Trump floats large fine, management changes for China's ZTE

TECHNEWS - 53 min 15 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company.

Consumer Reports to retest Tesla Model 3 after brake fix

TECHNEWS - 1 hour 19 min ago
(Reuters) - Consumer Reports said Tuesday it will retest brakes on Tesla Inc's new Model 3 sedans after Chief Executive Elon Musk promised a software update, but the potential hit to sales from the magazine's negative review weighed on Tesla stock.

Hammond to pledge superfast broadband for most homes

BBC TECH - 1 hour 25 min ago
The Chancellor pledges full-fibre connections for most homes and businesses by 2025.

Chile's President Pinera to meet VP Amazon Web Services: sources

TECHNEWS - 1 hour 36 min ago
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - President Sebastian Pinera will meet Amazon Web Services Vice President Teresa Carlson on Wednesday, three government sources told Reuters on Tuesday, as the company eyes expansion in Latin America.

Trump floats large fine, management changes for Chinese firm ZTE

TECHNEWS - 2 hours 23 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp $1.3 billion and shake up its management, as U.S. lawmakers vowed to block sanctions that crippled the Chinese telecommunications firm.

Facebook director to start after annual meeting, avoid shareholder vote

TECHNEWS - 2 hours 25 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc named a new director this month and timed his appointment to avoid a shareholder vote, raising concern among some investors who want to see more accountability from the social media company.

Facebook's Zuckerberg apologises to EU lawmakers over data leak

TECHNEWS - 2 hours 26 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologised to European Union lawmakers on Tuesday for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has rocked the world's biggest social media network.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes to EU Lawmakers

VOA TECH - 2 hours 46 min ago
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized to EU lawmakers on Tuesday and said the company had not done enough to prevent misuse of the social network. Meeting the leaders of the European Parliament, Zuckerberg stressed the importance of Europeans to Facebook and said he was sorry for not doing enough to prevent abuse of the platform. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility. That was a mistake and I am sorry for it," Zuckerberg said in his opening remarks. Facebook has been embroiled in a data scandal after it emerged that the personal data of 87 million users were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.  

Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes to EU lawmakers over data leak

TECHNEWS - 2 hours 51 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologised to European Union lawmakers on Tuesday for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has rocked the world's biggest social media network.

Civil rights groups criticize Amazon's facial recognition system

TECHNEWS - 2 hours 57 min ago
(Reuters) - Several U.S. civil liberties groups on Tuesday complained that Inc's real-time facial recognition system, Rekognition, is helping the government with surveillance targeting large crowds, violating civil and digital rights.

Zuckerberg apologises to European Parliament for 'harm'

BBC TECH - 3 hours 6 min ago
Facebook founder faces questions from European lawmakers over data scandal and fake news

Facebook's Zuckerberg to apologise to EU lawmakers over data leak

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 10 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg arrived to meet European Union lawmakers on Tuesday ready to apologise for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has rocked the world's biggest social media network.

U.S. lawmakers say they will try to block possible ZTE deal with China

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 25 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they would try to stop President Donald Trump from easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp, saying the United States should not bow to pressure from Beijing to help the troubled firm as part of a possible trade deal.

Former Uber engineer sues for sexual harassment

BBC TECH - 3 hours 26 min ago
A former Uber engineer is suing the firm for sexual harassment and discrimination.

Facebook's Zuckerberg arrives for grilling by EU lawmakers over data leak

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 27 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has arrived to meet leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about how the data of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of a political consultancy.

Google search reveals names of rape victims

BBC TECH - 4 hours 52 min ago
Search engine promises to remove such sensitive content if people alert them to it.

EU antitrust official sees more scrutiny for Facebook, others

TECHNEWS - 5 hours 26 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Facebook and other tech giants may attract more regulatory scrutiny in future because of their market power, a senior EU antitrust official said on Tuesday.

Elon Musk admits Tesla braking flaw

BBC TECH - 7 hours 4 min ago
Flaws pointed out in a review of Tesla's Model 3 have prompted Elon Musk to make changes.

$100m prize fund offered for Fortnite game play

BBC TECH - 7 hours 16 min ago
Epic Games has announced it will be putting up a $100m prize fund for first year of competitive play.

MP calls for TSB boss to intervene in online crisis

SKY TECH - 7 hours 42 min ago
A senior Conservative MP is demanding a personal intervention from the under-fire boss of TSB to help customers who have been unable to access their accounts online for a month.

China, U.S. near deal on ZTE reprieve; Beijing cuts auto tariffs

TECHNEWS - 8 hours 20 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Washington neared a deal to lift its ban on U.S. firms supplying Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp, sources said on Tuesday, and Beijing announced tariff cuts on car imports, further easing trade tensions between the world's two largest economies.

