The Answer Could Be $17 Billion
When its shares start trading publicly next week, Slack Technologies is expected to be valued by investors at $16 billion to $17 billion, sources tell Fortune. That valuation is roughly based on Slack’s projected revenue and current growth rate. It is up from the $7.1 billion in Slack’s last private funding round in August.
The Race to Detect 'Deepfake' Videos
It’s an extraordinary political weapon: computer-generated fake videos that could undermine candidates and mislead voters during the 2020 presidential campaign. And the AI researchers across the country who are racing to defuse it have a message: “We are outgunned,” Hany Farid, a computer-science professor and digital-forensics expert at the University of California, Berkeley, told the Washington Post. “The number of people working on the video-synthesis side, as opposed to the detector side, is 100 to 1.”
Data Visualization Strikes It Rich
On June 10, Salesforce purchased data visualization software company Tableau for $15.3 billion. Only days earlier, rival Looker was sold to Google for $2.6 billion. Not that long ago, the idea that a data visualization company would be worth so much was hard to imagine. But no longer, Quartz reports.
How to Boost Your LinkedIn Visibility
Are too few of the right people looking at your LinkedIn profile or posts? If so, Social Media Today suggests three steps that can increase your visibility on the platform.
Count These Among the Worst UI Disasters
Bad design wastes our time, makes us feel incompetent, interferes with productivity—and, sometimes, really messes things up, Scientific American columnist David Pogue writes. He says Windows 8 and the Apple Watch rank among the worst digital user-interface debacles of all time.
A Web Seer Highlights the Top Trends of 2019
In her eagerly awaited 2019 Internet Trends report, Bond Capital founder and former Kleiner Perkins general partner Mary Meeker highlights slower growth in e-commerce sales, increased internet ad spending, data growth, plus the rise of freemium subscription business models, telemedicine, photo-sharing, interactive gaming, the on-demand economy and more. TechCrunch has posted all 333 slides of the report.
A Peek at Pixel 4
Google this week tweeted an image of the Pixel 4, a smartphone that the company isn’t expected to ship until October. The tweet comes after renderings of the device were published in recent days, The Verge reports, revealing a change in design language from Google’s previous devices. The official image clearly shows at least two rear cameras and a third sensor in a large camera bump on the phone’s back.
Why the Fuss Over 5G Now?
The fifth-generation cellular network that promises exponentially faster wireless speeds is the focus of a lot of press, political maneuvering, and public interest. But few people in the U.S. can actually use the budding wireless network yet. So, why is it such a big deal now? Vox and Recode explain.
The IoT Devices Hackers Target
Internet-connected security cameras account for almost half of the Internet of Things devices that are compromised by hackers, ZDNet reports. Research from cybersecurity company SAM Seamless Network found that security cameras represent 47 percent of vulnerable devices installed on home networks. According to the data, the average U.S. household contains 17 smart devices.
Amazon 1, Nuns 0
An investor effort to pressure Amazon on facial recognition technology has been led by an unlikely group: Catholic nuns. At Amazon’s recent annual shareholders’ meeting, investors voted on a proposal from the Sisters of Saint Joseph to ban the company from selling the technology to government agencies, unless the board grants an exception, the Washington Post reports. Shareholders defeated the proposal.