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Kuka nears deal with Chinese bidder: source
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:50:49 -0400
A robot arm of German industrial robot maker Kuka is pictured at the company's stand in HanoverBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German robotics maker Kuka is on the brink of agreeing to an investor agreement with Chinese bidder Midea that includes a long-term commitment to existing headquarters, factories and jobs, a source close to the negotiations said. Kuka needs to decide in the coming week whether it wants to recommend the acceptance of Midea's 4.5 billion euro ($4.99 billion) bid, the biggest German industrial technology company to be targeted by a Chinese buyer in a wave of recent deals. The source told Reuters that there had been a breakthrough in negotiations between Kuka and Midea, with the results presented to a meeting of the supervisory board on Saturday.

SolarCity recuses two more board members from voting on Tesla offer
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:51:22 -0400
File photo of Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity?s Inside Energy Summit in Midtown, New YorkTwo additional SolarCity Corp board members with ties to Elon Musk are recusing themselves from making decisions regarding Tesla Motors Inc's offer to buy the solar power company, in a bid to alleviate corporate governance concerns surrounding a potential deal. The new recusals mean the majority of SolarCity's board will be sitting out the decision on whether to be acquired by Tesla. Peter Rive, who is the cousin of Tesla chief executive and SolarCity chairman Musk, along with JB Straubel, chief technology officer and co-founder of Tesla, are both recusing themselves from the decision-making process, SolarCity spokesman Jonathan Bass said in a statement emailed to Reuters late on Friday.

China's Alipay could take stake in Germany's Wirecard: report
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:28:44 -0400
Alipay logo is seen at a train station in ShanghaiWirecard AG is negotiating with representatives of Alipay, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba , about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent in the German banking software company, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Without citing its sources, the Bild am Sonntag weekly said Wirecard was in confidential talks with Alipay about it taking a stake of up to 25 percent, and possibly more later. A source familiar with the matter said Ant Financial, which operates the Alipay platform, was not talking to Wirecard about an investment.

Line, the biggest tech IPO of the year, struggles to show its growth plan can work
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:20:48 -0400
Man walks a screen showing Line character at the Line Corp's headquarters in TokyoBy Yoshiyasu Shida and Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - In delaying its IPO by two years, Japanese messaging app company Line Corp bought time to correct weak financial reporting controls, work on its business plan, bolster staffing - and left billions of dollars on the table as its valuation shriveled. Line's initial public offering in the next three weeks is set to raise about $1 billion, which given a global drought of such deals could make it the biggest tech listing this year, but skeptical fund managers point to tepid growth in Line's home market and doubts about its prospects for regional expansion. In seeking to earn more from its major Asian markets of Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan, Line will try to generate more revenue from services such as advertising and offer more localized products, its IPO filing said.

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:32:15 -0400
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:12:37 -0400
A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeChina's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.

Amazon said to be plan another brand blitz for Dash buttons
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:11:34 -0400
Amazon said to be plan another brand blitz for Dash buttonsDozens of new brands will be added to the lineup of tiny widgets, which people can click to purchase household goods through the internet retail giant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The shockingly green Mercedes AMG GT R is a track monster
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:05:21 -0400
The shockingly green Mercedes AMG GT R is a track monsterWhat has 577 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and is bright green? It's at the top of Mercedes' street-legal sports car range and, fresh off its unveiling on Friday, the car has arrived at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to take on the famous hill climb. It's the harder, better, faster, stronger version of the Mercedes-Benz's excellent AMG GT that was released a few years ago.

Save Browser
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:53:59 -0400
Save BrowserFrom the little city of White Settlement, Texas, home to 16,000 people and one aggrieved kitty, comes my favorite story of the year: a snack-sized tale of petty revenge in local government. Originally reported by Bud Kennedy at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the White Settlement city council voted 2-1 on June 14th to fire the public library's Chief Library Cat, Browser. The vote was marked on the council's agenda only as "discuss and consider relocation of Library Facility cat 'Browser'" — a bureaucratic euphemism for the heartless abandonment of a former shelter cat and the start of World War 3: Cats Vs. Dogs.

Facebook, YouTube said to be automatically blocking extremist videos
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:35:56 -0400
Facebook, YouTube said to be automatically blocking extremist videosWeb giants are quietly using digital fingerprints to identify and remove Islamic State videos and other similar material, Reuters reports.

