Disney launches ESPN+ streaming service with live sports and a show from Kobe Bryant

Disney’s ESPN is rolling out ESPN+ on Thursday, its first ever direct-to-consumer service in the United States. The service will feature 10,000 live sporting events in its first year, including Major League Baseball and NHL Hockey, as well as exclusive studio programming that won’t be available on the network’s linear channels, a library of on-demand […]

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Facebook data – as scandalous as MPs’ expenses?

The gathering storm over how millions of Facebook profiles were apparently exploited for political purposes raises all sorts of questions about how our data is used. But already some in the data and marketing industries are pouring cold water on the story which the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr has pursued with such admirable vigour. “Nothing very […]

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Robots and automation: How Africa is at risk

Within less than two decades it will be cheaper to operate robots in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a new report warns. Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies. Some analysts say poorer countries could be less impacted by this trend, however the Overseas Development […]

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Meet the company trying to merge the human brain and A.I. to predict real-world events

Rather than being fearful of machines rising up against humans, one company is actively trying to merge the two, by combining human intelligence with computer algorithms to predict a whole series of real-world events. Unanimous AI is a company that uses technology that draws from a concept commonly found in nature: swarm intelligence. Rather than […]

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Studios should rely more on data to create games, movies and TV shows, exec says

Creators in the entertainment, gaming and media industries must figure out what kind of content their audiences want or risk losing them, an industry veteran warned. Because of the internet, people are getting used to the idea that they can choose the kind of content they want to consume, so they’re less interested in settling, […]

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Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper defends Zuckerberg: ‘This guy is a hero’

Venture capitalist Tim Draper defended Mark Zuckerberg as the Facebook co-founder and CEO testified on Capitol Hill. “This guy is a hero, let’s face it. It’s awesome what he’s done,” said Draper, a longtime tech investor. Draper also suggested that the intense scrutiny around Facebook’s handling around user data was hypocritical. “All of a sudden we’re worried about privacy. […]

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YouTube Aims to Put the Brakes on Online Conspiracies

YouTube intends to ramp up its efforts to combat conspiracy mongers, perhaps in response to the rash of conspiracy videos that trended following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month. Among other things, YouTube will supply links to relevant Wikipedia pages and other credible websites to provide viewers with a counter narrative, according to […]

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Wall Street analysts sticking by Facebook, say buy the dip for the ‘extremely compelling’ valuation

Wall Street is playing down the risks to Facebook shares resulting from a potential credibility crisis after Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of the social media company’s users’ data. “Despite these negative headlines and increased concerns around user data and regulatory risk, we do not believe Facebook’s business is currently being impacted,” J.P. Morgan analyst Doug […]

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Facebook regulatory risk is higher after big data leak, says analyst

Stifel’s Scott Devitt believes Facebook will face more government scrutiny after Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of the company’s users’ data. “Regulation in every industry is ultimately bad. And the internet companies broadly have had 20 years of lack of regulation,” Devitt said Monday on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “We’re heading into a new world as it […]

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Google Opens Maps APIs and World Becomes Dev Playground

Google this week announced that it will open its Maps APIs to video game developers, which could result in far more realistic settings in augmented reality games. With access to real-time map updates and rich location data, developers will have many choices of settings for their games. The APIs will provide devs with what Google […]

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