• Tesla edges into pickup truck market with electric model
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    Tesla edges into pickup truck market with electric model

    Elon Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. The CEO of Tesla will unveil a new electric pickup truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday night. With the launch, Tesla is edging into the most profitable corner of the U.S. auto market, where buyers

  • Army examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer's data warning
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    Army examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer's data warning

    WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the app's handling of user data, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters

  • Microsoft granted license to export 'mass-market' software to Huawei
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    Microsoft granted license to export 'mass-market' software to Huawei

    The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump said this week it would allow some suppliers to restart sales to the Chinese telecoms giant, which was placed on a trade blacklist over national security concerns six months ago. The Commerce Department confirmed it had begun issuing licenses for some

  • Judge rejects U.S. move to disqualify states' lawyer in T-Mobile/Sprint lawsuit
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    Judge rejects U.S. move to disqualify states' lawyer in T-Mobile/Sprint lawsuit

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a U.S. government effort to disqualify a lawyer arguing for 15 states and the District of Columbia in their effort to block T-Mobile US Inc's planned $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint Corp . U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger

  • California lawmaker wants to ban sending unwanted nude pics
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    California lawmaker wants to ban sending unwanted nude pics

    When she was first elected to the California state Assembly, Ling Ling Chang publicly posted her cellphone number to get feedback from her constituents. It worked, but it came with a dark side effect: unwanted nude photos from strangers. Earlier this year, Texas outlawed sending unwanted nude photos

  • Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe
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    Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe

    Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general's office went to court earlier this month to compel the social media firm to comply with requests for information in its privacy investigation. Under a joint stipulation filed in San Francisco Superior

  • Iran net outage first to effectively isolate a whole nation
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    Iran net outage first to effectively isolate a whole nation

    Internet connectivity is trickling back in Iran after the government shut down access to the rest of the world for more than four days in response to unrest apparently triggered by a gasoline price hike. Other governments — such as Ethiopia’s — have imposed longer internet shutdowns. “There is a desperate

  • Telefonica signs deal to use AT&T infrastructure in Mexico
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    Telefonica signs deal to use AT&T infrastructure in Mexico

    Telefonica has signed a contract to use the so-called last-mile network of its U.S. rival AT&T in Mexico, the local chief executive of the Spanish telecommunications company said on Thursday. Telefonica Mexico CEO Camilo Aya said the deal with AT&T was not exclusive and that the Spanish company'

  • Egypt to send its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday
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    Egypt to send its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday

    Egypt will launch its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday, a move it says will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and attract investment. It is named after Thebes or Tiba in Arabic, an ancient Egyptian capital the ruins of which lie within the modern southern

  • U.S. senators urge Trump administration to halt Huawei license approvals
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    U.S. senators urge Trump administration to halt Huawei license approvals

    A bipartisan group of 15 U.S. senators urged the Commerce Department to suspend issuing licenses to U.S. firms that conduct business with China's Huawei Technologies Co, saying it could threaten U.S. security. The Trump administration on Wednesday said it had begun issuing licenses to allow some

  • Merkel pledges bigger European share of German 5G network: CDU sources
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    Merkel pledges bigger European share of German 5G network: CDU sources

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised leading members of her Christian Democratic party (CDU) that Germany will use more European components in the rollout of its 5G network than is the case in the existing infrastructure, top party officials said. Merkel told a meeting of the CDU's executive committee

  • Steam responds to Stadia with Remote Play Together, mobile cross-play
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    Steam responds to Stadia with Remote Play Together, mobile cross-play

    From today, all Steam users can play games designed for same-room multiplayer with pals online instead, and only one of them needs to own a copy. With Google's game streaming service Stadia having launched on November 19 in North America and select European countries, PC gaming network Steam is

  • Uber denies report it in talks with Germany's Wirecard
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    Uber denies report it in talks with Germany's Wirecard

    Ride hailing company Uber denied a German magazine report on Thursday that it was considering hiring Wirecard as its main payments partner to replace Dutch platform Adyen. "We are not in conversations with Wirecard for card acquiring," an Uber spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters when asked

