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December 5, 2016, 11:40 PM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon debuts Amazon Go, a checkout-less food store in Seattle, where purchases are tracked by computer vision and app, open to its staff now and public in '17  —  The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about.
Facebook:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will create a database to share hashes of terrorist images and recruitment videos removed from their services  —  Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online.
Peter Sayer / PCWorld:
OpenAI open sources Universe, a training platform where AIs can learn to play games, use apps, and interact with sites; source code now available on GitHub  —  A company backed by Elon Musk wants to help robots to learn to steal cars by playing games  —  OpenAI, an artificial intelligence …
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.
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
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Volkswagen debuts Moia, a standalone mobility company, which will work on tech for self-driving on-demand transportation  —  Volkswagen Group is making a significant bet on future mobility services with Moia, a new separate company that will exist under the VW umbrella of brands focused specifically …

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