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Microsoft touts “intelligent” bots at Build Conference

Microsoft touts “intelligent” bots at Build Conference

SAN FRANCISCO –Microsoft wants people to have more intelligent conversations with their computers. The giant software company is promoting new tools for software developers to build intelligent “bots,” or commercial programs that will work with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-activated digital assistant, to perform tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery. […]

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How Yelp is weeding out fake reviews

How Yelp is weeding out fake reviews

A March day got off to a bad start for Scott Willis and his mother with a minor car accident, but got worse when he went to a local care clinic called First Choice Emergency Room for treatment of his bruises. “We might see something on Craiglist saying, ‘Hey, I’m offering $20 for positive reviews […]

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Jury sides with Google in $9 billion intellectual property battle

Jury sides with Google in $9 billion intellectual property battle

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet. A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android – now the world’s leading smartphone operating software and a key part of Google’s multi-billion dollar Internet business. Software competitor Oracle claimed Google […]

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French raid Google over “aggravated tax fraud” allegations

French raid Google over “aggravated tax fraud” allegations

PARIS – French police have raided Google’s Paris offices as part of an investigation into “aggravated tax fraud” and money laundering, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American search engine-and-email company, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions about its complex tax arrangements. France’s financial prosecutor’s office […]

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Shadowy hacking industry may be helping FBI unlock phone

Shadowy hacking industry may be helping FBI unlock phone

NEW YORK — Turns out there’s a shadowy global industry devoted to breaking into smartphones and extracting their information. But you’ve probably never heard of it unless you’re a worried parent, a betrayed spouse — or a federal law enforcement agency. Now one of those hacking businesses may well be helping the FBI try to […]

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