May 16, 2018 – SofttPlus.com

Day: May 16, 2018

Former YouTube exec unveils Next 10 Ventures, a $50M fund to back online creators – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Next 10 Ventures is a new firm that’s raised $50 million to invest in new digital content, and also in new tools and services for the creators of that content. The firm was founded by Benjamin Grubbs, previously global director of top creator partnerships at YouTube, who also serves as Next 10’s CEO. He’s joined […]

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Google acquires Cask Data to beef up its tools for building and running big data analytics – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Google is pushing hard on its efforts to build out a deeper enterprise business around Google Cloud, which continues to trail behind Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure when it comes to revenues and usage among organizations. In the latest development, Google has picked up Cask Data, a Palo Alto startup that specializes in building solutions […]

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This jolly little robot gets goosebumps – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Cornell researchers have made a little robot that can express its emotions through touch, sending out little spikes when it’s scared or even getting goosebumps to express delight or excitement. The prototype, a cute smiling creature with rubber skin, is designed to test touch as an I/O system for robotic projects. The robot mimics the […]

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Bannon and Cambridge Analytica planned suppression of black voters, whistleblower tells Senate – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various forms of meddling in the 2016 elections, former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were pursuing voter suppression tactics aimed at black Americans. Although Wylie insisted that he himself […]

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How ZTE became the focal point of US/China relations – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Here in the States, ZTE has been content with a kind of quiet success. The Chinese smartphone maker has landed in the top five quarter after quarter (sometimes breaking the top three, according to some analysts), behind household names like Apple, Samsung and LG. Suddenly, however, the company is on everyone’s lips, from cable news […]

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After Senate victory, House announces plans to force its own vote on net neutrality – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Hot on the heels of a surprising 52-47 Senate disapproval of the FCC’s new, weaker net neutrality rules, the House of Representatives will soon attempt to force a similar vote under the Congressional Review Act. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced in a statement and at a press conference following the Senate vote that he will […]

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Facebook faces fresh criticism over ad targeting of sensitive interests – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Is Facebook trampling over laws that regulate the processing of sensitive categories of personal data by failing to ask people for their explicit consent before it makes sensitive inferences about their sex life, religion or political beliefs? Or is the company merely treading uncomfortably and unethically close to the line of the law? An investigation […]

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Not lost in translation with Arul Menezes

May 16, 2018

Arul Menezes – Partner Research Manager. Photo courtesy of Maryatt Photography. Episode 24, May 16, 2018 Humans are wired to communicate, but we don’t always understand each other. Especially when we don’t speak the same language. But Arul Menezes, the Partner Research Manager who heads MSR’s Machine Translation team, is working to remove language barriers […]

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The SEC creates an educational ‘token’ to stop scammers – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

“Travel is expensive, but we are at the cusp of a revolution that will democratize travel and leisure for everyone,” reads the breathless whitepaper for HoweyCoins. “The Internet was the first part of the revolution. The other part is blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.” “I’m all about HoweyCoins – this thing is going to pop at […]

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Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

The Senate today voted 52-47 to disapprove the FCC’s recent order replacing 2015’s net neutrality rules, a pleasant surprise for internet advocates and consumers throughout the country. Although the disapproval will almost certainly not lead to the new rules being undone, it is a powerful statement of solidarity with a constituency activated against this deeply […]

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