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Google DeepMind is edging towards a 3-0 victory against world Go champion Ke Jie (GOOG)

Google DeepMind has won its second game against world Go champion Ke Jie in China, putting it one step closer to a 3-0 victory.

The company's self-learning AlphaGo AI agent is playing 19-year-old Ke Jie at the "Future of Go Summit" near Shanghai this week in a three-game match.

The win against Ke Jie — who has been playing Go since the age of 5 — puts AlphaGo just one victory away from a 3-o win.

"#AlphaGo wins game 2," wrote Google DeepMind cofounder and CEO Demis Hassabis on Twitter. "What an amazing and complex game! Ke Jie pushed AlphaGo right to the limit."


The 25 coolest tech companies in Israel
Posted May 25, 2017 0:35 AM
The 25 coolest tech companies in Israel

Israel continues to produce an impressive number of highly successful tech companies for a country with a population of just 9 million people. 

The Middle Eastern country is sometimes referred to as "Startup Nation" thanks to the sheer number of entrepreneurs building businesses there, particularly in cities like Tel Aviv. 

Multinational tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft all have research centres in Israel but some of the local companies are arguably more interesting, with many of them specialising in drones, cybersecurity, and autonomous driving technology. 

Take Mobileye, for example. The company's autonomous driving technology was so interesting that

10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, FB, SNAP)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. UK government ministers are reportedly planning to enforce new powers that would compel tech companies like WhatsApp and Apple to hand over encrypted messages. It's not clear how this would work in practice as the "end-to-end encryption" techniques used by the big tech firms make decryption impossible.

2. The new Nokia 3310 is now on sale. The revamped device is selling for £49.99 (or €49), and has some significant changes.


Aviva on the hunt for acquisitions as CEO says: 'We want to turn Aviva into a fintech'

LONDON — Aviva, the 321-year-old British insurance giant, wants to become a financial technology company.

CEO Mark Wilson declared at a press conference on Wednesday: "We want to turn Aviva into a fintech."

"We will do acquisitions in this space," he said but added: "I don't mean billions. There's nothing imminent."

Wilson named artificial intelligence and big data as areas of particular interest for Aviva, which has a market cap of £21 billion.

He was talking to journalists at Aviva's "Digital Garage" in Hoxton, a trendy area of East London. The office holds a few hundred staff, away from Aviva's City of London office, and is home to its digital innovation and development teams.

A year later, the CEO of 2016's hottest tech IPO explains why he's not concerned about the stock price (TWLO)

It's been a wild ride for Twilio, the $2.4 billion cloud communications company behind 2016's hottest tech IPO

After debuting in June 2016 at $15 per share, Twilio's stock soared to a peak of $70.96 by September. By Halloween, Twilio was down to less than half that. Early May saw another dip after Twilio announced that Uber, one of its marquee customers, was starting to reduce its reliance on the service to send text messages to drivers and passengers.

By market close on Wednesday, Twilio was trading at around $26 per share. That's still 73% above its IPO price, but 63% below its all-time high.

Business Insider caught up with

The company behind the butter and coffee craze plans to open a café in NYC — Here's what it's like

Coffee with butter isn't a typical morning beverage. But it's become a craze among biohackers and those looking to add extra energy to their day.

Championed by Dave Asprey, author of "The Bulletproof Diet," the aptly named "Bulletproof coffee" (BPC) is a mix of specially treated coffee, butter from grass-fed cows, and "brain octane" oil, which is similar to coconut oil.

You've never seen these ingredients on a Starbucks menu. But they're staples at the Bulletproof café in Santa Monica, California — and more cafés could be springing up around the country soon.

On Wednesday, Asprey announced that his company, Bulletproof, had raised an additional $19 million from lead investors CAVU Venture Partners.

An Uber rival has snagged $100M from a tech heavyweight to conquer the Brazilian market

Japan's SoftBank Group agreed to invest $100 million in Brazilian ride-hailing app 99, the startup said on Wednesday, capping off a fund-raising round totaling more than $200 million.

The investment turns up the heat on Uber, which had been touting its success in Latin American markets. As the ride-hailing goliath stumbles amid lawsuits and investigations, its rivals have seized the moment to capitalize and bring in cash.

Uber's US arch-rival, Lyft, recently closed a $600 million round of funding lead by KKR & Co. Now, Brazil-based 99 will have a flush war chest to take on Uber in one of its most important emerging markets.

Facebook and Google dominate web traffic, but not the same kind

This won’t be a shock to anyone who works in publishing, but Google is no longer the referral king.

While the search giant is still very important to publishers, Facebook now edges it out in when it comes pointing web users to news articles and other kinds of content, as this chart from 

Things 3 is an $8 productivity app that's worth every penny

For those who like to stay organized, there are plenty of free apps out there that will get the job done. 

But while those apps — including Apple's own native apps, like Calendar, Notes, and Reminders — are adequate, shelling out for a third-party app is often worth it.

Enter Things 3, an $8 app that's essentially the ultimate task manager. The app is simple to use, beautifully designed, and will help you finally get — and stay — organized. 

The app launched in May and it's now the No. 1 paid productivity app in the App Store.

Here's how it works. 

Things 3 is the third iteration of the popular task management app. It normally costs $9.99 for iPhone, but it's 20% off until May 25. I got it in the App Store for $7.99. This is what your main screen will look like. It's a lot like an email inbox,...

What it's like to use one of the world's first 8K monitors

Dell recently released the world's first consumer-targeted 8K monitor, and we've been wondering what it's like. 

4K TVs and monitors already offer incredible sharpness and detail. We've only recently begun to appreciate them, now that prices have become reasonably affordable and the amount of 4K content has gradually increased.

So what more could 8K possibly offer?

YouTubers Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips and Marques Brownlee both had some time to play around with Dell's 8K monitor to share their reactions. Here's what they had to say: 

The 8K resolution on Dell's UP3218K monitor means it has four times as many pixels as a 4K monitor, which already has four times as many pixels as a 1080p one.

That means an 8K monitor has more than 33 million pixels.

Most monitors need just one cable to connect to a computer. To work be...