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

BBC TECH - 8 hours 22 min ago
Israel confirms the US-made jet, from the world's costliest military programme, was used recently.

Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix

TECHNEWS - 8 hours 30 min ago
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc's Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk admitted late on Monday there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it can be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 braking flaw, promises fix

TECHNEWS - 8 hours 55 min ago
(Reuters) - Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said late on Monday that the braking issue on Tesla Inc's Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, can be fixed with a firmware update which the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

Facebook's Zuckerberg faces EU Parliament grilling

TECHNEWS - 9 hours 4 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet with leaders of the European Parliament on Tuesday to answer questions about how the data of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of a political consultancy.

Sony in $2.3 billion deal for EMI, becomes world's biggest music publisher

TECHNEWS - 9 hours 21 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world's largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services.

Uber pulls up in Japan with taxi-hailing service

TECHNEWS - 9 hours 32 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies plans to launch its first taxi-hailing pilot service in Japan that will connect passengers to other taxi providers, as it seeks to expand in the country where the U.S. firm has been blocked from setting up its own fleet of drivers.

Sony in $2.3 bln deal for EMI, becomes world's biggest music publisher

TECHNEWS - 9 hours 42 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world's largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services.

Earliest violins imitated human vocals - study

SKY TECH - 11 hours 33 min ago
The inventors of the violin wanted the instrument to imitate the human voice, music historians have claimed in a new study.

Indian Innovators Convert Diesel Exhaust Into Ink To Battle Air Pollution

VOA TECH - 12 hours 59 min ago
Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.  In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.  While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.  “Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.  The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.  It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi. A new business As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality. According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.  After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies. The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.  Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.  Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air. “This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.  At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.  There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.  Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. 

Sony to become world's No.1 music publisher with $2.3 billion EMI deal

TECHNEWS - 13 hours 45 sec ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world's biggest music publisher in an industry that has found new life in streaming services.

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

TECHNEWS - 13 hours 17 min ago
YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

How 'talking' algae could help explain climate change

SKY TECH - 14 hours 53 min ago
Microalgae communicate with each other under stress, a study has found - and scientists are now listening to them to monitor changes in the aquatic system.

U.S., China nearing deal to remove U.S. sales ban against ZTE: sources

TECHNEWS - 15 hours 25 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - Washington and Beijing are nearing a deal that will remove an existing order banning U.S. firms from supplying telecommunications firm ZTE Corp , two people briefed on the talks said.

U.S. will lift sales ban order against China's ZTE: WSJ

TECHNEWS - 15 hours 41 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S. government will lift an order banning U.S. companies from selling components and software to China's ZTE Corp , the Wall Street Journal reported on its Chinese microblog account, citing unnamed sources.

Sony buys controlling stake in EMI record label

BBC TECH - 16 hours 46 min ago
If approved, the $2.3bn deal will see Sony indirectly own about 90% of the record label.

Amazon taps former NBC executive to help run TV programming

TECHNEWS - 17 hours 41 min ago
(Reuters) - Inc said on Monday it had hired Vernon Sanders to help run its television productions, tapping a former NBC executive who oversaw shows such as "The Blacklist," "Friday Night Lights" and "30 Rock" for the U.S. network.

Robots Taking Over Grocery Warehouses

VOA TECH - 18 hours 16 min ago
Grocery stores in the U.S. are locked in a fierce battle for customers who often demand the convenience of home deliveries. Automation is increasingly becoming part of the competitive equation. When U.S. mail-order retail giant Amazon shook up the supermarket industry with its purchase of Whole Foods, America's second biggest food retailer, Kroger, responded by partnering with a British online supermarket known for its advanced warehouse technology. VOA’s George Putic reports.

As bitcoin world wobbles, mining rig company plans $2 billion IPO

TECHNEWS - 19 hours 46 sec ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Bitcoins are worth less than half of what they were in December. Mining them is 60 percent less profitable than it was in 2017. Even retailers of hobbyist mining rigs say they are seeing fewer customers.

Microsoft, Google find fresh flaw in chips, but risk is low

TECHNEWS - 20 hours 31 sec ago
(Reuters) - Cyber security researchers have found a new security flaw that affects a broad swath of modern computing chips and is related to the Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws that emerged in January.

Fatal confusion?

BBC TECH - 20 hours 28 min ago
Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences.

Van Gogh: Could this be a newly discovered painting?

BBC TECH - 20 hours 29 min ago
X-ray and traditional methods suggest the painting is genuine, but final verification is pending.

