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Celebrity hologram startup 8i to lay off half its staff


 8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report in Variety and confirmed by the company. “Although we’ve made significant progress, we are continuously challenging our assumptions about where the AR/VR market is headed and how it… Read More


Feds look to cash in seized bitcoins at record prices


 Federal prosecutors are looking to unload 513 bitcoins seized as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. Worth about $500,000 when they were seized, their worth has now ballooned to over $8.5 million — and there’s no way the feds are letting that get away. Read More


Google kills its Tango augmented reality platform, shifting focus to ARCore


 Google announced today that it’s shutting down its high-end smartphone augmented reality platform, Tango, in order to focus on the more mass market ARCore product. The company had already confirmed this much to us when they announced ARCore in August, but now we have an official timeline for Tango’s demise. Read More


Broadband business Casa Systems up 11% following downsized IPO


 Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week. The broadband solutions company wanted to debut Thursday, but pushed its launch back to Friday, likely because of weak initial demand. Casa had planned to sell 8.4 million shares, but reduced it to 6 million following the investor roadshow. The IPO priced at $13 per share, but bounced up almost 11 percent, closing the day at $14.40. Read More


Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here?s some proof


 In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality and putting residents at risk to waterborne diseases. The better news: The city has a master plan to improve the… Read More


Mozilla?s Mr. Robot promo backfires after it installs a Firefox extension without permission


 If you’re a Firefox user, you may have noticed a weird new extension that suddenly showed up in your browser this week. The extension is called “Looking Glass 1.0.3” and this is its description: MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT FROM YOURS. Now that sounds ominous. It’s really not, though. Read More


Don?t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns


 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public. Read More


Apple picks up a new space drama from the creator of ?Battlestar Galactica?


 What the frak is this? According to a report from Deadline, Apple may have actually gotten its hand on a good show – a new space drama from “Battlestar Galactica” creator, Ronald D. Moore – to aid in its ambitions in building out its original video content. The still untitled series comes from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s Tall Ship Productions, and has… Read More


Erik Huggers is stepping down as CEO of Vevo


Erik Huggers Vevo, the music video service backed by major record labels, just announced that its CEO Erik Huggers is departing. Huggers previously worked at the BBC, at Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) and elsewhere. He joined Vevo in 2015. Under his leadership, Vevo was working to become less reliant on YouTube (which was its major syndication partner) by developing more apps and products like the… Read More


Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow


 It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. Read More


UPS bets on blockchain as the future of the trillion-dollar shipping industry


 Freight and logistics in the U.S. alone account for nearly $1.5 trillion annually. As the world’s economies scale up, that number is only expected to increase. The industry, however, is not prepared for growth, as it sits on top of an infrastructure prone to systematic inefficiencies and rampant fraud. However, disruption is coming in the form of blockchain technology. Read More


Alexa skills top 25,000 in the U.S. as new launches slow


 Amazon this week officially launched the first skills for Alexa offering premium content that customers can purchase while using the voice apps – a move the company had announced was in the works back in November. The ability for developers to generate money from their skills comes at an opportune time, as it turns out, given that new data indicates the rate of skill growth is beginning… Read More


Dog-walking app Wag may be raising a huge round of funding


 It looks like Wag may get another huge injection of cash following a big financing round earlier this year, according to a report by Recode, and also based on what we are hearing. We had heard a bit ago that Wag was looking to raise around $100 million, which the Recode report also suggests. But it now looks like Softbank is in talks to invest around $300 million in the dog-walking app.… Read More


EyeEm?s new products aim to understand brand aesthetics


Photographer EyeEm is unveiling new tools to help the brands and marketers using the site to source their images. Underlying these tools is a technology called EyeEm Vision, which we described in-depth earlier this year. The goal is to expand image recognition so that it’s not just identifying the objects in the photo, but also its aesthetic qualities. EyeEm’s co-founder and chief product… Read More


Live-streaming app Spotlite raises $10 million from Sequoia Capital China to help singers make money


