With HQ2, New York and Amazon Played a Zero Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

The brief, contentious engagement of Amazon and New York City ended abruptly this week, with Amazon deciding that its choice of New York as a site for a new headquarters was not right after all, and that what the company had wanted—“positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over …

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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. The company makes voice experience design tools, artificial intelligence to power those experiences, and toys like talking Barbie and Thomas The Tank Engine toys in partnership with Mattel. Founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives, PullString went on to raise $44 million.

Apple’s Siri is seen as lagging far behind Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, not only in voice recognition and utility, but also in terms of developer ecosystem. Google and Amazon has built platforms to distribute Skills from tons of voice app makers, including storytelling, quizzes, and other games for kids. If Apple wants to take a real shot at becoming the center of your connected living room with Siri and HomePod, it will need to play nice with the children who spend their time there. [...]  read more

Windows 10 April 2019 Update release date, news and features

The Windows 10 April 2019 Update will be the first major update for Microsoft’s constantly-evolving Windows 10 operating system this year.

Also known as Windows 10 version 1903, or 19H1, the Windows 10 April 2019 Update continues Microsoft’s habit of releasing major updates that bring new features, tools and apps to Windows 10.

The Windows 10 April 2019 Update follows the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Both of these updates brought a number of helpful new features to Windows 10, but they were also had their fair share of controversy and issues as well – but at least it looks like Paint will no longer be ‘deprecated’, if a recent insider build is anything to go by.

We’re hoping that the Windows 10 April 2019 Update will manage to arrive, as the name suggests, in April, avoiding some of the problems that plagued earlier updates. However, the April 2018 Update was infamous for missing its April launch date, as was the October 2018 Update, [...]  read more

Pensioni anticipate per le mamme

di Gabriella Lax – Le mamme potranno andare prima in pensione. È questo uno degli emendamenti presentati dalla maggioranza sulla riforma delle … by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

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The Outer Worlds: release date, news and trailers

Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division officially announced new single-player sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018.  Set on the frontier of space, The Outer Worlds sees you awakening from hibernation amidst a conspiracy to destroy Halycon – a colony residing at the edge of the galaxy  driven …

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Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor

Spotify doubled down on podcasts last week with a double deal to buy podcast networks Gimlet and Anchor. Those acquisitions were initially undisclosed, but Spotify has quietly confirmed that it spent €300 million, just shy of $340 million, to capture the companies. That’s according to an SEC filing — hat tip Recode’s Peter Kafka — which reveals that …

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Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian

Rivian, the electric automaker that debut its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a round led by Amazon. The news follows a report earlier this week by Reuters that GM and Amazon were in talks to invest in the electric vehicle company. “We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the …

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