Snap is selling a dancing hot dog costume on Amazon

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:39:42 +0000
 This might perhaps be the most random thing I ever write, but here goes nothing. Snap, the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, is selling the dancing hot dog costume on Amazon for $79.99.If you’re a Snapchat or Bitmoji user, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. The dancing hot dog first emerged earlier this year when Snapchat rolled out an augmented reality dancing… Read More
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Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:23:25 +0000
 No surprise, Samsung is making the connected home a big focus of its annual Developer Conference this week in San Francisco. DJ Koh, the company’s head of Mobile Communications took to the stage at Moscone Center to reveal a spate of different announcements focused on connected devices, as the company works to build a cohesive narrative around its approach. Up to now, the… Read More
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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:10:16 +0000
 In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Read More
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‘Bad things happen,’ Facebook’s response to Russian election interference

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:02:35 +0000
 Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.  When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. “When… Read More
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Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:55:34 +0000
 There’s no doubt that our collective mobile device addictions are hurting real-world engagement for advertisers. This is especially true in professional sports stadiums, where looking down at your phone means you’re not paying attention to announcements, advertisements, and sometimes even the live game. One New Zealand-based startup think they have an answer to this problem. Dropit… Read More
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Garmin’s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:54:36 +0000
 If you’re looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin’s Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatches. It works well with both Android and iOS devices, has a built-in heart rate tracker… Read More
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MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:40:41 +0000
 The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk when it stopped disclosing machine design in 2012. MakerBot Labs doesn’t mark a full return to those roots, but it is carving out a niche for the DIY community that was once a driving force in its rapid growth. Read More
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The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:38:21 +0000
 There isn’t much to say about the new Sonos One that hasn’t been said about Sonos already. The company has long been the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio and their speakers, while small, are powerful and more than usable for music, home entertainment, and general merriment. So how do you make a good speaker better? Just add Alexa. The new Sonos One is a $199 fully… Read More
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AdHawk acquires Automate Ads to improve Google and Facebook ad campaigns

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:20:23 +0000
AdHawk dashboard AdHawk is announcing that it has acquired one of its competitors, Y Combinator-backed Automate Ads. Even if you weren’t a customer, Automate Ads may sound familiar because it was previously known as Kuhcoon, a social advertising startup co-founded by Andrew Torba, who has since been in the news for getting banned from the YC alumni network and for his social network, which has… Read More
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Abu Dhabi’s state fund just opened for business, right in San Francisco

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:53:44 +0000
 How fast the landscape seems to shift. SoftBank has been making waves in Silicon Valley since announcing its Vision Fund earlier this year. Now, one of SoftBank’s besties — the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates, called the Mubadala Investment Company — is also making a splashy debut onto the scene. Read More
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Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:52:36 +0000
 Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it’s testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google accounts, including those from Outlook (including Hotmail or Live), Yahoo, and elsewhere. The announcement, which was sent out via a tweet from the… Read More
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Veo Robotics raises $12 million for its vision of a harmonious human-robot workplace

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:32:27 +0000
 Since Isaac Asimov first laid out the three laws of robotics in 1942, human safety has been the No. 1 concern of the inventors, innovators and futurists who have pondered our place in the age of robots. But for robots to be able to ensure human safety, those robots must be able to see humans and recognize them as humans. That’s where Veo Robotics comes in. Read More
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