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AT&T furthers IoT professional services capabilities with Ericsson

AT&T is furthering its professional services capabilities for IoT with Ericsson to help companies adopt and expedite IoT related solutions.

Global Device Certification is offered by AT&T with Ericsson including testing, verification and white glove support with regulatory approval for IoT devices. The Ericsson-AT&T team up implies that AT&T customers can lower their risk and speed timelines for the global expansion of IoT in over 150 nations.

On the Ericsson-AT&T collaboration for global device certification, Jeff Travers, head of IoT, Ericsson, said, “Through our collaboration for global device certification, AT&T and Ericsson are building a global ecosystem for IoT, enabling enterprises to capitalize on the opportunities of the Internet of Things. With these services, enterprises can reduce the risk of launching devices and decrease their time to market as they expand globally.”

Launched in January 2017, AT&T’s IoT professional services portfolio has drawn attention from enterprises across all sectors. Consequently, AT&T is expanding its core capabilities to include consulting, application solutions, device lifecycle solutions, and managed services and support.

Mike Troiano, vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T, commented, “Companies want to connect things to extract value. We’re meeting that demand head-on by expanding our IoT professional services capabilities. Our services help businesses achieve scale and longevity in design, lower cost implementations, save time and resources, and innovate quicker.”

Smart water meter company, Badger Meter, which uses secure AT&T networks and AT&T Global SIM wireless connectivity, recently approached AT&T for its professional services to certify the water meter devices as it ventures into fresh markets. Both AT&T and Ericsson worked hand-in-hand to manage the global pre-launch process to bring down regulatory and technological complexities.

Meanwhile, AT&T is planning to offer mobile 5G with multi-gigabit speeds to customers of 12 US cities, including select parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of 2018.  Additional cities to avail this service will be announced by AT&T soon. Latest from the homepage

Google hired professional photographers to help train its AI camera

How did Google get Clips, its AI-powered camera, to learn to automatically take the best shots of users and their families? Well, as the company explains in a new blog post, its engineers went to the professionals — hiring “a documentary filmmaker, a photojournalist, and a fine arts photographer” to produce visual data to train the neural network powering the camera.

The blog post explains this process in a little more detail, but it’s basically what you’d expect for this sort of AI. In order for the software to recognize what makes a good or a bad photo, it had to be fed lots of examples. The programmers thought about not only obvious markers (eg, it’s a bad photo if there is blurring or if something’s covering the lens) but also more…

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Here Are the Best Ways to Safeguard Your Data, According to a Professional Hacker

Ensure your most personal data is protected and keep your digital identity safe using the latest data-securing mobile apps.

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Ripple, a Tinder spinoff backed by Match, launches app for professional networking

 A team of former Tinder employees, led by Tinder’s original CTO Ryan Ogle, are today launching a new app aimed at professional networking. The app, called Ripple, aims to be a sort of mobile-first alternative to LinkedIn that addresses some of the problems common to the aging, now Microsoft-owned business networking platform. LinkedIn today has a heavy focus on job searching and head… Read More
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Moni professional monitoring for Nest Secure is available today

The Nest Secure home security system plugs into the Nest app to let you know if something is going down in your house. However, it has optional support for professional monitoring if you want a bit more peace of mind. Nest noted during its announcement that Moni security monitoring would come to Next Secure later, and apparently that means today. You can register your Next Secure with Moni right now, but it comes with a monthly cost.

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4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professional Sports

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Whether from home, in the stands, or over the radio—Americans love their sports. Today, part of that All-American sports experience involves big data and new immersive technology like virtual reality (VR) to draw in more fans and improve gameplay.

There are dozens of ways sports teams can use data to their advantage—and both fans and players alike can benefit from advances in VR technology. Here are 4 reasons that big data and VR are starting to play a key role in professional sports.

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1.) Headset VR Provides Immersive Access

How many people do you know who have VR headsets yet? Probably not many, but that’s sure to change as the technology becomes cheaper and more readily available. With this shift, VR technologies should become more popular amongst fans and athletes, with many industry insiders believing that the VR market could grow to $ 30 Billion by 2020.

One key to making VR devices more popular on the market is creating more VR content, which is just what Samsung and the NBA teamed up to do in 2015. In 2015, the VR was still more exploratory, but the league has become confident enough in the quality that they have offered one VR game per week as part of the NBA League Pass.

Partnering with NextVR, the league streams high-quality VR immersion—and reviews indicate it’s worth the hype. One reviewer even got annoyed when a waiting player blocked his view—just like being courtside!

2.) IoT & Big Data Helps Plan Lineups and Monitor Players

When it comes to top athletes, an incredible number of factors play a role in their overall performance, as well as the performance of the team as a whole. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), coaches and trainers can now monitor players’ health and stamina in revolutionary ways.

With sensors, cameras, and other equipment available that can be used during training, coaches can record vital data that can be analyzed and used to make strategic decisions for developing lineups, creating plays, and even revealing ideal calorie intake for optimal performance. With so many great teams vying for a spot in the playoffs each year, these little insights can give a competitive edge.

