World Briefs: Protest over tycoon's acquittal

Protest over tycoon's acquittal

TAIPEI • Hundreds of Taiwanese took to the streets yesterday to protest against the acquittal of a tycoon accused of selling tainted cooking oil.

Mr Wei Ying-chung, former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat, along with five others, was found not guilty last month by a district court. He could have faced a 30-year jail term. Prosecutors have appealed against the ruling amid a fresh outcry against the company with consumers boycotting its products.

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Big money for AI research group

SAN FRANCISCO • Several big-name Silicon Valley figures have pledged US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) to support a non-profit firm that aims to focus on the "positive human impact" of artificial intelligence.

Backers of the OpenAI research group include Tesla founder and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk, Y Combinator's Mr Sam Altman, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. "Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return," read the inaugural message on the OpenAI website.

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Korean talks end with no agreement

SEOUL • North and South Korea yesterday wrapped up two days of rare high-level talks aimed at easing cross-border tensions with no agreement and no date for further discussions.

A media pool report from the meeting in the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone, on the North's side of the border, said the talks had ended without a joint statement and no schedule for another round.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 13, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe