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Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

Yesterday, Amazon announced that it would be ending its Underground Actually Free Program, a shopping app that offers free versions of apps such as Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, Monument Valley, or Office Suite Pro 8 for Android phone and Fire Tablet …

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A Change of Scenery for Startups

A Change of Scenery for Startups

Tyler Cowen is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of economics at George Mason University and writes for the blog Marginal Revolution. His books include “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.” Between 1940 …

5 Alexa skills to try this week

5 Alexa skills to try this week

Below are five Alexa skills you ought to try this week, selected from the Trending, New, Top Enabled, and Customer Favorites This Week categories from the Alexa Skills Store. In Alexa news this week, Amazon announced the release of Echo Look, an Alexa …

Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

Yesterday, Amazon announced that it would be ending its Underground Actually Free Program, a shopping app that offers free versions of apps such as Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, Monument Valley, or Office Suite Pro 8 for Android phone and Fire Tablet …

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Avoid This “Stealth” Dividend Cut Now

Imagine an investment that can double in value in 5 years while giving you a 12% income stream that has actually grown over time. And what if I told you there are a lot of these investments out there? They’re just not well known. The reason for that is …

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Life imitating art imitating…life? Netflix’s series about prison is involved in an actual crime, and Elon Musk is going back into the tunnels. We’ll explain. Or, it’s a very meta ad campaignHackers release most of …

Has tech lost its mind? Let's start with flying cars

Has tech lost its mind? Let’s start with flying cars

Jefferson Graham runs down those 4 wild tech announcements–from the flying boats and cars to drone goggles and Amazon’s closet camera, on #TalkingTech LOS ANGELES — It’ll be hard to top this week for wild, crazy technology unveilings. And some may even …

India’s Cash Crackdown Prompts More to Pay by Phone

India’s Cash Crackdown Prompts More to Pay by Phone

MUMBAI—Following India’s crackdown on cash, millions of residents who have never even used a credit card are leapfrogging into mobile payments, finding phone apps more accessible than plastic. The value of mobile money transactions have more than …

Blame terrorists if you get a speeding ticket while driving in France

Blame terrorists if you get a speeding ticket while driving in France

Drivers in France might be able to blame terrorists for their next speeding ticket, as police there crack down on mobile apps warning of their presence. It’s already illegal for smartphones and other GPS devices in France to warn of nearby fixed radars …

9 things your service provider wants you to know

9 things your service provider wants you to know

The relationship between enterprise IT and service providers can be difficult. IT has frustrations in achieving optimal service levels. Service providers, as it turns out, have an equal number of bugaboos when it comes to their enterprise clients …

Tinder Selfies Can Be Downloaded Without Users' Permission

Tinder Selfies Can Be Downloaded Without Users’ Permission

Space-mining may be only a decade away. Really. According to the report, a user of Kaggle, a Google-owned machine-learning platform, recently exploited flaws in Tinder’s application programming interface (API) to download 40,000 selfies posted on Tinder …

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey snaps up shares worth about $9.5 million

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey snaps up shares worth about $9.5 million

(Reuters) – Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey snapped up more than half a million of the company’s shares for about $9.5 million, a regulatory filing on Friday showed. Dorsey bought 574,002 Twitter shares in multiple transactions at prices ranging …

Bob Fabbio's eRelevance Offers Human Touch To Marketing Services Platform For SMBs

Bob Fabbio’s eRelevance Offers Human Touch To Marketing Services Platform For SMBs

A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Bob Fabbio, Founder and CEO, eRelevance There are plenty of tools and platforms for Marketers. In fact, Scott Brinker’s Martech site lists close 4,000 of them.

