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Brian Roberts, chief executive officer of Comcast, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 10, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Comcast beat Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox in the battle for Sky after offering around 30 billion pounds ($39 billion) for the British broadcaster in a rare auction to decide the fate of the pay-television group.US cable giant Comcast bid 17.28 pounds a share for control of London-listed Sky, versus an offer of 15.67 pounds a share offer by Fox, the Takeover Panel said in a statement shortly after final bids were made on Saturday.To read more about the deal, click here.Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch in $40 billion Sky deal — and it shows just how much of a threat streaming services are to cable companies."The product still needs a lot of work": Ad execs say Instagram's IGTV has a lot to do after investigation exposes disturbing videos.
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The latest Audible update brings the app to your Apple Watch, so you can listen to your audiobooks and podcasts without an iPhone.The new feature takes advantage of watchOS 5, which just rolled out this week to allow third-party apps like Audible to play background audio from the watch.Just make sure you sync the book from your iPhone or iPad before heading out, as the Apple Watch doesn’t support streaming from third-party apps yet.The Audible app description mentions you can sync audiobooks to your Apple Watch via Bluetooth, but if you’re transferring over a big novel, it’ll probably take a while.But once you do, you’re free to listen to your audiobook or podcast at the gym, or anywhere you take your Apple Watch.The Audible app lets you pause, rewind, or set a sleep timer from your watch.
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Machine learning algorithms tend to be specialized — they excel at singular, highly repetitive tasks.(Think generating synthetic scans of brain tumors.)But a new paper published by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) describes something of an AI polymath: a model that’s equally skilled at both speech and object recognition.“We wanted to do speech recognition in a way that’s more natural, leveraging additional signals and information that humans have the benefit of using, but that machine learning algorithms don’t typically have access to,” David Harwath, a researcher at CSAIL and a coauthor on the paper, told MIT News.“We got the idea of training a model in a manner similar to walking a child through the world and narrating what you’re seeing.”To that end, their system learned to identify objects in an image by associating the words it heard in speech samples with regions in the picture.
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this is an opinion piece.on Wednesday voted in favour of the EU parliament for a new directive on copyright.A part of the copyright directive is article 11, often referred to as a ”länkskatt”.the Proposal means that anyone who wants to publish excerpts from the nyhetstexter must have a licence for this.The preview of the text that is displayed at, for example, a search on Google or news on Reddit then becomes licenspliktig.the Proposal is criticised unanimously by the scientific community.
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For any retailers or brands still wondering how to approach the holiday season, there’s only one thing to know: it’s a mobile-first world and it’s where consumers want to search, shop and buy.“Shoppers are continually on the go and this holiday season is no different,” said Rob Garf, vp, industry strategy and insights for Salesforce Commerce Cloud.“[Consumers are] looking to be inspired, to browse, and to purchase, so it’s imperative that retailers really tune to a mobile reality that we’re all living.”Instagram and shopping go hand in handInstagram referral traffic to retail will climb 51 percent year over year.This year, it will capture 20 percent of the total 5 percent.
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Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao (趣头条), or “Fun Headlines,” is expected to raise even less in its IPO than its recently adjusted total of $165 million, according to local media.The company initially hoped to raise $300 million when listing on the Nasdaq.However, late last week it updated its filing to reflect a 45% decline in its expected IPO financing.Now, according to individuals familiar with the matter, that figure has dropped to $84 million, marking a 72% decrease compared to the amount proposed in August.Its IPO prospectus shows the company plans to offer 16 million American Depository Shares (ADS), while it is being underwritten by Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities, China Merchants Securities [HK], UBS Investment Bank, and KeyBanc Capital Markets.Qutoutiao is the biggest rival of Jinri Toutiao.
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Taxitjänsten Uber is pouring in $ 150 million, corresponding to sek 1.3 billion, in the project.the Investment will be knocked out over five years, reports Techcrunch.in Total, Uber to expand the workforce by 300 people in the canadian finansstaden.The new tech hub to open in the beginning of the second year, and accommodate a total of 500 people.
