Mycroft, the Open Source Virtual Assistant Project, Is Out of Money

Mycroft, the open source, privacy-respecting alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home is shutting down after running out of money.

Andy Rubin’s Startup Essential Shutting Down

y Rubin, the co-founder of Android, started Essential in 2015 with the goal of creating a new line of phones, as well as smart speakers. Unfortunately for the company, the Essential Phone (PH-1) didn’t received the greatest reviews and failed to carve out a substantial market.