Uber board ‘disappointed’ by Benchmark’s lawsuit against former CEO

The Uber saga continues, and the board of directors has weighed in on the brewing battle between early investor Benchmark and former CEO Travis Kalanick.In wake of a lawsuit Benchmark filed against Kalanick, the...

Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada...

Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its and then reaching , the company has fallen to less than half...

The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

The doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a...

Snap financial documents confirm its acquisition of social maps app Zenly for $213M

Snap took a beating yesterday in its Q2 earnings, but in the midst of the disappointing financials and user growth numbers, the company’s filed today also confirms that it purchased social maps app...

Deep learning could discover new plant species hidden in centuries of herbarium data

Machine learning techniques excel at doing a good-enough job quickly in situations where there’s lots of data to grind through. It turns out that’s a great fit for backlogs of plant samples at herbariums...

The US Government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive...

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Google’s Mountain View campus. Mattis spent time at Amazon and earlier in the week. His...

Uber shareholder group asks Benchmark to step down from board following Kalanick suit

In what is rapidly devolving into an all-out brawl on the board of the world’s highest-valued private company, a group of Uber shareholders have asked the venture capital firm Benchmark to step down from...

Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video

Facebook has acquired a German company called Fayteq that builds software add-ons for video editing that can remove and add whole objects from captured video using computer vision. The acquisition was first reported by...

Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

Y Combinator backed  is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for...