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  • Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

    Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to…Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working ‘intensely’ on over the past few months. Dorsey says that critical decisions were made today in how to go… Read More

  • Vertex Ventures closes new $210M fund for Southeast Asia and India

    Vertex Ventures closes new $210M fund for Southeast Asia and India

    Vertex Ventures, one of the VC funds linked to Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek, has closed its third investment fund for Southeast Asia and India with a total of $210 million for investment. Vertex Venture Holdings operates five funds across the world, which include vehicles focused on the U.S., Israel and healthcare. This is the third installment of its fund for India and Southeast… Read More

  • Google Assistant now has a male voice option

    Google Assistant now has a male voice option

    Google Assistant is adding a little dimensionality to its voice characterization: The virtual AI companion got an update that adds a voice option called “Voice II” which sounds decidedly male (via Engadget). The second voice option is available in Assistant’s settings (not yet live for all, so your mileage may vary) and applies to the Home app as well as to your… Read More

  • The sorrow of Biz Stone

    The sorrow of Biz Stone

    A friend of mine wakes up every morning and reports every single instance of crass, homophobic, and racist behavior she sees on Twitter. She sees it as her duty, an ordering of things in an unordered stream. Her efforts are quixotic at best because when she wakes up and rubs the sleep out of her eyes the firehose still rages. Why does she have to do this? Because of Twitter’s success and… Read More

  • AI hype has peaked so what’s next? Crunch Network

    AI hype has peaked so what’s next?

    2017 has been the year of AI, reaching a fever pitch of VC and corporate investment. But, as with any hot technology, AI is outgrowing this phase of experimentation and hype. According to research firm Gartner, we’re past the “peak of inflated expectations.” Next up is a necessary recalibration of the space—one that will separate the winning AI-driven companies from all… Read More

  • Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

    Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

    Emilio Ferrara has been thinking about botnets for over a decade. As the first social networks climbed out of the mire, he noticed that they were very easy to game. Now, it seems, all of those early tools have finally been weaponized. I spoke to Ferrara about his research work as well as his fascinating study that found that Twitter bots can be used for good. In this episode of Technopia… Read More

  • Reactant is a new native framework for iOS apps

    Reactant is a new native framework for iOS apps

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Xcode, a small Czech team called Brightify has created Reactant, a framework that makes it easy to program iOS apps. The system is a Swift-based framework that offers live-reload of code, allowing you to add elements on the fly as you program. “The Reactant architecture dictates how to structure an iOS project from start to finish. It… Read More

  • BlackBerry, yes BlackBerry, is making a comeback as a software company

    BlackBerry, yes BlackBerry, is making a comeback as a software company

    When you think about dead companies walking, BlackBerry was clearly one that came to mind, but under the leadership of CEO John Chen, the company is actually making a comeback as a software company focused on security, and it’s latest quarterly earnings report suggests the pivot is working splendidly. The company reported revenue of $249 million, which shattered analyst’s… Read More