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With Pitches for HQ2 Made, Cities Wait on Amazon’s 2018 Decision

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with more than 1 million people has made its case to Amazon to locate the company’s second headquarters there. Amazon sent North America into a frenzy after announcing plans to build a second headquarters (which it calls HQ2) outside of Seattle, bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development benefits. From Portland to Pittsburgh, it’s likely that every city in the U.S.

Five Regions That Could Draw Amazon’s Next Headquarters

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Amazon sent cities across North America into a frenzy Thursday after announcing plans to build a second headquarters outside of Seattle, bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development benefits. Amazon will pick the city in 2018.

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Amazon Betas Gets Greenlight

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The comedy pilot, which is set in the "land of Silicon Valley start-ups", is actually being filmed at ROC Santa Monica, the real-life, startup coworking space which recently opened in Google's old Santa Monica offices. Amazon said that Betas is the eighth comedy pilot added to its lineup, and will be avialable for free on Amazon Instant Video, LOVEFiLM UK and LOVEFiLM Germany. amazon betas greenlight content hollywood technology startup high tech

Smart Voice Assistants Will Spread From Talking Devices To Apps in 2017

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Signs are that the Amazon Echo and Google Home—both equipped with smart voice assistants—will turn out to be blockbuster sellers of the holiday gift season of 2016. Let’s say an Amazon Echo owner wants to order take-out coffee for pick-up on the.

Absences, Surprises in Amazon’s Final List of 20 Cities for HQ2

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Amazon has winnowed down the field of 238 submissions from communities around North America vying to host a second headquarters (HQ2) of the Seattle-based tech giant Most large cities with existing or emerging tech hubs appear on the list, from Austin, TX, and Boston, MA, to Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada—the only non-U.S. And then there were 20.

Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets. 2) Fiber is a means to Google’s vision of the future of computing. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are striving to be the super-mega technology company that owns every layer of the value chain.

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Amazon's New AutoRip Converts CDs To MP3, Echoes AnywhereCD

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Amazon said its new AutoRip service will automatically load a MP3 version of CDs purchase on the site, for immediate streaming or download by users. Plus, Amazon said it will dig into its archives of CD purchases and provide the same tracks to users automatically based on what they previously purchased from the company. amazon autorip anywherecd mp3tunes music storage ecommerce content hollywood

Google Follows MP3tunes With Music Locker Service

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Mountain View-based Google has followed the lead of San Diego-based MP3tunes , and debuted its own "music locker" service today at its Google I/O developer conference. Google's new "Music Beta by Google" is only available to a limited number of customers, however, will allow users to store up to 20,000 songs "in the cloud", streaming those tunes to Android phones or PCs. google mp3tunes music locker service streaming content hollywood

Machine Learning 201: Exploring the Market for New Business

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2016 will be remembered for many things, not least as the year that AI and machine learning stepped into the technological and cultural spotlight. Advances in applied machine learning fueled our enthusiasm for smarter, more talkative devices.

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Six West Coast Tech Leaders Share Top Developments of 2017

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Xconomy asked technology and innovation leaders around our network to reflect on the most important developments in their industries during 2017, and the answers were appropriately wide-ranging.

The Evolution of the App Stores

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In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths. At their annual developer conferences, Google I/O, held last month, and Apple’s WWDC, last week they both announced updates to their development platforms. Competing with Apple in this area has been challenging for Google.

Goodreads Decouples From Amazon

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The move is a fairly significant one for Goodreads, which grew initially completely reliant on book information and cover art from Amazon.com, but which has grown its reach well beyond Amazon. Amazon's API was originally designed not for services like Goodreads, but for affiliate marketers who wanted to feature books to drive referral sales on Amazon; Goodreads' reviews and ratings are now featured on such sites as Google and other third party sites.

50 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To—and 5 New Ways to Find Them

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If you’re not much of a podcast listener and you have a sense that you’re missing out on a lot of great content, you’re absolutely right. But now is a good time to fix that, thanks to a new profusion of listening options. And to get you started, I have a few shows to suggest. Fifty of them, in fact. I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts—and I mean always, back to the days of the very first podcasts around 2004.

A Look at Google’s New Network Security Tool

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As a response to the growing fears over internet security, Google released a new network security tool in November called nogotofail, the goal being a safer internet for everyone. Google touted this characteristic when it first announced the tool, and it’s easy to see why.

A.I. Chip Race Redraws Competitive Map Among Tech Firms, Chipmakers

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It’s been a long time since tech’s biggest companies could be sorted into discrete buckets according to the products they pioneered—-Google, the search software giant; Apple, the computer and mobile device innovator; e-commerce leader Amazon; business software stalwart Microsoft; and social media engine Facebook.

UX For The Real World

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Did you also know that your Android apps will run on the Amazon Fire tablet and phone? You just need to submit the app you sent to the Google Play Store to the Amazon store. Also, Google launched Android Wear and took another crack at TV with the Nexus Player.

