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House Panel Says Facebook's Zuckerberg to Testify April 11

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:26
The leaders of a House oversight committee say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the panel on April 11. In an announcement Wednesday, Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone say the hearing will focus on the Facebook's "use and protection of user data." Facebook is facing scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections. Walden, R-Ore., is the House Energy and Commerce committee's chairman. Pallone of New Jersey is the panel's top Democrat. They say the hearing will be "an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online."
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In Africa, scant data protection leaves internet users exposed

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:22
NAIROBI/LAGOS (Reuters) - In Kenya, which has a large and fast growing population of internet users, there are no specific laws or regulations to protect the privacy of those individuals.
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Zuckerberg to testify before US Congress

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:52
Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a congressional committee in the US to answer questions about Facebook's privacy practices.
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House panel says Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify April 11

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:49
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leaders of a House oversight committee say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the panel on April 11....

Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify before U.S. House Commerce panel April 11

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, the panel said on Wednesday.
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Brain back-up firm Nectome loses link to MIT

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:40
MIT severs ties with a start-up attempting to copy people's memories when they die.
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Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify before US committee

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:26
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is to testify before the US House Energy Committee regarding protection of user data.
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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before U.S. House Commerce panel April 11: committee

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, the panel said on Wednesday.
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Google search chief hired by Apple after Siri set-backs

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:10
John Giannandrea will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, according to reports.
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Scientists Debate Return to the Moon

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:05
It's been 45 years since men last set foot on the Moon. The year was 1972. Back then, the fastest commercially available microprocessor could handle a maximum of 16 kilobytes of memory. Today the average smartphone can crunch several millions of kilobytes. But huge leaps in computing power have not been matched by similar advances in space travel. VOA’s George Putic has more.
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Apple hires Google's genius AI engineer

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:46
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, the former head of search and artificial intelligence at Google, in what may signal a major change in the company's approach towards AI.
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Mystery Stingray devices discovered in Washington

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:03
Unauthorised phone tracking devices, which mimic mobile tower to gather information, found in US.
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YouTube shooting: Female suspect 'angry over video postings'

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:38
The attacker, Nasim Aghdam, may have been angry with YouTube for filtering some of her videos.
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HTC's Tom Daley swimming pool selfie advert banned

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:32
HTC's own instructions for the phone has said it should not come into contact with pool water.
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Apple Pay arrives in Brazil, partnering with Itaú Unibanco

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:14
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's mobile payment platform Apple Pay arrived in Brazil on Wednesday with an exclusive partnership with Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, the country's largest private lender.
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Facebook and Instagram ban 135 Russian accounts

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:55
Facebook has identified and removed 135 accounts linked to a Russian influence campaign during the US presidential election.
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Russia's IBS launches IPO on Moscow Exchange

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:16
MOSCOW (Reuters) - IBS IT Services plans an initial public offering (IPO) on the Moscow Exchange , it said on Wednesday, as it aims to tap Russia's economic recovery and reviving domestic demand for information technology services.
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Denmark hits 1,200 former Uber drivers with additional tax

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:44
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's tax authorities are demanding nearly 1,200 former Uber drivers to pay an additional $1.9 million in taxes for 2014 and 2015, after finding tax avoidance among close to all the drivers controlled.
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China's Meituan Dianping acquires bike-sharing firm Mobike for $2.7 billion

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:32
BEIJING (Reuters) - Meituan Dianping, China's largest provider of on-demand online services, is buying bike-sharing firm Mobike for $2.7 billion, in a deal that will intensify the rivalry of their common backer Tencent Holdings with Alibaba Group.
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Satellite launched to harpoon 'dangerous' space junk

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:58
A mission demonstrating how to salvage potentially dangerous junk orbiting the Earth has been launched by a British-led consortium.
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YouTube shooter told family members she 'hated' the company

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:45
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who believed she was being suppressed by YouTube and told her family members she "hated" the company opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in California, wounding three people before taking her own life, police said....

