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AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines to make them even better at amassing knowledge and answering questions....

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election....

Tesla proposes big payout if Musk meets lofty goals
Elon Musk is known for his bold predictions on electric and self-driving cars. Now his pay could depend on whether those predictions come true....

Twitter Operating Chief Anthony Noto resigns
Twitter's chief operating officer is leaving the social media giant to lead another company....

UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest
LONDON (AP) -- British regulators said Tuesday that 21st Century Fox's takeover of London-based pay TV company Sky is not in the public interest because it would give Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country's news media. But they offered remedies that may pave the way for the deal go ahead....

Apple poised to expand into speaker market with HomePod
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod....

Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said....

Netflix's success turns net neutrality into an afterthought
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix once fought fiercely for net neutrality, fearing that its online video service would suffer if internet providers were free to discriminate against it....

Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers
SEATTLE (AP) -- No cashiers, no registers and no cash - this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping....

Montana mandates 'net neutrality' for state contracts
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana on Monday became the first state to bar telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps, under an order from Gov. Steve Bullock intended to protect so-called net neutrality....

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Big pay package for Musk, with even bigger goals for Tesla

Twitter Operating Chief Anthony Noto resigns

Twitter Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto, a key executive at the social media company, has resigned

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