• Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead
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    Reuters

    Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead

    Companies such as General Motors Co's Cruise and startup Aurora have said the metric, called disengagements, is not an accurate or relevant way to measure their technical progress, even though it is widely used to do just that. The debate is taking on more importance amid delays in the rollout

  • Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs
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    Reuters

    Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs

    Some of the industry's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co , have developed a blockchain-based system to track prescription drugs across the supply chain to better halt the flow of counterfeit medicines, company officials said on Friday. Some two dozen companies

  • Encryption on Facebook, Google, others threatened by planned new bill
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    Encryption on Facebook, Google, others threatened by planned new bill

    U.S. legislation will be introduced in the coming weeks that could hurt technology companies' ability to offer end-to-end encryption, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, and it aims to curb the distribution of child sexual abuse material on such platforms. The bill, proposed by the Chairman

  • Twitter to potentially add warning labels to public figures' posts containing misinformation
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    Twitter to potentially add warning labels to public figures' posts containing misinformation

    On Thursday, NBC News reported that Twitter is testing a new feature that would add vibrantly colored labels nearly the same size as the original tweet warning users if a publication made by a politician or public figure contains misinformation. Earlier this week, NBC was sent a leaked demo of a potentially

  • For-profit firm seeking to run .org names makes concessions
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    For-profit firm seeking to run .org names makes concessions

    A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet's .org suffix said Friday it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to ease concerns from the nonprofit community. Ethos Capital has offered $1.1 billion to buy the Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit

  • Tesla resumes tree cutting in Germany to build Gigafactory
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    Tesla resumes tree cutting in Germany to build Gigafactory

    Tesla Inc said it had resumed tree cutting in Gruenheide, Germany so it can construct its first European car and battery factory following moves by environmentalists to stop local deforestation. "Tree clearance is proceeding in an orderly manner," Tesla said on Friday. There were no environmentalists

  • Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine
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    Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine

    Moscow is using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday. Russia has temporarily barred Chinese nationals from entering the country to curb the spread of the virus,

  • Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank's flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort
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    Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank's flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort

    Alphabet and SoftBank's attempts to launch flying cellphone antennas high into the atmosphere have received backing from global telcos, energizing lobbying efforts aimed at driving regulatory approval for the emerging technology. Loon, which was spun out of Google parent Alphabet Inc's business

  • Google AI tool to no longer label people in photos as 'man' or ‘woman'
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    Google AI tool to no longer label people in photos as 'man' or ‘woman'

    On Thursday, Business Insider reported that Google's Cloud Vision API service, an AI-powered tool that developers use to identify components in an image like faces, objects, or landmarks, will no longer attach gender-related labels to pictured people. Yesterday, Google sent out an email to its Cloud

  • Malaysia's Axiata in talks with 11 to partner up for bid on digital bank license
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    Malaysia's Axiata in talks with 11 to partner up for bid on digital bank license

    Malaysian telecoms firm Axiata Group is talking to eleven potential partners, including banks, to jointly bid for a digital banking license, its deputy chief executive, Mohd Izzaddin Idris, said on Friday. Malaysia's central bank plans to issue up to five licenses to new online banks offering either

  • WikiLeaks' Assange may seek asylum in France: lawyer
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    WikiLeaks' Assange may seek asylum in France: lawyer

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain fighting extradition to the United States for espionage and computer hacking, may seek asylum in France, his lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti said on Friday. Dupond-Moretti told Europe 1 radio that Assange's legal team would be in contact with

  • China's Geely starts online auto sales as virus epidemic keeps buyers at home
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    China's Geely starts online auto sales as virus epidemic keeps buyers at home

    Chinese automaker Geely [GEELY.UL] has launched a service for customers to buy cars online and get them delivered directly to their homes, in a bid to drum up sales as the coronavirus outbreak prompts buyers to stay away from showrooms. Consumers can order and customize their cars on Geely's website

  • Vietnam reports supply chain issues from virus, says may hit Samsung output
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    Vietnam reports supply chain issues from virus, says may hit Samsung output

    Vietnam's manufacturing sector is suffering supply chain problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic, which may delay production of Samsung Electronics' new phones, the Ministry of Industry and Trade told Reuters on Friday. "Vietnam relies much on China for materials and equipment, which

  • China's ambitious 5G push heading into slow lane due to coronavirus disruptions
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    China's ambitious 5G push heading into slow lane due to coronavirus disruptions

    Government measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in China look set to delay the rollout of next-generation 5G telecom networks, a key technology initiative for the country's leadership. Tenders for six big 5G projects have been postponed since Jan.31, government records show. Two leading

  • Berlin-based scooter firm Tier extends funding round to $100 million
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    Berlin-based scooter firm Tier extends funding round to $100 million

    Berlin-based kick scooter company Tier Mobility said on Friday it had extended an investment round to more than $100 million as it seeks to expand across Europe. Launched in October 2018, Tier now operates in 55 cities in 11 countries, growing in a crowded market that is facing pressure to consolidate

  • Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid
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    Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

    Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States. A hero to admirers who say he has exposed abuses of power, Assange is cast by critics

  • After Amazon, Walmart's Flipkart challenges India antitrust probe
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    After Amazon, Walmart's Flipkart challenges India antitrust probe

    Walmart's Flipkart has filed a legal challenge against an antitrust investigation ordered against the company in India, a court filing seen by Reuters showed, following a similar petition by its rival Amazon.com Inc. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in January ordered a probe into alleged

  • Samsung Electronics names non-executive director as board chairman in company first
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    Samsung Electronics names non-executive director as board chairman in company first

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it has named a non-executive director as board chairman for the first time, to increase transparency and independence. Former Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan replaces Lee Sang-hoon who was jailed in December for interfering with union activities. The appointment

  • Disney Plus Is Now on Vizio Smart TVs in Native App
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    Variety

    Disney Plus Is Now on Vizio Smart TVs in Native App

    Disney Plus is available on Vizio's SmartCast TV platform as a built-in app, making the Mouse House's subscription-streaming service accessible directly to users of the manufacturer's 13 million SmartCast-enabled televisions. Previously, Vizio users have been able to stream Disney Plus on

  • Dropbox shares rise after upbeat results, share buyback plan
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    Dropbox shares rise after upbeat results, share buyback plan

    The company raised its operating margin target between 28% and 30%, which it expects to achieve by 2024, up from its initial range of 20% to 22%. "The big story is the $600 million buyback, which is a clear indication that Dropbox views their stock as undervalued and that management is bullish

  • Tesla gets court approval to clear forest for German Gigafactory
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    Tesla gets court approval to clear forest for German Gigafactory

    Tesla Inc got approval from a German court on Thursday to continue to cut down forest near the capital Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, in a defeat for local environmental activists. The court said in a statement it had rejected urgent applications to stop the land being

  • T-Mobile, Sprint amend merger terms, SoftBank takes a hit
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    T-Mobile, Sprint amend merger terms, SoftBank takes a hit

    Under the revised deal, SoftBank will hold about 24% of the combined entity, down from 27% under the earlier terms. T-Mobile's parent Deutsche Telekom will hold about 43% of the combined entity, up from the 42% that the German group would have held. Shares of Sprint were up 5% to $9.95, while

  • Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died
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    Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

    Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. Tesler was born in New York and attended Stanford University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1965. In 1973, he joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Center,

  • New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data
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    New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

    New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education services package that

  • New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data
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    New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday sued Alphabet Inc's Google search engine, alleging that its educational software collects young students' personal information without the required parental consent. Google called the allegations "factually wrong" and did not