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Weekly#131

  • Hitachi Ltd. is looking to promote artificial intelligence to management.The Japanese electronics maker said it has developed a new artificial intelligence program that will enable robots to deliver instructions to employees based on analyses of big data and the workers’ routines.Work efficiency improved by 8% in warehouses (WSJ)

  • iPhones, Apple TV, and a Huge iPad: Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Event (Bloomberg)
  • Japan’s All Nippon Airways unveils ‘Star Wars’-themed planes and entertainment
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  • If you think you aren’t dreaming at night, you’re probably wrong (QZ)
  • End of the road for journalists? Robot reporter Dreamwriter from China’s Tencent churns out perfect 1,000-word news story – in 60 seconds (South China Morning Post)
  • These are the the most crystal-clear images of Pluto yet (QZ / Nasa)
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  • Why Facebook’s $2 Billion Bet on Oculus Rift Might One Day Connect Everyone on Earth (Vanity Fair)
  • Live Coding now lets you hire a developer and watch them work in real-time (The Next Web)
  • Google Fiber said Thursday that it’s considering expanding service to three new cities: San Diego, Louisville, Ky.; and Irvine, Calif. (WSJ)
  • Tencent Holdings Ltd. plans to add a personal loan feature to its popular WeChat smartphone messaging application later this month, in the latest step in the Chinese Internet giant’s expansion in online financial services, according to people familiar with the matter. (WSJ)
  • no company has done more than Apple to change the dynamic and balance of power in the mobile industry…
    Apple’s latest move is called the iPhone Upgrade Program. Following the lead of US mobile operators, Apple will sell its new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus on a monthly installment plan, starting at $32 per month, with annual upgrades to the latest model.
    …it does something more important: It converts its users from “carrier customers” to “Apple customers.” (QZ)
  • Robots Lay Three Times as Many Bricks as Construction Workers (QZ)
  • Japan’s population of centenarians (100 years old) now exceeds 61,000, the nation’s health ministry announced Sept. 11. (QZ)