Reddit has gained a $150 million funding from Tencent, the Chinese language tech large in the back of WeChat and League of Legends, sparking fears of censorship from Reddit customers. After rumors of the funding seemed final week, some Reddit customers posted pictures and memes banned in China in protest of Tencent’s involvement: Winnie the Pooh’s likeness is banned in China as a result of customers have mocked its resemblance to President Xi Jinping; pictures of the enduring Tank Guy from the Tiananmen Sq. bloodbath are censored in China on account of state regulations aimed toward preserving web customers from opposing the federal government. In the meantime, China continues to dam US-based products and services it needs to censor, together with Twitch, Google, and Fb; Reddit has been blocked in China since August. [Shannon Liao / The Verge]
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President Trump signed an government order intended to spur the improvement and legislation of man-made intelligence — generation that many mavens consider will outline the way forward for the whole lot from shopper merchandise to well being care to conflict. AI mavens throughout business, academia, and executive have lengthy known as at the Trump management to make the improvement of man-made intelligence a significant precedence. Aimed toward higher teaching employees within the box, making improvements to get right of entry to to the cloud computing products and services and information had to construct AI programs and advertise cooperation with international powers, the “American AI Initiative” — which doesn’t commit investment for AI analysis and building — comes amid considerations that China’s complex generation building will surpass that of the USA. [Cade Metz / The New York Times]
Caution that america will lose billions if the DACA program ends, a coalition of greater than 100 trade leaders and tech executives, together with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, signed a letter hard that Congress discover a resolution to give protection to individuals who grew up in america after getting into the rustic illegally as youngsters with their folks. The Coalition for the American Dream arranged the letter, which was once printed as full-page commercials within the New York Occasions and the Wall Boulevard Magazine. [Marrian Zhou / CNET]
Meals-delivery startup DoorDash is elevating about $500 million at a valuation of greater than $6 billion; that might be 4 to 5 instances what DoorDash was once valued at in a financing spherical lower than a yr in the past. Based in 2013 by means of Stanford College scholars, together with CEO Tony Xu, DoorDash already has raised with regards to $1 billion. DoorDash grew sooner than every other competitor in america within the first part of 2018 and held a marketplace percentage of just about 18 p.c, but it surely was once nonetheless in the back of Uber Eats and Grubhub by means of marketplace percentage; Grubhub remained the chief with about 34 p.c of overall earnings in america on-line meals shipping marketplace, which was once about $17 billion in 2018. [Yuliya Chernova / The Wall Street Journal]
Right here’s a glance within — smartly, round — Apple’s “black website online” situated a couple of miles from its glamorous, spaceship-like HQ in Cupertino. Within the blank-looking development, former employees — maximum of them hired by means of Apple contractors who’re employed and controlled by means of a company known as Apex Methods — say they got here to be expecting the merchandising machines to be understocked and to have to attend in line to make use of the lads’s bogs. Apex is one tiny a part of a sprawling world community of staffing companies operating with Apple; it isn’t even the one company staffing this facility at Hammerwood Road. Puts like Hammerwood undermine the mythology of Silicon Valley as one of those commercial utopia the place proficient folks paintings themselves to the bone in change for outsize salaries and inventory choices. [Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg]
Luxurious division shop chain Barneys is taking an not going, or most likely inevitable, detour into hashish, with its personal head store known as the Prime Finish. The shop-within-a-store is scheduled to open on the Beverly Hills location in March, with different places in California to apply. The corporate might also open the pop-up store in different states, together with New York if leisure hashish turns into felony there. Together with posh paraphernalia like a $950 bong and a $1,475 sterling silver weed grinder, hashish merchandise can be to be had by means of shipping from Beboe, which has been known as the “Hermes of marijuana” and is a spouse within the undertaking. [Alex Williams / The New York Times]
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