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Uber's self-driving trucks are now hauling beer

In addition to dominating the ride-sharing market across the globe, Uber is also keen to push self-driving technology forward. It recently began testing autonomous cabs and even acquired Otto, a company that makes self-driving tech for freight trucks.<p>When the startup came out of stealth mode in …

Latest Pixel leaks give comprehensive look at the 'phone by Google'

The big Google event isn't until tomorrow, but Google's phones are here to be gawked at today. The latest leak of the company's Pixel and Pixel XL handsets comes via UK retailer Carphone Warehouse (and <i>9to5Google</i><i>)</i>, with the phone-seller accidentally publishing a clutch of photos, informative slides, …

Chris Messina: Bots are teaching computers how we talk

If you’re of a certain age, then it’s likely that the first time you communicated with a computer was by typing very simple commands, a specific keyword, or a one-word search query. And if you talked to a computer, you spoke very slowly, carefully enunciating each mono-syllabic word as loud as you …

Apttus Reaches $1.3 Billion Valuation In New Funding Round On Road To IPO In Early 2017

Some tech CEOs are coy about when they’d like to take their companies public. Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe isn’t one of them.<p>“We’ve had IPO on our agenda,” Krappe says. “And our plan is to go public in the first half of next year.”<p>To help get there, Apttus has raised what the company hopes will be its …

Venture Capital

Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't even have a cab

Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a human operator to <i>sit</i> in. The company calls it the …

Autonomous Cars

Microsoft’s Qi Lu is leaving the company due to health issues

Rajesh Jha will assume many of Lu’s responsibilities.<p>Longtime Microsoft executive Qi Lu is leaving the company following medical issues that arose from a bicycle accident that took place several months ago, according to sources.<p>Lu, the executive VP in charge of Microsoft’s applications and services …

Google hires industry vet Lyor Cohen as YouTube's head of music

In a music world where exclusives and direct ties to artists are increasingly important, Google is hoping to give YouTube a boost with its latest hire: Lyor Cohen. The former Def Jam president has most recently been heading up his 300 Entertainment label that started in 2013 with financial backing …

YouTube Red

New Amazon Fire TV Stick costs $39.99 and comes with an Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon has just announced a hardware upgrade to its Fire TV Stick. At first glance, the new device looks just like its predecessor, but the newer iteration does come with a few surprises.<p>For starters, the all-new Fire TV Stick features an Alexa Voice Remote. This is not really an evolutionary …

Smart TV

Skymind raises $3M to bring its Java deep-learning library to the masses

Skymind, a company developing an open-source deep-learning library for Java, along with tools for implementation, today closed $3 million in financing from Tencent, SV Angel, GreatPoint Ventures, Mandra Capital, Hemi Ventures and Y Combinator. Skymind was previously part of Y Combinator’s Winter …