This week in Tech News – Google acquires AI Firm, Samsung and Google strike patent deal, Rare Nintendo Game sells on eBay and Google issues apology for outage.
Google acquires Artificial Intelligence Firm
Google has reportedly entered a deal to acquire London-based company, DeepMind. The details of the deal have not yet been released, but a rumored $400 million price tag has been suggested. Being that it’s an A.I. company, one could suppose that Google wants to beef up its personal assistant software for mobile technologies, but because details have yet to be released, we can’t officially comment on that at this time.
Google and Samsung Sign Patent Deal
Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. While financial details were not disclosed, the deal will most likely lead to more collaboration between the two tech giants. The deal allows the two companies to focus on innovation rather than litigation. The deal covers patents made over the next 10 years as well as existing patents.
Google apologizes for Gmail Outage
On Friday, January 25, Google users were affected by a system-wide outage of Google products including Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents. These services were unusable to most users for about 25 minutes. Nearly 42 million, however, experienced the outage for close to an hour. Google immediately apologized for the inconvenience citing internal systems encountered a software bug that generated an incorrect configuration.
Rare Nintendo Game Sells on eBay for Nearly $100K
An extremely rare game’s auction closed on Saturday, January 26 fetching a whopping $99,902 as its final price. The 1990 NES Nintendo World Championship video game is one of only 116 that were ever in existence. It was made for Nintendo’s World Championship video competition and was only given out to finalists. Now, the game is one of the system’s rarest – second only to Stadium Events.