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Microsoft’s $19.7 billion Nuance acquisition could be just the beginning of a major shopping spree that puts its $136 billion in cash to work (MSFT)

Summary List Placement This week, Microsoft committed to paying as much as $19.7 billion for Nuance Communications, a company that once upon a time provided voice-to-text software for Windows and has since pivoted into artificial intelligence-powered assistance for health practitioners.  The deal — Microsoft’s second-largest ever after LinkedIn — follows a big run of M&A […]

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Amazon’s AI-powered cameras are a double-edged sword that could make drivers safer, but also force the company to sacrifice productivity, a transportation expert says (AMZN)

Summary List Placement Amazon recently installed AI-powered surveillance cameras in its delivery trucks that monitor drivers’ behavior in what the company says is an effort to reduce risky driving behaviors and collisions. Whether the cameras ultimately accomplish that goal may depend on how much productivity Amazon is willing to sacrifice in order to keep drivers […]

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Don’t start doubting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines — after 185 million doses, there are no red flags about blood clots

Summary List Placement For the first time in the US’s vaccine rollout, regulators have pumped the breaks on an authorized coronavirus shot. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration together recommended a temporary pause in the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine while regulators investigate six reports […]

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Palo Alto: Apartment proposal in single-family neighborhood can’t move forward, council decides

Single-family zoning isn’t going away any time soon in Palo Alto after city council members decided this week that apartment buildings don’t belong there. After deliberating for hours Monday night, the council voted 5-2 to make clear that the “planned home” zoning tool it approved in February 2020 to expedite housing projects only applies to […]

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Letters: Broken promises | Welcoming Livermore | Georgia law | Reason for recall | Syrian tragedy | No place for hate

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Another solar facility, another broken promise Last month Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert voted to approve the massive Aramis industrial solar plant in North Livermore Valley without the county first completing a comprehensive solar policy as Haubert had called for […]

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St. Vincent seeks aid as volcano keeps erupting

By Kristin Deane and Danica Coto | Associated Press KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. Between 16,000 […]