As Zuckerberg heads to Brussels, British lawmakers ask for answers

TECHNEWS - 20 hours 30 min ago
LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - British lawmakers want their European counterparts to quiz Facebook FB.O CEO Mark Zuckerberg about a scandal over improper use of millions of Facebook users' data, as he will not give evidence in London himself.

Could smartphones replace bank branches?

BBC TECH - 20 hours 31 min ago
Banks sent 512 mobile alerts last year as our money management moves from spreadsheets to smartphones.

Man Dies After Tesla Crashes into San Francisco-Area Pond

VOA TECH - 21 hours 33 min ago
A man was killed when the Tesla automobile he was driving veered off a road, crashed through a fence and plunged into a pond, authorities said Monday. California Highway Patrol spokesman Daniel Jacowitz said rescuers pulled the Tesla Model S from the pond early Monday and found the man's body inside. The driver was identified as Keith Leung, 34, of Danville, California, said Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's office. Kelly said it was too soon to know if the vehicle's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode was engaged when the crash occurred or whether the driver may have been speeding or intoxicated. Photographs of the car show that its backend was destroyed, its hood crumpled and windows shattered. The crash occurred near the cities of San Ramon and Danville on Sunday evening, Jacowitz said. A property owner contacted authorities after hearing a noise and seeing damage to his fence and tire tracks. The car was traveling at a speed "great enough to leave the roadway, hit a fence, keep going down an embankment and into a pond on the property," Jacowitz said. Federal transportation authorities have been investigating if the Tesla's Autopilot mode has played a role in other recent crashes. In March, the driver of a Tesla Model X was killed in California when his SUV hit a barrier while traveling at "freeway speed." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating that case, in which the Autopilot system was engaged. Autopilot was also engaged in a crash earlier this month in Utah, according to data from the car. Also this month, the NTSB opened a probe into an accident in which a Model S caught fire after crashing into a wall at a high speed in Florida. Two 18-year-olds were trapped in the vehicle and died in the flames. The agency has said it does not expect Autopilot to be a focus in that investigation. Autopilot is the most well-known semi-autonomous system. It uses cameras and sensors on the front, sides and rear of the car to observe lane markings and to "see" other cars that are nearby. It's simple to engage, requiring only two quick taps of a stalk. There are no limitations on where Autopilot can be used. Drivers can enable it on the freeway, side streets, or anywhere with distinct lane markings.

Former Uber engineer sues, tests new sex-based claims policy

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:58
(Reuters) - A former software engineer at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] filed a lawsuit on Monday against the ride-hailing service on Monday, claiming she was subjected to years of sexual harassment there and subjected to retaliation for complaining about it.

Online lender Kabbage to launch payment services by year-end

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:48
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kabbage Inc, a U.S. online lender for small businesses, plans to launch payment processing services by year-end, President Kathryn Petralia said on Monday, helping it to diversify and compete more directly with industry leaders PayPal Holdings Inc and Square Inc.

Tesla Model 3 fails to get Consumer Reports nod due to 'big flaws'

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:43
(Reuters) - Influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports will not recommend Tesla Inc's Model 3 sedan, saying on Monday it braked slower than a full-sized pickup truck, taking the shine off a day of gains for shares in Elon Musk's electric car company.

Micron to buy back up to $10 billion of shares

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:20
(Reuters) - Memory chipmaker Micron Technology Inc said on Monday it would buy back up to $10 billion of its shares, in conjunction with its newly announced plans to return at least 50 percent of free cash flow to stockholders from fiscal 2019.

Former Uber engineer sues company alleging sexual harassment: law firm

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:49
(Reuters) - A former software engineer at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] sued the ride-hailing service on Monday, claiming that she was subjected to sexual harassment during her employment but that her complaints were ignored, the law firm representing the plaintiff said.

Adobe to buy Magento Commerce for $1.68 billion

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:36
(Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc said on Monday it would buy e-commerce services provider Magento Commerce from private equity firm Permira for $1.68 billion in cash, its biggest deal in nearly a decade.

Adobe to buy Magento Commerce in $1.68 billion deal

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:15
(Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc said on Monday it would buy e-commerce platform Magento Commerce in a $1.68 billion deal.

Barack and Michelle's next act: TV deal with Netflix

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:45
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have struck a deal to produce films and series for Netflix Inc, the streaming service said on Monday, giving the former first couple a powerful and unprecedented platform to shape their post-White House legacy.

Consumer Reports finds flaws in Tesla's Model 3

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:16
(Reuters) - U.S. consumer bible Consumer Reports stopped short of recommending Tesla Inc's Model 3 sedan on Monday, criticising the car for its braking and taking the shine off a day of gains for shares in billionaire Elon Musk's venture.

