Michael Ambriz

Michael Ambriz

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Following months of hype in cities and small towns across America, the 20 that made the final cut are altogether expected—major business centers and transit hubs like New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, mixed in with some political powerhouses, like Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.This dichotomy of Newark's extreme need and the proposal's extreme generosity provides a striking illustration of what cities stand to gain—or lose—from Amazon's decision.Tax incentives for corporations are inherently controversial, but the media frenzy surrounding Amazon's move has magnified the issue in Newark.Conservative critics of the proposal like Americans for Prosperity - New Jersey have called Newark's proposed tax breaks a "corporate welfare scheme," while liberal think tanks including the New Jersey Policy Perspective argue that money would be better spent on the public transit system and higher education.But elected leaders in the city and across the state, including Newark mayor Ras Baraka, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and the city's former mayor and current senator Cory Booker, say the long-term upside of attracting a juggernaut like Amazon to Newark makes the substantial price tag worth it."A Newark HQ2 would mean tens of thousands of local jobs, a boost to our regional economy and small businesses, and an opportunity for Amazon to take a tremendous stake in the continued transformation of our great city,” Booker said in a statement to WIRED.
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Gone are the days of being limited to a handful of news sources as we now reference a diverse range of mediums to stay informed, known as our media diet.Businesses should reframe their approach to marketing in 2018 by aiming to become a part of the media mix their customers consume on a daily basis.In 2017, two-thirds of U.S. adults got their news from social media illustrating how these channels have become one major part of a person’s daily news consumption.This habit is likely to evolve with Facebook’s recent algorithm update, but we won’t know the full impact of this change until it’s implemented.Reaching your desired audience once with content can drive results, but what’s more impactful (yet more difficult to achieve) is becoming a consistent part of their routine.The major publishers have huge news teams and resources to cover breaking news like Bloomberg covering business, Washington Post on politics and world events covered by CNN, which is why it doesn’t make sense to compete on that front.
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ANALYSIS: Call for review of FCC reversal of the 2015 reclassification of internet services to Title II has support of 50 US senators and 80 representativesOpponents to the move by the Federal Communications Commission in December to undo the 2015 reclassification of internet services to Title II announced that a Republican lawmaker has joined the ranks of Senators who plan to vote in favor of a resolution overturning that action.Republican Susan Collins of Maine became the 50th senator to support the resolution.If one more Republican joins the effort to raise the tally to 51, then the Senate can send their resolution to the House of Representatives.The attorneys general for the states are asking that the court determine that the FCC order is, “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act.”The suit also asks the court to determine that the FCC action violates several laws including the Constitution, the Communications Act and conflicts with other requirements.
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The Irish Data Protection Commissioner has forked out almost €2m in the long legal battle involving Facebook and privacy activist Max Schrems, according to reports.The battle began in 2013 when Schrems brought a complaint against Facebook’s mass data slurping to the commissioner in Ireland, where the company’s European HQ is.After initially declining to investigate the complaint, the commissioner, Helen Dixon, then referred the case up to the Court of Justice of the European Union.That resulted in the collapse of the Safe Harbor agreement on trans-Atlantic data flows, in 2015.A subsequent case - aimed at asking whether the standard contractural clauses, used for data transfers since the demise of Safe Harbor, provide adequate protection - was then brought by the commissioner in 2016.However, she did this in a particularly unusual way, asking the commercial division of the High Court in Ireland to refer the question up to the CJEU - and naming Facebook Ireland and Schrems as defendants in the proceedings.
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Google’s charm offensive to bring advertisers back on side has stepped up a gear with confirmation that the company will begin vetting premium YouTube content.This follows a wave of concern over inappropriate content which has left Google scrabbling to convince advertisers that it has a handle on the issue.Going a step further Google will now cast an eye over all content within its elite Google Preferred channels which command premium prices amongst advertisers.An Alphabet spokeswoman said: "We built Google Preferred to help our customers easily reach YouTube’s most passionate audiences and we’ve seen strong traction in the last year with a record number of brands.As we said recently, we are discussing and seeking feedback from our brand partners on ways to offer them even more assurances for what they buy in the Upfronts."Advertisers have expressed discomfort at the free-for-all nature of YouTube which has resulted in a number of scandals breaking over inappropriate content – most recently an incident in which YouTube star Logan Paul broadcast footage of a suicide victim.
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The cryptocurrency-themed Japanese pop (J-pop) group Virtual Currency Girls just performed live for the first time in Tokyo.Each member of the group represents a different cryptocurrency, and tickets to future shows will only be sold in exchange for virtual currencies.The group and its anonymous producer want to spread the word about bitcoin, ethereum, and other cybercurrencies.To the delight of many — and the chagrin of untold others — the J-pop embodiment of cryptocurrency has finally arrived.The Virtual Currency Girls, or Kasotsuka Shojo as they're known in Japan, is an eight-girl Japanese pop group bedecked in masks and maid's outfits that's been formed specifically to spread the word about cryptocurrencies.Each member of the group, which had its public debut in Tokyo on Friday, represents a different cryptocurrency or blockchain, and the group's first song has "virtual currencies" in its title.
