Jumat, 15 Desember 2017

Net neutrality dealt a death blow. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Net neutrality suffers a major blow, SpaceX enjoys a major accomplishment and AIM signs off for the last time. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December 15, 2017.

1. The FCC voted to kill net neutrality

Thanks a lot, assholes. Including you, corporate overlord Verizon (which owns TechCrunch via Oath). Maybe especially you.

We'll get this back. Start now – call your congressperson.

2. SpaceX launches a reused spacecraft on a reused rocket

SpaceX really wants to make reusable, affordable spaceflight a thing, and today's launch was a big step toward that goal. Next up, even faster turnaround for rocket reuse.

3. AIM dies

AIM is officially over, which isn't really all that important to anyone except for the sake of nostalgia. Maybe you still miss the telegraph, too.

4. Apple launches podcast analytics in beta

Apple is doing analytics for podcasters that dive a bit deeper, providing anyonymized info including how many devices your episodes hit, as well as the total cumulative time spent listening and the average amount of time spent listening per device. Depending on how well you're doing, this could be either good or bad news in terms of giving you info to report to potential advertisers.

5. Facebook starts showing pre-roll on Watch

Yet another reason to ignore Facebook. It also launched a Snooze button today letting you time-out certain friends from your feed for 30 days, but I've got a better idea – just stop visiting it and delete the app rom your phone.

6. Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

Uber investor and Hyperloop One cofounder Shervin Pishevar is the latest tech industry leader to become implicated in the ongoing flood of sexual harassment accusations. Pishevar most recently resigned from the VC firm he cofounded as a result of accusations against him re: sexual misconduct, though he vociferously denies their truthfulness in his resignation.

7. Go-Jek acquires three payments startups

Transportation companies are increasingly becoming everything companies, and you should expect this trend to continue. Watch this space.

Also, check out the TechCrunch Gift Guide for 2017. It's very comprehensive, in case you're freaking out about having only 10 days left before Xmas.

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Kamis, 14 Desember 2017

Editor's Pick: FCC Votes 3-2 to Upend Net Neutrality


David Jones
Dec 14, 2017 1:50 PM PT
The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules that prevented ISPs from blocking, throttling or otherwise giving preferential treatment to customers. Backers of the repeal characterized it as promoting greater technological innovation and freedom to conduct business. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded the reversal of the Title II Net neutrality regulations. [More...]

More Picks:
Google Reveals What Searchers Wanted in 2017
The iPhone 8 and iPhone X ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in overall searches on Google this year, and No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the consumer tech search category on the Google Trends Year in Search 2017 list released Tuesday. Bitcoin ranked No. 2 in global news searches, and "how to buy bitcoin" ranked No. 3 among how-to searches on Google in 2017. [More...]
Creeping Decentralization and CRM
One of the big stories of next year might be decentralization. Decentralization is what it sounds like: pushing centralized processes and decision-making to the periphery, where it is believed people can be more effective at dealing with whatever is on tap. Western democratic capitalism runs circles around Soviet style centralized command-and-control economics. [More...]
New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks
ExpressVPN on Tuesday launched a suite of open source tools that let users test for vulnerabilities that can compromise privacy and security in virtual private networks. Released under an open source MIT License, they are the first-ever public tools to allow automated testing for leaks on VPNs, the company said. The tools are written primarily in Python, and available for download on Github. [More...]
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Google Reveals What Searchers Wanted in 2017
Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro's $5K Price
New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks
Oops... Some HP Laptops Shipped With Hidden Keylogger
If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way
The Tech Wars of 2018
Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC
Google and Amazon Square Off, Ignoring Customers in the Middle

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Google Reveals What Searchers Wanted in 2017
The iPhone 8 and iPhone X ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in overall
searches on Google this year, and No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the
consumer tech search category on the Google Trends Year in Search 2017
list released Tuesday. Bitcoin ranked No. 2 in global news searches, and
"how to buy bitcoin" ranked No. 3 among how-to searches on Google in
2017.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/85006.html

Creatives Not Likely to Blanch at iMac Pro's $5K Price
Apple will release a professional version of its all-in-one iMac desktop
computer with a $5,000 price tag on Thursday. Up to now, all-in-one
computers in general and iMacs in particular have been seen as stylish
offerings for home and family, but Apple has changed that in a big way
with the iMac Pro. Apple has given the Pro workstation-class graphics,
processors, storage, memory and I/O -- all without increasing the size
of the iMac.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/85001.html

