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Stanford to study social impact of artificial intelligence

With our panoply of smart machines increasingly making decisions for us, Stanford University on Tuesday announced it is launching a century-long study to examine the societal implications of artificial intelligence. The study will look into everything from the impact artificial intelligence Read More →

Off topic: Christmas music, ranking ‘Star Trek’ episodes, air traffic control, 60 seconds

Do you hear what I hear: holiday music by the numbers. For serious Trekkies, a trip down memory lane: All 695 episodes of all "Star Trek" series, ranked. For its first wonder of the modern world, Slate Read More →

Google gives us a look into the rear-view mirror of 2014

It's that time of year, and Google has again released its top search trends for 2014. The lists offer an intriguing glimpse back at what we were all consumed most by during the year, patterns that are reflected Read More →

Spain regrets Google News shutdown

Update 12/16/2014: Google News has shut down in Spain. On the eve of Google pulling the plug on Google News in Spain, the Spanish newspaper publishers who had pushed for a stringent new copyright law seem to be having second thoughts about Read More →

Could Apple prevail in its e-book legal challenge?

Apple is in court again Monday, this time to challenge a federal judge's ruling in the e-book price fixing case. At issue is whether Apple broke the law when it made agreements with five of the six top publishers as it Read More →

Ex-Apple engineer testifies iTunes updates stymied competitors

Reluctantly taking the stand, an ex-Apple engineer testified on Friday that he worked on a project meant to shut competitors out of iTunes. Rod Schultz's testimony came at the tail-end of a two-week trial in Oakland federal court over Apple's dominance Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

We've got your tech news links right here. Spanish publishers — who pushed for law that requires Google to pay them for news links — ask Spain's government to keep Google News from shutting down. Google News is scheduled Read More →

Quoted: Media criticized, threatened over coverage of Sony Pictures hacking

"If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same Read More →

Uber steps in it again, this time in Sydney

While Saturday Night Live, that barometer of America's sense of humor, continues to take shots against ride-sharing monster Uber, the San Francisco-based company stands accused, yet again, of behaving badly. And this time, if you'll pardon the expression, they're doing it Read More →

Oracle’s shares get a boost from analyst’s report

Shares of Redwood City tech giant Oracle were up more than 2 percent Monday in anticipation of the company's quarterly financial report on Wednesday. The market's rosy view of Oracle appears to have been largely influenced by a Morgan Stanley analyst, Read More →
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