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Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone....

Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils successor to Note 7 phone
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung is trying to move past last year's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch with a successor sporting a dual-lens camera, animated messages, expanded note-taking - and lower battery capacity....

Former CIA agent wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can't use it....

Verizon tweaks prices, cuts video quality on unlimited plans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon is raising the price of its unlimited plan while introducing a slightly cheaper, more limited version as wireless carriers battle each other for customers....

Glam shot gets ugly: Mnuchin wife touts style, slams critic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a glam shot that got ugly....

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday....

Report: Iran says Twitter ready to talk on unblocking site
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's new telecommunications minister says Twitter is ready to talk about unblocking access to the microblogging site....

Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Andrew Ng has led teams at Google and Baidu that have gone on to create self-learning computer programs used by hundreds of millions of people, including email spam filters and touch-screen keyboards that make typing easier by predicting what you might want to say next....

Whole Foods shareholders say yes to Amazon deal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain's CEO had called "love at first sight."...

Andrew Ng hates paranoid androids, and other fun facts
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- What does artificial intelligence researcher Andrew Ng have in common with a "very depressed robot" from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"? Both have huge brains....

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