• FCC Chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during European address
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     As Ajit Pai took the stage for a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, CNBC anchor Karen Tso noted that the newly appointed FCC Chairman’s top priority has been the dismantling of net neutrality, a cause, she added, that would likely make him popular with many in... Read more »
  • Google has shipped 10M Cardboard VR viewers, 160M Cardboard app downloads
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     Google is putting a lot of its virtual reality focus right now on its Daydream VR framework, but today Amit Singh, the company’s VP of VR, also gave an update on its earlier (and still active) effort in the area, Google Cardboard. He said that to date the company has shipped 10... Read more »
  • ResearchGate raises $52.6M for its social research network for scientists
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     As LinkedIn continues to reign as the world’s largest social network for the wider working world, we are seeing the rise of alternatives that are besting and beating it in specific verticals. ResearchGate, a Berlin-based startup that provides a professional network for the scientific community to connect with each other to share and discuss research, is... Read more »
  • SoundCloud revamps its subscription service with cheaper $4.99 option
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     SoundCloud has rebooted its paid membership plan with a new budget option less than a year after it was first launched. The Berlin-based company today revealed a cheaper tier of $4.99 per month, down from the initial $9.99 subscription that it rolled out last March, in a bid to make its plans more appealing to... Read more »
  • Xiaomi’s new Mi5c is the first phone to be powered by its custom chipset
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     Xiaomi may be skipping Mobile World Congress, the year’s biggest phone show, but it is still making news this week after it unveiled its first processor and the first phone it is powering. The device is the Mi5c, an updated model of its 5.15-inch Mi5 that it launched at Mobile World... Read more »
  • A year after Jasper acquisition Cisco expands the platform
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     Just over a year ago Cisco bought Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion, and with that transaction, created the company’s IoT cloud business. This week, Cisco is making a series of announcements at Mobile World Congress related to expanding the platform. When a startup like Jasper gets acquired by a big company like... Read more »
  • Samsung’s de facto leader indicted on bribery charges
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     The de facto head of Samsung, Jay Y. Lee, is facing the potential of years behind bars after South Korean prosecutors said today that they intend to indite him on bribery charges, the Wall Street Journal reported. Lee was arrested earlier this month on bribery, embezzlement, and perjury charges related to giving $37 million... Read more »
  • Walmart’s app will now let Pharmacy and Money Services customers skip the line
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     Walmart is today rolling out an updated app that will allow those visiting the store’s Pharmacy or Money Services desk to skip having to wait in line, the company says. After entering their personal information in the app, customers can order prescription refills or fill out other necessary paperwork from their phone. When... Read more »
  • Crunch Report | SpaceX Is Flying Two People Around the Moon
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    SpaceX is looking to fly two people around the moon and back late next year, Handle is Boston Dynamics’ newest robot, Pocket is Mozilla’s first acquisition, Uber fires exec for undisclosed harassment and WeWork gets a $4 billion investment from SoftBank. All this on Crunch Report. Read More ... Read more »
  • Innovation was the epic fail of 2016
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     The problem with the ongoing discourse on innovation is that it doesn’t answer the fundamental question of what exactly is meant by the term. Rather, we are inundated with simplistic calls for more innovation in government and complaints about why there isn’t enough. Read More ... Read more »