations they may begin to understand the changing conditions as they are affected by winds and currents. It is also our hope that they can learn and begin to use some of the Inupiaq words as a way to teach those younger than themselves.

The explanations are in both languages, e.g.:

Ikalitaq – Puktaaq ikaliruaq immami isruvaufituami.
A grounded floe berg that is in a shallow part of the ocean.

I approve of this sort of thing. (Thanks, Yoram!)

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Nike’s auto-laced future http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/SELr-cBzMxE/ Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe?

Haven’t you heard of Velcro?

How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down?

That’s the gist of the instant response I got when I mentioned the new Adapt BB, a shoe from Nike with, yes, powered laces that tighten to a wearer’s foot automatically. The shoe is an evolution of the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which is itself a commercialization of the Air Mag — a self-lacing vanity project that realized the self-lacing shoes mocked up for Back to the Future II.

When I tweeted about the Adapt and its companion smartphone app that allows for remote control of each shoe’s lace tightness, the immediate response was, in summary, “why?”

A sentiment followed up quickly with callouts to the Twitter account @internetofshit , which highlights devices that are unnecessarily burdened with wirelessly connected bloatware features. To be fair, this response is exactly the same one that Nike’s first self-lacing model received. But this time, the announcement also came right on the heels of CES, the natural home of needless electronic gadgets. People are so burned out by smart toilets that they were not ready to hear about shoes gaining a connected hardware component.

And, honestly, I get it. It’s a hard sell to say that the solution to a laceless design is to add about half of the hardware that goes into your smartphone and the ability to talk to your shoes with your phone.

But the Adapt BB is really working on two levels, and to tease out whether there is a there there when it comes to connected shoes, you have to consider the context.

Laceless

For a while now, the Holy Grail of shoe design has been the hunt for a truly “laceless lockdown” shoe for basketball applications. Not just a lack of laces, but enhanced lockdown — a fit that borders on custom-molded, preventing a player’s foot from moving around inside a shoe even in extreme cut or stop-short situations. Think cornering ability in a car coupled with adjustable seats — it doesn’t matter how hard the car can turn if it throws you all around the cabin.

Nike’s approach to this effectively uses a single cord and a motor to replace a traditional set of laces.

Nike rival Adidas is pursuing the goal in a different way, using interwoven textiles and self-tightening weaves in its N3XT L3V3L basketball shoe.

Regardless of approach, there are genuine, real benefits to trying to eliminate or evolve laces. The casual observer crapping on auto lacing may not realize that lacing and lockdown are actually an enormous problem for many pro players. The typical player has their shoes laced in the locker room and then leaves them laced that way the whole game unless they come off the court for some reason and have them adjusted. At times, they even have a coach take care of lacing for them, because it’s impossible to get enough torsion on their own to achieve full lockdown in their game shoes.

Then, that level of tightness is kept for hours as they play the game, allowing for no relief even on the sidelines. Not the best for players that already have bone weakness, and, honestly, not good for anyone, as blood flow aids recovery and prevents injury.

Nike says it commissioned an independent university study on the effectiveness of the Adapt BB system on lockdown that showed a 40 percent improvement and has testimonials from a host of (admittedly Nike-solicited or sponsored) athletes who have had a chance to try them. They all say the same thing: These shoes really do help achieve better lockdown, and the convenience of being able to set one or many pre-set lacing tightnesses and then choose to engage or disengage at will is a real benefit.

We’ll get into the long-term plans, but it’s important to remember that the market for this first model of Adapt is professional and semi-pro athletes. Though many consumers will buy them, Nike’s plans for casual shoes on the Adapt platform are down the road and these aren’t it, chief.

Still, those long-term plans are what make the whole thing more exciting than, hey, here’s a new pro tool for pros.

First, though, let’s talk about the hardware.

Hardware

The core of the Adapt BB and the device that makes Nike’s use of the much-maligned platform buzzword possible is a plastic rectangle that sits under the arch of the foot inside the shoes. Branded with the traditional swoosh, it contains a worm drive engine with back stop protection that coils the laces to the desired tightness then locks them mechanically to prevent slippage during play.

This, and the single wire that tracks through a maze of anchors over and up the foot falls under the umbrella of what Nike is calling FitAdapt tech. It’s the auto-fit component of the smart shoe stuff that Adapt BB can do.

