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TITLE: DeepMinds Think Alike, 931

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[me] It's Monday, January 27, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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[me] Tech News Today explores the top tech news in 30 minutes or less.

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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[me] Google is buying DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company for an unknown amount that may exceed 500 million dollars. At the insistence of DeepMind, Google's agreed to set up an ethics board to make sure the AI is used for good instead of evil, according to reports.http://deepmind.com/http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25908379

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[me] Joining us to talk about DeepMind is Liz Gannes, Senior Editor for Technology Trends and Innovation at Recode, and she broke the story about Google’s acquisition of DeepMind. Thanks for joining us, Liz. @LizGannes

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* What is DeepMind and what do they do?
* Why did Google buy DeepMind?
* Why did DeepMind insist on the formation of an ethics board?
* Was this for technology or A.I. PhDs?
* Recent Google acquisitions are very Skynety -- Robots, etc. Is Google building robots that learn and think like humans?

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Google and Samsung Electronics have signed an agreement to cross-license each other’s smartphone patents, the goal being fewer court battles over intellectual property. The deal covers both existing patents as well as patents that will be filed during the next 10 years., but it doesn't cover ALL patents. In related news, Samsung agreed to pay the Swedish company Ericsson 650 million dollars up front, plus unspecified royalties, to settle a "technology licence conflict." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/technology/google-and-samsung-sign-broad-cross-licensing-agreement.html

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“By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation,” Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google
- won't be able to use the patents that are covered to strengthen their case in existing litigation with other parties, according to a person briefed on the details, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement is confidential.
- samsung famously battles apple in court - "rockstar consortium" formed by Apple, Microsoft and other companies, has sued Google, Samsung and other companies involved in Android.
- Google acquired in 2012, at least in part for their mobile patents
- Motorola makes Google a competitor with Samsung
- Tizen makes Samsung a competitor with Google
- Really need an agreement like this with Apple
- Google, Samsung and other Android companies sued by Rockstar Consortium of Apple, Microsoft and other companies
- Google lost a patent battle last week from SimpleAir

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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[me] Samsung is working on its own take on Google Glass, according to a report in the Korea Times. The product could be launched in September and be called 'Galaxy Glass'.http://cdn2.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/9176665/samsungsportglasses_large_verge_medium_landscape.png

http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/remoteFile11-640x327.jpg
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/01/133_150500.html

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[me] Guest: Darrell Etherington writes about startups for TechCrunch.

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* What do we know about Samsung’s rumored smart glass project?
* If they ship in September, will they beat Google to market?
* Also promising smart glasses for sale this year: Epiphany Eyewear, GlassUp, Meta, Optinvent, ION, Recon Jet, Vuzix, Atheer, Technical Illusions, Icis and Lumus.
* Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Baidu are rumored to be working on smart glasses
* Will the demand be able to support all these companies?

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[sl] China's Tencent Holdings, the company behind China’s verrrry popular WeChat app, is gunning for the United States, and has launched a promotional campaign to raise awareness. For those who don't yet use it, WeChat has 272 million monthly active users world-wide, which makes the app bigger than Instagram and Linkedin. But it’s not a hit in the US, at least not yet.http://www.wechat.com/en/http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/27/chinas-wechat-app-targets-u-s-users/

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[me] Ryan Bushy writes about apps for Business Insider.

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QUESTIONS:
* How is WeChat different from WhatsApp?
* Do you think WeChat can take off in the US?
* I understand they recently added games. How does that work?
* The Chinese government has reportedly censored conversations outside of China via WeChat. Did that really happen? Is it still happening?

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* People who get 5 Google contacts to join WeChat get a $25 Restaurant.com gift card.
* Smaller than WhatsApp, which has 300 million monthly active users
* It’s not like WhatsApp. WeChat is a messenger plus social network plus social media, all on top of an extendable transactional platform.
* Recently added games
* Accused of censorship by the Chinese government in the past

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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[me] NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a German TV network Saturday that the NSA engages in industrial espionage. He claimed that trade secrets from the German engineering company ZEE-mens was one major target. So China does it. We learned recently that Russia’s doing it. France does it. Australia does it. Has state-sponsored industrial espionage gone mainstream? https://ia801301.us.archive.org/27/items/snowden_interview_en/Snowden_Interview_NDR_english.mp4http://gigaom.com/2014/01/25/snowden-accuses-u-s-of-industrial-espionage/

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* No documents on this one. Just Snowden
* If true, which tech companies benefitted? What is their responsibility?
* How does Snowden know what the NSA did with stolen info? Didn’t say.
* No longer has possession of any documents or information on NSA activities
* Said his life is in danger

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[sl] China’s moon rover broke down, apparently. China's official press agency reported that a "mechanical control abnormality" caused by the "complicated lunar surface environment" has shut down the "Jade Rabbit" rover. Start at 0:40

http://youtu.be/F1ohKXGKG0Q?t=40s
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-01/25/c_133073239.htm

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* Landed in the moon’s Bay of Rainbows on December 14
* Was supposed to work for three months

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[me] A startup called Fit Lime is building a TV box and app that won’t let you watch TV or play video games until you’ve met your daily fitness goals. Called Fitlime Aim, integrates with the RunKeeper app for Android and iOS. You can also set speed and distance goals that will be tracked with your phone’s GPS. Once you’ve set your goals for the month, as well as your restrictions, it’s out of your hands. The TV and video game console won’t turn on unless the app has reported that you’ve done your workout.

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Here’s a tip for you Moto X fans. Motorola announced that they’ll sell you a 16 gigabyte Moto X for $299 today, but only during a one-hour window. That’s a $100 off. The sale begins at noon Pacific Time and ends at 1pm. The 32 gigabyte model will sell for $349 during this time. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152172742540731&set=a.140485940730.145427.114098460730&type=1&stream_ref=10

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Also: Watch for Apple's earnings report in about a half an hour.

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On Tech News Today: Google buys AI startup * Samsung working on smart glasses * And an app that won't let you watch TV until after your workout. All that and more coming up next.

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