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eMarketer estimates Amazon will account for $258.22B or 5% of US retail sales in 2018, about 49.1% of total US online retail spend (Ingrid…

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : eMarketer estimates Amazon will account for $258.22B or 5% of US retail sales in 2018, about 49.1% of total US online retail spend   —  Amazon has already been in the crosshairs of the White House when it comes to threats of antitrust investigations, and while some say this is simply Trumpian bluster …

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Long-hidden hackers unmasked by US special counsel – KFDX

Long-hidden hackers unmasked by US special counsel KFDX PARIS (AP) - On the morning of March 19, 2016, Den Katenberg ran a little test with big stakes. The previous week, Katenberg's hacking crew had been bombarding the Hillary Clinton campaign's email accounts with fake Google warnings, trying to get her ... and more »

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Hong Kong-based on-demand delivery startup GoGoVan raises $250M in first phase of a new round from InnoVision Capital, Alibaba’s logistics arm…

Karen Yeung / South China Morning Post : Hong Kong-based on-demand delivery startup GoGoVan raises $250M in first phase of a new round from InnoVision Capital, Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao, others   —  GoGoVan, Hong Kong's first billion-dollar “unicorn” start-up, said it has raised US$250 million in the first phase of its new round of funding, led by InnoVision Capital.

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A new hope: AI for news media

Jarno M. Koponen Contributor Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization. He currently is product lead at Yle, one of the leading media houses in the Nordics. More posts by this contributor AI on your lock screen The next AI is no AI To put it mildly, news media has been on the sidelines in AI development. As a consequence, in the age of AI-powered personalized interfaces, the news organizations don’t anymore get to define what’s real news, or, even more importantly, what’s truthful or trustworthy. Today, social media platforms, search engines and content aggregators control user flows to the media content and affect directly what kind of news content is created. As a result, the future of news media isn’t anymore in its own hands. Case closed? The (Death) Valley of news digitalization There’s a history: News media hasn’t been quick or innovative enough to become a change maker in the digital world. Historically, news used to be the signal that attracted and guided people (and advertisers) in its own right. The internet and the exponential explosion of available information online changed that for good. In the early internet, the portals channeled people to the content in which they were interested

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Dirt Protocol raises $3M for a decentralized, blockchain-based approach to information vetting

The team at Dirt Protocol is using blockchain technology to create a new approach to verify information. The startup doesn’t plan to launch its platform until later this year, but it announced today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from General Catalyst, Greylock, Lightspeed, Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, SV Angel, Avichal Garg, Elad Gil, Fred Ehrsam, Linda Xi and others. Founder Yin Wu previously created  lockscreen startup Echo ( acquired by Microsoft in 2015) and laundry startup Prim . She told me that after becoming interested in the cryptocurrency industry, she was concerned about the  fear, uncertainty and doubt around coin offerings — after all, we’ve covered several ICOs where companies appear to have disappeared with people’s money. “The market today is still unregulated, with high incentive for people to spread misinformation for personal gain,” Wu said. Her solution? Build databases where anyone can contribute information, but where they have “skin in the game,” so there’s a financial penalty if they’re not truthful. Dirt Protocol isn’t trying to create a single, definitive data repository, but rather to provide the tools for developers to build their own databases. Those databases might focus on things like ICOs (providing information like the team, the investors and the number of tokens in circulation), or online publishers (to help advertisers avoid bots), or professional listings and membership lists. There will be a single token that works across the Dirt platform. Users will need to stake tokens to add new information to databases, to challenge an entry or to vote in disputes — you’ll be penalized (by losing tokens) for adding misinformation and rewarded for weeding it out. While that should create an economic incentive for people to not just avoid inaccuracies but also to actively remove them, it doesn’t fully address the question of determining the truth — who, ultimately, gets to decide whether an entry is accurate

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Nikon Discontinues Nikon 1 Series Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon has now officially discontinued the 1 Series mirrorless cameras, including all 10 models that were released since its inception in 2011. Speculation is now growing that Nikon are set to release a new range of full-frame mirrorless cameras ahead of the Photokina photography show in September.

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Easily Create Animated Photos with PhotoMirage

PhotoMirage is an all-new desktop app for Windows that delivers high-resolution, animated photos that move, intrigue, and inspire viewers. PhotoMirage is available for Windows with a perpetual license for $69.99 USD / €59.99 / £49.99. UK and Euro pricing include VAT.  

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Interviews with Zuckerberg and other employees shed light on Facebook’s wild early days from 2004/2005 and the corporate proto-culture that shaped the…

Adam Fisher / Wired : Interviews with Zuckerberg and other employees shed light on Facebook's wild early days from 2004/2005 and the corporate proto-culture that shaped the company   —  EVERYONE WHO HAS seen The Social Network knows the story of Facebook's founding.  It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004.

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