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    TechCrunch » UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’


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    Posted 3 months ago

    DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) ran into a major public controversy in 2016. The DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report flags ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Crown, a new app from Tinder’s parent company, turns dating into a game


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    Posted 3 months ago

    If you’re already resentful of online dating culture and how it turned finding companionship into a game, you may not be quite ready for this: Crown, a new dating app that actually turns getting matches into a game. Crown is the latest project to launch from Match Group, the operator of a number of dating sites and apps including Match, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Teaching computers to plan for the future


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    Posted 3 months ago

    As humans, we’ve gotten pretty good at shaping the world around us. We can choose the molecular design of our fruits and vegetables, travel faster and farther and stave off life-threatening diseases with personalized medical care. However, what continues to elude our molding grasp is the airy notion of “time” — how to see further than our present moment, and ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Elizabeth Holmes reportedly steps down at Theranos after criminal indictment


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Elizabeth Holmes has left her role as CEO of Theranos and has been charged with wire fraud, CNBC and others report. The company’s former president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was also indicted today by a grand jury. These criminal charges are separate from the civil ones filed in March by the SEC and already settled. There are 11 charges; two are ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Judge says ‘literal but nonsensical’ Google translation isn’t consent for police search


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Machine translation of foreign languages is undoubtedly a very useful thing, but if you’re going for anything more than directions or recommendations for lunch, its shallowness is a real barrier. And when it comes to the law and constitutional rights, a “good enough” translation doesn’t cut it, a judge has ruled. The ruling (PDF) is not hugely consequential, but it ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Machines learn language better by using a deep understanding of words


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Computer systems are getting quite good at understanding what people say, but they also have some major weak spots. Among them is the fact that they have trouble with words that have multiple or complex meanings. A new system called ELMo adds this critical context to words, producing better understanding across the board. To illustrate the problem, think of the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video-streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems. Apple shared the news of its deal with Winfrey in a brief statement on ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Kustomer gets $26M to take on Zendesk with an omnichannel approach to customer support


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    Posted 3 months ago

    The CRM industry is now estimated to be worth some $4 billion annually, and today a startup has announced a round of funding that it hopes will help it take on one aspect of that lucrative pie, customer support. Kustomer, a startup out of New York that integrates a number of sources to give support staff a complete picture of ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » With its new in-car operating system, BMW slowly breaks with tradition


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    Posted 3 months ago

    When you spend time with a lot of BMW folks, as I did during a trip to Germany earlier this month, you’ll regularly hear the word “heritage.” Maybe that’s no surprise, given that the company is now well over 100 years old. But in a time of rapid transformation that’s hitting every car manufacturer, engineers and designers have to strike ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Showcase your country or state’s startups at Startup Alley


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Disrupt SF is just a few months away (September 5-7 at Moscone Center West) and we’re looking for delegations of international startup groups, government innovation centers, incubators and accelerators to organize a country, state or regional pavilion in Startup Alley. Are you ready to step on a world stage, show off your emerging companies and be recognized as a leader ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Lemonade files lawsuit against wefox for IP infringement


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Lemonade, the insurance platform based out of NYC, has filed a lawsuit against German company ONE Insurance, its parent company wefox, and founder Julian Teicke. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of NY, alleges that wefox reverse engineered Lemonade to create ONE, infringing Lemonade’s intellectual property, violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and breaching its ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Uber’s unrelenting desire to be everything


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about stories from the week that we either found interesting or hated and had more to say about. This week we talked about Uber . Uber, Uber, Uber. This company wants everything. The rideshare market! Autonomous vehicles! Flying vehicles! And now? Scooters. And to be able ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple Maps outage disrupts search and navigation for all users [Update: resolved]


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Apple Maps is experiencing a widespread outage, according to the company’s System Status page. Maps routing, navigation and search are impacted by the outage, which is affecting all users, the page informs. [Update: the problems were resolved at 1:05 PM ET.] The issues were first noticed by the Apple news site MacRumors, before Apple’s own website confirmed the outage starting ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » European and Indian regulators team up to defend net neutrality


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Representatives of Europe’s BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) and India’s TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) met up yesterday to sign a joint statement to promote an open internet. This short document describes a set of rules to guarantee net neutrality. Those are some basic rules, such as equal treatment of internet traffic, a case-by-case assessment of ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Venmo is discontinuing web support for payments and more


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    Posted 3 months ago

    PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app Venmo is ending web support for its service, the company announced in an email to users. The changes, which are beginning to roll out now, will see the Venmo .com website phasing out support for making payments and charging users. In time, users will see even less functionality on the website, the company says. The message ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Fitbit employees charged with stealing Jawbone trade secrets


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Six current and former Fitbit employees have been hit with a federal indictment over the theft of trade secrets from one-time rival, Jawbone. All had worked for Jawbone for at least a year between 2011 and 2015, before jumping ship and getting hired by the company’s chief competitor. The allegations have been floating around for a while. Look, we even ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Gmail proves that some people hate smart suggestions


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Gmail has recently introduced a brand new redesign. While you can disable or ignore most of the new features, Gmail has started resurfacing old unanswered emails with a suggestion that you should reply. And this is what it looks like: The orange text immediately grabs your attention. By bumping the email thread to the top of your inbox, Gmails also ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Adobe could be the next $10 billion software company


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Adobe reported its Q2 FY’18 earnings yesterday and the news was quite good. The company announced $2.2 billion in revenue for the quarter up 24 percent year over year. That puts them on an impressive $8.8 billion run rate, within reach of becoming the next $10 billion software company (or at least on a run rate). Revenue was up across ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple’s new Mac ads show that even Grimes uses dongles


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Apple has launched a new advertising campaign for the Mac called “behind the Mac”. In this campaign, the company is sharing user stories of people using Mac for work, creative projects and accessibility reasons. The Mac is a versatile platform. People use it for boring tasks, such as checking emails and browsing the web. But you can also use it ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » YC alum Modern Health, a startup focused on emotional wellbeing, gets $2.26M seed funding


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    Posted 3 months ago

    About one year ago, a note from a CEO thanking his employee for using sick days to take care of her mental health went viral. It was a reminder to Alyson Friedensohn of what she wants to accomplish with Modern Health, the emotional health benefits startup she founded last year with neuroscientist Erica Johnson. “We want that to be normal. ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Tainted, crypto-mining containers pulled from Docker Hub


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Security companies Fortinet and Kromtech found seventeen tainted Docker containers that were essentially downloadable images containing programs that had been designed to mine cryptocurrencies. Further investigation found that they had been downloaded 5 million times, suggesting that hackers were able to inject commands into insecure containers to download this code into otherwise healthy web applications. The researchers found the containers ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » AT&T completes its acquisition of Time Warner


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    Posted 3 months ago

    AT&T has sealed the deal to buy Time Warner in a major piece of media and technology consolidation. The deal — which is $85.4 billion and a total of $108 billion with debt — was first announced in October 2016 and, having passed a court approval earlier this week, it was completed on Thursday. That’s a long cycle to complete ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » China’s Didi Chuxing continues its international expansion with Australia launch


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Didi Chuxing, China’s dominant ride-hailing company, is continuing its international expansion after it announced plans to launch in Australia this month. The company — which bought Uber’s China business in 2016 — said it will begin serving customers in Melbourne from June 25 following a month-long trial period in Geelong, a neighboring city that’s 75km away. The business will be ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » NXP-Qualcomm $44B deal to clear China as Trump authorizes $50B tariffs


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    Posted 3 months ago

    The U.S.-China trade battle enters an important new phase. The South China Morning Post is reporting that China’s Ministry of Commerce will clear Qualcomm’s pending $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. One independent source also conveyed the same news to TechCrunch, although there has been no official word from Qualcomm, NXP or China at time of publication. That acquisition was ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you


