She understands how to get ahead of bad news that’s about to break and when to push startup founders to take responsibility for their actions.Because of her, Silicon Valley looks very different than it did even a decade ago.In the years that followed, many firms emulated Andreessen Horowitz’s strategy, hiring marketing and communications leads.She calls people like this guy “the outside nodes of the network,” and considers them strategic relationships that extend her reach.Spending large amounts of time applying her superpower to the problems of people she doesn’t know is a deliberate move to nurture her most important asset: her social network.“When the lights go on, I was like, ‘Shit,’” she says, waving her arms and shaking her hands at the memory.
There have been a lot of Google and Android related product announcements and launches in the past months, it’s almost too easy to forget that at least one new, and odd, device hasn’t yet.The Google Clips “wireless smart camera” has yet to hit the market, but that day might be approaching really soon.Spotted at the FCC as the G015A, Google’s somewhat controversial camera might be due any day now.Presuming people will be willing to invest $250 in this simple yet strange box.The Clips is one of Google’s strangest products yet.Obviously not a smartphone or a speaker (it has totally no audio capabilities), it is more like smart security camera except it isn’t.
A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit.Security outfit Onapsis warns that Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is vulnerable to the cryptocurrency miner exploit that was recently used to hack Oracle's PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers.Campaigns based on these security shortcomings have netted crooks $250K in digital currency, according to some estimates.Onapsis is warning of two highly critical vulnerabilities affecting Oracle EBS, released in Oracle's latest quarterly patch batch on Tuesday.Both were SQL injection vulnerabilities, one of the most common class of web application security flaws.The January patch batch collectively tackles 237 security vulnerabilities.
Vendors of industrial systems have joined the long list of vendors responding responses to the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities.So far, a dozen vendors have told ICS-CERT they use vulnerable processors, and The Register imagines there will be plenty more to come.Gold stars go to just two vendors: Smiths Medical, which has determined that none of its products are vulnerable; and OSISoft, whose PI System is vulnerable, and whose advisory includes anticipated performance impacts.Emerson Process and General Electric treat their responses as customer information only, and keep them hidden behind a regwall.So does Rockwell, for what it's worth, but the latter company at least spoke to The Register about the impact on its systems).Another seven vendors in the market said they are “investigating” the impact – ABB, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson (added points for giving the advisory a 2017 timestamp), Philips, Schneider Electric, and Siemens.
A team of experts in Mexico has discovered two linked underwater caverns that are more than 4,000 years old and form the largest known such cave on earth.The discovery of the cave system, which stretches 215 miles, could hold valuable information about the ancient Mayan population, which inhabited parts of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Guatemala, among other areas in the region.The cave holds hundreds of Mayan relics, according to Guillermo de Anda, the director of the Gran Acuifero Maya team, which is part of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.De Anda told Reuters that the caves are certain to shed light on how the Mayan civilization evolved.500 YEARS LATER, SCIENTISTS THINK THEY'VESOLVED GERM MYSTERY THAT NEARLY WIPED OUT MEXICAN POPULATION
Small-time YouTube creators are going to find it harder to make money on the site from next month when the Google-owned company implements new rules to help it focus its resources in a bid to please advertisers.YouTube came under fire from brands on multiple occasions last year when their ads showed up alongside extreme video content widely considered as unfit for the popular streaming site.Keen not to scare off big-name companies paying considerable sums of money to advertise on the site, YouTube said it’s implementing a new threshold for its Partner Program that will “significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community,” thereby reducing the chances of offensive content running with ads.The new rules mean that only channels with more than 1,000 subscribers or 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months will be able to make cash through the Partner Program.Up to now, creators only needed a total of 10,000 views on their videos to join YouTube’s revenue-sharing program, but the company claims that that threshold failed to surface spammers, impersonators, and other “bad actors.”The new threshold will also affect existing channels from February 20, 2018, so any creators with a channel that is currently making money from ads but has fewer than 1,000 subscribers or 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months will lose their revenue stream until their stats meet the requirements.
Image credit: ppl58 | Getty ImagesThousands of years ago, a guy named Aristotle had lots of ideas about everything from religion and ethics to medicine and science.He also happened to be a very persuasive speaker -- so persuasive that his teachings still shape the way we think about the world today.Aristotle developed an interesting theory about the art of persuasion.Modern-day influencers like Seth Godin and Neil Patel have spent years regularly putting out valuable content to establish their authority.Major brands all over the world spend millions on public relations to ensure their credibility remains as intact as possible, otherwise all of the goodwill and trust they’ve carefully built over the years will be destroyed.
