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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Interviews with key Microsoft staff shed light on its AI strategy, utilizing Cortana and chatbots, and the firm's plans to compete with Facebook and Google   —  Yoshua Bengio has never been one to take sides.  As one of the three intellects who shaped the deep learning that now dominates …
Jun 22, 2017, 9:40 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple seeks to reduce the 58% share of revenue labels get on Apple Music; labels may agree if subscriptions expand and other criteria are met   —  Labels' deals with Apple expire in the next couple weeks  —  Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels' share of revenue from streaming …
Jun 21, 2017, 11:40 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Sources: Benchmark's Bill Gurley led the effort to build support among fellow Uber investors for a demand that Travis Kalanick resign   —  The plot to oust Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick began almost the moment he announced last week that he was taking a temporary break from the celebrated technology company caught up in scandals.
Jun 21, 2017, 9:18 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Bixby Voice beta hands-on: appears to lack knowledge base, struggles with text messages, but interacts well with third-party apps, works best on local tasks   —  You'll be tapping 'Let's improve' a lot  —  The Bixby button on the side of Samsung's fantastic Galaxy S8 is finally getting its most important feature: voice support.
Jun 21, 2017, 7:35 PMIn context
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Uber's crisis was a failure of oversight and shows founders should be constrained by lieutenants, mentors, and a forceful board of directors   —  Travis Kalanick's spectacular rise and fall at Uber contains many lessons for the technology industry.  But one lesson should rise above the others …
Jun 21, 2017, 5:00 PMIn context
Gerry Doyle / New York Times:
Toshiba says it's chosen a Japanese consortium to buy its microchip business, overlooking US-based Western Digital; full details of the deal expected next week   —  HONG KONG — As Toshiba, the embattled technology giant, battles for survival, it has turned to a group led by the Japanese government …
Jun 21, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Video: Scott Forstall and early iPhone engineers talk about the iPhone's creation, its demonstration to Cingular/AT&T, and more at the Computer History Museum   —  Don't miss this.  Seriously.  —  Highlights  — Steve Jobs hated a guy at Microsoft who claimed their tablet PC …
Jun 21, 2017, 2:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts warn that repeated cyberattacks on Ukraine, including mass power outages in Kiev, are evidence of Russia testing its offensive cyber capabilities   —  The clocks read zero when the lights went out.  —  It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch …
Jun 20, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
OnePlus 5 review: great performance, good software design make it the best sub-$500 phone, but hardware design, camera are let downs and OS updates will be slow   —  Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and near-stock Android for $479?  Sign us up.  —  Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true “lineup” of phones.
Jun 20, 2017, 1:10 PMIn context
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
OnePlus 5 unveiled with Snapdragon 835, 16MP dual-camera, 8GB RAM model $539, 6GB RAM model $479, on sale online June 27, available in select popup stores today   —  After several weeks of teasing and leaks, OnePlus has today officially announced the OnePlus 5, its latest flagship smartphone.
Jun 20, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context

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