The Comunicano Communique for Tuesday January 12th, 2016
The Comunicano Communique
While the news of David Bowie's passing broke Sunday night, I couldn't help but be amazed at how many friends, colleagues and members of the media all had a story. Bowie was an amazing talent, and one who over his 25 albums and his many live performances he defined every style of music he made, played or started. RIP. Now, onto the news
Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson
David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.
Microsoft is dropping support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 as of Jan. 12, 2016. Its official announcement of the decision can be found here. (Note that Microsoft will continue to support Internet Explorer 9 for users of Windows Vista.) The data used in this story are from W3Counter, which gathers stats from more than 37,000 websites...
John Legere may be one of tech's most colorful and uncensored CEOs. But he apparently knows when he's crossed a line. T-Mobile's CEO on Monday apologized for offensive comments he made last week about the Electronic Frontier Foundation amid a debate over his company's Binge On unlimited streaming service.
The "Elephant in Silicon Valley" is the place of women in tech. In a new survey, more than 200 women in positions of power (top execs, founders, and VCs) detailed the sexism they have experienced being a part of Silicon Valley.
While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect's potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report. The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man's social- media postings.
Skyscanner has received nearly $192m from new investors, in a move that sees the Edinburgh-based online travel site enter the small club of British 'unicorns' - private technology companies worth more than $1bn. Skyscanner will use the investment to
Don't look now, but Mayor de Blasio is doing something pretty cool: a major infrastructure project to improve New Yorkers' quality of life, but paid for and run by private companies. This one's about improving how New Yorkers and tourists communicate - but the city could apply the same idea to how we get around.
Last January, at a seminar on drone use held during the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Eastern Winter Conference hosted at Killington Resort, members heard that a policy would be needed at ski areas and that there were many potential uses for drones, from an operations standpoint-lift and trail inspections, searches for lost persons, etc.-to ...
Amazon.com Inc. is doubling down on voice-controlled hardware, part of the Seattle retailer's broader ambition to overtake rival tech giants with digital assistants that blend into everyday life. In the coming weeks, Amazon expects to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated tabletop Echo speaker, building off the device's surprise success, according to people familiar with the plans.
Reed Hastings, the CEO and cofounder of Netflix, stood on stage rattling off the list of countries like an overexcited middle school student preening in front of a geography class - or, in this case, the tech lovers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Azerbaijan. Vietnam. India. Nigeria.
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