The US House of Representatives on Thursday gave a boost to the government's surveillance powers.Lawmakers voted 256-164 to extend NSA programs that collect communications over the internet for national security purposes.The law that authorized the surveillance programs is set to expire on Jan. 19.Details of those programs became public in 2013 when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed them to journalists, who published stories in the Guardian and The Washington Post.The original deadline to renew the surveillance powers passed on Dec. 31 without a debate on the floor of either house on potential reforms.Congress voted to extend the programs temporarily until Jan. 19.
This year's CES saw the launch of a new robot dog, a TV the size of your average living room wall and a two-hour power outage, but there were tons of announcements to get wearable lovers excited too.Products including fully fledged running watches and fitness trackers, as well as high-end smartwatches made an appearance, but there were also a variety of strange new devices to help improve your life.Below we’ve run through some of the best wearable tech we’ve seen announced at CES 2018 so far this year.One of the most fitness-centric devices this year at CES was from mainstay Garmin, but it’s the first time the brand has brought music integration to a watch and the news was very much welcome.Everything else is here though, including GPS, a heart rate monitor and access to all of Garmin's top-end fitness tracking features too.Casio says the device can be recharged in four hours of sunlight, which will then allow for an hour of GPS.
The price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies dropped significantly today off the back of ‘news’ that South Korea’s government might ban trading exchanges.As ever in the world of crypto, the slightest ripple of information can be taken out of context, and that appears to be the case here.Reuters reported comments from Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki who said claimed his ministry “is basically preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through exchanges” following “enough discussion” with a range of government agencies, including the finance ministry.As Reuters itself points out, any draft legislation would require the approval of parliament which could takes months, if not years.Even if that were to happen, the timing seems off with local elections upcoming this year and bitcoin, ethereum and other coins hugely popular among young people in Korea.Looking back just weeks, today’s quotes also fly in the face of previous comments from the government’s financial regulators, which had said that it plans to prevent minors, foreigners and institutions from owning and trading cryptocurrency.
When you consider the success of the NES Classic and SNES Classic, it stands to reason that Nintendo would want to re-release all of its old consoles and handhelds under “Classic” branding.Rumors of a Game Boy Classic have been making the rounds for some time now, but if Nintendo is going to release such a product, it might want to hurry up, because Hyperkin might just beat it to the punch when it comes to tapping into Game Boy nostalgia.Gizmodo reports on a Hyperkin-made product tentatively called the Ultra Game Boy.Hyperkin has a prototype of this device on hand at CES 2018, showing off a handheld that looks somewhat similar to the Game Boy Pockets of the past.However, a Game Boy Pocket this is not, as it offers a number of improvements over the handhelds we carried around as kids.For starters, the Ultra Game Boy comes with a built-in backlight, something we didn’t get in the original Game Boy line until the Game Boy Advance SP.
In the wake of Olympic doping scandals and just before the Winter Games in Pyeongchang in February, a new book by Hastings Center President Emeritus Thomas Murray explores the use of biomedical enhancements in sport and the ways in which they can subvert the values that are fundamental to athletic competition.Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter and How Doping Undermines Them, published by Oxford University Press, examines why athletes use performance enhancers, the tactics for curbing their use, and questions about the legitimacy and fairness of anti-doping efforts.The book also delves into the contemporary culture of doping in Russia, of which Murray gained inside knowledge in his role as a member of the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) Ethics Board.Good Sport takes up many key questions, including:Why do we prohibit steroids and other drugs but not nutritional supplements?Why are super-slippery swimsuits banned, but not fiberglass vaulting poles?
And it certainly promises to be a busy one for Ofcom.“This will be the first full year, where we are equally weighted media and economic regulator,” said CEO Sharon White at an event at Ofcom Towers in London.This is perhaps one of the explanations for the blue-sky thinking with a lack of foundation.The regulator currently has 27 on-going work programmes, with plans to introduce another 43, and this doesn’t yet take account for various parts of the online world, where Ofcom is trying to figure out what its role actually is.Perhaps that was the reason for this morning’s detail-light meeting; showing the industry there is work going on behind the scenes.While competition between the telcos is one way in ensuring a fair price point for the consumer, Carter conceded Ofcom will have to plan a more active role in the community.
