GOOGLE snags AI startup -- GMAIL goes 404 and Yahoo is sorry -- SNOWDEN: NSA did industrial spying, too -- TOM PERKINS self-immolates

 

January 27, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> MONEY SHOT: Google to buy artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for $400m, by Liz Gannes: "Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. After Re/code inquired about the deal, Google confirmed that it was happening but declined to specify the price. Based in London, DeepMind was founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, Skype and Kazaa developer Jaan Tallin and researcher Shane Legg... DeepMind has just a landing page for a website, on which says it builds learning algorithms for simulations, e-commerce and games." Re/code

> Google beat Facebook for DeepMind, creates ethics board The Information

>> BRICKED: Gmail and Google+ go down on Friday, impacting millions of users, by Kelly Clay: "On Friday just before 11 a.m. PST... Gmail went down, leaving millions of users -- including business users relying on Google Apps for Business -- unable to communicate. .. Gmail also burped earlier Friday morning. Google's official blog for Gmail also returned a 503 error... Judging by the amount of tweets and FB updates about the problem, it's likely affecting the majority of users worldwide. Google+ is also down, affecting YouTube comments which means that users can't comment and existing comments aren't loading. Additionally, Hangouts aren't working on both the web and mobile, which have emerged as a primary method of communication for remote teams." Forbes

> When Gmail went down, Yahoo poked fun on Twitter, then apologized Marketing Land

> Yahoo manages to turn Gmail outage to its own disadvantage Slate

> Hotmail user swamped with thousands of unwanted emails, after Gmail goes down Graham Cluley

>> THE ENEMY OF YOUR ENEMY: Google and Samsung reach global patent license deal, by Jeff John Roberts: "In a move that could have big implications for a mobile device industry consumed by patent litigation, Google and Samsung on Sunday announced they have entered into a ten-year cross-licensing agreement involving their respective patent portfolios... The agreement comes more than two years after Samsung signed a patent cross-license deal with Microsoft that was described at the time as a blow to Google. While the Korean company and Google have long been allies as a result of their use of the Android operating system, the two companies have not had a formal intellectual property deal until now." GigaOM

> Samsung to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle patent dispute with Ericsson Re/code

> Samsung's Apple damages equivalent to 16 days' profit InfoWorld

> Google awarded patent for free rides to advertisers' locations TechCrunch

>> AS LONG AS WE'RE SNOOPING: Snowden says US NSA engages in industrial espionage, by Erik Kirschbaum: "The U.S. National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a German TV network. 'If there's information at Siemens that's beneficial to U.S. national interests -- even if it doesn't have anything to do with national security -- then they'll take that information nevertheless,' Snowden said, according to ARD, which recorded the interview in Russia where he has claimed asylum. Snowden also told the German public broadcasting network he no longer has possession of any documents or information on NSA activities and has turned everything he had over to select journalists." Reuters

> Snowden says he might face U.S. retaliation for his disclosures, but he is not worried WaPo

>> CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS: Card breach at Michaels stores, by Brian Krebs: "Multiple sources in the banking industry say they are tracking a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used at Michaels Stores... The U.S. Secret Service confirmed that it is investigating a potential data breach at Michaels. Also, Michaels has just issued a statement stating that it 'recently learned of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards that had been used at Michaels, suggesting that the Company may have experienced a data security attack.'" Krebs on Security

> Neiman Marcus data breach worse than first said New York Times

> After Target, Neiman Marcus breaches, does PCI compliance mean anything? Computerworld

>> LIVIN' IN THE USA: Foxconn weighs plan for U.S. plant, by Lorraine Luk: "Hon Hai, also known by the trade name Foxconn, plans to relocate capital-intensive and high-tech manufacturing to the U.S., its largest market. 'Automation, software and technology innovation will be our key focus in the U.S. in the coming few years,' [Hon Hai founder Terry] Gou said... Hon Hai is studying the feasibility of building an advanced 10th-generation panel manufacturing plant in the U.S. Such facilities can churn out liquid display screens larger than 60 inches. He said it is currently difficult to ship large TV screens to the U.S. from Asia." Wall Street Journal

>> WIRING WASHINGTON: Google broadens its outreach to GOP, by Thomas Catan, Brody Mullins: "Google employees have been a top source of campaign cash for President Barack Obama. A former chief executive campaigned for the president. Several company executives went to work in his administration. Behind the scenes, though, the company has been working hard to change its profile as an ally of the Democratic Party, courting Republicans and building alliances with conservatives at a time when regulators and Congress are considering issues affecting its business interests. Google has hired a string of Republican operatives as part of an effort to build relationships with GOP lawmakers and has evened out the campaign donations from its political-action committee, which had skewed in favor of Democratic candidates." Wall Street Journal

>> BITING THE HAND: Prince targets Facebook users in $22M live concert piracy lawsuit, by Andy: "Prince is chasing down fans who found links to his live concerts and posted them on Facebook and blogs. The unlucky 22 individuals, 20 of whom are yet to be identified, face a damages claim of $22 million... While it's clear by now that Prince doesn't share the same opinions as the Grateful Dead or Nine Inch Nails on bootlegs, for once a file-sharing site isn't in the cross hairs. The lawsuit says that the defendants used Facebook and Google's Blogger 'to accomplish their unlawful activity', either by running fanpages or blogs and linking to live concert recordings without permission." TorrentFreak

>> Silicon Valley legend compares techie backlash to Nazi rampage Valleywag

>> Microsoft Azure drops storage prices to match Amazon's latest price reduction, by Frederic Lardinois TechCrunch

>> Music-sharing service SoundCloud raises new funds at $700M valuation Wall Street Journal

>> Nielsen: Internet advertising grew 32% in 2013, but it's still only 4.5% of spend vs. TV at 57.6% TechCrunch

>> 51 startup failure post-mortems CB Insights

>> As tech VCs pile into New York, Massachusetts is unable to keep pace CB Insights

>> How the future of war (and flying) could be swarms of 3D-printed drones Motherboard

>> DOJ files its first lawsuits over counterfeit apps InfoWorld

>> BitTorrent throttling in U.S. creeps back up PCWorld

>> IT departments losing control through cloud services say Cisco and Intel Computerworld UK

>> Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media as Web journalism asserts itself New York Times

>> The U.S. crackdown on hackers is our new War on Drugs Wired

>> Mobile plans with no phone subsidies are winning over customers Wall Street Journal

>> Hackers steal law enforcement inquiry documents from Microsoft Security Week

>> The dumb state of the smart home The Verge

>> Qualcomm wants HP's Palm patents for both protection and innovation InfoWorld

>> Cree beats LED efficiency benchmark, 200 lumens/watt EE Times

>> Watch Steve Jobs' first demonstration of the Mac for the public, unseen since 1984 Time

>> An interview with Steve Jobs, rare and unedited InfoWorld

>> HAD TO RUN IT: Man runs into burning home to save his Xbox Cnet

>> BITCOIN: $985 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "If I've got this right, with Boston Dynamics, Nest, and Deepmind, Google is building a thermostat robot dog that can learn on its own." @levie

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