Echo devices are Amazon Prime Day’s best sellers

 Amazon’s decision to deeply discount its voice-powered Echo devices for Prime Day appears to be paying off for the online retailer. Though Prime Day is still underway this afternoon, Amazon has already sold more Echo devices than it did on Prime Day last year, it says. Specifically, it has sold more than twice as many Echo devices here in the U.S., compared with Prime Day 2016, and more… Read More

Optimizely hires Jay Larson as its new CEO

Dan Siroker and Jay Larson Co-founder Dan Siroker is stepping down as the CEO of Optimizely. He’s handing the role over to Jay Larson, who was previously CEO at Birst, as well as an executive at Mercury Interactive and Success Factors. “Optimizely is uniquely positioned to help every company use experimentation to increase the revenue generated by customer facing applications,” Larson said in the… Read More

Intel Launches Xeon Scalable CPUs: Dual Xeon Platinum 8176, 112 Threads Tested

MojoKid writes: Intel announced its new Xeon Scalable processor family based on the 14nm Skylake-SP microarchitecture a few weeks back, though today marks the official launch of the platform. Not only do these processors feature a new microarchitecture, but Intel has also revamped the naming convention and arrangement of the Xeon product stack, branding them with Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze model families. Intel Xeon Scalable series processors feature core counts ranging from 4 to 28, with varied frequencies and cache configurations. Workstation processors and lower-core count server chips top out in the 3.2GHz -- 3.6GHz range, while the higher-core count products typically fall in the 2GHz -- 2.7GHz range. Six memory channels are supported and the chips have 48 lanes of integrated PCIe 3.0 connectivity. Power envelopes range all the way from 70W on up to 205W. The Xeon Scalable series also introduces new security, virtualization, and storage-related features, more memory bandwidth, support for AVX-512 extensions, a mesh interconnect, and enhanced hardware controlled power management, among a host of other architectural improvements. Testing of a 2P Xeon Platinum 8176 system, sporting 56 physical cores / 112 threads shows significantly increased performance and bandwidth, with only moderately higher power consumption versus a previous-gen 2P Xeon E5-2679 v4-based system.

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Here’s how the Tesla Model 3 changed from prototype to production car

 Curious about what exactly has changed on the Tesla Model 3 now that we have our first look at the production vehicle? The original prototype was revealed back in May 2016, and it’s changed a bit since that pre-alpha design was shown off to a crowd at Tesla’s Hawthorne Design Studio. The design team at PartCatalog.com have created an visual that makes it easy to spot the… Read More

Transfix keeps on truckin’, with $42 million in fresh funding led by NEA

 When we last checked in on Transfix in late 2015, the then two-year-old, 26-person, New York-based transportation startup was determined to use its tech to increasingly match customers needing interstate freight shipping with truck drivers needing to make deliveries. It wanted to cut out wasted travel, not to mention greenhouse gas emissions. The company has been chugging along ever since… Read More

Twitter Users Blocked By Trump Sue, Claim @realDonaldTrump Is Public Forum

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A handful of Twitter users, backed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday, claiming their constitutional rights are being violated because the president has blocked them from his @realDonaldTrump handle. The suit claims that Trump's Twitter feed is a public forum and an official voice of the president. Excluding people from reading or replying to his tweets -- especially because they tweeted critical comments -- amounts to a First Amendment breach, according to the lawsuit. "The @realDonaldTrump account is a kind of digital town hall in which the president and his aides use the tweet function to communicate news and information to the public, and members of the public use the reply function to respond to the president and his aides and exchange views with one another," according to the lawsuit (PDF) filed in New York federal court. "Defendants' viewpoint-based blocking of the Individual Plaintiffs from the @realDonaldTrump account infringes the Individual Plaintiffs' First Amendment rights. It imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their participation in a designated public forum," the suit says. "It imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their right to access statements that Defendants are otherwise making available to the public at large. It also imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their right to petition the government for redress of grievances."

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Here are some weird and useful Amazon Prime Day deals we like

Amazon's Prime Day is one of the most clever user acquisition schemes on the web, echoing the mission of hallowed holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People like to shop. That's cool, and Prime Day mines deep into the Amazon product labyrinth to drop prices on things you probably didn't even know existed, let alone know that you wanted. Of course, to access these deals, you need to be a Prime member, which you can become by signing up here. Already a member? Then check out some of the deals below.

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Bye-bye, Firefly: Waymo retires its autonomous prototype vehicle

Waymo Firefly and Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicles If you were holding out for one of those super cute autonomous pods from Google’s early days of researching self-driving vehicles, I have bad news. The autonomous division of the company is now Waymo (that’s not the bad news), and it announced that it is retiring the little white vehicles, known as “Firefly” inside the company. That, for those of us who liked the… Read More

Anna Patterson talks Gradient Ventures, Google’s new AI fund

 It’s been pretty obvious for a few months now, but Google has finally admitted that it’s running its own investment fund targeting machine intelligence startups. The fund will go by the name Gradient Ventures and provide capital, resources and education to AI-first startups. Google isn’t disclosing the size of the fund, but the company told us that it’s being run… Read More