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Uber v Google: Self-drive tech clash heads to court

Two of the biggest players in self-drive technology will meet in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. Ride-sharing firm Uber is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving company spun out of Google. Uber is accused of stealing and using trade secrets relating to Lidar (light detection and ranging) – one of the technologies that enables an autonomous car to understand ...

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Uber v Google: Self-drive tech clash heads to court

Two of the biggest players in self-drive technology will meet in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. Ride-sharing firm Uber is being sued by Waymo, the self-driving company spun out of Google. Uber is accused of stealing and using trade secrets relating to Lidar (light detection and ranging) – one of the technologies that enables an autonomous car to understand ...

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Samsung heir freed from S Korea jail

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong has been freed from jail after a South Korean court suspended his five year jail term for bribing the country’s ex-president. An appeals court upheld parts of the conviction, but used its discretion to release the executive. South Korea’s supreme court is expected to appeal against the decision. The case gripped the public amid growing anger ...

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Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai to step down

Sony’s chief executive Kazuo Hirai is stepping down and handing the reins over to finance chief Kenichiro Yoshida. Mr Yoshida, Sony’s chief financial officer, is to take over control of the Japanese electronics giant from 1 April. Mr Hirai will remain at Sony as chairman. Mr Yoshida and Mr Hirai have been instrumental in turning Sony around to focus on ...

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Ghana needs to upgrade cyber security systems – Antwi Danso

International Relations analyst, Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso has urged the government to improve systems to fight cyber attacks. His call follows reports in the French media of China bugging and stealing data from the $200 million African Union (AU) Headquarters in Ethiopia it funded and built. Speaking to Citi News on the reports, Dr. Antwi Danso called on the government ...

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Bitcoin braces for worst week since 2013

Digital currency Bitcoin has fallen 30% this week, leaving it on track for its worst week since April 2013. On Friday the price fell below $7,910 on the Bitstamp exchange, a 12% fall on the day before, but recovered slightly. But although it is far short of the $19,000 it reached in November 2017, it is still way above the ...

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‘Egregious’ YouTubers to face consequences

YouTube says it is developing new policies to deal with video-makers who damage the reputation of the website. Chief executive Susan Wojcicki said “egregious” behaviour by video bloggers caused “significant harm” to the entire community of video-makers. The site has been under closer scrutiny after video blogger Logan Paul made a video which showed a dead body in a “suicide ...

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Atari co-founder denied award over sexist behaviour

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has “applauded” a decision that means he will not get an award for pioneering work on video games. Mr Bushnell was due to receive the prestigious Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March. An outcry over his inappropriate sexual behaviour revealed in his autobiography led to the award being withdrawn. In a statement, ...

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WhatsApp hits 1.5 billion monthly users

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp sounds smarter and smarter. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the Q4 2017 earnings call yesterday that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. That’s compared to 1.3 billion monthly users and 1 billion daily active users in July. The massive growth makes Facebook’s choice to pay more ...

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Samsung enters crypto-currency chips business

Samsung Electronics has revealed it is making chips designed specifically to harvest crypto-currency coins. The firm made the disclosure in its latest earnings report, where it said the activity should boost its profits. The report also confirmed that the South Korean company overtook Intel to become the biggest chipmaker last year. And it forecast strong demand for its forthcoming Galaxy S9 ...

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