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Uber France executives to go on trial over UberPop

Uber France executives to go on trial over UberPopUber France and two company executives will go on trial in September, French prosecutors announced today, on charges related to its UberPop service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber's general manager for Western Europe, and Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal were taken into police custody yesterday in Paris, a few days after French taxi unions staged a nationwide strike in protest against UberPop. As AFP reports, the executives and Uber France have been charged with misleading business practices, complicity in operating an illegal taxi service, and illegal treatment of personal data.


Sprint bids adieu to $50 iPhone plan in the name of clarity

Sprint bids adieu to $50 iPhone plan in the name of clarityThe wireless carrier will instead promote an "All-In" plan that includes $60 for the plan and $20 for the smartphone.


AWS readies Indian datacentres, says India could be one of its biggest cloud regions

AWS readies Indian datacentres, says India could be one of its biggest cloud regionsAmazon announces Indian infrastructure region will open next year.


Amazon patches three vulnerabilities in Fire smartphones

Amazon patches three vulnerabilities in Fire smartphonesTwo of the vulnerabilities place secure communication at risk and could allow for man-in-the-middle attacks.


Baidu plans $3.2B for online-to-offline services

Baidu plans $3.2B for online-to-offline servicesChinese search giant says it is investing 20 billion yuan (US$3.28 billion) over three years to develop online-to-offline services, which include its 2014 acquisition of group-buying site Nuomi.


​Life Time Fitness and how the business process team looks at IT

​Life Time Fitness and how the business process team looks at ITLife Time Fitness has an interesting arrangement where tech spending is split up between business leaders, finance and IT. We catch up with John Hugo, senior vice president & corporate controller at the company.


Amazon’s one-hour delivery service is now available in central London

Amazon's one-hour delivery service is now available in central LondonAmazon has launched its Prime Now one-hour delivery service in London, marking its first expansion outside of the US. The service is limited to Amazon Prime members, and the minimum order for either Prime Now delivery option is £20. Prime Now is currently limited to central areas of London, though the company says it will expand to different postal codes .


Europol tackles ZeuS, SpyEye banking Trojan cybercrime ring

Europol tackles ZeuS, SpyEye banking Trojan cybercrime ringArrests, equipment seizure and searches have taken place across multiple countries to eradicate the cybercrime threat.


APAC nations slow to establish cybersecurity strategies

APAC nations slow to establish cybersecurity strategiesChina and Korea are hindered by local testing requirements, while Indonesia has no national cybersecurity strategy in place, reveals BSA study.


Sony to raise nearly $4 billion, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaround

Pedestrians are reflected in a logo of Sony Corp outside its showroom in TokyoBy Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker, pulling back from consumer goods like TVs that dragged it into losses. In Sony's first new share issue in 26 years, the firm said on Tuesday it expects to raise 321 billion yen ($2.62 billion) from a public stock offering after a rally that has seen its market value double in a year. Worth close to a tenth of its current market value, the share issue provides the clearest signal yet that Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai is prioritising the sensor business to anchor Sony's turnaround.


Baidu to invest $3.2 billion in online-to-offline services within three years

People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - China's search leader Baidu Inc said on Tuesday it would invest 20 billion yuan ($3.22 billion) over the next three years on online-to-offline services, including group-buying service Nuomi. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Miral Fahmy)


Merchants catching on to the demand of the invisible payment: Braintree

Merchants catching on to the demand of the invisible payment: BraintreeBraintree head of Asia Tyson Hackwood says merchants are looking at new ways to reduce the friction at the checkout as customers become increasingly more trusting of them.


Yes, tech spending is shrinking, but don’t panic yet

Yes, tech spending is shrinking, but don't panic yetWorldwide IT spending will drop this year, thanks to a strong dollar, according to analysts. But that isn't bad news for everybody.


EU agrees to eliminate roaming charges but net neutrality rules disappoint

EU agrees to eliminate roaming charges but net neutrality rules disappointThe European Union reached an agreement today that will end roaming charges for people travelling within its 28 member countries as of June 2017. The new agreement, brought into effect after months of deliberation, also introduces the EU's first net neutrality rules. As part of the agreement, companies across the EU are not allowed to block or throttle online content, applications, or services — rules that the Union says will ensure every European has access to the open internet, and that all traffic is treated fairly. The EU's parliament had originally pushed for the ban on roaming charges to come into effect in 2016, but the union's member countries wanted a later implementation.


