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Amazon replaces cashiers with AI and computer learning

Amazon is opening up a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle that allows customers to purchase items by simply picking them up.

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Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft made another R-in-the-enterprise push today, announcing Microsoft R Server 9.0 with a goal of helping companies "operationalize" data science.

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Obama's cybersecurity recommendations a small step forward, but need teeth and political willpower

Last week's report by the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity recommended training 100,000 new cybersecurity professionals and increasing federal R&D funding for cybersecurity by $4 billion over the next decade...

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Now that's a perk: Seattle tech startup offers new parents the miracle of sleep

Parental perks are aimed at attracting more diverse workforce

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Google and Slack deepen partnership in the face of Microsoft Teams

Slack and Google have vastly deepened their partnership roughly a month after Microsoft announced its competitor to the popular enterprise chat service.

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Fitbit scoops up rival fitness tracker maker Pebble

Fitbit, the maker of popular fitness trackers, has acquired assets owned by rival Pebble, including key employees and intellectual property related to software and firmware development.

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Google trims the size of app updates with new data-saving technique

Play Store updates to use new file-by-file patching technique to keep downloads lean.

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Latest Android security update fixes Dirty COW, GPS vulnerabilities

The monthly Android security update released this week fixes the serious Dirty COW privilege escalation attack that could allow malicious apps to take full control of devices.

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SoftBank gives more detail about $50B US investment

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Japanese telecom firm SoftBank, plans to invest US$50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the U.S. by pumping money into startups, he said after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

Duo’s first major update puts an emphasis on better video quality

New version of Google's video-calling app also streamlines the sign-up process and fixes some nagging bugs.

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Nicki Minaj's mobile game is about the music, not just the Kardashian-style fame perks

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj makes her mobile game debut, a version of 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' but with a way better soundtrack.

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PHP 7 user migrations are well underway

A survey by PHP vendor Zend finds that only 14 percent of users don't plan to move to version 7 of the server-side web development language

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US Supreme Court leaves gap in Samsung-Apple patent ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics and its backers in the industry in a design patent dispute with Apple, when in a 8-0 decision it said that “the term 'article of manufacture' is broad enough to...

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Malicious online ads expose millions to possible hack

Since October, millions of internet users have been exposed to malicious code served from the pixels in tainted banner ads meant to install other forms of malware, according to security firm ESET.

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EU approves LinkedIn deal after Microsoft makes concessions

EU regulators approved Microsoft's acquisition of social network LinkedIn on the condition that the U.S. company abide by several minor concessions.

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Interactive GIS map helps victims of Gatlinburg wildfires

The recent wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tenn. led to the creation of an interactive online map that allowed evacuated residents to remotely pinpoint which structures were spared or destroyed.

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China leads the world in solar power installations

China this year continued to lead the world in new solar power installations with more than 50GW of cumulative photovoltaic power, followed by Japan and the U.S., according to a new report.

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Trump’s plan for protecting IT jobs raises hopes, fears

President-elect Trump is threatening tariffs and promising H-1B visa reform, but may be offering carrots as well, namely tax incentives.

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