Amazon may offer to buy India's Flipkart: report

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:52
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc may make a rival offer to buy Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart, which is in tie-up talks with Walmart Inc, local media reported, as the two U.S. retail giants jostle for dominance in India's booming online industry.
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Tech CEOs Call for Gun Control Following YouTube Shooting

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:59
Several Silicon Valley leaders called for increased gun control on Tuesday afternoon after a woman at the headquarters of YouTube shot and wounded three people before taking her own life. Tech companies have largely avoided the topic of gun control in the United States, but they have previously pushed for progressive stances on other hot-topic issues, ranging from climate change to same-sex marriage and comprehensive immigration reform. At least three major chief executives took up gun control after the shooting. "We can't keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won't happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots," tweeted Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. "It's beyond time to evolve our policies." Joining Dorsey were Uber Technologies CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Box CEO Aaron Levie, who respectively sent tweets on Tuesday saying #EndGunViolence and #NeverAgain, two Twitter hashtags commonly used by proponents of gun control. "On behalf of the team at @Uber, sending support to everyone @YouTube and @Google, and gratitude to the heroic first responders," Khosrowshahi tweeted. "Another tragedy that should push us again to #EndGunViolence" Emergency calls reporting gunfire in San Bruno, California, at the headquarters of Alphabet's YouTube began to pour in early Tuesday afternoon, according to the city of San Bruno. Authorities have not released the identities of the suspected shooter or the victims. The tweets on Thursday could be an indication that Silicon Valley may soon weigh in on the epidemic of mass killings by firearms in the United States. "Incredibly sad to see the YouTube shooting today," Levie tweeted. "Our thoughts are with our Google friends and their families. #NeverAgain" Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki, the CEOs of Google and YouTube respectively, also issued statements on Tuesday while avoiding the topic of gun control. "There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today," Wojcicki said. "Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response.  Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family." Other tech leaders expressed sympathy for the employees of YouTube on social media on Tuesday without referencing gun control. Those included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. "From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team at YouTube and Google, especially the victims and their families," Cook said in a tweet.
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China's Meituan Dianping acquires bike-sharing firm Mobike

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:52
BEIJING (Reuters) - Meituan Dianping, China's largest provider of on-demand online services, is buying bike-sharing firm Mobike for $2.7 billion excluding debt, in a deal that will intensify the rivalry of their common backer Tencent Holdings with Alibaba Group.
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YouTube shooting: Three shot at California HQ, female suspect dead

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:22
US media name the suspect as Nasim Aghdam, with the incident believed to be a domestic dispute.
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China's Meituan Dianping says to acquire bicycle-sharing firm Mobike

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:54
BEIJING (Reuters) - Meituan Dianping, China's top on-demand services platform, said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire bike-sharing firm Mobike.
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Woman shoots 3, self at YouTube in possible domestic dispute

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:15
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) -- A woman opened fire with a handgun Tuesday in a courtyard at YouTube headquarters, wounding three people before fatally shooting herself in what is being investigated as a domestic dispute, authorities said....

Exclusive: Facebook CEO stops short of extending European privacy globally

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:58
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that he agreed "in spirit" with a strict new European Union law on data privacy but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.
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US proposes tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:44
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday escalated its aggressive actions on trade by proposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports to protest Beijing's policies that require foreign companies to hand over their technology....

Amazon may offer to buy India's Flipkart: Mint

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:20
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc may submit an offer https://www.livemint.com/Companies/TsSn1a2CheYUMUvRQeuhRK/Amazon-may-make-rival-bid-for-Flipkart.html to buy Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart, which is currently in talks with Walmart Inc for a stake sale, local daily Mint reported, citing sources.
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US proposes tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 04:36
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday escalated its aggressive actions on trade by proposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports to protest Beijing's policies that require foreign companies to hand over their technology....

Zuckerberg: Facebook Deleted Posts Linked to Russian 'Troll Factory' 

