After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 10:51 AM

 Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, developed by London-based DeepMind, which was acquired by Google… Read More…

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Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 7:11 AM

 Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet who runs an electric car…

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Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 5:07 AM

 We’ve received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered a tragic  event this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a boating accident in Fresno yesterday and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered…

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Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 3:00 AM

 After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye. Read More Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists …

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British Airways extends London flight cancellations through Saturday amid IT failure

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 2:56 AM

 British Airways has yet to fix the IT outage that caused them to cancel all flights at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports earlier Saturday. They originally thought they would be back online by about 6pm GMT, but they’ve now acknowledged that operations will remain suspended through the rest of the day. Following a major IT…

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Judah Vs. The Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 1:00 AM

 In the latest installment of Judah vs The Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real physical track in front of you. Judah challenges…

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Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer’s legal advice for Pied Piper

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 12:25 AM

 Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it’s been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the “most active law firm globally&#8221… Read More …

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Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?

Sunday, 28/May/2017 - at 12:00 AM

 Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over decrypted data. Read…

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Drones aren’t having their mainstream moment yet

Saturday, 27/May/2017 - at 11:07 PM

 Write about technology for any amount of time, you’ll get run through the hype wringer. It’s impossible to avoid. After all, it’s the excitement of new technologies that drew so many of us to this field in the first place. And when DJI debuts a product like the Spark, the word “game changer” gets tossed…

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Chaos as global IT failure takes out all British Airways flights out of London

Saturday, 27/May/2017 - at 10:31 PM

 British Airways has a problem. It’s new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is asking passengers not…

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