Bill is a direct response to the deluge of sexual-harassment allegations from female startup founders.
Ethereum-based initial coin offerings (ICOs) are popping up every day, but everyone is still waiting for that killer service that really proves to the world that blockchain-based businesses are the future.
An upcoming token by esports betting platform Unikrn may not be the ultimate answer to that question, but it is one of the most natural uses of the blockchain architecture I’ve seen so far.
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Unikrn’s UnikoinGold token will be, simply put, a currency for betting on esports events. The company already launched a virtual coin called Unikoin in 2015, but it was essentially a virtual currency which could not be bought or traded — you could only get it directly from Unikrn. Read more…
When you’re as publicly reviled as Martin Shkreli is, finding a dozen of your peers who aren’t predisposed to hate your guts can be a tall order.
The “pharma bro,” who first rose to infamy when he hiked the price of a life-saving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent, was convicted of securities fraud earlier this month—a charge completely unrelated to his more notorious exploits.
That didn’t stop hundreds of would-be jurors from taking the opportunity to skirt jury duty by ripping on Shkreli before the trial even started. The jury selection process quickly devolved into a Comedy Central-style roast. Read more…
Everyone thinks automation will take all our jobs. The evidence disagrees.
As the industry buzzes about Amazon’s growing advertising power, its arch-rival is trying its best not to be outdone.
Walmart is now quietly bulking up its own online ads business, according to a recent research note from KeyBanc analyst Ed Yruma. Whereas the retailer previously used space on its site mostly for its own promotions, it’s now increasingly selling it to other brands and vendors.
Walmart’s already tapping into the same sort of cocktail that’s made Amazon such a potentially formidable force in the ads world: a valuable trove of data on customer shopping habits. The big-box retailer is now also plugging in information collected on in-store sales to give advertisers a fuller picture of the customers they’re targeting. Read more…
The press is grappling with a conundrum: how much coverage of the so-called alt-right is too much coverage?
Agreement is ride-hailing company’s second FTC settlement this year.
Uber has inspired countless businesses to adopt its asset-light and on-demand approach to their industries. The examples are countless. Food delivery, dry cleaning, jet planes, home services rental bikes, or even phone chargers to name but a few — but how about farming equipment? That’s the case in India, where a startup called EM3 AgriServices is helping rural farmers literally… Read More
Donald Trump is barely seven months into his scandal-ridden first term as president and he’s already dropped a ludicrous ad that both makes the free press out to be an enemy of the American people and sets the stage for a 2020 reelection campaign.
Because what we really need is another reason to drink on Monday.
And this ad … hoo boy.
It’s just 30 seconds long but, much like the Trump administration, it feels like it exists in a plane beyond our normal concept of time, where everything slows down and each moment feels like a fever dream that stretches into eternity. Read more…
Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer.
Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you’d never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It’s a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google.
Between fast-loading AMP articles from major news brands hosted in its domain, full pages of information scraped from outside sites that don’t require you to visit them, basic shopping functions built into ads, YouTube, and a host of other features, the Google-verse is more of a digital walled garden than ever. Read more…
Autoplay videos can be one of the most frustrating parts of social media feeds.
Facebook and Twitter turn this setting on by default to juice the view numbers for publishers and advertisers. But for users, it can be annoying at the least and, in some cases, downright disturbing—especially around violent news events.
But there is hope. It takes less than a minute to disable this feature on apps and sites alike. We’ve broken down the steps for each platform.
Click the downward carrot icon in the upper righthand corner of the home screen, and select “Settings.” Choose “videos” from the menu on the far left, then switch the setting for “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off.” Read more…
Many Detroit Red Wings fans were confused to see their favorite team’s logo waving among swastikas, confederate flags, and other symbols of hate at a massive white supremacist gathering in Virginia on Saturday.
One widely shared video shows a group of racists carrying homemade shields marked with the team’s insignia and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” as they poured into Charlottesville.
Lest you think that the Detroit hockey team has become a hate group, its front office said in a statement on Saturday that it “vehemently disagrees” with the Nazis who’ve repurposed its trademarks. The team said it’s “exploring every possible legal action.” Read more…
For all of Facebook’s big talk about video, it was still just part of the almighty News Feed.
Publishers hoping to capture a moment of a user’s attention looked for thumb-stopping moments, which gave rise to a new and not-terribly compelling format of video that remains endemic to Facebook.
Watch is something different. Facebook’s new original video program features TV-like shows made by media companies. Perhaps most importantly, the shows are showcased in a brand new section of the social network.
That’s enough to convince publishers, who have spent years contorting to fit into Facebook’s plans, that Watch could be big. Read more…
Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos.
Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them.
The company offers “innovative technologies in the area of off-line and real-time video manipulation, removing the border between reality and fiction,” described Siegfried Vater, an investor and partner of Fayteq, according to TechEu. Read more…
A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a small microscope connected to a phone. “The underlying principle of… Read More
The academic and commercial spheres are seeing rapid advances in AI technology. And the Pentagon wants in.
A collection of prominent names in the tech industry have teamed up with Toyota to work on developing big data systems to support self-driving cars and other future automotive advances. Denso, Ericsson, Intel and NTT Docomo joined hands with the Japanese car giant to announce the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium today. The group said it has plans to add “relevant global… Read More
Venture-capital firm claims former CEO duped board into approving expansion plant to retain control of company.
Data on what videos users watch and for how long makes new offering a formidable player.