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04.26.16 | 9:05 am

Morning intelligence

• Joining Facebook's arsenal of standalone apps—Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram—is a new camera app. Think Snapchat with live streaming. 

• The FCC will soon greenlight Charter's acquisition of Time Warner and Brighthouse, making it the second largest broadband provider. But don't worry: Charter won't be able to impose data caps just yet. 

• Makerbot has decided to start using a Chinese contractor to manufacture its 3-D printers—which means the company is shuttering its Brooklyn factory and issuing layoffs again

Coming up today: Earnings reports for Apple and Twitter. We'll be watching for iPhone sales numbers and the latter's user growth (or lack thereof). 

05.25.17 | 32 minutes ago

Jony Ive has just been appointed as the head of the best art school in the world

Apple's design guru will take up the role of chancellor of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London in July, reports Business Insider. The RCA is 180 years old and for the last three years has been named the world's best institution for art and design. Ive's unpaid role will see him help govern the college. In a statement, Ive said:

"I am thrilled to formalize my relationship with the RCA, given the profound influence the college has had on so many of the artists and designers that I admire. Our design team includes many RCA alumni, who embody the fundamental values of the college. I look forward to advising both the college and students, hoping that my experience proves useful in their work."

05.25.17 | 41 minutes ago

It’s official: The best Go player in the world is Google’s AI

Google's DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has won the second game in a three-part match against the world's top Go player, Ke Jie. The victory comes after AlphaGo beat Jie in the first match earlier this week. Experts had thought it would take AI decades to learn how to beat the best Go players, reports Reuters.

05.25.17 | an hour ago

The U.K. has stopped sharing Manchester bombing info with the U.S.

British police have taken the radical step to stop sharing information about the terror attack in Manchester with U.S. intelligence agencies, the Guardian reports. The decision was made after a series of leaks from U.S. intelligence to the press about the ongoing terror investigation. A spokesperson for the U.K. police said:

"We greatly value the important relationships we have with our trusted intelligence, law enforcement, and security partners around the world. When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships, and undermines our investigations and the confidence of victims, witnesses, and their families. This damage is even greater when it involves unauthorized disclosure of potential evidence in the middle of a major counter-terrorism investigation."

05.24.17 | 9:19 pm

Did Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte body slam a reporter today? Update: he did.

At an event in Montana this afternoon, Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs tried to ask congressional candidate Greg Gianforte a question. A violent-sounding tussle then ensued, which resulted in Jacobs getting his glasses broken. 

Gianforte is a tech entrepreneur who sold a company to Oracle for $1.5 billion, catalyzing the state's startup boom.

"You just body slammed me and broke my glasses," Jacobs can be heard saying in audio posted by the Guardian. "Get the hell out of here," says a voice that sounds like Gianforte. 

Gianforte's campaign released a statement confirming the altercation, and blamed the incident on "aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist."

Here's the Guardian's audio:

Update: A camera crew from Fox News Channel witnessed the altercation and confirmed Ben Jacobs' account:

"Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter."

Read their report here.

Second update: Greg Gianforte has received a citation for misdemeanor assault, the Gallatin County sheriff tells Politico.


05.24.17 | 7:29 pm

Casper is the latest company to pull ads from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News

On Wednesday, amid controversy over Sean Hannity's promotion of a conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich's death, several companies pulled their ads from his highly rated show. First, removed its ads, saying in a statement: "The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn't mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don't have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we've been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity."

Later in the day, Peloton, the indoor exercise bike company, announced that it has decided to pull its ads from the show.

And now Casper, the mattress startup, says that it is also pulling its ads from Hannity, a spokesperson tells Fast Company: "We have reviewed our programmatic television media strategy with our agency partners and reassigned this allocation."

05.24.17 | 5:27 pm

The latest Republican health care plan would leave 23 million uninsured over the next decade, says the CBO

An independent analysis of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare was released on Wednesday afternoon, highlighting the impact of the bill on Americans. These are some of the most significant findings:

*The plan would leave an additional 23 million Americans without health insurance over the next decade.

*It would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the same period of time. That's a slight difference from the first version of the bill, which would have left 24 million people without health insurance over the same time period, and would have reduced the deficit by $337 billion.

*Premiums would decline on average.

*People who live in states that allow insurers to drop specific benefits could see huge increases (to the tune of thousands of dollars) for maternity and mental health services, substance abuse services, and pediatric dental care.