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    Posted 3 months ago

    It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published today. But, they argue, it’s safer than ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do


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    Posted 3 months ago

    If I show you a single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about this far from each other, with the walls this far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down


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    Posted 3 months ago

    A prominent figure that helped shape Facebook public perception over the course of the last decade is on the way out. In a Facebook post today, Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public policy, announced his departure. Schrage joined the company in 2008 after leaving his position in the same role at Google. He had come under fire over ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Developers, hack your way to free passes to Disrupt SF 2018


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    Posted 3 months ago

    You’ve heard how TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 is going to be the biggest, most ambitious Disrupt ever — and we’re serious. So serious, in fact, that we’re super-sizing the Hackathon, taking it online and making it global. Thousands of the world’s most talented developers, programmers, hackers and tech makers can participate and submit their hacks from anywhere in the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » The problem with ‘explainable AI’


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    Posted 3 months ago

    The first consideration when discussing transparency in AI should be data, the fuel that powers the algorithms. Companies should disclose where and how they got the data they used to fuel their AI systems’ decisions. Consumers should own their data and should be privy to the myriad ways that businesses use and sell such information, which is often done without ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Google releases first diversity report since the infamous anti-diversity memo


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Google has released its first diversity report since the infamous James Damore memo and the fallout that resulted from it. Those are both long stories but the TL;DR is that Damore said some sexist things in a memo that went viral. He got fired and then sued Google for firing him. That lawsuit, however, was shot down by the National ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » 3,000 journalists covering Kim-Trump this week is WTF is wrong with media


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Media businesses are in the dumper. Every week, we hear of new layoffs, budget cuts, diminished editorial quality and more, way more. And yet, somehow, miraculously, more than 3,000 journalists managed to find the funds to travel to Singapore to cover the Kim-Trump Summit Extraordinaire this week. How many journalists got to see the summit activity? From Politico: “Most notably, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Reflections on E3 2018


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    Posted 3 months ago

    After taking a year off, I returned to E3 this week. It’s always a fun show, in spite of the fact that the show floor has come to rival Comic-Con in terms of the mass of people the show’s organizers are able to cram into the aisles of the convention center floor. We’ve been filing stories all week, but here ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Samsung announces a push for renewable energy


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started switching to renewable energy. Samsung ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Get your ticket to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital


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    Posted 3 months ago

    We’re sentimental softies when it comes to tradition, and one of our favorites is the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital. This marks the thirteenth year of this Silicon Valley soiree, and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are released in batches, and the first round is available now on a first-come, first-served basis. They always sell out quickly, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » SEC says Ether isn’t a security, but tokens based on Ether can be


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    Posted 3 months ago

    “In cases where there is no… central enterprise being invested in or where the digital asset is sold only to be used to purchase a good or service available through the network on which it was created,” that digital asset is “out of the purview of U.S. securities laws”, according to William Hinman, the director of the division of corporation ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Feast your eyes on these uniquely beautiful indie games from E3


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    Posted 3 months ago

    The AAA games on display at E3 this year have, as usual, an amazing array of beautiful, nearly photorealistic graphics — and while they’re amazing in their own way, I always find it fun to highlight a few games that take a totally different approach to their art. Here are a few that caught my eye this time around. Sable ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » ZTE has few cards left to play to avoid ‘death penalty’


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    Posted 3 months ago

    It’s not every day you see a company that employs 75,000 and once had a market cap of $20 billion facing instant doom on an hour-by-hour basis. But that’s the situation that Chinese telecom firm ZTE finds itself in right now. Following revelations that the company sold equipment with U.S. technology to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Seattle reverses controversial tax Amazon opposed, just a month after approving it


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    Posted 3 months ago

    In an embarrassing and mystifying about-face, the Seattle City Council has repealed a tax it passed unanimously just a month ago that would require large companies to pay a fixed amount per employee; the money would have been used to combat homelessness. Amazon was the most high-profile opponent of the tax, but not the only one by far, and apparently ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Netflix’s latest hit ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a Wattpad success story


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    Posted 3 months ago

    One of the most popular movies in the U.S. is a terrible teen rom-com called “The Kissing Booth,” and it’s not in theaters. Instead, this Netflix Original with its paltry 17 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, shot up to become the No. 4 movie on IMDb, before more recently dropping down to No. 9. Its leads, Jacob Elordi and ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Telemundo, Universal and TreasureHunt are launching a shootout game in time for the World Cup


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    Just in time for the World Cup, Telemundo Deportes, Universal Brand Development and the startup TreasureHunt have launched a shootout game for the Instant Games platform on Facebook and Messenger. Telemundo Deportes is putting out the game in conjunction with its Spanish-language coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. GOAL! SHOOTOUT (WHICH IS CLEARLY VERY EXCITING) lets players vie for ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » By automating code compliance, UpCodes AI is “the spellcheck for buildings”


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    For many architects, the hardest part of their job starts after they finish designing a building, when the onerous process of code compliance begins. Written to ensure the safety and accessibility of buildings, codes dictate everything from the height and depth of stairs and where railings end, to the amount of floor space in front of toilets and the height ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Ford buys historic Detroit train depot to house advanced technology groups


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    Michigan Central Station long stood as a symbol of Detroit’s decline. Now, thanks to Ford, it could represent Detroit’s return. Today at an press conference in front of the Detroit icon, it was announced that Ford’s bid to purchase the train depot was accepted and the deal was done. The large building will be at the center of Ford move ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Prime savings to reach around half of Whole Foods Market stores this week


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    Amazon and its grocery store chain Whole Foods announced this morning that savings for Prime members will make their way to ten more stores across the U.S. this week, including Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, among others. The tie-up gives Amazon shoppers another reason to join the Prime membership program – 10 percent off on-sale grocery items at ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Canvs brings its emotion analysis tool to surveys


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    Jared Feldman, CEO of Canvs, said he has a big goal: “I think there needs to be a Google for emotions … where you can see how people feel about everything.” Feldman argued that creating such a product, Canvs can not only help businesses make better decisions, but also contribute to “a more empathetic world.” (When I pointed out that ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Ford tests autonomous on-demand delivery with Postmates


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    Ford is teaming up with startup Postmates to pilot test autonomous on-demand delivery in Miami and Miami Beach, Fla. The pilot program includes 70 businesses like Coyo Taco Ford is also testing vehicle designs with multiple lockers in order to be able to serve more than one customer per delivery route. Since Postmates handles anything from food to hardware, the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Splunk nabs on-call management startup VictorOps for $120M


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    In a DevOps world, the operations part of the equation needs to be on call to deal with issues as they come up 24/7. We used to use pagers. Today’s solutions like PagerDuty and VictorOps have been created to place this kind of requirement in a modern digital context. Today, Splunk bought VictorOps for $120 million in cash and Splunk ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers


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    Posted 3 months ago

    While Uber has changed the way that many think about transportation, it’s also changed the way that many drunk people find their way home at night. Rather than haphazardly hailing a cab or driving home under the influence, Uber provides a relatively safer way to get from point A to B on an indulgent evening. The company has been curious ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Workday acquires financial modelling startup Adaptive Insights for $1.55B


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    Posted 3 months ago

    Workday, the cloud-based platform that offers HR and other back-office apps for businesses, is making an acquisition to expand its portfolio of services: It’s buying Adaptive Insights, a provider of cloud-based business planning and financial modelling tools, for $1.55 billion. The acquisition is notable because Adaptive Insights had filed for an IPO as recently as May 17. Workday says that ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M


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    Posted 3 months ago

    New UK early stage VC firstminute Capital launched in June last year to the tune of $60m, with European VC Atomico as its first cornerstone investor. They were joined by 30 unicorns founders from Europe and the US. Last September they brought in the huge China-based company, Tencent reaching a fund size of $85m. Today firstminute capital, the London-based pan-European ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Xiaomi posts $1.1B quarterly loss ahead of much-anticipated IPO