Tesla shares hit by Consumer Reports criticism

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 19:36
(Reuters) - U.S. consumer bible Consumer Reports stopped short of recommending Tesla Inc's Model 3 electric car on Monday, criticizing it for its braking and taking the shine off a day of gains for shares in billionaire Elon Musk's venture.

Barack and Michelle Obama to produce content for Netflix

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:57
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement with Netflix Inc to produce films and series, the online streaming company said on Monday.

Amazon eyes Latam expansion, opens Argentina office

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:44
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Inc aims to expand cloud computing operations in Latin America, a company executive said on Monday, after its Amazon Web Services unit opened an office in Buenos Aires last month.

Model 3 price hype helps Tesla shares bounce

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:51
(Reuters) - Shares in Tesla Inc jumped more than 4 percent on Monday as investors were encouraged by the company's placing a $78,000 price tag on the fully-loaded version of its Model 3 sedan.

Likely cause of childhood leukaemia discovered

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:33
A leading scientist has identified the likely cause of childhood leukaemia – and said most cases could be prevented.

Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:21
A group claims that the headphones' battery life is not as strong as advertised.

Alien asteroid orbiting sun the wrong way

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:22
Scientists have found an alien asteroid that is sharing Jupiter's orbit, but travelling in the opposite direction around the sun.

From Airlines to Pizza Parlors, EU Businesses Adopt Data Law

VOA TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:08
Lisa Meyer's hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Most of the time Meyer is focused on hairstyles, color trends and keeping up with appointments. But now she's worried about how the European Union's new data protection law will affect her business as she contacts customers to seek permission to store their details. Even though she supports the law, Meyer fears it may cut her mailing list by 90 percent as people choose to withhold their data or simply overlook her emails.   "It will be difficult to market upcoming events," she said at her shop, Lisa Hauck Hair & Beauty in London.   Businesses from pizza parlors to airlines across the EU's 28 countries are bombarding customers with emails seeking consent to use personal data as they rush to comply with the bloc's General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25. While much of the attention has focused on how technology giants like Facebook and Google will comply with the rules, consumers are learning firsthand that they apply to any firm, large or small, that stores personal data. The new rules , called GDPR for short, are designed to make it easier for EU residents to give and withdraw permission for companies to use personal information, requiring consent forms that are written in simple language and no more than one-page long. Companies that already hold such data have to reach out to customers and ask for permission to retain it. Authorities can fine companies up to 4 percent of annual revenue or 20 million euros ($23.6 million), whichever is higher, for breaching the rules. As a result, email boxes all over the continent are being swamped with messages from opticians, hotels, greeting card companies and even charities that fear stiff penalties for non-compliance.   In an effort to rise above the clutter, some companies are trying to spice up their approach as they try to ensure continued access to information vital to their businesses.   The St. Pancras Hotels Group promises that "only nominated people have access to your details, and they are kept really safe, guarded by our very own British Bulldogs. And a rude punk rocker." Britain's Channel 4 television offered up a video featuring one of the country's best-known comedians explaining GDPR and how it will affect viewers. Many are using animations, like this one from like France's mobile operator Bouygues, to explain the rules.   Regulators say the law applies to anyone who collects, uses or stores personal data. That can be a burden for small businesses that are forced to hire outside lawyers or consultants because they don't have the staff or expertise to deal with the law.   The EU's one-size-fits-all approach is one of the flaws in the law, according to Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy advocate who has formed a non-profit to take action against big companies that deliberately violate the new rules.   When the rules were being discussed, industry lobbyists sought to weaken the law by creating uncertainty, and as a result there are no clear guidelines that exempt small companies, Schrems told the BBC recently.   "GDPR is a prime example of corporate law gone wrong, because it's helpful for big companies," he said. "They have to do all of this anyways and they can use the uncertainty in the law to kind of get around things. But it leaves small companies that don't ... have a law department, or something like that, in a situation with a lot of uncertainty."   Meyer falls under the new rules' jurisdiction because she keeps data. Like many hair colorists, she keeps a card on each of her clients that notes whether they are allergic to any chemicals used in the dyes. That's considered personal medical information that must be protected.   She took a data protection course to learn about her obligations and avoid legal bills.   "I find it actually quite scary how data is being used so carelessly," Meyer said. "It's a good wake-up call. It's made me more aware."   But many others have been caught off guard.   A survey by French consultancy Capgemini says that 85 percent of European firms will not have completed their preparations for GDPR this week. It finds that British businesses are the most advanced and Swedish ones have the most work to do still.   A survey conducted by Britain's Federation of Small Businesses estimates that complying with the rules will cost an average of 1,030 pounds ($1,390) per company. "For a small business, it's hugely onerous," said Mark Elliott, who runs the digital marketing company, Sparks4Growth Ltd. He knows other small business owners who are worried about the extra red tape and costs of complying with the law. "I think, quite simply, they left us open to the lions," he said of regulators.   EU officials say GDPR is necessary to catch up with all the technological advances since 1995, when the last comprehensive European rules on data privacy were put in place.   As technology advances, data becomes more important. The ability to analyze everything from medical records to the weather holds enormous potential, with suggestions it will make us healthier, improve traffic flows and help scientists learn more about the movements of endangered species, to name but a few items.   But with that potential comes concern about privacy. The threat was vividly illustrated earlier this year when allegations surfaced that a little known campaign consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, misused data from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That touched off a global debate over internet privacy and triggered speculation other jurisdictions will soon follow the EU in tightening data protection laws.   That is just fine with Meyer, who thinks society needs a new etiquette for dealing with personal data.   "It's like sitting up straight at the table. It's like not talking too loud on the bus," she said. Respect for data "has to get into our culture."  