 Described to me as “American Idol meets musical.ly,” startup Spotlite recently raised more than $10 million from Sequoia Capital and BlueRun Ventures. The plan is to use the funding to build out the product, make key hires and expand its marketing and advertising efforts. Read More


Fitbit is having a bad day


 Fitbit is, again, not having a good day after spending the year in mostly middling status as it looks to prove there’s a market for fitness trackers and its own smartwatch. The culprit today: a Wall Street firm slapped a “sell” rating on the company’s stock, which often results in a rejection of its potential and sparks a sharp drop-off in the company’s share value. Read More


Original Content podcast: Netflix?s ?Mudbound? offers a somber look at Mississippi in the 1940s


Mudbound Mudbound, a Dee Rees-directed film currently streaming on Netflix, is both epic and intimate, telling the intertwined stories of two families (one black, one white) farming on the Mississippi delta. That description might make the movie sound like a home work assignment, or perhaps a too-neat dissection of race relations in the American South. On the latest episode of the Original Content… Read More


With $10M in new funding, Huddly launches its smart GO camera for video conferencing


 Huddly has built a smart camera that only has one mission: make your video meetings more productive. Now for the most part, you probably don’t think much about what camera you use for your video conferences. They are pretty much all the same, after all. But Norway-based Huddly thinks its smart wide-angle GO camera, which is now shipping for $499 through its resellers and which will be… Read More


Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days


 Facebook today is launching a new feature designed to give users more control over what content they see in their News Feed: a “Snooze” button. The option, which will become available via the top-right dropdown menu on a post, will mute content from a person, Page or group for 30 days. The new feature can serve as a way to dial down the content you don’t want to see,… Read More


SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time


 SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station it managed to launch a previously flown Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket with a flight-proven first stage booster. That’s the first time it’s flown both types of reused equipment at the same time. The… Read More


Entrepreneur Channel

What This Young Millionaire Looks for Before Starting a Company


Entrepreneur and investor Sam Goldberg shares his business advice with Jessica Abo.


5 Strategies to Keep Your Retail Brand From Suffering the Same Fate as Those Big Box Stores


Start by collecting data on your customers. Just recognize that they will expect that data to be used to enhance their purchasing experience.


Having a Digital Edge Is Not Just About Technology


A survey of global executives revealed five key practices that differentiate the most digitally mature companies from their less advanced counterparts.


When It's Time to Fire Your Own Paying Customers


Get the audience and customer base that fits with and appreciates your product.


How to Buy, Sell and Keep Track of Bitcoin


Here's your step-by-step guide to using exchanges and wallet apps such as Coinbase to manage your bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies such as Ether or Litecoin.


Wendy's Amazing Social Media Team Shares The Secrets to its Success


The operators of the restaurant chain's Twitter feed talked about their process during a Reddit AMA.


6 Great Reasons Why More Women Need to Invest


Wall Street and the financial marketplace is largely male-dominated. Here's why it shouldn't be.


How User Behavior Is Scoring Points in the Gaming Industry and Could Score You Points Too


Think gaming is all about a 35-year-old man playing "Age of Empires" in his mom's basement? You couldn't be more wrong.


How to Avoid Letting Emotions Control Financial Decision Making


As a business owner or entrepreneur, your success will, to a large degree, be determined by how well you manage the financial resources you have at your disposal.


3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Understand About Blockchain Technology


No single entity has veto power over the rest of the network in a blockchain, eliminating top-down corruption and manipulation while empowering the community.


Here Are 8 Things Interesting People, Such as Elon Musk, Do Differently


Why is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla so interesting? Other than he's an international, space exploring genius? Find out what's he's doing that you're not.


Are You Ready to Host a User Conference? 5 Ways to Tell the Time Is Right.


Are your customers asking for one? Be sure to give them one that prompts them to become evangelists for your brand.


Why You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader


SoulPowered founders Sarah Kaler and Brenda Wilkins share how to develop achievable goals and be indestructible in the face of change.


Why the (Entrepreneurial) Future is Female


Women own only 5 percent of startups. So, when we talk about inequality, how about talking about women entrepreneurs?


