Friday 24 November 2017
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Weekly Roundup: Apple’s auto rumors, GoPro’s new units and CZI’s $3B pledge

This week, Yahoo got here clear a couple of 2014 hack, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan introduced an enormous funding to remedy illness, rumors swirled round doable automobile tech buy targets for Apple and the AI startup house continued to warmth up with a number of chat bot acquisitions. These are the highest tales of the week.

1. We obtained our arms on all of Apple’s new . A couple of consensus embrace that with two new finishes, digital buttons and water resistance for the iPhone 7, Apple is teeing up for the longer term. Apple’s AirPods point out its hardware-first strategy to turning into a real audio platform. Whereas they’re dependable, they’re removed from audiophile high quality. The Apple Watch has lastly grown into itself with the launch of the Sequence 2. The second iteration delivers on all of the qualities a good sport watch ought to have. macOS Sierra formally turned obtainable, too. Whereas this is probably not essentially the most thrilling replace, it signifies that after 15 years and 13 main updates, the Mac is now a mature platform.

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2. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative took to Fb Stay to announce its pledge to make investments $three billion over the following decade to assist remedy, stop, or handle illness the world over. The cash comes from the $45 billion group Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse Priscilla Chan began to advance human potential and equality.

three. Rumors abound in Apple’s autotech sector. Apple is claimed to be in acquisition talks with automobile producer McLaren and Lit Motors. McLaren advised the BBC that the corporate isn’t having any funding dialogue with Apple proper now, however the NYT wrote that Apple and McLaren have been speaking a couple of potential funding. McLaren’s assertion may imply that it’s an acquisition as a substitute of an funding, it has closed, or the dialogue has ended. Time will inform which means Apple will flip.

four. GoPro debuted three new units together with the GoPro Hero 5 and the brand new Karma Drone. However these merchandise really feel extra like iterations than revolutions, even two years after the corporate’s main launch. Regardless of an enormous quantity of enthusiasm and nice advertising and marketing, one can’t ignore the sense that GoPro could also be having hassle turning the web page.

5. The plot thickens for Rothenberg Ventures, the SF-based enterprise agency that has been concerned in an ongoing SEC inquiry. The agency is being investigated on the claims of misleading monetary practices together with wire fraud and financial institution fraud, amongst different monetary mismanagements. Now, the state of affairs has attracted the eye of the FBI and the U.S. Lawyer’s Basic, says one supply. A declare now states that Mike Rothenberg allegedly wired $5.2 million from Silicon Valley Financial institution with out investor permission. 

6. One other day, one other hack. Yahoo confirmed it’s working with legislation enforcement to analyze an information breach which affected account data of “at the least” 500 million customers. Yahoo says that the person account data was stolen in 2014 by a state-sponsored actor. The stolen data contains folks’s names, e mail addresses, phone numbers, beginning dates, passwords.

7. Airbnb filed a $555 million spherical with the SEC led by Google Capital and TCV. Nevertheless sources near the deal say Airbnb has not but closed the spherical, and that the corporate has the capability to extend the ceiling to the a $850 million determine. If all goes in response to the corporate, Airbnb would grow to be the fourth most useful non-public startup.

eight. Fb got here clear on a slight error in the way it offered video view time on its platform. A mismatch in how common video view time is calculated and the way it’s outlined — leading to that quantity being reportedly inflated by half or extra, for a brief interval of two years.

9. Whereas it’s onerous to consider that it took this lengthy, Twitter formally lower down on what counts towards your 140 characters. As a refresher, which means media like pictures, movies, GIFs, polls and Quote Tweets now not eat into your character rely. However hyperlinks nonetheless do. Yay?

10. Massive tech corporations are consuming up AI startups. Google acquired API.AI, an organization serving to builders construct conversational, Siri-like bots. Amazon additionally made a person rent of Navid Hadzaad, previously of chat bot constructing platform (as soon as referred to as GoButler). Starvation for AI tech solely proves that tech is able to unlock new potential in the case of voice.

11. An IT error gave the world a glimpse of North Korea’s on-line ecosystem – and it’s fairly meager. An Uber app safety engineer seen that North Korea had set itself to permit area directors to request a listing of its nationwide top-level domains. Engineer Matthew Bryant had arrange a script to look at for this and it was robotically copied. There are solely 28 .KP domains registered.

12. It got here to mild that Palmer Luckey, creator of the Oculus Rift, was the cash man behind a gaggle of Trump supporters calling themselves Nimble America. They devoted the non-profit to proving “that shitposting is highly effective and meme magic is actual” and their major objectives had been (or are) to disrupt on-line conversations and create humorous footage of Hillary Clinton. It’s not stunning that technologists would use their energy to hurt or confuse folks. However doing so utilizing a “shitpost” is.

13. Police use-of-force information is lastly coming to mild. Till just lately, information proving the systemic racism that ends in the police killings of unarmed black folks has not been broadly obtainable to the general public. However this week, the Division of Justice, led by Lawyer Basic Kamala Harris and Y Combinator-backed nonprofit Bayes Impression unveiled URSUS, a statewide tech initiative to gather police use-of-force information from over 800 police departments.

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