EU Parliament to Broadcast Zuckerberg Hearing

VOA TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:46
A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing. Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who was criticized by legislators and some senior EU officials over arrangements for the discussion on public privacy concerns, tweeted that it was "great news" that Zuckerberg had agreed to a live web stream. A Facebook spokeswoman said: "We’re looking forward to the meeting and happy for it to be live streamed." Zuckerberg, who founded the U.S. social media giant, will be in Europe to defend the company after scandal over its sale of personal data to a British political consultancy which worked on U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, among others. He will meet Tajani and leaders of parties in the European Parliament in Brussels from 6:15 p.m. (1615 GMT) on Tuesday. He is also due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.

Nokia phone licensee HMD raises $100 million to drive growth push

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:25
HELSINKI (Reuters) - HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the right to use the Nokia brand on phones, has raised $100 million of funding intended to boost growth, it said on Monday.

Greenwich University fined £120,000 for data breach

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:20
The Information Commissioner said the data breach, which included students' health problems, was serious.

EU parliament to broadcast Zuckerberg hearing

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:16
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Parliament meeting on Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast live, parliamentary officials and the company said on Monday after controversy over plans for a closed-door hearing.

Roper Technologies to buy software firm PowerPlan for $1.1 billion

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:41
(Reuters) - IT services provider Roper Technologies Inc said on Monday it would buy software company PowerPlan for $1.1 billion in an all-cash deal from private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

Children's phone data exposed on cloud server

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:07
Email addresses and unique phone identifiers were found on servers that let anyone view data

Taiwan exports orders beat forecast as tech sector growth picks up

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:49
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's export orders growth beat forecasts in April, as the island's technology sector recovered from a weak first quarter, with goods such as auto electronics driving growth although communications products remained a soft patch.

U-turn over Facebook chief's EU meeting

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:26
Mark Zuckerberg agrees to allow his session with European politicians to be broadcast on the web.

Nokia phone licensee HMD raises funding to step up growth

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:36
HELSINKI (Reuters) - HMD Global, the Finnish company with a license to sell Nokia-branded phones, said on Monday that it had raised $100 million of funding that it aims to spend to boost growth.

Grab to partner with Maybank for mobile wallet in Malaysia

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:01
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ride-hailing firm Grab will partner with Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Malaysia's biggest bank, to drive the usage and adoption of its GrabPay mobile wallet, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

Xinhau: China Launches Satellite to Explore Dark Side of Moon

VOA TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:30
China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the satellite was launched at 5:28 a.m. (2128 GMT Sunday) on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch center in the southwest of the country. "The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on and rove the far side of the moon," Xinhua quoted Zhang Lihua, manager of the relay satellite project, as saying. It said the satellite, known as Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, will settle in an orbit about 455,000 km (282,555 miles) from Earth and will be the world's first communication satellite operating there. China aims to catch up with Russia and the United States to become a major space power by 2030. It is planning to launch construction of its own manned space station next year. However, while China has insisted its ambitions are purely peaceful, the U.S. Defense Department has accused it of pursuing activities aimed at preventing other nations from using space-based assets during a crisis. 

NASA spacecraft captures 200,000 stars on camera

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:06
NASA's new planet-hunting spacecraft has successfully completed a flyby around the moon - snapping a photograph revealing more than 200,000 stars along the way.

New GPS Technology Offers Help For Old School Transportation

VOA TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 06:23
Drivers can choose from several GPS apps that can alert them to accidents or slow traffic so they can avoid them. But bike riders – who travel the same roadways as cars - are on their own. So an English university student designed an app to help cyclists report dangerous hot spots to other cyclists, and local governments. Faith Lapidus reports.

AI to be 'new weapon' in cancer fight - PM

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 05:45
Theresa May will unveil plans to use artificial intelligence to help prevent 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033.

