Google Assistant on Over 100 Million Devices, as DeepMind AI Develops an Imagination

  Google Assistant is a little over a year old now and it has already proven to be one of the best artificial intelligent assistants out there today. In fact, Assistant is now at the heart of almost all Google-owned products and is also being adopted by third-party developers at a rapid…

Meg Whitman Leaves HP Board, Chip Bergh Named Chairman

Meg Whitman stepped down as chairman and left the board of HP Inc., further distancing her corporate-computing company from the PC and printer businesses it split off in 2015. Whitman, who is chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., has served as chairman of HP Inc. since the two companies were formed…

China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy

Chinese villagers are taking their fight to retrieve an allegedly stolen 1,000-year-old mummified monk to a Dutch court on Friday. The monk’s remains, which are inside a Buddha statue, were taken from a temple in the small Chinese village of Yangchun in Fujian province in 1995. The villagers say a…

Liu Xiaobo: Chinese dissident cremated in private ceremony

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in a private ceremony in the north-eastern city of Shenyang. His ashes were later scattered in the sea, his brother said. Mr Liu, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion”, died of liver cancer on…

Tony Blair says EU could compromise on freedom of movement

Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has said. He told the Today programme one option was for Britain “staying within a reformed EU”. The ex-PM said he would not disclose conversations he…

Poland MPs back controversial judiciary bill

Poland’s parliament has approved a bill to give MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles. Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary. The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the…

A Peruvian billionaire contracted a world-famous design firm to remake his country’s private school system, and the results are stunning

In Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor’s home country of Peru, education is lagging . The billionaire businessman wanted middle-class kids to have an alternative between pricey private schools and destitute public schools, but no option existed. So, in 2011, with the help of design firm IDEO, he created one. Innova Schools are the product of that…

After Snapdeal rejects Flipkart’s offer, it may merge with Infibeam and form a $2 billion company

In the latest development, Snapdeal may merge with Infibeam, which is India’s only publicly listed e-commerce company. As per various reports, Infibeam is in talks with Snapdeal for possible merger talks and has even put a term sheet that may value Snapdeal at $1 billion. If this deal goes through, Infibeam and Snapdeal…

Idaho news station apologizes for using photo of Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson in unrelated bank robbery story

An local CBS news affiliate in Idaho has issued a public apology to Black Lives Matter activist and educator DeRay McKesson after the station used a photo of McKesson in an unrelated story about a bank robbery. Screenshots of tweets that the news station KBOI sent on Friday night showed an image…

The VC firm that orchestrated the ousting of Uber’s CEO wants to sell some of its stake

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Benchmark is in talks with SoftBank about selling some of its shares in Uber, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday . Benchmark led the effort to replace Travis Kalanick as Uber’s CEO last month, and the firm had looked into selling some its shares prior to Kalanick’s departure,…