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Uber must take action after disclosing sexual assault reports - US lawmaker

Saturday, 7 December 2019

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Uber Technologies Inc to take action after the company disclosed on Thursday it received over 3,000 reports of sexual assault related to its 1.3 billion rides in the United States last year.Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, on Friday praised Uber for releasing the information, but said Uber and other companies must do more “to establish formal policies, training and reporting structures.”“As a ...

Huawei moves to overturn ‘unlawful’ US subsidy ban

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said on Thursday it has petitioned a US court to overturn a ban that prevents carriers in rural America from tapping an $8.5-billion federal fund to purchase the company’s equipment. Huawei’s petition said the ban – imposed last month against the company and its Chinese rival ZTE on national security grounds – failed to substantiate claims that Huawei was a threat and was a violation of due process and thus “unlawful”. ...

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin urges countries to suspend digital taxes

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging countries like France to suspend taxes on global computing giants such as Google and Amazon and wait for a negotiated agreement on international taxation, according to a letter released Wednesday.As the US is poised to impose tariffs of up to 100 percent on $2.4 billion in French products over that country’s digital services tax, Mnuchin said talks in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are key to resolving the ...

Facebook tests tool to move photos to Google, other rivals

Monday, 2 December 2019

Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos.The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback.The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of ...

Merry Clickmas: Black Friday online sales hit record $7.4 bln

Sunday, 1 December 2019

This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, and Adobe Analytics says carts filled on phones, computers, and tablets rang up $7.4 billion in transactions.That ranks just behind the $7.9 billion haul of last year’s Cyber Monday, which holds the one-day record for online sales. Adobe measures sales at 80 of the top 100 US online retailers.Adobe expects online sales to hit $9.4 billion this Cyber Monday. Much of the shopping is happening on people’s phones, ...

Amazon’s cloud unit readies more powerful data center chip - sources

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing unit has designed a second, more powerful generation of data center processor chip, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest sign that the company is pouring money into custom silicon for its fastest-growing business. The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Holdings, the sources said. One of the sources familiar with the matter said it will be at least 20 percent faster than ...

US to announce response to French tech tax on December 2

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Trump administration trade officials announced on Wednesday that they will offer an official response on Monday to the French tax on US technology giants following an investigation of the policy.“The United States Trade Representative is in the process of completing its investigation,” the agency said, adding that it will release the results on December 2 when it “also will announce any proposed action in the investigation.”The French tax, enacted earlier this year ...

Report cites pilot error in 2016 Flydubai plane crash in Russia

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Pilot error and possible crew disorientation during bad weather at night led to the fatal 2016 crash of a Flydubai passenger jet in Russia, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee said in a report issued on Tuesday.The Boeing 737-800 from Dubai, operated by the Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, came down in the early hours of March 19, 2016 at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia after aborting a second landing attempt in high winds.All 62 people on board died.“The fatal air ...

Uber stripped of London license after safety failures

Monday, 25 November 2019

Uber was stripped of its London operating license on Monday for the second time in just over two years after the city’s regulator said a “pattern of failures” on safety and security meant the taxi app was not fit and proper. A change to Uber’s systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other driver accounts, meaning they could pick up passengers as if they were the booked driver, which happened in at least 14,000 trips, Transport for London (TfL) said ...

Bank ABC launches digital bank in Bahrain

Monday, 25 November 2019

Bank ABC launched on Sunday “ila,” a new Bahraini digital, mobile-only banking entity. The ila app offers an entirely digital onboarding service, an instant virtual card for online transactions, and multi-currency and standard current accounts, alongside a physical debit card. In September, Bank ABC launched Fatema, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered digital employee with an avatar. Fatema will provide customer service to ila users and answer questions through the ...

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