‘Silicon Valley is ethically lost’: Google grapples with reaction to its new ‘horrifying’ and uncanny AI tech

‘Silicon Valley is ethically lost’: Google grapples with reaction to its new ‘horrifying’ and uncanny AI tech

The most talked-about, futuristic product from Google’s developer show isn’t even finished yet — and Google hasn’t agreed how to do it. At its I/O conference on Tuesday, Alphabet Inc.’s Google previewed Duplex, an experimental service that lets its voice-based digital assistant book appointments on its own. It was part of a slate of features,…

McDonald’s takes aim at Tim Hortons in breakfast wars: You can now buy bagels at all Canadian stores

McDonald’s takes aim at Tim Hortons in breakfast wars: You can now buy bagels at all Canadian stores

TORONTO — Alongside the Egg McMuffins, hashbrowns and hotcakes that have been on McDonald’s menus for years, consumers who visit the fast food giant’s restaurants Thursday might spot something new on the menu boards. McDonald’s Canada starts serving bagels at its restaurants across the country this week, following a four-month pilot in Ontario. The product…

Bridgewater, the world’s biggest hedge fund, says a crucial market driver is at 10 o’clock — and forecasts widespread pain once it gets to 12

Bridgewater, the world’s biggest hedge fund, says a crucial market driver is at 10 o’clock — and forecasts widespread pain once it gets to 12

On the surface, Bridgewater Associates’ performance last month looks unremarkable. Sure, the $150 billion firm’s flagship fund lost 1% in April, but it’s still up about 4% over the first four months of the year, according to a Bloomberg report. So what’s the big deal? As is often the case, the devil is in the…

5 years ago, stock-trading app Robinhood was rejected by 75 investors — now it’s worth $5.6 billion

5 years ago, stock-trading app Robinhood was rejected by 75 investors — now it’s worth $5.6 billion

In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that commission-free stock trading company Robinhood could be valued in excess of $5 billion. The Journal’s unnamed sources said the company was currently raising an estimated $350 million funding round, led by Robinhood’s longtime investor, the Russian investment firm DST. Now, Robinhood is confirming both the size of…

A major iPhone supplier is trying to persuade investors that it’s not about to be destroyed by Apple — but analysts are worried

A major iPhone supplier is trying to persuade investors that it’s not about to be destroyed by Apple — but analysts are worried

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Reuters iPhone chip supplier Dialog Semiconductor tried to persuade investors on Wednesday that it has a “continuing and growing” business with Apple — but analysts remain worried about the strength of the relationship. CEO Jalal Bagherli said Dialog would likely supply chips to Apple until at least 2020, but couldn’t make…

BACK HOME: Trump greets 3 Americans freed from North Korea

BACK HOME: Trump greets 3 Americans freed from North Korea

Two of the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea gesture next to US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 10, 2018. Jim Bourg/Reuters President Donald Trump welcomed the arrival of the three Korean-Americans held captive in North Korea at Joint Base Andrews in…

Israel launched a barrage of air strikes on 50 Iranian targets in Syria — a massive escalation that could lead to all-out war

Israel launched a barrage of air strikes on 50 Iranian targets in Syria — a massive escalation that could lead to all-out war

A map posted online by the Israel Defense Forces showing what they say are Iranian positions they struck. Embedded is footage from one of the strikes. Israel Defense Forces Israel’s military launched a barrage of missile strikes on Iranian targets based in Syria early Thursday morning, a massive retaliation in an ongoing conflict between the…

Half of the biggest housing markets in the US are overvalued — and it could spell trouble for homebuyers

Half of the biggest housing markets in the US are overvalued — and it could spell trouble for homebuyers

Despite high prices, San Francisco’s housing market is not overvalued. bezikus/Shutterstock The US housing market is something of a seller’s paradise right now. Aging millennials are itching to become homeowners, but the supply of starter homes is at a historic low. Only 20% of the 1.2 million homes on the market are entry-level, according to…

WestJet stock downgraded as analyst concerns linger

WestJet stock downgraded as analyst concerns linger

Despite management’s attempts to alleviate concerns about execution risk, many analysts remain skeptical of WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s growth strategy to launch an ultra low-cost carrier while pursuing international expansion amid labour strife.  Following the airline’s underwhelming first-quarter results and a decrease of revenue targets for the upcoming second quarter, two analysts downgraded WestJet’s stock on…