'Sharenting' puts young at risk of online fraud

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 04:12
Parents are compromising their children's future financial security with online sharing, warns Barclays.

Banking by mobile app 'to overtake online by 2019'

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:08
The growth in banking via smartphone apps puts more branches at risk of closure, forecasts suggest.

Artificial intelligence can be weapon in cancer fight, PM to say

BBC TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:36
Smart technologies can sift through data to help the NHS spot diseases quicker, the PM is to say.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, EU Lawyers Locked in Negotiations

VOA TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:37
Facebook and European Union officials were locked in high-stakes negotiations Sunday over whether founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear Tuesday before EU lawmakers to discuss the site’s impact on the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Europeans, as well as Facebook’s impact on elections on both sides of the Atlantic and the spreading of fake news. Being debated is whether the meeting would be held after EU Parliament President Antonio Tajanibe agreed to have it live-streamed on the internet and not held behind closed-doors, as previously agreed. The leaders of all eight political blocs in the parliament have insisted the format be changed. Lawmakers say it would be deeply damaging for Zuckerberg, if he pulls out simply because they want him to hold what they say is the equivalent of a “Facebook Live.” Claude Moraes, chairman of the EU parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs panel, warned Zuckerberg will have to go into greater detail than he did in his testimony before U.S. Senate and Congressional panels last month on the “issues of algorithmic targeting, and political manipulation” and on Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook shared with the British firm the data of millions of Americans and Europeans, which was subsequently used for election campaigning purposes. Facebook did not return calls from VOA asking about whether Zuckerberg’s meeting with EU lawmakers would still go ahead. “EU governments are absolutely aware that every election now is tainted. We want to get to the heart of this,” said Moraes. EU lawmakers say Zuckerberg’s appearance is all the more important as he has declined to appear before national European parliaments, including Britain’s House of Commons. Terrorist connections Zuckerberg is likely also to be pressed on why Facebook is still being used by extremists to connect with each other and to recruit. Much of the focus in recent weeks on Facebook has been about general issues over its management of users’ data, but analysts are warning the social-media site is enabling a deadly form of social networking and isn’t doing enough to disrupt it. “Facebook’s data management practices have potentially served the networking purposes of terrorists,” said the Counter Extremism Project, nonprofit research group, in a statement. “CEP’s findings regularly debunk Facebook’s claims of content moderation. This week, a video made by the pro-ISIS al-Taqwa media group was found that includes news footage from attacks in the West and calls for further violence, encouraging the viewer to attack civilians and ‘kill them by any means or method," according to CEP CEP researchers say Facebook’s “suggested friends” feature helps extremists connect to each other and is “enabling a deadly form of social networking.” “Worldwide, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, there has been a spike of militant activity on social media channels ... Encrypted messaging apps like Facebook-owned WhatsApp are well known mechanisms used by terrorists to communicate, plot and plan attacks, a practice that is tragically continuing,” CEP says. New rules Aside from the EU parliament, Zuckerberg has agreed to be interviewed onstage Thursday at a major tech conference in Paris, and is scheduled to have lunch with French president Emmanuel Macron during the week. His visit comes as the British government is threatening social-media companies with a tax to pay for efforts to counter online crime. According to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper, British ministers have instructed officials to carry out research into a new “social media levy” on internet companies. Culture Minister Matt Hancock indicated Sunday the British government is beginning to move away from allowing the internet companies to regulate themselves and is ready to impose requirements on them, which if approved by parliament will make Britain the “safest place in the world” to be online. A new code of practice aimed at confronting social-media bullying and to clear the internet of intimidating or humiliating online content could be included in the legislation, say officials. Other measures being considered include rules that have to be followed by traditional broadcasters that prevent certain ads being targeted at children. Hancock said work with social-media companies to protect users had made progress, but the performance of the industry overall has been mixed, he added. Hancock said, “Digital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better."  

New internet laws pledged as social media firms snub talks

BBC TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:26
Only four of 14 firms invited for talks turned up, culture secretary admits, as he pledges new laws.

