It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart displays received a tepid response at launch, so it was a surprise to see glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. It turns out some were written by Facebook employees. The company says it has told the reviewers to remove their work from Amazon's site.
There's been much talk over the last year that Facebook is preparing to launch a smart speaker. The latest report suggests it'll be hitting the market with two devices -- the first fruits of the secretive Building 8 hardware lab. We may have our first look at the patent behind the speaker, but details remain sparse.
Director Guillermo del Toro's latest, Pacific Rim, features an AI that sounds suspiciously similar to GLaDOS, the malevolent star of Valve Software's Portal series. According to del Toro, this is all by design.