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India's markets regulator probes prescient messages in WhatsApp groups

(20 hours ago)
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's market regulator is "seriously" looking into the issue of prescient messages on company results circulated by market insiders in private WhatsApp groups, its chairman said on Tuesday, a sign the investigation is gaining momentum.

Inside Faraday Future's Financial House of Cards

(20 hours ago)
Sean O'Kane, reporting for The Verge: When Faraday Future emerged from stealth mode in 2015, it promised to transform the car industry with an American-made luxury electric vehicle that would someday be fully autonomous, maybe even sold through a subscription service. As we learned at CES 2017, the company was taking aim at Tesla with a car -- the FF91 -- that was designed to dazzle, with a 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds as jaw-dropping as the proposed $180,000 price tag. Since then, though, Faraday Future has been more focused on survival than speed. The Verge has learned from multiple sources about the nature of the company's financial plight. While Faraday Future posed as the newest California electric car startup that attracted top auto industry talent, 10 former employees and one person close to the company say the behavior and business practices of its chief investor have brought business to a halt. Also read: Everything wrong with Faraday Future's "Tesla killer"Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Why Google and Amazon Are Hypocrites

(21 hours ago)
Amazon earlier this month responded to Google's decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. Google says it's taking this extreme step because of Amazon's recent delisting of new Nest products (like Nest Secure and the E Thermostat) and the company's long-running refusal to sell Chromecast or support Google Cast in any capacity. Veteran journalist Om Malik writes: This smacks of so much hypocrisy that I don't even know where to start. The two public proponents of network neutrality and anything but neutral about each other's services on each other's platforms. They can complain about the cable companies from blocking their content and charging for fast lanes. The irony isn't lost on me even a wee bit. They are locked in a battle to collect as much data about us -- what we shop, what we see, what we do online and they do so under the guise of offering us services that are amazing and wonderful. They don't talk about what they won't do with our data, instead, they bicker and distract. So to think that these purveyors of hyper-capitalism will fight for interests of consumers is not only childish, it is foolish. We as end customers need to figure out who is speaking on our behalf when it comes to the rules of the Internet.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

(21 hours ago)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

(21 hours ago)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

Apple iMac Pro Goes on Sale December 14th

(22 hours ago)
Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. From a report: The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. It has yet to reveal the exact configuration options, but the $4,999 'starter' model ships with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a Radeon Vega graphics chipset with 8GB of RAM. You can option it with up to an 18-core Xeon, 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and a 16GB Vega chipset, although video creator Marques Brownlee notes that you'll have to wait until the new year for that 18-core beast.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy

(22 hours ago)
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Reddit post over the weekend has drawn a flurry of interest after an iPhone 6s owner reported that a battery replacement significantly increased the device's performance running iOS 11. The ensuing discussion thread, also picked up by readers in the MacRumors forum, has led to speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to retain a full day's charge if the battery has degraded over time. According to TeckFire, the author of the original Reddit post, their iPhone had been very slow after updating to iOS 11, especially compared to their brother's iPhone 6 Plus, so they decided to do some research with GeekBench and battery life apps, and ended up replacing the battery.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

(22 hours ago)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

AIG launches new cyber threat analysis to gauge companies' risks

(22 hours ago)
(Reuters) - American International Group Inc has ramped up its analysis for insuring against cyber attacks, using a system that scores a company's risk of having a breach along with safeguards it has in place, the insurer said on Tuesday.

Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

(22 hours ago)
BEIJING (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

(22 hours ago)
PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb has agreed to withdraw a controversial payment system in France after government officials, including finance minister Bruno Le Maire, met with its managers on Monday.

Taiwan's Far Eastern International fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

(22 hours ago)
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

Rolls-Royce creates cross-business data unit to drive efficiency

(22 hours ago)
LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce has created a data unit, named R2 Data Labs, that uses analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve efficiency across its civil and defense aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems businesses.

129 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service From Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality

(23 hours ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Based on the Federal Communications Commission's own data, the Institute for Local Self Reliance found that 129 million Americans only have one option for broadband internet service in their area, which equals about 40 percent of the country. Of those who only have one option, roughly 50 million are limited to a company that has violated net neutrality in some way. Of Americans who do have more than one option, 50 million of them are left choosing between two companies that have both got shady behavior on their records, from blocking certain access to actively campaigning against net neutrality. Aside from being a non-ideal situation for consumers like me, this lack of competition is another dock against the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality rules later this week. In arguing against net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly cited a free market as just as capable of ensuring internet freedom as government regulations. "All we are simply doing is putting engineers and entrepreneurs, instead of bureaucrats and lawyers, back in charge of the internet," Pai said on Fox News's "Fox & Friends," in November. "What we wanted to do is return to the free market consensus that started in the Clinton administration and that served the internet economy in America very well for many years." But how can market competition regulate an industry when more than a third of the market has no competition at all, and even[..]

