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Tech News Today for August 9, 2016

Tech News for August 9, 2016

Intel is betting that Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning is not only the next big wave, but it's even bigger than the smartphone wave and the vibrant cloud computing wave. As such, Intel has acquired Nervana Systems though it isn’t revealing the cost of the deal. Insiders say its north of $350 million for a startup with 48 employees. Read more at recode.net.

If you planned to fly Delta yesterday, today or really any day in the near future, my heart goes out to you. You have no doubt already heard that aging technology is to blame for 530 flights today and over a thousand flights yesterday on the airline some consider to be the most reliable option out there. Delta says they were able to bring their systems back online yesterday, but they need the extra time to reset the operation. NPR interviewed Bob Mann, a former airline executive who is now an aviation consultant who said these kinds of problems are going to happen in the future. Read more at wsj.com.

Twitter announced that it will be opening up its Moments feature, first to a group of new partners and brands, and eventually to anyone sometime in the coming months. Twitter sees Moments as a bridge for new users to understand the best of what Twitter has to offer, possibly before they’ve curated their own timeline to reflect the things they find important. Read more at blog.twitter.com.

Facebook announced today that they're going to make it easier for you to adjust your ad preferences, unless your preference is to use ad blockers because you won't be able to do that anymore. Now, even if you have ad blockers running on your desktop browser you will still see ads on your Facebook. The company will not, however, block ad blockers on mobile. Read more at nytimes.com.

Today Google announced it will remove Flash from the Chrome browser by default starting in September, completely phasing it out by December. The browser will opt for HTML5 in its place. Read more at businessinsider.com.

Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined by Iain Thomson of The Register to talk about the insecurity of smart locks discovered at DefCon. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and get it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.

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