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Uber removes self-driving cars from San Francisco roads
22 Dec 2016 at 2:58am

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has removed its self-driving cars from San Francisco streets, halting the autonomous program one week after its launch as the company faced a regulatory crackdown. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said on Wednesday it revoked the registration of 16 Uber self-driving cars because they had not been properly permitted. For the last week, the agency was demanding that Uber shut down its program and comply with regulations requiring a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads.

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy
22 Dec 2016 at 3:39am

Yahoo Inc's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) last year resulted from the government's drive to change decades of interpretation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment right of people to be secure against "unreasonable searches and seizures," intelligence officials and others familiar with the strategy told Reuters.

Nokia sues Apple for infringing patents, industry back on war footing
22 Dec 2016 at 1:04am

BELGRADE/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Corp said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker's legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier. "Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products," Nokia said in a statement. Apple on Tuesday had taken legal action against Acacia Research Corp and Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc [GEGGIM.UL], accusing them of colluding with Nokia to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly from Apple.

Lawsuit accuses Google of illegally curbing employee communication
21 Dec 2016 at 9:36pm

A Google Inc product manager has sued the company, accusing it of unlawfully prohibiting employees from sharing concerns with coworkers, shareholders or the press, and maintaining a "spying program" to prevent leaks. In the class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday in California state court in San Francisco, the employee, identified only as "John Doe," says Google's employment agreements are illegally broad and violate various state labor laws. The agreements define confidential information as "without limitation, any information in any form that relates to Google or Google's business that is not generally known," according to the lawsuit.

Honda, Alphabet's Waymo in talks over self-driving technology
21 Dec 2016 at 11:05pm

By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it had entered into formal talks with Alphabet Inc's new self-driving division Waymo to add self-driving technology to its vehicles, marking the second potential customer for the automation software. The move comes just one week after Google spun off its self-driving unit into its own company named "Waymo" with a mandate to strike partnerships with automakers and others and commercialize the research it has been developing for over seven years. The potential deal illustrates how automakers faced with the high costs of developing the new technology in-house are separating into those betting on developing it alone, such as Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co, and those turning to partnerships with suppliers to spread the costs.

U.S. university launches tool to show how fake news spreads
21 Dec 2016 at 9:48pm
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Researchers at Indiana University have developed a new tool that shows how fake news and unverified stories spread through social media. The search engine, dubbed Hoaxy, is the latest effort to combat the proliferation of fake news, which proliferated during the U.S. presidential campaign, with one bogus post-Election Day story sparking a real-life event when a gunman fired shots into a Washington, D.C., restaurant. "It is a very serious problem," said Filippo Menczer, the director of the university's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, which launched Hoaxy.
Lawsuit claims that Google’s employees are forced to ignore serious product d...
22 Dec 2016 at 4:03am
A new and somewhat bizarre lawsuit filed against Google accuses the search giant of running an "internal spying program" and forcing employees to adhere to "illegal confidentiality agreements, policies, guidelines and practices." The lawsuit was filed earlier this week by an anonymous product manager. The suit claims that Google's employment agreements expressly prohibit Google personnel from reporting illegal conduct they may have witnessed or even bringing to light potentially dangerous product defects. The complaint alleges that Google discourages the aforementioned type of whistle blowing activities because such statements might ultimately resurface during legal proceedings. The complaint also details that Google's employment agreement precludes employees from disclosing their base pay to potential employers and even from discussing what their working experience at Google was like. "The policies even prohibit Googlers from speaking to their spouse or friends about whether they think their boss could do a better job," the complaint adds. Also interesting is the allegation that Google "prohibits employees from writing creative fiction", without prior approval, if the main character works at a tech company in Silicon Valley. The lawsuit takes the position that Google's sweeping confidentiality agreements are unnecessarily broad and ultimately violate California labor laws. The complaint reads in part: The unnecessary and inappropriate breadth of the policies are intended to control Google's former and current employees, limit competition, infringe on constitutional rights, and prevent the disclosure and reporting of misconduct. The policies are wrong and illegal. In regards to the allegations that Google wants employees to keep illegal activity and potentially dangerous products on the down low, the complaint reads: Google restricts what Googlers say internally in order to conceal potentially illegal conduct. It instructs employees in its training programs to do the following: "Don't send an email that says, 'I think we broke the law' or 'I think we violated this contract.'" The training program also advises employees that they should not be candid when speaking with Google's attorneys about dangerous products or violations of the law. The program advises Googlers that some jurisdictions do not recognize the attorney-client privilege and "Inside the U.S., government agencies often pressure companies to waive the privilege." As a point of interest, the plaintiff in this case has been a Google employee for just over 2 years and, per the complaint, was recently outed, albeit falsely, for leaking proprietary information to the press. Google has since issued a statement to The Verge relaying that it "will defend this suit vigorously because it’s baseless." The full suit can be read below. John Doe vs. Google, Inc. by Nick Statt on Scribd  
Uber pulls self-driving cars from California roads
22 Dec 2016 at 4:01am

Uber pulled its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke their registrations, officials said Wednesday. The move comes after a week of talks between the ride-hailing ...

