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Pot luck: Hound Labs raises $8.1 million to combat stoned drivers with cannabis breathalyzers

Law enforcement agencies have been using breathalyzers to test motorists’ sobriety for decades, but a new startup is staking a claim to bring its cannabis version of the technology to market. So far, the only reliable ways to test for cannabis use have been through saliva, blood, or urine, which aren’t always practical in a…

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AWS signs Java ‘father’ James Gosling

Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster. James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer. Gosling came up with the original design of Java and implemented its first compiler and virtual machine…

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Former IBM employee pleads guilty to ‘economic espionage’ after stealing trade secrets for China

A former developer for IBM pled guilty on Friday to economic espionage and to stealing trade secrets related to a type of software known as a clustered file system, which IBM sells to customers around the world. Xu Jiaqiang stole the secrets during his stint at IBM from 2010 to 2014 “to benefit the National…

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How Improbable convinced SoftBank to invest $502 million in its platform for massive online game worlds

London-based technology firm Improbable has had a very improbable week. The company raised a whopping $502 million from Japan’s SoftBank for its SpatialOS platform for enabling massive online gaming worlds. Then Improbable announced that Jagex, maker of the enormously popular RuneScape, will use the SpatialOS platform for future game worlds. We caught up with Herman Narula,…

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Salesforce beats estimates with Q1 deferred revenue growth of 26%

(Reuters) — Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N) allayed concerns about a slowing pace of growth after it reported quarterly deferred revenue that came above its estimate on Thursday. The company’s deferred revenue rose 26 percent to $5.04 billion in the first quarter ended April 30. In February, Salesforce had warned of a steeper drop in first-quarter deferred…

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AI Weekly: Google shifts from mobile-first to AI-first world

Here’s this week’s newsletter: “An important shift from a mobile first world to an AI first world,” declared Google CEO Sundar Pichai, summarizing the Google I/O 2017 keynote yesterday. His description of the changes underway at his company apply to nearly every business today. Almost all of Google’s announcements touched on AI in one way…

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Can we just call them apps?

OPINION: Apps are everywhere. Everywhere. Everywhere you look, you’ll find apps. It wasn’t always that way. On Windows, apps were “programs.” On a Mac, they were “applications.” When Microsoft took up the term, following Apple’s App Store — THE App Store — Apple fans cried foul: They should be “progs,” they said, because Windows has programs, they said,…

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Microsoft beats Google and Amazon to announce first African data centers, kicking off in 2018

Microsoft has announced a milestone moment for its cloud aspirations with the news that it’s launching its very first data centers in Africa. Arriving in 2018, Microsoft will operate its range of cloud services including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centers located in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The one overarching benefit of…

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Amazon expands Prime Reading book service beyond the U.S. and into the U.K.

Amazon is expanding its Prime Reading service to Prime subscribers in the U.K., the first market since the feature’s initial launch in the U.S. last September . With Prime Reading , those already subscribing to Amazon’s annual Prime plan can now access a range of reading material — including books, comics, and magazines — on their…

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40,000 AT&T workers could go on strike over delays to contract negotiations

Almost 40,000 AT&T workers plan to go on strike on Friday if they don’t reach an agreement with the company for new contracts. The Communications Workers of America union on Wednesday said about 17,000 workers in AT&T’s traditional wireline telephone and Internet business in Nevada and California who have been working without a contract for…