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A robot produced by the Toyota Motor Corporation called 'Harry Trumpet -Player Robot' Japan 2005 is on view at the ROBOT exhibition at the Science Museum in London on February 7, 2017

Robot DJ Puts the Tech into Techno for Czech Clubbers

PRAGUE (Reuters) – These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. But can a robot get a dance floor jumping?

The EU's top official for the euro single currency pressed European regulators to urgently update financial rules in order to face bitcoin's dizzying volatility

Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017

The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump (What is “covfefe,” by the way?), and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.

Facebook said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries

German Competition Agency Says Facebook Abused Dominant Position

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s competition watchdog has found that Facebook abused its dominant market position, challenging the U.S. social network’s model of monetizing the personal data of its 2 billion users worldwide through targeted advertising.

Uber wants the Quebec government to renew a pilot program that allowed it to operate in the province over the past year

Uber Claims No Evidence Hackers Took Rider Credit Card Numbers

DETROIT (AP) — An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two hackers, the company said in a response to demands for information from U.S. senators.

Uber confirmed one of the cars torched in confrontations with taxi drivers in Johannesburg was registered to use the Uber app

Justice Department Confirms Criminal Probe in Uber Case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office confirms that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation connected to allegations that a former Uber executive stole self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off to help the ride-hailing service build robotic vehicles.

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Google Launching Artificial Intelligence Research Center in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country’s local talent, even as the U.S. search firm’s products remain blocked in the country.

Trump Signs into Law U.S. Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

US ride-sharing app Uber has filed its appeal against a decision by London authorities not to renew its licence, the company said.

Uber Rider Charged $18K for 5-Mile Ride

Dec. 11 (UPI) — Uber charged a Toronto man more than $18,000 for a 5-mile ride that should have cost about $10 Friday after an error during surge pricing.

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Survey: Half of Humans Believe in Alien Life

AMSTERDAM, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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Hacker-for-Hire Pleads Guilty to Yahoo Breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts.

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Uber Facing Federal Probe on Allegations of Espionage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff.

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Report: FBI May Have Lost Critical Time Unlocking Texas Church Shooter’s iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For about 48 hours after a deadly rampage at a Texas church, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies did not ask Apple Inc to help them unlock the gunman’s iPhone or associated online accounts, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Uber in Deal with NASA to Build Flying Taxi Air Control Software

LISBON (Reuters) – Uber is taking part in a joint industry and government push with NASA to develop software which the company aims to use to manage “flying taxi” routes that could work like ride-hailing services it has popularized on the ground.

Fingerprints of a migrant are taken during registration at the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center, a former U.S. military facility in Heidelberg, Germany, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

New Fingerprint Algorithm Helps ID Bodies Found Decades Ago

The FBI unit ran fingerprints from about 1,500 bodies through a new computer algorithm that could make matches from low-quality prints or even a single finger or thumb. Previously, the standard algorithm typically needed quality prints from all 10 fingers to make a match.

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Google Ditched Autopilot Driving Feature After Test User Napped Behind Wheel

ATWATER, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to maneuver.

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Senators Push Bill Requiring Warrant for U.S. Data Under Spy Law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of at least 10 U.S. senators plans to introduce on Tuesday legislation that would substantially reform aspects of the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, according to congressional aides.

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Report: Russian Hackers Stole U.S. Cyber Secrets from NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers allegedly working for the Kremlin stole details about how the U.S. infiltrates foreign networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor took the classified material home and put it on a personal computer, according to a news report published Thursday.

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Facebook Says 10 Million U.S. Users Saw Russia-Linked Ads

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook that the company said were purchased in Russia in the months before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election, Facebook said on Monday.

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Elon Musk Unveils Plans to Put Humans on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chief Elon Musk’s elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

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Equifax CEO Retires in the Wake of Damaging Data Breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax CEO Richard Smith is retiring effective immediately as the credit reporting agency tries to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans.