GUEST: Between 2014 and 2016, 75 percent of all venture capital funding in the United States went to three major tech hubs: Silicon Valley; New York City; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Organizations such as Rise of the Rest seek to push funds toward the startups in the middle of the country that might get passed over otherwise. However, the road to…Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Leading connected vehicle provider announces partnership to empower users by sharing their driving data. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 17, 2018– CarBlock, the world’s first blockchain-based transportation solution built on data generated by smart devices, is thrilled to announce their partnership…Read More

While the year has been dominated by stories of Siri’s problems, one of Siri’s successes — its ability to start listening when invoked with “Hey Siri” — is the subject of Apple’s latest Machine Learning Journal entry, which also hints at future improvements for the feature. The blog explains how iOS devices…Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Road traffic accidents are a global issue, and the size of the problem is immense. According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety, 1.2 million people die on the roads every year, and 50 million are injured. Approximately 90 percent of all accidents can be attributed to low-income and middle-income…Read More

EA announced details today for Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s next update, Night on Endor, which will come out for the multiplayer shooter on April 18 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It includes a new, limited-time Ewok Hunt mode, which has players fight as either the adorable teddy bear-like creatures or Stormtroopers. The content also brin…Read More

SpaceX could soon be one of the most valuable VC-based companies thanks to a new round of funding that would also give the net worth of founder Elon Musk a nice bump. According to Bloomberg, SpaceX is seeking to raise $507 million in funding, valuing the company at $25 billion. That would make the company the third most valuable venture-backed star…Read More

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Sets, Edge, Data Sense, and Magnifierimprovements. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release much later this year. The next update will come sooner (possibly as soon as next week), from the RS4 branch. Windows 10 is a service,…Read More

Epic Games announced that its Fortnite game servers are down for emergency maintenance upgrades. That could be an expensive problem if it lasts much longer. Market researcher Sensor Tower reported last week that Fortnite: Battle Royale has earned over $15 million from in-app purchases in its first month, The free-to-play game has been downloaded ov…Read More

(Reuters) — Tesla is targeting November 2019 as the start of production for its Model Y sport utility vehicle, with production in China to begin two years later, two sources told Reuters this week, shedding some light on the electric vehicle maker’s next project that could tax its resources and capacity. Reuters has learned the Silicon Valley…Read More

GUEST: The market for AI is so overhyped, virtually anybody looking for a fast buck can re-package an old abacus and sell it as a “machine learning” platform. Misinformed people buy the idea and the mounting frustration makes it extremely difficult for legitimate AI companies to get their message above the din. To successfully stand out…Read More

As CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress next week to answer questions about the company’s privacy and data policies, Facebook announced a slew of changes to its APIs. The changes don’t come as a surprise — Facebook already announced that it was conducting an audit of “all apps that had access to large amou…Read More

If your nephew became an acolyte of a cult in 1970s South America, what would you do to get him out. That’s the story behind The Church in the Darkness, a new game coming from director Richard Rouse III, who led the development on The Suffering and worked on titles like State of Decay, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, and Rainbow 6. I met Rou…Read More

The upcoming transition from 4G to 5G cellular technologies will have consumers eagerly awaiting the chance to get their hands on smartphones with extraordinarily fast internet speeds. In the meantime, city mayors are grappling with how to get their citizens access to 5G service as soon as possible, without getting bulldozed by telecom companies.

In a blog post written by AT&T executive vice president Joan Marsh, the carrier detailed why it decided to work with three cities — Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Little Rock — on testing its “5G Evolution” networks, the last “4.5G” step before full 5G. AT&T is using these cities to explain the regulatory conditions that mayors and city councils should create if they want to get early 5G coverage, which will rely heavily upon new networking gear including small cell transceivers.

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All three cities highlighted by AT&T made it easier to deploy small tech in a variety of ways. Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Little Rock all expedited the small cell permitting process, allowing companies to obtain a permit for small cell deployment in 45-60 days in Indianapolis, versus up to 90 days in Minneapolis. It’s unclear how long it...

The Walt Disney Company may own the most valuable film properties on the planet. But investors seem to think Netflix could still be in position to challenge the House of the Mouse and become this century’s leading entertainment media company.

Whoever comes out on top, it seems increasingly clear that the battle is going to come down to these two global giants.

Since the start of this year, Netflix’s stock has climbed from $199.50 per share to $280.31 on Thursday, just slightly down from its $286.49 per share peak on January 29. The latest bull run started with word that the Netflix movie Bright had attracted a large number of viewers over the holidays. This was further boosted when the company reported that it had added more subscribers than expected in the last quarter.

In terms of streaming, Netflix is available in almost every country, a reach that’s unmatched by the likes of HBO, or even Amazon Prime Video. And Netflix has used that global footprint to continue leveraging its original content.

The biggest risk facing Netflix, of course, is how much it’s spending on content. In the most recent earnings call last month, executives said the company will spend between $7.5 billion and $8 billion on content in 2018. And that number will likely go higher each successive year. The company has also been signing exclusive deals with producers to create shows for its service.

For the moment, Netflix will need to continue borrowing...

In the face of a massive refugee crisis across Europe, one of the most optimistic responses has been the emergence of Techfugees. The non-profit pulls together entrepreneurs and refugees to develop products and services that help migrants who have fled their homelands.

After two years of catalyzing the tech community’s response to the refugee crisis, Techfugees held its first Global Summit this week in Paris. Over the course of two days, the event gathered 450 attendees representing 35 countries. The event also featured 42 Techfugees-inspired startups to demonstrate the innovative approaches they’re taking to helping refugees.

At a moment when tech is increasingly being associated with a host of social ills, Techfugees offers some hope that tech and innovation can still be pressed into service for a greater good. The intensity of the event and the number of people who have responded to the idea has Techfugees’ co-founder and chairman Mike Butcher feeling optimistic and somewhat amazed that something that started as a simple Facebook post now has the ability to make an even bigger impact.

“It was a spontaneous project two years ago,” said Butcher, a London-based editor at TechCrunch. “I pushed open a door, and gave it a name. And it’s become a viral hit. It started with a fast burn, and then a slower burn, and now it’s a sustainable burn.”

Techfugees got its start in September 2015 as Europe struggled to respond to the thousands of refugees from the Middle...