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 01:58
Facebook, expanding its response to people using the platform improperly, said Tuesday that it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a "troll factory" indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. Facebook said many of the deleted articles and pages came from Russia-based Federal News Agency, known as FAN, and that the social media company's security team had concluded that the agency was technologically and structurally intertwined with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg told Reuters in an exclusive interview that the agency "has repeatedly acted to deceive people and manipulate people around the world, and we don't want them on Facebook anywhere." Massive data collection The world's largest social media company is under pressure to improve its handling of data after disclosing that information about 50 million Facebook users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on then-Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign. The removed accounts and pages were mainly in Russian, and many had little political import, the company said. Previously Facebook focused on taking down fake accounts and accounts spreading fake news. The new policy will include otherwise legitimate content spread by those same actors, Zuckerberg said. "It is clear from the evidence that we've collected that those organizations are controlled and operated by" the Internet Research Agency, he added. In February, the agency known as IRA was among three firms and 13 Russians indicted by U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller on charges they conspired to tamper in the presidential campaign and support Trump while disparaging Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Russian media organization RBC last year reported that FAN and IRA once shared the same street address and had other connections. One of the people that it said made decisions at FAN was indicted by Mueller's office, which is investigating U.S. intelligence agency conclusions that Moscow tried to undermine the democratic process. Russia denies interfering in the elections. Ban accounts Facebook disclosed in September that Russians used Facebook to meddle in U.S. politics, posting on the social network under false names in the months before and after the 2016 elections. Zuckerberg said Tuesday that improved machine learning had helped find connections between the latest posts and IRA. He and Facebook security officials said the company would do the same when they find more legitimate content being pushed out by groups exposed as manipulators. "We're going to execute and operate under our principles," Zuckerberg said. "We don't allow people to have fake accounts, and if you repeatedly try to set up fake accounts to manipulate things, then our policy is to ban all of your accounts." Zuckerberg said that the standard is high for such retribution toward news organizations and that state-owned media by itself was fine. The company decided to root out as much as it can of IRA, which was involved with posts including sponsoring fake pages that were pro-Trump, pro-border security and protesting police violence against minorities, among other topics. The expanded response could provoke a backlash from Russian internet regulators. Last October, Google followed up on reported connections between FAN and IRA by removing FAN stories from its search index. Media regulator Roskomnadzor asked Google for an explanation, saying that it needed to protect free speech. Google then reinstated FAN, according to reports at the time. Facebook officials said its accounts and pages in question had 1 million unique followers on Facebook and 500,000 on Instagram, mainly in Russia, Ukraine, and nearby countries such as Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in his college dorm room in 2004, personally kept quiet about the Cambridge Analytica data leak for four days before apologizing and outlining steps that he said would help protect personal data. The 33-year-old billionaire plans to testify before U.S. lawmakers to explain Facebook's privacy policies, a first for him, a source said last week, although he has so far not committed to doing the same for U.K. lawmakers. Multiple investigations Britain's data protection authority, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and 37 U.S. state attorneys general are investigating Facebook's handling of personal data. Zuckerberg initially downplayed Facebook's ability to sway voters, saying days after the U.S. elections that it was a "pretty crazy idea" that fake news stories had an influence. Eventually, though, Facebook's security staff concluded that the social network was being used by spies and other government agents to covertly spread disinformation among rivals and enemies. Critics including U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, have complained Facebook moved too slowly to investigate and counter information warfare.  Facebook stepped up efforts to shutter fake accounts before a national election last year in France, and has said it will work with election authorities around the world to try to prevent meddling in politics. The company, which is now one of the main ways politicians advertise to voters, plans to start a public archive showing all election-related ads, how much money was spent on each one, the number of impressions each receives and the demographics of the audience reached. Facebook is on track to bring that data to U.S. voters before congressional elections in November, Zuckerberg said Tuesday. Facebook plans to send postcards by U.S. mail to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising.
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Woman wounds three at YouTube headquarters in California, then kills herself

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 01:57
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (Reuters) - A woman opened fire at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, wounding three people before taking her own life as employees of the Silicon Valley technology company fled into the surrounding streets, authorities said.
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Woman wounds three at YouTube headquarters in California before killing herself

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:52
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (Reuters) - A woman opened fire at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, wounding at least three people before taking her own life, as employees of the video website scrambled into the surrounding streets for safety.
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US senator says more safeguards needed for self-driving cars

AP TECH - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:49
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who took a firsthand look at self-driving vehicle technology on Tuesday, said it was frightening to see "no hands on the wheel" as his car approached a parked car and called for more safeguards to be added to federal legislation following two recent fatal crashes....

