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Helen Hunt reveals how her acting career helped her direct ‘Feud’

Helen Hunt reveals how her acting career helped her direct ‘Feud’

June 8, 2017

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When it comes to the career trajectories of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Helen Hunt can relate.

Like the two acting icons at the center of FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, Hunt began her Hollywood career at a young age …

Banking app Pockit picks up further £2.3M and as it readies new remittance service

Banking app Pockit picks up further £2.3M and as it readies new remittance service

June 5, 2017

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Pockit, a mobile banking app that provides current account functionality and is targeting the U.K.’s “underbanked,” has picked up £2.3 million in further funding and will soon begin rolling out a remittance service to make it easier for its users …

After 20 years, Ellen still has one of the best coming out stories on television

After 20 years, Ellen still has one of the best coming out stories on television

June 1, 2017

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"The Puppy Episode"

It’s almost impossible to remember a time when Ellen DeGeneres — the inoffensive pastel-palette comedian beloved by Pantsuit Nation moms and Holiday Inn lounges everywhere — was actually something of a radical.

On April 30, The Ellen …

Collaboration software company Jive to be acquired by Aurea for $462 million

Collaboration software company Jive to be acquired by Aurea for $462 million

May 28, 2017

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Jive, a community collaboration software company that was one of the biggest Enterprise 2.0-era success stories, going public in 2011, announced today it had agreed to be acquired by ESW Capital’s Wave Systems for $462 million. It will become part …

SoundCloud’s ‘The Upload’ uses machine learning to help you find new tracks

SoundCloud’s ‘The Upload’ uses machine learning to help you find new tracks

May 25, 2017

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SoundCloud made a name for itself among the landscape of music streaming services as the one where creators themselves were uploading music and other sound recordings — picking up the moniker “the YouTube of audio” in the process. Now the …

AI has a legibility problem

AI has a legibility problem

May 24, 2017

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I first encountered the idea of technological "legibility" in the work of Natalie Jeremijenko (previously) who insists on the importance of humans being able to know why a computer is doing what it does.

In 2005, I turned this idea …

Twitter brings its TV app with live video to Roku

Twitter brings its TV app with live video to Roku

May 24, 2017

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On the heels of Twitter’s plans to significantly expand the amount of live streaming video content on its network, the company today is bringing its big-screen video app to a new platform with its launch on Roku devices. The arrival …

Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

May 22, 2017

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On Saturday, May 13, famed race car driver Mario Andretti will be back on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time, he’ll be racing one guy: Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic race car driver, in semi-autonomous cars.

Schmidt was paralyzed …