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Google’s Got a Plan to Unify the World’s Wi-Fi Hotspots

Public Wi-Fi is great. But it’s infuriating when your connection at the neighborhood coffee shop goes down minutes before deadline and the baristas have no clue what’s wrong. This frustrates the hell out of the coffee shop, too. It wants to offer secure, … Continue reading

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Slack Integrates With Salesforce in a Bid to Win Over Suits

If you work in tech or publishing, you’ve probably heard about the popular chat app Slack. Hell—you’re probably using Slack. And you know that, unlike consumer chat apps like WhatsApp, Slack is all about workplace communication. Tech startups and news publishers the world … Continue reading

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An Infusion of AI Makes Google Translate More Powerful Than Ever

Last March, a computer built by a team of Google engineers beat one of the world’s top players at the ancient game of Go. The match between AlphaGo and Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol was so exhilarating, so upsetting, and so … Continue reading

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Microsoft Bets Its Future on a Reprogrammable Computer Chip

It was December 2012, and Doug Burger was standing in front of Steve Ballmer, trying to predict the future. Ballmer, the big, bald, boisterous CEO of Microsoft, sat in the lecture room on the ground floor of Building 99, home … Continue reading

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Palmer Luckey Is the Worst, But He Doesn’t Reflect Silicon Valley

In the best Silicon Valley man-child tradition, Oculus inventor Palmer Luckey is seeking to sway the presidential election by putting his money behind anti-Hillary Clinton trolls. The Daily Beast reported last night that the virtual reality mogul is funding the … Continue reading

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Salesforce Buying Twitter Would Make Perfect Sense

If you’re wondering why on Earth Salesforce might want to buy Twitter, Vala Afshar, the enterprise company’s “chief digital evangelist,” has a few reasons. Why @twitter? 1 personal learning network 2 the best realtime, context rich news 3 democratize intelligence 4 … Continue reading

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Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: AI

This summer, the Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days. Launching balloons into the stratosphere is a usual thing for the Google X lab—or just X, as it’s now … Continue reading

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Evo Is a Little Robot With a Big Mission: Get Girls to Code

When his daughters were young, Nader Hamda says, they were really into apps and computers. But now that they’re a little older, their interest is waning. And that’s not unusual. “They’re not an exception,” he says. “They’re more of a … Continue reading

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The Next Big Idea May Be Growing Far From Silicon Valley

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his first trip to Africa this summer with stops in Nigeria and then Kenya. In June, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative—the philanthropic foundation of Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan—invested $24 million in Andela, a … Continue reading

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Zuckerberg and Chan Promise $3 Billion to Cure Every Disease

Getty Images Over the next decade, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan say they will invest $3 billion in a sweeping effort to cure all diseases in the lifetime of today’s children. “We are at … Continue reading

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