There is, of course, a battery as well and a coil to enable induction charging from the shoe’s charging plate. And yes, a Bluetooth module to allow it to communicate with your phone.

The other stuff inside this box is fascinating, though, and is completely un-used at the shoe’s launch. But let’s dance around that for a minute.

The midsole is made of Nike’s Cushlon foam, a denser foam that doesn’t compress as much as some of its newer offerings like Zoom. This allows the module to sit under foot, recessed a few millimeters under the sole insert and invisible to a wearer’s foot. The insole is also made of a new sockliner foam, which focuses on impact distribution, spreading any point impacts from the box in the midsole over the surface of the foot.

Simply put: you can’t feel the motor.

Narissa Chang, Lead Mechanical Engineer and Jordan Rice, Senior Director of Smart Systems Engineering at Nike, explained that they conducted a massive amount of testing to make sure that the module continued to work in damp, high-impact conditions. The spec I was given was that the motor should easily outlast the shoe, so it shouldn’t be the point of failure.

The outsole is grippy, with great traction behavior and sharp cornering. I was able to wear test the shoe on two consecutive days and played a pickup game with other media folks on day two in them. The details of my performance will remain undisclosed, but the shoes performed admirably.

Here’s how the system works. You slip your foot into the shoe. If you’ve already set up a lace tightness, a new magnetic system (no longer pressure-based like the first Adapt) senses your foot’s presence and tightens them. That’s it.

If it’s your first run, you pair the shoes to the Adapt BB app, which will be on the App Store and Google Play Store. When you pair, you’re linking your shoes directly to your Nike+ account, so there is no chance of anyone either connecting to or controlling your shoes. No log-in, no control via the app.

Once the app is paired you’re able to choose a color to identify your shoes, which will appear in the LEDs that back the control buttons on the lateral side of the midsole, just aft of the mild outrigger.

The LEDs serve to ID your shoes and offer customizability but also to identify which of your lacing profiles are set. The app, in a feature that is launching in a couple of weeks, allows you to set up multiple tightness levels that you can switch between with a tap.

If, however, you want to use the shoes free of the app you can. If your foot is in the shoe you can single tap to jump to desired tightness or tap and hold a button to bump them back to “wide open.” You can also make micro adjustments by tapping the buttons. If your foot remains in the shoe it will eventually tighten back down due to the auto-lacing mechanic sensing your foot is still inside, but I’m hoping you can change that behavior for rest periods.

This means that if an athlete is on the court, they can adjust their shoes by button on the go.

This is one of those fundamental things that a lot of the Twitter Snark brigade was missing — this was essentially an impossibility for players up until this point. Precisely adjusting the lacing all the way up to full lockdown was something that typically required a coach to do. This isn’t hurriedly re-lacing to finish out a period, it’s getting the exact fit for right now on the court.

Players, for example, will tell you that after about a half hour on the court, their feet will swell, sometimes up to a half size. This changes their comfort level significantly. So they have a choice: either play with their shoes too loose for 30 minutes or tighten them enough to be painful by halftime. Not with an adjustable shoe.

The buttons, it should be noted, are pretty much mandatory in the NBA where phones are outlawed on the bench.

The shoe and tech, however, is approved for court play and Jason Tatum debuted them last night in the Celtics/Raptors game.

But outside of the immediate benefits for athletes, the hardware also telegraphs an interesting future for Nike’s connected future. The other components of the lace engine include things that you’re probably already carrying including a 3D gyroscope and accelerometers that measure multiple axes. This shoe can, if it chooses, determine things like gait, foot strike pressure, pace and even in-air motion of your feet.

Imagine, if you will, a coach that tells you you’re putting a foot too far forward or back during a layup or launching too late, or leaning back too far. This is possible with the hardware Nike already has on board.

And it is telling that none of it is enabled up front. Though it can do all of these things, it’s not doing them now. Nike feels that the solid benefit to pros of an adjustable lacing system that can achieve industry-standard-or-better lockdown is enough to launch this.

Everything else it can do is gravy and scene-setting for Nike’s future plans. Though they are predictably pretty reluctant to state future plans, plenty of hints are dropped at more connected shoes, clothing that connects to them and devices like smart watches and headphones that can work in concert to give you feedback about how your body is performing.

“When we think of it as a platform, we started with fit,” says Nike VP of Design Innovation, Eric Avar. “We quoted Bill Bowerman — he believed fit was the foundation of all of it. If you don’t have fit then other performance attributes of the product could be compromised.”