Sketchy rumor claims Apple will purchase a Hollywood studio in 2017
22 Dec 2016 at 3:30am
Take this one with a huge grain of salt, but Kim Dotcom -- yes that one -- posted a tweet earlier today claiming to have inside intel that Apple was going to buy a Hollywood Studio in 2017. There's no indication as to where Dotcom is getting his info from, and without any more substantive information, it's hard to take this report all that seriously. Nonetheless, Dotcom's claim may not be as outlandish as it might initially seem amid reports that Apple earlier this year explored the possibility of acquiring Time Warner. All that said, Dotcom's tweet provides us with a perfect jumping off point to discuss Apple's somewhat murky role in the ongoing media content war. As we've covered previously , Apple's content strategy in the media space isn't non-existent, but it's downright confusing. As outlets like Netflix and even Amazon are devoting more and more resources towards developing original content, Apple has busied itself with music-based documentaries and a reality show about the app economy. While such endeavors in and of themselves are perfectly fine, Apple seems to be tiptoeing around developing original content as opposed to diving right in. All the while, Apple's other strategy for control of the living room -- a streaming TV service -- seems to have fallen by the wayside. In the meantime, the streaming space is already starting to get crowded. Just recently, AT&T launched its DirecTV Now service and there are even reports that Amazon wants to launch a similar service of its own in the near future. With Apple still sitting on the sidelines with respect to the TV space, some analysts have actually articulated that Apple might be well-advised to make a crazy deal for a Hollywood studio. While such a move isn't completely outside the realm of possibility, it might make more economic sense for Apple to simply develop its own slate of high-quality programming. As we've covered before, Apple certainly has enough cash to develop and produce a large number of hit TV shows . To wit, below is a list of seven hit TV shows and how much one season of production costs. Game of Thrones – $60 million Breaking Bad – $39 million House of Cards & Orange is the new Black – $100 million Homeland – $36 million Netflix version of Arrested Development – $45 million LOST- $100 million over the course of a 25 episode season Boardwalk Empire – $60 million Clearly, Apple could feasibly produce 7 high-caliber shows for just $440 million, or even 35 original programs for far less than the $3 billion it paid to acquire Beats a few years back.

Nintendo's mobile Mario game sets download record but pricing proves sticking...
22 Dec 2016 at 2:43am

Nintendo Co Ltd's first Mario smartphone title has set a download record but gamers have baulked at the one-time cost of unlocking content, pushing the Japanese game maker's stock to a one-month low. Super Mario Run topped 40 million downloads just four days after its Dec. 15 release in 150 countries on Apple Inc's App Store, becoming the fastest game to reach the milestone in App Store history, Nintendo said. "Mario is arguably the most popular gaming franchise in the world, yet we see only about 8 percent of those who try the game actually purchasing it," said Sensor Tower analyst Spencer Gabriel.

The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime Video in January
22 Dec 2016 at 2:22am
After taking time off to travel, relax and catch up with friends and family, it can be tough to dive back in to your routine after the holiday season. I find that the best way to ease myself back into the every day grind is to distract myself with TV shows and movies as soon as the work day is over, which is why I'm especially intrigued with the content coming to Amazon Prime Video in January. To be entirely honest, the selection of new Prime Video content in December was so unappealing that we decided to skip this feature altogether last month, but the additions have improved to kick off 2017. Here are a few of the highlights from Amazon's Prime Video arrivals for January 2017: Movies: Across the Universe - January 1st American History X - January 1st Blood Diamond - January 1st Maid in Manhattan - January 1st Rent - January 1st Hellboy - January 1st Maid in Manhattan - January 1st She's All That - January 3rd Dirty Grandpa - January 27th Swiss Army Man - January 30th TV Shows: Sneaky Pete (Amazon Original Series): Season 1 - January 13th Just Add Magic (Amazon Original Series): Season 2 - January 13th Red Rock: Season 2 - January 17th Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon Original Series): Season 1 - January 27th Mercy Street: Season 2 - January 29th If that's not enough to tide you over, Netflix recently unveiled the list of new content coming to its streaming service in January as well . Between these two services, you have plenty to watch next month.

SK Hynix to invest $2.7 billion on memory chip output as demand soars
22 Dec 2016 at 2:18am

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's SK Hynix Inc said on Thursday it will invest 3.16 trillion won ($2.7 billion) in its home country and China to boost memory chip production, seeking to capitalize on an industry-wide surge in demand. Booming demand for more firepower on mobile devices and the adoption of SSD storage in personal computers and data servers has also prompted rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Toshiba Corp to boost spending on chip production. "In order to grow further, it is important to secure production facilities in advance to deal with NAND Flash market growth to be led by 3D NAND solutions," SK Hynix said in a statement.

Nier: Automata is shaping up to be one of 2017’s best action games
22 Dec 2016 at 2:00am

The developers of Nier: Automata understand how important it is that a really big sword feels like a really big sword. Tomorrow Square Enix is releasing a demo of the game on PlayStation 4 so that you can experience it for yourself. Automata is a sequel to the original Nier, a flawed-but-memorable game released in 2010 that went on to become something of a cult classic.

Uber forced to remove self-driving cars from San Francisco roads
22 Dec 2016 at 1:52am

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has today revoked the registrations for Uber's fleet of 16 self-driving cars, forcing the company to remove the vehicles from the streets of San Francisco where they were being used. The move comes after Uber refused to apply for a $150 permit that would designate the cars as test vehicles, and allow them to be used on Californian roads, with the company arguing that the documentation didn't apply to its specific self-driving cars. In a statement, an Uber spokesperson confirmed the company had stopped its self-driving pilot in California after the registrations were revoked.

US puts Alibaba back on 'notorious markets' blacklist
22 Dec 2016 at 1:37am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is back on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that sell pirated goods.