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IBM announces plan to add 25,000 U.S. jobs
IBM plans to hire about 25,000 people in the U.S. and invest $1 billion over the next few years.
That's according to IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who laid out her vision for filling tech jobs in America as technology industry leaders prepare today to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.
Rometty, who is on Trump’s advisory panel of business leaders, will join Facebook Inc.’s Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos and Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt at a summit with Trump Wednesday in New York that is said to focus on jobs.
Bloomberg notes that with the announcement, IBM is continuing what is emerging as a formula among technology companies: in conjunction with meetings with Trump, pledge to create jobs and invest billions of dollars in the U.S., even if the plans had already been in the works since before he was elected.
Amazon starts drone delivery trial in the UK
Amazon announced today that it has started a small private drone delivery trial in the UK.
Currently just two shoppers can have their goods delivered by drone. Over time, Amazon plans to expand the trial to hundreds of shoppers who live within a few miles of its first Prime Air fulfillment center around Cambridge in the UK.
The full flight happens autonomously, including the landing, with the goal being to ensure that all deliveries arrive within 30 minutes.
The first product the drone delivered was an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn, according to TechCrunch. The process took 13 minutes from the time the customer entered the order to the time the package was delivered. The drones will be able to carry packages up to five pounds.
You can now live stream on Twitter without the Periscope app
Prepare to see much more live video on Twitter. That's because Twitter users can now stream live video directly from within the service's mobile apps.
Periscope and Twitter announced a closer integration of the two services Wednesday that brings live broadcasting to the Twitter iOS and Android apps.
Twitter acquired Periscope in early 2015, and has gradually worked to integrate both services more closely. Earlier this year, the company added the ability to watch Periscope live streams directly within Twitter's app.
Giving every Twitter user the option to broadcast could further boost live video on Twitter. The company has made major investments on live video streaming this year, including weekly broadcasts of NFL games.
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