One other core component that Avar notes could become a focus of Adapt is cushioning.

“You can imagine adaptive cushioning in the future, obviously. So when we say platform we’re thinking holistically about the performance attributes of footwear and also starting to think about apparel.

Some brief notes that you might be wondering about:

  • Nike says battery life clocks in at between 10-14 days with multiple adjustments per day.
  • The shoe always reserves 5 percent battery to unlace the shoes to get you out.
  • Charging takes under three hours with the wireless charging mat to full.
  • There is currently no Apple Watch app, but Nike says they’ve been thinking about it.
Design and comfort

I was able to wear test the Adapt BB over two days in New York, including doing some warmup and playing a pickup game with media at the National Basketball Player’s Association court. The comfort level, I’m pleased to say, is well within bounds for a performance shoe. I’ve worn easily north of 1,000 different pairs of sneakers in just the past couple of years and I would have no problem wearing these off the court as well as on. It’s absolutely a ‘pro fit’, with a grippy, enclosed feel that facilitates cutting and cornering.

This shoe does not have the comfort level of a casual or lifestyle sneaker, by design, but Nike says it is bringing Adapt to those categories in 2019 as well. I’m happy to say that these shoes are just wearable, period, even for someone with a wide foot and high instep. The Adapt 1.0, by comparison, were heavy, stiff and rough to wear for feet outside the norm.

Aside from the Cushlon we mentioned and the crispy clear outsole, there are a few interesting design details worth mentioning. To me, the shoe is designed to evoke designs of Nike basketball past. The overall silhouette evokes the Kobe AD, which makes sense given Nike vice president and creative director of innovation Eric Avar’s work with Kobe and his line of shoes.

I also notice a shiny heel segment that throws off hints of the Jordan 11’s patent leather support band.

Avar also calls out the swoosh within a swoosh, saying that it’s meant to evoke the human within the shoe, being enhanced by the Adapt system.

It’s a good looking shoe. Intentionally designed to give off Nike basketball vibes, while still holding appeal for a set of early adopter enthusiasts that will likely wear them on and off the court.

Enabling technology

One of the most exciting ancillary effects of a self-lacing shoe is assistance that it can give people with fine motor skills or mobility issues. Having a shoe that can tie itself goes right from a first-world problem to a genuinely life-enhancing feature when you look at it through the lens of accessibility.

First up, no, I don’t think that the entire Adapt project is some sort of accessibility Trojan horse and that they’re doing all of this to let people who can’t tie their shoes for reasons out of their control wear dope kicks. But it’s absolutely bound to be a result of the platform, including its self-lacing feature, trickling down through the lifestyle and casual categories. Yes, this first pair is $350, but that’s already down from $750 from the Adapt 1.0. That’s quite the curve and it will continue to bottom out with scale.

I asked Chang and Rice specifically about whether accessibility was a part of their design and engineering conversation. They said that the Adapt 1.0 was just an experiment to see if they could commercialize this laceless design but that the moment it hit the public they got tons of feedback about how great this could be for accessibility. And the engineering team works directly next to the department inside Nike that works on athletes of all levels of ability and enablement.

So, while this is not the purpose of Adapt, I’m hoping that it will be an awesome effect of it succeeding. Provided it does, of course.

Pitfalls and potentialities

Performance benefits of a connected suite of Nike and Nike-compatible devices are, frankly, a safe bet. Nike is in the envied position of being an established purveyor of performance gear and sees a future in being able to offer some value here that will sell a lot of product.

But I think even this unrealized future of a connected performance suite is too narrow. I’ve written before about Apple’s position in the market and the potential it has to turn its devices into biometric enablers of identity.

Imagine a shoe that automatically pays as you cross the boundary of a toll booth or bus door. A bike that locks unless your cleats are in it. A shirt that can have an opt-in chat with your health app of choice and give a real window into hydration.

Nike is billing the Adapt BB as the first shoe that’s software upgradeable. Though there have been other electronically enabled shoes in the past, this is the first time that you could conceivably see one of these being able to get better before the natural course of time and wear makes them get worse. Pro athletes change their shoes sometimes as quick as one pair per game. The pro-am category though, could conceivably see a shoe they wear for a year or more gain features and abilities over time.

