News highlights – 19 October

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News highlights for 19 October

LeEco CEO and founder YT Jia, R, and co-founder and Global Vice Chairman Lei Ding pose in front of a LeSEE car during a press event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 19, 2016. RETUERS/Beck Diefenbach

LeEco CEO and founder YT Jia, R, and co-founder and Global Vice Chairman Lei Ding pose in front of a LeSEE car during a press event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 19, 2016. RETUERS/Beck Diefenbach

China’s LeEco unveils a car, but cannot make it drive

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chinese technology company LeEco on Wednesday made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars when its prototype car could not make it down the runway at a gala event here. Read more…

Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google unit and automakers objected on Wednesday to California proposals to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state, which industry officials said could hobble their efforts in the home to much of self-driving vehicle testing and development. Read more…

Hungry? You can order food through Facebook

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said users in the United States would be able to order food through the Facebook pages of restaurants starting on Wednesday as part of its efforts to connect users and businesses. Read more…

Yahoo, ACLU press U.S. to disclose secret surveillance orders

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc on Wednesday asked U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to declassify a surveillance order the company had received so it can respond to a Reuters report that it set up a special program last year to scan all Yahoo Mail users’ incoming messages. Read more…

T-Mobile will pay $48 million over speed probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve a federal probe into whether it adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its “unlimited” data plan subscribers, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday. Read more…

More companies endorse TM Forum’s Open APIs

TM Forum announced that eight leading technology ecosystem participants – DGIT, EnterpriseWeb, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, BearingPoint / Infonova, Oracle, and UXP Systems – have officially endorsed TM Forum’s suite of Open APIs for digital service management. Learn more…

Vodafone Portugal expects greater competition, access to fiber network

LISBON (Reuters) – Vodafone expects the European Commission to force Portuguese authorities to open access to Altice’s fiber optic network to rivals, which should boost competition in the telecoms sector, the head of Vodafone’s Portuguese unit said. Read more…

Investment banks in race to embrace blockchain, Europe lagging US

LONDON (Reuters) – The blockchain technology behind bitcoin was designed to do away with banks. In an ironic reverse, investment banks are now racing to make it work for them – but cash-strapped European players risk falling behind their Wall Street rivals. Read more…

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