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Translation gadgets in 2020 are nearly as good as Babel fish

Hundreds of thousands of attendees from every corner of the globe descended upon Las Vegas last week to see the latest and greatest in consumer technology trends. However, with so many people from so many places in a single space, language barriers can be an … more…

NBC’s Peacock streaming service will launch on July 15th with three different price tiers
The Verge

Comcast’s new streaming service from NBCUniversal, Peacock, will be mostly free when it launches. There are three tiers, with the main tier being ad-supported. A completely ad-free subscription service will also exist. It will launch in April. more…

23andMe co-founder’s new startup, Precise.ly, brings genomics to India through Narayana partnerhsip

Precise.ly, the new genomics startup launched by 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and Aneil Mallavarapu, is taking its spin on direct to consumer personalized genomics to India through a partnership with Naryana Health, one of India’s leading specialty hospital … more…

US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack

We may have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of news involving tech giants sparring in courts over intellectual property infringement, but patents continue to be a major cornerstone of how companies and people measure their progress and create moats around … more…

Marijuana delivery giant Eaze may go up in smoke

The first cannabis startup to raise big money in Silicon Valley is in danger of burning out. TechCrunch has learned that pot delivery middleman Eaze has seen unannounced layoffs, and its depleted cash reserves threaten its ability to make payroll or settle it… more…

Another former Kleiner partner launches a fund; this time it’s Lynn Chou O’Keefe with Define Ventures

Kleiner is known for many things. Among them, increasing, the growing number of people who’ve logged time at the firm, then struck out on their own to start hang their own shingles. The latest among them: Lynn Chou O’Keefe, who joined Kleiner Perkins in 2013 … more…

Comcast accused of lying about its prices, gets away with $1.3M settlement
Ars Technica

31,600 customers will get refunds or debt relief in Minnesota settlement. more…

Is Consumer Cellular as fresh as Mint Mobile?

Bought in bulk Mint Mobile From $15/month at Mint Mobile Pros Unlimited talk and text on all plans T-Mobile LTE speeds Upgrade plan at any time Data as a hotspot Cons Must buy in bulk No multi-line savings Mint Mobile is known for providing great value if you… more…

Use a VPN to protect your online identity and stream TV while traveling

A virtual private network, or VPN, is used for a lot of reasons, with some of those being kind of sketchy. Two legitimate reasons to use a VPN are to hide your online identity and to connect to your TV streaming accounts as you travel, particularly overseas. … more…

These popular apps are sharing personal data with dozens of companies, study says - CNET

Some of the apps are sharing highly personal data, according to a study from the Norwegian Consumer Council. more…

Amazon's head of devices says the smart home is still 'too complicated' — and working with major rivals like Apple and Google is the way to fix it (AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
Business Insider

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Although the rise of virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa has made it easier to use connected household products, smart home devices are still generally "too complicated," David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president for devices … more…

Starz's CEO explains why his strategy is 'all about global expansion' and how he's using hits like 'Outlander' and 'Power' to develop new shows (LGF)
Business Insider

Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch, who was promoted to the role in September, told Business Insider about his approach to the streaming wars and how he's taking the premium-TV network global. The premium-TV network, which came up in the 1990s as an add-on to basic-cab… more…

Comcast just launched a startup accelerator to help it grab a slice of the $32 billion sports-tech industry — and entrepreneurs looking for funding in 2020 should take note
Business Insider

Comcast is launching a new startup accelerator focused exclusively on sports technology companies, a gambit by the cable giant to tap into the projected $32 billion industry. The company is partnering with startup bootcamp Boomtown Accelerators, as well as br… more…

A navigation startup pivots and grows, but profitability is still down the road
Business Insider

What3Words is a navigation startup that began life as a consumer product, but pivoted to BtoB. A major milestone was signing Mercdedes-Benz as a client in February 2019. While now boasting 100 employees, What3Words does not anticipate adding new staff over th… more…

These are the top 21 clean-tech startups to watch that are set to transform the energy industry
Business Insider

VCs flooded the clean-tech industry with nearly $10 billion in 2019, according to PitchBook. It's the second-highest investment sum in a decade. While investors are betting big on clean tech, only five startups have reached unicorn status, with a valuation of… more…

Authors describe losing thousands of dollars in monthly income when Amazon quietly shut down its fan-fiction service — and how they bounced back
Business Insider

Amazon shut down its fan-fiction service Kindle Worlds in 2018 after five years, and some authors told Business Insider they lost thousands of dollars in monthly income. The service licensed book series like "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries" for authors… more…

Here's the lowdown on those payment plans you see when you shop online, like Afterpay and Affirm
Business Insider

Point-of-sale (POS) loans have become increasingly popular, with offers from companies like Afterpay, Affirm, and QuadPay popping up on many retailers' sites. POS loans offer the opportunity to buy a product now and pay for it in installments, like layaway bu… more…

The argument over whether America is facing a 'truck driver shortage' has embroiled the trucking industry for years. We asked 3 CEOs and 2 economists to settle the debate.
Business Insider

Everyone from CEOs to truck drivers to professors have argued about the existence of a "truck driver shortage" in the $800 billion trucking industry for years. Truck drivers say it doesn't exist, while executives have consistently highlighted the truck driver… more…

3 Ways to Differentiate Your Business in a Competitive Market

Does your business occupy a crowded niche? If so, you'll need to stand out to survive. more…

10 Women Leaders of the Cannabis Industry Share Lessons on How to Succeed In the Industry

One cannabis founder explains, "It's a long game, and the ones that can withstand the turbulence will win." more…


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