Seeing a shoe get the benefits of a piece of upgradeable software defines, I believe, is a major shift in the way that we think about clothing as a consumable and “degrade only” category. Buying a piece of clothing that gets better with time isn’t new, obviously, as leather boots and other animal skin clothing tends to take some time to break in before it even fits right. But outside of animal products, it’s rare — and a first, as far as I’m concerned, in performance wear.

The caveats abound, of course. There is a lot of ground between here and there, and Nike could stumble at many points on execution, scale or just plain convincing people that more devices that collect and utilize data are what people want or “need.”

It’s imperative that they tell the story carefully, following the strategy of providing solid, real-world benefits that feel not just as good but better than the analogue alternative. It’s also mandatory that Nike takes its stewardship of user data seriously. It’s a good sign that they mentioned responsible data use a lot during formal presentations and my informal chats across the design, digital and engineering teams.

Apple’s philosophy toward data handling was mentioned — and it makes sense as Nike has a similar arrangement with customers. You may give them data but they’re providing you a product for profit. It does not benefit them to misuse or misrepresent the way they might use future data that they read from your shoes or clothing. Examining incentives is important in a world where we’re getting closer to a high-fidelity, portable, digital profile without having yet decided who owns that profile — us or the companies that gather data on it.

But you have to walk the walk. As Nike rolls out the Adapt platform, it will be important to keep an eye on whether they are good stewards of user data.

Culture

One advantage Nike could and should leverage in its pursuit of creating actually useful smart clothing is its conduit into culture. This conduit takes many shapes but includes sneakerheads, basketball fans, hip hop culture and art/fashion collaborators. There are dozens of examples of failed attempts to make wearable smart clothing cool, functional and adopted at scale. In most of those cases, however, the efforts have come from companies without the ability to connect culture and tech with a strong organic link.

The Culture , as an organism, has an incredibly strong BS detector. It doesn’t matter how good the tech is or how disruptive a company’s business model — if it’s trying to create a true shift in consumer behavior (that’s exactly what   Nike is attempting) then it has to partner with culture. That can be via communities like the sneaker enthusiast early adopters or through institutions with rabid in-tune fan bases like the NBA or collaborators like fashion upstarts and artists who lend authenticity and a feeling of nowness to the product.

It’s one of the cardinal blind spots that remains in Silicon Valley, which views culture through the lens of engineering rather than art or fashion. It’s a huge reason why there are so many corpses of companies that have attempted this before. That and many of them did not have the advantage of a mature-to-the-point-of-saturation smartphone supply chain to take advantage of.

Positive and negative futures

Any time I write about passive connectivity I get a polarized response, not unlike the one people have had so far for the Adapt BB. It’s either a sign that we’re getting lazy, complacent or not paranoid enough, or it’s an amazing feat that points toward utopia. Neither one is likely to be totally true, though I would argue that we need to look at these things in a way that attempts to engage, discuss and influence them toward the positive end of the spectrum.

If the past decade has taught us anything, it’s that the future is going to happen, and if we don’t have the belief that it can be good, backed up with active participation in making it happen, then we’re doomed to more of the same.

In the near term, Nike has what it seems could be a lucrative opportunity to provide solid value for customers based on a portfolio of devices that enhance active lifestyles. In the long term, the company has a tougher but potentially much more impactful chance to outline a connected, wearable framework that rests on an honest relationship with customers and strong data stewardship.

There are only a handful of companies on earth that have the scale, execution ability and incentive structure to make this happen. Nike is one of them. This will be interesting.

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In dueling Uber and Lyft IPOs, two Google dealmakers named David share competing interests (GOOGL, GOOG) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/_bx3_7y0TSs/alphabet-bets-uber-and-lyft-ipo-2019-1 Davids_Google

  • Uber and Lyft have both confidentially filed for IPOs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and are expected to go public in 2019.
  • While the ride-hailing competitors have dueling IPOs, Google's parent company Alphabet stands to gain no matter who fares better.
  • Alphabet has substantial investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two venture capital arms, GV and CapitalG.

The 2019 tech IPO line up has promised plenty of side-choosing as ride hailing rivals Lyft and Uber prep for dueling multi-billion dollar public stock offerings.

Alphabet, however, has hedged its bets.

The Google parent company has made major investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two investment arms, CapitalG and GV. 

Both Uber and Lyft have reportedly filed confidentially to start the IPO process with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Uber is rumored to be weighing a $120 billion valuation, while Lyft could go public at a more modest $30 billion.

