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Robot now working in store

Robot now working in store

Written by on April 21, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers at the entrance of Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. But Chihira is no regular employee — she is a humanoid robot. Developed by Toshiba last year, the robot made its debut at the store on Monday in a new role interacting with customers. […]

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FCC plans to open up military, Government airwaves

FCC plans to open up military, Government airwaves

Written by on April 20, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to chalk out a process […]

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Small company landed with £12,000 phone bill

Written by on April 20, 2015 in BillingViews, Snippets with 0 Comments

A north-east business (UK) was left with a £12,000 bill after its telephone system was hacked. Bosses at Premier Fixing Solutions and Construction have told of their frustration after illicit calls were made from their phones. Bill Young and Keith Scott said they first knew something was wrong when they tried to dial externally on […]

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New EU regulation to be wide ranging

New EU regulation to be wide ranging

Written by on April 20, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission (EU) will take into account increased competition from cable operators and alternative services such as WhatsApp when it overhauls Europe’s telecoms rules next year, a move that will be cheered by the telecoms industry. A draft seen by Reuters of the Commission’s strategy for creating a digital single market […]

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EU looks at dominance of US search giants

EU looks at dominance of US search giants

Written by on April 20, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Internet platforms such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! will be the subject of a widespread inquiry by European regulators to determine whether they are transparent enough in how they display search results. The inquiry will seek to address concerns of European business and politicians about the dominance of U.S. tech giants and […]

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Hackers target personnel not customers

Hackers target personnel not customers

Written by on April 20, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Banks, rather than their customers, are increasingly the main target of online thieves and hackers, Europol director Rob Wainwright said on Friday in an interview. “That has been an important change,” Wainwright told Reuters after a conference on cyber security in The Hague. He said the hacks were remarkable in terms […]

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Robotic mower falls foul of astronomers

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

There’s a robot lawn mower saga in the offing at the FCC, and the outcome may have a big impact on the future of automated lawn care in the U.S. In January, iRobot requested an FCC waiver to a rule that “prohibits the use of fixed wireless infrastructure, in order to obtain equipment certification for and market a robotic […]

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Yahoo in talks to buy Foursquare

Written by on April 17, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

Yahoo has been busy rebuilding its business around mobile under CEO Marissa Mayer, and soon it could make one of its biggest bets yet on the platform. We have heard perennially that the company has been looking to buy Foursquare, the New York startup behind the eponymous local search app and location-based social “check-in” app Swarm. The latest rumor we are hearing is giving […]

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China suspends bank-technology rules that sparked worry

China suspends bank-technology rules that sparked worry

Written by on April 17, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has put on hold bank-technology rules that Washington and others complained amount to unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a government notice seen by Reuters said. The notice, dated Monday and issued by China’s bank and tech industry regulators, said the rules to improve the security of banking technology were suspended […]

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Sony condemns WikiLeaks release of hacked documents

Sony condemns WikiLeaks release of hacked documents

Written by on April 17, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s Sony Pictures Entertainment objected to the online release by WikiLeaks on Thursday of a searchable database of more than 30,000 documents that were obtained by hackers in a massive cyber attack last year. “The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing […]

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