Pandora is laying off about 5 percent of workforce

Pandora is laying off about 5 percent of workforce

 Streaming music service Pandora is laying off about five percent of its employee base and taking “other cost-saving measures” in an attempt to save about $45 million annually. According to Pandora’s 8-K filing, employees were notified today of the plan and the company expects the staff reduction to be complete …

PayPal sees 24% revenue growth in its latest quarter

PayPal sees 24% revenue growth in its latest quarter

 PayPal impressed Wall Street when it reported fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The global payments giant beat analyst expectations for both sales and profit. PayPal reported $3.71 billion in revenue on a foreign-exchange neutral basis, or 24% growth from the same period last year. Analysts were expecting $3.63 billion …

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon says

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon says

 The competition between Alexa and Google Assistant is fierce. How fierce? Cover all of Las Vegas in Google Assistant ads for CES fierce? Put voice assistance in weird things like a light switch or a fridge fierce? How about “don’t dare utter our competitor’s name in your voice app” fierce? Yep, …

Actress Maisie Williams to launch Daisie, a social app for talent discovery and collaboration

Actress Maisie Williams to launch Daisie, a social app for talent discovery and collaboration

 Actress Maisie Williams, best known for her role as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, is the latest celeb to venture into tech entrepreneurship, with the launch of a new company aimed at connecting creatives, called Daisie. Available later this summer as a mobile app, Daisie will offer a platform …

Polymail looks to unify business email tools into a single web app

Polymail looks to unify business email tools into a single web app

 If you’re more of a Gmail power user (or even semi-power user) and other email services geared toward work, you’ve probably installed plenty of plugins like Rapportive to make your job a little bit easier. And while it’s all fine to try to pull together a suite of plugins to …

Robotic swans now patrol Singapore’s waters

Robotic swans now patrol Singapore’s waters

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a clever self-driving drone called the Smart Water Assessment Network – the SWAN. These swan-shaped robots swim in Singapore’s waters and assess pollution, drinkability, and temperature, allowing researchers to gather data without scaring people with dangerous-looking traditional water drones. NUSwan – …

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

 Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in …

Nintendo’s Switch took just 10 months to outsell the Wii U

Nintendo’s Switch took just 10 months to outsell the Wii U

 Nintendo’s Switch has only been on sale for 10 months but already it has outsold its predecessor, the Wii U, the flop that heralded Nintendo’s first step into hybrid gaming. The Japanese tech giant shifted a little over 13.5 million Wii U consoles across its entire lifecycle, and today Nintendo revealed …

Asana raises $75M Series D led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management

Asana raises $75M Series D led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management

 Asana, the productivity and collaboration service, is getting a major infusion of cash after Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, led a $75 million investment. Investment Management was joined in this Series D round by existing backers 8VC, Founders Fund, Y Combinator President …

Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining

Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining

 Fresh from toppling Intel as the planet’s biggest seller of chipsets, Samsung has confirmed that it has begun manufacturing ASIC chips which are used to mine bitcoin, ether and other cryptocurrencies. “Samsung’s foundry business is currently engaged in the manufacturing of cryptocurrency mining chips. However we are unable to disclose further details …