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Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives
News ImageBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 03:26:40 -0400
EU regulators readying third Google antitrust charge: sources
News ImageAlphabet's Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's most popular Internet search engine is already under fire from the European Commission for promoting its shopping service at the expense of rivals and for using its Android mobile operating system for smartphones to squeeze out competitors. The Commission has asked Google rivals to share information related to search advertising with the tech giant, a step suggesting the EU competition enforcer could be poised to hit Google with a fresh charge, the sources said.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:09:48 -0400
Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source
News Image(Reuters) - Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb is in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company said on Tuesday. Airbnb intends to use the financing to support new investments and growth opportunities, the source added.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:20:11 -0400
Clinton rolls out wide-ranging technology agenda
News Image(Reuters) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday laid out a technology and innovation agenda ranging from connecting every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020 to beefing up cyber security and reducing regulatory barriers. A statement issued by her campaign said Clinton strongly supports the Obama administration's net neutrality rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web fast lane.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:28:10 -0400
Thales aims at boosting its revenue in cybersecurity with Cisco
The logo of French defence and electronics group Thales is seen at the company's headquarters in NeuillyFrench electronics group Thales aims to increase its revenues by hundreds of millions of euros in the cybersecurity field through a strategic agreement it has signed with Cisco Systems, it said on Tuesday. "We hope that with this agreement, we will add several hundred millions of eurosin the next years," said Jean-Michel Lagarde, who heads secure communications and information systems at Thales. "It will have a multiplier effect, as this is not only about cybersecurity, but also about secure systems for cities and airports." The two companies have been partners since 2010 and plan to co-develop a solution to better detect and counter cyber attacks in real time, it said.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:22:06 -0400
Taiwanese chip supplier says Apple conservative on orders: Nikkei
News Image(Reuters) - Taiwanese chip firm Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc said on Tuesday that its biggest customer, Apple Inc, was being more conservative in placing orders compared with last year, according to the Nikkei. The business daily reported in May that component suppliers in Taiwan would receive fewer orders from Apple in the second half of 2016. Apple usually launches its flagship iPhone in September.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:27:16 -0400
Google is testing an internet speed tool built right into search results
News ImageSearching Google using the phrase "speed test" has become a common practice for internet users looking to double check their Mbps rate, typically by surfacing a link for thefree web product provided by analytics firm Ookla. To take advantage of the common behavior, Google appears to be building its own internet speed test function right into search. The feature may be in response toNetflix's new Fast.com website, which lets you check your internet speed by just typing in the URL and waiting a moment.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:45:26 -0400
Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident
(Reuters) - Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers who used debit or credit cards at some of its locations between Jan. 31 and June 2. Noodles & Co confirmed that malware may have stolen credit or debit card data from some cards used at some of its locations. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:38:24 -0400
How Apple could fix the iPhone 7 headphone jack issue its creating
The iPhone 7 will lack a 3.5mm audio jack that would be compatible with existing wired headphones, most rumors claim . Consequently, many people are already angry at Apple for looking to kill the port, even if most of them already know this is precisely the kind of move Apple is known for. But if Apple is killing the headphone jack, what will replace it? DONT MISS: Galaxy Note 7: How does 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage sound? Erik Person imagined several solutions Apple might be considering, including wired and wireless headphones. If Apple is making wired EarPods for the iPhone 7, then we might be looking at Lightning-only headphones, Person writes. Thats in spite of the fact thattheyll only be compatible with the iPhone 7 initially. If the next-gen Macs ship with a female Lightning port, theyd also be compatible with the new headphones. But that would mean most users would have to buy new dongles to use the headphones on all non-Apple devices with 3.5mm headphone ports. Apple could also ship a Lightning female-female adapter in the iPhone box, the same one it uses for the Apple Pencil (image above). If that's the case, youd be able to use the Lighting headphones with any computer via USB. But the whole thing sounds messy. If Apple is going the wireless route and there are patents to suggest that wireless EarPods might be in the works then it needs to fix to some problems: Charging the headphones, and pairing/unpairing them to iPhones and other devices with ease. With a male Lightning plug like the one your iPhone cable uses, youd be able to both recharge the wireless EarPods and pair them with the iPhone which should be Apples main concern, according to Person. A female-female lightning adapter would be required to use them with anything else, however. With a female Lightning port (like the iPhones), the wireless EarPods could be charged directly from the wall or a computer. A male-male cable could be usedto pair the headphones to a device, but also to turn them into wired EarPods. The most unlikely solution would be using both a female and male connection for the wireless EarPods, which would let you charge and/or pair them without requiring cables or adapters. Finally, theres always wireless charging for the wireless headphones, although its unclear how this would work and how pairing the headphones with aniPhone or Mac is done. These are all ideas Person is fronting, but nothing is official. One rumor says Apple will continue to ship regular EarPods with the iPhone 7, but also add a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter that would let you connect them to the new phone. Person isnt even considering this option, though this might be the kind of compromise Apple would have to make so that iPhone 7 buyers could still use new EarPods with any other device that features a 3.5mm jack. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:30:15 -0400
Clinton proposes debt forgiveness to young entrepreneurs
News ImageDENVER (AP) Hillary Clinton on Tuesday proposed letting entrepreneurs defer making student loan payments in order to create jobs and stimulate growth.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:08:16 -0400
Best Buy now offers free consultations for upgrading your house with new tech
News ImageBest Buy is testing out a new consultation service in a few cities, which involves the retailer's employees coming to your home, scoping out all the tech you've got, and recommending potential upgrades and fancier gadgets to replace all of it with.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:07:23 -0400
Rolls Royce is developing futuristic ships that will one day sail across oceans autonomously
With so much talk about a future filled with self-driving cars, it's easy to forget that general advances in autonomous software technologies can also be applied to boats. That being the case, Rolls Royce recently announced that it's been working on technology that might someday make it possible for gargantuan cargo ships to sail themselves across oceans. In a white paper published a few days ago, Rolls Royce explained how their vision of "remote and autonomous shipping" may become a reality as early as 2020. The initiative is part of Rolls Royce's Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) program. DON'T MISS: Video gives us a 15-min walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 7s leaked next-gen software Speaking on the matter, Rolls Royce VP of innovationOskar Levander explained: "This is happening. Its not if, its when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behavior of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade." Indeed, as Rolls Royce envisions it, we're just a few years away from an environment where a lone operator would be able to remotely control an entire fleet of ships from a central command console. And because this is the future we're talking about, Rolls Royce envisions the console being an advanced holographic display as evidenced by the renderings above and below. Some of the anticipated benefits of remote and autonomous shipping includean improved safety profile andthe ability for crew members to focus on more pertinent tasks. For instance, the company explains how these ships of the future would be able to use advanced sensors and companion drones that would effectively serve as advanced scouts capable of identifying important travel issuesthat humans might otherwise not notice. So while Rolls Royce at the moment is working on decreasing the role of humans in the shipping process, the company eventually believes that fully autonomous shipping may be possible within two decades. Before that, the company is confident that remote controlled ships will become operational by 2020. A few more photos from Rolls Royce's press release can be viewed below. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:00:35 -0400
Calvin and Hobbes in 3D is even more magical
News ImageTurning classic 2Dcartoons into 3D renderings can be a tricky act to balance. There's always something a little unsettling and kind of off about the finished model, like say,The Peanuts Movie, orGarfield: The Movie. Maybe it's the way that it looks way too polished, or how it messes with the nostalgic memories of our beloved characters, but we just know it's not right when we see it.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:40:08 -0400
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