Sunday, October 15, 2017

Biotech company Bolt Threads debuts $314 necktie made entirely from ‘spider silk’

Bay Area biotechnology company Bolt Threads has given the first glimpse of its futuristic fibers with the debut of a necktie made entirely from lab-produced spider silk.Founded in 2009, Bolt Threads has been setting...

Facebook dips its gigantic toe into the U.S. sports scene

Facebook just scored something big in live.The social networking giant will livestream regular season matches of American soccer through a partnership with Major League Soccer and Univision Deportes, the companies announced...

Betaworks-backed Dexter launches DIY bot machine

The startup Dexter is opening its bot platform today for people to create bots for Slack, Facebook Messenger or SMS.You can make your own bot with The Lab, Dexter’s bot creation...

Facebook’s video strategy nets 1,055% higher share rate than YouTube

Native video is becoming hugely important. With 25 percent of U.S. users adopting an ad blocker last year, native content is how marketers are avoiding the cut.And native video is one of the reasons influencer...

Capital One named its bot Eno because that’s how you spell ‘one’ backwards

Capital One is launching a bot for its credit card, checking, and savings account customers to learn about their money via SMS text, the company announced today. Initially, the bot will only...

BT is finally splitting Openreach into a separate company

It's been a long time coming, but BT has finally agreed to spin off Openreach, the part of its business that handles most of the UK's broadband infrastructure. Ofcom, the UK's...

Apple’s Siri learns Shanghainese as voice assistants race to add languages

(Reuters) – With the broad release of Google Assistant last week, the voice-assistant wars are in full swing, with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and now Google all offering electronic assistants to take...

Regulate Facebook and Google, British news industry demands

Britain’s newspaper publishers have filed a complaint with a government committee looking into the problem of “fake news,” and said regulators need to look into Google and Facebook’s dominance in the...

Pocket launches iMessage app for sharing your favorite stories

The read-it-later app Pocket launched an iMessage app extension today for users to share their favorite stories without leaving messaging app for iPhones. Nothing fancy, but if you use Pocket and share...

WikiLeaks offers tech companies exclusive access to CIA hacking tools

(Reuters) – Wikileaks will provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools that it possesses so they can patch software flaws, founder Julian Assange said on Thursday, presenting Silicon...

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