$5 Billion Bidding War, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Review, Google’s $1.1bn HTC Deal and more - Skywell Software

$5 Billion Bidding War, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Review, Google’s $1.1bn HTC Deal and more

$5 Billion Bidding War, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Review, Google’s $1.1bn HTC Deal and more
Anna Bazyma

We keep on exploring the most resonant tech news. Here are Top 10 selected that might interest you.

1) Amazon has triggered a $5 billion bidding war — here are the 50 cities that are in competition for its new HQ

The e-commerce giant said on Thursday that it was soliciting bids from cities across North America for a place to build its second headquarters — its first outside of the Seattle area.

Amazon said it would invest $5 billion in the construction of its new headquarters, and it hopes to eventually house 50,000 Amazon staff members there, gradually building up its workforce.

Read more at Business Insider

2) Intel Capital has invested over $1 billion in companies focused on AI

Intel invested over $1 billion in companies focused on AI

Intel’s putting its investment fund where its mouth is when it comes to artificial intelligence: The chipmaker announced today that it has funneled over $1 billion into AI startups via its Intel Capital center arm. That includes participating in rounds in companies including Mighty AI, Data Robot, Lumiata, AEye and many more.

Read more at Techcrunch

3) Facebook will target ads to people based on store visits, offline purchases, calls to businesses

Facebook ad measurement tools for offline-to-online ad targeting

Facebook is using its online-to-offline ad measurement tools for offline-to-online ad targeting.

Facebook is making it easier for brands to retarget people with ads on Facebook based on how those people come into contact with a brand in the real world.

Source: Marketing Land

4) Venture-Capital Group Sues Trump Administration Over Immigration Rule

Lawsuit against Trump's immigration policy

A group representing U.S. venture-capital investors is leading a lawsuit against the Trump administration, claiming it took illegal steps to prevent an immigration policy that would have helped foreign-born founders stay in the U.S. to build startups.

In a legal complaint filed Tuesday, the National Venture Capital Association, along with other plaintiffs, claims the Department of Homeland Security violated rules around administrative procedures when it delayed the start of the International Entrepreneur Rule one week before the regulation was scheduled to go into effect in July, according to a copy of the complaint reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Continue reading at WSJ.com

5) iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: Change in small doses

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review

the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are familiar-looking phones that mostly operate the way people expect them to. They’re conventional. But that doesn’t mean they’re inherently lacking — far from it, in fact. While I suspect all iPhones will look like the iPhone X soon enough, the 8 and 8 Plus are expertly built, high-performance devices for people who want to ease into Apple’s vision of the future. And who knows? These just might be the last conventional iPhones Apple makes.

Read more at Engadget

6) Hewlett Packard Enterprise Is Said to Plan About 5,000 Job Cuts

Hewlett Packard Job Cuts

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is planning to cut about 10 percent of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, according to people familiar with the matter, part of a broader effort to pare expenses as competition mounts.

Read more at Bloomberg

7) The best hidden features in iOS 11 Apple’s major software update for iPhone and iPad

Hidden features of iOS 11

Apple’s newest major software update for the iPhone and iPad, called iOS 11, is now available for everyone to download.

The new software offers plenty of marquee changes, including wide support for augmented reality apps and other improvements to the camera software.

But some of the most notable improvements are less apparent. They may not dramatically change how you use your iPhone or iPad every day, but they can help you make the most of your device.

Full article at Business Insider

8) YouTube to end paid channels service

YouTube to end paid channels service

YouTube has announced the end of paid channels, which were launched in 2013 as one of the site’s first attempts at charging for content.

The facility let people pay a monthly fee to access individual YouTube channels from providers such as National Geographic and Sesame Street. However, the service was not popular with viewers and will end in December.”It never achieved popularity with creators or users,” Google admitted in a blog post.

Read more at BBC.com

9) Fake news worries ‘are growing’ suggests BBC poll

Fake news worries

There is growing concern among global net users about fake news online, according to a BBC World Service poll.

It also indicates mounting opposition to governments stepping in with regulation. In the survey of 18 countries, 79% of respondents said they worried about what was fake and what was real on the internet. But in only two countries, China and the UK, did a majority want their governments to regulate the internet.

The BBC carried out a similar survey in 2010.

Read more at BBC.com

10) Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Google signs HTC smartphone deal

Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant. The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.  Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets the all clear from regulators.

Read more at BBC.com