How Connectifier Is Applying Search Technology To Recruiting, With John Jersin

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What if searching for people to recruit to your company was as easy as running a search in Google? John Jersin: We're building a search platform, similar to how Google crawls the web, picking up information about professionals, and aggregating that together into our search index.

Amazon, Uber, and Bill Gates’s Robot Tax: An Automation Snapshot

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Gets Real , our annual robotics and artificial intelligence conference at Google’s offices in Kendall Square, let’s connect a few dots around the topic of automation. As we gear up for Robo Madness 2017: A.I. In just the past day or two: —Uber has started testing self-driving cars in Tempe, AZ , after having its tests banned in San Francisco in December. (Of

Connectifier Gets $6M For Recruiting Software

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Connectifier is led by John Jersin, and is heavily staffed with former Google engineers, along with other computer science researchers who have worked at Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and elsewhere. connectifier recruiting software venture capital search google googler artificial intelligence computerOrange County-based Connectifier , a sttup founded by ex-Googlers, and which is developing search-powered recruiting software, has raised $6M in a Series A.

VIZIO Connects To Google Play Movies And TV In Canada

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Irvine-based smart television maker VIZIO announced today that it has added Google Play Movies & TV to its smart TVs in Canada. VIZIO already supports other streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube, on its line of Internet Apps Plus smart TVs. VIZIO's addition of Google Play Movies & TV allows users to either rent or buy access to media content. vizio google play movies canada streaming services

Google Express Expands Into Southern California

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Google said Thursday that it is expanding its Google Express next day delivery service across Southern California, and will offer next day delivery from such stores like Costco, Target, Kohl's, and L'Occitane en Provence. Google did not say which zip codes in Southern California that it will offer the next day shipping, only that it will offer up the new service in "new cities, towns and rural areas" in Southern California.

E-Commerce Innovations in the Mix at Consumer Tech Conference

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Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN ) is expected to unveil its first augmented-reality glasses to pair with Alexa, its digital assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas this week. Alexa is now mobile.

Beyond the Demo: 2018 Could Be Year for Longer, Profitable VR Content

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René Pinnell says he and his wife Selena Pinnell were “blown away” by the virtual reality projects their friends were creating in 2014, so they looked for an entrepreneurial niche that would allow them to support such artists.

6 Top Trends For The Digital World In 2016

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I suspect that the merged offerings from large vendors (Microsoft, Google) will get better, but that upstarts will be desired for cross platform capability. Always-on cameras/heads-up displays like Google Glass are behind the curve. The global online audience currently stands at some 3.2

Insights: Gaining and Maintaining High-Value Customers in Today's Marketplace

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For our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Bernard Luthi , President of Monoprice (www.monoprice.com), who talks about how his company has figured out how to compete against the big guys in the room--Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and eBay.

Data Collective | New Dawn for Big Data Entrepreneurs

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Amazon’s First Transparency Report: What Does It Mean?

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After releasing its first ever report, Amazon has left many consumers and users wondering about a number of things. Of all Fortune 500 companies dealing with tech, Amazon is the last one to disclose publicly the number of data requests it has received from the government.

DataPop Launches New Ad Product

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According to DataPop, its new OmniAds product uses a retailer''s merchandise catalog to drive advertising on such sites as Google, Bing, Pinterest, Polyvore, Ebay, and Amazon. Los Angeles-based DataPop , the product advertising technology developer headed by Jason Lehmbeck, has launched a new product aimed at retailers.

Life Imitates Art Imitates Life As Amazon Films Show At ROC

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In one of those "only in Silicon Beach" moments, a pilot show from Amazon Studios--Betas--has apparently been filming its pilot show at Silicon Beach technology hangout Real Office Centers (ROC), off Arizona in Santa Monica. The show-- a comedy about "under-socialized computer geeks" working on their own, Silicon Valley startup--is one of a number of shows being piloted by Amazon for its Amazon Instant Video service.

Disney Movies Anywhere Links With Verizon Fios

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for members who connect iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and now Fios by Verizon account to Disney Movies Anywhere before September 7th. Burbank-based Walt Disney Studios says it has linked its Disney Movies Anywhere service with Fios by Verizon , allowing Fios users to purchase and access Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies via the service. Financial details of the new distribution relationship were not announced.

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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Payment ready consumers (Amazon, iTunes, PayPal) and businesses (Google AdWords, Square). think Amazon’s Storage costs). AmazonAmazon is the ultimate deflationary business. But Amazon didn’t try to build a hugely profitable business.

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4 Essential Webpage Elements for Getting Site Visitors to Convert

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The entire shareware industry was built on this principle, and more than a few contemporary businesses from Hulu.com to Amazon use this technique to great effect. Much effort and study has been expended to determine how a web site can better convert its visitors to paying customers.

Zadara Storage Offers Up Free Storage To Those Hit By Hurricanes

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Zadara said it will ship its own storage equipment to a company's own site, where data can be restored and brought back online; the company also offers up cloud-based storage options, which uses Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and others, for storage. zadara storage hurricane saas data cloud amazon azure google irma maria harvey