05.24.17 | 2:30 pm

Trump wants to be able to hack your drone

The Trump administration wants federal agencies to be able to track, hack, or even destroy drones that pose a threat to law enforcement and public safety operations, The New York Times reports

A proposed law, if passed by Congress, would let the government take down unmanned aircraft posing a danger to firefighting and search-and-rescue missions, prison operations, or "authorized protection of a person." The government will be required to respect "privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties" when exercising that power, the draft bill says. But records of anti-drone actions would be exempt from public disclosure under freedom of information laws, and people's right to sue over damaged and seized drones would be limited, according to the text of the proposal published by the Times. The administration, which would not comment on the proposal, scheduled a classified briefing on Wednesday for congressional staff members to discuss the issue.

The proposed rules come after repeated reports of drones behaving badly at locations like airports and sporting events, and after a drunk federal employee crashed his drone on White House grounds. ISIS has also been using civilian drones as weapons in Syria and Iraq, and there's no reason to think terrorists wouldn't try similar things in the U.S. (Given those concerns, last month the Pentagon restricted civilian drone flights over military bases.) The new White House proposal could also address the existing upheaval around who, if anyone, regulates hobbyist drones, and would likely be a boon to the growing industry dedicated to hacking drones out of the sky

[Photo: DroneDefender Battelle]

05.24.17 | 1:24 pm

Tesla replaces head of HR amid claims of poor working conditions 

On Tuesday, Tesla announced the hiring of a new head of people, Gaby Toledano. She replaces Arnnon Geshuri, who has been in charge of human resources for the last eight years. The change comes shortly after reports surfaced that Tesla's factory workers are allegedly being put in harm's way to meet production demands.   

[Photo: Flickr user Maurizio Pesce]

05.24.17 | 1:01 pm

Now you can raise money for personal emergencies and medical bills on Facebook

Starting today, you can raise money for things like unexpected medical expenses, personal emergencies, funerals, and your local community right on Facebook. Facebook has allowed charitable organizations to get donations on the platform for quite a while, but individuals who wanted to raise funds had to use another service, such as GoFundMe, to create personal fundraisers. 

The social network currently has a short list of approved reasons for personal fundraisers: Education, Medical, Pet Medical, Crisis Relief, Personal Emergency, Funeral and Loss, Sports, Community.

Fundraisers are available on Facebook both on mobile and desktop. The social network takes 6.9% + a $0.30 fee for donations that goes towards payment processing, fundraiser vetting, and security and fraud protection. The company claims that the cost is to sustain the service and that it will not make any profit off of donations.

05.24.17 | 12:53 pm

Take two: Airbnb launches another travel magazine

Airbnb has launched a new magazine in collaboration with Hearst that will appear on newsstands soon. It is Airbnb's first attempt at printed content since the failure of Pineapple—and round two might not be any easier. Between 2014 and 2015, travel magazine readership in the U.S. slipped by 3%, according to Statista. Hearst hopes that Airbnb can reinvigorate travel magazines much the way it has done so for the travel and lodging industry. Hearst's Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles said in a statement, "By partnering with Airbnb, we are able to serve their global community and provide readers with the most inspiring and most real-life travel stories, experiences and tips." Which may means she thinks there's a ready readership Hearst can tap into. For Airbnb, getting a magazine placed on the coffee tables of the homes on its platform can only help create a complete experience for their users. Subscribers can get six issues of the magazine for $15.

05.24.17 | 12:30 pm

You can now book your Cuban vacation on Expedia 

U.S. travelers can now book hotels in Cuba on Expedia, making finding lodgings and paying for them a bit easier, the New York Daily News reportsWhile U.S. travelers can't book flights or vacation packages on Expedia yet, the hotel booking feature is up and running. Options aren't limited to state-approved hotels, either, but include guest rooms, so-called casa particulars, and a few apartments, which could cut into Airbnb's business in Cuba. 

The move comes after President Obama eased Cold War-era travel and trade restrictions with Cuba, making it possible for visa-holding travelers to visit the island nation. The Trump administration, however, is reportedly reviewing the U.S.'s relationship with Cuba. According to the Miami Herald, Trump's Cuba policy review was supposed to be announced by Saturday, but it was postponed as it has not yet been completed and the president is traveling out of the country.