SoftBank to Take Fearsome Robots Off Alphabet's Hands


SoftBank on Thursday announced that it will acquire robotics company Boston Dynamics from Alphabet, parent company of Google. Softbank also agreed to buy robotics firm Schaft as part of the same deal. SoftBank Robotics is the company’s subsidiary that focuses on the development, sales and maintenance of humanoid and service robots. “Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution,” said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.”

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Microsoft Buys Hexadite to Toughen Windows Security


Microsoft on Thursday said it has agreed to buy a Hexadite, which incorporates artificial intelligence in its automated responses to cyberthreats. The acquisition will help bolster the company’s efforts to help commercial Windows 10 customers deal with advanced attacks on their networks, Microsoft said. It currently offers Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to detect zero-day attacks, ransomware and other advanced threats, and the Hexadite technology will build on that.

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Walmart Delivers E-Commerce Stunner


Walmart on Thursday reported soaring e-commerce growth during its fiscal first quarter, along with strong organic sales figures. Online sales grew a stunning 63 percent during the quarter, perhaps in response to the company’s newly introduced free two-day shipping and its upgraded mobile app. “We’re moving faster to combine our digital and physical assets to make shopping more enjoyable and faster for customers, but we also see plenty of room to improve,” CEO Doug McMillon said during the company’s quarterly conference call.

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Twitter inks new streaming deal with NFL after losing live games to Amazon

Twitter recently lost its Thursday Night Football coverage to Amazon. But keen to keep fans on side, the social media company has just signed a new deal with the NFL for fresh content.

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NASA holding major press conference, will discuss 'future ocean world exploration'

NASA is holding a major press conference Thursday afternoon where it is expected to talk about new findings in the solar system, including plans for “future ocean world exploration.”

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SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap

SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

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Consumer Advocates Bemoan Senate Vote to Lift ISP Privacy Restrictions


Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate’s Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be signed into law. “We’re working actively with a coalition of other consumer groups pushing to defeat the resolution in the House,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project.

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Senate Moves to Permanently Kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

The Senate Thursday voted to roll back the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers (ISPs) c…

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Google Home surprises users by playing 'Beauty and the Beast' promo

Google Home surprised users Thursday by slipping in a promo for the movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ into its ‘My Day’ feature.

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CallidusCloud Steps Up Call Center SPM Game


CallidusCloud on Thursday launched ServiceMotivate, a call center sales performance management, or SPM, solution. ServiceMotivate is tightly integrated with Salesforce to track and reward call center agents based on key performance indicators of their service center, such as quick issue resolution and case closure rates, data quality improvements and customer satisfaction. “Early deployments of the new product have shown considerable increases in agent confidence and satisfaction,” noted Jon Shalowitz, general manager at CallidusCloud CX.

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Intel patents a 3D camera baby monitor that could detect breathing patterns

A new patent filed on Thursday for a 3D-camera system for infant monitoring explains how a proposed device could use a “depth-sensing camera to detect abdomen rise and fall during an infant sleep period, or lack thereof.”

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With Twitter streaming deal, professional video gaming gets more social

Twitter and two of the world’s largest eSports companies, ESL and DreamHack, announced Thursday they are teaming up for live streams of more than 15 global video game events this year as well as exclusive, original content created for the social media platform. It’s Twitter’s first long-term eSports streaming deal; terms of the agreement were not released.

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Google Cracks Key Security Code, Calls for New Standard


Google on Thursday announced that its two years of collaboration with CWI resulted in the launch of a successful attack against the SHA-1 cryptographic algorithm, a widely used standard protocol used to protect sensitive data in millions of computers. The breakthrough research, led by Marc Stevens of CWI and Ellie Bursztein of Google, shows that the industry needs to send the SHA-1 standard into retirement, Google said, because the attack they were able to generate shows that the algorithm is no longer secure.

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Twitter Investors Bail Following Bleak Q4


Twitter’s share price plunged 12.3 percent Thursday, closing the day at $16.41, after the company released its Q4 2016 financial report. It fell further on Friday, trading at $15.54 mid-day. On the bright side, daily active usage grew for the third consecutive quarter and strong growth is expected to continue, the company said. Active monthly users in Q4 totaled 319 million, up 4 percent year over year, and 2 million more than in Q3. Both tweet impressions and time spent on Twitter increased by double digits YoY in Q4.

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EC to Take a Hard Look at E-Commerce Practices


The European Commission on Thursday announced three separate investigations into online pricing and other sales practices that may have breached EU antitrust rules. The EC investigations will assess whether consumers were able to enjoy cross-border choice when it came to buying video games and consumer electronics, and making hotel accommodations online. The newly opened investigations will focus on specific issues, including retail price restrictions, discrimination on the basis of location, and geo-blocking.

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Army picks Sig Sauer's P320 handgun to replace M9 service pistol

The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun.

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Amazon Growth Spurt to Create 100K New Jobs


Amazon on Thursday announced it will create more than 100,000 new jobs across the United States over the next 18 months, ranging from entry-level opportunities to positions for engineers and software developers. All will be full-time jobs with full benefits. Many of the jobs will be in new fulfillment centers currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and other states. The announcement “shows Amazon’s bullish on the U.S. economy,” said Andreas Scherer, managing partner at Salto Partners.

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Amazon/Blue Origin mogul Jeff Bezos gets letter from John Glenn the day he died

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos received an American Ingenuity Award Thursday night. He also received a letter from American astronaut legend John Glenn, the same day the 95-year-old passed away.

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