Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet

Like dozens of other cities across the country, Seattle is currently in the midst of a mayoral race. But unlike some others, this election has drawn the attention of Big Telecom, with CenturyLink and Comcast forking over more than $50,000 combined to a political action committee that’s campaigning for one candidate: former US Attorney Jenny[…]

Spoke bets on AI to automate company help desks

There’s a new company on the block that’s aiming to help AI take some of the busy work out of jobs that rely on handling requests like IT and HR. The startup, called Spoke, uses machine learning to help businesses automate requests for information. It’s designed to save humans’ time by dealing with the questions[…]

Boeing HorizonX invests in Near Earth Autonomy, boosting self-flying tech

Near Earth Solutions works on software and sensor technologies for autonomous aircraft ranging in size from drones to helicopters. (Near Earth Solutions Photo) Boeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, says it has made a substantial investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based startup that focuses on technologies for autonomous flight. Boeing and Near Earth also[…]

Gold Versus Bitcoin, Goldman Sachs Prefers Metal to Crypto

Bitcoin’s creator patterned his digital commodity money after history’s most famous analog store of value for currencies, gold. Debate rages as to whether bitcoin will overtake gold’s place.  Also read: Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein Latest Exec to Flirt with Bitcoin Gold Remains Goldman Sachs’ Refuge Recent volatility analysis of bitcoin’s “exchange rate means that merchants[…] and Unocoin Announce Fork Arrangements

This week two more exchanges revealed their plans for the upcoming Segwit2x fork this November. The London-based exchange explains that whether the company supports the split or not customers will receive split tokens if the fork takes place. Further, the Indian exchange Unocoin has revealed it will be supporting the chain with the most[…]

Tech Moves: Barry Diller won’t be Uber’s next chairman; Accolade adds to its executive board; and more

Media executive and Expedia chairman Barry Diller, left, speaks at CES. (GeekWire photo / John Cook) Uber’s search for new leadership has been a long and tough one, with rumors, surprise twists and drama that rival prime-time TV shows. Now another prospective name has been slashed from the list: Media mogul and Expedia Chairman Barry[…]

This Strange Sensor Russia Sent to the ISS Is Baffling US Military Experts

A Russian spacecraft on a routine mission to the International Space Station (ISS) apparently carried a surprise payload: a secretive sensor that experts said could be related to a controversial military initiative. The spacecraft, which the Russian space agency designated Progress MS-07, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan on October 12. The[…]

Bitfinex to Terminate Services for U.S. Retail Customers by November 9

Bitfinex has announced its plan to terminate all services for U.S. individual customers by November 9th 2017. Their announcement comprised a follow-up to a statement issued in August, which indicated the company was suspending all new requests for account verification from U.S. individuals. Also Read: The Controversy Surrounding Tether’s USD “Backing” Continues Bitfinex Will Suspend Trading,[…]

Fork Debate Drops to New Low, Outspoken Developer Lopp’s Home Surrounded by Police

Debate is a central part of the cryptocurrency community at large. Open forums such as have fostered mostly healthy fork debate about Bitcoin’s future. It appears at least one participant wished to stifle debate, and in a horrible way.  Also read: Preparing for the Bitcoin Hard Forks: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough Fork Debate Turns Ugly and Dangerous[…]