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Archivo del Autor: Belen De Leon

How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee

Clean, tasty coffee that begins life in a lab takes a cue from the cultivation of marijuana.
Source: Wired

Xiaomi takes aim at Razer with its first gaming laptop – CNET

The new notebook from Xiaomi takes its cues from Apple and Razer, and packs discrete graphics and bling LED lights for gaming.
Source: CNET

Mark Zuckerberg declines to give evidence in UK Parliament – CNET

Parliament’s fake news enquiry wants to hear from Zuck in person, and it’s not giving up yet.
Source: CNET

What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—And Our Ability to See?

Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones any more. We must learn to look at the wider world.
Source: Wired

Zuckerberg refuses UK parliament summons over Fb data misuse

So much for ‘We are accountable‘; Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has declined a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that’s investigating how social media data is being used, and — as recent revelations suggest misused — for political ad targeting.

The DCMS committee wrote to Zuckerberg on March 20 — following newspaper reports based on interviews with a former employee of UK political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, who revealed the company obtained Facebook data on 50 million users — calling for him to give oral evidence.

Facebook’s policy staff, Simon Milner, previously told the committee the consultancy did not have Facebook data. “They may have lots of data, but it will not be Facebook user data,” said Milner on February 8. “It may be data about people who are on Facebook that they have gathered themselves, but it is not data that we have provided.”

In his letter to Zuckerberg, the chair of the committee Damian Collins accuses Facebook officials of having “consistently understated” the risk of user data being taken without users’ consent.

“It is now time that I hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins continues. “There is a strong public interest test regarding user protection.”

Regardless of rising pressure around what is now a major public scandal, Zuckerberg has declined the committee’s summons.

In a statement a Facebook spokesperson said it will be offering its CTO or chief product officer to answer questions.

“We have responded to Mr Collins and the DCMS and offered for two senior company representatives from our management team to meet with the Committee depending on timings most convenient for them. Mike Schroepfer is Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for Facebook’s technology including the company’s developer platform.  Chris Cox is Facebook’s Chief Product Officer and leads development of Facebook’s core products and features including News Feed.  Both Chris Cox and Mike Schroepfer report directly to Mark Zuckerberg and are among the longest serving senior representatives in Facebook’s 15 year history,” the spokesperson said.

Facebook declined to answer additional questions.

Collins made a statement before today’s evidence session of the DCMS committee, which is hearing from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie — saying it would still like to hear from Zuckerberg, even if he isn’t able to provide evidence in person.

“We will seek to clarify with Facebook whether he is available to give evidence or not, because that wasn’t clear from our correspondence,” said Collins. “If he is available to give evidence, then we will be happy to do that either in person or by video link if that will be more convenient for him.”


Source: TechCrunch

You'll want Xiaomi's affordable new wireless charger – CNET

The Chinese company offers a fast 7.5W charger that undercuts the competition with a massive price cut.
Source: CNET

Shuly Galili and Yahal Zilka join us in Tel Aviv

In a bit more than two months, the TechCrunch team is heading to Tel Aviv for a day-long event. And I’m excited to announce a couple of new speakers — Shuly Galili from UpWest Labs and Yahal Zilka from Magma Venture Partners.

While both Galili and Zilka are investors, they have two different stories to tell. Galili is based in Silicon Valley and is looking for the most promising seed-stage startups coming from Israel.

She’s been helping entrepreneurs bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and Israel. She has a ton of insights on both ecosystems. As a founding partner for UpWest Labs, she’s already participated in dozens of funding rounds with her tiny team. UpWest Labs is an investor in Airobotics, HoneyBook, SentinelOne and many other startups.

As for Zilka, he’s now mostly known for his role at Magma Venture Partners. Magma has been around for nearly 20 years and is now an established player in Israel.

As a managing partner, Zilka is involved with a handful of startups on the board of directors. He was also involved with Waze, Onavo, Argus and plenty of other Israeli success stories.

Zilka also used to be working for startups before starting his VC career. In particular, he worked for VocalTec Communications in the late 1990s, one of the companies that first worked on voice-over-IP technologies. The company went public in 1996.

These two speakers will have plenty of interesting things to say on June 7 at the TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference. This year, the event will focus on mobility and everything around it, from autonomous vehicles, to sensors, drones and security.

Buy tickets here and see you at the Tel Aviv Convention Center!


Source: TechCrunch

Neighborhood security cameras sacrifice privacy to solve crimes – CNET

Homeowners’ associations are investing in security cameras to monitor residential streets.
Source: CNET

Amazon partners with French retailer Monoprix to launch Prime Now grocery deliveries in Paris

Amazon’s business in France is taking a big step forward after announcing a new deal today with retail giant Monoprix to deliver groceries through Prime Now. The service will begin serving Prime Now members in Paris this year and include products carried by Monoprix, including its own branded items and fresh produce.

Monoprix’s website already offers services including home deliveries in some areas and “click and collect,” which lets shoppers pre-order items online before picking them up at a nearby store.

Frédéric Duval, Amazon France’s country manager, told Journal du Dimanche earlier this month that the company wanted to launch grocery delivery there, though at the time he didn’t specify who Amazon would partner with. Monoprix competitors Systeme U, Leclerc and Intermarche were reportedly also considered potential candidates, while struggling big box store operator Carrefour was speculated to be an acquisition target.

Monoprix is owned by Casino Group, a French retail conglomerate that operates stores, including supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants, in France, Latin America and Southeast Asia. It generated 38 billion Euros in consolidated net sales last year.

In press statement, Duval said “This commercial partnership, which further enlarges Prime Now service selection, will enable Amazon Prime customers to benefit from ultra-fast deliveries for their Monoprix orders.”


Source: TechCrunch

'Last Jedi' gets the Shakespeare touch in new Star Wars book – CNET

The Star Wars parody book series continues with “William Shakespeare’s Jedi the Last” by Ian Doescher.
Source: CNET

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