Exclusive: Facebook CEO says no plans to extend all of European privacy law globally

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:37
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday the social network had no immediate plans to apply a strict new European Union law on data privacy in its entirety to the rest of the world, as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information of millions of its users.
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Shooting at YouTube in California wounds at least three, female suspect dead

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:59
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (Reuters) - A woman opened fire at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, sending employees scrambling into the street and at least three victims to local hospitals before taking her own life, police said.
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Spotify shares jump in record-setting direct listing

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:53
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Spotify Technology SA ended up 12.9 percent on their first day of trade on the New York Stock Exchange, a smooth debut that could pave the way for other companies looking to go public without the aid of Wall Street underwriters.
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US senator says more safeguards needed for self-driving cars

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:41
COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says more safeguards should be added to federal legislation allowing the gradual introduction of self-driving cars across the country....

Authorities respond to shooting at YouTube headquarters

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:34
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) -- Police and federal agents converged Tuesday on YouTube's headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area after receiving numerous reports of a shooting. A hospital said it received four or five patients without providing further details....

Experts: In Self-Driving Cars, Human Drivers and Standards Come Up Short

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:33
Autonomous cars should be required to meet standards on their ability to detect potential hazards, and better ways are needed to keep their human drivers ready to assume control, U.S. auto safety and technology experts said after fatal crashes involving Uber Technologies and Tesla vehicles. Automakers and tech companies rely on human drivers to step in when necessary with self-driving technology. But in the two recent crashes, which involved vehicles using different kinds of technologies, neither of the human drivers took any action before the accidents. Driverless cars rely on lidar, which uses laser light pulses to detect road hazards, as well as sensors such as radar and cameras. There are not, however, any standards on the systems, nor do all companies use the same combination of sensors, and some vehicles may have blind spots. Queue the music for the human driver — music that drivers often find difficult to hear. "Humans don't have the ability to take over the vehicle as quickly as may be expected" in those situations, said self-driving expert and investor Evangelos Simoudis. In the Uber crash last month, the ride-services company was testing a fully driverless system intended for commercial use when the prototype vehicle struck and killed a woman walking across an Arizona road. Video of the crash, taken from inside the vehicle, shows the driver at the wheel, seemingly looking down and not at the road. Just before the video stops, the driver looks upward toward the road and suddenly looks shocked. In the Tesla incident last month, which involved a car that any consumer can buy, a Model X vehicle was in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode when it crashed, killing its driver. The driver had received earlier warnings to put his hands on the wheel, Tesla said. Some semi-automated cars, like the Tesla, employ different technologies to help drivers stay in their lane or maintain a certain distance behind the vehicle in front. Those systems rely on alerts — beeping noises or a vibrating steering wheel — to get drivers' attention. 'Immature technology' Duke University mechanical engineering professor Missy Cummings said the recent Uber and Tesla crashes show the "technology they are using is immature." Tesla says its technology is statistically proven to save lives through better driving. In a response to Reuters on Tuesday, Tesla said drivers have a "responsibility to maintain control of the car" whenever they enable Autopilot and need to be ready to respond to "audible and visual cues." An Uber spokesperson said, "safety is our primary concern every step of the way." A consumer group, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, says a bill on self-driving cars now stalled in the U.S. Senate is an opportunity to improve safety, quite different from the bill's original intent to quickly allow testing of self-driving cars without human controls on public roads. The group has proposed amending the bill, the AV START Act, to set standards for those vehicles — for instance, requiring a "vision test" for automated vehicles to test what their different sensors actually see. The group believes the bill should also cover semi-automated systems like Tesla's Autopilot — a lower level of technology than what is included in the current proposed legislation. Other groups have also put forth proposals on self-driving cars, including requiring the vehicles and even semi-automated systems to meet performance targets, greater transparency and data from makers and operators of the vehicles, increased regulatory oversight, and better monitoring of and engagement with human drivers. Role of drivers Others want to focus on the human driver. In November, Consumer Reports magazine called on automakers for responsible labeling "to help consumers fully understand" their vehicles' autonomous functions. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' head of automotive testing, said human drivers "are bad at paying attention to automation and this technology is not capable of reacting to all types of emergencies. "It's like being a passenger with a toddler driving the car," he said. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is doing tests using semi-automated vehicles including models from Tesla, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors Co. The aim is to see how drivers use semi-autonomous technology — some watch the road with their hands above the wheel, others do not — and which warnings get their attention. "We just don't know enough about how drivers use any of these systems in the wild," said MIT research scientist Bryan Reimer. Timothy Carone, an autonomous systems expert and professor at Notre Dame University's Mendoza College of Business, said autonomous technology's proponents must "find the right balance so the technology is tested right, but it isn't hampered or halted." "Because in the long run it will save lives," he said.
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Exclusive: Facebook CEO says not planning to extend European privacy law globally

