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Microsoft investing $50 million in AI climate-change program

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:20:01 EST

Microsoft announced recently that it would invest $50 million in a program that provides cloud-computing services and other resources to organizations working on climate change and environmental technology.



Italy says Amazon will pay $118 million to end tax dispute

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:22:01 EST

Italian tax authorities say Amazon will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to end a dispute over its tax payments from 2011-2015.



With Christmas nearing, retailers feel pressure to deliver

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:21:06 EST

The pressure to deliver for online shoppers is on.



Civil engineer patents integrated sensor and algorithm to monitor stiffness in soils

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:14:36 EST

Anand Puppala, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington and a civil engineering professor, recently was awarded a patent for developing a sensor system with an algorithm that will expedite field assessment of stabilization of high sulfate soils near bridges and roads.



Google hit with lawsuit alleging fraud in ad-scam refunds

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:10:02 EST

Online advertising agency AdTrader has sued Google in federal court, accusing it of fraud and deceit for not refunding or crediting advertisers whose ads were targeted in scams.



Wary of Trump, some foreign-born tech workers choose Canada, not Silicon Valley

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:01 EST

Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate—and in 2016, it did not fall in her favor.



Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:30:01 EST

Betsy Stover was 17 when her mother asked her to help fax strangers, hawking a service that had the markings of a pyramid scheme.



'Last Jedi' will play a big role as Disney takes on Netflix

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:01 EST

Few would dare underestimate the cultural and commercial power of "Star Wars." The latest movie in the Skywalker saga, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," is sure to have one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, with an estimated $425 million in its global premiere.



This home-sharing startup is taking on Airbnb, using cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:10:01 EST

Airbnb may be the biggest home-sharing game in town, but a new startup is trying to push its way into the market.



Review: Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE to stay connected without a nearby iPhone

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:01 EST

Apple has conquered the smart watch market.



Tech support scams hitting more computer users online

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:50:01 EST

For consumers who turn over control of their computers to remote technicians online, the fix may already be in.



Twitch will stream NBA G League games and let its livestreamers do play-by-play

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:40:02 EST

Twitch made its mark as the place to watch video gamers in action. But over the past two years, the Amazon-owned property has expanded its offerings to include livestreams of artists, musicians and even knitters.



Seattle imposes new limits on Airbnb, other short-term rentals

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:30:01 EST

By limiting the number of homes that property owners can operate as short-term rentals for visitors, can Seattle preserve its housing stock for locals?



Fast lanes may be coming to web: End of net neutrality could bring new fees for speed, reliability

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:20:01 EST

With federal regulators poised to repeal net neutrality rules this week, your internet service provider would be allowed to speed up delivery of some online content to your home or phone.



Facebook: Russia spent 97 cents meddling in Brexit vote

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:14:02 EST

Facebook's investigation into whether Russia tried to influence Britain's vote to leave the European Union yielded just three suspicious ads viewed no more than 200 times over four days, the social media firm said Wednesday.



Can you fight traffic tickets from an app? The Florida Supreme Court will decide

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:07:53 EST

The ongoing battle between start-up traffic ticket website TIKD.com, the Florida Bar and The Ticket Clinic has gotten the green light to go to the Florida Supreme Court.



7-Eleven testing mobile ordering, delivery and in-store pickup in some Dallas stores

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:50:23 EST

7-Eleven has created its own smartphone app for on-demand ordering and delivery and is testing it first with 10 of its Dallas stores.



Shared autonomous vehicles have uncertain effects

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:10:28 EST

The next revolution in transportation is expected to be shared autonomous vehicles, with personal cars yielding to driverless cars summoned on demand. For instance, Uber passengers in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Phoenix can already hail driverless cars, and Bay Area Lyft riders will soon have the same opportunity.



Cutting-edge motion capture technology could transform creative industries

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:42:03 EST

TotalCapture is a real-time, full-body mocap system that uses standard video cameras, along with inertial measurement units typically found in mobile phones. The new system requires no optical markers or specialised infrared cameras and can be used indoors or out, giving filmmakers and video-game artists unprecedented flexibility not found in existing mocap technologies.



The psychology of Christmas shopping—how marketers nudge you to buy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:57:25 EST

Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it's much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.



Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:56:32 EST

Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate.



German government says it backs 'open and free internet'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:56:15 EST

The German government says it backs an "open and free internet" following the U.S. decision to repeal net neutrality rules.



A not-quite-random walk demystifies the algorithm

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:24:29 EST

The algorithm is having a cultural moment. Originally a math and computer science term, algorithms are now used to account for everything from military drone strikes and financial market forecasts to Google search results.



Bicycles reacting to speed for stable cycling

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:13:30 EST

A Dutch consortium including the University of Twente developed an electrical bicycle that prevents elderly people from falling. The smart assistive bicycle, called SOFIE, increases stability by via drive-off assistance and by automatically lowering the saddle at low speeds. The UT, Indes and Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) worked together on this science-based bike development. The scientific work of Vera Bulsink, Ph.D. student at the UT, co-developed the design and increased the stability of the prototype. She improved computer simulations and did laboratory testing on bicycling stability. She defended her Ph.D. project on 7 December 2017.



LLNL releases newly declassified nuclear test videos

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:08:22 EST

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) released 62 newly declassified videos today of atmospheric nuclear tests films that have never before been seen by the public.



Brittle stars inspire new generation robots able to adapt to physical damage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:25:24 EST

Researchers at Tohoku University and Hokkaido University have, for the first time, succeeded in developing a robot capable of immediately adapting to unexpected physical damage. This is a significant breakthrough, as robots are increasingly expected to function in tough environments under hazardous conditions.



T-Mobile taking over Dutch arm of Tele2 mobile provider

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:23:31 EST

The Dutch arm of T-Mobile says it is taking over telecom and internet provider Tele2's operations in the Netherlands, in a move T-Mobile says is aimed at competing with local heavyweights KPN and VodafoneZiggo.



Microsoft updates bing search to highlight reputable results

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:11:39 EST

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out new features on its Bing search engine powered by artificial intelligence, including one that summarizes the two opposing sides of contentious questions, and another that measures how many reputable sources are behind a given answer.



Key tech investor leaves VC firm amid harassment claims

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:22:03 EST

Shervin Pishevar, an early Uber investor and a founder of high-speed transport startup Hyperloop One, said Thursday he is breaking ties with his Silicon Valley venture capital firm to fight sexual harassment allegations.



Japan firm says it will pay part of salaries in Bitcoin

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:16:07 EST

A Japanese company will start paying part of its employees' salaries in Bitcoin, as it aims to get better understanding of the virtual currency, a spokeswoman said on Friday.