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    Posted 3 months ago

    A month after it filed for a much-anticipated Hong Kong IPO, Xiaomi has revealed a little more financial information after a monster 621-page document disclosed a $1.1 billion (seven billion RMB) loss for the first quarter of the year. The IPO, which could raise up to $10 billion value Xiaomi at high as $100 billion, is set to be the ... [Link]



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I’m excited to be here with &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/~assafgr/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;Dr. Assaf Glazer&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;. He is the co-founder and CEO of &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://www.nanit.com/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;Nanit&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt; a leading human analytics company that uses computer vision to help parents navigate their child’s sleep. &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;Essentially it’s a baby data collector that every sleep-deprived geek parent has dreamed of. A little background on Assaf: He got his Ph.D. at the Technion in Israel and was previously at Applied Materials as well as Wales where he worked on solutions for missile defense systems. Nanit was born here in New York at Cornell Tech [disclosure — RRE is a long-standing investor in the company.] Welcome Assaf it’s great to have you. &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Thank you for having me.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot; style=&quot;font-size: 1.125rem; letter-spacing: -0.1px;&quot;&gt;AMLG: I’ve got a stat here, that on average parents lose 44 days of sleep during the first year of their baby’s life and nearly 3 in 10 babies have problems sleeping at night. Those numbers sum up the nature of what you’re trying to solve, but can you lay out how you identified this problem and started the company?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: It started for me as a parent. You have your baby, you arrive home and you see that your life has changed. Pretty quickly you understand what your number one concern is — sleep. You’re tired, you’re sleep deprived. You wake up during the night and do everything necessary to go back to sleep. You’re going to Google and going to friends. This is where Nanit comes in. We are giving you the information that will allow you to make better decisions for your child. Six years ago I had my first child, Udi. He was born when I was at the Technion. I’m a computer vision guy. Before I was at the Technion I worked at Applied Materials in the semiconductor industry, on a camera that you put above the silicon slices, to see them from a bird’s eye perspective.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: So you were doing computer vision for chip manufacturing — on the assembly lines, you’d look for errors in the chips?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Yes. And when my son was born I said, OK let’s do process control for my baby.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: As if the baby was on an assembly line like a chip, just run some computer vision on it. &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Yeah. So I wrote a paper on background subtraction algorithms — how to find a foreground object differentiated from the background — and applied those algorithms to my baby. I went to my advisors at the Technion and told them, you know, I’ve found that my baby is moving 134 times on average at night. But what can you do with that? I was looking at this data and I said sleep, sleep is what we need to solve here. I went to sleeping labs to try to understand sleep science. Then I moved as a postdoc to Cornell University where I joined the Runway Program, which aims to commercialize science.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;figure class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--figure m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--layoutOutsetLeft&quot;&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;width: 968px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption alignnone&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://ci5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/vQF4nx9FDbf73B-g-PJT-yE4_aWrmhxao9ZNFuMqrPU06UittIKMMFjrr0N5eGxqebU-oi_YdVx0aqHthREgy3_npefza0aOhPkwLGESGnUcvoipvAtSHIzb=s0-d-e1-ft#https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*lvc1IdySNQRGXgerZkdqcA.png&#39; width=&#39;958&#39; height=&#39;556&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The Jacobs institute is a joint venture between Cornell and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, operating as an independent entity within Cornell Tech. The Institute emphasizes a trans-disciplinary view of science and encourages translational research to serves the common good, through a set of industry-focused “hubs” that address contemporary needs.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/figure&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: So you moved from Israel.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: I moved from Israel to where the customers are, which is New York.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: We also have the most anxious parents on the planet.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Haha yes. I would say that New York is very inspiring. In terms of the culture, the diversity, it’s a great place to be.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Tell me about the program at Cornell.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: It’s &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/education/in-cornell-deal-for-roosevelt-island-campus-an-unlikely-partnership.html?_r=1&amp;hpThe&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;a joint venture for Cornell and Technion University&lt;/a&gt;. We were six postdocs that started in this program. They really helped me. Peretz Lavie the president of the Technion, he’s a sleep expert, a sleep guru I would say. He helped us reach out to experts around the world in sleep development and cognitive development. Then we developed Nanit with them.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;figure class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--figure m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--layoutOutsetLeft&quot;&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;width: 733px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption alignnone&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/4n7RWhQ90yDCs_odo026axxxDpUYjI6c-kfv54LVORbK-aHk9hx0LTW2ycgjGO-jcYgJqa1U9JFyht_4ilMKVZmzxpc5lS2NWtXJPJyiE7ocfQ8ZBolGRbviqA=s0-d-e1-ft#https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*l7JTbCZRTU1yagM_uOsV3Q.jpeg&#39; width=&#39;723&#39; height=&#39;723&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Dr Peretz Lavie is a world-renowned sleep expert and has been President of the Technion since 2009. Watch his interview on sleep research &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.coursera.org/lecture/startup-entrepreneurship-from-idea-to-startup/interview-prof-peretz-lavie-sleep-research-cJM2F&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;figcaption class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-imageCaption&quot;&gt;&lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Sleep science — as you got into that field, what did you discover and what were you surprised by as you engaged with the science for the first time — I imagine people have focused more on adults than babies?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/figure&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: The development of infant sleep is fascinating. How we move between stages. How to differentiate between awake, asleep, deep sleep, REM sleep.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Do babies have deep sleep and REM sleep as well?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: When they are born it’s a bit of a mix. They have two states, awake and asleep. And over time —&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Like an on off switch.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Haha it’s a bit more, but I’m not sure that we fully understand all the processes during the first few weeks. They dream much more than adults. And you see their architecture developing. One of the first experts that I worked with is Professor Avi Sadeh. I reached out to him through Peretz Lavie, as he developed the gold standard of how to measure sleep. The hypothesis is that movement is an indication of asleep and awake states, and with a camera you know much more. You draw the silhouette of the baby, you can detect the eyes. You can track the different parts of the body and you have better resolution. Today we measure sleep better than the state of the art medical devices. When you do it with a camera it’s powerful because you can capture a lot of things around the sleep architecture. You build a picture. In our case we track the parent. When you look at this behavior — sleep and parent intervention patterns — you can give tips and recommendations for parents on how to improve, how to teach their baby to sleep on its own.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: As your user base gets bigger you’re going to have a lot of anonymized metadata that will give you insights—such as the more times you interrupt the baby’s sleep or the more times you leave it alone, this is the effect. So is it the parent-child insights that you’re looking to get?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;figure class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--figure m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--layoutOutsetLeft&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/YaDjYzpYP4peUCgdqUGgW0qHeq-iWuor1CB1la58JdlqkLRqbQe01mTN_cyX9vpzZ2AT6UsF5G8bBdXbwIHXgbzz1zYR48Dzon9YjAmybOI-Ipr3pb2eT7MQ=s0-d-e1-ft#https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*E437nLFiwTXN2-_IBCP0oQ.gif&#39; width=&#39;773&#39; height=&#39;435&#39; /&gt;&lt;figcaption class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-imageCaption&quot;&gt;Meet Nanit [on &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79hJba_hDxY&amp;feature=youtu.be&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Youtube]&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: If you look at studies on sleep, we’re talking about hundreds top. With Nanit you are exposed to &lt;em class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--em m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-em&quot;&gt;thousands&lt;/em&gt; of babies sleeping in their natural environment. By looking at their behavior over time we learn new things. Sleep training is awareness and education. You’re building awareness with the data and the videos. We give parents information about how their week was in comparison to other babies of that age. There are no secrets — if you have the data you can use triggers to give tips to parents. For instance, I saw that your baby is capable of putting himself back to sleep during the night. Why don’t you wait one or two minutes before you enter the room.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: On the hardware side, can you share the journey there. You used to do manufacturing in the U.S. and you’ve moved that to China. What have you learned — how have margins improved? How did you scale up volume? What are your learnings about manufacturing?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;figure class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--figure m_-8260643309197347262gmail-graf--layoutOutsetLeft&quot;&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;width: 676px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption alignnone&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/V0M5N9zR0giJoNMgeCIuzNlRBs0zR-Ec-AzO9T8h4bbjPU6wQvKHxlpwXdbjIRirSwA68iz5rx5CdJUAJLURCh--ZpjgFz_WDxsGW5tO1qVjMuCknoVcMF0f=s0-d-e1-ft#https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*dE8WztfqZYKbtyuH4byhOA.png&#39; width=&#39;666&#39; height=&#39;429&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;China continues to dominate U.S. electronics imports. &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.joc.com/breakbulk/china-dominates-us-electronics-imports-%E2%80%93-big-and-small-screens_20180525.html&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Source: IHS Mark&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;figcaption class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-imageCaption&quot;&gt;&lt;/figcaption&gt;&lt;/figure&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: I’ll try to make it short. It’s really hard to build mass production lines in the U.S. for commodity consumer goods. From a labor perspective, prices in the U.S. are high. Over time it won’t exist in the U.S. as there is strong competition from China. But because it is a consumer product, having your designer, engineers and even the line close to you geographically is much more convenient. If you’re looking at the U.S. market, the engineers are also parents, which helps you explain the value proposition of your product. It’s important that even the engineer who designs the circuit board understands what it means to have an LED that is strong enough above the bed. In general every engineer needs to have the product in mind when he does the design. Once we reached a stage that we had a line in the right yield and capacity, we did the transition to China. But it is expensive to work in this way, to start in the U.S. then move to China. There is no one recipe. Nanit also has an R&amp;D center in Israel. Which means that now I’m working in three time zones. It is crazy. Most of our R&amp;D is on the software side and on the hardware side we try to outsource when possible. If I had to choose I would choose Israel and the U.S.