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December 13, 2015, 5:35 PM

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Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
Researchers develop algorithm to teach a new concept to a computer using just one example  —  Bayesian boost for A.I.: Researchers find a quicker way to teach a computer … Researchers say they've developed an algorithm that can teach a new concept to a computer using just one example …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Live video, debuting on December 20, will be exclusive to Apple Music; Apple gets rights to Swift's name for store promotions  —  Apple Gets a Giant Taylor Swift Concert Exclusive (Because It Paid Taylor Swift)  —  Remember when Taylor Swift and Apple didn't get along …
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:
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
Twitter Told a Bunch of Users They May Be Targets of a ‘State Sponsored Attack’  —  Twitter is letting some users know that their accounts may have been the targets of a state-sponsored attack. … The attack is currently being investigated by Twitter.  In their notice to users …
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 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Public Chrome OS commits suggest Google originally planned to launch the Pixel C with Chrome OS, instead of Android  —  The Pixel C was probably never supposed to run Android  —  The Pixel C is ill-suited to Android, but it wasn't supposed to be this way...
New York Times:
US officials: San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik said she wanted to be part of violent jihad on social media before her visa was approved  —  U.S. Visa Process Missed Zealotry on Social Media  —  WASHINGTON — Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino …
Kaveh Waddell / The Atlantic:
UC Davis CS professor says it's cryptographers' moral duty to take on the surveillance state, like scientists in the 1950s confronting the threat of nuclear war  —  The Moral Failure of Computer Scientists … Computer scientists and cryptographers occupy some of the ivory tower's highest floors.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Just 28 tech companies entered the US public markets in 2015, and half of those now trade below their IPO price  —  Worst Year For Tech IPOs Since 2009  —  With just 28 technology companies entering the U.S. public markets, 2015 was the worst year for IPOs since 2009, according to Dealogic.
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 …

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