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The Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Will Test the Department of Justice's Mettle

The Trump administration is forcing the traditionally independent agency to choose: Follow the law, or follow the president.
Source: Wired

How to use Google Drive

Learning the ins and outs of Google Drive takes time. We’ve put together an in-depth guide to using the service’s many functions, whether you’re looking to share a file or access it offline.

The post How to use Google Drive appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Volition is a blockchain-powered collectible card game that you print at home

Volition is a collectible card game that’s built on blockchain technology, bridging the digital and analog worlds to create a new type of tabletop experience that players can print themselves.

The post Volition is a blockchain-powered collectible card game that you print at home appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Panera launches nationwide food delivery service

Panera today is jumping fully on the on-demand food delivery bandwagon. The restaurant chain this morning announced the nationwide launch of its delivery service, which will reach 897 cities and 43 states across the U.S.

The service continues to be powered by the delivery startup Bringg, the delivery logistics platform that raised an additional $12 million in funding earlier this year. Bringg offers companies, including restaurants, the tools to run their own, branded delivery platform.

However, while Bringg is helping Panera with the logistics of deliveries, the restaurant says it aims to employ its own drivers. By year-end 2017, it had hired over 10,000 drivers, and to date delivery has helped create more than 13,000 jobs, the company said.

Panera’s delivery service will operate during lunch and dinner service (11 AM to 8 PM), and can be accessed both online from the Panera website and from the mobile app. The service will run 7 days a week, only require a $5 minimum order, and will charge $3 per delivery as a fee.

Delivery has been in development and a staged rollout since 2016.

Panera says it’s helping to increase digital sales, which are now 30% of total sales.

However, the company did admit to a data security issue recently, with the reveal that under 10,000 consumer records were inappropriately accessed. The company claims it found nothing to indicate that full credit or debit numbers, passwords or PINs were exposed. Still, the news may give some customers pause before ordering Panera.

“Panera delivery isn’t a pilot program. It’s not in just a few test markets. We now offer delivery across the country,” said Blaine Hurst, Panera CEO, in a statement. “Delivery is fueling our next phase of growth, and the success we have seen so far is exciting. The combination of providing clean food options via an entirely digital experience is giving us a real advantage, and the momentum is just beginning.”

 

 


Source: TechCrunch

Nintendo says Switch won't have a Virtual Console — here's how you'll get your retro fix – CNET

Want a library full of retro Nintendo games? Sounds like you’ll have to piece it together yourself.
Source: CNET

Walmart ends grocery partnership with Uber – Roadshow

The change comes soon after Uber said it’s eliminating its on-demand delivery service called UberRush.
Source: CNET

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups only follows one person on Instagram – CNET

And it makes so much sense.
Source: CNET

BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain

Increasingly we are going to be having bots conducting business on a company’s behalf. As that happens, it is going to require a trust mechanism to ensure that bot-to-bot communication is legitimate. BotChain, a new startup out of Boston wants to be the blockchain for registering bots.

The new blockchain, which is built on Ethereum, is designed to register and identify bots and provide a way for companies to collaborate between bots with auditing capabilities built in. BotChain has the potential to become a standard way of sharing data between bots in a trusted way.

The idea is to have an official and sanctioned place for companies to register their bots securely. As the organization describes it, “BotChain offers bot developers, enterprises, software companies, and system integrators the critical systems, standards, and means to validate, certify, and manage the millions of bots and billions of transactions powered by AI.

Photo: allanswart

The company was created by the team at Talla, a bot startup in Cambridge, but the goal is to open this up to much larger community of partners and expand. In fact, early partners include Gupshup, a platform for developers and Howdy.ai, B2B enterprise bot developers along with Polly, CareerLark, Disco (formerly Growbot), Zoom.ai, and Botkeeper.

BotChain is the brainchild of Rob May, who is CEO at Talla. He was formerly co-founder and CEO at Backupify, which was sold to Datto in 2014. He recognized that as bot usage increases, there needed to be a system in place to help companies using bots to exchange information, and eventually even digital currencies to complete transactions in a fully digital context.

May believes that blockchain is the best solution to build this trust mechanism because of the ledger’s nature as an immutable and irrefutable record. If the entities on the blockchain agree to work with one another, and the other members allow it, there should be an element of confidence inherent in that.

He points to other advantages such as being decentralized so that no single company can control the data on the blockchain, and of course nobody can erase a record once it’s been written to the chain. It also provides a way for bots to identify one another in an official way and for participating companies to track transactions between bots.

Talla opened this up to a community of users because it wants BotChain to be a standard way for bots to exchange information. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but these types of projects could be important building blocks as companies look for ways to conduct business confidently, even when there are no humans involved.

BotChain has raised $5 million USD in a private token sale to institutional investors such as Galaxy Digital, Pillar, Glasswing and Avalon, according to the company.

In addition, they will be conducting another token pre-sale starting this Friday to raise additional funds from community stakeholders. “This token sale is a way to give [our community] access. Purchasing these tokens allows users to start registering their assets and create chains of immutable records of what their machines have done,” May explained. He said the company expects to raise $20 million this year from stakeholder token sales.

You can learn more about Botchain from this video:


Source: TechCrunch

Google goes all-in on artificial intelligence, renames research division Google AI

With Google’s I/O developer conference kicking off later today, Google is setting the scene for what it expects to be one of the big themes of the event: artificial intelligence. Today, the company rebranded the whole of its Google Research division as Google AI, with the old Google Research site now directing to a newly expanded Google AI site.

Google has over the years worked on a wide variety of other computing pursuits beyond AI, and all of that content will continue to exist within that new site, the company said. But the move signals how Google has increasingly focused a lot of its R&D on breaking new ground across the many facets of AI specifically, from technologies like computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks, through to applications across virtually any and every business that Google currently and potentially touches, such as video, search and mobile apps, but also healthcare, automotive applications and other verticals.

That’s not just Google reflecting how the wider world of tech is evolving; it’s also a measure of how much Google has influenced it.

“From computer vision to healthcare research to AutoML, we have increasingly put emphasis on implementing machine learning techniques in nearly everything we do at Google,” writes Google’s Christian Howard in a post announcing the change. “Our research has been core to the development and integration of these systems into Google products and platforms. To better reflect this commitment, we’re unifying our efforts under “Google AI”, which encompasses all the state-of-the-art research happening across Google.”

Google seems to imply that further non-AI research will also be housed in the new AI hub, although it’s not really clear how much support and interest there will be for more work in other fields, or if everything now will need to have an AI angle to be progressed. (We’re asking and will update with a response when and if we get it.)

There is some interesting wider context for the rebranding. Just earlier today, Facebook also announced that one of its own research labs, its VR-focused Oculus Research, would be renamed the Facebook Reality Lab (notably no “virtual” in the name). Microsoft actually led the charge nearly two years ago when it recast its own Microsoft Research as Microsoft AI+Research — but it hasn’t (yet?) dropped the Research part of that name.

One big takeaway, I think, is that companies are trying to bring more of their own branding and more application focus into their quasi-academic research groups.

This could be happening here, too. Renaming Google Research into Google AI is a specific change that brings a division whose name might have previously had more general and academic connotations (“research”) into one that is now named much more specifically, and with an end product in mind (“AI”).

It’s a shift that could signify how the company is trying to reorient staff to move away from research for the sake of it, and towards more practical applications.

In the current race for talent and more business opportunities in the next generation of computing, Google is keeping its eye on the AI prize.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Amazon's Ring app let you report package-stealing neighbors – CNET

And maybe puppy-thieving delivery drivers?
Source: CNET

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