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UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

A leaflet which reads "Uber go home" is seen on a taxi as striking French taxi drivers block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in ParisBy Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. After fierce protests last week by licensed French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with unfair competition, France took two executives from California-based Uber into custody and said they will face trial in September. France's legal clampdown was the latest setback for Uber in Europe.

07/03/2015 08:50 AM

Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire
DropTag Drive, from development firm Cambridge Consultants, is a small tag that is fixed to the inside of a car's windshield and continually monitors all vehicle accelerations and impacts during the hire period. The technology is based on an existing condition monitoring device that was developed by Cambridge Consultants to track a parcel's location if it was damaged at any time in transit.
07/03/2015 11:52 AM

Fearing return to drachma, some Greeks use bitcoin to dodge capital controls

A man demonstrates the use of a Bitcoin ATM at a bookstore in Acharnai in northern Athens, GreeceBy Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - There is at least one legal way to get your euros out of Greece these days, to guard against the prospect that they might be devalued into drachmas: convert them into bitcoin. New customers depositing at least 50 euros with BTCGreece, the only Greece-based bitcoin exchange, open only to Greeks, rose by 400 percent between May and June, according to its founder Thanos Marinos, who put the number at "a few thousand". Using bitcoin could allow Greeks to do one of the things that capital controls were put in place this week to prevent: transfer money out of their bank accounts and, if they wish, out of the country.

07/03/2015 08:06 AM

Russian parliament approves Internet privacy bill

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisRussia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name. The regulation, which now needs to be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, has been criticized by Russian web companies who are concerned about balancing rights to personal privacy against the freedom of information.

07/03/2015 11:04 AM

Samsung Group companies' merger deal runs into fresh opposition

A worker works on a Samsung outdoor advertisement installed atop an office building in central SeoulBy Se Young Lee and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - The proposed $8 billion merger of two Samsung Group companies came under attack from two directions on Friday, as an activist hedge fund filed a court action against the deal and a shareholder advisory group recommended shareholders oppose it. In a rare case of shareholder activism in South Korea, hedge fund Elliott Associates escalated its battle to block the merger, filing an appeal against a South Korean court ruling in a fresh bid to block a key shareholder vote on the deal.

07/03/2015 08:33 AM

Intel President Renée James to step down in January

Bank of America CEO Moynihan speaks as Intel's President James looks on during the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection in Palo Alto(Reuters) - Intel Corp President Renée James will step down in January to pursue an external chief executive role, Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said in a statement. During her 28 years at Intel, James has held roles of executive vice president and general manager of the software and services group and COO of the chipmaker's online services, data center services business among others, according to the company's website. Intel also announced on Thursday the departure of Arvind Sodhani, the president of its venture capital arm.

07/02/2015 03:36 PM

Solar Impulse arrives in Hawaii, completing historic flight

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered airplane, piloted by Andre Borschberg, lands at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii, on July 3, 2015The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly in Hawaii. The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, spent five days to make the historic voyage, landing shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu. The experimental plane touched down in Hawaii shortly after dawn -- a little after 1600 GMT -- amid cheers and applause from the ground crew.

07/03/2015 12:37 PM

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AI

These are the projects Elon Musk is funding to prevent killer AIElon Musk has donated millions to the Future of Life Institute, and now the organization is putting that money to use by funding research into keeping artificial intelligence "robust and beneficial" — i.e. The institute announced this week that it will be issuing grants to 37 research teams, whittled down from an applicant least of around 300. The teams are taking on the killer AI issue from different angles, including teaching AI to learn what humans want, aligning robots' interests with our own, and keeping AI under human control.

07/03/2015 12:30 PM

Windows 10 will be available via USB flash drive or DVD

Windows 10 will be available via USB flash drive or DVDGreg Shultz take a look at the possibility that Microsoft will be selling retail copies of Windows 10 on USB flash drives.

07/03/2015 12:10 PM

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii, setting record for longest solo flight

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii, setting record for longest solo flightSolar Impulse 2 — the giant, gangly solar-powered aircraft on a protracted, multi-leg trip around the world — just completed its single most challenging task: a record-breaking leg from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii lasting 4 days, 21 hours and 51 minutes, making it the longest-duration solo flight in history. The flight was handled by André Borschberg, who has been piloting the craft on alternating stints with project co-founder Bertrand Piccard. (The Verge spoke with both pilots about the harrowing journey several weeks ago.)

07/03/2015 12:00 PM

The US is streaming nearly twice as many songs this year

The US is streaming nearly twice as many songs this yearApple Music comes at a pretty critical time. People in the US streamed nearly twice as much music during the first half of 2015 than they did during the same period a year ago, while digital song sales dropped just over 10 percent, according to Billboard's report on the latest Nielsen stats. In total, Nielsen measured a 92 percent jump up to 135.2 billion streamed songs.

07/03/2015 11:45 AM

IP addresses are about to run out

IP addresses are about to run outThe American Registry for Internet Numbers has announced that it only has a few IPv4 addresses left.

07/03/2015 11:43 AM

Encrypt your email on Android with the help of K-9 Mail and APG

Encrypt your email on Android with the help of K-9 Mail and APGIf you've been looking for the easiest way to encrypt your mobile email, Jack Wallen has the solution with K-9 Mail and AGP.

07/03/2015 11:41 AM

BlackBerry Venice may be the company's first Android slider

BlackBerry Venice may be the company's first Android sliderThe touchscreen slider phone BlackBerry teased earlier this year may not have BlackBerry OS; reports indicate the Venice could be an Android handset.

07/03/2015 11:40 AM

Reddit struggles as moderators close discussion boards in protest

Many Reddit communities are closedAfter letting "Ask Me Anything" coordinator go, Reddit is hit with moderator backlash.

07/03/2015 11:14 AM

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