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Head of VW’s Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Volkswagen’s supervisory suspended crisis talks to find a stand-in boss for its Audi brand which were convened after German authorities arrested current Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions test cheating.Stadler’s arrest on Monday threw Volkswagen (VW) into turmoil as it struggles to recover from cheating revelations, which emerged after regulators blew the whistle in September 2015 on the carmaker’s use of illegal software.The directors of Audi ...

AT&T closes $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner

Friday, 15 June 2018

AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, on Thursday closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner Inc after US antitrust regulators indicated they would not seek a delay.The deal, first announced in October 2016, was opposed by President Donald Trump. AT&T was sued by the Justice Department, but won approval from a judge to move forward with the deal on Tuesday following a six-week trial. The Justice Department still has 60 days to appeal the decision by US District ...

PHOTOS: Saudi Arabia, China successfully launch space mission to the moon

Friday, 15 June 2018

Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), has achieved new heights in the region and in the Islamic world by succeeding in taking satellite images using Saudi systems for exploration and surveillance of the moon as part of a joint space mission with China. On Sunday, May 20th, efforts in this regard by both countries resulted in the launch of the space mission, Zhang E4, from the city of Xichang to reach the moon. The joint mission came following ...

New Blackberry phone aims to revive faded brand

Thursday, 7 June 2018

There’s a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016. The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen and runs the Android operating system updates the first BlackBerry Key released last year. It will be sold this month starting at $649 or ...

Saudi ranks 17 globally in facing cyberattacks, says head of cyber security body

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Saudi Arabia ranks the first in the Arab world in number of cyberattacks directed against them in 2018 and 17th globally, the head of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SAFCSP) has said.Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan was appointed as the executive director SAFCSP this year. The federation falls under the umbrella of the Saudi Olympic Committee strives to build local professional capabilities in the fields of cyber security and programming.During Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin ...

IEA: Global electric car sales up over 50 percent in 2017

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Electric car sales around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday. In China, the world’s biggest market for electric vehicles, sales also grew by about half -- but their market share remained small at 2.2 percent. In Norway electric vehicles have by far the world’s highest market share, with 39.2 percent, according to the IEA. The Paris-based agency was optimistic about ...

US commerce chief warns of disruption from EU privacy rules

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross warned Wednesday, that the new EU privacy rules in effect since last week could lead to serious problems for business, medical research and law enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic. Ross said US officials were “deeply concerned” about how the General Data Protection Regulation would be implemented, while noting that the guidance so far has been “too vague.” The law which took effect May 25 establishes the key principle that ...

Official says Uber in talks to resume services in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

US ride-hailing company Uber Technologies is in talks to resume services in Abu Dhabi after a nearly two-year suspension, a transport official said on Tuesday. Services of Uber and Middle East rival Careem were suspended in Abu Dhabi in August 2016 after some drivers were detained over regulation violations, an Abu Dhabi source familiar with the situation said at the time. “We are in talks, things are progressing,” Mohamed Darwish al-Qamzi, general manager of The Centre for ...

London police seize Bitcoin worth $667,000 from hacker

Friday, 25 May 2018

London police have seized half a million pounds ($667,000) worth of bitcoin from a prolific computer hacker in a case described as the first of its kind for the 188-year-old department. Cybercrime detectives seized the bitcoin from Grant West, 26, who was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison Friday for attacking some 100 companies worldwide, largely using ‘phishing’ email scams to obtain the financial data. Once he obtained the data, West would then sell the material to ...

Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $533 mln in iPhone case

Friday, 25 May 2018

A federal court jury on Thursday ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years. Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. The award appeared to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design essentially was the iPhone. The case was sent back to the district court following a Supreme Court decision to revisit an earlier $400 million damage award. The jury ...

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