News highlights – 11 December

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News highlights for 11 December

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Top tech executives to attend Trump summit on Wednesday: Recode

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top executives from Alphabet Inc, Apple Inc and Facebook Inc are among a small group of tech leaders invited to a summit to be held on Wednesday by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Recode reported, citing sources. Read more…

AT&T pays out $88m in cramming refunds

AT&T has paid out $88 million in refunds to almost 3 million mobile customers who were billed for unauthorised third-party services. Read more…

Artificial Intelligence arrives at Starbucks (but good coffee still eludes them, Ed.)

Coffee giant Starbucks will join the growing wave of companies using artificial intelligence and chatbots to supplement human employees, planning to unveil today what it calls an “innovative conversational ordering system” for its mobile app called “My Starbucks Barista.” Read more…

Bitcoin hits highest levels in almost three years

LONDON (Reuters) – Web-based digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month ago. Read more…

Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in the U.S. via software update

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless.

 Tariff war: Airtel, Idea take a leaf out of Reliance Jio’s page, unveil prepaid plans

KOLKATA (ET Telecom) – The fight for India’s nearly one billion prepaid mobile subscribers has begun with Bharti Airtel, India’s largest phone company, as well as Idea Cellular announcing ‘free voice’ tariff plans, heralding a fullblown price war as they seek to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm at its own game and prevent the Mukesh Ambani-owned company from poaching their low and mid-end customers. Read more…

Google undergoes yet another rebrand, this time with Google Play and Android

Google Play for Work, which allows organizations to send public and private Android apps to specific devices, has now been rebranded as Google Play, whereas Android for Work, which separates business from personal apps and content, will now be known as Android. Simple, straightforward, and efficient. Read more…

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