Sources: Amazon is working on a domestic robot codenamed Vesta that can navigate inside homes like a driverless car — Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars — Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year — Ten years ago, Amazon introduced …
Alex Sword / eurocomms.com:
Vodafone exec: company now serves 65M IoT connections, including 14.4M connected vehicles and 5M medical devices, generating~€235M in Q4 2017, up 18.8% YoY — The claim that connectivity is a commodity has existed in the mobile industry for some time and has recently extended itself to the Internet of Things.
Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:
TransferWise becomes first non-bank firm to get direct access to Bank of England’s interbank payment systems to process payments without intermediary banks — TransferWise has become the first fintech group to gain direct access to the Bank of England’s interbank payment systems …
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
Pear Video, Chinese online platform for short videos, raises $98.2M Series A led by Tencent and Baidu — Pear Video, which counts People’s Daily publicly traded unit as an early investor, raised 617 million yuan (US$98.2 million) in its Series A funding round, led by Tencent and Baidu.
Ryan Duffy / The Verge:
Profile of CrowdSource Rescue, a service created by two friends during Hurricane Harvey, that helped coordinate thousands of rescues during subsequent disasters — Meet CrowdSource Rescue, a passion project that grew into something much larger — Matthew Marchetti was among thousands …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook’s ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram’s head of research — Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he’s considering suing Facebook.
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing “revenge porn” unlawful, ruling it violates the First Amendment — from the do-it-right-or-you-might-as-well-not- do-it-at-all dept — Texas attorney Mark Bennett — instrumental in getting an unconstitutional …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google confirms some of its services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Android push notifications, continue to suffer outages in Russia amid Telegram ban — A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call …
Amazon India head Amit Agarwal expects groceries and consumables to be more than half of company’s business in the country in the next five years — BENGALURU (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc expects groceries and household products to account for over half of its business in India in the next five years …
Symeon Brown / The Guardian:
How Instagram influencers portray themselves as self-made wealthy traders to build up affiliate marketing schemes, often targeting teens — Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? By Symeon Brown