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January 28, 2016, 12:35 PM

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Cade Metz / Wired:
Google's AlphaGo becomes the first AI to beat a professional player in the board game Go, uses both deep neural networks and tree search algorithms  —  In a Huge Breakthrough, Google's AI Beats a Top Player at the Game of Go  —  In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Apple issues AC adapter recall for Macs and iPads sold in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea between 2003 and 2015  —  Apple Is Issuing A Recall For Some Of Its Wall Plug Adapters  —  Today in power cord plug wall-adapter news, Apple is announcing …
Liam Tung / CSO Online:
Oracle announces Java browser plugin will be deprecated in JDK 9, scheduled for release March 2017  —  Oracle says goodbye to Java browser plugin in JDK 9  —  Oracle will finally deprecate its Java browser plugin in the next release of the Java SE Development Kit, JDK 9, which is scheduled for release in 2017.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple likely to debut iPad Air 3 at event the week of March 14, alongside iPhone 5se and new Watch models  —  Apple likely to debut iPad Air 3 at March event; new Apple Watch models revealed  —  Apple is planning to introduce new iPad hardware at an event in mid-March …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Chrome will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar  —  Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted  —  Google wants everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel.  That's why in the future …
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Cara Waters / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian startup Unlockd partners with Boost Mobile in the US to offer Android users ads on their lock screen in exchange for discounts on monthly phone bills  —  Unlockd signs US deal with Boost Mobile worth up to $100 million  —  A Melbourne startup which offers a “freemium” …
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to propose new rules giving cable and satellite customers more choice over set top boxes, 40 telco and media groups are expected to oppose the plan  —  FCC to Propose Overhauling Rules on Set-Top Boxes  —  Measure, aimed at cutting cable bills, likely would let consumers choose among competing devices
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify Is Raising Another $500M In Convertible Notes With Discounts On IPO Shares  —  A week after streaming music company Deezer announced that it had raised another $109 million from existing investors, news has leaked out that its bigger rival Spotify is raising again, too.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung reports Q4 operating profit of $5.05B but net profit down almost 40% year-over-year, will focus on better mobile software, displays  —  Samsung will focus on better mobile software and futuristic displays after tough quarter  —  Samsung Electronics made an operating profit …
Kirk Koenigsbauer / Office Blogs:
Microsoft Office Online now allows real-time co-authoring on documents stored on cloud services like Dropbox, Box, and Citrix ShareFile  —  New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online  —  Today's post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

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