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Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news…

Nellie Bowles / New York Times : Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news programs   —  It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.

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This robot can build your Ikea furniture

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building Ikea furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to Ikeabot , the madmen can be replaced. Ikeabot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore . The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate Ikea parts and then, slowly, began to figure out how to pit the robots against the furniture. The results, if you’ve ever fought with someone trying to put together a Billy, are heartening. From Spectrum : The assembly process from CRI is not quite that autonomous; “although all the steps were automatically planned and controlled, their sequence was hard-coded through a considerable engineering effort.” The researchers mention that they can “envision such a sequence being automatically determined from the assembly manual, through natural-language interaction with a human supervisor or, ultimately, from an image of the chair,” although we feel like they should have a chat with Ross Knepper, whose IkeaBot seemed to do just fine without any of that stuff. In other words the robots are semi-autonomous but never get frustrated and can use basic heuristics to figure out next steps. The robots can now essentially assemble chairs in about 20 minutes, a feat that I doubt many of us can emulate. You can watch the finished dance here, in all its robotic glory. The best part? Even robots get frustrated and fling parts around: I, for one, welcome our Ikea chair manufacturing robotic overlords

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Enterprise AI will make the leap — who will reap the benefits?

This year, artificial intelligence will further elevate the enterprise by transforming the way we work, securing digital assets, increasing collaboration and ushering in a new era of AI-powered innovation. Enterprise AI is rapidly moving beyond hype and into reality, and is primed to become one of the most consequential technological segments. Although startups have already realized AI’s power in redefining industries, enterprise executives are still in the process of understanding how it will transform their business and reshape their teams across all departments. Throughout the past year, early adopting businesses of all sizes and industries began to reap benefits. AI applications with AI-powered capabilities introduced opportunities to change the way the enterprise engaged customers, segmented markets, assessed sales leads and engaged influencers. Enterprises are on the edge of taking this a step further because of the amount of knowledge and tools leveraging the potential of AI within their entire organization. “New breakthroughs in AI, enabled by new hardware architectures, will create new intelligent business models for enterprises,” says Nigel Toon, co-founder and CEO at U.K.-based  Graphcore . “Companies that can build an initial knowledge model and launch an initial intelligent service or product, then use this first product to capture new data and improve the knowledge model on a continuing basis, will quickly create clear class-leading products and services that competitors will struggle to keep up with.” The category is evolving, and large companies are finding distinct ways to innovate. They can uniquely tap into decades of industry experience to develop horizontal AI, built for specific industries like healthcare, financial services, automotive, retail and more. These implementations, though, require deep industry expertise and industry-specific design, training, monitoring, security and implementation to meet the high-stakes IT requirements of global organizations. “In 2018, AI is entering the enterprise

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Car-sharing startup Turo raises $12M from American Express Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation to close a $104M Series D (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch : Car-sharing startup Turo raises $12M from American Express Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation to close a $104M Series D   —  Peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace Turo has officially closed a $104 million Series D round.  This comes following a $12 million investment from Sumitomo Corporation …

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US Dept. of Commerce bans ZTE from exporting components and blocks sales from American companies to it, after alleged false statements to US officials…

Andrew Mayeda / Bloomberg : US Dept. of Commerce bans ZTE from exporting components and blocks sales from American companies to it, after alleged false statements to US officials   —  ZTE made ‘false statements’ to the U.S: Commerce Department  —  Chinese firm pleaded guilty last year to sanctions law

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Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+…

Jeff Buchanan / Xconomy : Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+ valuation   —  Livongo Health, a startup that develops connected devices and software for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions …

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China issues official national guidelines for testing of self-driving cars on public roads, including that a human must always be in the driver’s…

Adam Jourdan / Reuters : China issues official national guidelines for testing of self-driving cars on public roads, including that a human must always be in the driver's position   —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has laid out national guidelines for testing self-driving cars as it looks to keep pace with the United States …

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Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data   —  Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt's Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco acquires NY-based coding school General Assembly for $412.5M; General Assembly had raised…

Dan Primack / Axios : Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco acquires NY-based coding school General Assembly for $412.5M; General Assembly had raised ~$120M   —  Coding school General Assembly has agreed to be acquired for $412.5 million in cash by Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco.

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In defense of the HomePod

My HomePod, Google Home and Amazon Echo all live within about 15 feet of each other in my apartment. This is as much a testament to my obsession with smart home crap as it is to my inability to buy into a single tech giant’s hardware ecosystem. I’ve gone all-in with each assistant at various times but now my entire connected life is run through a series of commands that are held together by specific intonations, exact phrasing and speaking volumes of which I alone fully grasp. I solely hold the recipes to my MacGyvered connected life. (This has made life difficult for my roommate who sometimes has to ask me to turn the lights on, but truthfully he should have known what annoying techiness laid ahead when he saw me unpacking my VR rig as we moved in.) This amalgam of chatty smart assistants has made me pretty in tune with each of these product’s faults, but it’s also helped me gain a deep appreciation for the individual strengths of the platforms themselves. This week, Bloomberg reported that times are tough for the HomePod. Apple is cutting production, some of its retail stores aren’t breaking double digit sales of the device on a daily basis and it only has a small sliver of the smart speaker market. This report brought a lot of critics out of the woodwork who heralded the ignorance of Apple’s product strategy and harped on the smart speaker’s general dumbness and lackluster feature set. Now, I’m not in the habit of defending near-trillion dollar companies, but I think much of this criticism is misplaced. The HomePod is probably the best-functioning smart speaker of the bunch, and I’d also contend that the company’s overall strategy is far from being “years behind” its competitors.

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