Fledgling fintech startup Petal has raised $13 million in a series A round of funding led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures.Other participatory investors include Third Prime Capital, RiverPark Ventures, The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Afore Capital, Rosecliff Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, New Ground Ventures, Abstract Ventures, Ride Ventures, Story Ventures, and The Gramercy Fund.Founded out of New York in 2015, Petal is setting out to provide an alternative credit card that doesn’t rely on traditional credit scores for consumers to qualify.This may be particularly appealing to younger users who have yet to build a sufficient credit rating.Using a process known as “cashflow underwriting,” which Petal said merges machine learning, big data, and common sense to “analyze an individual’s full digital financial record,” the platform assesses the money that you earn and save, alongside your outgoings, to determine your creditworthiness.This, according to Petal CEO and cofounder Jason Gross, helps paint a fairer and more accurate picture of how likely someone will be to repay what they owe.
"Superman vision" sounds like a useful tool to have when monitoring a smart home.Vayyar claims its sensors have just that at CES 2018, and oddly, the sensors see your home without even using a camera.By using radio waves and a 3D sensor, Vayyar can map where people are in a room.Since it's not relying on ordinary sight, it can even see through walls and smoke.By monitoring breathing, Vayyar can send an alert if someone stops breathing.By monitoring whether you're laying down, Vayyar can know if someone took a fall.
When marketers segment an email list, they have the opportunity to provide recipients with more relevant content, which may provide better value and could lead to higher conversions and more profit.In this free, 30-minute online seminar, we’ll recommend specific email list segmentation strategies for merchants selling in multiple channels, such as physical stores, ecommerce sites, and through marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, and Ebay.Email Segmentation Strategies for Multichannel MerchantsWe’ll address the following key points.Where and how a merchant’s customers buy has a significant effect on which marketing messages will work for them.Sending brick-and-mortar-specific offers to someone who buys only online makes no sense, nor does sending ecommerce flash sale notifications to a shopper who joined your email list at a physical store.
The masses are being misled into fearing automation and a nebulous super-intelligence, but it’s those with a working knowledge of how AI works – and how it can be exploited – that will be best prepared for the future of work.AI as a phrase has been around since 1956 when it was coined by American computer scientist John McCarthy, six years after English mathematician Alan Turing had published a paper called 'Computing machinery and intelligence' in 1950.That’s a lot of different, often unrelated technologies; AI is an umbrella term, and certainly not a general purpose technology.Research into AI is currently riding the wave of increased computing power and big data.Venture capitalists and technology giants such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple think so, and are investing heavily in research.It’s these companies that have unimaginably huge data-sets collected in the last few decades, and a vested interest in automating tasks on that data.
The Hogar Milo might not look all that different to a Google Home at first glance.Indeed, it shares much of the same functionality as Google's own smart speaker, since the Milo also responds to your voice commands via Google Assistant.It's a smart home hub with touch controls.Say the word, and you'll be able to control your smart home, check your calendar, ask for cooking instructions, search the web and more.Basically, the Hogar Milo will be able to do just about everything a Google Home can do.But thanks to built-in Zigbee and Z-Wave radios, Milo can also help bridge your smart home devices to the cloud.
Home security company Brinks is jumping into the smart lock arena with the new Array Smart Deadbolt, on display at CES 2018.The Array is a cloud-connected, Wi-Fi enabled smart lock that replaces your existing deadbolt.Unlocking the Array can be done through traditional keys, a backlit keypad or the Array app, available for iOS and Android devices, including the Apple Watch.With the Array app, you can lock and unlock the deadbolt remotely, activate geofencing, check the lock's status and schedule access with user codes.Notifications for lock activity keep lock owners in the know.The Array includes up to 100 e-Codes for temporary guest access.
Sure, fine, maybe it’s a bubble.A lot of people lost a whole lot of paper money, but it brought us a cheap worldwide fiber backbone and companies like Amazon and Google.Most “crypto tokens” are, in fact, just glorified hash values stored on the Ethereum blockchain — literally nothing more than a table of numbers like “address A: 10,000. address B: 20,000,” wrapped in standard blocks of code (the ERC20 and ERC721 standards, for fungible and non-fungible tokens respectively) so that they can be easily transacted.And as the price of ether has skyrocketed — to more than $1,000 as I write this — transaction fees have done so as well, so that the average fee for an Ethereum transaction is now around US$2.50.(Ethereum’s variable-gas-price mechanism doesn’t really help; fees are driven by supply and demand.And of course it’s not just Ethereum.