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December 5, 2016, 7:30 PM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon debuts Amazon Go, a 1,800 sq. ft. checkout-less food store in Seattle, where purchases are tracked by app, open to Amazon staff now and customers in 2017  —  The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about.
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
Google DeepMind open sources its AI training platform, releases entire source code on GitHub for researchers and developers to experiment  —  Company is increasingly embracing open-source initiatives  —  Move comes after rival Musk's OpenAI made its robot gym public
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Google's new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies  —  It's basically Google Latitude, three years later  —  When Google discontinued Latitude in 2013, it never truly made a replacement for its version of iOS's Find My Friend.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Uber acquires AI startup Geometric Intelligence, appoints co-founders Gary Marcus and Zoubin Ghahramani as co-directors of its new research arm, A.I. Labs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber envisions a future in which a fleet of vehicles can make the most complex maneuvers while carting passengers around without the help of a driver.
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft quietly launches a chatbot on Kik named Zo that avoids conversation topics like politics, following disastrous debut of Tay chatbot earlier this year  —  Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced a new chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, called Tay.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Executive assistant app Accompany raises $20M, led by Ignition Partners, and debuts UK Beta  —  Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago.  The app had been in the works for a while …
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