CapitalG and GV declined to disclose the value of its various investments, but it's clear from the rounds Alphabet participated in that the company has hundreds of millions — if not billions — wrapped up in both of the ridesharing companies.

Alphabet is in a unique position, perhaps rivaled only by SoftBank's competing investments in Uber, the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, the Indian Olo Cab, and Singapore's Grab.

There are not many other examples of investors playing both sides of the field — venture capital firms tend to avoid backing direct competitors because of stress it creates between founders and investors, as well as the logistics over which information can be disclosed to which people within a firm.

"As a general rule, we try and avoid investing in competitive companies," said Roger Lee, general partner at Battery Ventures. "It creates a lot of tension and a lot of anxiety, and it's something we're uncomfortable doing."

" When we look at a category we try to look at who is the best in that category," Lee added. " There's situations that arise where companies there weren't competitive on Day One evolve into similar markets over the years, but it's rare."

As big corporations like Alphabet and SoftBank take on an increasingly larger role in startup investing, the rules of the game are changing. 

Alphabet switched horses mid-race

David and Lyft

In fact, the story of Alphabet's multiple ride-hailing investments illustrates the new dynamics at play, and the horse-switching that can occur. 

Alphabet's relationship with Lyft dates back to May 2017 when Waymo — Alphabet's self-driving car business — struck a partnership with Lyft to collaborate on autonomous driving technology. 

Financial ties followed via Alphabet's CapitalG investment arm, formerly known as Google Capital. 

CapitalG invested in two of Lyft's late-stage funding rounds. It led Lyft's Series H, which was in October 2017 and completed in March 2018. Lyft raised $1.7 billion in that round at a $10 billion valuation, according to PitchBook.

Those investments were led by CapitalG partner David Lawee, the former vice president of corporate development at Google, where he managed the company’s acquisitions and investments. Lawee joined Lyft's board as part of the company's investment, and he plays an active role in the company's direction.

But before Alphabet teamed up with Lyft, it was betting on Uber. 

GV, the Alphabet-own venture capital firm formerly known as Google Ventures, led Uber's $258 million Series C financing round which valued the startup at $3.46 billion, back in 2013. It also invested in Uber's $1.19 billion Series D round in 2014, which gave Uber a $17 billion valuation.

That was long before Google self-driving car spin out Waymo sued Uber for stealing its trade secrets in February 2017. Needless to say, Google and Uber had a very public falling out. But their investment relationship stayed in place.

Google gave up its board seat but said it remained an "enthusiastic investor"

GV's investments in Uber were led by David Krane, former director of global communications and public affairs for Google, who now holds the title of CEO and managing partner of GV.

While Krane led the investment, it was a third David who held the board seat — David Drummond. Drummond, then senior vice president of corporate development of Alphabet, joined the board in 2013 and left in 2016 as tensions and competition grew between the two companies. 

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal at the time, Drummond said that he stepped down "given the overlap between" Google and Uber. “GV remains an enthusiastic investor and Google will continue to partner with Uber,” he said.

While Alphabet has a huge stake on the line, it isn't the only corporate investor with dueling interests. The Chinese ride hailing company Didi Chuxing invested in both companies, starting with Lyft in its 2015 Series E and 2016 Series F, then with Uber through a $1 billion round as part of its purchase of Uber's Chinese division, according to PitchBook. 

Uber also has corporate investment from Axel Springer, which owns Business Insider, Microsoft, and Baidu. Lyft's corporate investors include Alibaba, General Motors, Ford, and Comcast Ventures.

There's no obvious conflict in Alphabet's ride-hailing double-dose, given its now passive role as an Uber investor.

But with Alphabet involved in two of the hottest IPOs of 2019, the real competition might be which of the two Davids gets a bigger first-day pop with their investment.

SEE ALSO: 2019 was supposed to be a banner year for IPOs, but now it's turning into a 's---show'

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2 dealmakers named David: Uber and Lyft's expected IPOs will trigger competition at Google's in-house VC firms (GOOGL, GOOG) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/_bx3_7y0TSs/alphabet-bets-uber-and-lyft-ipo-2019-1 Davids_Google

  • Uber and Lyft have both confidentially filed for IPOs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and are expected to go public in 2019.
  • While the ride-hailing competitors have dueling IPOs, Google's parent company Alphabet stands to gain no matter who fares better.
  • Alphabet has substantial investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two venture capital arms, GV and CapitalG.

