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Transgender Canadian Gets Immigrant Woman’s Business Shut Down – the 16th Case

An immigrant woman who operated a Brazilian waxing business in Canada was forced to shut down after being taken to court for refusing to wax a transgender’s male genitalia. Fifteen other female business owners have been taken to court by the same man, who is alleging discrimination based on gender identity.

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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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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

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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