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Sources: Ikea has acquired TaskRabbit and will run it as an independent subsidiary; TaskRabbit has raised around $50M (Recode)


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Sources: Ikea has acquired TaskRabbit and will run it as an independent subsidiary; TaskRabbit has raised around $50M  —  The Swedish home goods giant is looking for some digital help from the contract labor marketplace  —  Swedish home goods giant Ikea has bought TaskRabbit, according to sources close to the situation.

Workplace robots have had little impact on jobs in Germany

We’re often told that robots are after our jobs, but an analysis of 20 years of automation in Germany has found that robots can’t be blamed for job losses

Snap announces sponsored 3D World Lenses, with Warner Bros and Bud Light as launch partners (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)


Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:

Snap announces sponsored 3D World Lenses, with Warner Bros and Bud Light as launch partners  —  Snapchat is taking its World Lenses augmented reality feature and opening them up to brands.  Snap's Imran Khan just announced the availability of the new advertising product on stage at Advertising Week …

5,000 People Are Working On Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa

Amazon said this week at an event unveiling the next generation Echo device that it has the equivalent of a small town of people -- more than 5,000 -- working on the company's digital assistant, Alexa. From a report: And Amazon's not even at full capacity when it comes to Alexa. The company's job site shows close to 1,100 open positions on a variety of Alexa-focused teams. Voice-activated assistants appear to be the Next Big Thing in the tech world, and Amazon is competing with a who's who of tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and more.

Microsoft joins the Open Source Initiative as a premium sponsor, joining Google and others (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)


Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:

Microsoft joins the Open Source Initiative as a premium sponsor, joining Google and others  —  Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor.  The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates …

Refresh Is Sacred

Several Slashdot readers share a blog post: There are two kinds of client applications: The first kind has a "refresh" or "reload" button to make sure your app's in sync with its server's view of the world. The second kind is broken. Of late, I have to deal regularly with several apps, notably including an emailer and car-sharing service, that lack such a button. I can imagine why -- a customer focused product manager said "Steve Jobs taught us that fewer controls are better and we should just take care of making sure we're in sync with the cloud. So lose the button. Except, it doesn't work. Apparently nobody in the world is smart enough to arrange flawlessly reliable hands-off client/cloud synchronization.

Airlines Suffer Worldwide Delays After Global Booking System Fails

rastos1 writes: Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group SA suffered what the company called a "network issue." Major carriers including British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas Airways were among those reportedly impacted by the outage. Singapore's Changi airport said via Twitter that a technical issue affecting some operators was delaying the check-in process, with boarding passes having to be issued manually. "Amadeus confirms that, during the morning, we experienced a network issue that caused disruption to some of our systems," the Madrid-based company said in a statement.

Flying and rolling drone will map underground mines on its own

Underground spaces can be tricky and dangerous for humans to explore, but a new drone is up to the task

Uber’s major pile-up with London’s regulators is no big surprise

Obsessed with their technology's disruptive potential, fast-moving outfits like Uber have long been on a collision course with regulation, says Paul Marks

Snap decisions: Thomas Ruff’s show is, literally, off colour

A photographer once known for reimagining portraiture now gives astronomy a disconcerting makeover at London’s Whitechapel Gallery

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