Dan's away this week, so Marc and Riley are left to argue about: Lyrebird, a Montreal company that can synthesize a voice with just 1 minute of speech; the rise and prevalence of contactless payments in Canada; Invest Ottawa's ploy to attract immigrant tech workers to the city; Bose headphones snooping your audio data.
-Emoji are the new gargoyles
-Spotify is hiring to launch self-branded hardware
-Amazon's launching a marketplace for subscriptions
-April 23 was the first day Britain produced power without coal since the 1880s
-Check your credit card statement if you've been to a Holiday Inn recently
- Lyrebird claims it can recreate any voice using just one minute of sample audio | The Verge — Artificial intelligence is making human speech as malleable and replicable as pixels.
- Spending in Canada Up, Fueled by Rise in Contactless Payments | Techvibes — the volume of “tapped” dollars increased by 62% during the quarter
- Invest Ottawa launches new international campaign to attract tech workers | CBC News — "Ottawa is often mischaracterized as purely a government town," said Invest Ottawa CEO Michael Tremblay.
- Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit | Reuters — The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers
- Unroll.me’s CEO is ‘heartbroken’ that users are upset their data was sold to Uber | The Verge
- This building uses emoji cast in concrete as modern gargoyles | The Verge
- Spotify hiring to launch self-branded hardware, potentially a wearable | Android Central
- Amazon launches a new digital subscription marketplace | The Verge
- Britain goes a day without coal-fired power for first time since the 1880s | The Verge
- Holiday Inn customers urged to check credit card statements after widespread hack | Globalnews.ca
- The business of GIFs: then and now | Vox