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A former Google engineer named Cory Altheide says he left the company two years ago after managers pressured him to stop agitating for greater workplace diversity in internal company discussion forums.Where Damore had argued that Google's diversity policies went too far, Altheide argued that Google was doing too little to promote workplace diversity."I've been bullied by a senior vice president with ten thousand full time employees—arguably the most powerful SVP in the company," Altheide wrote, referring to Google executive Urs Hölzle.Altheide was active in Google's internal diversity debatesAltheide's saga began in August 2015, when an internal Google discussion forum called Industryinfo hosted a long-running thread called "if you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven't been paying attention."The thread became so contentious that two of the most senior Google managers—Urs Hölzle and Sridhar Ramaswamy—ultimately shut the discussion down.
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Indigo plants have been used to dye fabric for thousands of years.Unlike other dyes, indigo does not end up chemically linked to textile fibers; rather, it adsorbs to the surface of the threads.This allows the fibers' white cores to show through to various degrees after abrasion.It's not nearly enough to keep pace with the enormous demand that Levi Strauss unleashed when he invented blue jeans in the 1870s.Now, after more than a century of relying on a lot of toxic chemicals to make a synthetic version, researchers have engineered bacteria that will make it.He found a way to make a synthetic version of indigo, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1905.
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One of the test cars Argo AI operates in its Pittsburgh fleet was involved in an accident on Wednesday, with two people sent to hospital (in stable condition) with injuries as a result of the accident.The incident appears to have been caused by a light box truck driving through a red light, rather than by Argo’s test vehicle, based on an early traffic report.The self-driving car was T-boned by the truck, and two of the Argo car’s four occupants were the ones who ended up in hospital.Ford provided the following statement regarding the accident when contacted by TechCrunch:We’re aware that an Argo AI test vehicle was involved in an accident.We’re gathering all the information.
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There’s a good collection of Motorola handsets that support these mods — from the midrange Moto Z2 Play to the flagship Moto Z2 Force smartphones — and two new Moto Mods announced at CES 2018 mean there are now more than 15 mods available.The latest additions are Vital Inc.’s Vital Moto Mod, which measures five metrics including heart rate, blood pressure, and core body temperature; and Livermorium’s Keyboard Mod, which adds a physical keyboard to the attached Moto Z phone.In our Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Keyboard Moto Mod hands-on review, we see if it’s worth swapping to the Moto Z family to try these mods out.It’s a health-focused device that doesn’t really need to be a Moto Mod, but it’s easier for Vital USA Inc. to bring the product to market with the help of Lenovo and Motorola.You can still slap the Vital Moto Mod to the back of a Moto Z smartphone and it will connect magnetically, but it also works when it’s off the phone.Vital Inc. said the data is incredibly accurate, but the mod doesn’t replace your doctor.
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GoPro delivered preliminary results for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2017 today, and while there isn’t much in the way of detailed financials, this report does still provide something of a bombshell announcement.GoPro revealed that it will be exiting the drone business, which is sour news for those who are fans of its Karma drone.This is particularly surprising because, as GoPro itself points out, the Karma managed to reach “the 2 market position in its price band in 2017.”Why would GoPro exit the drone market when the Karma seems to be a successful machine?The reason, it turns out, is a multi-faceted one.For starters, GoPro says that the the drone market is a particularly competitive one, with a lot of manufacturers vying for a slice of a pie that seems to be growing larger each year.
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iHome already has a couple of Alexa accessories to its name, including an Alexa-enabled alarm clock and an Echo Dot clock dock (say that five times fast).Now, at CES 2018, it's introducing its newest Alexa-friendly gadget -- a battery-powered speaker dock for the Echo Dot that changes colors in rhythm with whatever music you're listening to.It's called the iAV5, and it's basically a little saddle for second-gen Amazon Echo Dots.Once your Dot's inside, you'll enjoy a presumed uptick in sound quality from the dock's speaker, along with the option of unplugging the thing and taking it with you around the house for up to eight hours of battery-powered playback.It's a similar pitch to what we heard from the Vaux speaker dock from Ninety7, which currently sells for about $40, The only real difference between the two is that iHome's design adds in color-changing LEDs on the front of the device.That's a nice inclusion, but a digital clock face might have been even more useful.
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Being well-equipped for your adventures in the great outdoors can now help you protect the great outdoors for others, too.Lighting and electronics company Jasco has announced the availability of its EcoSurvivor line, introduced in partnership with MMA fighter Justin Wren.All of EcoSurvivor’s products, designed to aid in all camping and outdoor excursions, promise to be rugged enough to survive any adventure.But it isn’t just the ruggedness of the new line that is noteworthy — 50 percent of net proceeds are set to benefit the Water4 charity, with hopes of ending the global water crisis.Available as part of the EcoSurvivor family are LED lanterns, water-resistant battery packs, Bluetooth speakers, and other tech accessories that promise to be tough and long-lasting.And while those of us lucky enough to buy an EcoSurvivor product may simply need a portable power pack to charge the phone that will serve as a light source to find the nearest stream of water, others around the world don’t have the same resources available.