Samsung’s Cheil, pitching $8 billion merger, pledges higher returns

Samsung flags are set up at main entrance to Berlin fair groundBy Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Locked in a battle with an activist U.S. hedge fund, the Samsung Group's [SAGR.UL] de facto holding company sought to win support for a proposed $8 billion merger with a sister firm by pledging to bolster post-deal shareholder returns. Cheil Industries said on Tuesday that the company formed on completion of its all-stock takeover of Samsung C&T Corp would gradually increase its dividend payout ratio to 30 percent by 2020 from the equivalent of 21 percent in 2014 and also consider future share buybacks. On a forecast 2020 pre-tax profit of 4 trillion won, the dividends would amount to 4,800 won ($4.29) per share, Cheil said in a statement.


Australia’s online bullying monitor starts Wednesday

Australia's online bullying monitor starts WednesdayChildren will be able to lodge complaints to e-Safety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon from July 1 to seek to have alleged bullying content pulled down from Facebook and Twitter.


Public Access to Startup Investments

Public Access to Startup InvestmentsIn the United States, for the first time since 1933, you do not have to earn more then $200k annually or be a millionaire to invest in startups. As long as the startup raises less than fifty million dollars annually, anyone can now get into the game at the ground level.In the past, crowdfunding has been limited to pledging donations or...


Microsoft sets release date for Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft sets release date for Visual Studio 2015Visual Studio 2015 is slated to appear nine days before Microsoft launches Windows 10, the Windows 10 SDK, and the Universal Windows App Development Tools on July 29.


Sony to raise up to $3.6 billion to boost sensor production

Pedestrians are reflected in a logo of Sony Corp outside its showroom in TokyoSony Corp said it plans to raise up to 440 billion yen ($3.6 billion) by issuing new shares and convertible bonds to invest in its fast-growing image sensors business. Sony said it expects to raise 321 billion yen from a public offering and 119 billion from issuing convertible bonds. The company said in February that it would spend 105 billion yen to boost production capacity for sensors, increasing its focus on a business that is becoming one of its strongest as its TV and mobile operations struggle.


The pros and cons of being a startup in Australia: Macropod

The pros and cons of being a startup in Australia: MacropodMacropod co-founders Alan Downie and Matt Milosavljevic weighed up the option of whether to move to the US when they were first started out, but ended up deciding to stay in Australia.


Prehistoric worm with super armor found in China

Prehistoric worm with super armor found in ChinaScientists have found the fossil of an ancient worm called Hairy Collins' Monster, one of the first creatures to grow rows of spiky armor on its back. It's the King Koopa of lobopodians.


NBN needs to be more transparent to retailers: ACCC

NBN needs to be more transparent to retailers: ACCCIn order to ensure that Telstra doesn't have a competitive advantage during the NBN rollout, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said NBN needs to offer more information to its retail rivals.


Two dead after passenger self-immolates on Japanese bullet train

Japanese media are reporting that two people are feared dead after an apparent act of self-immolation on a bullet train. "We have been informed that there was a passenger in a car on the train who covered him or herself with oil and set it on fire," a spokesperson for Japan Rail told AFP. The high-speed Nozomi shinkansen was traveling between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka on the Tokaido line, and was between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations just west of Tokyo when the incident occurred, according to Kyodo News.

Sprint rolls out all-included rate plan

By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Tuesday it will offer an $80 a month cellular phone plan, including both service and smartphone device fees, hoping to draw users who dislike complex price plans and hidden costs. The "All-in" plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones such as the iPhone 6 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, chief marketing officer Kevin Crull said in an interview. Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. cellular operator, is in the middle of a turnaround plan aimed at narrowing the gap with its larger rivals.

The leap second is coming to confuse the internet today

Google has adopted a "leap smear" technique to avoid issues with the added second: rather than repeating it at the end of the day, Google's engineers will dice it into millisecond chunks and sprinkle it throughout the regular day, hopefully avoiding server meltdowns in the process. Bloomberg reports that the same process will be used by Japanese, Australian, South Korean, and Singaporean stock and futures exchanges. Nasdaq will stop trading at 7:48PM, and shut down at 7:55PM, while both Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and CME Group are delaying data transitions during the period. For now at least, companies need to learn how to factor the leap second into their operations, but that may change: members of the International Telecommunication Union meet every three years to decide whether to keep adding the extra time.

Don’t Blink: The Future Is Happening Now

We live in a “what’s next?” era. Technology is evolving at an ever-more-rapid pace: Our devices become smarter, do more for us, and connect us to one another. We want the next big thing right now. But what kind of technology will get us to that next big thing, and all the cool things to follow? The key to building out the Internet of...
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