International money transfers via Facebook
2017-02-21 08:20:33 UTC
By Anna Irrera |
NEW YORK — Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc's chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies.
The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger "chatbot", or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.
TransferWise's chatbot enables customers to send money to friends and family to and from the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Europe from Facebook Messenger. It can also...
Silicon Valley: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay,.. file a legal brief opposing Trump's immigration ban
2017-02-06 21:06:45 UTC
Several technology giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business."
The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, included other top tech firms including Facebook, Twitter and Intel, as well as non-tech companies such as Levi Strauss and Chobani. In all nearly 100 firms, including eBay, Netflix and Uber signed onto the brief.
Trump's temporary immigration ban, the most contentious policy move of his first two weeks in offices, faces crucial le...
Crisis Mode In Silicon Valley; don't travel outside the country right now
2017-02-04 02:35:35 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don't travel outside the country right now.
"Common sense would say, why take the risk?" said Mitchell, co-founder and partner at Scale Venture Partners.
Silicon Valley draws on a global workforce. These young businesses depend on hiring quickly from every corner of the world, traveling globally to find customers and having access to Silicon Valley venture capitalists to raise funding.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order a week ago that put a 120-day halt on...
Tech companies plans lawsuits against Trump exec order
2017-01-31 06:40:07 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of technology companies plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, said a spokesperson for a company organizing the gathering.
The meeting is being called together by GitHub, which makes software development tools.
Amicus, or friend of the court, briefs are filed by parties who are not litigants in a case but want to offer arguments or information to the judge.
Alphabet Inc's Google, Airbnb Inc and Netflix Inc are among the companies invited, a separ...
German engineers don't care about Trump and Brexit
2017-01-29 19:07:46 UTC
German engineers: 'Hardly any US or UK competitors exist for German products'
German engineers are confident about German products and expect no hit to business from the presidency of Donald Trump or Britain's decision to leave the European Union, the head of industry body VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) told Suedwest Presse in an interview.
"We don't expect that engineering will be the focus of President Donald Trump and that significant trade barriers will be built in the short-term," VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker told Suedwest Presse in an interview.
How Putin Elected Donald Trump As U.S. president
2017-01-08 02:52:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intel report: Putin directed cyber campaign to help Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday.
Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate former secretary of state Clinton, make it harder for her to win and harm her presidency if she did, an unclassified report released by the top U.S. intelligence agency said.
"We assess Russian President Vlad...
Wikileaks: Russian- Julian Assange Cooperation
2017-01-04 21:12:24 UTC
As the Kremlin gears up for Putin’s last re-election bid in 18 months, anti-graft crusader Alexei Navalny has emerged as the conduit of choice for rival factions to scoop dirt on each other as they jostle to retain their fiefdoms. While Putin has largely stayed above the fray, anonymous tips and research by Navalny’s staff of 30 have led to a string of revelations about the extravagance of some of the Russian leader’s closest allies, including a new luxury home for his premier, army contracts for his personal chef and private-jet travel for the show dogs of a top official.
Since 2011, when Navalny tried to parlay his popularity as a lit...
Fast-food Restaurants CEO to head Trump's Labor Department
2016-12-08 19:24:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a source familiar with the matter, in an appointment likely to antagonize organized labor.
Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc [APOLOT.UL], which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has been a vociferous critic of government regulation of the workplace.
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<i>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after th...
North Dakota: Victory for Native Americans and climate activists
2016-12-05 05:00:23 UTC
CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for several months.
A celebration erupted at the main protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others have been protesting the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) Dakota Access Pipeline for months.
It may prove to be a short-lived victory, however, because Republican President-elect Donald Trump has stated that he supports the project. ...
Facebook takes on LinkedIn with new job opening features
2016-11-08 01:32:06 UTC
Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Monday, it was testing a feature that would let page administrators create job postings and receive applications from candidates, a move that could pressure LinkedIn Corp's (LNKD.N) recruiting business. "Based on behavior we've seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we're running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates," a company spokesman told Reuters.