The 2019 tech IPO line up has promised plenty of side-choosing as ride hailing rivals Lyft and Uber prep for dueling multi-billion dollar public stock offerings.

Alphabet, however, has hedged its bets.

The Google parent company has made major investments in both Uber and Lyft through its two investment arms, CapitalG and GV. 

Both Uber and Lyft have reportedly filed confidentially to start the IPO process with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Uber is rumored to be weighing a $120 billion valuation, while Lyft could go public at a more modest $30 billion.

CapitalG and GV declined to disclose the value of its various investments, but it's clear from the rounds Alphabet participated in that the company has hundreds of millions — if not billions — wrapped up in both of the ridesharing companies.

Alphabet is in a unique position, perhaps rivaled only by SoftBank's competing investments in Uber, the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, the Indian Olo Cab, and Singapore's Grab.

There are not many other examples of investors playing both sides of the field — venture capital firms tend to avoid backing direct competitors because of stress it creates between founders and investors, as well as the logistics over which information can be disclosed to which people within a firm.

"As a general rule, we try and avoid investing in competitive companies," said Roger Lee, general partner at Battery Ventures. "It creates a lot of tension and a lot of anxiety, and it's something we're uncomfortable doing."

" When we look at a category we try to look at who is the best in that category," Lee added. " There's situations that arise where companies that weren't competitive on Day One evolve into similar markets over the years, but it's rare."

As big corporations like Alphabet and SoftBank take on an increasingly larger role in startup investing, the rules of the game are changing. 

Alphabet switched horses mid-race

David and Lyft

In fact, the story of Alphabet's multiple ride-hailing investments illustrates the new dynamics at play, and the horse-switching that can occur. 

Alphabet's relationship with Lyft dates back to May 2017 when Waymo — Alphabet's self-driving car business — struck a partnership with Lyft to collaborate on autonomous driving technology. 

Financial ties followed via Alphabet's CapitalG investment arm, formerly known as Google Capital. 

CapitalG invested in two of Lyft's late-stage funding rounds. It led Lyft's Series H, which was in October 2017 and completed in March 2018. Lyft raised $1.7 billion in that round at a $10 billion valuation, according to PitchBook.

Those investments were led by CapitalG partner David Lawee, the former vice president of corporate development at Google, where he managed the company’s acquisitions and investments. Lawee joined Lyft's board as part of the company's investment, and he plays an active role in the company's direction.

But before Alphabet teamed up with Lyft, it was betting on Uber. 

GV, the Alphabet-own venture capital firm formerly known as Google Ventures, led Uber's $258 million Series C financing round which valued the startup at $3.46 billion, back in 2013. It also invested in Uber's $1.19 billion Series D round in 2014, which gave Uber a $17 billion valuation.

That was long before Google self-driving car spin out Waymo sued Uber for stealing its trade secrets in February 2017. Needless to say, Google and Uber had a very public falling out. But their investment relationship stayed in place.

Google gave up its board seat but said it remained an "enthusiastic investor"

GV's investments in Uber were led by David Krane, former director of global communications and public affairs for Google, who now holds the title of CEO and managing partner of GV.

While Krane led the investment, it was a third David who held the board seat — David Drummond. Drummond, then senior vice president of corporate development of Alphabet, joined the board in 2013 and left in 2016 as tensions and competition grew between the two companies. 

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal at the time, Drummond said that he stepped down "given the overlap between" Google and Uber. “GV remains an enthusiastic investor and Google will continue to partner with Uber,” he said.

While Alphabet has a huge stake on the line, it isn't the only corporate investor with dueling interests. The Chinese ride hailing company Didi Chuxing invested in both companies, starting with Lyft in its 2015 Series E and 2016 Series F, then with Uber through a $1 billion round as part of its purchase of Uber's Chinese division, according to PitchBook. 

Uber also has corporate investment from Axel Springer, which owns Business Insider, Microsoft, and Baidu. Lyft's corporate investors include Alibaba, General Motors, Ford, and Comcast Ventures.

There's no obvious conflict in Alphabet's ride-hailing double-dose, given its now passive role as an Uber investor.

But with Alphabet involved in two of the hottest IPOs of 2019, the real competition might be which of the two Davids gets a bigger first-day pop with their investment.

