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Always leave them wanting more. Jeff Bezos did not reveal the location of Amazon’s HQ2 during a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, saying only that the decision will be made by the end of the year. He also discussed his new $2 billion philanthropic fund, saying it would expand its focus over time. “I believe in the power of wandering,” Bezos said. “All of my best decisions in business and life have been made with heart, intuition, guts—not analysis.”
Break a leg. The world of podcasting continues to mature. Popular podcast producer Stuff Media, which makes “Stuff You Should Know” and “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” among others, was bought for a reported $55 million by iHeartMedia, the biggest radio station owner in the country and also a force of its own in podcasting.
Strut your stuff. After introducing chips for servers and gamers based on its new Turing platform, Nvidia rolled out the latest version of its supercomputing GPU card for doing AI work, the Tesla T4. The card, designed for jobs like speech or image recognition, can calculate at speeds up to 260 teraflops, or trillions of operations per second, the company said.
Tough act to follow. On Wall Street, Photoshop developer Adobe Systems beat analyst expectations for its fiscal third quarter and offered a better-than-expected forecast for its next quarter, as well. Revenue jumped 24% to $2.3 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $1.73 were up 57%. Adobe’s shares, which have gained 53% so far this year and hit an all-time high on Wednesday, were about unchanged in premarket trading on Friday morning.
The show must go on. The four big mobile carriers announced an effort dubbed Project Verify to help customers more securely log in to web sites and apps. The service would rely on authenticating AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers via a single app on their phones for gaining access to participating third-party sites and apps.
Taking this show on the road. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants Google to explain what it’s doing in China and whether it will censor search results at the behest of the Chinese government. Meanwhile, a handful of Google employees including senior research scientist Jack Poulson have reportedly resigned in protest over the effort to return to the Chinese search market, known internally as Dragonfly.
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