Microsoft is building a smart antivirus using 400 million PCs

Microsoft is turning to artificial intelligence to create the next generation of antivirus software. The company is under massive pressure to deliver a cybersecurity solution that will work for millions of computers, as hackers ramp up attacks and raise the stakes. In recent weeks, for example, the WannaCry ransomware devastated more than 200,000 computers worldwide, many of which were running outdated […]

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Amazon Robots Poised to Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses

When Amazon.com Inc.’s $13.7 billion bid to buy Whole Foods was announced, John Mackey, the grocer’s chief executive officer, addressed employees, gushing about Amazon’s technological innovation. “We will be joining a company that’s visionary,” Mackey said, according to a transcript of the meeting. “I think we’re gonna get a lot of those innovations in our stores. I think we’re gonna see a […]

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Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labels

Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels’ share of revenue from streaming, part of negotiations to revise the iPhone maker’s overall relationship with the music industry, according to people familiar with the matter. The talks cover Apple’s agreements for Apple Music, the two-year-old streaming service offering millions of songs on demand, and iTunes, the store where people can buy individual […]

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Cellphone, internet outages reported across U.S.

If you’re having trouble making calls or connecting to the internet on your cellphone, you’re not alone. CBS Tucson affiliate KOLD-TV reports several major cellphone providers — including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile — were having service issues on Monday. The website downdetector.com, which compiles users’ reports of outages, posted maps highlighting a number of different areas with problems: Verizon outage […]

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An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language. In the report, researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab describe using machine learning to train their “dialog agents” to negotiate. (And it turns out bots are actually quite good at dealmaking.) At one point, the […]

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Trump Nominates Net Neutrality Supporter Jessica Rosenworcel To Be FCC Commissioner

President Donald Trump recently nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to resume her old job as commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, a role she held from 2012 until the start of 2017. She’s a democrat best known for supporting net neutrality while encouraging the tech industry to get more involved with media regulators and lawmakers. Rosenworcel was originally ousted when lawmakers neglected […]

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