Voicebot.ai analysis shows Amazon Alexa has 25K skills in the US, up from 15K in July and 10K in March, as growth slows (Bret Kinsella/Voicebot)

December 15, 2017

Bret Kinsella / Voicebot: Voicebot.ai analysis shows Amazon Alexa has 25K skills in the US, up from 15K in July and 10K in March, as growth slows  —  Amazon has been touting 25,000 Alexa skills for a couple of months now.  That is accurate on a global basis.  However, some skills are only available in particular markets. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Norway Becomes First Country To Switch Off FM Radio

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Local Norway: Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings. As scheduled, the country’s most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway’s…

December 15, 2017
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US ports building up cyberattack defenses

Cybersecurity is a top concern among transportation executives after years of neglect. Photo credit: Shutterstock. US port authorities, their awareness of the risk of cyberattacks dramatically heightened by the June attack on the Maersk Group, are grappling with how to secure their terminal IT systems while at the same time meeting… Source: http://www.joc.com

December 15, 2017
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Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

December 15, 2017

Janko Roettgers / Variety: Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership  —  Erik Huggers is stepping down as the president and CEO of the major-label-owned music video platform Vevo, the company announced Friday. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Canadian Cellphone Bills Are Some of the Highest In the World, Says Report

Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Straight: A report released this week by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) confirms that Canada ranks among the top three most costly countries for mobile wireless plans. Comparing the U.K, Italy, France, Australia, Japan, and the U.S. on six tiers of pricing — which looked at talk-time, texts, and data — the document shows that Canada has the most expensive…

December 15, 2017
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UK-based Loot, which offers a digital current account aimed at students and millennials, raises £2.2M Series A and says it has 50K users (Steve O’Hear/TechCrunch)

December 15, 2017

Steve O’Hear / TechCrunch: UK-based Loot, which offers a digital current account aimed at students and millennials, raises £2.2M Series A and says it has 50K users  —  “There are two types of competition for us at Loot: the banks and the money management apps,” Loot founder Ollie Purdue tells me. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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