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Katrina Brooker / Fast Company:
A behind-the-scenes look at Masayoshi Son's investment strategy, which is driven by the belief that computers will run the planet more intelligently than humans   —  Billionaire Masayoshi Son-not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg-has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live.
Jan 15, 2019, 7:00 AMIn context
Daria Solovieva / Fast Company:
Microsoft has avoided the scrutiny over privacy issues that has ensnared rivals by working with regulators and advocating its own solutions   —  Quietly but confidently, Microsoft is back.  —  For the first time in almost a decade, it's the most valuable company in the world while its archrival Apple stumbles.
Jan 11, 2019, 10:10 PMIn context
Jesus Diaz / Fast Company:
IKEA's battery-powered smart blinds that support HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IKEA's Trådfri will arrive in Europe on Feb. 2 and in the US on April 1   —  Ikea is finally introducing low-cost, motorized smart blinds.  Called Fyrtur, the blinds will be available …
Jan 9, 2019, 11:00 PMIn context
Bärí a. Williams / Fast Company:
The First Step Act, which seeks to reform the federal criminal justice system, risks perpetuating racial and class disparities due to its reliance on algorithms   —  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Often in a rush of excitement and eagerness to solve a problem …
Dec 25, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Eillie Anzilotti / Fast Company:
Online banking platform Good Money, which offers each customer an equity share and asks them to vote on sustainable causes to invest in, raises $30M Series A   —  In a given year, the biggest banks in the U.S.-Wells Fargo, Citi, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase-rake in billions of dollars …
Dec 12, 2018, 8:10 AMIn context
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Amazon says it is beta testing Amazon Answers, an invite-only program for users to help answer questions that Alexa doesn't know, starting today   —  Smartphones settle a lot of dinner table debates nowadays.  We argue about this or that, until somebody finally pops out a phone and Googles it.
Dec 6, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Inside Google's Area 120, the company's in-house startup incubator founded in 2016 that has since greenlighted about 50 projects by Google employees   —  Google's “20% time“-the long-standing perk that invites employees to carve off a fifth of their working hours to devote to personal projects …
Dec 4, 2018, 7:50 AMIn context
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
Airbnb's innovation lab Samara announces Backyard, an initiative to design and prototype new ways of building homes, with the first test units public in 2019   —  After launching a home-sharing revolution, Airbnb's founders started asking themselves, “What's next?”
Nov 29, 2018, 11:20 AMIn context
Katharine Schwab / Fast Company:
A look at Unfold, whose templates app for Instagram Stories has 11M+ users including celebs like Selena Gomez, as it launches a design agency focused on Stories   —  Alfonso Cobo saw the potential in Stories early on.  Today, his template app has 11 million users, and he's launching a design agency focused on Stories alone.
Nov 4, 2018, 12:15 PMIn context
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Source: Apple will launch an iPhone with Intel's 8161 5G modem chip in 2020; Intel will likely be the sole modem supplier for that year's iPhones   —  Apple's 5G iPhone will come to market in 2020, a source with knowledge of Apple's plans says.  —  Apple plans to use Intel's 8161 5G modem chip in its 2020 phones.
Nov 4, 2018, 5:05 AMIn context

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