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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities

November 11, 2018 at 04:10PM Earlier this week in a new experimental newsletter I’ve been helping Danny Crichton on, we briefly discussed transit pundit Jarrett Walker’s article in The Atlantic arguing against the view that ridesharing and microtransit will be the future of mass transit. Instead, his thesis is that a properly operated and well-resourced… Continue reading How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities

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Will you be getting a smart home spy for Christmas?

November 10, 2018 at 03:00PM Facebook, Google and Amazon are eager to get their new devices under your tree. But will they give away your privacy?If you’ve so far withstood the temptation to install a smart speaker in your home, worried about the potential privacy pitfalls and a bit embarrassed about the notion of chatting… Continue reading Will you be getting a smart home spy for Christmas?

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Datacoral raises $10M Series A for its data infrastructure service

November 08, 2018 at 04:00PM Datacoral aims to make it easier for enterprises to build data products by abstracting away all of the complex infrastructure to organize and process data. The company today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A financing round led by Madrona Venture Group, with participation from Social Capital,… Continue reading Datacoral raises $10M Series A for its data infrastructure service

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What is the point of mini PCs?

November 08, 2018 at 12:00PM Steven wants to know why people buy mini PCs when they seem ridiculously underpoweredWhat on earth do people do with those mini PC things like the Beelink and ACEPC T8 Fanless? They seem ridiculously underpowered and often have just 2GB of RAM. But according to an article I saw in… Continue reading What is the point of mini PCs?

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CircleCI launches Orbs, a package manager for software delivery automation

November 07, 2018 at 05:30PM DevOps platform CircleCI today announced a new partner program that will open up its platform and allow third-party tools to integrate with it. In addition, the company is launching Orbs, which it describes as “the world’s first package manager designed specifically for configuration of software delivery automation.” Fresh off its… Continue reading CircleCI launches Orbs, a package manager for software delivery automation

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EU stumbles in plan to levy 3% digital tax on major firms

November 06, 2018 at 06:29PM Agreement to take action against companies such as Facebook and Google runs into oppositionA European Union plan to tax Google, Facebook and other internet firms risks failure after a handful of member states announced their opposition.EU countries are studying proposals to levy a 3% tax on big internet companies that… Continue reading EU stumbles in plan to levy 3% digital tax on major firms

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Amazon to split second headquarters into two locations – report

November 05, 2018 at 09:41PM Company will divide its workforce with 25,000 workers in each of two cities, Wall Street Journal saysAmazon is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter.The retailer previously announced… Continue reading Amazon to split second headquarters into two locations – report

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Amazon in ‘advanced talks’ to open headquarters in Washington DC area

November 03, 2018 at 07:48PM Company is considering area known as Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, just south of WashingtonAmazon is in “advanced talks” to open its second headquarters in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the Washington Post, a paper owned by Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, reported on Saturday.Amazon, which is headquartered… Continue reading Amazon in ‘advanced talks’ to open headquarters in Washington DC area

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Julia Roberts joins rush by top actors to big-budget TV streaming

November 02, 2018 at 11:12AM Star is latest A-lister on the small screen as Amazon and YouTube launch new seriesStreaming TV is ushering in a high-rolling, gold rush era, with Hollywood actors signing up to a slew of big-budget shows.This month, two hotly anticipated shows will launch that encapsulate the genre’s newfound popularity. Julia Roberts… Continue reading Julia Roberts joins rush by top actors to big-budget TV streaming

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Dynamic Yield, which builds Amazon-like personalisation for the rest of us, raises $38M

November 02, 2018 at 04:41PM Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, has transformed the face of commerce in part because it has managed to at once to be “The Everything Store” but still with a route into its sea of products that, for most users, surfaces what they might most want to see (and… Continue reading Dynamic Yield, which builds Amazon-like personalisation for the rest of us, raises $38M

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Neo4j nabs $80M Series E as graph database tech flourishes

November 01, 2018 at 11:00AM Neo4j has helped popularize the graph database. Today it was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market in what could be the company’s last private fundraise. The round was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from… Continue reading Neo4j nabs $80M Series E as graph database tech flourishes

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Cockroach Labs launches CockroachDB as managed service

October 30, 2018 at 04:17PM Cockroach Lab’s open source SQL database, CockroachDB, has been making inroads since it launched last year, but as any open source technology matures, in order to move deeper into markets it has to move beyond technical early adopters to a more generalized audience. To help achieve that, the company announced… Continue reading Cockroach Labs launches CockroachDB as managed service

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Amazon UK launches ‘try before you buy’ fashion service

October 30, 2018 at 12:36PM Prime Wardrobe delivers three to eight clothing items with no upfront chargeAmazon is launching its “try before you buy” fashion service in the UK, marking the online retailer’s latest push into the clothing market.Prime Wardrobe delivers a bag of three to eight clothing items with no upfront charge and free… Continue reading Amazon UK launches ‘try before you buy’ fashion service

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Hammond targets US tech giants with ‘digital services tax’

October 29, 2018 at 07:06PM Tax aimed at likes of Amazon and Google but OBR says it might raise just £30m from eachThe government has announced a special digital services tax on US technology firms – including Google, Facebook and Amazon – to make sure “these global giants with profitable businesses in the UK pay… Continue reading Hammond targets US tech giants with ‘digital services tax’

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Assessing IBM’s $34 billion Red Hat acquisition

October 29, 2018 at 06:52PM As you look at the $34 billion IBM-Red Hat deal announced yesterday, if you follow the enterprise closely, it seems like a good move, at least on its face. It could be years before we understand the true value of it for IBM (or lack thereof, depending on how it… Continue reading Assessing IBM’s $34 billion Red Hat acquisition

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Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM

October 28, 2018 at 11:21PM With its latest $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM may have found something more elementary than “Watson” to save its flagging business. Though the acquisition of Red Hat  is by no means a guaranteed victory for the Armonk, N.Y.-based computing company that has had more downs than ups over… Continue reading Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM

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IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B in cash and debt, taking a bigger leap into hybrid cloud

October 28, 2018 at 07:15PM After rumours flew around this weekend, IBM today confirmed that it would acquire open source, cloud software business Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, working out to a total value of $34 billion. IBM said the deal has already been approved by the boards of directors of both IBM… Continue reading IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B in cash and debt, taking a bigger leap into hybrid cloud

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From click to chic: Amazon trials real-world fashion boutique

October 28, 2018 at 07:30AM The retailer has launched five clothing labels in a year and has ambitions to be a serious player in fashionBright red lacy dresses, cosy coats and ripped jeans fill a chic central London boutique decorated with neon signage and stripped wood floors. Shoppers bustle and admire the clothes – but… Continue reading From click to chic: Amazon trials real-world fashion boutique

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Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins

October 26, 2018 at 09:15PM The Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract bidding process has drawn a lot of attention. Earlier this month, Google withdrew, claiming ethical considerations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos responded in an interview at Wired25 that he thinks that it’s a mistake for big tech companies to turn their back on the US military.… Continue reading Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins

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Amazon shares sink despite record profit of nearly $3bn

October 25, 2018 at 09:56PM Company sees fourth quarter of profits greater than $1bn but revenue growth is lower than expectedAmazon has announced a record profit for the last three months of close to $3bn. But the news on Thursday of a $1bn-a-month bonanza was not enough for Wall Street and shares sank on lower-than-expected… Continue reading Amazon shares sink despite record profit of nearly $3bn