New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks
ExpressVPN on Tuesday launched a suite of open source tools that let
users test for vulnerabilities that can compromise privacy and security
in virtual private networks. Released under an open source MIT License,
they are the first-ever public tools to allow automated testing for
leaks on VPNs, the company said. The tools are written primarily in
Python, and available for download on Github.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/85005.html

Oops... Some HP Laptops Shipped With Hidden Keylogger
Some HP laptops users came with a preinstalled program to capture the
keystrokes of users, a security researcher recently discovered. The
researcher, Michael Myng aka "ZwClose," discovered the keylogger
software while trying to solve a keyboard problem for a friend. The
software is turned off by default. After Myng contacted HP about the
program, it quickly released a patch to get rid of it.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/85002.html

If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way
Newcomer ArchMerge Linux offers a big change for the better to those
switching from the Debian Linux lineage to the Arch Linux
infrastructure. ArchMerge Linux is a recent spinoff of ArchLabs Linux,
which is a step up from most Arch Linux offerings in terms of
installation and usability. Arch Linux distros are notorious for their
challenging installation and software management processes.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84986.html

The Tech Wars of 2018
We are coming up to the end of the year, and it's a good time to look
forward. Stepping outside of politics and the obvious war between the
Democrats, Republicans and common sense, there is the war between Amazon
and Google, which likely will redefine the growth of digital assistants.
There's also the war between Intel and Qualcomm in the personal
computing arena.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84995.html

Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, an SoC built
for immersive multimedia experiences including extended reality, on-
device AI and high-speed connectivity. The SoC will power next-
generation Android flagship smartphones and Windows 10 notebooks based
on ARM architecture. Xiaomi reportedly will use it in its forthcoming Mi
7 flagship, to be released next year.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84996.html

Google and Amazon Square Off, Ignoring Customers in the Middle
A long-simmering dispute between Google and Amazon has escalated into a
front-burner feud, following Google's decision to block its YouTube
video service from Amazon's Echo Show, effective immediately, and from
its Fire TV, effective Jan. 1. Google apparently decided to cut off
YouTube as retaliation for Amazon's refusal to carry its products,
including Chromecast and Google Home, on its website.
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84992.html

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Disney buys Fox's TV and movie business. It's The Daily Crunch

THE DAILY CRUNCH
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Disney acquires Fox's film and TV business, which could alter the course of streaming and direct-to-consumer content delivery significantly. Also, Apple's super expensive, super fancy iMac Pro has arrived. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for December 14, 2017.

1. Disney buys Fox's TV and movie business

Media mega-merger ahoy! Disney has announced an official deal reached with Fox to acquire its TV and movies studios and properties, as well as controlling stakes in Sky and Hulu.

This is one of the biggest mergers ever, provided it goes through, and will have huge implications for Disney's streaming plans, as well as for major, beloved properties including Star Wars and Marvel.

2. The Disney deal's impact on Hulu and Disney's streaming strategy

Disney is gearing up to go it alone in streaming media delivery – should it come to that. The company's CEO Bob Iger revealed that Disney looks forward to being able to direct the development of Hulu itself, without having to balance the needs of all partners involved equally. Also, it could eventually offer one big package to stream all of its content across sports, family and more mature programming.

3. Apple's iMac Pro is a dark, desperately expensive dream

The iMac Pro has landed, in December as promised. Apple's space gray incarnation of its all-in-one desktop has impressive specs that are probably up to the task of most demanding professionals, but it also has an incredible cost to match.

4. Andrew Ng's news company is bringing AI to mass manufacturing

AI industry leader Andrew Ng is building a new company with a focus on a specific issue – bringing additional smarts to the manufacturing industry. It has a very strong initial partner, too – Foxconn, the manufacturing giant that helps assemble Apple's iPhone.

5. "Organism company" Ginkgo Bioworks now valued at over $1 billion

A company that works with DARPA to create new probiotics has raised $275 million and increased its valuation to over $1 billion via a new funding round. Designer bioorganics are big business, just like in most modern sci-fi, so ready yourself for our dystopian future.

6. Andreessen Horowitz has a new bio-focused fund

Leading investment firm Andreessen Horowitz has a second bio fund, with total committed capital at $450 million. That's a big bet on the future of this space, which some are saying is going to get white-hot again once the crypto craze dies down a bit.

7. Pepsi orders 100 Tesla trucks

Tesla already has a ton of orders for its electric Semi, including 100 from Pepsi – its largest single order to date. There's a lot riding on its ability to deliver with these initial orders, because they represent only a small percentage of the total fleets of these customers, and could pave the way for significant volume orders to follow.

Also, check out the TechCrunch Gift Guide for 2017. It's got something for everyone, and I mean everyone.

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