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Google’s Go Victory – Four Other Times AI has Taken on Humanity at Games

Yesterday’s defeat of legendary Go player Lee Se-dol marked yet another benchmark in the progress of artificial intelligence. The win, in South Korean capital Seoul, takes the Silicon Valley firm’s AlphaGo program…

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Berlin’s Number26: More Than FinTech’s Pretty Face

The office of fintech upstart Number26, tucked into a corner of central Berlin between the meander of the River Spree and the city’s surviving, 800-year-old kernel, is unlike most bank headquarters. It…

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Four Places With Surprisingly Slow Internet Speeds

by Anam Alpenia The Obamas raised eyebrows this weekend by complaining about, of all things, spotty Wifi in the White House. “It can be a little sketchy,” the First Lady told CBS’…

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CodeGirl’s Lesley Chilcott on Narrowing Tech’s Gender Gaps

by Anam Alpenia Only 7% of tech startups are led by women. Among the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, only 25 are women and 23 have an all-male boardroom. It was these…

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Polish Teen Creates World’s First Messaging App for Deaf People

It all began with a video game. More specifically, it began with Grand Theft Auto III, the free-roaming, criminal-sim that Mateusz Mach would play for hours at his parents’ house in Lebork,…

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Why Are Poles Marching Against Surveillance Laws?

by Anam Alpenia Thousands of Poles have been marching through their country’s major cities, in protest of online surveillance laws proposed by the new right wing government. Foreign Policy yesterday accused the…

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The Old Town and the Sea: How Marine Technology is Revamping Russia’s “Fortress in Europe”

Kaliningrad occupies one of Europe’s strangest geopolitical spaces. Tucked between Lithuania and Poland on the fringes of the Baltic Sea, the exclave is 300 miles from the rest of Russia, and almost…

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Oscobo Hopes to Bring Private Searching to Britain

British web users now have a way to search for U.K.-specific content in privacy. Oscobo, a London-based search engine, launched last week. Its founders, who both ditched long term corporate careers, told…

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2015 in Tech: The Year’s Biggest Winners and Losers

In another big year for technology news, there were, as always, plenty of winners and losers. Here Red Herring checks out some of those who felt on top of the world, and…

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Gap between St Petersburg and Moscow narrowing – but funding still miles away

When Pavel Durov was dismissed as CEO of VKontakte, the social media platform he had founded in 2006, last summer, Saint Petersburg’s tech community lamented the loss of its most enigmatic character,…

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