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2/27/2017

Sony and Line, a popular Japan-based messaging app, may partner to use artificial intelligence to improve the digital personal assistant experience. The announcement was made at a conference in Spain, and during that time, Sony also showed off earphones that use Xperia Agent, a virtual butler.

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Sony, artificial intelligence, AI
2/27/2017

MIT researchers used artificial intelligence to improve gameplay in Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" by allowing a computer player to take more strategic actions. The bot player has won matches against some of the top 100 globally ranked players since the update.

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TechCrunch
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MIT, artificial intelligence
2/27/2017

One Sony decision-maker admits that he was not prepared for the soaring popularity of the brand's virtual-reality headsets, especially in Japan. The global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, reports that 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets have been purchased in the four months since they were initially released -- and that the company goal of selling 1 million in six months is easily within reach.

2/27/2017

On Sunday, Nokia released a new version of its 3310 talk and text phone for $52. The phone offers 22 hours of active-use battery life and one month of standby battery life.

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Reuters
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Nokia
2/27/2017

Indianapolis-based HHGregg may file for bankruptcy as soon as March, say sources close to company dealings. The 61-year-old appliance and electronics retailer has 220 stores and is facing continued financial turmoil from e-commerce spending and traditional competitors.

2/27/2017

Open Garden has unveiled MeshKit, a platform that allows app developers to tap into mesh networks that provide connection and file sharing through other mobile devices instead of requiring direct carrier network access. The platform will allow developers to create apps that allow transactions for offline devices connected through the mesh instead of a cellular network.

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VentureBeat
2/27/2017

Various rights holders and the Recording Industry Association of America are calling on internet service providers to be more forceful in stamping out pirated content with an update to the DMCA takedown process. They say the current process is outdated, creating a situation in which ISPs remove pirated content that then can reappear instantly, and are urging the implementation of filters.

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Ars Technica
2/24/2017

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division has filed a lawsuit against Uber employees for allegedly stealing autonomous-vehicle technology secrets, claiming a former Google self-driving project executive took information before leaving to create Otto, a company Uber now controls. The suit, filed in San Francisco, accuses Uber of using the data to develop a laser sensor used in self-driving cars.

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Uber, Google, Otto
2/24/2017

Spotify will release three new podcast series exclusive to its network to help it stand out from other music streaming services. The first, "Showstopper," is live now, while "Unpacked" will be added in March and the third, "The Chris Lighty Story," is coming in April.

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TechCrunch
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Spotify
2/24/2017

Google has changed the name of its default SMS app to Android Messages. The messaging system supports RCS and is part of a three-part messaging strategy created by Google that also includes its Allo and Hangouts apps.

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The Verge
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Google, Android