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: How have you found pulling those resources together and acquiring talent. You’ve obviously got a strategic advantage with the connection to Israel, but any insights on how you attract and retain the top talent, especially in machine learning?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Finding the right talent for your company is a search problem. The world is big and in different parts of the world there are different types of talent. In Israel there is great talent for backend engineers and computer vision, and we hire those people in Israel. In the U.S. there’s great talent in marketing, sales, business development, brand development, human centric design — for those, New York is a great place to be. In China you find talent related to manufacturing and they are very good at it. In the past it was hard to build a company in this way. But the world changed. The world changed in the sense of how we communicate. The only thing that hasn’t been solved yet is time zones. If everyone slept at the same time that would help. But besides the time zones, technology today can solve a lot of problems. Nanit couldn’t exist a couple of years ago when we didn’t have this.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Right you wouldn’t have been able to do it all in Israel or all in New York or all in China. What about on the machine learning side — what is going on on a more macro level there?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Deep learning and convolutional neural networks are amazing tools that help us do things we weren’t able to do before. Thanks to deep learning, today I can tell you the baby’s position in the crib better than the human eye. But what happened is that it was so disruptive that many other parts of the computer vision field, you started seeing them less and less at conferences. Add to this the fact that it generates lots of value for companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft —&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: So machine learning has become dominated by big platforms like Google and Apple, and perhaps research for research’s sake is a valuable thing and not just having it all steered towards revenue or commercial applications. You’re saying it’s important to have pure research?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: This is what research is about. It should be pure.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: Do you know Gary Marcus? &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://blog.rre.com/09-gary-marcus-making-ai-more-human-8f31010c0cb?gi=b68168f0c327&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;He came on this podcast last year&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;, and his point about these companies is that when you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail. When you have a ton of data — you’re Google or Facebook — everything looks like you should apply deep learning to it. But that’s their bias and perhaps it skews out other approaches to machine learning.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Also I would say it becomes a commodity over time. I believe the next innovation will be around behavioral analysis, which is the next level of computer vision. We are working on research collaborations that study small twitches of a baby, which could be an indicator of neurological disorders. There is a next level of behavioral neuroscience, it’s a fascinating field that is going to develop over the next couple of years.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: So you have this background in Israeli defense where you worked on missile defense systems. Can you share anything about that or how it’s informed what you’re doing now? Working in that environment is quite different than having a startup in New York.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: I was in a foundational team in the Nineties for a new defense system. It took me a couple of years to understand that I was a beta tester. They used me to understand the human factor. How to communicate between operators, how to design the screens. I cannot explain how much this experience has helped me to go through the design phase for Nanit. How to do design sprints with parents, how to design the screens. The army is an amazing human resource filter that allocates hundreds of thousands of teenagers to specific positions and trains them in a short time and gives them practical experience. They are doing an amazing job. There are mistakes of course, but they took me and others and decided this is what you are going to do. They gave me tools for things that in the future were of great benefit to me.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: How does working on missile defense UX or chip manufacturing compare to baby monitoring?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: Ha well I continue to serve as a major in reserve. But in life I decided that I wanted to make a shift to deal with more human problems. What is nice about semiconductors is that they are designed by humans not by nature. Babies were designed by nature, which is more complex. When you have a blueprint you know exactly what you’re looking for, what kind of patterns. Then you can reach a level of analysis, of process control that is much higher. But the challenges with babies you know is —&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: They’re more of a mystery.&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: It’s a lot of mystery. But my philosophy is to build the scientific fundamentals, the building blocks, and on top of that you think about how to make it approachable for the consumer space and how to build a value proposition. You start with science not marketing statements. This is where you start.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong class=&quot;m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--strong m_-8260643309197347262gmail-markup--p-strong&quot;&gt;AMLG: A world of more ambient data capture where you’re continually monitored. Which feeds into preventative medicine. Obviously there’s a lot of people that get nervous about that, though it’s the way the whole world is going, we’re going to more data and it’s going to serve us. But as you push that conversation forward, do you feel like there’s challenges in terms of getting people used to the idea?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;AG: You need to do it in a responsible way. But we can live a much better life. We will have better parenting experiences, sleep better at night. 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The automaker went all out, putting journalists, executives and car dealers on a three-story paddle boat for a two-hour journey across the San Francisco Bay. I had a beer and two dumplings. We were headed to a long-vacated Ford manufacturing plant in Richmond, Calif.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;By the time we reached our destination, the sun had set and Audi was ready to begin. Suddenly, in front of the boat, Intel’s Shooting Star drones put on a show that ended with Audi’s trademark four ring logo. The show continued as music pounded inside the warehouse, and just before the reveal of the e-tron, Intel’s Shooting Star Minis celebrated the occasion with a light show a couple of feet above attendees&#8217; heads.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;That’s when one hit me.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Natalie Cheung, GM of Intel Drone Light Shows, told me they knew when one drone failed to land on its zone that one went rogue. According to Cheung, the Shooting Star Mini drones were designed with safety in mind.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;The drone frame is made of flexible plastics, has prop guards, and is very small,&#8221; she said. &#8220;The drone itself can fit in the palm of your hand. In addition to safety being built into the drone, we have systems and procedures in place to promote safety. For example, we have visual observers around the space watching the drones in flight and communicating with the pilot in real-time. We have built-in software to regulate the flight paths of the drones.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;After the crash, I assumed someone from Audi or Intel would be around to collect the lost drone, but no one did, and at the end of the show, I was unable to find someone who knew where I could find the Intel staff. I notified my Intel contacts first thing the following morning and provided a local address where they could get the drone. As of publication, the drone is still on my desk.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I have covered Intel’s Shooting Star program &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/16/intel-and-disney-paint-the-sky/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;since its first public show at Disney World in 2016&lt;/a&gt;. It’s a fascinating program and one of the most impressive uses of drones I’ve seen. The outdoor shows, which have been used at The Super Bowl and the Olympics, are breathtaking. Hundreds of drones take to the sky and perform a seemingly impossible dance and then return home. A sophisticated program designates the route of each drone, GPS ensures each is where it’s supposed to be and it&#8217;s controlled by just one person.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Intel launched &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/watch-intels-drones-play-the-piano-and-dance-in-the-air/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;an indoor version of the Shooting Star program&lt;/a&gt; at CES in 2018. The concept is the same, but these drones do not use GPS to determine their location. The result is something even more magical than the outside version because with the Shooting Star Minis, the drones are often directly above the viewers. It&#8217;s an incredible experience to watch drones dance several feet overhead. It feels slightly dangerous. That&#8217;s the draw.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;And that poses a safety concern.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/intel-shooting-star-mini.jpg?w=680&#39; width=&#39;680&#39; height=&#39;453&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The drone that hit me is light and mostly plastic. It weighs very little and is about 6 inches by 4 inches. A cage surrounds the bottom of the rotors, though not the top. If there’s a power button, I can’t find it. The full-size drones are made out of plastic and Styrofoam.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Safety has always been baked into the Shooting Star programs, but I’m not sure the current protocols are enough.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I was seated on the floor along the back of the venue. Most of the attendees were standing, taking selfies with the performing drones. It was a lovely show.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;When the drone came down on my head, it tumbled onto the floor and the rotors continued to spin. A member of the catering staff was walking behind the barrier I was sitting against, reached out and touched the spinning rotors. I’m sure she’s fine, but when her finger touched the spinning rotor, she jumped in surprise. At this point, seconds after it crashed, the drone was upside down, and like an upturned beetle, continued to operate for a few seconds until the rotors shut off.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;To be clear, I was not hurt. And that’s not the point. Drone swarm technology is fascinating and could lead to incredible use cases. Swarms of drones could quickly and efficiently inspect industrial equipment and survey crops. And they make for great shows in outside venues. But are they ready to be used inside, above people’s heads? I’m already going bald. 