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Silicon Valley is making plans to move foreign-born workers to Canada

By |January 31st, 2017|

 For many U.S. startups and their foreign-born employees, a kind of back-up plan may be starting to sound like a good idea right about now. Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that administration officials have drafted a new executive order aimed at overhauling, among other things, the H-1B work-visa program that U.S.-based tech --> READ MORE

Comcast launches its Xfinity TV app into beta on Roku

By |January 31st, 2017|

 Comcast’s Xfinity TV application launched into beta today on Roku, offering both live and on-demand programming, including local broadcast stations as well as public access and government channels. It also lets customers watch their cloud DVR recordings. But make no mistake: this isn’t really an app for cord cutters for the time being. To use the app, most --> READ MORE

Actualizing the Internet of Things all starts with wireless

By |January 31st, 2017|

 While it seems “smart” everything is in full swing, the full realization of the Internet of Things is in essence still on standby mode. Homes are smarter than ever and VR, AR, personal drones and a dizzying array of wearables and medical devices flood the market, but there is still potential for more. Indeed, much --> READ MORE

Coin will shut down its product services at the end of February

By |January 31st, 2017|

 This was all inevitable, of course. Fitbit has made its plans for Coin clear since it bought the mobile payment company back in May of last year. At the time, the wearable maker announced that it was shutting down the Coin Developer Program, though cards would remain active until their batteries finally gave up the --> READ MORE

Zoopla to buy house price valuer Hometrack for £120M to beef up its data services

By |January 31st, 2017|

 UK property listings site Zoopla is splashing out £120 million in cash (~$150M) on a big purchase of its own — announcing its intention today to acquire real estate analytics firm Hometrack as it looks to expand its data and analytics services. Read More Source: News

Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

By |January 31st, 2017|

 Walmart has just issued its strongest response to the growing Amazon threat, since its acquisition of e-commerce newcomer Jet.com last summer. Starting today, Walmart will begin offering free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. The range of items will include “everyday essentials,” like household products, baby needs, pet --> READ MORE

Crunch Report | Tech Execs Are Matching Donations to ACLU

By |January 31st, 2017|

Tech execs are matching donations to the ACLU, Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant, Dropbox touts a $1 billion revenue run rate, robots are making coffee and Fitbit cuts six percent of its workforce. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Source: News

We need startups to build democracy tech

By |January 31st, 2017|

 It’s time to actually make the world a better place. Silicon Valley was birthed from an existential threat to the world. Nazi radar defense technology was decimating the Allied air forces. But American engineers heeded the call, and in a Harvard lab led by Stanford professor Frederick Terman, invented radar jammers that helped win the --> READ MORE

Senator Franken urges new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to maintain net neutrality

By |January 31st, 2017|

 Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has written to newly appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in defense of net neutrality, vowing to “fight to protect it every step of the way.” Read More Source: News

Netflix engineers hacked a brain-controlled interface

By |January 31st, 2017|

 This is pretty much the definition of unnecessary, but then, that’s part of the fun of hack days. A quartet of Netflix designers have given the world “MindFlix,” by way of a short video, highlighting the hack’s use of a the Muse headband to control the movie streaming site’s familiar interface. “Instead of implanting chips --> READ MORE