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In 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid” to keep the campaign focused on what mattered.Over 25 years later, it’s time that companies start using “It’s the customer connection, stupid” for their own internal inspiration to focus on what matters.There’s a seismic shift that happened: Customer expectations around “service” and a connection are being reset across categories by customer experiences in a few categories.Those brands that have acted on shaping connections are winning, and here’s why and how.Before the 1960s and the introduction of 1-800 numbers and call centers, customers gave direct face-to-face feedback to companies or maybe wrote companies a letter.This was a very passive and reactive experience for companies handled by their customer service department, a cost center.
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Ele.me, Koubei Holding Firm Funding Is Set to Top Meituan-Dianping IPO —Yicai GlobalWhat happened: Alibaba has just recently formed a new overarching company for its food delivery platforms Ele.me and Koubei and already insiders are saying that the unit’s initial funding could exceed the amount its rival Meituan Dianping raised through its IPO.The unit received financing worth $3 billion from Alibaba and SoftBank and might raise even more while Meituan’s IPO raised $4 billion.Why it’s important: Food delivery continues to be a major point of rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent-backed Meituan Dianping.A previous report from Reuters noted that Alibaba’s food delivery unit could raise up to $5 billion reaching a valuation of $25 billion.The food delivery industry can be seen not only as a proxy war for Alibaba’s and Tencent’s payment services but also a battle for supremacy in the more larger O2O industry.
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Nvidia today announced its new GPU for machine learning and inferencing in the data center.The new Tesla T4 GPUs (where the ‘T’ stands for Nvidia’s new Turing architecture) are the successors to the current batch of P4 GPUs that virtually every major cloud computing provider now offers.Google, Nvidia said, will be among the first to bring the new T4 GPUs to its Cloud Platform.Nvidia argues that the T4s are significantly faster than the P4s.For language inferencing, for example, the T4 is 34 times faster than using a CPU and more than 3.5 times faster than the P4.Peak performance for the P4 is 260 TOPS for 4-bit integer operations and 65 TOPS for floating point operations.
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Yesterday unveiled Qualcomm its new platform Snapdragon 3100, which will be found in many future watches running Google's operating system Wear OS in the future.In connection with the presentation, even Qualcomm to Montblancs upcoming watch the Summit 2 is going to be the first watch that will be released with the Snapdragon 3100.Montblanc has not released any official photos of the watch yet, but design-wise it reminds of Montblanc Summit which was released last year which you can see in the image below.the Summit 2, however, is equipped with three buttons instead of just one like its predecessor.Jumping you forward on the link below to have WareAble some photos of the upcoming Montblanc-clock.Montblanc Summit 2 will be released next month and is believed to cost around 1000 dollars then Summit 1 costs around 970 dollars.
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Given media coverage on Epic’s very public snub of Google’s Play Store and an ensuing security exploit, you might presume Fortnite on Android was off to a rocky start.No one doubted the potential that the game has and Epic Games’ numbers, amounting to 23 million players in the beta alone, is proof of that.But while it does boast of how Fortnite for Android is a massive success even without Google, the game developer wants everyone to know it wasn’t easy getting there.The root of Epic’s pains is, as always, Android fragmentation.The sheer number of different devices running different versions of Android can be quite overwhelming.And even those that have the same chips can still differ in the version of the drivers they use.
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Researchers around the world are investing time and, well, energy into a process known as artificial photosynthesis.It’s a lot like how it sounds.Engineered devices take inputs like sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide (CO2), and churn out carbohydrates and oxygen, which can be used as fuel.If successful, artificial photosynthesis would be a win-win solution — it could provide a renewable source of energy and make use of CO2 sequestered from fossil fuel plants.We’re not there yet but progress over the last decade has put renewed steam into the scientific pursuit of an efficient artificial photosynthesis technique.By combining organic and synthetic parts in a process called “semi-artificial” photosynthesis, they’ve developed a proof of concept that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using modified photosynthetic mechanisms from plants.