  • Twitter rolls out global 'hide replies' feature to give users more control
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    Twitter rolls out global 'hide replies' feature to give users more control

    The feature, which has previously been tested in the United States, Canada and Japan, is part of Twitter's efforts to clean up abusive content and make the social media platform more user-friendly. During testing, the company found that people mostly hid replies they found "irrelevant, off-topic

  • WeWork to lay off 2,400 employees in SoftBank revamp
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    WeWork to lay off 2,400 employees in SoftBank revamp

    WeWork said on Thursday it is laying off around 2,400 employees, almost 20% of its workforce, as the office-sharing company seeks to drastically cut costs after it transformed from a Wall Street darling into a pariah in a matter of weeks. The long-anticipated layoffs are the biggest move yet by Japanese

  • New Google Earth features let users create personal narratives via digital location tours
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    New Google Earth features let users create personal narratives via digital location tours

    Google has announced a new collection of tools that help users create a map or story of their favorite places. Because the location that a personal event took place is often as special as the memory itself, Google has invented a way that users can take their friends and families on digital tours of

  • Swiss ABB robots photographed in North Korean factory: NK News
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    Swiss ABB robots photographed in North Korean factory: NK News

    Swiss engineering firm ABB said on Thursday it had upheld international sanctions on North Korea but its machinery may have been sold to the country without its permission, after photos emerged purporting to show ABB robots in a factory. South Korean-based website NK News highlighted photos published

  • Xerox threatens hostile bid unless HP opens its books
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    Xerox threatens hostile bid unless HP opens its books

    HP on Sunday rejected Xerox's offer of $22 per share, saying it undervalued the company, and that it was open to exploring its own bid for the U.S. printer maker. "We are confused by this reasoning in that your own financial adviser, Goldman Sachs & Co, set a $14 price target with a 'sell

  • Verizon, Snap to develop 5G augmented reality features
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    Verizon, Snap to develop 5G augmented reality features

    Verizon and its U.S. rivals have embarked on an aggressive marketing push to get more customers to use their 5G networks, a technology that can offer 20-times faster data speeds than 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks.

  • Iran begins reconnecting internet after shutdown over protests
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    Iran begins reconnecting internet after shutdown over protests

    Iran on Thursday began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, news agencies and residents said, after a five-day-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle protests against fuel price hikes. The Revolutionary Guards said calm had returned across Iran, state TV

  • Slim to invest $7.8 billion in Brazil, urges changes in 5G auction: report
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    Slim to invest $7.8 billion in Brazil, urges changes in 5G auction: report

    The Brazilian subsidiary of Mexico's America Movil SAB de CV will invest $7.8 billion over the next three years, Carlos Slim Domit, son of billionaire Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, said in a meeting on Wednesday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, according to the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper

  • Trump wants Apple to be involved in 5G infrastructure building in U.S.
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    Trump wants Apple to be involved in 5G infrastructure building in U.S.

    "They have it all - Money, Technology, Vision & Cook!" Trump tweeted, without elaborating on how he expects the iPhone maker to contribute. Apple is not known to have made any investments in 5G telecoms infrastructure to date and is yet to release a 5G device.

  • Tesla picks a fight with Detroit by going after the pickup market
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    Tesla picks a fight with Detroit by going after the pickup market

    Analysts expect the Tesla pickup, which Musk has said would combine the performance of a Porsche 911 sports car with the functionality of Ford Motor Co's industry-leading F-150 full-size truck, to debut in late 2021 or early 2022 with a starting price of under $50,000. "Making an electric pickup

  • China food delivery firm Meituan continues strong run since listing
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    China food delivery firm Meituan continues strong run since listing

    Chinese food delivery giant Meituan Dianping beat market expectations with a 44% jump in third-quarter revenue and a second straight quarterly profit, as it increased its dominance in the business. Competition in China's food delivery sector has become less cut-throat as companies roll back profit-damaging

  • Google, Facebook business models threat to rights: Amnesty report
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    Google, Facebook business models threat to rights: Amnesty report

    The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.