American Inventors You've Never Heard Of

VOA TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:17
Edison did it. Eastman did it. And so did Steve Jobs. They invented products that changed our lives. But for every well-known inventor there are many other, less recognizable individuals whose innovative products have greatly impacted our world. Fifteen of those trailblazing men and women -- both past and present -- were recently honored for their unique contributions in a special ceremony at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which is nestled in a corner of the vast atrium of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office building in Alexandria, Virginia. Augmented reality Stan Honey was honored for inventing a graphics systems that makes it easier for television viewers around the world to see key moments during live sporting events… such as sailing, car racing and American football. “What we do is we superimpose graphic elements like yellow lines into the real world, correctly positioned so that they can reveal something that's important to a game that is otherwise hard to see,” he said. The graphics make those yellow lines look like they’re actually on the field, Honey explained, but "they’re keyed underneath the athletes... so it looks like it's on the grass, but in fact if you were in the stadium of course, it's not actually there!” In sports like football, Honey pointed out, the graphics are used "for the 'first down' line." In baseball, to show "where the balls go through the strike zone or miss the strike zone," and in sailing they're used "to show who's ahead, who's behind, where the laylines are, what the wind direction is."   "Any sport that has something that's really important and hard to see can benefit from graphics that are inserted into the real world,” he added. WATCH: Julie Taboh's video report Lasting beauty “Curiosity and exploration are the essential starting points of innovation,” says inductee Sumita Mitra. She credits her life-long love of learning to her parents and teachers; “They taught me how to learn… and if you know how to learn, you can learn anything.” Mitra put her learning skills to full use when she discovered that using nanoparticles can strengthen dental composites while helping teeth maintain their natural look. She was looking for “beauty that lasts,” she said, and decided “nanoparticle technology would be the right ticket to create something to meet these objectives.” Rini Paiva, who oversees the selection committee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame, noted that more than 600 million restorations take place every year using Mitra’s technology. Gallery of icons The annual selection process is very competitive, say Paiva, "because there are a lot of terrific inventors out there and our job is really to look for the ones who have had the most impact on our world.” Each year, as a select group of inventors are inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, they're presented with hexagonal-shaped plaques inscribed with their name, invention and patent number. Those simple but symbolic awards become part of a permanent collection that now stands at more than 560. Five of the 2018 inductees were recognized for their contributions posthumously, their awards accepted by their respective representatives. Temperature controls Mary Engle Pennington, who died at the age of 80 in 1952, was a pioneer in the safe preservation, handling, storage and transportation of perishable foods, which impacted the health and well-being of generations of Americans. She was recognized for her numerous accomplishments, including her discovery of a way to refrigerate train cars, allowing perishable foods to be safely moved from one place to another. In 1895, Warren Johnson introduced the first multi-zone automatic temperature control system commercially feasible for widespread application. The Johnson System of Temperature Regulation was used in commercial buildings, offices, and schools, and also installed in the U.S. Capitol Building, the Smithsonian, the New York Stock Exchange, West Point Military Academy, and the home of Andrew Carnegie. In 2008, it was designated an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Johnson's innovations and the company he co-founded, Johnson Controls, helped launch the multi-billion-dollar building controls industry. The real deal Established in 1973 in partnership with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum provides numerous displays and interactive exhibits on patents and the patent process, and the inductees and their patented inventions.   There’s a model of Thomas Edison’s light bulb, George Eastman's hand-held cameras, and replicas of Ford Mustangs from 1965 and 2015 -- split down the middle to show how the iconic car has changed over 50 years. Visitors can also learn about trademarks, (think NIKE’s Swoosh logo), how to detect the real from the fake, (counterfeit designer handbags and accessories were hard to tell apart from the genuine article), and match characters, colors, and even sounds, to their respective brands. Future inventors Rini Paiva notes that while the museum is dedicated to honoring the greatest innovative minds from the past and present, it is also committed to its educational intiatives through its partnership with 1,300 schools and districts nationwide. “Our museum does share the stories of the inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, but beyond that it really shows people what we can do through our education programs, really in encouraging young people to pursue STEM fields, and also in the power of intellectual property." Education merges with the symbolic presence of some of the world's most innovative minds whose examples of American ingenuity serve to inform and inspire others who may follow in their paths.

Britain to tackle 'Wild West' internet with new laws

TECHNEWS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:24
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will tackle "the Wild West elements" on the internet from cyberbullying to online child exploitation by introducing new laws for social media companies, digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

3-D Printed Practice Organs Smooth Toddler's Transplant

VOA TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:18
A sick toddler is thriving thanks to his father's kidney and a practice surgery using 3-D printed organs. VOA's Steve Baragona explains.

Tomorrow's cities: Park with four seasons under one roof

BBC TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 04:13
Four seasons park explores need for greener cities and looks at how climate change affects urban spaces.

Plans for new laws to tackle internet's 'wild west'

SKY TECH - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 00:30
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged new laws to tackle the internet's "wild west" that will make Britain the "safest place in the world" to be online.

Deutsche Boerse to include tech stocks in MDAX and SDAX in index shakeup

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 09:38
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Boerse, the German stock exchange operator, is planning a major shakeup of the composition of three key indexes later this year that affects technology stocks.

ISS sides against two Tesla directors, backs split of Musk's roles

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:50
BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended on Friday that investors vote against Tesla Inc directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, increasing pressure on the car maker over their roles on its board.