LinkedIn makes most of its revenue from job hunters and recruiters who pay a monthly fee to post resumes and connect with people on what's often known as the so...
Google’s Project Ara: Phone with interchangeable parts
2016-09-04 03:40:50 UTC
By Julia Love | SAN FRANCISCO - Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company's hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
The move marks an about-face for the tech company, which announced a host of partners for Project Ara at its developer conference in May and said it would ship a developer edition of the product this autumn.
The company’s aim was to create a phone that users could customize on the fly with an extra battery, camera, speakers or ot...
Astronomers find a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth
2016-08-25 09:03:26 UTC
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us -- and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. A paper describing this milestone finding will be published in the journal Nature on 25 August 2016.
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California: 15 percent of cars have zero emissions by 2025
2016-08-12 21:03:52 UTC
San Francisco (REUTERS) - A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025, her spokeswoman said on Friday.
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke said the legislation will help ensure that California's current target of 1.5 million zero emissions vehicles by 2025 is met with actual vehicles on the road and not clean car credits, which environmentalists claim have flooded the market.
"Governor (Jerry) Brown has set an ambitious goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025, but unless we take action, the state won't come close to meeting this goal," said B...
Mystery whale has scientists shocked
2016-08-04 07:39:07 UTC
Scientists discovered a new species of whale on the island of St. George, Alaska. This species of whale has never been seen alive and is yet to be named.
It turns out, according to new research published Tuesday, that this was not a Baird's beaked whale at all, but an entirely new species—a smaller, odd-shaped black cetacean that Japanese fishermen have long called karasu, or raven.
"We don't know how many there are, where they're typically found, anything," says Phillip Morin, a molecular geneticist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. "But we're going to start looking."
Yahoo's core business sold to US telecoms giant Verizon
2016-07-25 18:01:42 UTC
Verizon Communications Inc said on Monday it would buy Yahoo Inc's core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash, marking the end of the line for a storied Web pioneer and setting the stage for a big new internet push by the telecom giant.
Verizon (VZ.N) will combine Yahoo's (YHOO.O) search, email and messenger assets as well as advertising technology tools with its AOL unit, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion. Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless operator, has been looking to mobile video and advertising for new sources of revenue outside the oversaturated wireless market.
The deal came after activist investors led by Starb...
Niantic wants to roll out Pokemon GO in 200 markets soon: CEO
2016-07-17 14:39:50 UTC
The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.T) Pokemon GO said he wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions "relatively soon" and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout.
"Why limit it?" John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic, which developed Pokemon GO jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company, told Reuters in an interview on Friday.
The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, has been launched just in five countries including the United States, Britain and Germany.
Shares in Nintendo have surged 77 percent t...
Tesla Autopilot technology terrifies drivers in videos on Youtube
2016-07-01 19:36:49 UTC
A sleeping driver and a terrified granny are among the many people who appear in popular YouTube videos using the Tesla Autopilot technology - and not always using the system as intended.
It is an unwelcome social media image for the car company as it attends to a federal investigation into a fatal accident involving its Model S car operating in Autopilot mode in Florida in May. It was the first known fatality involving a Model S operating on Autopilot.
Tesla and other manufacturers working on systems that allow cars to pilot themselves under certain conditions are seeking to improve road safety by reducing some of the burden on driv...
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finishes work at Marathon Valley on Mars
2016-06-19 03:22:31 UTC
Pasadena, CA – “Marathon Valley,” slicing through a large crater’s rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA’s Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.
Opportunity recently collected a sweeping panorama from near the western end of this east-west valley. The vista shows an area where the mission investigated evidence about how water altered the ancient rocks and, beyond that, the wide floor of Endeavour Crater and the crater’s eastern rim about 14 miles (22 kilometers) away.