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With that being said, we really don’t know all what Nvidia and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has planned to announce.But thing’s for sure: With everything it has going, it’s hard not to be excited for it.The event starts at 8pm PST on Sunday, January 7 and can be watched in the embedded video above once it begins.
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Roomba, the popular robotic vacuums, have a new trick up their sleeve.After learning how to map the physical space of a home a few years ago, the little robo vacs are now learning how to map the Wi-Fi coverage of a house, according to a report from TechCrunch.As the robot roams around your house cleaning, it will now periodically log the Wi-Fi signal strength throughout the house.The data will be saved in a new Wi-Fi coverage map, which will live inside the Roomba app alongside the cleaning coverage map.Wi-Fi mapping will launch later this month as part of an app update and will mark the launch of a new beta program for the Roomba app.Roomba won't do upload and download speeds for the house, but it will log the signal strength in decibels, giving you a nice gradient map at the end of a cleaning cycle.
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If you find yourself frustrated by buffering videos because of a weak Wi-Fi signal while you’re relaxing in your backyard, Netgear has you covered with an outdoor router called the Orbi Outdoor Satellite.The new Orbi extends coverage to outside your house by up to 2,500 square feet, and has the same capabilities as Orbi’s Whole Home Wi-Fi System, including a single network name, a dedicated channel for data exchange between the satellite and main router, and a separate guest Wi-Fi network.It also features guest and employee traffic separation and a separate admin network if you need it.The satellites are weather-resistant (including resistance to dust, water, and sub-zero temperatures), and can stand on their own or be mounted on a wall.They also have an ambient night light, which you can schedule to have the device switch its lights on or off.The device requires an existing Orbi Home Wi-Fi system, or the Orbi Pro Tri-Band Wi-Fi System for Small Businesses to work.
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The aftermath of Hurricane Maria left some 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico without electricity, with nearly 90 percent of the island cut off from the power grid.Narrated by actor and New Generation Latino Media co-founder John Leguizamo, the new Duracell-branded documentary spot from W+K New York called “Island Without Power” examines how this loss of electricity has impacted everyday life for residents of the island.Leguizamo’s narration explains that in the aftermath of the storm, “classrooms and hospitals are lit by flashlight,” and that without a generator, “batteries are one of the only ways to get power.”Residents of Puerto Rico are facing the reality that it may be months until the power grid is restored, and the problems of life sans-electricity range from the obvious (severed communications and no way to combat the oppressive heat) to the potentially catastrophic (parents unable to provide respiratory treatment for an infant with pneumonia).Error loading player: No playable sources found“Island Without Power” ends on a positive note, celebrating Puerto Rico’s determination to move forward.
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There’s been some negative buzz in recent months around publishers’ shift to distributed content—and particularly, video ad spending on Facebook.Numerous articles, citing anonymous sources and utilizing mysterious methodology, point to monetization woes, shrinking returns and writer layoffs.Or is it that a few relatively new players have been able to scale to billions of views so rapidly that it breeds distrust?I contend that Facebook and other major platforms like Google are, in fact, ideal content-discovery mechanisms that publishers should be exploring seriously and leveraging heavily despite this wave of press pessimism.A recent study found that 45 percent of people watch more than one hour of Facebook or YouTube videos per week.Publishers are pivoting to video because their audience has already done so—whether because Facebook forced it or the audience chose it is really irrelevant.
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For many people today, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is most commonly linked with both the fundraising Ice Bucket Challenge and one its most famous patients, the physicist Stephen Hawking.However, it could soon have a brand-new distinction — the next disease to be treatable using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology.In work carried out by researchers at University of California, Berkeley, scientists have been able to disable the defective gene that triggers ALS in mice.While they didn’t get rid of the disease permanently, the treatment did extend the mice’s life span by 25 percent.The therapy delayed the onset of the muscle-wasting symptoms that characterize ALS, which ultimately become fatal when they spread to the muscles which control breathing.“Some diseases, like Lou Gehrig’s disease, are caused by gene mutations that lead a protein in our cells to malfunction,” David Schaffer, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, told Digital Trends.
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In 2017, there seemed to be an uptick in tech companies looking to connect with the Heartland.Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, “coastal elites” were left wondering why their perspective on the issues facing America was so different from that of the rest of the country.We’ll see an increase in seed capital funding in the MidwestI often get asked by entrepreneurs and investors in cities across the U.S. what Silicon Valley thinks about startup communities in Middle America.In December, venture capitalists Steve Case and JD Vance, who lead a Heartland investing initiative called Rise of the Rest, raised a $150 million seed stage fund to do just that.Even more notable, they got prominent tech executives — including Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and Sean Parker — to endorse their mission and invest in the fund.
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