IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer

You’ve likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers. Her research led to successful startups in Silicon Valley, supported national defense, and powered the internet.

Long before becoming a highly respected elderly professor at the University of Michigan, Conway was a young researcher with IBM. It was there, on August 29, 1968, that IBM’s CEO fired her for reasons that are illegal today. Nearly 52 years later, in an act that defines its present-day culture, IBM apologized and sought forgiveness.

On January 2, 1938, Lynn Conway’s life began in Mount Vernon, NY. With a reported IQ of 155, Conway was an exceptional and inquisitive child who loved math and science during her teens. She went

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C3.ai, machine learning startup backed by software pioneer Tom Siebel, files for IPO

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Tom Siebel, an early employee of database giant Oracle, later a billionaire after selling his eponymous software firm to Oracle, says his new venture, C3, is bigger than either of those.  

C3.ai, the artificial intelligence services company founded by software pioneer Tom Siebel, Friday evening filed for an initial public offering of $100 million worth of its shares, led by investment banks Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Bank of America.

C3 plans to list under the ticker “AI” on The New York Stock Exchange. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined, C3 said.

Siebel, who was recruited to database giant Oracle in 1983, later founded the eponymous enterprise customer relationship management software firm in 1993. He sold that company to Oracle in 2006 for $5.85 billion, and went on to found C3 in 2009. 

C3 came out

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How Sean Connery Helped Pioneer Internet Memes

Sean Connery was the inspiration for one of the Internet’s earliest meme factories: YTMND. YTMND was essentially a meme website before Richard Dawkins’ 1976 term “meme” was even used to describe the phenomenon of Internet humor communication. The site was originally developed in 2001 by Max Goldberg as “yourethemannowdog.com,” based on a line reading from Connery in a trailer for the 2000 film Finding Forrester.

In the trailer and subsequent film, Connery stars as a reclusive J.D. Salinger-esque writer who decides to help a local Black teenager develop his writing talent. Connery bellows out the bizarre (and maybe slightly offensive) “you’re the man now, dog!” as he pores over pages from his youthful charge.

Goldberg’s site took the audio clip of that strange moment and played it over 3D ASCII text of the line. A little later on, Goldberg added a photo of Connery to the page as well. 

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Esports pioneer Dino Ying talks to TechCrunch about the next phase of VSPN

Following the news that China’s esport giant VSPN (Versus Programming Network) has raised close to $100 million in a Series B funding round, led by Tencent Holdings, TechCrunch interviewed founder and CEO Dino Ying via email about his strategy for the company.

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Shanghai, VSPN was one of the early pioneer in esports tournament organization and content creation out of Asia. It has since expanded into other businesses including offline venue operation.

VSPN began hosting the first large-scale esport event with offline audiences in August, although tournaments now operate under strict COVID-19 prevention measures.

TechCrunch: VSPN has a large content production ecosystem surrounding its esports activity. Can you expand on the detail behind your stated short-form video strategy? Will this involve TikTok?

Ying: VSPN intends to use our world-class video production capabilities and industry insights to create different forms of content. We will

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