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Blake Dowling: Disruption and artificial intelligence

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Uber, Netflix, Amazon Go, Legal Robot, Watson, Einstein, Starship … all examples of disruption and the artificial intelligence that is changing the legal, medical and business world every day. Maybe you have heard of some (or all) of them; they all have an interesting story.

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Donald Trump, Brian Williams, Caitlyn Jenner among TV’s most eye-popping in 2015

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It’s been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see TV. Here’s a rundown of 10 big television happenings in 2015: — SAY ‘GOOD NIGHT’: Late-night TV’s transformation began in January, when Larry Wilmore‘s new “Nightly Show” claimed the Comedy Central slot previously held by Stephen Colbert‘s “Colbert Report.” Then in February, Jon Stewart announced he was leaving Comedy Central’s “The…

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 eps leaked hours before premiere

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Some people just cannot wait. Make that almost a million people. Game of Thrones season five, set to premiere on HBO Sunday evening, began emerging from piracy networks and downloaded more than three-quarter million times. The pirated copies appeared on torrent sites around 10 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday, only a day before its official launch. Through 7 a.m. Sunday, more than 550,000 individual clients leaked the first four episodes of GoT worldwide, reports Todd Spangler of Variety. Copyright intelligence firm Excipio estimates that…

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Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal

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Charter buying Bright House for $10.4 billion is the latest big deal in the pay-TV industry. Companies want to merge as costs for channels like ESPN have shot up, while their video subscribers have dipped and online video providers like Netflix become more popular. Combining gives them more negotiating power against programmers such as The Walt Disney Co. Last year, Comcast said it was buying Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, and AT&T is purchasing DirecTV for $48.5 billion. Both…

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‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

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Even if it never wins another award, “House of Cards” already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix’s expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had “House of Cards” flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch…

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“House of Cards” Season 3 sags (a little), bogs down in wonkiness

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As the third season of House of Cards launches this week, the delightfully devilish take on Washington and insider politics starts to sag, ever so slightly. While the hit Netflix series may not be entirely realistic, the first few episodes of Season 3 does reflect the burdens of real politicians when they assume office: After machinations and intrigue of a political campaign, now comes time for nuts-and-bolts governing. As such, the first three episodes appear mired in policy wonkiness, something…

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