News highlights – 13 December

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News highlights for 13 December

A new Nokia 150 handset is seen in this handout picture provided by HMD to Reuters December 13, 2016. HMD/Handout via Reuters

HMD launches its first new Nokia phones

HELSINKI (Reuters) – HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones, announced its first new products on Tuesday – two basic handsets without internet access priced at $26 before local taxes and subsidies. Read more…

Vodafone India to launch payments bank by March

NEW DELHI: Vodafone, the country’s second largest telecom operator, will launch its payments bank within three months, Sunil Sood, managing director, Vodafone India told Business Standard. Read more…

Public servants sit idle as Australian Tax Office’s IT melts down

Vast amounts of data stored by the Australian Taxation Office have been lost in the crash that brought down the agency’s internal systems and customer service websites on Monday and Tuesday. Large numbers of ATO officials were still sitting idle on Tuesday afternoon, unable to use their computers for a second day in the latest  public service tech meltdown. Read more…

Meet Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google self-driving car project recast itself as Waymo on Tuesday, an independent entity within the technology giant, as executives suggested the company is close to bringing its autonomous driving to the public. Read more…

New Danish government hails Uber as competition boost

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s new right-wing government will allow Uber to continue operating under new rules in order to encourage more competition among taxis, its transport minister Ole Birk Olesen said. Read more….

Germany, France plan fund for start-ups in digital offensive

BERLIN (Reuters) – France and Germany said on Tuesday they planned to set up a 1 billion euro fund to support start-ups in a bid to boost Europe’s digital economy and help it narrow the gap with the United States. Read more…

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