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Business News: JD.com’s Chief Technology Officer, Chen Zhang, Appointed To New Role As Senior Advisor

BEIJING (STL.News) – JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: JD), China’s leading technology driven e-commerce company and retail infrastructure service provider, today announced that Mr. Chen Zhang will be appointed to a new role as a senior advisor based in the United States and will depart from his full time role as the Chief Technology Officer of JD.com … Continue reading Business News: JD.com’s Chief Technology Officer, Chen Zhang, Appointed To New Role As Senior Advisor

At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

GENEVA (AP) — At its ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says. Tim Berners-Lee joined a celebration Tuesday of the Web and reminisced about where he invented it — … Continue reading At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible. Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continued to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work began in earnest on Tuesday off the Seychelles. … Continue reading Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal $35 million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday. Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published … Continue reading Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

Head of UN Women: Technology revolution must benefit women

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. women’s agency is calling for the revolution in technology to be used to benefit the world’s poor, and especially women, who will not achieve gender equality without “the giant leap that 21st century innovations can bring.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in an interview and a speech ahead … Continue reading Head of UN Women: Technology revolution must benefit women

Correction: Facebook-Vaccine Misinformation story

NEW YORK (AP)  — In a story March 7 about Facebook fighting vaccine information on its platform, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Facebook would remove groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations. In fact, Facebook won’t remove those groups or pages; instead, they won’t appear in recommendations or predictions when searched for on the site. … Continue reading Correction: Facebook-Vaccine Misinformation story

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

At first glance, Mark Zuckerberg‘s new “privacy-focused vision ” for Facebook looks like a transformative mission statement from a CEO under pressure to reverse years of battering over its surveillance practices and privacy failures. But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, … Continue reading How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths

ALPHONSE ATOLL, Seychelles (AP) — Explorers are set to deliver the first live video broadcast from deep below an ocean’s surface. Early next week, a submersible is expected to dive to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) off the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and send images to a satellite transmitter on the mother ship. The … Continue reading Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths

Emoji gods approve skin-tone options for couples of color

NEW YORK (AP)  — In 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial marriage don’t violate the Fourteenth Amendment held for more than 80 years. While such impediments to marriage were dismantled over time, there are still hurdles, … Continue reading Emoji gods approve skin-tone options for couples of color

Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for strikes by robots. No, overworked machines aren’t walking out in a labor protest. Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 28 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground between the mound and home plate … Continue reading Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators are giving the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal. But the fish may still face legal challenges before it can be sold domestically. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday lifted an alert had that had prevented Massachusetts-based AquaBounty from importing its … Continue reading US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team’s broadcast territory. The deal for the team’s parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values YES … Continue reading AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

Warren says tech giants have ‘too much power,’ need breakup

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday rolled out a proposal to break up the biggest U.S. technology companies, saying they have too much control over the economy and Americans’ lives. In her pitch to rein in the influence of tech giants, the Massachusetts senator envisions legislation targeting companies with annual worldwide … Continue reading Warren says tech giants have ‘too much power,’ need breakup

SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s swanky new crew capsule made an old-fashioned splashdown in the Atlantic on Friday, ending a six-day test flight to the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule pulled away from the orbiting lab early Friday. Six hours later, the capsule carrying a test dummy parachuted into the ocean, a couple … Continue reading SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with ocean splashdown

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small numbers of individuals to carry on … Continue reading Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Rescue crews didn’t have to stumble through every destroyed building in their search for victims after a tornado ravaged a corner of Alabama this week: They used heat-seeking drones to let them know whether there was anyone beneath the ruins. In so doing, they joined the increasing ranks of public safety agencies across the U.S. … Continue reading Eyes in the sky: Heat-seeking drones used after tornado

Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

SAN FRANCISCO  (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services, a shift apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company’s data handling and potential antitrust action. In effect, the Facebook co-founder and CEO promised to transform a service known for devouring the personal information shared by its users. Going … Continue reading Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Last year, every time someone paid $11 for Netflix through an iPhone app, Apple pocketed as much as $3.30. Multiply that by every charge made through iPhone apps and you can see why Netflix and other companies are fed up about what they consider Apple’s unfair market power. Late last year, … Continue reading iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next

France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill is an attempt to get around tax avoidance measures by multinationals, which pay most of their taxes in the EU country they are based in … Continue reading France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government unveiled plans Wednesday to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill outlines how digital companies with worldwide revenues over 750 million euros ($848 million), including French revenue over 25 million euros, will be taxed. In a news … Continue reading France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue

Stocks drift between small gains, losses in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving sideways in midday trading on Wall Street Tuesday as losses for banks and big technology companies offset gains elsewhere in the market. The stagnant movement came a day after the market failed to hold on to an early gain. Citigroup slumped 1.3 percent, while Micron Technology dropped … Continue reading Stocks drift between small gains, losses in midday trading

The Latest: VW gives dune buggy an electric makeover

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Geneva auto show (all times local): 1:00 p.m. Volkswagen is giving the renowned dune buggy a makeover for a digitized and environmentally-conscious era, presenting a noise- and pollution free concept car billed as just as much fun in the sands as its petrol-powered forebears. Volkswagen has trotted out … Continue reading The Latest: VW gives dune buggy an electric makeover

World shares mixed as China indicates support for economy

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mixed Tuesday, with European benchmarks mostly retreating by midday. But markets in China gained after the government set a 6-6.5 percent growth target for this year, suggesting strong government support for the economy. Germany’s DAX slid 0.1 percent to 11,579 and the CAC 40 in France fell 0.2 percent … Continue reading World shares mixed as China indicates support for economy

The Latest: Daimler hopes to ramp up electric car sales

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Geneva auto show (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Daimler head Dieter Zetsche says the company plans to meet “very ambitious” European Union limits on auto emissions but added that achieving those goals will depend in part on consumers’ willingness to buy more battery-powered cars. Carmakers must meet lower … Continue reading The Latest: Daimler hopes to ramp up electric car sales

Geneva show has electrics, sports cars and a VW dune buggy

GENEVA (AP) — Carmakers at the Geneva International Motor Show are unveiling new electric vehicles they hope will transform the industry as well as the high-end sports cars that are a fixture at the show. Volvo Car Group’s Polestar is showing off a battery-powered compact car while Volkswagen is touting the whimsical ID. Buggy electric, … Continue reading Geneva show has electrics, sports cars and a VW dune buggy

AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming

NEW YORK(AP)— Now that AT&T’s $81 billion takeover of Time Warner is a done deal , the company is reorganizing its TV and movie businesses to emphasize streaming rather than cable TV networks. AT&T is bringing in a new executive as longtime HBO and Turner chiefs leave. It’s also consolidating operations for different brands to … Continue reading AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming

Technology News: $57.7 Bn Data Center Server Market – Global Trends and Forecasts 2019-2024

DUBLIN (STL.News) – The “Data Center Server Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global data center server market was worth US$ 40.2 Billion in 2018 Data centers are designated archives that provide either a physical or virtual infrastructure to store, process, organize, … Continue reading Technology News: $57.7 Bn Data Center Server Market – Global Trends and Forecasts 2019-2024

The Latest: Estonian opposition leader derides govt policies

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Estonia’s general election (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The leader of Estonia’s main opposition party has voted in the general election and accused Prime Minister Juri Ratas‘ government of “messing up” the small Baltic nation’s taxation system. Estonians are voting Sunday in a general election where the opposition … Continue reading The Latest: Estonian opposition leader derides govt policies

5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet’s mysterious disappearance. Ocean Infinity mounted a “no cure, no … Continue reading 5 years on, Malaysia open to proposals to resume MH370 hunt