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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will use the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on FCC's net neutrality rules repeal (Harper Neidig/The Hill)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:20

Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will use the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on FCC's net neutrality rules repeal  —  (D-N.Y.) said Friday that he intends to force a vote on a bill that would preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to repeal this week.

Online brokerage TD Ameritrade says it will begin allowing trading of bitcoin futures on its futures platform on Monday (Bob Pisani/CNBC)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:45

Bob Pisani / CNBC:
Online brokerage TD Ameritrade says it will begin allowing trading of bitcoin futures on its futures platform on Monday  —  - TD Ameritrade, the largest futures operation of any online brokerage, is going to allow bitcoin futures trading on its platform starting Monday.

Google releases ARCore Developer Preview 2 and says it is ending support for Project Tango (Nikhil Chandhok/The Keyword)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:10

Nikhil Chandhok / The Keyword:
Google releases ARCore Developer Preview 2 and says it is ending support for Project Tango  —  Augmented reality is a powerful way to bring the physical and digital worlds together.  AR places digital objects and useful information into the real world around us, which creates a huge opportunity …

Voicebot.ai analysis shows Amazon Alexa has 25K skills in the US, up from 15K in July and 10K in March, as growth slows (Bret Kinsella/Voicebot)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:45

Bret Kinsella / Voicebot:
Voicebot.ai analysis shows Amazon Alexa has 25K skills in the US, up from 15K in July and 10K in March, as growth slows  —  Amazon has been touting 25,000 Alexa skills for a couple of months now.  That is accurate on a global basis.  However, some skills are only available in particular markets.

Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:10

Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership  —  Erik Huggers is stepping down as the president and CEO of the major-label-owned music video platform Vevo, the company announced Friday.

Chinese AI chipmaker ThinkForce raises $68M Series A from Sequoia Capital China, Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng Capital, and others (Yimian Wu/China Money Network)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:40

Yimian Wu / China Money Network:
Chinese AI chipmaker ThinkForce raises $68M Series A from Sequoia Capital China, Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng Capital, and others  —  Chinese artificial intelligence chip maker ThinkForce has raised RMB450 million (US$68 million) in series A round from Sequoia Capital China, Hillhouse Capital …

Responses from nine ISPs show few firm commitments to not block, throttle, or prioritize certain data after FCC repeals net neutrality rules (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:10

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Responses from nine ISPs show few firm commitments to not block, throttle, or prioritize certain data after FCC repeals net neutrality rules  —  Lots of talk, little promise  —  The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion.

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