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GE's Immelt among finalists in Uber CEO search

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:52:44 EDT

Two people briefed on Uber's search for a new CEO say former General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt is among the finalists under consideration. But they say there's no clear consensus on Uber's board about a front-runner.



Hackers hit Malaysian sites over Indonesia flag gaffe

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:20:03 EDT

Indonesian hackers on Monday claimed responsibility for attacking more than 30 Malaysian websites following a gaffe that saw Indonesia's flag printed upside-down in a Southeast Asian Games commemorative magazine.



Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:15:52 EDT

An upcoming update to Google's Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google's tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat.



Get Started: FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:10:04 EDT

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms—scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves.



Walmart expands grocery service with Uber to 2 more markets

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:50:02 EDT

Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber to two more markets—Dallas and Orlando, Florida.



A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:07:31 EDT

The idea that artificial intelligence will someday be able to understand and even generate narratives has inspired and motivated researchers for years. A question inextricably bound to both lines of research remains unresolved, however: Can AI recognize a good story if it sees one?



aCar—the electric 'all-rounder'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:10:03 EDT

An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. They will present their new prototype to the public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 to 15, 2017. The aCar is designed for passenger and cargo transportation and is also interesting for the European automotive market.



UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:41:27 EDT

British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.



UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:40:02 EDT

At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme.



Wireless motion capture device with widespread applications in fitness, health

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:10:03 EDT

A new "Fitbit for biomechanics" designed by researchers from Deakin University's School of Engineering has potential for industries from healthcare to sport.



Revolutionary electric delivery vehicle tech prototyped

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:50:02 EDT

A technology demonstrator for a new type of electric delivery vehicle that could make the courier industry greener and more efficient has been developed by WMG at the University of Warwick and Warwickshire-based design company Astheimer Ltd.



We don't want AI that can understand us – we'd only end up arguing

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:34:45 EDT

Forget the Turing test. Computing pioneer Alan Turing's most pertinent thoughts on machine intelligence come from a neglected paragraph of the same paper that first proposed his famous test for whether a computer could be considered as smart as a human.



Using machine learning to improve patient care

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:30:02 EDT

Doctors are often deluged by signals from charts, test results, and other metrics to keep track of. It can be difficult to integrate and monitor all of these data for multiple patients while making real-time treatment decisions, especially when data is documented inconsistently across hospitals.



Defence firms eye billion-dollar chance for 'made in India'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:40:01 EDT

India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India.



Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:30:02 EDT

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people.



Free speech concerns as extreme-right evicted from web

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:09:19 EDT

A sweeping crackdown by US internet and social media companies on neo-Nazi and white supremacist material has sparked warnings in America that the web's grand promise of free speech is on the rocks.



Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:08:07 EDT

Vishnu Kumar had barely reached adulthood when he lost his limbs in a freak electrical accident, seemingly condemning him to the life of penury endured by millions of amputees in India.



AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:09:44 EDT

It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature—digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.



Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:01 EDT

Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk.



China opens its first 'cyber court'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:04 EDT

China's first "cyber court" was launched on Friday to settle online disputes, as the legal system attempts to keep up with the explosion of mobile payment and e-commerce.



Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:40:04 EDT

A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States.



Study finds 'modest correlation' between journalists' social networks and ideology of their news content

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:04 EDT

In a new study, an interdisciplinary team of Northeastern University researchers has found a "modest correlation" between a journalist's Twitter network and the ideological dimensions of his or her news content. The researchers emphasized that while their work doesn't show causation, it does represent "a crucial first step toward greater critical examination of emerging patterns of media bias."



New solar forecasting tool could help increase efficiency and reduce energy costs

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:50:02 EDT

A research group at the University of Sheffield has developed a solar forecasting service, helping to increase the efficiency of the electricity system and reduce energy costs.



Independent music labels are creating their own streaming services to give artists a fair deal

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:30:04 EDT

Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.



Making driverless cars safe for pedestrians

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:20:03 EDT

Right now, there are two ways to be safe crossing a road: Wait until no cars are close by, so there's enough time to make it to the other side of the street – or communicate with oncoming drivers. As the number of pedestrian deaths on U.S. roads climbs, up 25 percent since 2010 to more than 5,000 people in 2015, the dawn of driverless cars offers the promise of improving that sad safety record.



Tech companies can distinguish between free speech and hate speech if they want to

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:05 EDT

In the wake of violence in the US town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started removing access to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance.



Will we all be passengers or are we putting the cart before the horse?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:40:04 EDT

Iggy Pop's song, "The Passenger" has already been used for car adverts and yet seems out of tune when cars are sold as enablers of freedom, won through agency and control. But with the coming era of autonomous vehicles, it aptly represents a new kind of freedom on the roads.



The power of perovskite

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:30:03 EDT

OIST researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications.



Apple's deep pockets could take on Hollywood, Netflix

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:24:53 EDT

The potential move of Apple into streaming video could reshape an industry which is already feeling the impact from new players like Netflix.



Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:23:20 EDT

An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.