Last year in the lead up to F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, the buzz was that Facebook Messenger would spark a “chatbot revolution.” Bots, some believed, would fundamentally change commerce and the nature of how businesses and customers speak to each other. There was open speculation at that time whether Facebook Messenger and its 900 million monthly… (0 comment)

Former Rep. Scott Garrett called the Ex-Im bank “corporate welfare.” Former Rep. Scott Garrett, in 2011. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite On Friday afternoon, the White House announced that Donald Trump would nominate former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) to be president of the Export-Import Bank, which he tried to kill two years ago. Garrett called… (0 comment)

Below find five new or noteworthy Alexa skills to try this week, including Oprah Winfrey’s first Alexa skill, a way to get help with pretty much anything at your house in minutes, and a way to search for movies across multiple popular streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video. Each of these skills is listed in… (0 comment)

Climate activists howl disapproval of Republican lawmaker. Residents gather at Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-VA) district officer in Sterling, Va., on April 11, 2017, to urge lawmaker to push back against President Donald Trump’s anti-environment agenda. CREDIT: Indivisible VA District 10 STERLING,VIRGINIA — When Congress recessed in February, many Republican lawmakers across the country refused to meet with their… (0 comment)

This week, tracked 10 technology M&A transactions and 52 tech funding deals totaling €298 million (about $316 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week: 1) French Actility, which provides Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT),… (0 comment)

GUEST: It’s been an action-packed week for India’s tech and startup scene. Here are the highlights: 1. Flipkart raised $1.4 billion from Tencent and Microsoft and acquired eBay’s India operations.  India’s biggest commerce company has now raised $4.5 billion since it was launched nearly a decade ago. Most of the money will help fund its… (0 comment)

Well met, and welcome to GamesBeat’s first PC Gaming Weekly newsletter. Thank you for joining us on our expanded dive into the industry’s’ first and most diverse platform. And we’re going to start this adventure by talking about one of the giants of PC gaming, who recently announced his retirement plans just days following the… (0 comment)

Wal-Mart Stores is in advanced discussions to buy online men’s fashion retailer Bonobos, Recode reported on Friday, citing sources. Wal-Mart and Bonobos have agreed on a price and the deal is in final due diligence, Recode said. Nordstrom is an investor in Bonobos. The website said that the price of the deal could not be… (0 comment)

Months after Apple made it possible to open multiple versions of apps like the Finder in a single window, Microsoft has begun testing out tabs in Windows apps such as File Explorer, according to a new report. Microsoft’s so-called Tabbed Shell feature will work in any Windows app, Windows Central reported today, citing unnamed sources.… (0 comment)
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