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Spotify buys AI startup Niland to develop its music personalization and recommendations

Spotify has made its fourth acquisition of the year after Spotify has made personalization a key part of its service with tailored playlistslike Release Radar and Discovery Weekly. reached 50 million paying users in March, andit has more than 100 million listenersoverall when you factor in those who use the free version. Close rival may delay a much-anticipated IPO until 2018, has been busy boosting its tech chops and building…

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For investors seeking a purpose-built CRM toolkit, Affinity raised $13.5 million to get you covered

For the venture capitalists, hedge funders, investment bankers and private equity folks trawling the skyways looking for deals, theres nothing more important than a strong network. But for most firms keeping track of meetings, managing follow-ups, and plotting a next move is still a pretty low-tech process (ironic considering all the CRM tools these guys have built for others). Well, now theres a company calledAffinity, thats hoping to give investors…

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Popular social media sites ‘harm young people’s mental health’

Poll of 14 – to 24 -year-olds proves Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased apprehensions of shortcoming and anxiety Four of the five most popular forms of social media ill young peoples mental health issues, with Instagram the most damaging, according to experiment by two health organisations. Instagram has the most deepening young peoples apprehensions of shortcoming and nervousnes. The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter…

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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

Meera Phillips types a message to friends on her iPad using text-to-speech technology.Image: Courtesy of Apple There’s something undeniably special in the way Meera Phillips looks at you when you speak. It’s as if your words are the only words that will ever matter, whether you’re talking about something silly or something serious. The 15-year-old knows the value of hearing what people say. That’s because she’s used to not being…

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Android TV’s makeover puts Google Assistant front and center

Image: raymond wong/mashable Android TV is getting a much-needed makeover later this year complete with Google Assistant, courtesy of Android O. The new user interface is not only prettier, but is designed to put content, not apps, front and center a trend we’ve seen from other streaming TV platforms like Amazon’s Fire TV. SEE ALSO: Google Home now can make calls, play Spotify, and work with your TV “We’ve been…

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CrowdStrike, the firm investigating Russian hacks, raised $100M, now valued around $1B

The business of hacking has coped a huge punch to ourdemocracy , not to mention a plethora of organizations and individuals, and our collective impression of normality. One silver lining, nonetheless, has been that it has led to the arrival of a number of security startupsthat are building and deploying a range of tools to try to road and halting the nefarious act. One of the larger of these, That…

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Google Photos update uses machine learning to automate selfie sharing

Image: Google via youtube  Google took to the stage at its big developer conference, Google I/O, on Wednesday and announced several new features in Google Photos. And we have to say: the updates are pretty robust. The updates came with a feature called Suggested Sharing, an addition powered by machine learning that suggests who you should share certain photos with. Part of the process involves mining your previous shares to…

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‘Google for Jobs’ is here to make it a lot easier for companies and workers to find each other

Image: Shutterstock / Julia Tim Google wants to play matchmaker, but for job seekers and talent hunters. Google announced on Wednesday a new job-oriented search tool that will use the company’s advanced “machine learning” technology to provide personalized results. It’s not just for people. Google teased the new tool as a good way for candidates to find jobs, but also for companies to find the right people. Google worked w/…

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The very simple argument for the rise of co-living: people need people

People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world. So exit the $200 trillion real estate industry. Featuring Brad Hargreaves, the CEO of theco-living startup called HubHausthat more recently launched in Mountain View, Ca .; and Stonly Baptiste, overseas investors with aNew York-based seed-stage gues house General Assembly, told you he started Common because he knew that from both students and coaches that the housing give in…

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

Image: Shutterstock / whiteMocca The headlines are everywhere. Social media makes us narcissists. Screen time atrophies the brain. Work is inescapable. We sleep less, weigh more, and report higher levels of depression all thanks to the onslaught of tech. On the other hand, many of technologys benefits are undeniable: longer life spans, reduced poverty, and the democratization of both knowledge and opportunity. The question is: Can we bring humanity and…

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