You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

You Think Google Search Is Free? Austria Seeks to Tax It Anyway

Austria is seeking ways to make digital services like Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. pay taxes for transactions with the nation’s internet users, trying to plug gaps in a tax system still designed for brick-and-mortar business. The most …

Analysis shows declining engagement with Trump's tweets

Analysis shows declining engagement with Trump’s tweets

His “FAKE NEWS” tweets don’t rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don’t excite quite the same old way. Donald Trump’s 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on his medium of choice has …

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

Happy Friday! Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week: 1) Spotify has acquired US blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, though no terms were disclosed. Mediachain Labs, headquartered in Brooklyn, has created a solution …

Daily Report: Cloud Computing Asserts Itself

Daily Report: Cloud Computing Asserts Itself

It’s been said before but it bears repeating: If it were not for its cloud-computing business, Amazon.com would have difficulty reaching profitability. On Thursday, we were reminded how important Amazon Web Services, or A.W.S., has become to the company …

SpeedCast: Satellite business growing off global military spending increase

SpeedCast: Satellite business growing off global military spending increase

Satellite communications service provider SpeedCast has said that as military spending increases under governments throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia, it sees an opportunity to grow. While Australia has not been a big …

Even the World's Largest Internet Companies Get Phished, Just Like Your Grandma

Even the World’s Largest Internet Companies Get Phished, Just Like Your Grandma

If you’ve ever been duped by a phishing scam, you can feel a little less stupid about it today, because you’ve been joined in that sad club by Google and Facebook. Advertisement Phishing attacks, where scammers pose as a trusted company or person via …

Could direct drive actuators push robots into the mainstream?

Could direct drive actuators push robots into the mainstream?

Despite major advancements in robotics and the huge potential it has to make our lives easier, robots are still mostly stuck in industrial settings. We have seen a few robots enter homes, healthcare, and other work settings, but for the most part, they are …

Microsoft appoints globally respected regulator to privacy leadership role

Microsoft appoints globally respected regulator to privacy leadership role

Microsoft announced today that Julie Brill, former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will join Microsoft to lead privacy, data protection and other regulatory issues as head of its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs Group. Brill will …

4 Reasons Amazon Stock Will Keep Doubling Every 3 Years

4 Reasons Amazon Stock Will Keep Doubling Every 3 Years

I was wrong about Amazon. In July 2015, I predicted its shares would double by 2018. Amazon – in which I have no financial interest – got there nine months ahead of schedule. Back then a share of its stock could he had for a mere $443 and as of April …

Yik Yak's anonymous chat app is shutting down

Yik Yak’s anonymous chat app is shutting down

The team confirmed earlier reports that some employees will join Square. Just four years after it started, Yik Yak is shutting down. In the past couple of years, issues like bullying have taken a toll on the allure of the anonymous internet, while this app …

Apple Wants iPhones To Charge Via Wi-Fi, Patent Shows

Apple Wants iPhones To Charge Via Wi-Fi, Patent Shows

Apple is looking into the possibility of charging iPhones through medium to long distance wireless charging technologies, a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing named “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas” made public …

NSA to stop reading certain American emails -- will delete some previously collected messages

NSA to stop reading certain American emails – will delete some previously collected messages

The government is supposed to work for the people, but sometimes, it can feel like it is against them. In a democratic country like the USA, where many officials are elected by citizens, you would think this wouldn’t be the case, but sadly, it often is.

Many Android Apps Contain 'Open Port' Flaws, Researchers Discover

Many Android Apps Contain ‘Open Port’ Flaws, Researchers Discover

Implementation failures, lack of security controls has left many Android apps vulnerable to attack via open ports, according to security researchers from the University of Michigan. Hundreds of Android applications on the Google Play store have a security …

Stephen Hawking issues familiar warning to China against AI

Stephen Hawking issues familiar warning to China against AI

It’s a pet obsession that both physicist Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur Elon Musk – two people credited with pushing the boundaries of technology and science in pioneering ways – have in common: Rampaging intelligence, borne within machines, could end …

Microsoft Windows 10 'Redstone 3' test build brings back My People feature

Microsoft Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3’ test build brings back My People feature

Microsoft’s latest Fast Ring PC Insider build brings back a feature that the company cut from the Creators Update: My People. Windows 10 Build 16184 for PCs, which Microsoft released to testers on April 28, includes this feature, which makes it easier to …

