The Public Access Weekly: Aud lang syne

Hey all — we’re doing an abbreviated Public Access Weekly nowadays simply because it’s the holidays, it really is practically CES and my plane property was delayed last evening. (Side note, apparently it is attainable to drop your telephone into a plane’s fuselage which an individual learned the difficult way final evening. The more you know!)

If you are a Public Access member who has submitted an article, or if you have registered to become a Public Access member, please know I will be operating diligently to get you a response as soon as humanly attainable. I know a lot of you have been waiting for longer than anticipated, and my sincere apologies for that — a lot of people have been out or traveling for the holiday season and we’re a bit behind.

If you are a commenter, please know that I am aware that notifications and alerts are not taking you to the comment in question but are directing users to the all round thread. I am seeking into that, but once more, the one-two-punch of holidays and CES are causing that to take a bit longer than expected.

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Weekly Roundup: Obama imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence, Snapchat and Oculus consume up startups

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2017 will be a strong year for venture capital

This year, Donald Trump’s U.S. election triumph sent Silicon Valley into a spiral of uncertainty, Facebook addressed its fake news difficulty, the IPO landscape saw tiny action and the UK separated form the EU. Snapchat rebranded to Snap Inc. and launched its Spectacles hardware product. Twitter is nonetheless fighting its abuse dilemma, Yahoo suffered two huge breaches and Samsung phones exploded. We chronicled tech in 2016 in full here, and you can see the rest of our year end series right here. 

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1. The Obama administration announced that it will impose sanctions on Russian intelligence solutions and officials in response to the hacks of American political institutions throughout the election season. The true query is whether or not this even matters – as the election is currently over.

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2. Snapchat acquired Cimagine, a 4-year-old Israeli startup whose augmented reality platform lets you visualize products you want to acquire in an intended location. The deal closed for an quantity reported among $ 30 million and $ 40 million.

three. It’s Google’s world and we all just reside in it. Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a much better version of Android than Google, is closing up shop. The organization that as soon as claimed it was “putting a bullet by way of Google’s head,”  has laid off employees, let go of its CEO and now it is shutting down its solutions and nightly software program builds on December 31. But its lineage will live on. 

4. Snapchat wasn’t the only one particular to make an acquisition this week. Oculus snapped up a startup called The Eye Tribe, which has developed $ 99 eye tracking device developer kits for computer systems, and computer software that can bring gaze-primarily based interfaces to smartphones (and potentially VR headsets).

5. Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions are practically nothing new. But patent filings discovered this week show new “airborne fulfillment centers” or, warehouses in a zeppelin that send delivery drones to your door. The airborne fulfillment centers, or AFCs, would be stocked with inventory and positioned close to a location where Amazon predicts demand for specific items will soon spike.

six. Internet-connected devices may begin helping in criminal cases, and 1 of Amazon’s often-listening Echo devices may be a essential witness in a current 1. Police in Bentonville, Arkansas issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the business to hand over data from an Echo device to assist prosecute a suspected murderer. Amazon has so far declined to hand more than details in the case.

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GM&#039s vehicle-sharing program links Uber drivers to weekly rentals

From Uber’s side, regional general manager Rachel Holt says “This partnership with Maven combines our vast ridesharing network with GM’s extensive fleet cars and gives people without access to a automobile the potential to easily make money driving on the Uber platform.” In the very same statement, GM VP Julia Steyn says “Only ten months soon after launching Maven, we have implemented viable enterprise-to-company platforms that GM can leverage to handle residual values for ex-lease and fleet cars.”

It really is an odd partnership for GM given that the organization has invested in Lyft, but this will give it much more opportunities to get vehicles on the streets. As Recode mentions, Uber also has a leasing program by way of Enterprise that gives drivers vehicles for $ 215 per week. Adding on the price of gas, we’ll let you do the math on how many rides you are going to want to make the numbers perform.

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