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

(23 hours ago)
The platform sent a tweet addressing the "53 people" that have watched the film 18 days in a row.

Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

(2 days ago)
PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb has agreed to withdraw a controversial payment system in France after government officials, including finance minister Bruno Le Maire, met with its managers on Monday.

France To Ban Mobile Phones In Schools

(2 days ago)
The French government is planning to ban students from using mobile phones in the country's primary, junior and middle schools. While children will be permitted to bring their phones to school, they will not be allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks. The Guardian reports: Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister, said the measure would come into effect from the start of the next school year in September 2018. It will apply to all pupils from the time they start school at age of six -- up to about 15 when they start secondary school. Blanquer said some education establishments already prohibited pupils from using their mobiles. "Sometimes you need a mobile for teaching reasons [...] for urgent situations, but their use has to be somehow controlled," he told RTL radio. The minister said the ban was also a "public health message to families," adding: "It's good that children are not too often, or even at all, in front of a screen before the age of seven." The French headteachers' union was skeptical that the ban could be enforced.Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Bitcoin slips to around $16,300, futures volumes drop

(2 days ago)
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin dipped slightly from the previous session's record highs on Tuesday, after a month of whirlwind and volatile gains leading up to the launch of bitcoin futures on the weekend.

Singapore's electric car-sharing program hits the road

(2 days ago)
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore launched on Tuesday its first large-scale electric car-sharing program through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.

Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment

(2 days ago)
Facebook shares its internal policy for dealing with harassment.

Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim

(2 days ago)
A woman raped by a driver in Delhi says executives got her medical records after doubting her story.

NI town 'has UK's fastest runners'

(2 days ago)
Fitness app Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK this year.

Pupils design app to encourage children to go outdoors

(2 days ago)
The two high school students' Envirocache encourages youngsters to go on nature treasure hunts.

Luxury good-makers win fight over online sales bans

(2 days ago)
The European Court of Justice says luxury firms have the right to restrict online sales to protect their brands.

Nintendo games to appear on rival console

(2 days ago)
Chinese gamers will be able to play a selection of Wii games on the Nvidia Shield.

Australian stock exchange to move to blockchain

(2 days ago)
The Australian Securities Exchange says it is the first global market to switch to the technology.

Dolby estate gives Cambridge University Cavendish lab £85m

(2 days ago)
The donation comes from the estate of famed sound pioneer and Cambridge PhD student Ray Dolby.

Jeremy Hunt hits out at Facebook kids' app

(2 days ago)
The health secretary told the social network to "stay away from my kids" with its app for under-13s.

BBC to help students identify 'fake news'

(2 days ago)
Kamal Ahmed and Tina Daheley are among BBC journalists who will take part in events targeted at pupils.

Two Singapore 'Airbnb hosts' charged for illegal home stays

(2 days ago)
The case is the first of its kind since Singapore introduced new laws regulating home sharing in June.

Blue Planet II comes to iPlayer in 4K HDR

(2 days ago)
The BBC will stream its first programme in ultra-high definition and high dynamic range colour.

Drone collisions 'worse than bird strikes for planes'

(2 days ago)
A US study has offered a comprehensive look at the damage a drone colliding with an aeroplane could do.

Child exploitation: Live streaming an 'urgent' threat

(2 days ago)
Sex offenders learn how young people communicate online and use this to abuse them, police say.

UK government mulls Bitcoin regulation

(2 days ago)
The crypto-currency remains popular with criminals, the police have warned.

Beyonce 'unlikely' to use burner email

(2 days ago)
The claim was made half in jest by Ed Sheeran during a media interview.

Privacy regulator warns MPs over shared passwords

(2 days ago)
The Information Commissioner's Office says it is making enquiries about MPs giving staff their logins.

Apple Mac security issue may reoccur

(2 days ago)
Mac owners who upgraded to remove a serious security bug may still be vulnerable to the loophole.

Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

(2 days ago)
US social media giant says 2,300 people will work for the company in the UK by the end of 2018.

Facebook wants to mentor small UK firms at its new London headquarters

(2 days ago)
Newsbeat gets a tour of the new Facebook HQ as they launch their mentoring scheme for small businesses.
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