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In May it was &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/24/amazon-alexa-recorded-conversation&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;reported&lt;/a&gt; that Amazon&#8217;s Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to a random contact. &lt;a href=&#39;https://crunchbase.com/organization/amazon&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Amazon &lt;span class=&quot;crunchbase-tooltip-indicator&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; insists its Echo devices aren’t always recording, but it did confirm the audio was sent.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The story could be a harbinger of things to come when voice becomes more and more ubiquitous. After all, Amazon announced the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, its Alexa system for hotels, in June. News stories like this simply reinforce the idea that voice control is seeping into our daily lives.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The French startup &lt;a href=&#39;http://Snips.ai&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Snips&lt;/a&gt; thinks it might have an answer to the issue of security and data privacy. Its built its software to run 100% on-device, independently from the cloud. As a result, user data is processed on the device itself, acting as a potentially stronger guarantor of privacy. Unlike centralized assistants like Alexa and Google, &lt;a href=&#39;https://crunchbase.com/organization/snips-2&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Snips &lt;span class=&quot;crunchbase-tooltip-indicator&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; knows nothing about its users.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Its approach is convincing investors. To date, Snips has raised €22 million in funding from investors like Korelya Capital, MAIF Avenir, BPI France and Eniac Ventures. Created in 2013 by 3 PhDs, and now employing more than 60 people in Paris and New York, Snips offers its voice assistant technology as a white-labelled solution for enterprise device manufacturers.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;It’s tested its theories about voice by releasing the result of a consumer poll. The survey of 410 people found that 66% of respondents said they would be apprehensive of using a voice assistant in a hotel room, because of concerns over privacy, 90% said they would like to control the ways corporations use their data, even if it meant sacrificing convenience.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“Сonsumers are increasingly aware of the privacy concerns with voice assistants that rely on cloud storage — and that these concerns will actually impact their usage,” says Dr Rand Hindi, co-founder and CEO at Snips. &#8220;However, emerging technologies like blockchain are helping us to create safer and fairer alternatives for voice assistants.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Indeed, blockchain is very much part of Snip’s future. As Hindi &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/25/snips-announces-an-ico-and-its-own-voice-assistant-device/?guccounter=1&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;told TechCrunch in May&lt;/a&gt;, the company will release a new set of consumer devices independent of its enterprise business. The idea is to create a consumer business that will prompt further enterprise development. At the same time, they will issue a cryptographic token via an ICO to incentivize developers to improve the Snips platform, as an alternative to using data from consumers. The theory goes that this will put it at odds with the approach used by Google and Amazon, who are constantly criticised for invading our private lives merely to improve their platforms.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As a result Hindi believes that as voice-controlled devices become an increasingly common sight in public spaces, there could be a significant shift in public opinion about how their privacy is being protected.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In an interview conducted last month with TechCrunch, Hindi told me the company&#8217;s plans for its new consumer product are well advanced, and will be designed from the beginning to be improved over time using a combination of decentralized machine learning and cryptography.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;By using blockchain technology to share data, they will be able to train the network &#8220;without ever anybody sending unencrypted data anywhere,&#8221; he told me.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;And &#8216;training the network” is where it gets interesting. By issuing a cryptographic token for developers to use, Hindi says they will incentivize devs to work on their platform and process data in a decentralized fashion. They are starting from a good place. He claims they already have 14,000 developers on the platform who will be further incentivized by a token economy.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;Otherwise people have no incentive to process that data in a decentralized fashion, right?” he says.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;We got into blockchain because we&#8217;re trying to find a way to get people to participate in decentralized machine learning. We&#8217;ve been wanting to get into consumer [devices] for a couple of years but didn&#8217;t really figure out the end goal because we had always had this missing element which was: how do you keep making it better over time.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;This is the main argument for &lt;a href=&#39;https://crunchbase.com/organization/google&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Google &lt;span class=&quot;crunchbase-tooltip-indicator&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; and Amazon to pretend that you need to send your data to them, to make the service better. If we can fix this [by using blockchain] then we can offer a real alternative to Alexa that guarantees Privacy by Design,&#8221; he says.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;We now have over 14000 developers building for us and that&#8217;s really completely organic growth, zero marketing, purely word of mouth, which is really nice because it shows that there&#8217;s a very big demand for decentralized voice assistance, effectively.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;It could be a high-risk strategy. Launching a voice-controlled device is one thing. 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Yet these debates lack a nuanced understanding of the different data flows that emerge from everyday digital practices and interactions in the home and that include the data of children,&#8221; she writes in the report.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;When we think about home automation therefore, we need to recognise that much of the data that is being collected by home automation technologies is not only personal (individual) data but home life data&#8230; and we need to critically consider the multiple ways in which children’s data traces become intertwined with adult profiles.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The report gives examples of multi-user functions and aggregated profiles (such as Amazon&#8217;s Household Profiles feature) as constituting a potential privacy risk for children&#8217;s privacy.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Another example cited is biometric data &#8212; a type of information frequently gathered by in-home &#8216;smart&#8217; technologies (such as via voice or facial recognition tech) yet the report asserts that generic privacy policies often do not differentiate between adults&#8217; and children&#8217;s biometric data. So that&#8217;s another grey area being critically flagged by Barassi.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;She&#8217;s submitted the report to the ICO in response to its call for evidence and views on an &lt;a href=&#39;https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/ico-and-stakeholder-consultations/call-for-evidence-age-appropriate-design-code/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Age Appropriate Design Code&lt;/a&gt; it will be drafting. This code is a component of the UK&#8217;s new data protection legislation intended to support and supplement rules on the handling of children&#8217;s data contained within pan-EU privacy regulation &#8212; by providing additional guidance on design standards for online information services that process personal data and are &#8220;likely to be accessed by children&#8221;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;And it&#8217;s very clear that devices like smart speakers intended to be installed in homes where families live are very likely to be accessed by children.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The report concludes:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;There is no acknowledgement so far of the complexity of home life data, and much of the privacy debates seem to be evolving around personal (individual) data. It seems that companies are not recognizing the privacy implications involved in children’s daily interactions with home automation technologies that are not designed for or targeted at them. Yet they make sure to include children in the advertising of their home technologies. Much of the responsibility of protecting children is in the hands of parents, who struggle to navigate Terms and Conditions even after changes such as GDPR [the European Union&#8217;s new privacy framework]. It is for this reason that we need to find new measures and solutions to safeguard children and to make sure that age appropriate design code is included within home automation technologies.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;We’ve seen privacy concerns raised about smart toys and AI virtual assistants aimed at children, but so far there has been very little debate about home hubs and smart technologies aimed at adults that children encounter and that collect their personal data,&#8221; adds Barassi commenting in a statement.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;The very newness of the home automation environment means we do not know what algorithms are doing with this ‘messy’ data that includes children’s data. Firms currently fail to recognise the privacy implications of children’s daily interactions with home automation technologies that are not designed or targeted at them.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;Despite GDPR, it’s left up to parents to protect their children’s privacy and navigate a confusing array of terms and conditions.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The report also includes a critical case study of Amazon&#8217;s Household Profiles &#8212; a feature that allows Amazon services to be shared by members of a family &#8212; with Barassi saying she was unable to locate any information on Amazon&#8217;s US or UK privacy policies on how the company uses children&#8217;s &#8220;home life data&#8221; (e.g. information that might have been passively recorded about kids via products such as Amazon&#8217;s Alexa AI virtual assistant).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;It is clear that the company recognizes that children interact with the virtual assistants or can create their own profiles connected to the adults. Yet I can&#8217;t find an exhaustive description or explanation of the ways in which their data is used,&#8221; she writes in the report. &#8220;I can&#8217;t tell at all how this company archives and sells my home life data, and the data of my children.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Amazon does make this &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202185560&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;disclosure on children&#8217;s privacy&lt;/a&gt; &#8212; though it does not specifically state what it does in instances where children&#8217;s data might have been passively recorded (i.e. as a result of one of its smart devices operating inside a family home.)&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Barassi also points out there&#8217;s no link to its children&#8217;s data privacy policy on the &#8216;Create your Amazon Household Profile&#8217; page &#8212; where the company informs users they can add up to four children to a profile, noting there is only a tiny generic link to its privacy policy at the very bottom of the page.