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How chatbots are exactly like the mouse circa 1970

GUEST: The first computer mouse was invented in the 1960s and patented in 1970. By the time personal computers became affordable and useful enough to enter the mainstream in the 1980s, an entire generation of adults relied on the mouse to interact with graphical interfaces in intuitive ways: point, scroll, and click. Today, chatbots are […]

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Brazilian mayor takes issue with Amazon in graffiti debate

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has dived into a spirited debate about graffiti in Brazil’s biggest city, drawing a pointed response on Tuesday from Sao Paulo’s mayor, who called the company “opportunist” and challenged it to make a public donation.

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Watch us slither along on Switch’s Snake Pass

You would think that you can’t do much new with the 3D platforming genre, but the Sumo Digital development studio has done so … by taking jumping, one of the genre’s core game mechanics, out of it. Snake Pass is the latest offering from Sumo, which has worked on games like Sonic & All Stars Racing and […]

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What AI companies can learn from airline autopilot

GUEST: Only a few weeks ago, I was living in my blissfully ignorant AI-will-eat-the-world bubble. Then I realized things were not always so blissful. I had the good fortune of being accepted to Boomtown, an accelerator in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I was sure everyone there would be as enamored with our AI vision as we were. […]

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Intel will depend on rivals like ARM for its contract chip manufacturing business

Intel’s push into the foundry business, or making chips for other companies, is increasingly taking it into the arms of traditional rivals. The world’s biggest chip maker can invest as much as $10 billion in a single chip factory, and it has a vested interest in making sure that the factories stay fully optimized. Making […]

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Twitch’s digital games and downloadable content store is coming soon

Twitch isn’t just for streaming and watching games anymore. Amazon’s livestreaming company plans to launch its digital gaming store for PC games and downloadable content “soon.” Twitch is the most popular game-streaming site, attracting 100 million users a month. Now it enters a digital game store industry that Valve’s Steam dominates. Twitch’s store will launch with […]

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Intel: Our 10-nanometer chips will cost 30% less than the competition’s

Intel said that it will introduce a 10-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its chips this year that will give it a 30-percent cost advantage as well as a performance advantage over its rivals. While Qualcomm announced earlier this year it was shipping a 10-nm processor in 2017 (based on a Samsung manufacturing process), Intel said […]

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ZTE removed from U.S. trade blacklist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department will remove Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp from a trade blacklist after the company admitted to violating sanctions on Iran, the Commerce Department said in a notice made public on Tuesday,

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5 secrets machine learning knows about you from your social media posts

GUEST: Big data firms like Cambridge Analytica made headlines when they claimed to sway Election 2016 results. They deduced personality traits from social media profiles and third-party data firms and served highly manipulative ads to sway public opinion. Leveraging a trove of data points — such as your shopping habits, magazine subscriptions, Facebook likes, and up […]

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Uber discloses workforce diversity numbers

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc disclosed workforce diversity numbers for the first time on Tuesday, as the ride hailing services company looks to repair its tarnished image following a series of embarrassing setbacks.

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