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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, tags with bar codes hang at a facility in Flandreau, S.D. George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at his home in Wendell, N.C. He was 94. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn, File)

George Laurer, inventor of ubiquitous UPC, dies at 94

Dec. 9, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — George J. Laurer, whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94. A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Sean Bannon...

Rhode Island signs agreement with Israeli university

Nov. 26, 2019 10:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she has signed a cooperation agreement with an Israeli research university. The Providence Journal reports that the Democrat signed the agreement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev during a six-day trip to Israel last week. According to the...

Amazon sues Pentagon over $10B contract awarded to Microsoft

Nov. 22, 2019 9:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon is suing the Pentagon over a $10 billion cloud-computing contract awarded to Microsoft. Amazon said it filed a legal complaint Friday with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to challenge the decision. The complaint is sealed, but the company said earlier this month there was...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, audience members look on during a debate on the threat of artificial intelligence at the Cambridge Union, the world’s oldest debating society, Cambridge, England. IBM’s artificial intelligence debating robot faced off against itself at Cambridge University, in a demonstration of what the future might hold. Project Debater, a robot that has already debated humans, was for the first time pitted against itself, at least in the first round of arguments at the Cambridge Union, the world’s oldest debating society. (AP Photo/James Brooks)

In a first, IBM’s computer debater faces off against itself

Nov. 22, 2019 11:41 AM EST

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The chamber hushed as the debate got underway at the Cambridge Union and the teams launched into their carefully crafted opening statements. The topic - whether artificial intelligence would do more harm than good - was something each side had a big stake in because both were...