Current Affairs Global - 27 January 2014

1. Global tech giant Google has acquired DeepMind Technologies, an artificial intelligence company in London, for USD 400 million. DeepMind Technologies was founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. The company combines -the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.- It said its first commercial applications are in simulations, e-commerce and games.


2. 56th Grammy Awards were announced yesterday.  French dance duo Daft Punk have taken top honours at the Grammy Awards, winning five prizes including album and record of the year. Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards including best new artist and rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. Justin Timberlake won three, while New Zealand teenager Lorde picked up two including song of the year for Royals. Lorde-s "Royals" song won the Song of the year award.


3. Switzerland's eighth seeded Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion when he defeated world number one Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final match yesterday. He defeated Nadal by 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours 21 minutes to win the title.


4. India's Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau failed to win the Australian open mixed doubles title as they lost to French-Canadian combination of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in straight sets in the summit clash yesterday. They lost 3-6, 2-6 against the French-Canadian duo in the final match. Mladenovic and Nestor, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title last year as well. Sania had earlier won the Australian mixed doubles title along with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009.


5. China's Xue Song defeated India's Srikanth K 16-21, 21-19, 21-13 to win the Men-s title in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship yesterday.


China-s Chen Qingchen and Jia FanYi defeated Yu Xiohan and Huang Yaquang by 22-24, 21-19 and 21-11 to win the women's double title.  In the mixed double title, Yilv Wang and Huang Yaqiong won the tile. Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen defeated their compatriots K Huang and Sei Wei Zheng to win the men-s double title. All the doubles titles were full Chinese affairs.