Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

Divyank Turakhia, co-founder and president of Directi, poses for a photograph at the Dublin Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Leaders of some of the world's leading technology companies gathered in Ireland for the Dublin Web Summit Oct. 28-29. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is… Read More

Google will phase out Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Sundar Pichai First, if you’re using Chrome apps on Windows, Mac or Linux, I’m sorry for your loss. Second, please take some solace in the fact that you really were one of a kind. As Google noted in a blog post today, active usage numbers were pretty low for the offering. Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are… Read More

What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

fitbit Fitbit is facing a class-action lawsuit regarding the accuracy of their heart-rate data, which have been shown to be inaccurate by a margin of up to 20 beats per minute. This news risks sending back to the drawing board many of us who have been experimenting with biotelemetry. Here we seek to present a balanced view of the state of these and other related issues, and chart a viable path forward. Read More

Google launches Duo video calling app, a dull cross-OS FaceTime rival

Google Duo Can Google spring back from its social failures with a bare-bones video calling app that unites iOS and Android users? Today it’s launching Duo, which lets you 1-on-1 video call people via their phone number. The problem is they’ll have to download the app, but won’t get any bells and whistles, nor the ability to connect with Google Chat, Hangouts, Spaces, the upcoming… Read More

Google’s self-driving car CTO departs the project

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 30:  A Google self-driving car project is displayed during the Viva Technology show on June 30, 2016 in Paris, France. Viva Technology Startup Connect, the new international event brings together 5,000 startups with top investors, companies to grow businesses and all players in the digital transformation who shape the future of the internet.  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) Google’s self-driving car project is losing Chris Urmson, who served as the unit’s CTO and lead technical resource after going the company from Carnegie Mellon. Urmson has considerable status among roboticist in the world of autonomous vehicles, but said in a Medium post announcing his departure that he was “ready for a fresh challenge,” without specifying what… Read More

LG’s new flagship will be the first phone to ship with Android Nougat

Android Nougat Samsung’s all set to steal the smartphone spotlight tomorrow at its big Unpacked event, but LG’s kicking August off with an important announcement of its own. The electronics giant will attempt to send a shock to its struggling mobile device wing with the launch of the V20, a new flagship that will be the first handset to ship with Android 7.0. LG’s still keeping plenty… Read More

Google launches Family Library, a way for families to share Google Play purchases

GoogleFamily-Library Google officially announced this morning the launch of “Family Library” – a program that allows up to six family members to share their purchases from Google Play across devices. This includes the ability to share music, movies, TV shows, books, apps and games across Android phones and tablets, and, in some cases, across the web, iOS, and other connected TV platforms like… Read More