3.) VR Training is Safer for Players

Teams have been using video for years to help players review important plays, but VR introduces so much opportunity for safe training, especially in contact sports like football. Young players can use the technology as a “playbook”, while other players can review their own plays, or learn new ones. It helps players stay safer, since they can “practice” dangerous plays off the field.

Some NFL teams are using this technology, but college teams are also seeing great success, with Stanford’s quarterback Kevin Hogan’s completion percentage jumping from 63.8% to 76.3% after using STRIVR VR training.

4.) VR Will Allow Fans to See Through Players’ Eyes

As VR progresses, more options and interactive features will become available to fans. One eagerly-anticipated development is the advent of VR through players’ eyes. The hope is that one day, fans will be able to see the action from the perspective of their favorite players, further immersing them in the action on the field.

Smart wearables are being developed quickly for professional sports, with many artificial intelligence features, cameras, sensors, and more, which could be used in a better VR experience.

Future Changes in Big Data

Currently, the NFL does not allow sensors and trackers in games, so they’re only useful during training. However, there are signs of change that indicate the future may be quite different, and more welcoming to big data on the field. FIFA has begun to relax these rules, allowing players to use wearables during matches.

The NFL may not be far behind, since the NFL Players’ Association recently teamed up in a five-year partnership with WHOOP, a wearable that helps players monitor their bodies, and how much stress they’re putting themselves under in training. Big data is slowly but surely becoming one of the biggest players in professional sports—and this is just the beginning.


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With new permanent teams, professional League of Legends will look more like the NBA

Riot Games is making a big change to its professional League of Legends championship series in North America. Back in June, the developer announced a major shift for the NA LCS, which would see the circuit move from a system of promotion and relegation to one with 10 permanent teams. Now, Riot is revealing the 10 franchises that will compete in the new league format starting next year, and the list includes brand-new teams backed by the likes of the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. “We wanted partners who shared our mindset for building for the long term,” says Jarred Kennedy, co-head of Riot’s e-sports division.

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Steve Jurvetson was pushed out of his firm as the lines between personal and professional crossed

Jurvetson was asked to leave because DFJ caught him lying about what it considered serious allegations.

Steve Jurvetson, who started his career in Silicon Valley as a wunderkind founder of one of its marquee venture capital firms, has become one of its highest-profile investors, palling around with its most flamboyant tech superstars and backing its edgiest startups.

But on Monday, he crashed to earth way more swiftly than his career had rocketed skyward two decades ago.

His partners at DFJ spent a weekend pondering his fate, sources said — first placing him on a leave of absence last Saturday, then voting him out on Sunday, and then finally informing some of the firm’s top limited partners at a golf-filled gathering, along with some portfolio companies, on Monday.

Jurvetson was asked to leave because DFJ caught him lying about what it considered serious allegations, a source familiar with the situation said.

DFJ’s investigation found, in part, a pattern of dishonesty with women, according to other sources, including extra-marital affairs that, in the eyes of some, crossed into the professional world. Jurvetson also contributed to a difficult work environment, a source alleged. The complete circumstances that forced Jurvetson from his job are still in dispute, although both sides say his decision to depart was mutual.

Partners at DFJ unanimously decided it would be better for Jurvetson to leave, a source close to the firm said, with even founding partners Tim Draper and John Fisher deciding his time there was done.

DFJ declined to comment for this story. Jurvetson also declined to comment, referring Recode to the statement he issued earlier in the week. In Jurvetson’s statement, he said he left because of the acrimony that arose between DFJ partners in the wake of the investigation.

To be clear, no one has publicly emerged to allege sexual harassment by Jurvetson. But behind the scenes, it appears as though individual colleagues interpreted an ambiguous set of facts through, in part, a lens of how the transfer of power would affect them personally.

Jurvetson’s resignation surprised many tracking the case. The 50-year-old investor is also the highest-profile venture capitalist to be ousted from his lofty position since women this year started to speak out about a range of abuse from male investors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

It began after investigators also uncovered a messy personal life, said multiple sources — which Jurvetson himself clearly alluded to in his own public statement.

Those sources said DFJ’s external investigators at the law firm Simpson Thacher and Bartlett discovered from at least two women — who confirmed their accounts to Recode — that Jurvetson had allegedly carried out affairs with multiple women simultaneously. Some of the women also said they felt led on by the married man and were unaware of the other relationships.

On its face, allegations of personal misconduct — however problematic — may not seem to many to be enough for a firm to agree to part ways with one of its founders. But the line between personal and professional has become ever thinner in the business world, leaving Jurvetson in a precarious position.

That’s because several of the women making allegations work in the tech industry and first met him at professional conferences. The firm’s move to push Jurvetson out also seems in part preventative — while a woman might not be pitching DFJ today, they might pitch the firm in the future. In other words, Silicon Valley’s power players are always at work, even when they are not.

The company said in its statement announcing his departure last week: “DFJ’s culture has been, and will continue to be, built on the values of respect and integrity in all of our interactions.”

Within the office, Jurvetson was also considered to be dismissive, sometimes using a curt tone with colleagues, sources said. That behavior gave him few allies in the workplace when he needed it.

Jurvetson did acknowledge in his statement that questions about his personal conduct had eventually triggered his departure.

