Diversity needs to be an inside job

Disneyland was a good place to check out the diversity of the game industry. I attended the Casual Connect game conference last week at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The event had a whole track dedicated to diversity issues in partnership with groups that included United in Diversity, Leadership for Diversity, and Contagious Creativity. […]

Elliot Schrage on Facebook backlash: ‘We have not done as good a job as we need to do’

As Facebook faces a growing wave of criticism across a wide range of issues, the man in charge of crafting the company’s communications strategy wants you to know that executives understand they’ve messed up. “This last year, it would be an understatement to say, has been a great challenge for those of us at Facebook,” […]

Facebook plans European AI investment and digital training programs amid growing regulatory scrutiny

Trying again to rehabilitate its reputation in Europe, Facebook today announced a wide-ranging training program to help small businesses and provide individuals with critical digital skills. In addition, the company said it would expand its artificial intelligence investments in France by hiring new engineers and expanding a scholarship program, according to a post penned by Ciaran […]

Microsoft had to restrict sales in Russia because of US sanctions (MSFT)

Stephen Lam/Stringer MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two of Microsoft’s official distributors in Russia have imposed restrictions on sales of Microsoft software to more than 200 Russian companies following new U.S. sanctions, according to notifications circulated by the distributors. While much of the focus around U.S. sanctions has been on ways they are being skirted, the moves […]

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire — a step inside The Void’s new VR experience

Before I went to Disneyland this week, I made it to what is a far more interesting attraction for Star Wars geeks. In the Downtown Disney retail area, I went to The Void and awaited my turn at the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience. The location is one of just three in […]

This week’s Bitcoin Atom fork: A quick primer

GUEST: Bitcoin Atom, an ambitious Bitcoin fork due to come into existence within the next few days, plans to solve a substantial problem in the cryptocurrency world. The project will use atomic swaps to allow users to exchange tokens at absolutely minimal costs without any intermediaries or centralized exchanges. The project also plans to integrate […]

India will install cameras in classrooms amid a rise of surveillance measures in Asia

Adam Berry/Getty Images India’s capital territory Delhi will install surveillance cameras in all of its classrooms after a spate of violent incidents.  Several schools in Kolkata this month also adopted technology that allows parents to track their children’s whereabouts using radio frequency ID tags. Delhi’s decision comes as increased surveillance measures sweep across Asia. India’s […]

The Super Bowl matchup is set and the Patriots are a 5.5-point favorite over the Eagles

Elsa/Getty Images Super Bowl 52 will have the New England Patriots facing the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots are an early 5.5-point favorite. The over/under has been set at 47.5 points. Super Bowl LII is now set as the New England Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks in Minneapolis. Even before the […]

Show me your data — the new precondition to M&As

GUEST: In 2017, the total value of merger and acquisitions (M&As) exceeded three trillion dollars. Some of the more notable M&As in the past year include Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, Intel’s purchase of autonomous vehicle tech firm Mobileye, and Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo, which became a high-profile example of the cost undisclosed data breaches […]

Amazon set to open doors on AI-powered grocery store

As the rest of us wait in checkout lines during our Sunday evening grocery shopping, folks in Seattle eagerly await tomorrow’s public opening of the first store to eliminate the need for cashiers. The much-anticipated Amazon Go grocery store will open its doors to the public on Monday, January 22nd. The AI-powered shop encountered several challenges along […]