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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Snapchat debuts context cards to let you hail rides, book tables, and more by swiping up on some Snaps; partners include Foursquare, OpenTable, and Lyft   —  I don't know I've reached Snap's global headquarters until I am standing in front of them, leaning on the handle of my rolling suitcase and puzzling over a map app.
Oct 10, 2017, 11:35 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Baidu COO Qi Lu on company's and China's AI ambitions, Baidu's DuerOS natural language-based AI platform, why Alexa ecosystem is ahead of rivals in US, more   —  A company can have the best technology in the world.  It can have the strongest talent.  It can have the coolest product ideas.
Aug 12, 2017, 8:40 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Interviews with key Microsoft staff shed light on its AI strategy, utilizing Cortana and chatbots, and the firm's plans to compete with Facebook and Google   —  Yoshua Bengio has never been one to take sides.  As one of the three intellects who shaped the deep learning that now dominates …
Jun 22, 2017, 9:40 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Q&A with Upworthy cofounder Eli Pariser, who coined the term “filter bubble” in his book, about the phenomena, fake news and its influence, more   —  Six years after the Upworthy cofounder coined the term “filter bubble,” things are much worse.
May 25, 2017, 9:30 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Magic Leap quietly settles sex discrimination lawsuit; sources say the company is raising a new financing round, led by Alibaba again, at $6B to $8B valuation   —  Despite its critics, the secretive startup is raising more cash in its quest to be the Apple of augmented reality.  —  Hi Backchannel readers.
May 13, 2017, 2:00 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Super-voting shares in Uber held by Kalanick and his allies mean the board has little influence over who fills CEO role   —  The rise of super-voting shares in Silicon Valley has given founders the ultimate job security.  —  As the calamities amass at Uber, many people—including me—have called for new leadership.
Apr 8, 2017, 8:45 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
How BitTorrent has failed to find a successful business model despite its widely used protocol and has pursued a costly, fruitless path under new leadership   —  How a group of valley outsiders blew through the company's cash and nearly left it for dead.  —  Last April, a pair …
Jan 11, 2017, 4:20 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Q&A with Melinda Gates on her new initiative to promote women in tech   —  Philanthropy's first lady returns to her roots to tackle gender inequality in computer science.  —  Melinda Gates has spent the past 16 years seeding social change through the world's largest private philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Oct 2, 2016, 1:20 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Profile of Airbnb's Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer Belinda Johnson, second in command at the company   —  Belinda Johnson knew a decision needed to be made quickly.  She pulled her boss, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, into a small conference room in the company's highly designed downtown San Francisco headquarters.
Jul 16, 2016, 10:20 AMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Pinterest execs and engineers discuss overhauling its underlying software, its new iOS app, plans to capture international audiences, more   —  Pinterest Reinvents Itself to Prove It's Really Worth Billions  —  It's a week before Pinterest will announce its biggest engineering and design overhaul ever …
Apr 24, 2016, 5:55 PMIn context

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