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How DeepMind worked with former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik to make its AI, AlphaZero, learn new variants, which could make AI chess more creative (Tom Simonite/Wired)

Tom Simonite / Wired: How DeepMind worked with former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik to make its AI, AlphaZero, learn new variants, which could make AI chess more creative  —  A former world champion teams up with

As Amazon reportedly considers a $20B investment in Reliance’s retail business, a look at the outsized influence Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani has in India (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: As Amazon reportedly considers a $20B investment in Reliance’s retail business, a look at the outsized influence Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani has in India  —  – Reliance said to be in talks to sell retail stake

Source: ByteDance notified US authorities and potential bidders for TikTok US operations that it will not sell or transfer TikTok’s recommendation algorithm (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Source: ByteDance notified US authorities and potential bidders for TikTok US operations that it will not sell or transfer TikTok’s recommendation algorithm  —  Chinese tech company decides not to sell or transfer code

Sources: Oracle has leapfrogged Microsoft as the most likely buyer of TikTok’s US operations, but there is still a possibility of no deal happening (Dan Primack/Axios)

Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: Oracle has leapfrogged Microsoft as the most likely buyer of TikTok’s US operations, but there is still a possibility of no deal happening  —  Oracle has leapfrogged Microsoft as the most likely

GitLab, which has an all remote workforce of 1,300+ employees from 67 countries, is advising companies like Twitter on its “radically transparent” working model (Julia Herbst/Fast Company)

Julia Herbst / Fast Company: GitLab, which has an all remote workforce of 1,300+ employees from 67 countries, is advising companies like Twitter on its “radically transparent” working model  —  As 2020’s experiment with working from home

The public’s phobia of touching cash amid COVID-19 could help SoftBank popularize mobile payments in cash-addicted Japan; SoftBank has invested $1B+ in PayPay (Wataru Suzuki/Nikkei Asian Review)

Wataru Suzuki / Nikkei Asian Review: The public’s phobia of touching cash amid COVID-19 could help SoftBank popularize mobile payments in cash-addicted Japan; SoftBank has invested $1B+ in PayPay  —  Masayoshi Son zeros in on Japan, where

Paris-based insurance tech startup Descartes Underwriting, specializing in climate risk modeling and transfer, raises $18.5M Series A to expand in US and Asia (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Paris-based insurance tech startup Descartes Underwriting, specializing in climate risk modeling and transfer, raises $18.5M Series A to expand in US and Asia  —  Descartes Underwriting, an insurance tech company specializing in climate

Franchised esports leagues have allowed players to become full-time employees but critics say game publishers like Activision have too much power over players (Cecilia D’Anastasio/Wired)

Cecilia D’Anastasio / Wired: Franchised esports leagues have allowed players to become full-time employees but critics say game publishers like Activision have too much power over players  —  Franchised leagues are a modern experiment in what happens

IT service company Virtusa to be acquired by Baring Private Equity Asia in an all-cash deal worth about $2B (Joseph F. Kovar/CRN)

Kovar / CRN: IT service company Virtusa to be acquired by Baring Private Equity Asia in an all-cash deal worth about $2B  —  The large global IT services provider will join several other global IT solution providers

Several H-1B employees hired at TikTok’s Silicon Valley campus are facing visa approval delays that, legal experts say, are unusual (Wendy Lee/Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times: Several H-1B employees hired at TikTok’s Silicon Valley campus are facing visa approval delays that, legal experts say, are unusual  —  The hits to California’s TikTok workers just keep coming: First,

Facebook says it is removing misleading posts about how Oregon wildfires were started after initially saying it was reducing the distribution of such posts (Alyse Stanley/Gizmodo)

Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo: Facebook says it is removing misleading posts about how Oregon wildfires were started after initially saying it was reducing the distribution of such posts  —  As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain

Vancouver-based Klue, which develops AI-powered software aimed at giving enterprises better insights into their competitors, raises $15M Series A (Isabelle Kirkwood/BetaKit)

Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit: Vancouver-based Klue, which develops AI-powered software aimed at giving enterprises better insights into their competitors, raises $15M Series A  —  Vancouver-based artificial intelligence startup Klue, which has developed software aimed to give enterprises

Ubicquia, which helps cities provide services such as public WiFi through connected streetlights, raises $30M Series C, claims its tools are used in 100+ cities (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)

Christine Hall / Crunchbase News: Ubicquia, which helps cities provide services such as public WiFi through connected streetlights, raises $30M Series C, claims its tools are used in 100+ cities  —  Ubicquia is helping keep the streetlights

PE firm EQT to buy Madrid-based property classifieds site Idealista for €1.3B from Apax Partners; Idealista was valued at €235M during its acquisition in 2015 (Kaye Wiggins/Financial Times)

Kaye Wiggins / Financial Times: PE firm EQT to buy Madrid-based property classifieds site Idealista for €1.3B from Apax Partners; Idealista was valued at €235M during its acquisition in 2015  —  Swedish buyout group to buy company

Sources: about a dozen states, mostly led by GOP, are considering joining DOJ’s upcoming antitrust lawsuit against Google, while readying their own complaints (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Sources: about a dozen states, mostly led by GOP, are considering joining DOJ’s upcoming antitrust lawsuit against Google, while readying their own complaints  —  – Democratic states have sought more time for broader probe  — States

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