Persistence and a Strategy Is How You Can Grow Your Network 10x In 3 Months


Persistence is what distinguishes the best networkers.


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Republican plan slashes corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and keeps all seven tax brackets

Republicans are poised to unveil their final tax bill Friday evening, a step that will place them on track to vote on their plan next week and potentially have President Donald Trump sign it into law by the end of the year.

Grad students spared...

...but people paying alimony aren't

Teachers keep their deduction for classroom supplies

Can the tax bill pass if McCain and Cochran are absent?

Senate Republicans are working to shore up enough votes within their caucus to pass tax reform next week, even in the unlikely but possible scenario that two Republican senators are absent for the big vote.

Cuomo, GOP lawmaker clash: Stick to the facts

CNN's Chris Cuomo pushes back against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) while discussing the GOP tax bill.

Trump pick to be judge for life stumped by Law 101 questions

A Trump judicial nominee is being openly mocked on Twitter following a hearing Wednesday where he struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator.

Toobin: What excruciating video of judicial nominee reveals

The video is excruciating to watch.

Collins says she got 3 amendments added to tax bill

Tillerson confronts North Korean diplomat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council on Friday that North Korea must cease all threatening behavior before talks with the US can begin, omitting to mention his earlier offer of talks without preconditions.

Mattis says North Korea isn't capable of striking US mainland

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

Trump lets off steam on a cloudy Friday in DC

Even presidents aren't immune to some holiday stress. With a bruising week nearly over, President Donald Trump sought to let off steam Friday.

Analysis: These pics say it all about how Trump and Sessions get along

President Donald Trump was in Quantico, Virginia, Friday morning to give a graduation speech to the FBI National Academy. Before he spoke, he was seated next to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Bannon, Trump urge Moore to concede

Both President Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Steve Bannon are urging Roy Moore to concede, as the defiant Republican Senate candidate refuses to admit defeat to Democrat Doug Jones.

When a Klansman met a black man in Charlottesville

Daryl Davis' home is filled with memories of the days he has spent with the Ku Klux Klan.

'Sunday Night Football' ratings take a big hit

Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia

A strong earthquake hit Indonesia late Friday, authorities said.

Opinion: Mom, Pop -- you're the losers in this tax plan

As the Republican tax plan continues to advance -- and morph -- with dizzying speed, those of us in the accounting business continue to be astonished by the thickening maze of loopholes emerging from the bill.

Final hours to sign up for Obamacare

North Korean high-ranking official missing

Reports that North Korea's second most high-ranking official to Kim Jong Un has vanished. CNN's Brian Todd reports on his whereabouts.

Trump: It's a shame what happened to the FBI

President Donald Trump, ahead of his participation at a graduation at the FBI National Academy on Friday in Quantico, Virginia, said it is "sad" what has happened to the FBI.

Analysis: This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.

What the mic picked up when LeBron and Lonzo Ball met on the court

After officer adopts her baby, here's what scares the heroin-addicted mother

A chance encounter with a homeless pregnant woman addicted to heroin put Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets on one of the most emotional journeys of his life. Now, two weeks after their story touched millions, there's a second chapter.

Opinion: America's love/hate relationship with Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders is teaching us a thing or two about the definition of confounding. As in, bewildering, astonishing, baffling, perplexing, mystifying or -- just plain confusing.

Kevin Hart spills about cheating on his wife

Why NBA player wears black to away games

Starving polar bear video goes viral

Paul Nicklen, a photographer and marine biologist, captured video of a starving polar bear on Baffin Island.

Man leaves $2,000 tip on $17 diner tab

Employees at a diner in Arizona received an early Christmas present in the form of a $2,000 tip a man left on a $17 breakfast tab.

Boy intervenes during sister's wrestling match

A boy runs in to rescue his older sister during a wrestling match. HLN's Melissa Knowles has the story.

America's 'ugly' rifle that became most popular

Larry Hyatt had never seen such a frenzy.

