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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday, January 26, 2017, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|t||Three days after Hugo Barra announced he was leaving Xiaomi, Facebook announced its hiring Barra to become Vice President of Virtual Reality, leading all of Facebook’s VR efforts including Oculus. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe stepped down as CEO of Oculus to lead Facebook’s PC-based VR efforts. Elsewhere on the VR merry-go-round, HTC VP of Design Claude Zellweger tweeted that he's left HTC to join Google's Daydream VR project.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/25/hugo-barra-joins-facebook-to-lead-its-vr-efforts-including-oculus/?ncid=rss|
|j||The Google Translate app now lets you point your smartphone camera at a piece of Japanese text to have it instantly translated to english. Previously you had to snap a picture to get the translation. The new feature uses WordLens acquired when Google bought Quest Digital in 2014.||https://blog.google/topics/google-asia/lost-translation-no-more-word-lens-japanese/|
|t||Japan Display aka JDI has unveiled a 5.5-inch bendable plastic LCD screen it calls Full Active Flex. Since Japan Display supplies screens to Apple, the speculation is that Apple’s next iPhone could have a curved display. It also supplies screens to Huawei. Full Active Flex isn’t as bendable as Samsung’s OLED screens but wrap around the edge of a smartphone. JDI COO Shuji Aruga told the Wall Street Journal "Mass production is planned from 2018, and we wouldn't do that without demand from our clients.”||http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-display-joins-flexible-screen-battle-with-bendier-lcd-1485333870|
|j||The Wall Street Journal reports Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has made a preliminary approach to Charter about a possible acquisition. It is unclear of Charter executives are interested. Charter just merged with Time Warner Cable and changed the name of its combined cable service to Spectrum.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/verizon-approached-charter-about-megamerger-wsj-says/|
|At the same time, AT&T announced a 2.7% decrease in consumer mobility wireless subscribers. Their entertainment group saw net loss of 27,000 video subscribers, mostly coming from a strong decline in Uverse customers overtaking growth among DirectTV subscribers.||http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/att-reports-q4-2016-earnings.html|
|t||Two professors from NYU and Stanford who are both members of the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper on the effect of fake news on reader opinion. Participants were asked whether they had heard of various pieces of news about the US presidential candidates. The pieces fell into three categories, verified true stories, false reports as identified by fact-checking organizations, and false reports invented by the authors of the study. 15.3 percent recalled seeing fake news stories and 7.9 percent saw and believed them. However 14.1 percent reported having seen the reports invented for the study, that had never been shown before. And 8.3 percent reported believing these inventions. The authors speculate believers of fake reports do so because they fit their preconceptions not because they are being duped.||http://web.stanford.edu/~gentzkow/research/fakenews.pdf|
|j||Twitter is replacing its Moments tab with one called Explore. Curated tweets, still called Moments, will be part of the new tab, but will share space with trending topics and search.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/26/14391240/twitter-explore-tab-moments-redesign|
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|Apple confirmed that they have hired Dropcam founder Greg Duffy. The Information's sources, say Duffy may lead a special project operating like a startup within Apple.||http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-hired-the-founder-of-dropcam-2017-1?op=1|
|Sources tell Bloomberg Apple is about to join the Partnership on AI, a group that includes Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft. It would be another step in opening up Apple’s research to others. Apple published its first AI paper December 22.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-26/apple-said-to-join-amazon-google-facebook-in-ai-research-group|
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|Alan writes "Scott and Roger discussed many services and their attempts at curation, but one thing that wasn't mentioned was targeted advertising, which is also another kind of curation. It sounds like Facebook is moving away from curation based on content to using location. Advertising has long used location and demographics to target ads, especially on the internet. I don't think service providers will succeed in targeting ads any more accurately than they have been able to curate content, yet many in tech seem to think that accurately targeting ads is inevitable.|
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