The major broadcast networks today sued the makers of Locast, a nonprofit organization that provides free online access to broadcast TV stations.Broadcasters reportedly collected $10.1 billion in 2018 via retransmission fees they charge cable and satellite TV companies.Pay-TV providers use these fees to raise the actual cost of service above their advertised prices and to raise customers' prices even while they're under contract.TV blackouts hit record high as customers get screwed by industry squabblesPay-TV providers have also been refusing broadcasters' demands to pay even higher fees, and broadcast channels have frequently been blacked out on cable and satellite TV systems as a result.Sports fan lobbyist fights NFL blackouts, taxpayer-funded stadiums, and Comcast
Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place on October 2-4, and we’re working every angle to make it financially accessible to as many people as possible.It starts with early-bird pricing on four types of passes for different needs and budgets.But did you know you can score discounted rates on flights and hotels for your Disrupt adventure?United Airlines offers Disrupt SF attendees discounted fares on flights to San Francisco International Airport or San Jose International Airport.Head on over to United.com and book your flight under “Advanced Search” using offer code ZFWZ101320.Whether it’s just you or your entire team, you can reserve discounted hotel rooms through room blocks TechCrunch has secured at multiple hotels throughout the City by the Bay.
Like some kind of space-bound sailing vessel, LightSail 2, a crowdfunded spacecraft launched by the Planetary Society, Bill Nye the Science Guy’s nonprofit organization, has unfurled its solar sail in space.In doing so, it demonstrates the feasibility of so-called “solar sailing,” in which a spacecraft orbits the Earth using sunlight as its primary fuel source.In the process, it promises one way to help make space travel cheaper than it has been previously.It also means zero risk of running out of fuel, so long as it is able to harness sunlight to travel.“Solar sailing is in its infancy, but it may become a game-changer,” Nye told Digital Trends in a recent interview.“We’ll soon be able to send our solar sail spacecraft to all sorts of destinations in our solar system, and perhaps to another star system one day.”
According to Reuters, Microsoft will invest $1 billion in San Francisco’s non-profit organization OpenAI.In addition, both companies also signed a multi-year cooperation agreement to develop artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputing technology on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service platform.OpenAI was formed in 2015 by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, as well as other Silicon Valley technology tycoons.It is a non-profit organization, hoping to prevent the catastrophic impact of artificial intelligence while also promoting the technology.This is not the first $1 billion investment that the company will be getting.Silicon Valley investors, Sam Altman, Peter Thiel, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have promised to invest $1 billion in the company.
Microsoft has announced that it will invest $1bn in OpenAI as part of a multi-year partnership with the San Francisco-based nonprofit aimed at developing AI supercomputing technologies on its Azure cloud computing service.OpenAI was founded back in 2015 as a nonprofit with $1bn in funding from Sam Altman, Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.Earlier this year though, the group created a for-profit entity to allow it to bring in additional outside investment.However, the for-profit entity is still controlled by the nonprofit's board and according to OpenAI, those who invest in the for-profit entity will have their returns capped as the nonprofit's mission remains more important than making a profit.AI is no longer a tech niche – 4 industries that will be revolutionized by AI in 2019OpenAI has made a number of advances in the field of AI since its founding, including teaching a robotic hand to perform human-like tasks entirely in software which cuts down the cost and time needed to train robots.
NEW YORK, NY--July 23, 2019--From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393 percent, according to a new white paper on telehealth from FAIR Health, a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information.The four types of telehealth--the remote provision of clinical services through telecommunications technology--studied in the white paper were:The telehealth visit is a follow-up after the patient is discharged from an inpatient stay in the hospital.The telehealth white paper expands on a previous FAIR Health white paper that reported on telehealth and other alternative venues of care, such as urgent care centers and retail clinics.The new white paper provides additional details, delving into the different types of telehealth, the most common telehealth diagnostic categories and what happens to patients after a telehealth visit.The top three reasons individuals sought treatment from a provider via non-hospital-based telehealth, from most to least common, were acute upper respiratory infections, mood (affective) disorders, and anxiety and other nonpsychotic mental disorders.
