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China's tech giants are pouring billions into US start-ups

March 12, 2017

Collectively known as the BAT, China's giant technology companies that dominate search, e-commerce and mobile messaging in their home market are going global. The United States is their primary shopping place to diversify and build out their brands. The hunt is on to acquire or buy into fast-growing young companies in a broad range of the hottest tech sectors, such as virtual reality, fintech, social media, video games and mobile apps.

UC Berkeley suffers big loss in CRISPR patent fight: What's next for the powerful gene-editing technology?

March 10, 2017

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her European collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have racked up a slew of awards for their work, which makes it very easy to alter the DNA of living things. But their efforts to patent their discovery have been hung up by a competing claim from Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

IBM plans to build the first commercially available universal quantum computer

March 09, 2017

Quantum hardware has already been made available by the likes of D-Wave, but its hardware is limited in the kinds of computation it can achieve. IBM Q marks the first time that a universal quantum computer is being offered up. A universal quantum computer is capable of tackling problems that are too large for a conventional system, so IBM Q would have many applications beyond what's possible with current technology.

Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars

March 08, 2017

SpaceX recently announced that two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever traveled to deep space since the 1970s. In a sector where entrepreneurs often speak of "moonshots," Musk is one of the biggest dreamers.

Trump renominates FCC chairman

March 08, 2017

President Trump has renominated Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to a new five-year term, a White House spokesman told The Hill. The White House submitted the necessary paperwork on Tuesday, the source said, the day after Pai met with the president.

Technology as a Force for Inclusion

March 07, 2017

As a company with a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, these are just some of the questions we ask ourselves at Microsoft. We believe it’s no longer enough to measure success simply in terms of how quickly technology advances. More important is how many lives are improved and whether people are prepared for jobs that require skills ranging from basic digital literacy to advanced computer science.

U.S. consumers now spend 5 hours per day on mobile devices

March 07, 2017

Flurry data shows that U.S. consumers continue to increase their time-spent on mobile devices.  In fact, the average U.S. consumer spends a whopping 5 hours a day on these devices. That is a 20% increase in time-spent compared to Q4 2015. Browser share on mobile, which has been steadily declining, is now only 8%, down from 9% in Q4 2015.

The US government changed H-1B visa rules. Here's what it means for tech

March 07, 2017

U.S. immigration authorities suspended a program last Friday that expedited visas for skilled workers - a darling class of workers in the tech community. Despite stoking tension in tech companies, it's a relatively routine decision that's happened under administrations past. But it is missing one key piece of information - a timeline - and that could impact businesses.

Amazon deepens university ties in artificial intelligence race

March 06, 2017

Amazon.com Inc has launched a new program to help students build capabilities into its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, the company told Reuters, the latest move by a technology firm to nurture ideas and talent in artificial intelligence research.

To Keep U.S. Jobs, Chip Makers Share a Factory and Pin Hopes on Trump

February 28, 2017

While companies based in the United States still dominate chip sales worldwide, only about 13 percent of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity was in this country in 2015, down from 30 percent in 1990, according to government data. Chip makers attribute the decline to a variety of forces, including high American tax rates and the hefty subsidies offered by foreign governments for new semiconductor plants, which can cost as much as $10 billion.

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