“I have also learned that an ill-advised relationship, where the other person is left feeling hurt, angry or scorned, can have far reaching consequences in the digital age. It is inaccurate and unfair to describe any of this as harassment or predation,” he wrote on Facebook.

But he added, “I think my personal life, and other people’s personal lives, should stay personal.”

And, indeed, multiple women whom Recode interviewed said their sexual relationships with Jurvetson were not forced, and did not involve an implicit workplace quid-pro-quo.

While the allegations do not resemble the scandals that have forced other powerful Silicon Valley men out of their jobs in recent months, they do shed some light on what investigators found.

“He’d sort of create a soap opera for himself,” said one of the women who dated Jurvetson, who requested anonymity to protect her career. “He lied to us.”

This woman was not aware that Jurvetson was seeing several other women at the same time. She met Jurvetson at a conference at which the venture capitalist spoke.

The pair carried out a consensual affair as Jurvetson’s marriage wound down, the woman said, and saw one another about once a month. They would sometimes attend professional conferences together, but she described their relationship as “one hundred percent personal.” She said she also saw other men at the time.

A second woman who dated Jurvetson told Recode she was searching for career opportunities in venture capital and startups. The woman, who declined to give her real name out of professional concerns, said she only later realized he was also dating the first woman, although she herself was also seeing other men in what she described as an off-again, on-again relationship with Jurvetson.

Business and romance did occasionally mix in small doses. Jurvetson at one point did offer advice on a startup idea the woman had presented along with a co-founder, she said. The project didn’t end up launching at all. Jurvetson once also made an introduction for her to a venture capital firm for a possible job. She ultimately wasn’t interested in the gig, she said, and stressed to Recode she did not consider it a major favor.

Several of the women met one another at the TED conference in Vancouver, where Jurvetson is a regular, in the March of 2015, one of the women said. That conference is said to be a flashpoint in the Jurvetson drama, as several women dating him discovered that they were not alone in their personal involvement with the investor.

One woman, Keri Kukral, has been the most public in alleging improper conduct. She wrote in a Facebook post last month that “women have been banned from TED” due in part to DFJ founding partners — she did not specifically name Jurvetson. Kukral edited her post last week to remove the TED allegation.

Kukral also alleged that “predatory behavior is rampant” at the firm, a charge that a DFJ partner has disputed as “patently wrong.”

Kukral declined to meet with DFJ’s external investigator at Simpson Thacher, Alexis Coll-Very, as of last week, according to a Facebook post by Kukral. Coll-Very said in a letter to Kukral she had until last Thursday to inform investigators whether she would participate in an interview. Kukral did not.

Jurvetson, who has since gotten a separation and is now engaged to another woman, said in his statement that he was the subject of “vicious and wholly false allegations about sexual predation and workplace harassment.”

Not everyone agrees with DFJ’s decision to dismiss Jurvetson. His departure has stoked anger from some of its limited partners, who have become concerned about the future of the firm since it was revealed last week at their annual meeting in Half Moon Bay, according to a person in touch with the firm in recent days.

And the stakes are high. Jurvetson was, prior to his ouster, a “key man” on DFJ’s most recent venture fund, according to a report filed by one of its limited partners, alongside Josh Stein and Andreas Stavropoulos. Legally, those three are the decision-makers at the fund, according to SEC documents. The terms of the fund requires that at least two so-called key men remain. So if another man after Jurvetson were to stop managing the fund’s investments, the fund could dissolve.

Jurvetson was DFJ’s star and a founder — before shortening it, the name of the firm was Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Deemed a whiz kid ever since he led a $ 300,000 investment in Hotmail ahead of its sale to Microsoft for $ 400 million when he was only 30 years old, Jurvetson became one of its key rainmakers. And he has been close, for example, to big tech players like Elon Musk, a relationship that has given DFJ access to SpaceX, which is now valued at over $ 20 billion.

Jurvetson, Stein and Stavropoulos sat on the management committee for DFJ’s 12th early-stage venture fund, which operates quite independently of its growth practice, a fund that focuses on more mature companies. The leaders on DFJ’s later-stage fund are Fisher, Mark Bailey, Randy Glein and Barry Schuler.

Some of DFJ’s partners were “shocked” by the swiftness of his ouster, the person in touch with the firm said. As of late last week, Jurvetson was still setting up meetings for his CEOs. But the tone changed suddenly over the weekend, the person said.

Along with the disgruntled LPs, multiple sources said some of the firm’s approximately 50 employees were nervous about the potential departures of other investors in the wake of Jurvetson’s leaving. The entire investing team, though, attended their annual, pre-scheduled LP meeting, said a source close to the fund.

Jurvetson, meanwhile, spent his week trying to move on. He attended Tesla’s glitzy truck unveiling by Musk on Thursday evening as a VIP. That afternoon, he appeared as scheduled at a speaking engagement hosted by Draper, his longtime business partner. He spoke at the event about the ethics of artificial intelligence, appearing in a fireside chat that followed other investors who traded views on topics like cryptocurrency.

The sole difference? Projected on the front screens beneath those investors’ names were their job titles.

Jurvetson’s was blank.

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