Author Archive for: ‘Josh Wolford’

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Hundreds More Call for Ban on Autonomous Weapons

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Hundreds More Call for Ban on Autonomous Weapons

According to Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, and hundreds of AI and robotics researchers, governments should ban autonomous weapons in order to prevent a “military AI arms race.” In a letter signed by over 1,000, Musk, Hawking and others say that most AI researchers “have no interest in building AI weapons, and do not want others to …

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Google Is Stripping Google+ from Its Services – First Up, YouTube

Google Is Stripping Google+ from Its Services – First Up, YouTube

A few years ago, Google went all in with Google+. Google+ is Google, remember? In an effort to unify all Google products under a common banner, Google tied everything to Google+ – including YouTube. This made a lot of people very angry and was widely regarded as a bad move. Google+, as we all know, didn’t really turn out how …

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Pandora Gives Users an Hour of Ad-Free Music If They First Pay Close Attention to an Ad

Pandora Gives Users an Hour of Ad-Free Music If They First Pay Close Attention to an Ad

Pandora is heralding the full rollout of its Sponsored Listening feature, which has been in beta since last fall. With Sponsored Listening, Pandora offers listeners a deal: You can have an ad-free hour of music, uninterrupted, if you just pay special attention to one ad first. “In exchange for at least 15 seconds of active brand attention, listeners are rewarded …

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AT&T / DirecTV Deal Gets Thumbs Up from FCC, with Conditions

AT&T / DirecTV Deal Gets Thumbs Up from FCC, with Conditions

After “careful, thorough review,” the Federal Communications Commission has given AT&T and green light to acquire DirecTV. The combined entity will boast about 26 million customers. Say hello to the new largest pay TV company in the US. The approval didn’t come without conditions, however. Here are all of the conditions the FCC placed on AT&T. They involve the expansions …

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Square Reportedly Files for IPO

Square Reportedly Files for IPO

Has payments company Square secretly filed to go public? That’s the word from Bloomberg, which quotes the ubiquitous sources familiar with the matter. Square was said to be gearing up for this for the past few months, with reports last month indicating the move was imminent. In reality, talks about a Square IPO have been floating around for years. Square’s …

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Instagram’s New Focus on Search Should Excite Marketers

Instagram’s New Focus on Search Should Excite Marketers

In 2013, boasting a little under 100 million users, Instagram finally decided to pay some attention to its web presence. The social network updated its barebones website to finally offer the ability to browse your feed. Before that, Instagram on the web only allowed you to look at user profiles and like photos. Since then, it’s been adding more and …

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Here’s What’s About to Hit Netflix

Here’s What’s About to Hit Netflix

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. It’s a short list this week, but it contains a few Netflix originals – including the highly-anticipated Wet Hot American Summer series. …

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Bison Selfie Turns Ugly for Woman at Yellowstone

Bison Selfie Turns Ugly for Woman at Yellowstone

When deciding whether or not to take a selfie with a wild animal, you gotta do some risk-reward calculations. Is taking a selfie with a bison worth the risk? I don’t know, it’s not that cool. But hey, if you want to risk it … Don’t be like this 43-year-old mom, who was unable to surreptitiously snap the photo before …

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Starbucks Offers Rewards Points to Lyft Riders and Drivers

Starbucks Offers Rewards Points to Lyft Riders and Drivers

Starbucks and Lyft have just announced a partnership that will see both riders and drivers earning rewards points for using Lyft. There are basically four major aspects of the partnership. First, My Starbucks Rewards members will earn stars (reward points) for taking Lyft rides. Second, Lyft drivers will be given the option to become My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program gold …

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Twitter Lets Advertisers Target Around Big Events

Twitter Lets Advertisers Target Around Big Events

For years, Twitter has shined during big events – whether they be scheduled events like The Oscars, Super Bowl, or Grammys, or breaking news. Twitter’s fine for the mundane day-to-day, but when something big is happening, more people flock to Twitter to see what everyone (friends and the famous) are saying. It makes sense then, that Twitter would allow marketers …

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Amazon Has a Credit Card That Gives Prime Members 5% Cash Back

Amazon Has a Credit Card That Gives Prime Members 5% Cash Back

Did you know that Amazon has a credit card that gives Prime members an extra little something for every purchase? Probably not, as Amazon has not really advertised it or even put out a press release or anything. Re/code just spotted it last week. Amazon has offered its Amazon.com Store Card since March, but recently the company added an additional …

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Uber, de Blasio Strike Deal That Ends Plan for Driver Cap

Uber, de Blasio Strike Deal That Ends Plan for Driver Cap

The war is long from over, but it looks like at least one battle between Uber and the Bill de Blasio administration has reached a ceasefire. For now. Just days before the New York City Council was set to vote on a proposal that would cap Uber, putting a freeze on new drivers, the two have reached an agreement of …

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