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:23
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday the social network had no immediate plans to apply a strict new European Union law on data privacy in its entirety to the rest of the world, as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information of millions of its users.
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Shots fired at YouTube offices in California, casualties reported

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:06
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were responding to an "active shooter" at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco, as witnesses described seeing blood on the floor and stairs and casualties were reported.
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Police in California respond to 'active shooter' at YouTube offices

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:58
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they were responding to an "active shooter" at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California.
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Facebook deletes posts linked to Russian 'troll factory': CEO Zuckerberg

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:56
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook is expanding its response to what it sees as malicious actors using the platform improperly and on Tuesday said it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a "troll factory" indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign.
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Exclusive: CEO Zuckerberg says Facebook not planning to extend European privacy law globally

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:44
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that the social network had no immediate plans to apply a strict new European Union law on data privacy in its entirety to the rest of the world, as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information of millions of its users.
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Amazon finishes higher despite Trump's new threat on shipping rates

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's shares took another ride on the roller-coaster on Tuesday, falling as President Donald Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claim that deliveries for the world's biggest online retailer cost the U.S. Postal Service money, then rising on a report that the White House is not considering any action against Amazon.
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After attacks on Amazon, U.S. Chamber criticizes targeting American business

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following attacks by President Donald Trump on Amazon.com Inc , the U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticized attacks by government officials against American companies.
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Microsoft calls for dismissal of U.S. Supreme Court privacy fight

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday backed the Justice Department's request that the U.S. Supreme Court dismiss a case pitting the two against each other over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed a law that resolved the dispute.
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New Gene Editing Tool May Yield Bigger Harvests

