• China's Didi plans to relaunch Hitch service with new safety features
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    China's Didi plans to relaunch Hitch service with new safety features

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Thursday it was proposing to relaunch its Hitch carpooling service with added safety features, almost a year after suspending the service following the murder of a female passenger by her Didi driver. The case had badly dented

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    A squeaky clean: friendly robots spruce up Singapore

    Hundreds of "friendly" robots that speak multiple languages and sing are being rolled out across hi-tech Singapore, to help clean the city-state's hotels, shopping malls and government buildings. The robots speak all four of multi-ethnic Singapore's official languages -- English, Malay

  • A squeaky clean: friendly robots spruce up Singapore
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    A squeaky clean: friendly robots spruce up Singapore

    Hundreds of "friendly" robots that speak multiple languages and sing are being rolled out across hi-tech Singapore, to help clean the city-state's hotels, shopping malls and government buildings. The robots speak all four of multi-ethnic Singapore's official languages -- English, Malay

  • Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site
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    Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

    Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert.

  • Exclusive: Ping An-backed Lufax to ditch P2P lending amid regulatory woes - sources
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    Exclusive: Ping An-backed Lufax to ditch P2P lending amid regulatory woes - sources

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lufax, one of China's largest online wealth management platforms that is backed by financial giant Ping An Insurance , plans to exit its once-core peer-to-peer lending (P2P) business, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The move by Lufax to

  • US senator calls for investigation into FaceApp
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    US senator calls for investigation into FaceApp

    Popular Russia-based application FaceApp, which allows users to change their appearance to look older or younger, came under fire in the United States Wednesday, with one senator urging an FBI investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the FBI and the FTC, the US consumer protection

  • Netflix share price: Unexpected growth slowdown following price increase sends shares plummeting
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    Netflix share price: Unexpected growth slowdown following price increase sends shares plummeting

    Netflix’s shares fell by more than 10pc after the streaming service's run of stellar user growth came to an abrupt end on Wednesday evening.

  • Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site
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    Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

    Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert.

  • ECB's Villeroy: regulators will not sacrifice security in drive for innovation
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    ECB's Villeroy: regulators will not sacrifice security in drive for innovation

    The world's financial regulators will not sacrifice customers' security for the sake of innovation, Bank of France head and European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Thursday. The finance ministers from the Group of Seven's leading world nations cast a cloud over

  • Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy
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    Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

    Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. The Bitcoin craze has made the front pages of Iranian newspapers and been discussed

  • TSMC expects 5G earnings boost, flags South Korea-Japan spat as risk
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    TSMC expects 5G earnings boost, flags South Korea-Japan spat as risk

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) on Thursday said it expects a stronger half-year on 5G telecoms demand, and that a dispute over chip-making materials between Japan and South Korea is its most uncertain factor. The world's largest contract chipmaker reported a decline in second-quarter

  • Cleaning robots that can sing, rap, wink, joke set to roll out in Singapore by March
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    Cleaning robots that can sing, rap, wink, joke set to roll out in Singapore by March

    If you run into a robot around Singapore sometime next year, no need to panic, the robot revolution isn't here … yet. In fact, the ones you cross paths with might even set your mind at ease with a gentle wisecrack. At least that's the plan for the 500 robots set to begin sweeping, vacuuming .

  • Truckmaker Volvo lifts market view, picks Samsung for batteries
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    Truckmaker Volvo lifts market view, picks Samsung for batteries

    Sweden's AB Volvo raised its market forecasts for North America and Europe on Thursday, as higher trucks and construction equipment deliveries helped it to top profit estimates. The world's second largest truckmaker behind Daimler also announced a partnership with Samsung to develop battery

  • Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol
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    Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol

    European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals' mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernized, the new head of Europol told Reuters. Appealing to EU leaders for greater powers to fight

  • SAP says big margin gains to wait until 2020, shares down 10%
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    SAP says big margin gains to wait until 2020, shares down 10%

    SAP told investors not to expect a major improvement in margins before next year as the German business software group reported a 21% decline in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, sending its shares sharply lower. Europe's most valuable tech firm reiterated its forward guidance and CEO

  • Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol
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    Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol

    European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals' mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernised, the new head of Europol told Reuters. Appealing to EU leaders for greater powers to fight

  • Wirecard deal with AUTO1 first fruit of SoftBank alliance
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    Wirecard deal with AUTO1 first fruit of SoftBank alliance

    German payments company Wirecard AG said on Thursday it was teaming up with car-dealing platform AUTO1 Group to offer digital financial services to consumers, in its first alliance with a company backed by Japan's SoftBank Group. Wirecard struck an alliance in April with SoftBank, whose Vision Fund

  • From conducting job interviews to vocational training, Swedish start-up sees robots as a game changer
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    From conducting job interviews to vocational training, Swedish start-up sees robots as a game changer

    If the future turns out to be just the way as envisioned by Samer Al Moubayed, robots will become part of our everyday lives, spawning huge business opportunities worth billions of dollars.The CEO and co-founder of Furhat Robotics, a Swedish start-up developing robotic applications, says there could

  • Online bank N26 extends latest funding round in expansion push
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    Online bank N26 extends latest funding round in expansion push

    The firm said it had extended its Series D funding round by $170 million to $470 million. To date, N26 said it has raised more than $670 million. The firm said that investors, including Tencent Holdings Ltd and Allianz Group's digital investment unit, took part in the latest funding round.

  • Online Banking in the Philippines: The Benefits of Going Cashless
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    Online Banking in the Philippines: The Benefits of Going Cashless

    It’s interesting how online banking still gets a bad rap in a country full of internet users. Despite the distrust, the Philippines is slowly adapting to a cashless economy. According to a recent PayPal survey, 25% of Filipino consumers are already using online payment methods in their everyday transactions

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Calls For FBI Investigation Into FaceApp
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    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Calls For FBI Investigation Into FaceApp

    The New York Democrat sent a letter to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission calling for a review of a Russian company's photo app that's trending again.

  • Hawaii protesters press on to stop telescope, face arrest
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    Hawaii protesters press on to stop telescope, face arrest

    Thousands of protesters joined a swelling effort Wednesday to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, blocking a road to Hawaii's highest peak and prompting the arrest of a group of elderly demonstrators. Hawaii County

  • SoftBank's Son says Japan lacks investment opportunities, is AI 'developing country'
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    SoftBank's Son says Japan lacks investment opportunities, is AI 'developing country'

    SoftBank Group Corp founder and Chief Executive Masayoshi Son said on Thursday that there is a dearth of investment opportunities in Japan, which he said is lagging in the race to develop artificial intelligence (AI). "Until recently Japan was at the technological leading edge. In the most important

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    Japan to lead development of SWIFT network for cryptocurrency: source

    Japan's government is leading a global push to set up an international network for cryptocurrency payments, similar to the SWIFT network used by banks, in an effort to fight money laundering, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday. Tokyo aims to have the network in place in the next few

  • Apple explores the possibility of manufacturing AirPods in Vietnam
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    Apple explores the possibility of manufacturing AirPods in Vietnam

    Apple has long made a habit out of diversifying its supply chain whenever possible, which is why it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the company is poised to begin a trial production of next-gen AirPods in Vietnam.According to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, Apple has tasked its manufacturing