AI program beats pros in six-player poker—a first

An artificial intelligence program has beaten a group of top poker players in six-player Texas hold ’em—a breakthrough for the technology Artificial intelligence programs have bested humans in checkers, chess, Go and two-player poker, but multi-player poker was always believed to be a bigger ask. Mission: accomplished. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Facebook’s… read more »

Daimler slashes 2019 profit forecast after Q2 loss

The so-called “Dieselgate” scandal is taking the shine off Daimler’s results German auto giant Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz, on Friday slashed its 2019 profit forecast for the second time in a few weeks, after booking a 1.6-billion-euro ($1.8-billion) operating loss in the second quarter. By comparison, between April and June last year, the Stuttgart-based group… read more »

China’s Fosun Group confirms Thomas Cook rescue bid

The British travel agency has struggled with its debt pile China’s Fosun Group is considering nearly a billion dollar rescue of embattled British tour operator Thomas Cook, the Hong Kong-listed conglomerate confirmed Friday. The Chinese company said in a stock market announcement that there are “ongoing advanced discussions” about a capital injection which would see… read more »

Japan firm says $32 mn missing in cryptocurrency hack

BITPoint Japan handles several digital currencies including bitcoin and ethereum A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange said Friday it had halted all services after losing cryptocurrency worth more than $32 million in the latest apparent hack involving virtual money. Remixpoint said its subsidiary BITPoint Japan discovered overnight that about 3.5 billion yen ($32.3 million) in various digital… read more »