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Facebook Live threatens reality TV

July 19th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Facebook Live changes everything. It’s gripping. It’s real. It’s immediate. And now it looks like it’s ready to kill the last remaining stronghold of network television. Philandro Castille, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her small daughter were pulled over in the afternoon on...

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Tesla death won't stop progress

July 14th, 2016

Sadly, Tesla owner Joshua Brown was killed last week when his vehicles collided with tractor trailer. At the time the car was being guided by Autopilot, a smart, assisted driving system. This was the first fatality of its kind.The immediate response was shock. Despite healthy public skepticism, the idea of safer assisted and ultimately...

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Facebook shakes down advertisers

July 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.The panic among publishers is palpable. Facebook (FB) is tweaking its Newsfeed algorithm again – elevating posts from friends and family at the expense of all else. This is not the first time Facebook has made changes to its algorithm. Two years ago the social network noticed Facebookers...

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Amazon wants you to call...

July 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Amazon (AMZN) is getting back into mobile phones. The company announced an experiment to subsidize two low-cost Android phones. This is not the first time Amazon’s tackled mobile. In 2014 it unveiled the Fire phone, a high-end smartphone with a heavily skinned version of Android,...

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Brave new world of synthetic DNA

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.It really is a brave new world. Last week a group of prominent scientists announced plans for a project to create synthetic human DNA from scratch. The project will be led by synthetic biologists Jef Boeke of Langone Medical at the New York University and George Church of Harvard Medical School,...

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Apple dials up trouble for iPhone

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple (AAPL) shareholders should be worried. It used to be a button-down, tight-lipped secretive company. Those days are gone. It’s now so transparent it’s verging on the pathetic. Maybe you’ve heard the news. According to the Wall Street Journal, with the exception...

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Parking is the new plastics

July 6th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.In the film "The Graduate," a family friend offers young Ben guidance for his future: Plastics. Good call. Google is having that consigliore moment right now with cities. Like Mr. McGuire in the film, it wants to whisper just one word: Parking.A couple of weeks ago Eric Schmidt, the chairman...

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Will Apple go the way of Blackberry?

June 26th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple is about to become a much less significant consumer electronics business.The notion that Apple is in decline is not even controversial anymore. Many longtime Apple proponents have made comparisons to Blackberry (BBRY). The Canadian company excelled at a couple of skills and executives...

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