Archive for the ‘TECHNOLOGY’ Category

Samsung Launches Galaxy S8 Phone

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Samsung Electronics unveiled a new flagship smartphone Wednesday, its first attempt to bounce back after a year in which the South Korean technology giant was beset by product-safety concerns.

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Chip Company MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $661.6 Million

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Semiconductor company MaxLinear Inc. said it would buy Exar Corp., another semiconductor-technology firm, for about $661.6 million in cash, as MaxLinear seeks to build scale to boost growth.

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House Approves Bill to Overturn FCC Privacy Rule

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

House lawmakers voted to overturn an Obama-era privacy rule for broadband providers, buoying telecommunications firms but potentially muddying consumer-protection standards.

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BlackRock Bets on Robots to Improve Its Stock Picking

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

BlackRock unveiled an overhaul of its actively managed equities business that will include job losses, pricing changes and a greater emphasis on computer models that inform investments.

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SEC Deals Bitcoin ETF Plans Another Setback

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission delivered the second blow this month to the concept of an exchange-traded fund based on the digital currency bitcoin, rejecting a proposed bitcoin ETF backed by SolidX Management that was seeking to list on an affiliate of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Amazon Launches Grocery Pickup Stores in Seattle

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Amazon.com said it was launching a new grocery-store pickup service, pushing deeper into brick-and-mortar retail as it moves to capture more of what people spend on food.

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TV Networks See Opportunity in Google Ad Backlash

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

As TV’s annual ad sales season kicks off, networks are looking to capitalize on the uproar among advertisers over Google’s placement of ads alongside content promoting hate, racism and terrorism.

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Facebook, Eye on Snapchat, Adds Camera Features

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Facebook is taking another shot at Snapchat, introducing three new camera-centric features to its main Facebook app, including one that allows users to create montages that vanish within 24 hours—just like Snapchat’s Stories.

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SoftBank Talks to China’s Uber Rival Didi About $6 Billion Investment

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

SoftBank has approached China’s Didi Chuxing about investing roughly $6 billion to help the ride-hailing firm expand in self-driving car technologies.

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China’s Tencent Buys 5% Stake in Tesla

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Tencent has taken a 5% stake in Tesla, making the biggest company in China one of the largest owners of Elon Musk’s cash-hungry electric car maker.

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Coding Schools Build Tuition-Back Guarantees Into Business Model

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Guarantees may be a scary prospect for four-year colleges, but they are built into the business model of for-profit coding boot camps, which depends on students seeing a solid return on their investment.

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Amazon Delays Convenience Store Opening to Work Out Kinks

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Amazon.com is delaying the public opening of its first cashier-less convenience store because of technical complications.

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U.K. Slams Apps That Let Terrorists Communicate in Secret

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

British officials tore into technology companies for what they said was profiting from terrorist propaganda and offering them secret places to communicate, in strong criticism of Silicon Valley days after a terrorist rampage outside Parliament left four people dead.

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Uber Suspends Self-Driving Vehicle Program

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Uber Technologies said it is suspending testing of its autonomous vehicles after one of the autos was involved in an accident in Tempe, Ariz., casting doubt on one of the most high-profile self-driving programs.

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YouTube Continues Showing Brands’ Ads With Objectionable Videos

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A week after Google was forced to apologize for running customers’ advertisements on objectionable videos, triggering a change in policy, its YouTube site is still rife with examples that are ensnaring more big advertisers and causing some to cut spending with the tech giant.

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Netflix: The Monster That’s Eating Hollywood

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The streaming-video service is hogging talent and pushing up prices, spurring pushback from rival TV producers who once saw it as a partner.

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Samsung’s Restructuring Plan Faces Challenges

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Samsung Electronics’ chief executive said that officials see challenges in restructuring the sprawling Samsung conglomerate, with a continuing review revealing “adverse implications” to switching to a holding-company structure.

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China’s Bike-Sharing Startups Are Coming to U.S. Cities

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The surge of money flowing into Chinese bike-sharing companies this year has already brought smartphone-activated two-wheelers to an unlikely destination: San Francisco.

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IPG Creates New Role For Arun Kumar in Data Push

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

IPG has named Arun Kumar data and marketing technology chief for its media agency network as it moves to create a more central data strategy.

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How a Patent Case May Shake Up Domination of Eastern Texas

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Businesses, particularly tech firms, are watching closely a case to be argued in the Supreme Court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern Texas.

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Apple Poised to Make in India

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Apple will soon start assembling iPhones in India for the first time, say government officials familiar with its plans, boosting the company’s chances of gaining a foothold in the fast-growing market.

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Baidu’s Loss Is a Setback for AI in China

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

As ambitious as they are, China’s tech firms are behind the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft when it comes to artificial intelligence. With the resignation of Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, their ability to retain top foreign talent is in question.

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Privacy Shield Seems Safe, but Have a Backup Plan

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Privacy Shield data transfer agreement between the U.S. and EU is likely to remain intact under the Trump administration, experts say, but American businesses can still take steps to ensure they’re protected if the deal fails.

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China Ramps Up Charm Offensive With U.S. Business Leaders

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Chinese officials are casting themselves to top American executives as champions of globalization at a time when the U.S. is expected to retreat from free trade under the Trump administration.

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ETF Glitch Fuels Worries Over Modern Markets

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A botched software update that snarled trading in hundreds of securities in the New York Stock Exchange’s Arca platform has renewed worries about fragility in U.S. markets.

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LinkedIn Wants to Hook Users With ‘Trending Storylines’

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn plans to add a stream of links to news and posts from the site that is curated by editors, in a bid to convince customers to linger longer on the professional social network.

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Publicis and Microsoft Link Up Products for Data Push

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Publicis and Microsoft expand a partnership that connects the ad giant’s Cosmos data product with Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.

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Game Publisher Tencent Warns of Risks Even as Profit Jumps

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Tencent Holdings warned it faces stiff competition in maintaining rapid growth of its core gaming and content businesses, despite notching a surge in quarterly revenue as the Chinese internet giant continues to expand abroad.

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Scientists Observe Massive Landslide on ‘Ducky’-Shaped Comet

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft captured comet’s landslide and the ensuing burst of dust—a first, according to new research.

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Uber Rival Grab Hits the Road in Myanmar

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

GrabTaxi Holdings, a top Southeast Asian ride-sharing startup, started service in Myanmar, hoping for an edge in its race to reach new areas ahead of its American rival Uber.

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