Refinance rates take a sharp decline

First night box office for 'The Last Jedi' trails only one other film

Review: 'Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes

SPOILER ALERT: The etiquette of tweeting twists

Galaxy far, far away is about to get closer

OK, so now when is the next 'Star Wars' movie

How a 3-year-old's passion became a business

What they lack in age, they make up for in ambition.

10 steps toward a better future

Their missions vary greatly: To provide loving homes for orphaned children, feed those in crisis or mend war's psychological wounds.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Meet 10 everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world. Cast your vote for CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com and watch CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8pm ET

Robin Roberts to Omarosa: Bye Felicia

An anchor throws shade at Omarosa and she throws it back. CNN's Jeanne Moos says farewell as Omarosa loses her White House job.

The week in 29 photos

Take a look at 29 photos of the week from December 8 through December 14.

500-year-old mystery at the Vatican was just solved

A 500-year-old mystery at the Vatican has just been solved. Two paintings by Renaissance master Raphael were discovered during the cleaning and restoration of a room inside the Vatican Museums.

How hotel soap can save lives

For many Cambodians, a bar of soap is a luxury they cannot afford.

Cruise control designs could solve traffic jams

Apple is backing up AirPods with American jobs

Apple is investing millions of dollars into products such as AirPods and FaceID that could help fuel job creation in the U.S.

This company can build an apartment in two weeks

Democrats, please learn from Birmingham

Why I confronted Jeff Flake on a plane

I've spent my career as an advocate for economic justice, fighting for basic fairness for working families. It wasn't until this past year that I began fighting for my own life.

The silent majority of America just roared

A century ago, the philosopher John Dewey coined the term "social endosmosis" to describe an ideal democracy, made up of many parts dependent on each other. He warned of the dangers of a community whose interests limit "full interaction with other groups, so that its prevailing purpose is the protection of what it has got, instead of reorganization and progress through wider relationships. ... isolation makes for rigidity and formal institutionalizing of life, for static and selfish ideals within the group."

Trump is the modern day JFK

Want to fix sexual harassment? Don't hire jerks

Reporters and radio and television hosts. Film producers. A US senator and other members of Congress. Candidates for office and leaders of startups. By now, you'd have to be living under a rock not to see the impact the accusations of workplace harassment and assault are having on industry, culture and politics. Time Magazine has named the "Silence Breakers" its person of the year. Politicians have resigned from office or are choosing not to run again. Americans everywhere are driving themselves crazy asking: What do we do next? How can we fix this problem? Do we need new hiring practices, better HR procedures?

Get ready for the year of women

Huge mortgage rate drop. May be last chance to refi.

Find a doctor for chronic liver disease

The fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt

Trump initiated Putin call in the wake of economic praise

President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to thank him for comments he made about the President's efforts to grow the American economy.

These states could be the next Alabama

Could the next Roy Moore be awaiting Republicans in Arizona or Nevada?

Omarosa: White House lacks diversity

Former Donald Trump aide and reality television star Omarosa Manigault Newman spoke out about a lack of diversity in the White House on ABC's "Nightline."

Surprise inspections find 'significant issues' in treatment of ICE detainees

Long waits for medical care, possible misuse of solitary confinement and inappropriate treatment of detainees were among problems inspectors found at several US immigrant detention facilities, a government watchdog says.

Why some of us hate Christmas music

Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small?

Surgeon admits branding initials on patients' livers

An accomplished British surgeon has admitted branding two of his patients' livers with his initials.

Bill prohibits abortion in Down syndrome cases

A bill that could keep women from having abortions after tests reveal that a fetus might have Down syndrome is heading to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's desk.

How 'The Simpsons' keeps predicting the future

How in the world does the animated series "The Simpsons" keep accurately predicting the future?

Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault

Dustin Hoffman is facing more allegations of sexual misconduct.

Salma Hayek recalls Weinstein 'fury' on set

Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details sexual harassment and abusive behavior on the set of "Frida."

Will Smith returns as the 'Fresh Prince'

Watch Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres recreate the intro to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for the actor's new Instagram page.

Move over Costa Rica: This spot's on the rise

Anthony Bourdain's best bites