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:00
Bread and chocolate are staples of the American diet. And a scientific team in California is working hard to make sure the plants they’re made from are as robust as possible. They’re using a recently discovered bacterial gene-editing tool called CRISPR to create more pest-resistant crops. CRISPR is a feature of the bacterial defense system. The microbes use it like a molecular pair of scissors, to precisely snip out viral infections in their DNA. Scientists at the Innovative Genomics Institute in Berkeley, California, are using CRISPR to manipulate plant DNA. Managing director, Susan Jenkins, says the technique is so much faster and precise than other plant transformation methods, it will likely increase the speed of creating new plant varieties by years, if not decades. “What CRISPR is going to allow,” she explains, “is for us to go in and make these changes, and then within one generation of the plant actually have the trait we want.” Rust-resistant wheat   While CRISPR speeds up plant breeding, Jenkins says it’s not a magic wand — changing a plant takes a lot of steps. She points to the Institute’s efforts to develop a wheat variety that resists a fungal rust that can reduce yields by nearly 50 percent. First, scientists had to figure out just which gene was making the wheat vulnerable to fungal rust. Then they used CRISPR to remove that gene. “So in this case, we use CRISPR to actually knock out a gene that is in the wheat,” Jenkins says. And because “snipping out” a gene does not add foreign material to a plant, last week, the USDA ruled that gene-changing methods like this do not require special regulatory approval.   Plant transformation expert Myeong-Je Cho says they started with a single gene-edited rust-resistant wheat cell, and grew it in the lab into wheat “clones” for further testing. After just over a year, some clones are now stalks of wheat, and Cho adds, “we have grownup plants in the greenhouse,” complete with normal stalks and robust seed heads. While the Institute introduced no foreign genetic material into the wheat, CRISPR technology can also be used to introduce genes, even genes from other species, as is done with more traditional GMO crops. However, in standard GMO techniques, scientists use a “shotgun” approach to force new genes into a plant’s DNA in random places. Then, they choose which random change is most likely to grow healthy plants. In contrast, CRISPR is used when scientists want to add a specific gene at a specific location in the DNA. CRISPR offers that level of precision. Protecting cacao trees The bacterial gene known as Cas9 evolved to snip viruses out of bacterial DNA. Now Institute scientists want to use it to fight a virus that’s attacking cacao trees in West Africa. The swollen shoot virus evolved in other plants, then, half a century ago, “jumped species” to cacao trees, which it can kill in just three years. So Jenkins says, the Institute is working to add virus resistance to cacao tree DNA, by inserting the Cas9 resistance gene. After all, she says, “If the bacteria have already evolved this to fight this viral infection, we are just going to take that mechanism and put it directly into the plant.”   The Institute plans to start growing cacao trees resistant to swollen shoot virus within a year. That is fast, according to Institute Science Director, Brian Staskawicz. He points out, “What this technology can do is to allow us work with the elite cultivars of a plant and basically change them for drought resistance and cold tolerance and disease resistance in a more rapid fashion than classical plant breeding.”   Staskawicz says that modifying cacao tree DNA is an exciting project from a technical standpoint, because cacao plants are unusually difficult to clone and genetically transform. Public attitudes towards genetically modified crops However, some challenges will go beyond whether the changes are technically possible. Those other challenges become evident at the Diablo Farmer’s market near Berkeley, where vendors like chocolatier Eli Curtis pride themselves on selling craft, organic foods. Curtis suspects we could increase cocoa yields by helping farmers be better stewards of wild cacao trees. He’s not sure consumers will like the idea of gene-edited chocolate, but if CRISPR leads to more pest-resistant crops, he says, “I definitely understand the value. But I also understand consumer apprehension.”   Nevertheless, Staskawicz says we need faster plant-breeding techniques like CRISPR because we are in a race, one we need to win, because there are currently 7.3 billion people on earth. “By 2050 there are going to be nine billion people, and the estimates are that we actually need to increase food production by 70 percent. So we are going to need a way to actually increase the yield of these plants to feed the population of the world.” CRISPR can help do that. He and his team hope, within a decade, CRISPR’d crops may be ingredients in many things, including bread and chocolate.
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In self-driving cars, human drivers and standards come up short: experts

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:59
(Reuters) - Autonomous cars should be required to meet standards on their ability to detect potential hazards and better ways are needed to keep their human drivers ready to assume control, U.S. auto safety and technology experts said after fatal crashes involving Uber Technologies Inc and Tesla Inc vehicles.
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Glitch causes European flight delays

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:43
Eurocontrol fixes its system failure, which it warned could affect almost 15,000 European flights.
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Spotify makes record-setting direct listing; shares jump, then slide

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:42
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday completed the largest-ever direct listing, valuing the world's leading streaming music service at as much as $30 billion, but its shares stalled after an early spike.
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Apple discloses gender pay gap at UK operations

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 21:16
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday that men earned 5 percent more on average than women at its UK operations, although the median pay gap was 2 percent in favor of women.
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Gay Dating App Grindr to Stop Sharing HIV Status

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 20:35
The gay dating app Grindr will stop sharing its users' HIV status with analytics companies. Chief security officer Bryce Case told BuzzFeed News on Monday that the company had decided to stop the sharing of such information in order to allay people's fears. Analytics firms Localytics and Apptimize were paid to test and monitor how the app was being used. Grindr said the firms were under "strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality,'' and that data that might include location or information from HIV status fields were "always transmitted securely with encryption.'' Grindr said it was important to remember that it is a public forum and that users have the option to post information about their HIV status and date when last tested. It said its users should carefully consider what information they list in their profiles.
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APNewsBreak: US suspects listening devices in Washington

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 20:31
For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages....

Spotify wins more fans in Wall Steet debut as stock surges

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 20:29
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Spotify picked up more fans on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors gave the unprofitable company a warm welcome in its stock market debut....

APNewsBreak: DHS finds suspected phone spying in Washington

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 20:03
For the first time, the U.S. government is publicly acknowledging the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages....

