Rise of the machines: who is the internet of things good for?

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The long read: Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality ordering our shopping, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all but how can it? In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to optimise his life through sensors that track his […]

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Uber’s alleged theft of Waymo trade secrets referred to federal prosecutors

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Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming that the ride-sharing company had orchestrated the calculated theft of its technology The federal judge overseeing a trade secret dispute between Uber and the Google spin-off Waymo has recommended that federal prosecutors begin a criminal investigation into the alleged theft of Waymos self-driving car technology. Judge William Alsups referral […]

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Journalism faces a crisis worldwide we might be entering a new dark age | Margaret Simons

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Almost anyone can use the worldwide web to be a media outlet, so how will we differentiate between truth, myth and lies? Australias two largest legacy media organisations recently announced big cuts to their journalistic staff. Many editorial positions, perhaps up to 120,

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Ex-Google self-driving engineer secretly collaborated with competitors, suit says

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New details emerge in Google lawsuit that alleges former employee Anthony Levandowski plotted to steal trade secrets and take them to Uber A former Google employee secretly collaborated with competing self-driving car companies for years before allegedly stealing trade secrets and bringing the proprietary technology to Uber, according to a new court filing. Anthony Levandowski […]

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Uber executive resigns after failing to disclose prior sexual harassment claim

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Setback is the latest sign of turmoil at Uber, which recently found itself in a separate sexual harassment firestorm and faces a major lawsuit from Google The top engineering executive at Uber has resigned, adding to the companys turmoil a week after the company found itself in an unrelated sexual harassment firestorm. Amit Singhal, whose […]

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Google-funded loan startup to pay $6.3m for ‘deceptive’ practices

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Experts say the LendUp case is significant for firms in the emerging online fintech sector that claim to offer a better alternative to payday loans A Google-funded lending startup will have to pay $6.3m in fines and refunds for a number of deceptive practices, signaling the US governments interest in regulating the growing industry of […]

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Self-driving car design needs to involve regulators more, US government argues

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A government proposal calls on automakers to voluntarily submit details of how autonomous vehicle systems work, and why they fail The Obama administration is proposing deeper government involvement in the design of autonomous vehicle systems and calling on manufacturers to share more information about how such systems work and why they fail. A proposal put […]

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Amazon and Starbucks ‘pay less tax than a sausage stand’, Austria says

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Centre-left politician also criticises Google and Facebook and complains that EU states with low-tax regimes have lured multinationals Multinational companies including Amazon and Starbucks pay less tax in Austria than one of the countrys tiny sausage stands, the republics centre-left chancellor lamented in an interview published on Friday. Chancellor Christian Kern, head of the Social […]

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