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7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020

7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020 For all of the investors preaching that augmented reality technology will likely be the successor to the modern smartphone, today, most venture capitalists are still quite wary to back AR plays. The reasons are plentiful, but all tend to circle around the idea that […]

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Facebook changes name of its annual VR event and its overall AR/VR organization

Facebook changes name of its annual VR event and its overall AR/VR organization Facebook is moving further away from the Oculus brand. The company says it is changing the name of their augmented reality and virtual reality division to “Facebook Reality Labs,” a division which will encompass the company’s AR/VR products under the Oculus, Spark […]

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Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing

Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing Facebook is considering expanding the types of data its users are able to port directly to alternative platforms. In comments on portability sent to US regulators ahead of an FTC hearing on the topic next month, Facebook says it intends to expand the scope of its data […]

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Digitizing Burning Man

Digitizing Burning Man For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless entity where art, music and partying reign supreme on the desert plains. Over the years, the Bay Area-founded event has dealt with an internal clash as the […]

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A hacker used Twitter’s own ‘admin’ tool to spread cryptocurrency scam

A hacker used Twitter’s own ‘admin’ tool to spread cryptocurrency scam A hacker allegedly behind a spate of Twitter account hacks on Wednesday gained access to a Twitter “admin” tool on the company’s network that allowed them to hijack high-profile Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct knowledge of […]

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Social media platforms must protect democracy, even from the president

Social media platforms must protect democracy, even from the president Margaret Sessa-Hawkins Contributor Share on Twitter Margaret Sessa-Hawkins is a MapLight contributor and journalist who focuses on the influence of deceptive online political messaging. Ann M. Ravel Contributor Share on Twitter Ann M. Ravel is the Digital Deception Project Director at MapLight and previously served […]

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Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles

Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles. The lawsuit, brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the […]

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Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming

Carry1st has M to invest in African mobile gaming Gaming development startup Carry1st has raised a $2.5 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital . That brings the company’s total VC to $4 million, which Carry1st will deploy to support and invest in game publishing across Africa. The startup — with offices in New […]

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Hustle CEO Sam Parr & SmartNews co-founder Rich Jaroslavsky on the future of media

Hustle CEO Sam Parr & SmartNews co-founder Rich Jaroslavsky on the future of media Tim Hsia & Neil Devani Contributor Share on Twitter Tim Hsia is the CEO of Media Mobilize and a Venture Partner at Digital Garage. Neil Devani is an angel investor and venture capitalist focused on companies solving hard problems. More posts […]

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Security lapse at India’s Jio exposed coronavirus symptom checker results

Security lapse at India’s Jio exposed coronavirus symptom checker results Since the start of the outbreak, governments and companies have scrambled to develop apps and websites that can help users identify COVID-19 symptoms. India’s largest cell network Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance, launched its coronavirus self-test symptom checker in late March, just before the Indian […]

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