June 2017

Despite challenges, startups see a bright future for tech companies in Hong Kong

By | June 19th, 2017|Technology|

Hong Kong is one of the world’s premier financial hubs, but can it be a destination for tech startups? That was the question put to a panel of experts at the TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen today. The answer, largely, was yes but it may need a little time. “Hong Kong is becoming a global [...]

BrideClick acquires Mode Media

By | June 19th, 2017|Technology|

The Mode Media story refuses to end — following its abrupt shut down last year, the company’s assets have been acquired by wedding-focused advertising company BrideClick. Mode previously operated lifestyle sites including Glam and Foodie, plus a larger ad network that it said reached 144 million unique visitors each month. The financial terms of the [...]

Elon Musk suggests L.A. Mayor open to Boring Co. tunnel network

By | June 18th, 2017|Technology|

Elon Musk says that he’s had “promising conversations” with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, regarding the potential of a network of tunnels underneath the city that would allow for a high-speed transit network unburdened by surface traffic. That’s the vision Musk’s recently founded Boring Company hopes to make a reality, as illustrated by a concept video [...]

Here are all the panels from TechCrunch Sessions: Justice

By | June 18th, 2017|Technology|

The conversation around diversity in tech persists. One effect of this has been the creation of executive positions designed to oversee a company’s approach to inclusion. That’s great. However, it has also resulted in the dilution of the word “diversity” and subsequent backlash in Silicon Valley and beyond. And yet, the tech industry is primed [...]

At AI bot startups, cool kids rule

By | June 18th, 2017|Technology|

You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Poindexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app? No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are in charge at most digital assistant and bot startups. Think short, peppy names [...]

Gillmor Gang: Abstraction of Justice

By | June 18th, 2017|Technology|

The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, June 16, 2017. The Gang finally talks coins and chains, and too much of nothing is revealed. Plus G3: Wholistic recorded Thursday, May 11, 2017 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, and [...]

In wake of Amazon/Whole Foods deal, Instacart has a challenging opportunity

By | June 17th, 2017|Technology|

Yesterday, Amazon and Whole Foods ruined a perfectly slow news day on a Friday in June with the announcement that Amazon intends to buy Whole Foods for almost $14 billion. The most obvious victim of the deal was Instacart, in which Whole Foods invested and with whom Whole Foods has a five-year contract. But after [...]

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

By | June 17th, 2017|Technology|

Thirty five years ago having a PhD in computer vision was considered the height of unfashion, as artificial intelligence languished at the bottom of the trough of disillusionment. Back then it could take a day for a computer vision algorithm to process a single image. How times change. “The competition for talent at the moment is [...]

Crunch Report | Amazon Bids to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

By | June 17th, 2017|Technology|

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