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A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:49
Tech companies working on artificial intelligence find that a diverse staff can help avoid biased algorithms that cause public embarrassments.

Google to Invest $13 Billion in U.S. Data Centers, Offices

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 01:20
Google is planning to spend $13 billion this year on data centers and offices across the U.S., Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said.

Boss Talk: Meet the CEO Making Yoga Instructors Filmmakers

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 23:09
Anjali Sud has overseen Vimeo’s transition from a would-be Netflix competitor to a tech company that helps filmmakers create online content. Since she took over, the number of subscribers who use Vimeo’s video tools has climbed to 1 million.

Netflix for News: Publishers Chafe at Apple's Terms

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 19:39
Apple’s plan to create a subscription service for news is running into resistance from major publishers who are balking at proposed financial terms.

Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods; Now They're Going Up

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:43
Whole Foods is raising prices again. Amazon cut prices after acquiring the grocer in 2017, but pressure from consumer-product makers has led Whole Foods to raise prices on hundreds of products.

Apple Loses Ground to Huawei in China

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:27
Shipments of Apple’s iPhone in China slumped far more than overall smartphone shipments there last quarter, while local rival Huawei’s sales soared in the world’s biggest smartphone market.

Activision Blizzard to Cut Staff in Broad Restructuring

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:51
Activision Blizzard said it plans to cut about 8% of its workforce as the company grapples with changes in how people buy and play videogames.

Your Company Wants to Know if You've Lost Weight

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:32
As more employers launch high-tech wellness programs that keep tabs on workers’ exercise, sleep and nutrition, employees worry about privacy and the consequences of opting out.

Google Cloud's Plan to Catch Amazon and Microsoft: Sales Reps

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:31
CEO Thomas Kurian plans to accelerate growth at Alphabet’s cloud-computing unit by expanding its sales team and boosting market specialization of sales representatives.

Lyft Founders to Tighten Grip With Supervoting Shares in IPO

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 04:23
John Zimmer and Logan Green are preparing to take near-majority voting control of ride-hailing company Lyft when it goes public this year, despite together owning a stake of less than 10%.

Peter Thiel's Data Giant Palantir Finally Raking in Cash

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 02:30
The tech company posted a jump in business in 2018—about $880 million in revenue, up from about $600 million—as it prepares for a long-awaited public offering.

Pentagon Drafts Artificial Intelligence to Fight Wildfires

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:43
The Defense Department said it is using its push into artificial intelligence to analyze reams of data gathered by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

Former Amazon Executive Emerges as Foe of Jeff Bezos

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 19:10
The National Enquirer attorney at the center of what Jeff Bezos is calling a blackmail attempt, used to have a much different relationship with the Amazon founder. For nine years, Mr. Bezos was his boss.

Rural U.S. Carriers Resist Proposed Telecom Ban Aimed at Huawei

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:50
President Trump is mulling an order that could ban Chinese telecom gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from rural carriers who rely on Huawei equipment.

Latest Funding Values Reddit at $3 Billion

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:57
Reddit was valued at $3 billion after a new financing round for the discussion forum that brought in Chinese internet giant Tencent as an investor.

Chinese Investment in Israel Raises Security Fears

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:58
Security officials are raising alarms over Chinese investment in Israeli technology companies, prompting the Israeli government to scrutinize the money flows and businesses to reconsider accepting Chinese funds.

DoorDash Reaches for More Than $6 Billion Valuation in New Funding

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 05:51
Food-delivery startup DoorDash is in the process of raising roughly $500 million at a valuation of more than $6 billion, according to a person familiar with the situation.

SoftBank Invests $940 Million in Nuro for Driverless Deliveries

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 05:25
SoftBank is investing nearly $1 billion in a robotic-delivery vehicle startup, a hefty injection of capital that could help accelerate the race to put driverless vehicles on the road.

New Rules Could Ease Patients' Access to Health Records

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 04:30
The Trump administration is proposing steps aimed at improving patients’ access to their own health data, bolstering efforts to bring information including insurance claims, hospital and doctor records to digital devices such as smartphones.

Jeff Bezos' Journey From Private Family Man to Tabloid Sensation

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:59
The Amazon CEO cultivated a persona of the billionaire who did dishes, until his company moved into Hollywood. There, he took on the trappings of a very different lifestyle, where people and events are much harder to control.