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We asked Amazon to clarify its handling of children&#8217;s data but at the time of writing the company had not responded to multiple requests for comment. &lt;strong&gt;Update: &lt;/strong&gt;A company spokesperson has now sent us the following statement:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;Amazon takes privacy and security seriously, and FreeTime on Alexa is no different. During set up, the Alexa app asks for parental approval and provides information on the privacy and security of their children’s voice recordings. FreeTime on Alexa voice recordings are only used for delivering and improving the Alexa voice service and FreeTime service—they are not used for advertising or &lt;a href=&#39;http://amazon.com/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Amazon.com&lt;/a&gt; product recommendations to children. None of the skills included with FreeTime Unlimited have access to or collect personal information, and we do not share audio recordings with skill developers. Parents can access all voice recordings associated with their child’s device in the Alexa app, and delete them individually or all at once, which also deletes them from Amazon’s servers.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We’ve added detailed information about Amazon’s privacy practices to both the &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201602230&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Alexa Help FAQ page&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.amazon.com/amazon-echo-dot-kids-edition/dp/B077JFK5YH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1537287601&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Echo+dot+kids+edition&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Echo Dot Kids Edition product page&lt;/a&gt;. FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;The EU&#8217;s new GDPR framework does require data processors to take special care in handling children&#8217;s data.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In its &lt;a href=&#39;https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/consultations/2172913/children-and-the-gdpr-consultation-guidance-20171221.pdf&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;guidance&lt;/a&gt; on this aspect of the regulation the ICO writes: &#8220;You should write clear privacy notices for children so that they are able to understand what will happen to their personal data, and what rights they have.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The ICO also warns: &#8220;The GDPR also states explicitly that specific protection is required where children’s personal data is used for marketing purposes or creating personality or user profiles. 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These networks are being shut down and replaced all over the world, so you would have ended up with a phone that was even more limited than you expected.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://www.punkt.ch/en/products/mp02-4g-mobile-phone/#null&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;The MP02 is the sequel&lt;/a&gt;, and it adds a couple useful features. It runs on 4G LTE networks, which should keep it connected for years to come, and it has gained both threaded texting (rather than a single inbox and outbox — remember those?) and Blackberry encryption for those sensitive communications.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/punkt-mp02-1.jpg&#39; width=&#39;994&#39; height=&#39;563&#39; /&gt;It has nice physical buttons you can press multiple times to select a letter in ye olde T9 fashion, and also lets you take notes, consult a calendar, and calculate things. The battery has 12 days of standby, and with its tiny monochrome display and limited data options, it&#8217;ll probably stay alive for nearly that even with regular use.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Its most immediate competition is probably the Light Phone, &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/01/the-new-light-phone-2-keeps-things-basic-but-adds-e-ink-and-essentials/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;which also has a second iteration underway&lt;/a&gt; that, if I&#8217;m honest, looks considerably more practical.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Now, I like the MP02. I like its chunky design (though it is perhaps a mite too thick), I like its round buttons and layout, I like its deliberate limitations. But it and other would-be minimal phones, in my opinion, are too slavish in their imitations of devices from years past. What we want is minimalism, not (just) nostalgia. We want the most basic useful features of a phone without all the junk that comes with them.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1603019&quot; style=&quot;width: 630px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/z5uegeqy5jzrdbwdvugo.jpg&#39; width=&#39;620&#39; height=&#39;410&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The Light Phone 2 and its nice e-ink screen.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;For me, that means including a couple things that these devices tend to eschew.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;One is modern messaging. SMS is bad for a lot of reasons. Why not include a thin client to pass text to a messaging service like WhatsApp or Messenger? Of course iMessage is off limits — thanks, Apple — but we could at least get a couple of the cross-platform apps on board. It doesn&#8217;t hurt the minimalist nature of the phone, in my opinion, if it connects to a modern messaging infrastructure. No need for images or gifs or anything — just text is fine.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Two is maps. We sure as hell didn&#8217;t have maps on our featurephones back in the day, but you better believe we wanted them. Basic mapping is one of the things we rely on our phones for every day. Whatever&#8217;s on this minimal phone doesn&#8217;t have to be a full-stack affair with recommendations, live traffic, and so on — just location and streets, and maybe an address or lat/long lookup, like you&#8217;d see on an old monochrome GPS unit. I don&#8217;t need my phone to tell me where to eat — just keep me from getting lost.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Three, and this is just me, I&#8217;d like some kind of synchronizing note app or the ability to put articles from Pocket or whatever on there. The e-ink screen on the Light Phone is a great opportunity for this very specific type of consumption. Neither of the companies here seems likely to add this feature, but that doesn&#8217;t change the fact that it&#8217;s one of the few things I regularly use my phone for.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Light Phone 2 is possibly getting music, weather, and voice commands, none of which really screams &#8220;minimal&#8221; to me, nor do they seem trivial to add. Ride-share stuff is a maybe, but it&#8217;d probably be a pain.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I have no problem with my phone doing just what a pocketable device needs to do and leaving the more sophisticated stuff to another device. But that pocketable device can&#8217;t be &lt;em&gt;that&lt;/em&gt; dumb. Fortunately I do believe we&#8217;re moving closer to days when there will be meaningfully different choices available to weird people like myself. 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Harris, along with several other notable legislators, pointed out recent research showing how facial recognition can produce or reinforce bias, or otherwise misfire. This must be considered and accommodated in the rules, guidance, and applications of federal agencies.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Other lawmakers and authorities have sent letters to various companies and CEOs or held hearings, but representatives for Sen. Harris explained that there is also a need to advance the issue within the government as well.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1620031&quot; style=&quot;width: 3010px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/kamala-harris-getty.jpg&#39; width=&#39;3000&#39; height=&#39;2000&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Sen. Harris at a recent hearing.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Attention paid to agencies like the FTC and EEOC that are &#8220;responsible for enforcing fairness&#8221; is &#8220;a signal to companies that the cop on the beat is paying attention, and an indirect signal that they need to be paying attention too. What we&#8217;re interested in is the fairness outcome rather than one particular company&#8217;s practices.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;If this research and the possibility of poorly controlled AI systems aren&#8217;t considered in the creation of rules and laws, or in the applications and deployments of the technology, serious harm could ensue. Not just positive harm, such as the misidentification of a suspect in a crime, but negative harm, such as calcifying biases in data and business practices in algorithmic form and depriving those affected by the biases of employment or services.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div class=&quot;embed breakout&quot;&gt; &lt;blockquote class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; data-secret=&quot;ndqe64lWgS&quot;&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/30/algorithmic-accountability/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Algorithmic accountability&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; sandbox=&quot;allow-scripts&quot; security=&quot;restricted&quot; src=&quot;https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/30/algorithmic-accountability/embed/#?secret=ndqe64lWgS&quot; data-secret=&quot;ndqe64lWgS&quot; width=&quot;800&quot; height=&quot;450&quot; title=&quot;&#8220;Algorithmic accountability&#8221; &#8212; TechCrunch&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; marginwidth=&quot;0&quot; marginheight=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot;&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;While some have expressed hope that facial analysis can help reduce human biases, a growing body of evidence indicates that it may actually amplify those biases,&#8221; the letter to the EEOC reads.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Here Sen. Harris, joined by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elisabeth Warren (D-MA), expresses concern over the growing automation of the employment process. Recruitment is a complex process and AI-based tools are being brought in at every stage, so this is not a theoretical problem. As the letter reads:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Suppose, for example, that an African American woman seeks a job at a company that uses facial analysis to assess how well a candidate&#8217;s mannerisms are similar to those of its top managers.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;First, the technology may interpret her mannerisms less accurately than a white male candidate.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Second, if the company&#8217;s top managers are homogeneous, e.g., white and male, the very characteristics being sought may have nothing to do with job performance but are instead artifacts of belonging to this group. She may be as qualified for the job as a white male candidate, but facial analysis may not rate her as highly becuase her cues naturally differ.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Third, if a particular history of biased promotions led to homogeneity in top managers, then the facial recognition analysis technology could encode and then hide this bias behind a scientific veneer of objectivity.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;If that sounds like a fantasy use of facial recognition, you probably haven&#8217;t been paying close enough attention. Besides, even if it&#8217;s still rare, it makes sense to consider these things before they become widespread problems, right? The idea is to identify issues inherent to the technology.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;We request that the EEOC develop guidelines for employers on the fair use of facial analysis technologies and how this technology may violate anti-discrimination law,&#8221; the Senators ask.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;A set of questions also follows (as it does in each of the letters): have there been any complaints along these lines, or are there any obvious problems with the tech under current laws? If facial technology were to become mainstream, how should it be tested, and how would the EEOC validate that testing? Sen. Harris and the others request a timeline of how the Commission plans to look into this by September 28.