Interview: Lightform’s exciting new tech can turn anything around you into a screen

Interview: Lightform’s exciting new tech can turn anything around you into a screen

Back when he was at Disney Imagineering eight years ago, Brett Jones saw a demo of projected augmented reality that he thought was one of the coolest things he’d ever seen. It featured an entire enchanted forest set covered in projection, with lightning …

Yik Yak is dead, long live Yik Yak

Yik Yak is dead, long live Yik Yak

On Friday, the Yik Yak app officially closed up shop. The company’s founders, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, wrote up a short blog post saying that they would be “winding down the Yik Yak app over the coming week as we start tinkering around with …

Amazon’s cloud gain could be Google’s cloud loss

Amazon’s cloud gain could be Google’s cloud loss

Cloud is one of Alphabet’s fastest growing businesses. And the massive size of Amazon’s cloud offering, Amazon Web Services, and the growth of Microsoft’s own cloud business, Azure, is not good news for Google. Despite the fact that cloud is still a …

AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform: What we learned from tech earnings

AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform: What we learned from tech earnings

It’s not everyday that you get to gauge the quarterly progress of the top three public cloud providers in real time. But that’s what happened when Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet reported earnings within minutes of each other. Here’s what we learned.

Yik Yak to shut down

Yik Yak to shut down

LOS ANGELES — Yik Yak, the once-popular and ultra controversial app favored by college and high school students, prepared to shut down Friday, a victim of management miscues, fickle users and school bans. “We’ll begin winding down the Yik Yak app …

Google's CEO got a massive raise last year

Google’s CEO got a massive raise last year

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai had a good 2016. According to a new company filing posted Friday, Pichai’s compensation last year was worth over $199 million. (Most of it was stock, not salary.) That’s nearly double his total compensation in 2015, which was a …

Lawsuit accuses Uber of ripping off drivers, paying them smaller fares than what passengers pay

Lawsuit accuses Uber of ripping off drivers, paying them smaller fares than what passengers pay

The hits keep coming for Uber — and not the good kind. The embattled ride-share company, already buffeted by a barrage of lawsuits and public-relations crises, is being sued again. This time, a driver is alleging that the Silicon Valley behemoth’s fare …

Trump’s tweets aren’t rocketing quite like they used to

Trump’s tweets aren’t rocketing quite like they used to

WASHINGTON — His “FAKE NEWS” tweets don’t rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don’t excite quite the same old way. Donald Trump’s 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on …

Apple stops paying royalties to Qualcomm

Apple stops paying royalties to Qualcomm

It’s no secret, Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting relentlessly for a few months over royalty payments. Apple told Qualcomm that it would stop paying the disputed licensing fees. Qualcomm confirmed the aggressive move and said that its revenue and …

CEO Jack Dorsey just bought $9.5 million worth of shares after Twitter beat on earnings

CEO Jack Dorsey just bought $9.5 million worth of shares after Twitter beat on earnings

CEO Jack Dorsey has purchased an additional $9.5 million in Twitter shares — just two days after his company reported better than expected earnings for its first quarter. Dorsey bought 574,002 shares of Twitter on Friday, according to a filing with the …

Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuation

Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuation

Druva, CommVault and EMCRubrik, a startup that provides data backup and recovery services for enterprises across both cloud and on-premises environments, has closed a $180 million round of funding that values the company at $1.3 billion. The news confirms …

Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly videos

Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly videos

Part creation tool, part social network, the popular Musical.ly app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service’s users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music library …

NSA stops collection of US citizens’ e-mails about intel targets

NSA stops collection of US citizens’ e-mails about intel targets

Today, a spokesperson for the National Security Agency announced that the agency would end the practice of “upstream” collection of messages sent by American citizens—messages that were not directed to targets of NSA intelligence collection, but referred …

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Hands-free typing: Facebook’s brain-to-text initiative

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Facebook Spaces, a new virtual reality

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