Apple’s March 25 Event Will Be Its Biggest One This Year

It’s official. On March 25, Apple will hold a long-anticipated event in which it details its upcoming streaming and media subscription services. It’ll arguably be the company’s most important announcement of the year.

During the presentation, Apple executives should fill in some very large blanks in its subscription ambitions. The company has already cut deals with headline talent like Oprah Winfrey, M. Night Shyamalan, and Reese Witherspoon. Its shows have already roped in talent like Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, and Steve Carrell. And it has committed at least a billion dollars to the project, a pittance given the company’s war chest, but enough to signify the seriousness of its intent. But beyond that? No one outside Cupertino has any idea what the company’s got planned.


“We don’t have any information. We don’t know the price point or the business model,” says Day Rayburn, a streaming media analyst with Frost & Sullivan. “Now we’re going [...]  read more

U.S. rule changes could mean more startups would need government approval to hire immigrants


p class=”p1″>Big changes in DC could mean that more startups will need the government’s permission before foreign nationals do work at the company.  In some cases, the foreign national will need to leave the company if the government is wary of granting that permission. 

This is tied up in the same new law that gave a once obscure government body—CFIUS—enhanced abilities to scrutinize minority, non-controlling investments by foreign entities. 

CFIUS changes have grabbed most of the headlines, but a Commerce Department process to define “emerging technologies” could have a huge effect on startups that employ foreign nationals.

Here’s what you need to know: the U.S. government has long controlled exports of sensitive technology for national security reasons.  This is done through the export controls regime, which impacts things like arms and ammunition, but also telecommunications and encryption software, among other items. 

Today, [...]  read more

Apple sends March 25 event invite, likely to unveil its video streaming service

Apple is ready to yell ‘action’ to launch its long-awaited video streaming service – a bid to take on Netflix – judging from suggestively-titled invites for its next major launch event that went out today.

The Apple keynote will takes place on March 25 with the not-so-subtle title ‘It’s show time,’ according to Engadget and other members of the media. 

It appears as if Apple is boldly bringing Hollywood to its Silicon Valley headquarters, with the event scheduled to occur at its own Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

Can Apple lure Hollywood titans like Netflix has? Well, there’s a lot of money behind its original video content plan, with budgets exceeding $1 billion to secure big names. Of course, Netflix spent 8 times that much money in 2018, and that’s before Disney decided to join the fray.

The subscription price of its video streaming service is the biggest mystery, but some reports [...]  read more

Milano, nuova brusca frenata su un treno della M2: due feriti a Cassina de’ Pecchi

A distanza di due giorni, una nuova frenata brusca di un treno della metropolitana di Milano. E’ successo in mattinata lungo la linea 2, alla stazione di Cassina de’ Pecchi, nell’hinterland della città. Il bilancio è di due contusi, nessun ferito grave: la circolazione dei treni non è stata sospesa. L’ultimo caso analogo risale a sabato 9 marzo, quando su un treno della linea M1 – all’altezza della stazione di Cadorna – a causa di una frenata di emergenza nove passeggeri sono rimasti contusi e la circolazione dei treni bloccata per qualche ora tra Cairoli e Pagano. Una settimana fa un altro episodio si era verificato sempre sulla M2, alle 7 del mattino, con un passeggero ferito e diversi contusi.

A causare la frenata di stamattina è stato il cattivo funzionamento di un’apparecchiatura a bordo del convoglio. L’Atm, l’Azienda dei trasporti che gestisce le quattro linee sotterranee di Milano, ha fatto sapere che il “temporaneo [...]  read more

Andreessen Horowitz is making the move to San Francisco at long last

One of the last top-tier venture firms to resist coming to San Francisco has apparently decided that it’s time to make the move. According to a source familiar with the thinking of Andreessen Horowitz, the firm is opening up a San Francisco office later this year.

The WSJ had reported on Friday that the firm has signed a leasing agreement to move into 180 Townsend Street in the city’s China Basin neighborhood, not far from where the San Francisco Giants play baseball. (The park was known until January as AT&T Park; it has since been renamed Oracle Park.)

Our source says that the firm will not be shuttering its expansive offices on Sand Hill Road, where it set up shop immediately after opening up for business in 2009. This person adds that a16z, as the firm is known, doesn’t plan to rent out an entire building. (Worth noting: 180 Townsend features more than 41,000 square feet.)

The move is notable, even amid a years-long trend of Silicon Valley venture capital firms that have opened [...]  read more