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DoD, local governments and private sector team on $171M hybrid electronics innovation hub

The U.S. Department of Defense is teaming with the City of San Jose, high-tech companies, universiities, nonprofit organizations and some states in building a $171 million Silicon-Valley-based hybrid electronic manufacturing innovation hub, the private industry-academia FlexTech Alliance announced on Friday.

Struggling Autodesk looks to enterprise IoT for salvation

In an effort to diversify its customer base in face of large losses, Autodesk has decided to go after the Internet of Things market in a big way, acquiring SeeControl, a developer of an enterprise IoT cloud service platform.

Intel makes $60M investment in Chinese drone maker Yuneec

In effort to stay ahead of the drone tech curve, Intel announced this week an investment of more than $60 million in Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec.

Could Facebook's M fill the gap left by dwindling real-life assistants?

Facebook has revealed mobile digital assistant M. One key differentiator between this tech and its predecessors is how M carries out its processes. While competitors solely on software, Facebook will employ a set of "M trainers" in conjunction with its artificial intelligence software to fulfill every request.

Fire phone goes down in flames, says report

Amazon threw its smartphones in the fire Wednesday, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal. Maybe not quite into the fire, but definitely on the back burner.

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Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced PrivacyCon today, an effort to bring together whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, academics and government regulators to discuss the role of data collection across businesses.