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January 16, 2018, 9:05 AM

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Sherisse Pham / CNNMoney:
Alibaba and Microsoft's AI programs beat humans for the first time on a Stanford University reading comprehension test  —  Jack Ma: 'We shouldn't fear AI'  —  The robots are coming, and they can read.  —  Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) …
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Google Cast protocol bug causing temporary Wi-Fi outages on many routers; some router vendors are releasing firmware fixes, Google says fix is coming  —  Router vendors sling firmware to protect users from packet floods  —  Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Facebook exits from news after killing notions of the brand, authorship, business model; publishers should focus on products that directly impact their company  —  For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one.  Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR …
Bloomberg:
Sources: China is escalating clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting platforms that offer exchange-like services, following last year's ban on exchanges  —  Focus on exchange-like platforms follows uptick in activity  —  Regulators around the world are scrutinizing cryptocurrencies
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter again disputes claims from a Project Veritas undercover video aimed at the company, saying “We do not proactively review DMs. Period.”  —  “We do not proactively review DMs.  Period.”  —  On Monday, conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe published undercover footage …
Reuters:
BlackBerry announces Jarvis, a tool for automakers that scans connected car software for security flaws; may be used later in healthcare, industrial automation  —  (Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
VCs invested $1.5B+ in chip startups last year, nearly doubling investments made two years ago, on rising demands of AI computing and acquisitions in the space  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.

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