Skymind Global Ventures launches $800M fund and London office to back AI startupsTECHCRUNCH.COM — Skymind Global Ventures (SGV) appeared last year in Asia/US as a vehicle for the previous founders of a YC-backed open-source AI platform to invest in companies that used the platform. Today it announces the launch of an $800 million fund to back promising new AI companies and academic research. It will consequently be opening a London office as an extension to its original Hong Kong base.
Hackers keep getting access to your data. Is Amazon to blame?MASHABLE.COM — Each new week seemingly brings with it another disturbing discovery of personal data left unsecured and exposed on the internet. Different companies — spanning industries as varied as pornography, cannabis, and medical records — screwing up in hard-to-parse ways, all with the same casualty: your privacy.
Britain after BrexitECONOMIST.COM — Uncharted watersBritain after BrexitNow that Britain is sailing alone, Boris Johnson needs a lodestar. Liberalism offers one Jan 30th 2020NOT MUCH will change at 11pm on January 31st. Some 50p pieces proclaiming “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” will go into circulation to mark…
Inside the future of online dating: AI swiping and concierge botsMASHABLE.COM — “At one point, the bot was having maybe 200 conversations at a time…I think Tinder knew this and they banned me, of course, from the platform.” This is Robert Winters, a computer programmer in Belgium, who is just one of many people who’ve used scripts made by other programmers in order to game Tinder — even more than the app has already gamified dating.
Twitter suspends notorious UK hate preacher for violating abuse rulesTECHCRUNCH.COM — has confirmed it has temporarily suspended the account of controversial rightwing commentator, Katie Hopkins. The move was reported earlier by the BBC. Hopkins, a former MailOnline columnist and presenter on LBC radio, is a veteran of the social media platform, joining Twitter just under a decade ago — and using it amplify her brand of far-right leaning, liberal-baiting politics.
The 1 thing Democrats and Republicans agree on: Social media sucks for newsMASHABLE.COM — In these divided times, it’s easy to blame the internet for so much of the partisanship, misinformation, and general noise in our political discourse. But a new study suggests that cynicism about news on social media is one area where we’re mostly on the same page. The Pew Research Center surveyed over 12,000 adults in the U.about how familiar they are with media providing political and election news.
Kenyan logistics startup Sendy raises $20M round backed by ToyotaTECHCRUNCH.COM — Africa’s logistics startup space has gained another multi-million dollar round with global backing. company Sendy — with an on-demand platform that connects clients to drivers and vehicles for goods delivery — has raised a $20 million Series B led by Atlantica Ventures. Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a trade and investment arm of Japanese automotive company Toyota, also joined the round.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Will Kick Off A New Price WarFORBES.COM — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 20: The new Samsung Galaxy Buds are displayed during the … [+] Samsung Unpacked event on February 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Samsung announced a new foldable smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, as well as a new Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Buds…
The Top 10 Facebook Stats for 2020 [Infographic]SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — While other social platforms rise and fall, Facebook, seemingly despite various controversies, has continued to add more daily and monthly active users as time goes on – and The Social Network shows no sign of any significant slow-down on the immediate horizon. Of course, that’s not the complete picture.
Trump’s travel ban could extend to Africa’s top tech country, NigeriaTECHCRUNCH.COM — The Trump administration is poised to add several African countries to a U.travel ban list, including Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria. Politico first reported the White House is considering Tanzania, Eritrea, Sudan and Nigeria for new travel restrictions, to coincide with the three-year anniversary of Trump’s original executive order, that targeted majority Muslim nations.
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