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SoftBank Seeks WeWork Control Via Financing Package


Created: Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:21:00 -0400

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SoftBank has prepared a financing package that would give it control of WeWork and further sideline its founder Adam Neumann in exchange for relieving the shared-office startup’s looming cash crunch, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Congress Probes Bot Messages About E-Cigarettes


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:30:00 -0400

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A congressional committee and the Massachusetts attorney general are investigating whether millions of bot-generated social-media messages about e-cigarettes have misled consumers about safety.

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Mastercard, Visa, eBay Drop Out of Facebook's Libra Payments Network


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 18:44:00 -0400

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The biggest financial companies recruited by Facebook to launch a cryptocurrency-based payments network have backed out of the project, threatening to derail an ambitious initiative to remake global finance.

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This App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:28:00 -0400

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China is using a seemingly benign mobile app and translation service to hoover up billions of pieces of data inside its borders and around the world, according to reports published in recent days.

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Should Consumers Be Able to Sell Their Own Personal Data?


Created: Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:00:00 -0400

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Two advocates square off over whether consumers will be helped or hurt by being able to own and sell their own data.

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Uber Shedding About 350 Jobs to Shore Up Business


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:38:00 -0400

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The ride-hailing company says the cuts will hit its food-delivery service Uber Eats and autonomous-driving unit, among other divisions.

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Colorado School District Goes High-Tech Amid Security Threats


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 06:15:00 -0400

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Schools used to operate bare-bones IT infrastructure, but now more of them are embracing business-grade technology to function, including Colorado’s Jefferson County Public Schools.

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Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:30:00 -0400

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Tech startups are challenging the cashierless checkout at Amazon Go stores with their own systems—and are already pitching them to retailers as smarter than partnering with Amazon.com.

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Google Shuts Out Payday Loans With App-Store Ban


Created: Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:53:00 -0400

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Google has barred high-interest consumer loan services from the Google Play app store, limiting payday lenders’ ability to access users of Android devices.

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AI Has Learned to Create Fake News Stories


Created: Sun, 13 Oct 2019 22:59:00 -0400

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Researchers warn about the risks of computer-generated articles—and release tools that ferret out fakes.

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Warren Escalates Fight With Facebook Over Political Ads


Created: Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:24:00 -0400

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to turn Facebook’s political ad policy against it, running an ad with a false claim about Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to highlight complaints about the social-media giant’s handling of misinformation.

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Drugmaker to Test Machine Learning to Prevent Drug Shortages


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:03:00 -0400

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Germany-based Merck plans to use analytics and machine learning to predict and prevent drug shortages, a move that could also save it money.

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India's Richest Man Battles Amazon, Walmart to Work With Mom-and-Pop Shops


Created: Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:24:00 -0400

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India’s mom-and-pop stores are being weaponized, as Walmart and Amazon square off against India’s richest man in the country’s nascent online retail market.

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The Ultimate Learning Machines


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 -0400

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The future of artificial intelligence depends on designing computers that can think and explore as resourcefully as babies do.

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India Partially Lifts Cellphone-Service Ban in Kashmir


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:46:00 -0400

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India has restored cellphone voice services to millions of residents of the Kashmir Valley, a step back from the near-total communications ban imposed more than two months ago, though an internet blackout is still in effect.

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Africa's Rollout of World's First Malaria Vaccine Takes Flight---on Drones


Created: Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:06:00 -0400

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Health workers, tech startups and package-delivery giant UPS have joined forces to ensure children receive all four potentially lifesaving shots.

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Uber to Acquire Majority Stake in Grocery-Delivery Service Cornershop


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:59:00 -0400

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Uber is buying a majority stake in grocery-delivery company Cornershop, as the company continues to expand its reach beyond the core ride-hailing business.

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Netflix May Take an Extended Intermission


Created: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 07:00:00 -0400

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Coming results won’t settle the question of longer-term competition, which could impede recovery for the battered stock.

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EU Warns of 5G Risks Amid Scrutiny of Huawei


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:26:00 -0400

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The European Union has identified specific security threats posed by foreign vendors of telecommunications equipment, significantly heightening the bloc’s scrutiny of suppliers like Huawei Technologies.

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The Lesson I Learned from Steve Jobs


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:00:00 -0400

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A challenge from technology’s greatest showman led Marc Benioff to a breakthrough insight about how to find true innovation at Salesforce.com.

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Political Campaigns Know Where You've Been. They're Tracking Your Phone.


Created: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:48:00 -0400

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Voter targeting has grown more invasive with location data that apps can transmit from cellphones. The data allows political groups to track down voters based on places they’ve been, including rallies, churches and gun clubs. 

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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good


Created: Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:30:00 -0400

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Teenagers across the country are forming hacking clubs and trying to spread the word that hacking doesn’t always mean breaking into government servers or stealing bank data. Convincing teachers and parents of that isn’t always easy.

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Who Willed the Electric Car? China, and Here's Why


Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:30:00 -0400

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Electric vehicles that derive their power from dirty energy aren’t necessarily better for the environment than traditional autos, but for Beijing they are.

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Tesla Needs Its Battery Maker. A Culture Clash Threatens Their Relationship.


Created: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:02:00 -0400

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CEO Elon Musk’s behavior has rattled some top executives at Panasonic, and both sides are pointing fingers about production. “If the Gigafactory project doesn’t succeed, we would both fail.”

Read more: Tesla Needs Its Battery Maker. A Culture Clash Threatens Their Relationship.


Can the 'Succession' Theme Revive the Custom Ringtone?


Created: Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:29:00 -0400

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Composer Nicholas Britell’s dark and moody TV theme song is rattling phones everywhere to life.

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Why Smart Bike Helmets Are (Probably) Safer


Created: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:24:00 -0400

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These new connected devices help cyclists feel safer on city streets. Is that worth $249?

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