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January 26, 2014, 10:45 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Exclusive: Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M  —  Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind.  —  Google confirmed the deal after Re/code inquired about it, but declined to specify a price.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google Beat Facebook for DeepMind, Creates Ethics Board  —  Google, which is acquiring DeepMind Technologies, has agreed to establish an ethics board to ensure the artificial intelligence technology isn't abused, according to two people familiar with the deal.
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Harry McCracken / TIME:
Exclusive: Watch Steve Jobs' First Demonstration of the Mac for the Public, Unseen Since 1984  —  It's January, 1984.  Steve Jobs, nattily attired in a double-breasted suit, is demonstrating Apple's breakthrough personal computer, Macintosh, before a packed room.
David Carr / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself  —  After a week of speculation, it turns out that Ezra Klein, the prolific creator of The Washington Post's Wonkblog, will be going to Vox Media, the online home of SB Nation, a sports site, and The Verge, a fast-growing technology site.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google and Samsung reach global patent cross-licensing agreement covering “the two companies' existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years”  —  Google and Samsung reach global patent license deal  —  In a move that could have big implications …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Weighs Plan for U.S. Plant  —  Taiwanese Tech Manufacturer Would Make Displays at U.S. Facility  —  TAIPEI— Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. , which assembles gadgets for Apple Inc. and other global technology firms, is evaluating a plan to build an advanced display manufacturing plant in the U.S., its chairman said.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
For some, Twitter is becoming less about relevancy and more about one-liners  —  Valley of the Blahs: How Justin Bieber's Troubles Exposed Twitter's Achilles' Heel  —  At some point, Twitter and the rest of social media became less about wanting to share the news and more about wanting to be the news.
CB Insights:
51 Startup Failure Post-Mortems … On his many failed experiments, Thomas Edison once said … And so while we have dug into the data behind startups that have died (as well as those acqui-hired) and found they usually die 20 months after raising financing and after having raised about $1.3 million …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love  —  Chris McKinlay was folded  —  into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in UCLA's math sciences building, lit by a single bulb and the glow from his monitor.  It was 3 in the morn­ing, the optimal time to squeeze cycles out of the supercomputer …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
As smart home standards make slow progress, middleman services to tie devices together emerge  —  The dumb state of the smart home  —  Consumers are ready to connect their homes, but their appliances aren't  —  Shane Dyer is surrounded by a dozen or so home appliances made by a dozen or so different manufacturers.

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