Variety reports "Just a few weeks after being spun out of Google as part of that company’s Alphabet reorganization, augmented reality startup Niantic Labs has raised $20 million in funding from Nintendo, the Pokemon Company and Google. The three investors have committed to shipping in another $10 million if Niantic Labs reaches some unannounced performance goals.". Read More
Variety reports “Twitter has appointed Omid Kordestani, a longtime Google exec who most recently was the company’s chief business officer, as its new executive chairman. Kordestani’s appointment, announced in a series of tweets, comes after Twitter installed co-founder Jack Dorsey as its permanent CEO last week, with Dorsey relinquishing the chairman role. On Monday the company announced plans to lay off up to 8% of its workforce.” Read more.
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Mashable reports "Google Cardboard, the poor man's VR headset, now lets you explore the world in VR using the Google Street View app. The feature was previously hidden within the Google Maps app and difficult to access. With the Street View app for iOS or Android, walking through the streets of Paris, Tokyo or virtually any location is just a button press away.". Read More
TechCrunch reports "Google actually has two entrants in this space: its recently upgraded Chromecast dongles and a larger media player platform called Android TV. The latter was updated this week with an expanded range of applications, including those from HBO, CBS, Disney and others that will make the player more competitive with others already on the market." . Read More
Variety reports "YouTube might be about to look more like Home Shopping Network or QVC. The Google-owned video site’s new “Shopping” ads, to be rolled out over the next few months, will let advertisers buy click-to-buy ad overlays within partner videos, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced at an Advertising Week event in New York.". Read More one comment
VentureBeat reports "The Internet giant first introduced its so-called “First Click Free” (FCF) offering a decade ago, letting online publishers with subscription-based content give some access to articles found through Google News and web searches. Though the article a user clicked on could be accessed in full, any subsequent clicks through the site would require the reader to log-in or subscribe. It’s all about letting publishers have their content fully indexed and accessible, while still letting them sell subscriptions.". Read More
Billboard reports "Google founder Eric Schmidt made a thinly veiled dig at one of his company’s rivals, Apple, in a recent op-ed for the BBC. Asked how he envisions artificial intelligence being applied to solve real-world challenges in the future, the ex-Google (now Alphabet) CEO said software companies need to ditch "elitist" taste-making processes and embrace machine learning.". Read More