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ftc_building.jpg&#39; width=&#39;1014&#39; height=&#39;669&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Next on the list is the FTC. This agency is tasked with identifying and punishing unfair and deceptive practices in commerce and advertising; Sen. Harris asserts that the purveyors of facial recognition technology may be considered in violation of FTC rules if they fail to test or account for serious biases in their systems.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;Developers rarely if ever test and then disclose biases in their technology,&#8221; the letter reads. &#8220;Without information about the biases in a technology or the legal and ethical risks attendant to using it, good faith users may be unintentionally and unfairly engaging in discrimination. Moreover, failure to disclose these biases to purchasers may be deceptive under the FTC Act.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Another example is offered:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Consider, for example, a situation in which an African American female in a retail store is misidentified as a shoplifter by a biased facial recognition technology and is falsely arrested based on this information. Such a false arrest can cause trauma and substantially injure her future house, employment, credit, and other opportunities.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Or, consider a scenario in which a young man with a dark complexion is unable to withdraw money from his own bank account because his bank&#8217;s ATM uses facial recognition technology that does not identify him as their customer.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;Again, this is very far from fantasy. On stage at Disrupt just a couple weeks ago Chris Atageka of UCOT and Timnit Gebru from Microsoft Research discussed several very real problems faced by people of color interacting with AI-powered devices and processes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The FTC actually had a workshop on the topic back in 2012. But, amazing as it sounds, this workshop did not consider the potential biases on the basis of race, gender, age, or other metrics. The agency certainly deserves credit for addressing the issue early, but clearly the industry and topic have advanced and it is in the interest of the agency and the people it serves to catch up.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The letter ends with questions and a deadline rather like those for the EEOC: have there been any complaints? How will they assess address potential biases? Will they issue &#8220;a set of best practices on the lawful, fair, and transparent use of facial analysis?&#8221; The letter is cosigned by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Last is the FBI, over which Sen. Harris has something of an advantage: the Government Accountability Office issued a report on the very topic of facial recognition tech that had concrete recommendations for the Bureau to implement. What Harris wants to know is, what have they done about these, if anything?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;Although the GAO made its recommendations to the FBI over two years ago, there is no evidence that the agency has acted on those recommendations,&#8221; the letter reads.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div class=&quot;embed breakout&quot;&gt; &lt;blockquote class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; data-secret=&quot;g3Md3wx0n0&quot;&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/15/fbi-built-a-massive-facial-recognition-database-without-proper-oversight/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;FBI built a massive facial recognition database without proper oversight&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; sandbox=&quot;allow-scripts&quot; security=&quot;restricted&quot; src=&quot;https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/15/fbi-built-a-massive-facial-recognition-database-without-proper-oversight/embed/#?secret=g3Md3wx0n0&quot; data-secret=&quot;g3Md3wx0n0&quot; width=&quot;800&quot; height=&quot;450&quot; title=&quot;&#8220;FBI built a massive facial recognition database without proper oversight&#8221; &#8212; TechCrunch&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; marginwidth=&quot;0&quot; marginheight=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot;&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;The GAO had three major recommendations. 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To wit, he&#8217;s firing dozens of them. At an an all-hands meeting earlier today, he told gathered staffers that Evernote has no choice but to lay off 54 people &#8212; roughly 15 percent of the company&#8217;s workforce &#8212; and to focus its efforts instead around specific functions, including product development and engineering.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We&#8217;ve reached out to the company for more information about what the move means for Evernote. [Update below.]&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In the meantime, this newest development certainly doesn&#8217;t &lt;em&gt;look&lt;/em&gt; encouraging. In fact, a person who tipped TechCrunch off to the executive departures two weeks ago characterized Evernote as &#8220;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/04/evernote-lost-its-cto-cfo-cpo-and-hr-head-in-the-last-month-as-it-eyes-another-fundraise/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;in a death spiral&lt;/a&gt;,&#8221; saying that user growth and active users have been flat for the last six years and that the company&#8217;s enterprise product offering hasn&#8217;t caught on.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;It&#8217;s worth noting that in addition to shoring up its ranks, Evernote may soon be facing a funding shortage, if these layoffs were&#8217;t prompted by one. The company has raised nearly $300 million over the years, including from Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and T. Rowe Price, but the last round it raised, according to Pitchbook, was a $6 million mezzanine round that closed in 2013.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;You can learn more about what happened today via a note that O&#8217;Neill just sent to staffers.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;For those of you who missed our All Hands today, I have some difficult news to share.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As part of an ongoing evaluation of our business, we’ve decided to make a tough, but necessary decision to set Evernote up for future success. We’ll be saying goodbye to 54 talented and dedicated people, each of whom has contributed to Evernote’s mission. This was an extremely difficult decision and one that we did not take lightly.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As you’ve heard me say during the past few months, I set incredibly aggressive goals for the year. We’ve grown significantly this year, but at the same time we invested too far ahead of that growth.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We must adjust quickly when part of our strategy is not meeting our expectations. Going forward, we’re streamlining certain functions and will continue to make investments to speed up and scale others, like product development and engineering.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;I understand that today’s news may cause concern. We need to remember our amazing community of people who rely on our products and believe in our mission. Together, we have built a product that serves over 225 million people around the world who trust us with more than 9 billion notes containing their most important thoughts, ideas, and inspirations.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As I discussed in All-Hands, Evernote grew over 20% in the first half this year and we are in a stable financial position. Our Q3 revenue numbers remain strong and we expect to end the quarter north of $27 million. We have over $30 million in cash on our balance sheet and will exit 2018 generating more cash than we spend.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Though today is hard, this is the right decision for the business and the best way for us to invest in our future. For those friends and colleagues impacted today, we’ll be providing severance and other benefits to support them in their transition. We’ll have a series of AMAs to answer your questions that were not addressed today. As always, feel free to contact me with your questions. Tomorrow, I will publicly address our customers, partners and community on our blog.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Chris&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;Update: We&#8217;ve just been in touch with Evernote. It pointed us to a &lt;a href=&#39;https://evernote.com/blog/2018-09-18-message-from-ceo/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;newly posted piece&lt;/a&gt; by O&#8217;Neill in which he outlines the company&#8217;s strategy going forward, which includes to &#8220;operate with a more focused leadership team,&#8221; to &#8220;operate more efficiently,&#8221; and to &#8220;double down on product development &#8212; both quality and velocity.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As for its funding situation, an Evernote representative insists that things are far from dire. 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Google has their work cut out for them, but it might be in their best interest to introduce some light touch interactions that allow you to perform more actions without speaking at all, otherwise the screen is always going to feel a bit misplaced aside from pulling up a YouTube video or watching a slideshow.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div class=&quot;embed breakout&quot;&gt; &lt;blockquote class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; data-secret=&quot;jhX7iSaDiy&quot;&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/17/google-said-to-be-releasing-its-own-smart-display-this-year/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Google said to be releasing its own smart display this year&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe class=&quot;wp-embedded-content&quot; sandbox=&quot;allow-scripts&quot; security=&quot;restricted&quot; src=&quot;https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/17/google-said-to-be-releasing-its-own-smart-display-this-year/embed/#?secret=jhX7iSaDiy&quot; data-secret=&quot;jhX7iSaDiy&quot; width=&quot;800&quot; height=&quot;450&quot; title=&quot;&#8220;Google said to be releasing its own smart display this year&#8221; &#8212; TechCrunch&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; marginwidth=&quot;0&quot; marginheight=&quot;0&quot; scrolling=&quot;no&quot;&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;What will be interesting to see is what exclusive software wizardry the device has, if anything. The report details that the device will not have a camera like other Smart Displays which is a bit funny given that the whole point of it was to bolster its Duo video call service, which Google seems to realize either isn&#8217;t worth the inexpensive components or the potential privacy overhead.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;If the rumored price of $149 proves accurate and Google opts for most of the internals that the partner Smart Displays have, this will be a very cool device at a great deal that will not get used very often. It is wildly unclear what the point is of this product vertical, and without breaking it free of its software prison Google seems to be missing a big opportunity that could be fulfilled by whatever the big G&#8217;s competitors eventually release.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;This report seems pretty solid, but we only have to wait a couple more weeks to see what Google has in store, TechCrunch will be keeping up with the details at the company&#8217;s Pixel 3 hardware event on October 9.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div class=&quot;feedflare&quot;&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:2mJPEYqXBVI&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:7Q72WNTAKBA&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:yIl2AUoC8zA&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:-BTjWOF_DHI&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:-BTjWOF_DHI&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:D7DqB2pKExk&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?i=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:D7DqB2pKExk&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&#39;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?a=9FRU72CEDqU:bIKwmzIz--E:qj6IDK7rITs&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;/a&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Techcrunch/~4/9FRU72CEDqU&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;/&gt;', '1537348610', '1537324621', '2018-09-19')