Proxy adviser ISS recommends votes against two Tesla directors

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 04:55
BOSTON (Reuters) - Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services recommended on Friday that investors cast proxy votes against Tesla Inc directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch.

FCC investigating website flaw that exposed mobile phone locations

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was referring reports that a website flaw could have allowed the location of mobile phone customers to be tracked to its enforcement bureau to investigate.

The apps designed to help mental health

BBC TECH - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 02:08
New apps and platforms are seen as a way to reach younger people with mental health conditions.

Revamped YouTube Music aims to better appeal to local audio tastes

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 01:37
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube is hiring music experts across the world to make its revamped music streaming subscription more locally "authentic," officials at YouTube, a unit of Alphabet Inc's Google, told Reuters on Friday.

Trump urged U.S. Postal Service to double package rates for Amazon: Washington Post

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 21:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has personally pushed the postmaster general to double the rates the U.S. Postal Service charges and other companies to ship packages, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three unnamed sources.

Germany calls on chip and hardware makers to tackle processor flaws

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:23
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units, but said no complete fix was possible at the moment.

Trump urged Postal Service to double package rates for Amazon: Washington Post

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has personally pushed the postmaster general to double the rates the U.S. Postal Service charges and other companies to ship packages, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three unnamed sources.

FCC investigating reports website flaw exposed mobile phone locations

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it was referring reports that a website flaw could have allowed the location of mobile phone customers to be tracked to its enforcement bureau to investigate.

Uber files appeal against licence loss in UK city of Brighton

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:29
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] submitted an appeal on Friday against the decision by the southern coastal English city of Brighton to strip the taxi app of its licence for not being "fit and proper" over data concerns and the use of drivers from outside the area.

Mugshot website 'owners' arrested over $2m extortion

SKY TECH - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:57
Two men alleged to be co-owners of a website called have been arrested on suspicion of extortion.

Canada's Trudeau Talks Tech at MIT Gathering

VOA TECH - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:46
Canadian computer scientists helped pioneer the field of artificial intelligence before it was a buzzword, and now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to capitalize on their intellectual lead. Trudeau has become a kind of marketer-in-chief for Canada's tech economy ambitions, accurately explaining the basics of machine learning as he promotes a national plan he says will "secure Canada's foothold in AI research and training." "Tech giants have taken notice, and are setting up offices in Canada, hiring Canadian experts, and investing time and money into applications that could be as transformative as the internet itself," Trudeau wrote in a guest editorial published this week in the Boston Globe. Trudeau has been taking that message on the road and is likely to emphasize it again Friday when he addresses a gathering of tech entrepreneurs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His visit to the MIT campus headlines an annual meeting of the school's Solve initiative, which connects innovators with corporate, government and academic resources to help them tackle world problems. Trudeau isn't the only head of state talking up AI — France's Emmanuel Macron and China's Xi Jinping are among the others — but his deep-in-the-weeds approach has caught U.S. tech companies' attention in contrast to President Donald Trump, whose administration "got off to a little bit of a slow start" in expressing interest, said Erik Brynjolfsson, an MIT professor who directs the school's Initiative on the Digital Economy. "AI is the most important technology for the next decade or two," said Brynjolfsson, who attended the Trump White House's first AI summit last week. "It's going to completely transform the economy and our society in lots of ways. It's a huge mistake for countries' leaders not to take it seriously." Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Uber and Samsung have all opened AI research hubs centered in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton, drawn in large part by decades of academic research into "deep learning" algorithms that helped pave the way for today's digital voice assistants, self-driving technology and photo-tagging services that can recognize a friend's face. Canada's reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants is also helping, as is Trudeau's enthusiasm about the AI economy, Brynjolfsson said. "When a national leader says AI is a priority, I think you get more creative, smart young people who will be taking it seriously," he said. AI is an "easy and recognizable shorthand" for the digital economy Trudeau hopes to foster, said Luke Stark, a Dartmouth College sociologist from Canada who studies the history and philosophy of technology. A former schoolteacher, Trudeau is "smart enough to know when to learn something so he can talk about it intelligently in a way that helps educate people," Stark said. Stark said that also allows Trudeau to "push into the background some of the less high-tech, less fashionable elements of the Canadian economy," such as the extraction of oil and gas. The visit comes amid talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico over whether to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement. Negotiators have now gone past an informal Thursday deadline set by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, increasing the likelihood that talks could drag into 2019.

Apple pays Ireland first tranche of disputed taxes

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:17
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Apple has paid 1.5 billion euros ($1.18 billion) into an escrow account set up by the Irish government to hold 13 billion euros ($16 billion) in disputed taxes, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Friday.