Verizon said to plan bid for Yahoo as Google weighs offer

Apr 8, 2016

Verizon said to plan bid for Yahoo as Google weighs offer

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.’s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company’s Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter. Google, the main division of ...

Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its 'chatbot'

Mar 26, 2016

Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its 'chatbot'

Microsoft is “deeply sorry” for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the “chatbot” it launched this past week, a company official wrote on Friday, after the artificial intelligence program went on an embarrassing tirade. The bot, known as Tay, was designed to ...

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

Mar 25, 2016

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

OMG! Did you hear about the artificial intelligence program that Microsoft designed to chat like a teenage girl? It was totally yanked offline in less than a day after it began spouting racist, sexist and otherwise offensive remarks. Microsoft said it was all the ...

Tech giants spot opportunity in forecasting China's smog

Dec 29, 2015

Tech giants spot opportunity in forecasting China's smog

Air pollution in China could be big business. Two of the world’s largest technology firms, IBM and Microsoft, are vying to tap the nascent, fast-growing market for forecasting air quality in the world’s top carbon emitters. Bouts of acrid smog enveloping Beijing prompted authorities ...