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Four takeaways from AlphaGo's victory over a world champion Go player

With a decisive victory over a world champion Go player, a computer program not only mastered what may be the world's most complex board game, it also changed the scope of future AI research. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol for the fourth time in a five-game match, wrapping up the...

Instagram to show posts in order of 'relevance,' like Facebook's news feed

Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's how Facebook...

Twitch premieres food channel, starting with Julia Child and making good on early goal

Cooking shows. News reports. Musical performances. Tips and tricks on sports and video games. The mishmash of live programming was meant to attract millions of viewers to the website Justin.tv and turn the young online video service into an advertising machine. A decade later and under a different...

3 realistic solutions to prevent another FBI-Apple fight over encryption

Since the 1990s, U.S. law enforcement has expressed concern about "going dark," defined as an inability to access encrypted communications or data even with a court order. Silicon Valley companies are rolling out encrypted products that allow users alone to access their data, and in the wake of...

Mucker Capital, falling optimism and Stanley McChrystal among week's L.A. tech highlights

A new $45-million fund will allow Santa Monica venture capital firm Mucker Capital to make bigger investments, but it won't lead to a significant change in strategy, said managing director Erik Rannala. The fund, closed early this year and announced last week, is a step up from the $20 million...

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines

Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most people can barely imagine: Blades up to 656.2 feet long — more than two football fields. Today's longest blades are 262.5 feet. The blades at Imperial...

Honest Co. faces big questions after lawsuits, expose

When Honest Co. launched five years ago, the Santa Monica firm targeted a market uncommon among start-ups: diapers. But thanks to its promise of nontoxic products and the allure of its celebrity co-founder Jessica Alba, it quickly built a customer base wary of the ingredients in its larger mass-market...

Jessica Alba's Honest laundry detergent said to contain forbidden ingredient

The Honest Co. built its reputation as an environmentally minded alternative to everyday consumer products such as soaps, lotions and cleaning products — winning over fans and media attention with its celebrity co-founder, actress Jessica Alba. But the Santa Monica company’s image as a safer brand...

In FBI encryption fight, Apple seeks Latino support

Apple’s top-ranking Latino executive took to Univision on Wednesday night to warn how the FBI’s demand for weaker security on iPhones could give investigators new surveillance powers, including in immigration cases. The interview and other recent steps by the world’s most valuable company suggest...

Yahoo adds two new board members

Yahoo Inc., which is in the midst of figuring out what to do with its Internet business, said Thursday that it added two new members to its board of directors this week. The new members are Catherine Friedman, a former managing director at investment bank Morgan Stanley, and Eric Brandt, the former...

Proposed FCC rules would limit how Internet service providers can use your data

Cable and wireless companies would face new restrictions on how they could use the personal information of their customers, including their Web-browsing activity, according to privacy regulations proposed Thursday by a top federal regulator. In most cases, broadband Internet service providers would...

Google's machine wins 2nd Go match against human player

Google's Go-playing machine has scored a second victory against one of the best human players. The victory Thursday by AlphaGo over South Korea's Lee Sedol, the winner of 18 world championships, puts the AlphaGo team one victory away from claiming the $1-million prize. If AlphaGo wins, the prize...

Car ownership isn't dead, yet

The rise of on-demand transportation services such as Uber and Lyft may have automakers spooked, but it hasn’t yet weakened car ownership in the U.S., according to a survey conducted by vehicle valuation firm Kelley Blue Book.The survey results, released Thursday, reflect the responses of 1,900...

Facebook buys Masquerade, app company that competes with Snapchat's Lenses

Facebook Inc. acquired Masquerade Technologies Inc., a young start-up whose Snapchat-like silly selfie-altering tool picked up 15 million users in just three months. Minsk, Belarus-based Masquerade announced the sale on its website Wednesday, saying that the company was excited to bring its virtual...

Google's AlphaGo software beats human Go champion in first match

Google Inc.'s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first face-off of a historic five-game match. AlphaGo's victory in the ancient Chinese board game is a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, showing the program developed...

Internet fame often comes with hate and harassment

Fewer than two weeks after posting the video that would make him famous, and less than one week after appearing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Josh Holz experienced the latest milestone in the viral-fame cycle: The 15-year-old was hacked on Twitter. His account, @joshholzz — the original site of...

Tech Coast Angels, new 'Midnight Star' and Demand Media among week's L.A. tech highlights

Investment group Tech Coast Angels announced that members invested $13.5 million across 58 companies in 2015, a drop from the record $16.7 million the early-stage investors contributed the year before. The organization regularly hears pitches from entrepreneurs, and then the 300 individual members...

Supreme Court rejects Apple's appeal over e-book price fixing

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Apple Inc. on Monday, leaving in place a ruling that Apple conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices when the company sought to challenge Amazon.com's dominance of the market. The justices' order lets stand an appeals court ruling that found...

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