Amazon shares swing as Trump threatens higher shipping rates

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 19:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc pared earlier gains on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claim that deliveries for the world's biggest online retailer cost the U.S. Postal Service money and threatened to raise rates.
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Spotify's record-setting direct listing makes it a $30 billion company

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 19:39
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA shares surged following the largest-ever direct listing on Tuesday, giving the world's leading streaming music service a market value of nearly $30 billion.
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Police in Detroit and Houston probing livestreamed shootings

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 19:33
DETROIT (AP) -- Police are investigating accidental shootings in Detroit and Houston last weekend that were livestreamed on social media and that left a teenager dead and a man on life support....

Spotify shares surge 26 percent after direct listing

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 19:08
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA shares changed hands well above levels they had traded in private markets on Tuesday as the world's largest music streaming service launched a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Trump says U.S. subsidizes Amazon for shipping

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the United States is subsidizing Amazon.com Inc and that the online retailer must pay more to ship its products through the nation's postal agency.
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Price indications point to strong Spotify NYSE launch

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:55
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA shares appeared on course for a strong debut on Tuesday, with opening indication ranges well above where the stock had been trading in its final days in private markets.
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Trolls attack women's pro-choice Facebook group

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:46
A Facebook group for Irish women to share their stories about illegally accessing abortions has been attacked by trolls.
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Snapchat adds 16-person group video calls

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:02
Snapchat users will also now be able to use the '@' sign to tag others.
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Facebook asks users if they think it's 'good for the world'

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:57
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is asking users whether they think it's "good for the world" in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people....

Tesla shares higher after Model 3 production boost

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:51
The firm said it had its most productive quarter after doubling its weekly Model 3 production rate.
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Spotify set for debut, could see volatile trade later

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:31
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify Technology SA may face a rough ride in its trading debut on Tuesday, with the company's unusual direct listing coming the day after a steep technology selloff on Wall Street.
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New Gene Editing Tools May Speed Creation of Bigger Harvests

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:30
Feeding the world depends on bountiful harvests, even in the face of changing pests and climate. Scientists are bringing a new tool to the effort, a bacterial gene editing system called CRISPR. The technique works like a molecular pair of scissors that targets a specific location in the DNA to introduce beneficial traits, or delete harmful ones. From Berkeley, California, Shelley Schlender reports.
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Half of European flights face delay after glitch

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:25
Half of flights travelling across Europe face delays due to computer failures, the continent's air safety group said.
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Teen's shooting death in Detroit livestreamed on Instagram

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:20
DETROIT (AP) -- Authorities say two 18-year-olds in Detroit were live on Instagram showing money and a gun when one of them shot the other in the back of the head, killing him....

Amazon shares pare some gains as Trump attacks company again

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shares of online retail giant Amazon.com pared some gains after U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated his attack on the company over the cost of its deliveries sent through the United States Postal Service.
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Tesla says no need for capital raise as Model 3 output rises

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:28
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc quashed any speculation it might need to raise more capital this year on Tuesday, driving the company's battered shares higher as it announced it built 2,020 of its cheaper Model 3 sedans in the last seven days of March.
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Why is Spotify taking unorthodox route to market?

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:20
Daniel Ek, the chief executive of streaming service Spotify, is clearly a master of understatement.
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Zipline blood delivery drone applies for US trial

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:15
The blood-by-drone service delivers supplies in rural Rwanda and hopes to take part in a US trial
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Tesla says produced 2,020 Model 3 sedans last week

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:12
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Tuesday that it built 2,020 Model 3 sedans in the last seven days of March, would produce the same number next week and would see output climb rapidly through the second quarter.
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Apple Watch provides murder case clues

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:11
Motion and heart rate data from a smartwatch has been presented in court as part of a murder trial.
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Gay dating app Grindr shared HIV status with other companies

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 14:33
NEW YORK (AP) -- The gay dating app Grindr has acknowledged sharing its users' HIV status with two companies....

Spotify valued at $30bn in Wall Street debut

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:18
Spotify made its stock market debut on Tuesday, valuing the loss-making music streaming service at more than $30bn.
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Spotify to test how its music service plays on Wall Street

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Spotify is about to find out whether investors view its music streaming service as a budding superstar or a flash in the pan....

