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With warm words and fast visas, neighbours woo IT workers fleeing Belarus
By Ilya Zhegulev, Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Andrius Sytas KYIV/VILNIUS (Reuters) - After Max Korolevsky said he was detained and beaten by security forces during mass protests in Belarus, he asked his IT company to transfer him to neighbouring Ukraine. The 30-year-old, head of software testing at a technology firm he …
Germany fines H&M 35 million euros for data protection breaches
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's H&M has been fined 35 million euros ($41 million) by the German authorities for internal data security breaches at its customer service centre in Nuremberg, the fashion retailer said on Thursday. "The regional data protection authority in Hamburg has imposed an administrative fine of 35 million …
Tesla cuts starting price for China-made Model 3 cars by 8%
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. electric car maker Tesla <TSLA.O> cut the starting price of its Chinese-made Model 3 sedans on Thursday by about 8% to 249,900 yuan ($36,805), once Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles are taken into account, according to its China website. Previously, the starting price for Model 3 …
Tesla Autopilot scores low for driver engagement in European safety rating
By Tina Bellon (Reuters) - Tesla Inc's Autopilot has ranked sixth in 10 driver assistance systems evaluated in a European safety assessment, scoring low on its ability to keep drivers engaged. The Tesla Model 3's Autopilot scored just 36 when assessed on its ability to maintain a driver's focus on …
Amazon and Big Tech cozy up to Biden camp with cash and connections
By Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a framed Joe Biden poster in the background, Amazon.com Inc's Jay Carney made no secret of his long history with the presidential candidate while speaking at a virtual policy roundtable during August's Democratic party convention. Carney, who is Amazon's public policy and communications …
Google to pay publishers $1 billion over three years for their news
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google plans to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their news over the next three years, its CEO said on Thursday, a step that could help it win over a powerful group amid heightened regulatory scrutiny worldwide. News publishers have long …
Millions of people experienced unhealthy air in 2020
NPR estimated how many people have experienced unhealthy air this year, largely in…Tags: air quality, NPR, wildfire
Facebook sees uptick in Proud Boys content after presidential debate
By Katie Paul SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc <FB.O> identified an "uptick" in content related to the far-right Proud Boys on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump declined to condemn the group during Tuesday night's presidential debate, a company executive said on Twitter. The content included memes featuring Trump's instructions …
Twitter removes 130 accounts disrupting public conversation during Trump-Biden debate
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it had removed 130 accounts, as they were attempting to disrupt the public conversation during the first U.S. presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. Twitter removed the accounts, which appeared to originate in Iran, "based on intel" provided by …
Alphabet Inc's Google launches Google TV, new Chromecast
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google on Wednesday launched Google TV, which would show content from streaming services including Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> and Walt Disney Co's <DIS.N> Disney+. The tech giant also unveiled a new Chromecast streaming device that will now come with a remote control. It will cost $49.99 …
Salesforce.com adapts its software for pandemic vaccine distribution
By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - Salesforce.com on Wednesday said it has adapted some of its business software to help healthcare organizations and government entities distribute vaccines for the novel coronavirus once they become available. The San Francisco-based company said the offering, called Work.com for Vaccines, will help cities, states and …
Palantir valued at $20 billion in choppy stock exchange debut
(Reuters) - Palantir Technologies Inc <PLTR.N>, the U.S. data analytics firm known for its work with the Central Intelligence Agency and other government agencies, was valued at $20.6 billion in a choppy New York Stock Exchange debut on Wednesday. The listing ended years of speculation about when the company, co-founded …
Facebook bans U.S. ads that call voting fraud widespread or election invalid
By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc <FB.O> on Wednesday banned ads on its flagship website and Instagram photo and video sharing service that claim widespread voting fraud, suggest U.S. election results would be invalid, or which attack any method of voting. The company announced the new rules …
FCC commissioner calls for new scrutiny of undersea data cables
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday called for new scrutiny of undersea cables that transmit nearly all the world's internet data traffic. "We must take a closer look at cables with landing locations in adversary countries," FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks …
Intelligent Automation: Robotic Processing Boosted
Companies across all sectors have learned that they can transform their businesses by embracing Intelligent Process Automation, or IPA, which combines Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with AI to automate a myriad of back-office processes. By automating repetitive, mundane work, they free up their employees to spend more time on higher …
How Can Data Strategy Strengthen Advanced Analytics?
How do businesses decide where and when to open a new store? How does a courier service track packages in real-time? How do inventory managers decide on quantities for reorders? The common answer to all of these questions – data. Data analytics has advanced so far today that many companies …
Facebook overhauls Instagram messaging, enabling cross-app chats with Messenger
By Katie Paul SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would start replacing the direct messaging service within Instagram with a version of its Messenger app, the first major step in its plan to tie together messaging across its suite of apps. The move enables users of …
Pompeo delivers warning to Italy over China's economic influence, 5G
By Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a warning to Italy over its economic relations with China on Wednesday, and described Chinese mobile telecoms technology as a threat to Italy's national security and the privacy of its citizens. "The foreign minister and I had …