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Salesforce's Einstein AI platform: What you need to know

A fortnight out from the start of its annual Dreamforce gathering in San Francisco, Einstein general manager John Ball laid out Salesforce's AI strategy, which has been under development for some time. One example is Sales, where Einstein will be used to help predict when a lead has a better chance of turning into a sale, or alerting salespeople when a contact might be considering a competitor.

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Google does an about-turn on Allo privacy, earns Edward Snowden's criticism

Allo does support end-to-end encryption, which should make it hard for anyone but recipient and sender to view the contents of messages: but Google was criticized by Snowden and other privacy advocates for setting it as off by default.

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New Yorkers get alarming emergency alert about Chelsea bombing suspect

The alert , received by millions on their phones almost at the same time, was an electronic "wanted poster" which read "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male". As Griss noted , this is a quaint notion when Google is now just one click away. New Yorkers took to Twitter to complain about the notification , which many felt would only put brown people in danger.

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Feds want to regulate drivers when the driver is the car

The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include Google, Ford Motor Co and ride-hailing service Uber, said in a statement they hoped policymakers could develop a framework that avoids a "patchwork of requirements that could inhibit self-driving vehicle development".

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Feds preview rules of the road for self-driving cars

The group cautioned that concerns still remain, based on the details of the federal policies , about making sure carmakers are responsible for deaths and injuries resulting from failures in autonomous technologies. This morning (Sept. 20), the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new policy document on how it plans to handle self-driving cars at a national level.

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Apple lodges patent for a paper bag called… 'Bag'

Apple's reportedly used the bag in its stores for a few months now. More specifically, a paper bag that can hold stuff and has a "white solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60 percent post-consumer content". The fact that Apple is investing time and money into developing shopping containers is very surprising, given its reputation as a tech innovator not a bag manufacturer.