Ford could make electric cars in Germany after 2023: Handelsblatt

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:17
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ford could make electric cars in Germany after 2023, when the life cycle of Ford's Fiesta model is due to end, the head of the carmaker's German business told a paper, adding he would welcome state subsidies to support the shift.
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Philippine anti-trust agency starts review of Grab-Uber deal

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:08
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' anti-trust agency on Tuesday started a review of Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] proposed sale of its money-losing Southeast Asian business to ride-hailing rival Grab, saying the deal could hurt competition.
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Fortnite Battle Royale adds cheeky warning for students

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:07
A teacher asked the game's developers to "mess with" his students, who have been playing it in class.
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Spotify CEO warns of 'ups and downs' ahead of Wall Street listing

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:34
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Streaming music leader Spotify appears to be bracing for a potentially rough stock market ride on its first day of trading on Tuesday, following Monday's sell-off of technology stocks on Wall Street.
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Toshiba won't cancel $18 billion chip deal unless any major material change: CEO

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:32
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will not use the option of cancelling the $18 billion sale of its memory chip unit unless there is any "major material change" in circumstances, the Japanese conglomerate's new chief executive said on Tuesday.
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Japanese online brokerage Monex mulls takeover of crypto exchange Coincheck

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online brokerage firm Monex Group Inc said on Tuesday it was considering buying Coincheck Inc, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a high-profile $530 million theft of digital money earlier this year.
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Grindr admits sharing info on users' HIV status

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:39
Gay dating app Grindr has been criticised after admitting sharing information about its users' HIV status.
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Philippines anti-trust regulator starts review of Grab-Uber deal

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:35
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' anti-trust agency said on Tuesday it has started a review of Uber Technologies' deal to sell its Southeast Asian business to ride-hailing rival Grab.
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Dinosaur footprints discovered on Isle of Skye

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:44
Scientists have discovered dozens of giant dinosaur footprints in Scotland dating back 170 million years.
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Spotify to test how its music service plays on Wall Street

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:39
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Spotify is about to find out whether investors view its music streaming service as a budding superstar or a flash in the pan....

Japan's Monex considering to buy cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:24
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online broker Monex Group Inc said on Tuesday it is considering buying Coincheck Inc, the local cryptocurrency exchange hit by a high-profile $530 million theft earlier this year.
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China's Meituan to buy large stake in Mobike: Caixin

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:19
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largest provider of on-demand online services, Meituan-Dianping, is buying a large stake in bike-sharing firm Mobike, business magazine Caixin reported on Tuesday citing unnamed sources.
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Judge to decide if Nazi 'troll storm' is protected speech

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:13
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Attorneys for a neo-Nazi website publisher and a Montana woman will ask a judge Tuesday to decide whether the white nationalist had a First Amendment right to unleash a "troll storm" of anti-Semitic messages and threats against the woman's family....

CMA publishes latest Fox remedies for Sky bid

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:09
The Competition and Markets Authority has published further remedies proposed by 21st Century Fox for its bid to take over Sky.
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Japan state-backed fund, others to sell nearly $3 billion of Renesas stock

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 08:02
TOKYO (Reuters) - Renesas Electronics Corp said on Tuesday a state-backed fund and other shareholders would reduce their stakes in the Japanese chip maker, in a sale worth up to 295 billion yen ($2.8 billion) based on the prior day's closing price.
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Two Airbnb hosts fined in Singapore's first such case

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:54
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore court fined two Airbnb hosts a total of S$60,000 ($45,800) each on Tuesday for unauthorized short-term letting in the first such case under the city-state's rules on short-term property rentals introduced last year.
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Japan state-backed fund INCJ to sell part of stake in Renesas: NHK

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:17
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese state-backed fund plans to sell part of its stake in Renesas Electronics Corp, giving the chipmaker more freedom to make acquisitions as it seeks to bolster its global competitiveness, public broadcaster NHK reported.
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When drone imperiled New Zealand plane, nobody called police

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:09
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- When a drone flew within meters of a landing plane last week, endangering 278 passengers and crew, Air New Zealand responded by saying that such reckless drone operators should be thrown in prison....

When drone imperiled New Zealand plane, nobody called police

AP TECH - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 04:30
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- When a drone flew within meters of a landing plane last week, endangering 278 passengers and crew, Air New Zealand responded by saying that such reckless drone operators should be thrown in prison....

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