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See the downtown Manhattan office where a fraction of IBM's global team works on technology of the future

In a chic Manhattan office building, around 600 people work on the future.

It's the global headquarters of IBM Watson, the cognitive technology that the company says "can think like a human." You may have read that it has partnered with hospitals to help better read X-rays, or watched it win on Jeopardy in 2011

"It's technology that is able to look at information in a manner that's similar to us," Watson Manager Jonas Nwuke explained to Business Insider. "It can grasp nuance and context, and learns by example over time."


Twitter is rallying after announcing a crackdown on abusive content (TWTR)

Twitter is up 2.62% at $18.40 a share after announcing it is launching a new set of features to combat hateful and abusive content.

Initiatives include hiding abusive tweets, preventing banned users from creating new accounts, and introducing a new "safe search" function, according to Twitter's engineering chief Ed Ho in a blog post on Tuesday. The decision comes after years of criticism that the social media company hasn't done nearly enough to combat rampant abuse. 

Several prominent people have been banned,


A Chicago zoo has euthanized Granddad, the world's oldest captive fish, at more than 90 years old

On Sunday the team at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago had a tough decision to make.

Granddad the lungfish, who had lived at the aquarium since 1933 and was the oldest captive fish in the world, was in a state of rapidly declining health. Eventually, the team decided it was time to say goodbye.

According to the aquarium's website, Granddad was not just the oldest living resident there, but also the oldest fish in any public zoo or aquarium in the world, being in his mid-90s. In his final days, Granddad stopped eating and showed signs of organ failure, so the team decided the most humane thing to do was euthanize him.

We’re sad to share that the Shedd family has bid farewell to one of our best-loved members: Granddad.


Google cut off a website’s revenue because of something in an article's comments from six years ago (GOOG, GOOGL)

"Google farked us over," Drew Curtis, owner of the popular satirical news sharing site, wrote on a blog post.

Google had stopped serving ads to his site, Fark.com, for weeks because it had accused the site of hosting pedophile content.

Fark is an 18-year-old website where people share and chat about oddball news stories after writing funny, alternative headlines for them.  It's like a sarcastic Reddit.

Curtis said that the snafu with Google caused him "a huge financial hit" last fall.

The source of the shut-down


The CEO of an $18 billion software company says Harry Reid once spent a meeting reading him Dr. Seuss

Carl Bass, CEO of software company Autodesk with a market cap of $18 billion describes himself as "batsh*t about President Trump" and he's felt that way "for a year," throughout the campaign, he told Pando Daily's Sarah Lacy.

Like many other folks in the U.S. who are not fans of the new president, Bass has got a long list of concerns.


Tesla and SpaceX join 97 other companies in opposing Trump's immigration ban (TSLA)

Tesla and SpaceX have signed the amicus brief filed by 97 other companies opposing President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The amicus brief, which is a legal document signed by parties that have a strong interest in a case but are not a part of the litigation, has been signed by major tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. At the time the brief was filed, Tesla and Amazon were two major tech companies not included on the list.

A Tesla and SpaceX spokesperson confirmed that the companies have officially signed the brief.


'You got that?': Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump characterizing anything negative about him as 'fake'

CNN anchor Jake Tapper opened up "The Lead" on Monday by attempting to contextualize President Donald Trump's recent tweets aimed at delegitimizing a federal judge, polling, and the news media.

Tapper targeted three of Trump's tweets in particular. The first was from Sunday, following Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Robart issuing a nationwide temporary stay on Trump's temporary travel ban from seven majority-Muslim countries.

It followed up a tweet in which Trump labeled Robart as a "so-called" judge — which, as Tapper put it, seemed to question the judge's legitimacy and competency.

"Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril," Trump wrote Sunday. "If something happens, blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!"


Uber is just one company interested in 'flying cars' — here are 5 others (GOOGL)

Uber made a huge hire to advance its flying-car plans.

Mark Moore has left his position as an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center to join Uber's flying-car project, dubbed Uber Elevate, Bloomberg first reported Monday.

Uber isn't pursuing a flying car, per se, because it isn't being designed to fly and drive. Instead, Uber, like many other companies, is looking to build an electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for shorter urban commutes. Moore published a white paper outlining how electric VTOLs could work in 2010.


Democrats troll Trump with Google Chrome extension that replaces 'Trump' with 'Steve Bannon'

A major Democratic-aligned super PAC trolled President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make a point about White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's influence in the White House.

The group, American Bridge, rolled out a Google Chrome extension that replaces every mention of the word "Trump" with "Steve Bannon," a not-so-subtle attempt to show the influence the adviser has in the White House.

In a statement, American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah told Business Insider that the extension was meant to show the "power" Trump has ceded to his controversial adviser.


Take a tour of Lady Gaga's $10,000-a-night Super Bowl crash pad

Lady Gaga thrilled the Super Bowl crowds Sunday night with a performance that began with her literally falling out of the sky. 

But it turns out that the Houston home that she stayed at over Super Bowl weekend was equally over the top.

Reportedly worth $20 million, the Villa Encantado has more than 9,700 square feet of space, plus some extravagant amenities. When she wasn't prepping for her performance, Lady Gaga could enjoy the home's massive pool area, private screening room, and fully equipped gym. 

Though she stayed in the home on Airbnb's dime, the mansion would usually cost travelers $10,000 a night.

Designed in the Mediterranean style, the home has an expansive backyard area, complete with pool and palm tree. The theme continues inside. The kitchen has dark wood cabinetry and an impressively wide island.