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    Techstars is launching its first accelerator program in Asia in partnership with Rakuten

    Techstars is bringing its global accelerator program to Asia for the first time in partnership with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and its chat app Viber. The companies will run a three-month program in Singapore starting in July, according to a joint announcement made today. The focus will be on...
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    PepsiCo backs Elon Musk and preorders 100 Tesla Semis

    PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc’s new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. Tesla has been trying to convince...
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    Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

    Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing after multiple media outlets report the news (via CBS). It is with profound sadness and...
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    Algorithm puts Gal Gadot's face onto porn star's body

    A troubling new video that appears to show Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot performing in a short adult film has shed startling light on what could happen when machine learning falls into the wrong hands. The video, created by Reddit user deepfakes, features a woman who takes on the...
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    Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

    This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like...
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    Google's AlphaZero AI mastered chess in just four hours

    Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is...
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    Bitcoin futures are now tradable on the CBOE

    Bitcoin futures trading on CBOE, the world’s largest futures exchange, just launched at 5pm CT. Within a minute of the launch bitcoin spiked about 10% from ~$14,700 all the way up to $16,200 before settling a few minutes later to around $15,500, up about 5%. Now an hour after launching...
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    Physicists say they've confirmed new form of matter

    Nearly 50 years after it was first theorized, physicists claim they’ve finally proven the existence of a new form of matter, known as ‘excitonium.’ Excitonium is made up of particles known as excitons, which are made from an escaped electron and the hole it left behind. In the new...
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    Net Neutrality isn’t the only thing the current FCC is screwing up

    Lost amid the furor over the Federal Communications Commission’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision to reverse net neutrality requirements is another, equally awful decision that has slipped through the cracks. In mid-November, the Commission decided to “re-think” it’s Lifeline program, which provides subsidies for broadband internet subscriptions to...