Eight Sleep unveils The Pod, a bed that’s smarter about temperature

Smart mattress company Eight Sleep is announcing its newest product today, The Pod. Co-founder and CEO Matteo Franceschetti described it, succinctly, as “Nest for your bed.” Eight has been focused on bed temperature for a while, first by offering a smart mattress cover and then a smart mattress that allows …

7 massive changes in 2018 set the stage for the future of marketing

Few industries change as rapidly as marketing. Every new technology, every new consumer trend and every innovation in the marketing game has the potential to influence the future of marketing. This past year, while quiet on certain fronts (like minimal Google search algorithm updates), the industry saw no shortage of …

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Such concerns have intensified in just the last few weeks as France’s privacy regulator placed a record …

Jack Dorsey just met with Trump to talk about the health of Twitter’s public discourse

Twitter’s co-founder and CEO historically doesn’t have the most discerning tastes when it comes to who he decides to engage with. Fresh off the podcast circuit, today a thoroughly beardy Jack Dorsey sat down with President Trump for his most high-profile tête-à-tête yet. Unlike his recent amble onto the Joe …

Chorus.ai rings up $33M for its platform that analyses sales calls to close more deals

Chorus.ai, a service that listens to sales calls in real time, and then transcribes and analyses them to give helpful tips to the salesperson, has raised $33 million to double down on the current demand for more AI-based tools in the enterprise. The Series B is being led by Georgian …

Workplace art can draw the distinction between branding and corporate identity

One of the many traps that lies in wait for unwary organisations is to confuse corporate identity with their brand. The visual aspects of an identity may reflect the firm’s personality and values, and a change may go in hand in hand with the development of a new strategic direction …

AI Weekly: Building AI-first companies requires more than hiring data scientists

This week, VentureBeat held its annual VB Summit, an intimate gathering of business executives to discuss the role AI can play in transforming their business. Throughout boardroom sessions and on-stage interviews, one often-repeated issue companies said they’re facing is the difficulty involved in finding data scientists. No surprise there. T…Read More …

A bug in Microsoft’s login system made it easy to hijack anyone’s Office account

A string of bugs when chained together created the perfect attack to gain access to someone’s Microsoft account — simply by tricking a user into clicking a link. Sahad Nk, an India-based bug hunter, discovered that a Microsoft subdomain, “success.office.com,” had not been properly configured, allowing him to take it …

Stock markets suffer their worst Christmas Eve trading day

Twas the last trading day before Christmas, and on the trading floor, Most stocks were falling, and then falling some more, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all the banks had called, In hopes that full coffers were still in their vaults. Bruising #stock selloff continues, as Treasury sec #Mnuchin tries to …

Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education

Program a robotic toy to move and you could be hooked on coding for life. That’s the idea behind Facebook’s newest educational initiative called CodeFWD. It provides online coding tutorials for teachers and students powered by Code.org, and if classrooms finish those, they can apply to be sent a free …

Social media and reputation management tips for your local bar

When people are looking to unwind and connect with friends as the new year begins, their local neighborhood bar is the perfect spot. Enjoying your signature drinks, delicious bar snacks, friendly staff and relaxing environment is the perfect way to kick off the new year. But as the owner of the …