Cruise updates the AI brains behind its autonomous cars twice weekly

GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019. But the setback hasn’t discouraged its over 1,000 staffers from iterating toward a public launch. In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according […]

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Google Cloud launches AI-driven management platform to tame network complexity

Google Cloud today announced the public launch of its Network Intelligence Center, a platform that uses AI to help manage the sprawling networks companies must wrangle as they move more of their critical operations online. As cloud computing evolves, companies increasingly have several cloud services, and in some cases hybrid ones that blend premise-based services […]

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App Annie: 5 predictions for mobile app and gaming success in 2020

App Annie collects a lot of data on mobile devices, apps, and games. And so the consumer insights company has five predictions for the year ahead in mobile. The company said that 2019 was a landmark year for mobile, with 20% year-over-year growth in consumer spending in the first three quarters of the year — […]

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Liqid raises $28 million for adaptive resource management in datacenters

Liqid has raised $28 million for adaptive resource management to improve round-the-clock utilization of computers in datacenters. The Broomfield, Colorado-based company creates composable datacenter infrastructure solutions and services. The money came from Panorama Point Partners, with participation from Iron Gate Capital and affiliates of DH Capital. The investment brings the company’s total funding to $50 […]

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SheerID raises $64 million to verify that you qualify for a student discount

SheerID, an identity marketing firm that can verify whether you qualify for a student discount or not, has raised $64 million in funding to fuel its expansion. CVC Ventures led the round and will join SheerID’s board alongside Centana Growth Partners and Voyager Capital, which led its earlier financing rounds in 2017 and 2015, respectively. […]

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Sigma Computing raises $30 million more for cloud data analytics tools

Sigma Computing, a San Francisco-based startup developing a cloud-hosted data analytics platform, today revealed that it’s nabbed $30 million in an extension of its series B round, bringing the total raised so far to around $60 million. Existing investors Altimeter Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures participated in the tranche, which CEO Rob Woollen said will […]

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Facebook Pay unites payment service across Facebook’s apps

(Reuters) — Facebook said on Tuesday it was launching Facebook Pay, a unified payment service through which users across its platforms including WhatsApp and Instagram can make payments without exiting the app. The social network said the service would allow users to send money or make a payment with security options such as PIN or […]

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Before Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Kill TikTok, He Wanted To Own It

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News By the summer of 2016, Facebook was aggressively courting the world’s most populous country. Having largely saturated most of the developed world, the social network turned its attention to China, which banned Facebook in 2009, cutting it off from more than 700 million internet users. So like any shrewd businessperson, […]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Raises Security Concerns About The Army Using TikTok To Try To Recruit Young People

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer is questioning the US Army’s decision to try to recruit Gen Z’ers using TikTok and other China-owned social media platforms, raising concerns about privacy and national security. Schumer, a New York Democrat and the party’s leader in the Senate, wrote a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Nov. 7 […]

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