It Pays to Be Smart – MIT Technology Review

It Pays to Be Smart – MIT Technology Review

Our economy is increasingly ruled by a few dominant firms. We see them everywhere, from established giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Walmart to fast-growing newcomers like Airbnb, Tesla, and Uber. There have always been large companies and outright monopolies, but there’s something distinctive about this new generation of what some economists call superstar companies. […]

Why Waymo's Partnership with Avis Makes Sense – MIT Technology Review

Why Waymo's Partnership with Avis Makes Sense – MIT Technology Review

The car rental giant Avis has signed a contract with Alphabet’s driverless-car division, Waymo, to service its first big fleet of autonomous vehicles. As Bloomberg reports, it’s the first real autonomous-car partnership to focus on the rather less thrilling business of managing the vehicles themselves—oil changes, tire pressure checks, and all. But it’s also an interesting indication […]

Apple is so far behind on self-driving technology that it might never catch up – Business Insider

Apple is so far behind on self-driving technology that it might never catch up – Business Insider

Not gonna happen. Business Insider Apple’s automotive ambitions have been pivoting wildly recently. The secretive “Project Titan” was thought to be a car, until it wasn’t. Later, Apple indicated that it would shift to pursue autonomous systems — literally years behind potential competitors, including Google, Tesla, and even traditional carmakers such as General Motors. Now Bloomberg’s Alex […]

A Hilton exec explains how technology keeps the hotel chain relevant after nearly 100 years – Business Insider

A Hilton exec explains how technology keeps the hotel chain relevant after nearly 100 years – Business Insider

Geraldine Calpin. Hilton Hotels Over the last 100 years, the name Hilton has become synonymous with hotels worldwide. Yet the world-famous hotel chain – which has just added its 5,000th property – faces stiff competition from the lodging industry. Hilton has, in turn, responded by raising its tech game to another level. I interviewed Geraldine […]

New Leader for Office of Technology Development – BU Today

New Leader for Office of Technology Development – BU Today

Mike Pratt will aid faculty in collaborations with industry Mike Pratt has been promoted to managing director of the Office of Technology Development after being interim managing director since August 2015. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi Talk about taking one for the team. In 2008, BU researcher Ed Damiano needed a couple of healthy adults as […]

Southeast Michigan becomes leader in smart road technology – SFGate

Southeast Michigan becomes leader in smart road technology – SFGate

Updated 9:24 am, Sunday, June 25, 2017 In this June 12, 2017 photo, test cars on a section of Interstate 75 in Auburn Hills, Mich., can read high-tech roadside bar codes which communicate what lanes are closed up ahead. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP) less In this June 12, 2017 photo, test cars on a section […]

China broadens bribery crackdown to technology firms, says report – South China Morning Post

China broadens bribery crackdown to technology firms, says report – South China Morning Post

Mainland China has been shifting the focus of wide-ranging bribery investigations to telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) firms as the industry becomes more important to the economy, according to a joint report released on Sunday. The report said the TMT sector came under greater scrutiny in 2016 and faced more legal enforcement, alongside the traditional […]

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