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  • Crunch Report | First Hyperloop Will Be Built in UAE

    It’s looking like the first Hyperloop will be built in the UAE, Facebook is testing a job openings feature, Tesla plans to increase manufacturing automation by acquiring Grohmann Engineering, LeEco is hopeful that it can put the company’s finances back on track and Uber rival Karhoo shuts down. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Crunch Report | China’s New Cybersecurity Laws

    China has some new cybersecurity laws, starting in January 2017, Tesla will charge owners of new Teslas for Supercharger use if they drive more than 1,000 miles a year, Samsung leaks its AI plans for the Galaxy S8, Gmail for iOS gets an update and, on Election Day, Google will be refreshing election results every 20 seconds. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook’s Election Hub

    Google Capital has rebranded to CapitalG, Facebook hub gives its election hub top billing in hopes of making you a more informed voter, Wish is rumored to be raising $500 million, Lucas Matney was really impressed by Doppler Labs’ Here One device and the NFL is launching a virtual reality series on YouTube. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Crunch Report | GoPro Seriously Botches Earnings

    GoPro’s earnings report is pretty bad, Yelp to lay off 4% of workforce, YouTube upgrades its comments system, Ford has ideas for last-mile tech and the Obama administration looks to create 48 national charging corridors for electric vehicles. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    With its latest app, millennial-focused publisher Mic said it’s hoping to give you a full newsreading experience from your iPhone lockscreen. The app is an updated version of the MicCheck app, now simply called Mic. Anthony Sessa, the company’s vice president of product and engineering, told me that one of the big goals was to take advantage of the new rich notifications in iOS… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Instagram Shoppable Photos

    Today’s Stories  Instagram tests shoppable photo tags Google launches Tango AR smartphone system
    Mobile internet use passes desktop for the first time, study finds Sony’s profit down 86% but its costly mobile business has been shored up Will.i.am is back with another weird gadget Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John Mannes
    Hosted and edited by: Tito Hamze
    Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski
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  • CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN is launching a new app for Amazon’s Alexa platform and its line of Echo speakers that will connect the news network’s TV network more directly with the voice-based computing platform. With the new CNN skill, the company is making its on-air content available to Echo owners and other Alexa-powered devices as quickly as five minutes after it has been broadcast on television… Read More

  • You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    If you can’t get enough presidential election news – that is, you’re some kind of glutton for punishment – there’s now a new way to get automated updates with the latest poll numbers, along with other election news via Facebook Messenger. The New York Times has launched a new elections news service via its NYT Politics Bot for Messenger that will text you… Read More

  • Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

    Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

    Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebook to take fact-checking more seriously, too. Facebook has stepped into the role of being today’s newspaper: that is, it’s a single destination where a large selection of news… Read More

  • Pew: younger people actually prefer reading the news to watching it

    Pew: younger people actually prefer reading the news to watching it

    Well, great news for all those media publishers investing in video in hopes of better catering to young adults: a new study released this week from the Pew Research Center found that younger people are actually more interested in reading the news than watching it. Meanwhile, it’s the older generation who prefers watching the news instead of reading, Pew found. This to some extent… Read More

  • Crunch Report | GoPro releases the new Karma Drone

    GoPro releases the new Karma drone, Nikon launches 3 new action cams, Twitter makes changes looking for new users, Lyft outlined some of its ideas for autonomous driving, and Foundry Group raises $500 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake

    Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said today that the company faced “difficult decisions” when it deleted a post by a Norwegian journalist containing an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. Sandberg expressed regret at her company’s decision to repeatedly delete the photograph and said Facebook would do better at preserving newsworthy content… Read More

  • HBO will get a nightly news show in September, courtesy of Vice News

    HBO will get a nightly news show in September, courtesy of Vice News

    Making good on plans announced earlier this year, HBO and Vice Media confirmed today that the cable network will begin airing a nightly newscast program, called “Vice News Tonight,” beginning on September 26. The show will air on weeknights at 7:30 PM ET/PT — debuting hours before the first scheduled presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. The show will also be… Read More

  • Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

    Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

    Guns are bad (and good). The EU is great (and terrible). Mr. Trump is full of shit (and a genius). The news landscape is complicated and there is always another side to the story. Enter Discors, who today launched an iOS app and announced they’ve raised a healthy stack of Benjamins to help people get a deeper view on what’s going on in the world. Read More

  • AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

    AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

    The Associated Press on Thursday announced that it is now covering Minor League Baseball games nationally using artificial intelligence and software from Automated Insights, and data from MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the official statistics provider for Minor League Baseball. Automatically generated stories cover games that AP Sports’ human writers weren’t reporting on or traveling… Read More

  • Pew’s 2016 news media report is a tough read for journalism

    Pew’s 2016 news media report is a tough read for journalism

    The Pew Research Center’s latest annual State of the News Media report underlines how successful technology giants continue to be at creaming off digital ad profits, even as traditional news media faces ever intensifying pressure to find a way to sustainably fund journalism. Read More

  • Facebook kills off Notify news app

    Facebook kills off Notify news app

    Facebook’s attempt at a real-time, notification-based news app is shutting down. Today Facebook sent an alert to users telling them “Thanks for using Notify. We’re transitioning parts of Notify into other Facebook products, and the app will no longer be supported.” Facebook launched Notify in November, allowing users to select from over 70 publishers that they wanted… Read More

  • Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on the topics you care about. Read More

  • Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Like everyone else these days, Microsoft sure loves its bots. Now, the company has rolled out its own news-finding bot called “Rowe,” which lives inside the latest version of Microsoft’s Bing-powered personalized news reading app, News Pro. Rowe is an experiment with helping you keep up with the news that matches your current interests. You can ask the bot to show you news… Read More

  • The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    While the BBC is planning to take on Netflix by building its own “Britflix” on-demand video streaming service, on the news front, it looks like the UK media giant is cutting back to shore up its funds and figure out a better way of competing against (or within!) Facebook. Today, the many-tentacled public broadcaster confirmed that it would be closing down and… Read More

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