SEE ALSO: 2019 was supposed to be a banner year for IPOs, but now it's turning into a 's---show'

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Here’s how SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will look motoring in from sea http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/gokmdC9EQSE/ If you’re coming back from space at high speeds, it’s generally safer to descend over water than land, for a number of reasons. Certainly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will do so, and this is how it’ll look when it comes back to land aboard the GO Searcher retrieval ship. Expect a bit more of a hero’s welcome, though.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the GO Searcher; it got a bit of publicity late last year when it underwent some helicopter landing tests at sea.

See, the GO Searcher isn’t just a giant mitt like the boats that are intended to catch falling fairings; they not only have to collect a large, heavy capsule from the surface of the water but accommodate (and potentially administer medical aid to) anyone on board. So this is more of a mobile headquarters than a utility boat.

Dock lurkers at Port Canaveral in Florida (near the famous cape, naturally) spotted the ship returning from, presumably, some mock operations out at sea.

PRACTICE OFF THE PORT: @SpaceX's upgraded Go Searcher vessel returns to Port Canaveral on Wednesday with an apparent mock-up Crew Dragon capsule aboard after a sea trial. Go Searcher will recover Crew Dragon capsules that splash down in the Atlantic. pic.twitter.com/tL5WgvNrsg

— Port Canaveral (@PortCanaveral) January 17, 2019

That does appear to be a Crew Dragon capsule (not likely an actual production capsule but a full-scale mock-up or prototype) on the back, so they probably were practicing snatching it up out of the water and setting it down softly in the boot there.

Coming back into port after practice will likely look a lot like this, though depending on the distance and mission it’s also more than possible that the safe astronauts, cosmonauts and other spacefarers will expedite their return by means of helicopter. The landing pad on the roof will be crucial if anyone is injured, of course (though there are medical facilities on board), but depending on where splashdown takes place — not to mention the weather — it might be preferable to take to the air rather than ride a slow boat to shore.

Whatever the case, you can certainly expect to see ships like this one arriving with great regularity soon. I’ve asked SpaceX for more details on this particular operation and whether it is related to the company’s upcoming Crew Dragon test flights.

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Verizon Blames School Text Provider In Dispute Over 'Spam' Fee http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/R72DGv0SMXM/verizon-blames-school-text-provider-in-dispute-over-spam-fee

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Judge orders net neutrality lawsuit to go ahead despite shutdown http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/N4De-FtJgpE/ This week the possibility emerged that the ongoing government shutdown could delay net neutrality’s day in court — but the court was not sympathetic to the FCC’s request that the lawsuit be put off. Oral arguments for this major challenge to the agency’s rollback of 2015’s internet regulations will go ahead as planned on February 1.

During a shutdown, federal employees — including government lawyers — must have specific authorization to continue working, since it’s illegal for them to do so without pay. In this case a judge on the case must effectively make that authorization.

The FCC is among the many agencies and organizations affected by the shutdown, and many employees are stuck at home. As such it requested a postponement of an upcoming court date at which it and several companies and advocacy groups are scheduled to argue over its rollback of net neutrality.

Shutdown could delay challenge of FCC’s net neutrality rollback

A counter-argument filed immediately by industry group INCOMPAS pointed out that during previous shutdowns, the court had not granted such requests and should stick to that precedent.

The judges of the D.C. Circuit Appeals Court appear to agree with the latter argument; the FCC’s motion was denied and arguments will go forward as planned on February 1.

This is definitely not good news for the FCC. While it no doubt has its ducks in a row as far as defending its net neutrality rollback and new rules in court (it has done so before and will again), it’s far from ideal that the case will take place after a prolonged absence of all the pertinent experts from their posts. Briefing the lawyers, updating arguments, responding to industry concerns — it’s not easy to do when all your staff is sitting at home watching “Bandersnatch” over and over.

The lawsuit against the FCC has lots of good points to make about the rules it has established and the process by which it approved those rules, so this is no mere formality or frivolous suit. And net neutrality champions are likely happy to hear that they may very well catch the agency flat-footed.

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Offerpad launches in Houston, eyes further expansion http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheFutureOfRealEstateMarketing/~3/wW3PJMhc9rg/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:17:24 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Texas Technology Lifestyle Radio Arizona Houston Industry News Select News Brief Ibuyers Offerpad Brian Bair Trent Capps Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes FBI Investigation Records, Millions of Department Files http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/AK5gARlnQhs/oklahoma-government-data-leak-exposes-fbi-investigation-records-millions-of-department-files

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