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American Airlines delays Boeing Max return

Sunday, 1 September 2019

American Airlines says it is delaying the expected return date for its Boeing 737 Max jets.The airline said on Sunday that while it “remains confident” that coming software updates and training will mean recertification of the aircraft this year, it is extending cancellations for Max flights through Dec. 3.The airline says this means about 140 flights per day will be canceled through Dec. 3.Not all flights scheduled on the Max will be canceled, though.The airline says it will use ...

Apple to stop default practice of keeping Siri recordings

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Apple Inc on Wednesday said it would quit its default practice of retaining audio recordings of the requests users make to its Siri personal assistant and limit human review of what audio it does collect to its own employees rather than contractors. The changes come after Apple earlier this month paused a program called Siri grading in which humans listened to audio recordings of users to determine whether the assistant had responded appropriately to requests to do things like read ...

France, Germany to propose public investment in data centers for AI

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

France and Germany are to make proposals in the coming months to invest public money in data storage facilities to wean Europe off foreign centers and spur artificial intelligence investment, France’s finance minister said on Wednesday.               France’s Bruno Le Maire said the investments would be based on a recent joint initiative to finance the development of batteries, which France and Germany want to avoid ...

Ex-Google engineer charged in Uber self-driving theft case

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing self-driving car technology from the company shortly before he joined Uber’s efforts to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed by the US attorney’s office in San Jose, California, is an offshoot of a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Waymo, a self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google.  Uber agreed to pay Waymo $245 million to settle the case last year, but the federal judge ...

US tech industry group denounces Trump deal on France digital tax

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

A US trade group representing major technology firms on Tuesday denounced an agreement on France's digital tax announced by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron that leaves the levy in place until a new international taxation plan takes effect.The Computer & Communications Industry Association reacted a day after Trump and Macron agreed on a plan that would (CCIA) see France scrap its digital tax once a new international levy being discussed is in place.“France's unilateral ...

US, France reach deal on taxing online companies

Monday, 26 August 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France and the US have reached a “very good agreement” defusing tensions over a French tax on online giants like Google. The tax had prompted threats from US President Donald Trump of heavy tariffs on French wine. Speaking Monday alongside Trump, Macron said they made “considerable headway in the spirit of unity” at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France. Macron said France would reimburse ...

Ransomware modifications double in Q2 2019 year-on-year: Report

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky announced that it had detected 16,017 new ransomware modifications and eight new malware families in Q2 2019, more than double the number of new samples detected in Q2 2018.A trojan-ransom is a cyberattack wherein the user’s files are encrypted and a ransom is demanded for their release. These attacks have been successful on both individuals and corporates.Kaspersky stated that the increase in malicious modifications and appearance of new families is a sign ...

New internet calling and messaging app with translation launches in UAE

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

On Wednesday a new messaging app, YZER, launched at an event held at the Jumeriah al-Naseem Hotel in Dubai, UAE. YZER is aimed at providing individual and business users with a full communication suite, including video and voice calling. Most notable is YZER’s build-in translator that will instantly translate user messages across 16 languages, including Arabic, French, and Chinese. YZER plans to expand this list to 25 languages by the end of 2020. The application has been launched in ...

Who’s tracking you? Facebook users to get more control over data

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was tweaking its policies to allow users to see and control the data that the social network gathers from their browsing habits on other websites and apps.             The company defines the data, for example, when a clothing website shares information with Facebook on the browsing activity of a user, as “Off-Facebook ...

US DoJ antitrust chief says working with states on tech investigation

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The US Department of Justice is working with state attorneys general to investigate the market power of technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday. “I think that the laws that we have are quite flexible,” said Delrahim, and make possible “timely and aggressive enforcement of antitrust laws.” The department would be looking not only at price effects, but also innovation and quality, and the next steps ...

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