The inside of data centers is loud and hot — and keeping servers from overheating is a major factor in the cost of running them. It's no surprise then that the big players in this space, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, all look for different ways of saving cooling costs. Facebook uses cool outside air when possible, Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers and Google is being Google and looking to its AI [...]
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Elon Musk, the embattled chief executive of electric automaker and sustainable energy company Tesla, tried to “set the record straight” about his recent behavior in an hour-long exclusive interview with the New York Times. Instead, it only served to further underscore how out-of-touch the billionaire chief executive seems from the ongoing operations at his company. The fallout has already begun with shares falling in early trading. His erratic behavior could cost investors billions and potentially destroy [...]
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Back at CES in January, Google put on a big show with the launch of a new product category designed to take on Amazon's Echo Show and Spot. Three companies — LG, Lenovo and JBL — were waiting in the wings with their own take on the screen-powered smart speaker. Google itself, on the other hand, was conspicuously absent. The company seemed content to rely on third-party hardware makers to do the heavy lifting in [...]
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According to recent reports, Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to specifically ban the sale of Kodi boxes on its site – that is, devices that come with pre-installed Kodi software, which are often used for illegally streaming digital content. However, the ban is not a new one – Facebook confirms its policy on Kodi box sales hasn't changed since last summer, and its external Policy Page – the one being cited as evidence [...]
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Four days after admitting that it continues to track users even after the Location History tracking has been disabled, Google has updated its website to more accurately reflect the nature of its location policy. “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device,” the updated Google Account Help page now reads. “Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, [...]
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Klarity, a member of the Y Combinator 2018 Summer class, wants to automate much of the contract review process by applying artificial intelligence, specifically natural language processing. Company co-founder and CEO Andrew Antos has experienced the pain of contract reviews first hand. After graduating from Harvard Law, he landed a job spending 16 hours a day reviewing contract language, a process he called mind-numbing. He figured there had to be a way to put technology to [...]
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Bobby Franklin Contributor Bobby Franklin is the president and chief executive of the National Venture Capital Association and previously served as an executive vice president for the CTIA – The Wireless Association. More posts by this contributor Ensuring foreign-born founders can grow their startups in the U.S. Finally, legislation to support startups President Trump's time in office has been punctuated by rising tension with China on a host of economic issues. He's received bipartisan criticism for the impact of tariffs [...]
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Battle Royale mode is taking over the gaming sphere. Alongside Fortnite, PUBG and H1Z1, a number of big titles are adding Battle Royale to their popular games, including CoD: Black Ops IV and Battlefield V. In fact, EA DICE just released a new trailer for Battlefield V that seems to show a glimpse of the Battle Royale mode. The Devastation of Rotterdam trailer shows loads of in-game footage, cutscenes and general action on the Rotterdam map. But [...]
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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a corker. We had Alex Wilhelm in-studio with our guest Minal Hasan, founder of K2 Global, and TechCrunch's Danny Chriton jumped in from New York to help the crew dig through the biggest and best stuff from the last seven days. It's been busy, to say the least. First, we took a look at the Elon-Musk-taking-Tesla-private-situation, [...]
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The man said he was being persecuted in his home country for his sexual orientation. [...]
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