EMPIST Tech News Roundup: Friday, March 15, 2019

News | March 15, 2019

Top tech news of the week: Tune in to see which tech execs have stepped down, and find out what surprising Amazon competitor is stealing the show. Discover all this tech news and more in this week’s tech roundup. 

Pi Day Wasn’t Pleasant for a Lot of Tech Execs 

TechCrunch | Fri Mar 15, 2019 — A spoon full of sugar makes the tech news go down! Pi Day was anything but sweet this year. Lee Fixel, the head of Tiger Global announced he will be leaving the company at the end of June. Fixel stated he has plans to start an investment firm in the future. Many are worried where this leaves Tiger Global, as they were already in a bit of an “investment monopoly.” Read the full story >>  

How to View Passwords in Android Chrome 

TechRepublic | Fri Mar 15, 2019 — This trick to retrieve your saved passwords on Google Chrome is both convenient and worrisome. Though it’s recommended to use a password manager for your accounts, let’s go over how this Android version works. Now, you can’t just access your passwords on your Android device without keying in your screen lock PIN. (That’s all you need.) The bad news is anyone that knows your PIN could view your saved passwords. Yikes. Read the full story >>  

Meet the Billionaire Who Defied Amazon and Built Wish, the World’s Most-Downloaded E-Commerce App 

Forbes | Weds Mar 13, 2019 — The founder of Wish, Peter Szulczewski, realized that companies like Amazon were not meeting the financial needs of every consumer group. He discovered there are many working-class Americans that find Amazon’s pricing too high. Szulczewski’s goal was to tailor the structure of his company for this demographic. People thought he was crazy for “going against” Amazon, but he had a vision. (And it paid off.) Read the full story >>  

Facebook Loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels 

TechCrunch | Fri Mar 15, 2019 — Is it just us or is this tech news a little suspicious? Right after CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s pivot to privacy, CPO Chris Cox’s came forward to confirm he was moving on to new ventures. Cox’s claims it is nothing to do with the company; he is just ready to do something different. He had been expressing this for a few years, but Facebook had too much going on to exit at that time. Read the full story >> 

Researchers: China is overtaking United States in Artificial Intelligence 

The Star | Fri Mar 15, 2019 — China has made it clear they are coming after the United States for dominance in the artificial intelligence industry. Recently, China has been dedicating lots of academic research on the topic. Analytics show that China has already passed up the U.S. in terms of published papers on AI. Read the full story >>  

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