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December 12, 2015, 6:15 PM

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OpenAI:
OpenAI, a new nonprofit for AI research, gets $1B commitment from SV leaders including Reid Hoffman, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, also AWS, Infosys, YC Research  —  Introducing OpenAI  —  OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company.  Our goal is to advance digital intelligence …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Q&A with Elon Musk and Sam Altman on the challenges and benefits of guiding AI research with OpenAI  —  How Elon Musk and Y Combinator Plan to Stop Computers From Taking Over  —  Their new organization, OpenAI, wants to pursue the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence—and give the results to the public
Rebecca Greenfield / Bloomberg Business:
Harvard Business School study finds Airbnb hosts accepted guests with stereotypically black names 42% of the time versus 50% for white names  —  Study Finds Racial Discrimination by Airbnb Hosts  —  Renters with names that seemed African American had a harder time booking reservations …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple advertising iPhone 6s to older iPhone owners through App Store popups  —  Apple has begun advertising the iPhone 6s to older iPhone users through the App Store, as spotted by @Dirk_Gently on Twitter.  If a user browses the App Store, perhaps updating apps, with an iPhone 5s or earlier device …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft backtracks on some OneDrive storage changes after user complaints, lets users opt-in to keep 15GB of free storage, doesn't reinstate unlimited storage  —  Microsoft apologizes for offending OneDrive fans, but won't restore unlimited storage  —  Customers of Microsoft's OneDrive …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Tor Project hires Shari Steele, who led the EFF for 15 years, as its new executive director  —  Tor Hires a New Leader to Help It Combat the War on Privacy  —  The Tor Project is entering a crucial phase in its nearly 10-year existence.  In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks …
David Barboza / New York Times:
Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media  —  The Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant, is making an ambitious play to reshape media coverage of its home country, taking aim at what company executives call the “negative” portrayal of China in the Western media.

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Smartsheet:
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Talla:
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