News highlights – August 18

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News highlights for August 18

SabotageSouth Africa’s Telkom hit by ‘sabotage’

Saboteurs have allegedly cut Telkom cables, ripped street distribution cabinets apart and in a few instances set them on fire. Telkom says a number of its facilities around the country were yesterday “targeted in a series of acts of sabotage”. Telkom says that at some sites, specialist equipment was required to access the fibre cables and “the criminals were clearly using equipment that is not commonly available”. Read more…

US extends ZTE reprieve on alleged Iran sanctions violations

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp said it has won a further reprieve to Nov. 28 on tough export restrictions that were imposed on the company by the U.S. government in March. Read more…

Telstra aims to sway Netflix fans with streaming bundle

Telstra is playing hardball in the streaming space, offering mobile customers three-months access to Netflix, Presto and Stan – along with unmetered Apple Music – as it fights to win over the subscription content generation. Read more…

Artificial intelligence can find, map poverty, researchers say

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of U.S. researchers said on Thursday. The method would assist governments and charities trying to fight poverty but lacking precise and reliable information on where poor people are living and what they need, said the researchers based at Stanford University in California. Read more…

Virtual reality treadmills help prevent falls in elderly

(Reuters Health) – Adding a virtual reality obstacle course to treadmill workouts may help prevent more falls among vulnerable adults than using a treadmill on its own, a small study suggests. Researchers asked about 300 adults aged 60 to 90 who had already experienced at least one prior fall to exercise on a treadmill three times a week for six weeks, randomly assigning half of them to use virtual reality systems during the workouts. Read more…

Square posts job openings signaling European expansion

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. mobile payments company Square Inc posted three new job openings in Europe on Thursday, signaling it is moving closer to ramping up operations in the region through an initial venture in Britain. Read more…

Uber buys self-driving truck startup Otto; teams with Volvo

(Reuters) – Ride service Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it acquired self-driving trucks startup Otto and formed a $300 million alliance with Volvo Car Group to develop self-driving cars. Uber’s moves reflect its eagerness to advance self-driving technology. If its ambitions are realized, these vehicles could over time reduce its biggest cost, paying drivers. Read more…

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