With 4 Days Left, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Lessig, And Barbara Van Schewick Beg Europe To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes
Europe only has a few days left to ensure that its member countries are actually protected by real net neutrality rules. As we've been discussing, back in October the European Union passed net neutrality rules, but they were so packed with loopholes to not only be useful, but actively harmful in that they effectively legalize net neutrality violations by large telecom operators.
One of Uber’s early employees has teamed up with a high-ranking Facebook engineer for a new, super-stealth startup
A new, stealth startup in Silicon Valley has already raised $8 million from Greylock for its first round of funding, sources close to the company confirmed with Business Insider.
Cofounded by Michael Pao, an early Uber employee, and Jon Perlow, a high-ranking Facebook engineer, the startup is still in its early days, but it’s safe bet that it will be working on a new marketplace based on the pedigree of its founding team.
Japanese messaging company Line went public today. It’s a service that’s widely used in parts of Asia. It has 200 million monthly active users, which isn’t bad, but is also nowhere near the 1 billion boasted by Facebook’s WhatsApp. It makes money by selling games and in-app stickers. And guess what: It’s the biggest tech IPO so far this year.
Two votes taken by the Federal Communications Commission today could have big implications for the transition to faster mobile networks and the discontinuance of old landline networks.
The two votes aren't directly related, but they each prepare for a future that could rely more on wireless technologies for voice and Internet service. In one item, the FCC voted to open up high-frequency spectrum to help carriers create 5G networks that would be faster than existing 4G ones.
A former Google engineer, whose speech recognition software is used in more than a billion Android smartphones, has launched a company that uses blockchain technology to build a new operating system for banks.
Paul Taylor, a Cambridge University academic with an expertise in artificial intelligence, speech synthesis and machine learning, started working on the system, called Vault OS, two years ago in a basement in London's Shoreditch district, known for being a tech start-up hub.