On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Tuesday menu.

HP launches HP Tech Ventures, which will invest in 3D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. (WSJ)

Microsoft is shutting down its MSN China portal site in June. The company is under antitrust investigation in that country, and says it’s shifting its focus there from providing online content to offering software and services for Windows 10 devices. (WSJ)

In case you haven’t heard, Google is testing black search links — it’s not saying why — and people hate it.

Canalys: Worldwide PC shipments fall to 2011 levels, tablets fall for sixth quarter.

Can Siri creator’s new AI-based assistant Viv — born at San Jose-based Viv Labs — beat Siri, Cortana and Google?

Keeping track of the Hyperloop hype: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies said Monday it had licensed passive magnetic levitation technology to power its prototype system, which would make a 30-minute L.A.-to-S.F. trip possible.

IBM’s Watson’s next task: fighting cyber crime.


Above: Screenshot of Google search page


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