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Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create "human-quality" short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. Because that is a creative...Show More Summary

Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them

Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. The small, relatively inexpensive...Show More Summary

Top US, Iranian diplomats locked in nuclear talks

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are locked in negotiation with just two days left before their latest deadline for a comprehensive nuclear pact. World powers and Iran...Show More Summary

APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. [...]Show More Summary

Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

The proposed regulation also calls for such companies to pay into a fund for transportation infrastructure. The city also would create an app for licensed taxis and help pay for their GPS technology.

Russian parliament votes to adopt controversial privacy law

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawmakers in the Russian parliament have voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request.

Uber suspends low-cost service in France amid legal pressure

PARIS (AP) — Uber has suspended its low-cost ride-hailing service in France in hopes of defusing an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. Simphaud and another European manager for...Show More Summary

Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth

The online retail giant has brought tens of thousands of workers to its campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood, overtaken the University of Washington as Seattle's biggest employer and lined up enough office space to roughly triple...Show More Summary

In Tech: Lifetime video service, Sprint's new price plans

[...] HBO has made its shows and movies available online for $15 a month to people who don't pay for cable, while Showtime has an $11-a-month service debuting this month. Rather, the Lifetime Movie Club service will let viewers watch...Show More Summary

Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'

Despite Google's apology, the gaffe threatens to cast the Internet company in an unflattering light at a time when it and its Silicon Valley peers have already been fending off accusations of discriminatory hiring practices. In thisShow More Summary

Top US auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief U.S. auto safety regulator says Fiat Chrysler will face sanctions for violating safety laws in multiple recalls. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind says the agency will act before Labor Day and that the automaker will face enforcement action.

Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue

Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along an avenue that is the heart of the capital's cultural and social life.

US regulator says Fiat Chrysler recall woes are widespread

Jennifer Timian, acting director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's defect investigation office, made the remarks Thursday to start a public hearing on the company's recall performance.

Intel President Renee James to leave chipmaker

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel said Thursday that President Renee James, who has worked at the chipmaker for 28 years, plans to leave the company early next year to seek a CEO role elsewhere. James has agreed to stay with Intel until JanuaryShow More Summary

Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation. People...Show More Summary

Google unit sorry for including concentration camps in game

BERLIN (AP) — A Google subsidiary has apologized for making Nazi concentration camps part of a mobile role-playing game. Gabriele Hammermann, director of the memorial site at Dachau, told the dpa news agency that Google's actions were a humiliation for victims and relatives of the Nazi camps.

14 questions (or statements) that get snarky replies from Siri

A recent tweet by "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul reminds us that every now and then, Siri can be a sarcastic little minx.

Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday. A preliminary investigation after the Feb. Show More Summary

Hewlett-Packard moves forward with plan to split in 2

HP said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the new company called Hewlett Packard Enterprise will include units of the old HP that sold computer hardware, software and tech services for large organizations.

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom.

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