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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft is acquiring a Texas-based AI startup as it prepares for the next wave of the cloud wars

Microsoft announced Wednesday it would acquire XOXCO, an Austin-based AI startup that created a bot for Slack called Howdy and the Botkit for GitHub.

19 of the coolest things your Google Home can do

Whether you have the original Google Home, the tiny Google Home Mini, or the extra-large Google Home Max, the device has several hidden tricks.
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, dismissed employees' concerns over its marketing of its facial-recognition technology to law-enforcement agencies.

Amazon’s cloud CEO just pooh-poohed employee concerns about selling its facial-recognition software to ICE and law enforcement

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, largely dismissed employee worries about the use of Rekognition by law enforcement agencies.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon employees are reportedly gearing up to confront CEO Jeff Bezos at an all-staff meeting this week about selling facial recognition software to l...

Workers petitioned the Amazon CEO in the past to stop selling Rekognition software to police, but employees will reportedly ramp up pressure this week.
Oracle founder, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison says that Oracle was once a week away from not being able to pay employees — here’s the lesson he learned from the experienc...

Oracle founder Larry Ellison hosts a cocktail reception for startup founders at his home each year. He shared some advice from his experiences.
A scene from the trailer for "BeeMe," an MIT Media Lab social experiment.

MIT is giving you control of a real person on Halloween in a dystopian game that sounds like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’

MIT Media Lab is launching a dystopian online social experiment called "BeeMe" on Halloween. EDT. Users will control a person by suggesting and voting on commands.

10 of the biggest risks to humanity’s survival in the next 50 years, from nuclear war to supervolcanoes

The next 50 years will set the pace for humans' survival in the next 10,000 years, according to the Global Challenges Foundation.

‘Alexa, buy 10 shares of Facebook’: A discount brokerage giant now lets Main Street investors trade stocks via voice

TD Ameritrade clients can now summon Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, to order trades without calling a broker or tapping a button on a laptop.
Sierra supercomputer

The 3rd most powerful supercomputer in the world was turned on at a classified government lab in California — Here’s what the 7,000 square...

The Sierra supercomputer, the world's third most powerful supercomputer, was unveiled. It will be used to for classified work on nuclear weapons.

Military work is a lightning rod in Silicon Valley, but Microsoft will sell the Pentagon all the AI it needs

Microsoft plans to sell artificial intelligence technologies to the military.