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OpenAI’s new experiments in music generation create an uncanny valley Elvis

By |April 30th, 2020|

AI-generated music is a fascinating new field, and deep-pocketed research outfit OpenAI has hit new heights in it, creating recreations of songs in the style of Elvis, 2Pac and others. The results are convincing, but fall squarely in the unnerving “uncanny valley” of audio, sounding rather like good, but drunk, karaoke heard through a haze --> READ MORE

Amazon Q1 beats on net sales of $75.5B but posts net income of $2.5B, down $1B on a year ago

By |April 30th, 2020|

Amazon has been one of the biggest names synonymous with how the consumer masses are experiencing life under lockdown: its site lets you buy anything from soup to nuts, from books to baking pans for all your sourdough; and via its streaming services, it gives you many ways to stay entertained. But it can also --> READ MORE

Extra Crunch Live: Join Hunter Walk for a Q&A May 7th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT

By |April 30th, 2020|

We are not slowing down the pace of our Extra Crunch Live discussions. Fresh off our chat with Mark Cuban, we’re already gearing up for next week, which will bring us an investor from Sequoia, and, later in the week, Hunter Walk of Homebrew. Homebrew is a seed-stage venture capital fund that has invested in --> READ MORE

New Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier faces a slew of challenges in the midst of pandemic

By |April 30th, 2020|

When former Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst moved on to become president at parent company IBM earlier this month, the logical person to take his place was long-time executive Paul Cormier. As he takes over in the most turbulent of times, he still sees a company that is in the right place to help customers --> READ MORE

How this startup built and exited to Twitter in 1,219 days

By |April 30th, 2020|

By the summer of 2016, Marie Outtier had spent eight years as a consultant advising media agencies and martech companies on marketing growth strategy. Pierre-Jean “PJ” Camillieri started as a music software engineer before joining one of Apple’s consumer electronics divisions. Inspired by Siri, he left to start Timista, a smart lifestyle assistant. When the --> READ MORE

Banjo suspends state surveillance contracts after report details founder’s white supremacist past

By |April 30th, 2020|

Following an explosive report about the dark past of its founder and CEO Damien Patton, Utah-based company Banjo is facing a backlash in its own backyard. After revelations of Patton’s former ties to a branch of the KKK came to light, Utah’s attorney general and the University of Utah froze their relationships with the company. --> READ MORE

Smart home startup Josh.ai raises $11 million to offer a home assistant alternative to Alexa

By |April 30th, 2020|

Directly taking on Google and Amazon generally seems to be an ill-advised strategy for a young startup. It’s even more complicated when you’re competing on the home assistants front, a technically complex, capital-intensive future platform into which both tech giants have dumped substantial sums. Over the past few years, the small smart home startup Josh.ai --> READ MORE

Andreessen Horowitz just closed its second crypto fund

By |April 30th, 2020|

Two years ago, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) took the wraps off a dedicated crypto fund from a subset of its limited partners who provided the firm with $300 million in capital commitments. Now, the firm says it has closed a second fund in the same vein, this time with $515 million in capital --> READ MORE

COVID-19 quarantine boosts smart speaker usage among U.S. adults, particularly younger users

By |April 30th, 2020|

The coronavirus outbreak has driven more consumers to turn to their smart speakers for news, information, music and entertainment, according to new data released today by NPR and Edison Research. Around three-quarters of U.S. adults 18 and up said their routines have been impacted due to COVID-19 and their media habits have changed as a --> READ MORE

Cloud Foundry renews its focus on developer experience as it looks beyond the enterprise

By |April 30th, 2020|

The Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF) just went through a major leadership change, with executive director Abby Kearns stepping down after five years (and becoming a CTO at Puppet) and the CFF’s CTO Chip Childers stepping into the top leadership role in the organization. For the most part, though, these changes are only accelerating some of --> READ MORE