John RibeiroBangalore Correspondent, IDG News Service

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

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Microsoft will open-source AI development platform based on Minecraft

Microsoft has decided to open-source a platform used by its researchers to test artificial-intelligence research.

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AlphaGo’s unusual moves prove its AI prowess, experts say

Playing against a top Go player, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program has puzzled commentators with moves that are often described as “beautiful,” but do not fit into the usual human style of play.

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Google's AlphaGo defeated in fourth Go game by South Korean player

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo was defeated Sunday by Lee Se-dol, the South Korean player that the program had defeated in three consecutive games, thus stymieing the AI system's prospects of equaling a 5-0 win against an European Go champion in October.

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Google’s AlphaGo AI program strong but not perfect, says defeated South Korean Go player

Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program has beaten South Korean Go player Lee Se-dol with three consecutive wins in a five-game tournament.

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ICANN stewardship transition plan sent to US government

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has submitted Thursday a plan for ending U.S. oversight of key technical Internet functions in favor of a global multi-stakeholder governance model.

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Google AlphaGo AI program beats star South Korean Go player again

Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo scored another win Thursday against star South Korean player Lee Se-dol, giving a boost to Google’s growing position in the field of artificial intelligence

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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo AI system wins first round against top human Go player

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo artificial-intelligence system has won the first game in a cliffhanger Go match with top player Lee Se-dol, raising expectations afresh about whether machines can be programmed to overtake humans in intellectual capabilities.

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Department of Justice appeals New York court order in favor of Apple

The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed an order by a court in New York that turned down its request that Apple should be compelled to extract data from the iPhone 5s of an alleged drug dealer.

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Ray Tomlinson, email inventor who picked the @ sign for addresses, dies

Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, who is credited with inventing email and putting the now ubiquitous “@” sign in addresses, has died at the age of 74.

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UN human rights chief warns of worldwide privacy implications of Apple-FBI case

Apple got a shot in the arm in its dispute over helping the FBI crack an iPhone used by a terrorist, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warning that an outcome against Apple will set an unwelcome precedent.

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San Bernardino prosecutor raises concerns about ‘cyber pathogen’ in terrorist's iPhone

The district attorney of San Bernardino County, Michael Ramos, has raised concerns about the possibility of a ‘dormant cyber pathogen’ in the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in attacks in the county on Dec. 2.

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Intuit selling Quicken to private equity firm HIG Capital

Intuit is selling its Quicken personal finance software to private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, with the current head of Quicken, Eric Dunn, continuing to run the business under the new owners.

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IBM invokes Prodigy online's ghost in Groupon patent suit

IBM has sued online deals marketplace Groupon for infringing four of its patents, including two that emerged from Prodigy, the online service launched by IBM and partners ahead of the World Wide Web.

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Uber, Ola compete to take users on motorcycle rides in India

In a bid to expand the market they address in India, Uber and arch Indian rival Ola have launched on the same day pilots of a service for booking motorcycle rides.

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U.S. slaps Qualcomm with multi-million dollar fine over China corruption allegations

Qualcomm has settled charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it hired relatives of Chinese officials who could influence the selection of its mobile technology products in a competitive market.