You’ll have to cut Iraq some slack for being late to the tech startup party.It eventually caused more than 150,000 deaths, and cost trillions of dollars.The seemingly endless cycles of warfare have triggered a massive humanitarian crisis, with over four million people internally displaced in the country.“Ordinary Iraqis have seen little or no benefit from the proceeds of the country’s multibillion-dollar oil industry, much of which has been siphoned off by corrupt politicians,” wrote Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in an extensive feature for The Guardian last year.Iraq received pledges of $30 billion, mostly in credit facilities and investment, from neighbors including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.Re:Coded, a nonprofit organization that aims to train conflict-afflicted youth to enter the digital economy as software developers and tech leaders, set up its base in Erbil.
The organizers of Boston's Straight Pride Parade, an anti-LGBTQ group called Super Happy Fun America, listed Netflix on its website as a "prospective corporate sponsor" of the event, along with 24 other companies.Netflix sent the Straight Pride organizers a cease-and-desist letter ordering them to remove the company's logo from all materials associated with the event.In the email to the parade's organizers, Netflix said: "Our legal department is here, it's queer, and it's telling you to steer clear."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Netflix has declined to sponsor the Straight Pride Parade taking place in Boston in August and told organizers in a scathing email that their planned event "is about hate — not pride."Super Happy Fun America, the anti-LGBTQ nonprofit organization behind the parade, recently posted a list of "prospective corporate sponsors" for the parade to its website.
Poorly funded cancers: colon, endometrial, liver and bile duct, cervical, ovarian, pancreatic and lungWell-funded cancers: breast, pediatric, leukemia and lymphomaAll cancers with stigmatized behavior (i.e.lung cancer and smoking) are poorly fundedUnderfunding of these common cancers could negatively impact research, drug developmentCHICAGO --- Many of the deadliest or most common cancers get the least amount of nonprofit research funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined the distribution of nonprofit research funding in 2015 across cancer types.
Ahead of World Emoji Day on Wednesday, July 17, Apple and Google announced plans to bring an expanded set of emoji to their respective platforms.Today, the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization responsible for determining which emoji get the green light, is relaunching its website with an updated, modern design that aims to make its information more accessible to the general public.Before, its website design was very basic — just text and links to various pages about the Consortium itself, the standard, miscellaneous FAQs, projects in progress and other information.It looked like a technical resource, and certainly one that hadn’t been updated in years.With an outdated layout, ancient social share buttons and boring font choices, it really looked more like an ancient government website than a resource designed for public consumption.Not only is the site more mainstream-friendly, it more actively encourages participation and involvement from the public.
Take This, a mental health nonprofit organization geared toward game developers, released a white paper today that describes the severe challenges that game makers face as they craft their art.The paper notes the tough mental issues that come from crunch (unpaid overtime), online harassment, layoffs, and job instability.“We are promoting a message of hope, empathy, and validation.”When developers are subjected to internet hate from so-called fans or other haters, that can trigger mental health problems.That particular problem has seen a big increase in recent years, Crevoshay said.The more you solicit support, the better.”
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Mozilla last month hinted at introducing paid features in its Firefox browser last month, and it’s now spelling out its plans more clearly.The not-for-profit organization has announced it’s exploring a bunch of “alternative funding models for the web.” To that effect, it said it has started testing an ad-free news subscription product for $5 per month in collaboration with Scroll, a news subscription startup.The service is expected to offer ad-free browsing, audio versions of news articles, and cross-platform syncing of news stories from multiple websites.Scroll currently has an ad-free news subscription in collaboration with 12 media partners, including Slate, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Gizmodo, USA Today, and Vox.It’s worth noting that many of these partner news sites don’t currently have paywalls, but do display ads on their pages.“We’ve turned our attention toward finding a more sustainable ecosystem balance for publishers and users alike,” wrote Firefox product lead Peter Dolanjski in a blog post.
