News highlights – August 1

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News highlights for August 1

An autonomous car from Delphi. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

An autonomous car from Delphi. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Singapore to launch test of self-driving taxis

Delphi Automotive Plc will launch a small test fleet of automated taxis in Singapore next year, aiming to ferry passengers around a city district in one of the first real-world tests of automated rides on demand, the company said on Monday. The project, run in partnership with the Singapore Land Transport Authority, will road test a concept that many companies investing in automated driving believe offers the fastest path to making such technology commercially viable. Read more…

US weighs dangers, benefits of naming Russia in cyber hack

Wary of a global confrontation with Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama must carefully weigh how to respond to what security experts believe was Moscow’s involvement in the hacking of Democratic Party organizations, U.S. officials said. Publicly blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intelligence services would bring instant pressure on Washington to divulge its evidence, which relies on highly classified sources and methods, U.S. intelligence officials said. Read more…

China regulator says Didi, Uber deal will need Mofcom approval

A merger between Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing and the China unit of U.S. rival Uber could face its first hiccup after China’s commerce ministry (Mofcom) said on Tuesday it had not received a necessary application to allow the deal to go ahead. Read more…

Judge voids VirnetX’s $625.6 million Apple verdict; VirnetX plunges

A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple Inc to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to Internet security technology, causing VirnetX’s share price to plunge. Read more…

Thai activist’s mother charged under royal insult laws over Facebook post

The mother of a leading activist against the military junta in Thailand was charged on Monday with insulting the country’s monarchy in a one-word Facebook post. Read more…

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