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Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Caroline Copley and Eric Auchard BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year to force Facebook to remove "hate speech" from its web pages within 24 hours or face fines, a push that could force the social mediagiant to bear more responsibility for content posted by users. Germany's strict libel and slander laws are meant to protect citizens by making it a crime to defame others.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:58:30 -0500
Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year

Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders speaks during a news conference on the aerospace group's annual results, in LondonAirbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on Monday. Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, adding he hoped the Airbus could fly a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:05:27 -0500
Oracle opens start-up accelerator in Israel for cloud innovation

The Oracle logo is seen on its campus in Redwood CityU.S. software provider Oracle Corp said on Monday it was opening an accelerator program in Israel for startups developing cloud technologies or whose technologies are based in the cloud. A pilot program was first launched in India and more centers will be announced soon. Oracle's startup cloud accelerator program builds on its excellence center for Israeli startups, which was established in 2003 by Oracle Israel in cooperation with the government to support the growth of early stage startups.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:43:49 -0500
China's Baidu opens augmented reality lab to boost waning profits

A sign of Baidu is seen during the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of JiaxingChinese search engine Baidu Inc on Monday launched an augmented reality (AR) lab in Beijing as part of a $200 million effort to revitalize the company's shrinking profits with cutting edge technology. The lab, which currently employs 55 people, will initially aim to drive revenue through AR marketing, though will later explore healthcare and education. "AR marketing is taking off," Andrew Ng, the chief scientist overseeing Baidu's artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and deep learning projects, told Reuters.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:49:21 -0500
South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery

Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrives to attend a hearing at the National Assembly in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park. The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scandal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates and cement his control of the family business.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:56:19 -0500
U.S. insurers get inside cars, mouths, grocery carts in profit search

Scott Ozawa brushes his teeth with a Beam toothbrush at his home in BelmontBy Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twice a day, Scott Ozawa's Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush tells his dental insurer if he brushed for a full two minutes. The scheme, devised by Beam Technologies Inc, is just one of the latest uses of technology by insurers hungry for more real-time information on their customers that they say lets them assess risk more accurately and set rates accordingly. In theory, everybody wins, as policyholders adopt better habits and insurance companies save money on claims.

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:11:49 -0500
Mark Hamil as The Joker thrashes Donald Trump yet again

Outside of his memorableroles in Star Wars , Mark Hamill over the past few decades has enjoyed an incredibly successful run as a Hollywood voice over actor. Taking a look at Hamill's impressively long resume, his voice work as the Joker from Batman: The Animated Series truly stands out as something iconic. Last week, Hamill thought he'd have a little fun and decided to record one of Donald Trump's widely circulated tweets using his patented and quintessentially evil Joker voice. The result was nothing short of stunning. This week, Hamill was at it again, this time reading Trump's recent Twitter tirade about Meryl Streep. As for some quick background, Streep during last week's Golden Globe Awards show trashed President-elect Donald Trump without mentioning him by name. "There was one performance this year that stunned me," Streep said in part. "It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back." Never one to ignore a insult or even a perceived slight, Trump predictably took to Twitter where he called Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood." In a new audio recording titled "Return of Trumpster", Hamill once again delivers a homerun. And for anyone who missed Hamill's first effort, here it is below for your listening enjoyment. https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/817901534948179968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw As Trump prepares to take over the Oval Office this week, we can expect to hear more Hamill as Joker as Trump audio recordings in the weeks and months ahead.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:30:34 -0500
Heres the battery that could have saved the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was absolutely the most publicized example of faulty battery technology in the history of mobile phones, but exploding batteries aren't exclusively a Samsung problem. A quick Google search will produce news stories about defective batteries inphones from Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia, and every other major manufacturer. Lithium-ion batteries are simply not a perfectly reliable power source, and while the Note 7 was an extreme example, every manufacturer could benefit from batteries that are able to extinguish themselves if they get a bit too hot. Now, science has delivered exactly that. Anew paper by Stanford University researchers, published in Science Advances , describes an innovative battery technology that includes a flame-retardant substance which allows the batteries to provide power as normal, but will spring into action if things get out of hand. http://d3a5ak6v9sb99l.cloudfront.net/content/advances/3/1/e1601978/F1.large.jpg?width=800&height=600&carousel=1 A small amount of triphenyl phosphate is housed inside a thin shell inside of the battery itself. If the battery is working normally, you'll never even know it's there, but if for some reason the temperature inside the battery passes the 150 degree Celsius (302F) as it does in cases where batteries balloon up and explode the shell will melt and the phosphate will extinguish the situation.In their testing, the researchers were able to demonstrate that the battery safeguard could prevent the battery from going nuclear in just four-tenths of a second. In a situation like that of the Galaxy Note 7 where it is thought defective batteries, casing design, or a combination of both were responsible for the explosions these batteries would have been able to prevent themselves from spitting fire. Once these new batteries haveself-policed theirexplosive tendencies they areno longer function properly, so Samsung would still have a battery replacement problem on its hands, but there would be no headlines about smartphones burning down homes, garages, or cars.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:11:49 -0500
Analyst: Apples next MacBook Pros will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAM

Analyst: Apples next MacBook Pros will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAMWell-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities in Taiwan has issued a new note indicating that this years MacBooks will be upgraded with Intels Kaby Lake processors, as well as 32 gigabytes of RAM in the 15-inch model. According to Kuo, a new 12-inch MacBook will begin production in the second quarter of this year, new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will begin production in the early third-quarter, and a new 15-inch MacBook will begin mass production in the final quarter of the year, featuring 32 gigabytes of memory and aimed at high-end users. Its unclear whether this last machine will fall into the Pro lineup or have simply the MacBook nomenclature.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:00:49 -0500
Analyst: Apples next MacBook Pros will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAM

Analyst: Apples next MacBook Pros will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAMWell-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities in Taiwan has issued a new note indicating that this years MacBooks will be upgraded with Intels Kaby Lake processors, as well as 32 gigabytes of RAM in the 15-inch model. According to Kuo, a new 12-inch MacBook will begin production in the second quarter of this year, new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will begin production in the early third-quarter, and a new 15-inch MacBook will begin mass production in the final quarter of the year, featuring 32 gigabytes of memory and aimed at high-end users. Its unclear whether this last machine will fall into the Pro lineup or have simply the MacBook nomenclature.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:00:49 -0500
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