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    1. Alphabet's Deepmind Is Trying to Transform Health Care — But Should an AI Company Have Your Health Records?

      Alphabet's Deepmind Is Trying to Transform Health Care — But Should an AI Company Have Your Health Records?

      DeepMind, the digital brain foundry owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, wants to use artificial intelligence to solve… well, everything. Last year, its software taught itself to play the strategy game Go better than any human on the planet. For its next trick, it wants to move beyond games to a very real-world problem: health care. The London company has a fast-growing division—now 100 strong—dedicated to health. And while DeepMind’s research on Go may be years away from yielding practical applications, its health-care work is affecting people’s lives today through projects with the U.K ...

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    2. Sony, Terumo Remain Possible Alliance Partners for Olympus

      Sony, Terumo Remain Possible Alliance Partners for Olympus

      Olympus Corp. (7733) is continuing discussions with Sony Corp. (6758), Terumo Corp. (4543) and Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (4901) about possible tie-ups as the Japanese camera maker seeks to increase its capital in the aftermath of an accounting fraud. There’s a “50-50” chance Olympus will choose Sony as a partner, and odds are similar companies including Terumo may invest in Olympus, Chairman Yasuyuki Kimoto, 63, said in an interview yesterday. Forming an alliance with Panasonic Corp. (6752) is“less likely,” while the door is “still left open” for Fujifilm, he said.

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    3. Olympus Considers Raising 50 Billion Yen to Boost Capital

      Olympus Considers Raising 50 Billion Yen to Boost Capital

      Olympus Corp. (7733) is considering raising about 50 billion yen ($628 million) to boost capital that declined by more than half after the Japanese camera maker admitted to a 13-year accounting fraud. The amount is a “rough guideline” as Olympus seeks funding through a capital alliance or a public share sale, President Hiroyuki Sasa said in an interview. Olympus resumed talks in May on possible alliances with companies including Sony Corp. (6758), Panasonic Corp. (6752), Terumo Corp. and Fujifilm Holdings Corp., and hasn’t narrowed the number of candidates, he said.

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    4. Olympus Gets Capital Alliance Offers From Sony, Fujifilm, Terumo

      Olympus Gets Capital Alliance Offers From Sony, Fujifilm, Terumo

      Olympus Corp. , the Japanese camera maker that admitted to a 13-year cover-up of investment losses, said it received capital alliance offers from Sony Corp. ,Fujifilm Holdings Corp.  and Terumo Corp.  Olympus got offers from “more than three” potential partners and may decide as early as next month whether to form a tie-up, President-designate Hiroyuki Sasa said in an interview in Tokyo today. He didn’t name the others. The company plans to release its business plan as early as May, he said at Olympus headquarters.

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    5. Carl Zeiss Meditec and University of Miami sued Optovue over Patent Infringement

      Carl Zeiss Meditec and University of Miami sued Optovue over Patent Infringement
      Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (AFX GY): A unit of the maker of medical lasers to correct vision defects and the University of Miami sued California-based Optovue Inc. in federal court in Delaware over claims it infringed two patents for technology to map the eye.
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    6. Canon Bids $85M for Optopol, Polish Eye Diagnostic Device Maker

      Canon Bids $85M for Optopol, Polish Eye Diagnostic Device Maker
      Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Canon Inc. bid 248 million zloty ($85 million) to take over Optopol SA, a Polish maker of diagnostic equipment for eye doctors, as it seeks to take the lead in the sector. Canon offered to pay 19 zloty a share to members of the Bogdani family, and 20 zloty to other holders of the Zawiercie, Poland-based company’s stock, Canon said in a statement on its Web site. Optopol surged 22 percent to 19.62 zloty in Warsaw trading at 10:27 a.m. The benchmark WIG20 Index rose 1.2 percent. Canon is betting the acquisition ...
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