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In fact, today, Amplify, once a micro fund, is taking the wraps off a third fund that it just closed with $200 million.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Some early bets made this newest fund much easier to raise than even its second fund, which closed with $125 million in 2015.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In addition to Dhaliwal&#8217;s personal track record, which includes leading deals at Battery like Netezza, &lt;a href=&#39;http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703989304575503554245091876&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;acquired by IBM&lt;/a&gt;, and CipherTrust, &lt;a href=&#39;http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/071106-secure-computing-to-buy.html&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;acquired by Secure Computing&lt;/a&gt;, Amplify has already seen four of its portfolio companies get acquired, including: the breach-detection software company LightCyber, which sold last year to Palo Alto Networks for &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.crn.com/news/security/300083967/palo-alto-networks-acquires-lightcyber-for-105m-adds-behavioral-attack-detection-capabilities.htm&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;$105 million&lt;/a&gt;; the sale of Conjur, which made DevOps security software, to publicly traded CyberArk Software last year for &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.cyberark.com/press/cyberark-acquires-conjur-revolutionizing-devops-security-drive-greater-business-agility/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;$42 million&lt;/a&gt; in cash; the &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/02/apple-buys-app-development-service-buddybuild/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;sale&lt;/a&gt; of the app development service Buddybuild to Apple (for undisclosed terms); and the sale of AppNeta, an end-user experience performance monitoring startup, to the private equity firm Rubicon Technology Partners.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Two others portfolio companies, which represent the firm&#8217;s biggest bets, look like they could eventually translate into even bigger outcomes for the firm: &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.fastly.com/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Fastly&lt;/a&gt;, which operates a content delivery network to speed up web requests, is already &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/16/fastly-raises-another-40-million-before-an-ipo/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;talking about going public&lt;/a&gt;, after raising $220 million from investors over the last few years. Meanwhile, &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.datadoghq.com/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;DataDog&lt;/a&gt;, which offers monitoring and analytics for cloud-based workflows, said five months ago that it had &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/21/datadog-and-new-york/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;already surpassed $100 million in recurring revenue&lt;/a&gt; and that it has been doubling that amount every year so far.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;A growing team has also helped. In addition to David Beyer, a cofounder of &lt;a href=&#39;http://chartio.com/about/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Chartio&lt;/a&gt; who joined as a principal early on and is today a partner with Amplify, the firm features general partner Mike Dauber, who, like Dhaliwal, previously worked at Battery; partner Lenny Pruss, who was previously a principal with Redpoint Ventures; and principals Lisha Li and Sarah Catanzano. Li has a PhD from UC Berkeley and worked previously as a data scientist at both Pinterest and Stitch Fix; Catanzano was previously head of data at Mattermark and, before that, as a data partner at the venture firm Canvas Ventures.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Yet perhaps most helpful, Amplify might argue, is the opportunity it is chasing, which is broadly: distributed computing and developer-centric and data analytics companies, because they increasingly cheaper to launch, and they get their products into the hands of technical buyers faster than ever.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In fact, roughly 80 percent of the teams with which Amplify is working are led by first-time founders, and 90 percent of these are &#8220;hyper-technical domain experts&#8221; who Amplify aims to help evolve from &#8220;technical founders to just founders and CEOs who know how to build out an organization,&#8221; says Dhaliwal. 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