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Google’s answer to Instant Articles now accounts for seven percent of traffic to big US publishers – The Verge

Friday, February 24, 2017

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages have been available for just a year now, but the platform — which can load some Google search results almost instantly — has already seen some impressive growth. According to an Adobe Analytics report released today, top publishers in the United States now see seven percent of their traffic coming in through Google’s fast-loading AMP. That rise is reflected in AMP’s usage statistics. Just between April…

Android Messages will be the new default texting app Google wants you to use – The Verge

Friday, February 24, 2017

Google is making a handful of announcements related to RCS today, but the piece of news you’re most likely to notice is that the default SMS app Google offers is now called “Android Messages” instead of “Messenger.” Or rather, it will be the default RCS app. RCS, if you don’t recall, is the next-generation messaging standard supported by a group of carriers and Google. It offers multimedia messages, read receipts,…

Google Self-Driving Car Unit Accuses Uber of Using Stolen Technology – New York Times

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Android Messages will be new default texting app Google wants you to use – The Verge

Friday, February 24, 2017

Google is making a handful of announcements related to RCS today, but the piece of news you’re most likely to notice is that the default SMS app Google offers is now called “Android Messages” instead of “Messenger.” Or rather, it will be the default RCS app. RCS, if you don’t recall, is the next-generation messaging standard supported by a group of carriers and Google. It offers multimedia messages, read receipts,…

Apple expands in Microsoft’s backyard – CNBC

Friday, February 24, 2017

“The bar is high, but we’re going to be hiring as quickly as we can find people that meet our high bar, which is exciting,” Guestrin told GeekWire, which first reported on the expansion. While Apple’s artificial intelligence research takes place across the world, Washington state has seen the fastest growth outside of California for Apple’s staff over the past two years, the company told GeekWire. And Washington isn’t the…

Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment – The Verge

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over if law enforcement meets a high burden of proof. The criminal case involves a man named James…

Valuing Apple Shares And How Much Higher They Can Go – Seeking Alpha

Friday, February 24, 2017

I’m re-initiating full financial coverage on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in this article, as I anticipate some meaningful value expansion on discounted assumptions pertaining to FY’18 results. This research report was first released to my premium subscribers last week. I anticipate some multiple expansions on better y/y growth comps, which should drive sentiment absent any negativity from earnings reports, supply chain, or consumer surveys. I believe my estimates are fairly conservative, as…

Darling of Literature – New York Times

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Apple expands in Microsoft’s backyard – CNBC

Friday, February 24, 2017

“The bar is high, but we’re going to be hiring as quickly as we can find people that meet our high bar, which is exciting,” Guestrin told GeekWire, which first reported on the expansion. While Apple’s artificial intelligence research takes place across the world, Washington state has seen the fastest growth outside of California for Apple’s staff over the past two years, the company told GeekWire. And Washington isn’t the…

Google’s self-driving-car company is suing Uber, alleging that it stole its technology – Business Insider

Friday, February 24, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, left, with Anthony Lewandowski. Associated Press Google and Uber started off as friends, then became competitors, and are now adversaries in a bitter legal fight to control the future of transportation. In an explosive lawsuit filed on Thursday, the Google self-driving-car group, now known as Waymo, accused Uber of using stolen technology to advance its own autonomous-car development. The suit, filed in the US District Court…

Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment – The Verge

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over if law enforcement meets a high burden of proof. The criminal case involves a man named James…

An overwhelming number of retailers are losing money chasing Amazon – CNBC

Friday, February 24, 2017

Brick-and-mortar retailers are becoming more competitive online by providing tighter delivery windows and offering the option to pick up digital orders in-store. There’s only one problem. As they invest billions of dollars to close the gap with Amazon, the overwhelming majority of traditional retailers still hasn’t figured out how to profitably fill orders that incorporate both the web and the store. According to a new report by JDA Software and…

Apple and Google condemn Trump’s decision to revoke transgender bathroom guidelines – Recode

Friday, February 24, 2017

Apple was the first tech company to publicly disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to repeal guidelines around transgender bathroom use in public schools. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals,” Apple said in a statement sent to Recode. The guidelines, put in place last year by President Barack Obama, encouraged public schools to allow…

25 million books are missing from UK libraries – but who’s counting? – The Guardian

Friday, February 24, 2017

The decline in books stocked by public libraries may be far worse than official figures indicate, with industry sources claiming that it may be many millions higher than the 25 million books recorded as missing, meaning that the number of books available to borrowers has plummeted by more than 50% since 1996. Librarians are calling for a national audit to reveal the true extent of the problem, with the news…

Does Trump Really Want to Cook the Books on American Trade? – Slate Magazine

Friday, February 24, 2017

When it comes to America’s trade deficits with specific countries, however, re-exports make a difference. Think about those hypothetical TVs again. When Walmart orders them to the States from China, they’re counted as imports, even though U.S. consumers aren’t really going to buy them. When Walmart then ships them to Mexico, they’re counted as exports, even though U.S. workers didn’t make them. As a result, our trade gap looks more…

One Book Two Book lets kids celebrate literature – Iowa City Press Citizen

Friday, February 24, 2017

Buy Photo Amanda Swanson illustrates a rough draft of a comic book panel during the 2014 One Book Two Book Festival.(Photo: Press-Citizen file photo)Buy Photo Over the past five years, John Kenyon has seen hundreds of story submissions from first- through eighth-grade Iowa City students. As the executive director for the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature for over five years, Kenyon pores over the student submissions for the City of Literature’s…

‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force – NPR

Friday, February 24, 2017

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters explores the theme of “monstrousness” from various angles. Fantagraphics hide caption toggle caption Fantagraphics My Favorite Thing Is Monsters explores the theme of “monstrousness” from various angles. Fantagraphics These days, almost every new movie, TV show, album or book feels so anticipated and pre-packaged that we’re already tired of it by the time it’s released. This makes it especially thrilling when something dazzling just appears…

Apple expands in Microsoft’s backyard – CNBC

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“The bar is high, but we’re going to be hiring as quickly as we can find people that meet our high bar, which is exciting,” Guestrin told GeekWire, which first reported on the expansion. While Apple’s artificial intelligence research takes place across the world, Washington state has seen the fastest growth outside of California for Apple’s staff over the past two years, the company told GeekWire. And Washington isn’t the…

25 million books are missing from UK libraries – but who’s counting? – The Guardian

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The decline in books stocked by public libraries may be far worse than official figures indicate, with industry sources claiming that it may be many millions higher than the 25 million books recorded as missing, meaning that the number of books available to borrowers has plummeted by more than 50% since 1996. Librarians are calling for a national audit to reveal the true extent of the problem, with the news…