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Amazon up 7{98db0ac6736548f72a141a912d0cb468040bb9552163b9fc9d7ea23af16c4c51} following earnings beat – TechCrunch

Amazon reported first-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, sending shares up 7{98db0ac6736548f72a141a912d0cb468040bb9552163b9fc9d7ea23af16c4c51} in after-hours trading after its significantly better-than-expected report. The company reported earnings per share of $3.27, well above the $1.26 that analysts had been expecting. This worked out to $1.6 billion in net income, up from $724 million last year.  Revenue was $51.04 billion, above the $49.78 billion that Wall Street forecast and a 43{98db0ac6736548f72a141a912d0cb468040bb9552163b9fc9d7ea23af16c4c51} increase from the same time last year. The growth was driven by its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business, which was…

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The 5G wireless revolution will come, if your city council doesn’t block it first – TechCrunch

The excitement around 5G is palpable at the Brooklyn 5G Summit this week, and for good reason. Once the province of academic engineers, there is increasingly a consensus emerging among technology leaders that millimeter-wave technology is ready for prime time. Yet, there remain large barriers to a successful rollout, particularly at the local government level. Those challenges could prevent the U.S. from aggressively competing with other nations like China, who are investing massive resources to lead this next generation of wireless technology. The Summit, now in its fifth year and…

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Mozilla Hubs is a super-simple social chat room for robots – TechCrunch

The socially networked web is frightening enough, but maybe chatting with some friendly robots will ease the tension? Today, Mozilla showed off a preview of Hubs, a dead-simple social WebVR experience that users can dive into with a couple clicks, share a URL, and then meet up with other people across platforms, including mobile, desktop and VR. It’s not Second Life, or even Facebook Spaces, it’s pretty low-key. You’re just a humble robot hanging with other robots who are hopefully your friends. It’s admittedly kind of hilarious how childish so many…

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Microsoft finally embraces the squirt gun emoji – TechCrunch

It was just a matter of time. Microsoft confirmed this week that it’s following the industry’s lead, transforming its gun emoji into the water squirting variety. The company unveiled its design for a new, benign firearm that looks like cross between a martian ray gun and Super Soaker. In a tweet revealing the new emoji, the company said it had evolved the design “to reflect our values and the feedback we’ve received.” The changes come as a response to growing concerns around gun violence in the U.S. The software giant…

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Jack Ma announces $320m investment in Thailand as Alibaba beefs up presence

 Alibaba is investing $320 million in Thailand as the e-commerce giant aims to tap Chinese consumers’ appetite for the Southeast nation’s agricultural goods and for its tourism market amid growing competition from rivals. China’s biggest e-commerce company is investing more than 10 billion baht ($320.20 million) in a “digital hub” in the Thai military government’s much-touted Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), government officials said. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told reporters on Thursday that Alibaba‘s digital hub will be a platform that connects Thai agricultural products to the Chinese and global markets.…

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Dropbox rolls out a templates tool for its Paper online document service – TechCrunch

As Dropbox looks to woo larger and larger businesses with its strategy of building simpler collaboration tools than what’s on the market, it’s making some moves in its online document tool Paper to further reduce that friction today. Dropbox said it was rolling out a new tool for Dropbox Paper that allows users to get a paper document up and running through a set of templates. It may seem like something that would be table stakes for a company looking to create an online document tool like Google Docs, but…

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The perfect is the enemy of the good ~ Get Rich Slowly

I’m home! Over the past two weeks, I drove 1625 miles across across seven southeastern states. I had a blast hanging out with readers, friends, and colleagues. Plus, it was fun to explore some parts of the country that Kim and I skipped during our RV trip a few years ago. Most fun of all, though, was talking to dozens of different people about money. After two weeks of money talk, I have a lot to think about. I was struck, for instance, by how many people are paralyzed by…

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Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills – TechCrunch

Alexa will soon be able to recall information you’ve directed her to remember, as well as have more natural conversations that don’t require every command to begin with “Alexa.” She’ll also be able to launch skills in response to questions you ask, without explicit instructions to do so. The features are the first of what Amazon says are many launches this year that will make its virtual assistant more personalized, smarter, and more engaging. The news was announced this morning in a keynote presentation from the head of the Alexa…

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This is a real life Transformer – TechCrunch

The J-deite RIDE transformers from a vehicle to a robot just like the Megazord from Voltron. Specific information about the creation is a bit sketchy but the YouTube channel states it’s an electric vehicle and show the driver and passenger staying in their seat as it changes forms. It can even walk. The whole process seems automated and takes just a few minutes. Sure, if this was a Michael Bay movie, this transformer wouldn’t stand a chance against the Jaegers that can change form in seconds. But this is real…

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Cashback app Dosh raises $44M on a $240M valuation from PayPal and more – TechCrunch

In an era where we can buy whatever we want from wherever we want nearly in the blink of an eye, loyalty, rewards and membership programs have become a major lever in capturing repeat consumer spend — Amazon Prime perhaps being one of the most successful examples. Now, a company that has built up shopping frequency across multiple retailers by rewarding buyers with cashback is announcing a big round of funding to expand its business Dosh, a startup and app of the same name that lets you get cash back…

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