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How to compare Internet service providers — by upload speed
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:05:41 -0400
Upload speed matters if you frequently back up photos and other files to the cloud.
YouTube secrets with Anna Akana, Shonduras & Alex Wassibi - podcast
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:58:02 -0400
Young stars in high demands, thanks to video explosion
Crisis Text Line takes suicide prevention into the age of texting
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:46:37 -0400
The hardest part for Lily Rayne was feeling alone.
Survey: Older drivers want car tech to stay behind wheel
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:10:07 -0400
In the quest to be able to keep driving as they grow older, more Boomers are anxious to try the latest in car safety tech that might help them stay behind the wheel, a new study finds.
How to get kids outside with tech, from drones to geocaching
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:31 -0400
Could the right technology actually encourage kids to get outside more? A handful of consumer gadget makers sure hope so.
Strong dollar likely to cost sales at Apple, Alphabet after Brexit
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:31:21 -0400
Technology investors should get ready to hear a lot more about the negative impact of foreign exchange rates.
Q&A: How do you stop robocalls?
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:59:00 -0400
Stop robocalls and cell phone spam calls 
Elon Musk's SolarCity bid: Mistake?
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:40:23 -0400
Why there could be a growing shortage of skilled workers in the oil industry.
YouTube brings live mobile streaming to app
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:48:46 -0400
Online pioneer joins Facebook, Periscope in live video craze
10 retro appliances that stood the test of time
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:37:39 -0400
They don't make 'em like they used to, but you can still buy 'em.
WhatsApp's Koum calls for smartphone domination
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:53:54 -0400
Facebook-owned messaging app has notched another milestone: 100 million voice calls a day.
Advertisers court YouTube 'influencers' with money, taco selfies
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:22 -0400
YouTube, Twitter, Facebook enticing video creators, while brands like Kia want their fans
Instagram goes rainbow for Pride
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:24:16 -0400
This year, as millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people gather with their supporters, family and friends for massive Pride marches in cities like San Francisco and New York, it is with the horror of a blood-soaked night wrought by a c
Dyson's Brexit stance bucked the tech-icon norm
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:00:18 -0400
Google, Microsoft and others could face new challenges with independent UK.
Teen's photos of Crohn's disease renew questions on social sharing
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:10:25 -0400
Posting about an illness on Facebook can be a great service. But posters should consider the risks.
These are the best top-load washers under $1,000
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:02:49 -0400
These high-efficiency machines come at a price you can afford.
Want real BBQ? Turn your grill into a smoker
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:36:03 -0400
Save money by building a DIY smoker out of your old grill.
Solar plane partner sees energy reforms in U.S.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:32:45 -0400
With Solar Impulse, "we demonstrate that we can run the world without consuming the Earth,” the CEO of a project sponsor says.
Airbnb to mayors: ‘We want to pay taxes’
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:52:32 -0400
At a gathering of more than 200 mayors Saturday, Airbnb officials extended an enticing offer: Let us collect millions in unpaid hotel taxes for you.
Hyperloop may be a transportation leap too far
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:25:37 -0400
Technological, regulatory and financial hurdles await companies pushing forward with Musk-envisioned supersonic transport.
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Brexit: UK tech sector reacts to Leave vote
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:48:49 GMT
Now the UK has decided to leave the European Union, technology firms are left to wonder what the future holds.
Privacy Shield: White House makes EU spying promise
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:12:32 GMT
The EU and US agree final changes to a new data protection agreement known as the EU-US Privacy Shield.
Brexit: 'Surge' in searches on Irish passports, says Google
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:55:33 GMT
Google says there was a large spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK's decision to leave the EU broke.
Uber to 'hide' surge pricing notifications
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:57:02 GMT
Uber is to hide surge pricing notifications for more users to make its app less "complicated".
Fans angry over 'missing' iPhone 7 headphone socket
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:56:40 GMT
The iPhone 7 is not due to be revealed until the autumn, but already fans are angry over rumours it may be missing a key feature.
Microsoft's hi-tech mosquito trap and other tech news
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:31:26 GMT
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Electric car sets world acceleration record
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:15:53 GMT
An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles.
Software firm Twilio soars 88% on first day of trading
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:44:52 GMT
Shares in software firm Twilio soar almost 88% to $28.19 on their first day of trading in New York.
Mark Zuckerberg masks Mac webcam and microphone
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:45:43 GMT
A photograph of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shows tape has been used to cover his MacBook Pro's webcam and mic.
Hasselblad is first mirrorless medium-format digital camera
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:53:47 GMT
Hasselblad unveils the first mirrorless medium-format digital camera that promises "ultra-high quality" photos from a compact body.
Blackberry loss widens to $670m
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:21:23 GMT
Blackberry reports a $670m (£450m) quarterly net loss, but the mobile phone company forecasts that its full-year results will beat expectations.
Tech support scams target victims via their ISP
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:35:41 GMT
The old tech support scam where a fraudster pretends to be a Microsoft agent takes a new turn.
Apple reveals unencrypted heart of iOS 10 code
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:04 GMT
Apple is letting developers peer into the core of its mobile operating system - a move that could have major implications for cybersecurity.
Tesla bid for SolarCity 'shameful'
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:19:22 GMT
Tesla's bid to buy struggling solar energy firm SolarCity has been called "shameful" by financier Jim Chanos.
Barclays Android app makes £100 contactless payments
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:19:07 GMT
Barclays completes the roll-out of a facility that allows its customers to make in-store contactless purchases of up to £100 via Android phones.
Facebook scraps in-video links to other sites
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:45:07 GMT
Facebook withdraws video creators' ability to embed links into their clips to direct viewers to their own sites.
Tesla makes offer to buy SolarCity
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:04:18 GMT
Electric carmaker Tesla offers to buy solar panel company SolarCity in a bid to expand its clean energy business.
Taylor Swift joins copyright law plea
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:40:05 GMT
Musicians including Taylor Swift, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney call for online copyright laws to be reformed.
Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:00:07 GMT
Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.
China sales help Warcraft top list of game-based films
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:50:02 GMT
Warcraft becomes the highest grossing film based on a video game.
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