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Folks around the planet are today unable to use Microsoft Skype and Office 365's Outlook due to a baffling "Throttled" error message.The weird text box pops up in the chat software and cloud-backed email client, preventing people from sending messages, and talking to contacts.This is, according to Microsoft, due to a botched update to Azure's backend authentication systems.The internal upgrade was introduced as its engineers brought servers knocked out by storms in Texas back online.Outlook Web Access is said to be unaffected.According to mailing list chatter among IT bods and other sysadmins seen by The Register in the past hour, as well as tweets and Reddit threads, the outage is hitting businesses and subscribers at least throughout America, Canada, the UK, and Europe.
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The European Commission is about to require Netflix, Amazon, and other video streaming companies to dedicate at least 30 percent of their catalogs to locally produced content, Variety reports today.A final vote approving the change is expected in December.Superficially, the new rules wouldn’t necessarily have a huge impact on streaming companies: Netflix is already reportedly close to having 30 percent European content, and the European Union will soon publish a report showing the percentages of European works across multiple streaming platforms.To comply with the rules, any service operating within the EU could merely maintain a similar “European” fraction of its overall catalog.However, specifics of the commission’s plan could add serious complications that effectively fragment both a service’s catalog and pricing depending on the country where it’s being viewed.According to the report, the law will give each of the European Union’s 28 member states 20 months to apply the laws, allowing each country to choose whether to raise the European quota from 30 to 40 percent, as well as whether to have a country-specific sub-quota for local production.
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Nobody like Bixby, except the people who work for Samsung.Part of that is because Bixby launched and wasn't very good, with little happening in recent times to improve its position compared to the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant.But it seems Samsung is willing to work with the competition if it means improving Bixby's standing among the world's voice assistants.When asked about the possibility of integrating Google Assistant into its smart home devices at IFA, Kim Hyun-Suk, Samsung's president and CEO of consumer electronics, said "Samsung is developing its own voice assistant, Bixby, but we could consider various [forms] of collaboration with Google in the field."He added that Bixby might even integrate with Google services, seemingly in places where Samsung doesn't have its own first-party systems in place - like mapping.That last part makes sense, especially considering Google has had longer than anyone to build and improve upon those services.
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Discussing the future of technology with Sthlm Tech Fest founder Tyler Crowley.Topics include AI, Biotechnology, Donald Trump, George Church, Russia's influence on U.S. & Swedish elections, Global Warming, China, Pandemics, and of course Sweden's biggest startup & tech events: Stockholm Tech Week 2018, starting Monday Sept 3rd at Stockholm Waterfront Congress.
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Moogsoft lays out its pitchOn Thursday, Moogsoft, maker of an AI platform for IT automation, invited a few corporate customers and like-thinking vendors to testify to the saving grace of AI-driven IT automation.Enterprises gather 44TB of data daily, he said, and that's set to increase forty time over the next decade.In 2013, he said, Docker wasn't even a thing for enterprise and last year, there was a 77,000 per cent uptick in jobs listing Docker as a core competency.Also, he said IT practitioners need to know 44 per cent more programming languages than they did a decade ago.Jonathan Davidson, SVP and general manager of service provider networking at Cisco, showed up later in the program to make this point by citing the high growth in network data traffic.
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Do you remember the limited edition The X-Files giftset from 1998 featuring a pair of Barbie and Ken dolls dressed up to look like Mulder and Scully?To call the dolls’ likenesses to David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson inaccurate is an understatement.Here’s a visual, just for the sake of nostalgia and hilarity:But, in celebration of the sci-fi show’s 25th anniversary, the people over at Mattel are taking the opportunity to make up for their past wrongs.Soon, X-Files faithful will be able to get their hands on a new pair of dolls that resemble the actors so well, it’s almost uncanny.Fans eager to add the dolls to their collections can participate in an upcoming Fox trivia contest, where the most correct answers will qualify you to be entered for a raffle prize box including the set.
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It was a bit of a coup last year, when Sony released the second generation of its noise-cancelling headphones, and reviewers (me) claimed that Bose had been beaten.I’ll be damned if Sony didn’t turn around and make those headphones better.The new Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones look a lot like the last ones, except for two key design tweaks.While the original and second generation wireless had this metal band that wrapped around your head, the new model is a three-piece design that’s meant to stay close to your skull.This looks less nerdy, but thanks to a cushy new top part, it also felt remarkably cosy in initial testing with the product.That might mean less ear sweat.
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