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Microsoft to explicitly ban 'terrorist content' on its services
2016-05-21 18:38:14 UTC
With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services.
In a blog post, the company said it would ban what it called "terrorist content" on some services such as gaming tool Xbox Live, the consumer version of its Outlook email service, and its consumer documents-sharing service.
But for its search engine Bing, Microsoft cited free expression and said it would remove links only when that "is required of search providers under local law."
Initially, Microsoft will rely on cons...
"Make Bubbles Great Again" — Donald Trump's feud with Silicon Valley
2016-05-18 06:46:08 UTC
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that a dangerous financial bubble has formed in the technology industry - and Silicon Valley responded with a collective eye roll.
In a Reuters interview, the New York billionaire said technology start-ups that had never earned a profit were able to sell shares at very high prices, likening the situation to the overheated stock market in 2007.
"I'm talking about companies that have never made any money, that have a bad concept and that are valued at billions of dollars, so here we go again," Trump said.
Many tech watchers have repeatedly warned of a tech bubble as th...
GOP believe Facebook is “censoring” the right
2016-05-12 07:50:57 UTC
Facebook and a top Republican Senator have responded to allegations from the tech website Gizmodo that Facebook is suppressing ideologically conservative news or stories from conservative organizations from its "trending topics" column.
According to an article Gizmodo published on Monday, Facebook wasn't just relying on algorithms to determine which stories made it onto the list of developing news on the right-hand side of its homepage. The article alleged that contracted employees called "human curators" helped decide what stories appeared, and that it "often depended on the taste of individual supervisors — some of whom were said to f...
Mercury makes rare journey across the sun
2016-05-10 05:20:50 UTC
The planet Mercury can be seen as a tiny speck, just above and to the left of center, as it makes its transit across the Sun on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Be sure to protect your eyes by using a telescope or binoculars featuring proper solar filters.
Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science at the Springfield Science Museum, hosted the event on the Quadrangle grounds. It appeared as a black dot during its 7.5 hour trip for stargazers with the help of of a telescope and solar filters.
This time the sojourn of Mercury between our blue planet and our star lasts from 1112 GMT until 1842 GMT. It will happen again in three years.
Scientists get clearer picture of breast cancer
2016-05-05 04:27:26 UTC
<h3><i>Scientists have developed a picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. The largest study of its kind is a 'milestone' in terms of its potential to unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease.</h3></i>
Published in the international science magazine "Nature" the research unpicked practically all genetic errors that cause healthy breast tissue to go rogue.
The international team of scientists looked at all 3 billion letters of genetic code - the entire blueprint of life - in 560 breast cancers and uncovered 93 sets of instructions, or genes, that if mutated, can cause tumors.
Scientists expect this to be t...
Facebook revenue rose more than 50 percent as mobile ad sales surge
2016-04-28 07:33:07 UTC
Facebook revenue rose more than 50 percent as mobile ad sales surge.
Facebook handily beat Wall Street expectations with a 50 percent jump in revenue driven by its wildly popular mobile app and push into live video. The company also proposed a new stock class designed to protect the role of founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Inc's (FB.O) quarterly revenue rose more than 50 percent, handily beating Wall Street expectations as its wildly popular mobile app and a push into live video lured new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to boost spending.
The company's shares rose 9.5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday to $118....
Apple unveils smaller, cheaper products
2016-03-21 18:33:14 UTC
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday unveiled a smaller, cheaper iPhone aimed at new buyers, especially in emerging markets and China, the world's biggest buyer of smartphones, as the technology company looks to reverse a decline in worldwide sales of its most important product.
The new device, called the iPhone SE, has a 4-inch (10-cm) screen and starts at $399. It represents Apple's second bid for the crowded mid-tier market after an unsuccessful foray three years ago. Orders start on Thursday, and the phone will be available next week.
The $399 starting price is well below the $649 for the current top iPhone model without a contract, whic...