Firefox is one of the biggest and most popular web browsers around, second or equal to Google Chrome and, for Apple users, Safari.As such, it has always been looking for revenue sources, some of which ended up in failure.Its latest attempt will probably be just as controversial, practically asking users how much they will be willing to pay for an ad-free Internet experience and a bit more.Mozilla mostly relies on donations and partnerships to keep the lights on but it has always been open about its struggles to keep its operations flowing smoothly.Unlike its rivals, it simply can’t resort to the usual profit sources without turning its back on its users and its own spirit.In other words, it simply can’t do ads.
The Planetary Society has launched a new mission control dashboard for LightSail 2, a crowdfunded spacecraft currently in orbit that’s going to test the performance of a true solar sail that’s moved only by the force of photons from the sun bouncing off its fabric.The dashboard provides the most up-to-date information available for anyone to check, and even download for whatever use they might have for this kind of info.It’s definitely in keeping with the spirit of LightSail 2, which raised more than $1 million during its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.The project, organized and led by Bill Nye’s Planetary Society nonprofit organization, saw its second prototype spacecraft launch aboard SpaceX’s most recent Falcon Heavy rocket launch.The LightSail 2 Mission Control dashboard will tell you when it last got data from the spacecraft, which is preparing to actually deploy its solar sail for the first time.It gets data whenever LightSail 2 is within communications range of one of the ground communications stations on Earth that The Planetary Society is working with for its research, hence the sometimes delayed info.
Boeing is starting a $100 million fund for the families and communities of the people who died in the two 737 Max crashes since last October.The company says it will partner with local governments and nonprofit organizations, and that the funds will “support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities.”The $100 million in funding will be made available over “multiple years,” says Boeing, which generated $101 billion in revenue last year.The company says it will release more information in the “near future.” Boeing also says its employees will be able to make donations to the fund, which the company will match through December 31st, 2019.“We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come.The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
Facebook's plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020 has faced pushback from lawmakers and nonprofits concerned about the social network's seemingly endless list of scandals around privacy and security.On Wednesday, Facebook's blockchain boss David Marcus pointed out again in a note that the social network won't have direct control of the cryptocurrency.Facebook will be one of what he expects will be over 100 members in a nonprofit that will oversee the cryptocurrency."Bottom line: You won't have to trust Facebook to get the benefit of Libra," he said.Facebook is also creating a digital wallet called Calibra so users on Messenger and WhatsApp can exchange their money for Libra coins, but people will also have the choice to use other digital wallets.Marcus remarks come as US lawmakers and nonprofits are pressing the company to answer questions about the project, including why they should believe Facebook's vow that it will not use data from its digital wallet.
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More than 3,200 individuals and organizations submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and most of them focused on a proposal to remove a cap on the price customers could be charged for .org domains.The existing contract, signed in 2013, banned the Public Interest Registry from charging more than $8.25 per domain.It allowed annual price increases of no more than 10 percent.Registrars can add their own fees on top of this base amount, but competition among registrars helps keep those added fees down.According to one tally, 3,252 comments supported keeping the price cap.Another 57 comments didn't express an opinion on this issue one way or the other.
The exact figure has not been set in stone: it could be zero, it could be $100; it'll be whatever registrars think they can get away with.Crucially, the decision is controversial because the organization that signed the new contract, which itself uses a .org domain, has been accused of regulatory capture and actively ignoring its own public comment process.ICANN, the US-based overseer of the internet's domain names, is required to post new contracts for public comment, which it did in March.With just days to go before the deadline, however, a critical aspect of the new contract – the lifting of price caps that have been in place for decades – was noticed and prompted a backlash.Over 3,300 comments – a huge number given that ICANN's public comment periods rarely attract more than 50 – were sent and were overwhelmingly against the price caps being removed.As such, the group argued, "every additional dollar earmarked for domain name registrations is a dollar that is not available to advance the public interest purpose of nonprofit registrants that use the .org name space."