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AI and insurance: Exchanging privacy for a cheaper rate

GUEST: Do you have car insurance? Health insurance? Homeowners insurance? Chances are you are a customer of at least one insurance company and a policyholder on one or more types of insurance.

Why it’s back to basics with bots

GUEST: I occasionally meet with a company that worries they’re not ready for bots. They think of bots as an emerging technology fraught with complexity.

Google Play gets a Free App of the Week section

Google has added a new section to the Google Play store for promoting a free app every week. If you can’t see it in your Play store (I certainly don’t get it on my phone), you can access it directly, both on desktop and on mobile, by clicking the following link: Free App of the Week.

European startups need help from family-office investors

GUEST: The history of family offices – private wealth management vehicles established by high net worth families – has long been entwined with that of venture capital.

Vainglory’s spring championships to take place at London’s O2

Vainglory’s spring season championships will take place at London’s O2 venue. Teams from North America and Europe will compete in the first unified championships for Vainglory, which is Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) esport game.

7 criteria for choosing a startup advisor

GUEST: One of the first questions many founders ask is whether and when they should form an advisory board.

Don’t soft-launch your app in Canada

GUEST: I always feel sorry for Canadian smartphone users. Every time they open the app store they find dozens of new apps, sometimes buggy, sometimes lacking important features.

Game pioneers Jason Rubin and Ted Price discuss the lessons of early VR games

Ted Price and Jason Rubin were pioneers at the start of the console video game business. Price started Insomniac Games in 1994, making games such as Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank.

How Chinese-led globalization will impact tech

GUEST: The politics of protectionism are turning America inward at roughly the same moment high valuations have forced Chinese firms to seek profits abroad.

Samsung is risking a lot by overselling AI assistant Bixby

Announced this week and is scheduled to make its debut on March 29 is Bixby, Samsung’s new intelligent assistant. The service is expected to be inside the Galaxy S8 and eventually included with all Samsung appliances.

London attack reignites encryption debate, as U.K. govt. says ‘there should be no place for terrorists to hide’

ANALYSIS: As London reels in the aftermath of yet another horrific terrorist attack, the U.K. government has reignited the debate on the use of encryption in mobile messaging services.

Amazon to collect sales tax in most states starting April 1st

CNBC reports that after more than two decades of bad blood and legal wrangling between states and the online giant, Amazon will collect sales tax in all states that have such a levy.

Lyft tests letting riders donate part of their fare to charity

Lyft is taking a page right from Ride Austin with a feature that allows riders to donate part of their fare to charity.

Blizzard unveils StarCraft Remastered for nostalgic fans

Blizzard Entertainment just announced that it will launch StarCraft Remastered, a remade version of the hit that debuted in 1998.

Elon Musk shares new Tesla Model 3 details

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for short bursts of activity on Twitter, oftentimes answering fans and reporters questions on the social media platform.

Why this shopping bot won the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

GUEST: Many high-end celebrities and fashion models use personal shopping assistants or stylists to help them find the best clothes for them.

Splatoon 2 uses about 150MB of mobile data per hour while tethering

Nintendo is testing out its upcoming online shooter Splatoon 2, and it turns out that the game is a lot more of the same except it’s on the Switch.

A consistent UI between your phone and this car makes perfect sense

Technology can be a wild beast. For anyone who lives and breathes tech, you know the rules are always changing.

21 bot experts make their predictions for 2017

GUEST: 2016 was a huge year for bots, with major platforms like Facebook launching bots for Messenger and Amazon and Google heavily pushing their digital assistants.

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

(Reuters) – Uber suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.