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Uber disabled emergency braking in self-driving car: US agency – Tech News

WASHINGTON: Uber had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March even though the car had identified the need to apply the...

Selfie app loved by millions is a big loser for investors – Tech News

Add Meitu Inc to the list of once-promising Chinese tech startups that are now saddling shareholders with big losses.  The maker of China’s most popular photo-retouching app rode the nation’s selfie obsession to...

Alipay’s push into Western banks’ turf kicks off in Hong Kong – Tech News

Alipay’s azure blue logos began appearing two years ago in Hong Kong’s airport, greeting travellers from China who rely on the popular payments app back home.  In recent months, taxis got them. Now...

US raises concerns about Vietnam’s proposed cybersecurity law – Tech News

HANOI: The United States has raised concerns with Vietnam about its proposed cybersecurity law, the US Embassy said on May 24, amid activists' fears the new legislation will cause economic harm and crackdown...

Facebook launches searchable archive of US political ads – Tech News

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc on May 24 launched an archive of US political ads that appear on the world's largest social network, showing who paid for them and other details, after an outcry...

Uber will soon detail plan to stop using diesel cars in London – Tech...

LONDON: Uber said it will provide more information in the coming weeks on how it plans to stop diesel using cars in London and of a proposed scrappage scheme, as the court date...

Google tries to ease tensions on eve of new EU privacy law – Tech...

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on May 24 about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their...

Amazon, Starbucks pledge US$25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax –...

SEATTLE: Amazon and Starbucks are among companies that have promised to cut large checks to a campaign collecting signatures for a referendum on Seattle's head tax.  Both Seattle-based global giants have pledged US$25,000...

Bird’s scooters have flooded the streets of major cities. But can the startup control...

SAN FRANCISCO: Scooter rental startup Bird wants customers to know its electric gadgets are not toys.  It has produced educational videos and in-app notices to remind people to ride safely. It has given...

Netflix and don’t chill: Obama deal sparks conservative boycott – Tech News

Now showing on a social media screen near you, a conservative backlash against Netflix over the production deal with the Obamas it announced this week.  That's right, #BoycottNetflix is trending because conservatives hate...