AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector data sets

 What are tech titans Google, Amazon and Uber agitating for to further the march of machine learning technology and ultimately inject more fuel in the engines of their own dominant platforms? Unsurprisingly, they’re after access to data. Lots and lots of data. Read More

More than 150 tech companies urged a court to shut down Trump’s latest travel ban

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Silicon Valley is once again striking out at Donald Trump's immigration policy.

More than 160 tech companies asked a federal court on Wednesday to kill the president's latest restrictions on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, Recode first reported.

Facebook, Google, Amazon, Snap, and Uber are among the many tech giants backing the legal brief filed to Virginia's Fourth-Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The document (which can be viewed in its entirety on Recode) claims the revised executive order would inflict "substantial harm on U.S. companies, their employees, and the entire economy."  Read more...

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TechCrunch’s first-quarter tech earnings season prop bets

 Here at TechCrunch, we tend to pay close attention to the earnings reports of the big companies. And for good reason! It gives us some insight into major technology trends and some signals that can help us not only predict what products are going to be around in a few years (not mentioning any names), but also directionally what kinds of startups might be successful. But! Sometimes these… Read More

Europe’s Rockstart accelerator launches an AI track

 Netherlands-based accelerator program Rockstar, which focuses on helping startups through their first 1,000 days, has launched a new vertical program for artificial intelligence startups — touting it as Europe’s first AI-focused accelerator. Read More

Europe’s Rockstart accelerator launches an AI track

 Netherlands-based accelerator program Rockstar, which focuses on helping startups through their first 1,000 days, has launched a new vertical program for artificial intelligence startups — touting it as Europe’s first AI-focused accelerator. Read More

It’s time for Google and Facebook to freak out about Amazon

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Amazon dominates online shopping, cloud computing, and now, it has its sights set on advertising.

The online shopping giant has been quietly beefing up its ads business in recent months, and Wall Street is starting to take notice.

An analyst at Morgan Stanley predicted this week that the company could pull in $5 billion in ad revenue by next year. For context, that's more than twice Snapchat's forecasted revenue for that year and about half of Twitter's entire market value at the moment.

That number could swell to $7 billion by 2020, according to the research note. Even so, Amazon would only make up a 4-percent share of the digital ads market, which is dominated by Facebook and Google. Read more...

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Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is ‘terrifying’

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The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night.

Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials to digital media — a market that Facebook and Google currently have in a duopolistic chokehold. Inter-agency competition is at a fever pitchUnconventional upstarts are eating their lunch. If Don Draper were around today, there's a good chance he'd work at Facebook.

But it's not internet advertising giants that keep the industry's top chief up at night. Nor is it his three-month-old daughter.

It's...Amazon?

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Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa clash at Mobile World Congress

google_mwc_161444 When Google launched Home at I/O back in May, the software giant was clearly gunning for Amazon Echo. In 2017, however, it’s Amazon that’s begun elbowing in on Google’s territory. At CES, Huawei announced plans to launch Alexa on the US version of its Mate 9 handset. This week at Mobile World Congress, Motorola followed suit, inviting Amazon on stage to help unveil a… Read More

24.5M voice-first devices expected to ship this year, but apps struggle to retain users

voice_report The next mainstream computing platform may not be bots, AR, or VR, but rather voice-based computing. According to a new state of the industry report from VoiceLabs, it’s estimated that there will be 24.5 million voice-first devices shipped this year, which will lead to a total device footprint of 33 million devices in circulation. If the prediction holds true, this would be a… Read More

Hot ‘Deals’ are the fake news of online shopping, and you’re all buying it

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Want to understand the problem of fake news? Want to do it while seeing how much money you just got schemed out of by Google, Amazon, or Facebook? Then take one look at the online holiday shopping bonanza: Massive corporations, peddling questionable information, to a public without sufficient tools to help separate the good from the bad.

Black Friday just gave way to Cyber Monday, and now, the internet's lousy with "deals." Consumers have already spent over $5.3 billion online this shopping season, according to Adobe (which doesn't even account for weekend or Monday spending, which Adobe expects to add on another $3.4 billion). But how many people spent that money under the guise of getting a "great" deal, only to get an average (or even downright bad) deal?  Read more...

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