Digital Life 11.12.2017 04:36 pm

Uber’s London licence battle set for May/June

Uber’s appeal against losing its licence in London will be heard in May or June next year, a court determined Monday.

London's transport authority said in September that it would not renew the ride-hailing company's licence to operate in the British capital owing to public safety concerns.

Uber’s London licence battle set for May/June
Uber’s London licence battle set for May/June

Uber’s London licence battle set for May/June

Uber’s appeal against losing its licence in London will be heard in May or June next year, a court determined Monday.

Tech titans ramp up tools to win over children
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Tech titans ramp up tools to win over children

From smartphone messaging tailored for tikes to computers for classrooms, technology titans are weaving their way into childhoods to form lifelong bonds, raising hackles of advocacy groups.
Bitcoin makes muted stock exchange debut at $15,000
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Bitcoin makes muted stock exchange debut at $15,000

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin made its debut on a major bourse Sunday, opening at $15,000 per unit at the Chicago board options exchange.
Big Media scrambles to meet challenge from Big Tech
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Big Media scrambles to meet challenge from Big Tech

America’s media giants have seen this movie before: Big Tech enters an industry with piles of cash and new ways of doing business, devastating the competition.
France to allow trading of securities via blockchain
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France to allow trading of securities via blockchain

France’s finance minister unveiled Friday a decree that would make it the first nation in Europe to allow the trading of some non-listed securities using the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies.
‘Grinch bots’ may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
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‘Grinch bots’ may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys

If no one comes to the rescue, an online army of “Grinch bots” may end up spoiling Christmas for many kids by using automated software to scoop up prized toys and other sought-after items for big profit.
Qualcomm CEO sees ‘no path to value’ in Broadcom tie-up
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Qualcomm CEO sees ‘no path to value’ in Broadcom tie-up

Qualcomm chief executive Steve Mollenkopf on Thursday reaffirmed his opposition to a hostile takeover bid from computer chip rival Broadcom, saying the deal offers “no real path to value.”
SpaceX’s Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space
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SpaceX’s Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space

SpaceX confirmed Wednesday its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red electric car off toward the Red Planet when the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month.
Lyft puts driverless cars to work in Boston
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Lyft puts driverless cars to work in Boston

Lyft on Wednesday began rolling out self-driving cars with users of the smartphone-summoned ride service in Boston in a project with technology partner nuTonomy.
Virtual fur flies as ‘CryptoKitties’ collar blockchain
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Virtual fur flies as ‘CryptoKitties’ collar blockchain

Never mind Bitcoin mania taking the doyen of virtual currencies into the stratosphere. The real online craze to get with right now is to breed virtual cats.
Big fines planned for ‘revenge porn’ in Australia
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Big fines planned for ‘revenge porn’ in Australia

Social media networks face fines of more than Aus$500,000 (US$380,000) under new Australian laws proposed Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn”, with individuals distributing images without consent also risking hefty punishment.
Obama trumps Trump in Twitter Top 10 of 2017
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Obama trumps Trump in Twitter Top 10 of 2017

US President Donald Trump is perhaps the world’s most famous Twitter user, but the most popular post of 2017 was from… Barack Obama.
Key Silicon Valley investor takes leave amid harassment claims
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Key Silicon Valley investor takes leave amid harassment claims

Prominent Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, an early Uber stakeholder and a founder of the high-speed transport startup Hyperloop One, said Tuesday he was stepping away from business activities to fight claims of sexual harassment.
France to question Airbnb executives over payment system
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France to question Airbnb executives over payment system

The French government has summoned the managers of Airbnb to demand answers over a payment system suspected of facilitating tax avoidance.
Lamborghini joins fast-growing SUV market
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Lamborghini joins fast-growing SUV market

Lamborghini, the fabled Italian sports car manufacturer, on Monday unveiled its new Sports Utility Vehicle, accelerating into a fast growing market already crowded with upmarket rivals.
10,000 Google staff set to police YouTube content: chief
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10,000 Google staff set to police YouTube content: chief

Google is to deploy a staff of 10,000 to hunt down extremist content on its YouTube platform following recent criticism, the video-sharing site’s chief executive told Britain’s Daily Telegraph Tuesday.
Death rates soar among people hospitalized for opioids
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Death rates soar among people hospitalized for opioids

People who are hospitalized for opioids — including prescription painkillers and heroin — are four times more likely to die than they were 15 years ago, a US study said Monday.
Broadcom moves to unseat Qualcomm board, escalates takeover fight
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Broadcom moves to unseat Qualcomm board, escalates takeover fight

Singapore-based computer chip maker Broadcom stepped up its battle for rival Qualcomm on Monday, proposing a new slate of board members for the US firm to back a $130 billion hostile bid.
Facebook to launch chat app for kids, with parental controls
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Facebook to launch chat app for kids, with parental controls

Facebook on Monday unveiled a version of its Messenger application for children, aimed at enabling kids under 12 to connect with others under parental supervision.
Australia competition inquiry targets Facebook, Google
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Australia competition inquiry targets Facebook, Google

Digital platforms like Facebook and Google will be at the centre of an Australian inquiry announced Monday examining their impact on competition in media and advertising markets.
Venezuela creating digital currency amid financing crisis
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Venezuela creating digital currency amid financing crisis

Venezuela is creating a digital currency to combat a financial blockade by the United States, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday.
Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs
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Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs

Social media titan Facebook will open a new office in London on Monday that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced.
Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it’s not cheap
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Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it’s not cheap

At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York’s upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin.
Activists occupy Paris Apple store over EU tax dispute
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Activists occupy Paris Apple store over EU tax dispute

About a hundred activists occupied an Apple store in the French capital Saturday, demanding that the US technology giant pay billions of euros the EU says it owes in back taxes.
Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar denies sexual misconduct
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Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar denies sexual misconduct

Shervin Pishevar, one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful venture capitalists, has denied claims by several women of sexual harassment, saying he is the victim of an “organized smear campaign”.
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Elite US government hacker charged with taking secret information

A member of the US National Security Agency’s elite hacking team has been charged with illegally removing top secret materials, in an embarrassing breach for the crucial electronic espionage body.

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