News highlights – 14 September

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News highlights for 14 September

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Japan report shows Apple, Google hinder app competition: Nikkei

(Reuters) – Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google engage in practices that undermine competition in the smartphone app market, Nikkei said, citing a report by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The report looked at how the two U.S. technology giants, as well as others that control platforms through which smartphone applications are sold, use their positions of power to decide what app developers can and cannot do, Nikkei reported. Read more…

iPhone optimism blasts Apple stock to 2016 high

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple’s stock hit a 2016 high on Wednesday, with its market value peaking above $600 billion for the first time since April as Wall Street bet the technology company’s newest iPhone would help shore up falling sales. Read more…

Blocking Internet oversight transition a ‘gift to Russia’: Obama administration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delaying or blocking a planned transition of oversight of the Internet’s technical management from the U.S. to a global community of stakeholders would be a “gift to Russia” and other authoritarian regimes, a senior Obama administration official said Wednesday. Read more…

Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said. Read more…

Telecom Italia unfazed by Iliad’s Italy venture

ROME (Reuters) – Telecom Italia is not worried about French telecom group Iliad’s entry into the Italian market and plans counter measures to defend its position, the head of the firm said on Wednesday. France’s Iliad agreed to become Italy’s fourth mobile operator to help smooth the way for CK Hutchison Holdings to merge its 3 Italia with Vimpelcom’s Wind. Read more…

Uber debuts self-driving vehicles in landmark Pittsburgh trial

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – When Pittsburgh wakes up on Wednesday morning, some residents will have the choice of going about their day in an Uber that drives itself. The launch of Uber’s self-driving pilot program marks the public unveiling of the company’s secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the U.S. public. Read more…

Volkswagen sets up cyber security firm with ex-Israeli spy chief

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Volkswagen is forming a company with the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency to develop cyber security systems for Internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles, the partners said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more…

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