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EU regulators threaten court challenge to EU-U.S. data transfer pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators have threatened to bring a legal challenge to a year-old EU-U.S. pact on the cross-border transfer of personal data if their concerns about its functioning and U.S. surveillance practices are not resolved by the autumn of 2018, they said in a …

Industrial robots: a short guide | Financial Times

<b>What is an industrial robot?</b><p>Many automated tasks in factories are performed by robotic arms programmed to complete repetitive and sometimes dangerous …

Robot revolution helps Adidas bring shoemaking back to Germany | Financial Times

In a small factory in Bavaria, Adidas is about to do something that it has not tried for three decades: bring shoe production back to Germany.<p>After a …

EU backs sharing economy in boost for Uber and Airbnb

European commission warns against cracking down on businesses that help ordinary people offer services to the public<p>The European commission has thrown its weight behind the so-called sharing economy typified by firms such as Uber and Airbnb, saying countries should only ban them as a last …

Line targets $3bn IPO in Tokyo and New York | Financial Times

Line is aiming to raise about $3bn in a dual Tokyo-New York listing, as the Japanese messaging app looks to arm itself with cash to challenge …

Uber cranks up ride-hailing battle with $3.5bn Saudi investment | Financial Times

Uber has just turned six and received a very nice birthday present: a $3.5bn investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, a sum that is the …

Prospecting for profits as ‘minetech’ seeks its moment | Financial Times

With commodity prices and shares in the world’s largest mining companies in free fall, Shahram Tafazoli flew to London last November to attend a …

IBM Watson Teams With Toronto Raptors On Data-Driven Talent Analysis

IBM announced today that is has teamed with the Toronto Raptors to bring cognitive analysis in the form of IBM Watson to the NBA team’s talent evaluation process.<p>The new tool called IBM Sports Insights Central, pulls in data from a variety of sources including statistics, video, social networking …

Doomed-i-corns: Unicorns Seemingly Reach a Tipping Point

This morning, the law firm Fenwick & West published new findings about all the U.S.-based unicorn financings that took place during the last nine months of 2015. It’s rife with interesting nuggets, but perhaps most fascinating is that in the fourth quarter of last year, half of the 12 rounds it …

Berlin: How Will Netflix and Amazon Affect the Market?

After the deep-pocketed streaming giants made big buys at Sundance, many wonder if they'll continue to be as active in Berlin.<p>As the first major film …

Making government a bit more digital

Rory Cellan-Jones @BBCRoryCJ on Twitter<p><b>Could your interactions with the government be, how can I put this, a little smoother?</b><p>Mine certainly could. I paid my self-assessment tax the other day - it was a clunky business, HMRC did not send me a reminder, and there wasn't even a thank-you afterwards. A …

Google takes wider action on 'right to be forgotten'

<b>Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved.</b><p>Under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, EU citizens may ask search engines to remove information about them.<p>Now, …

Google passes significant barrier in its plan for driverless cars | Financial Times

A significant barrier to Google’s plan to put driverless cars on the roads without steering wheels or brakes has been removed, after a US transport …

Politicians pave way for new digital spying proposals | Financial Times

Proposals to update the UK’s spying regime for the digital age have received cautious approval from a committee of MPs and peers, paving the way for …

Is The Password Dead? The Future Of Web And Mobile Authentication

Will 2016 be the year when passwords become obsolete? Or will we just continue to grin and bear it? And what’s the matter with passwords, anyway?<p>Passwords have been around a long time (think about soldiers entering armed camps at night and giving the secret password), but today, the average …

CES 2016: O2 to launch smart-home platform in UK by summer | Financial Times

British mobile group O2 will offer its 25m customers a connected home service bringing together central heating, home security and energy management …

First WiFi kiosks set to land on New York’s streets | Financial Times

The world’s fastest and largest municipal WiFi network is being rolled out in New York by a consortium of investors including Google, in the latest …

CES 2016: Faraday reveals ‘sixth sense’ concept car | Financial Times

Faraday Future, a US automotive start-up bankrolled by a Chinese internet billionaire, revealed its prototype electric vehicle for the first time on …

CES 2016: Ford chief Mark Fields maps out self-driving route | Financial Times

Ford’s chief executive has said he is determined that the carmaker will be a leader in autonomous vehicles — which he predicts could be in public use …

Banks weigh competition from internet sector | Financial Times

Internet groups will soon pose an even bigger threat to traditional banks, the chief executive of BBVA has warned.<p>Regulators should ensure a “level …

Former Wall St titans shake-up banking with fintech investments | Financial Times

They made their name on Wall Street. Now, they are trying to disrupt it.<p>Some of the world’s highest-profile bankers have poured millions of dollars …

Blockchain believers seek to shake up financial services | Financial Times

Michael Mainelli was well prepared for the surge of interest this year in how blockchain technology might transform financial services.<p>Two decades …

How the smartphone changed everything, or, the rise of BYOD in the workplace

In the past decade, mobile computing has gone from a niche market for well-heeled enterprises with large field organisations to the fastest growing, …

Mobile

How emerging consumer and professional healthcare trends are driving interest in wearable devices

BI Intelligence<p>The wearables technology market —which includes smartwatches and fitness trackers — continues to grow, but nagging questions remain: Where and how will these devices be used? Will they live up to the hype that they will transform consumers’ lives? Proponents compare their potential …

Fitness Technology

Baidu’s Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic - MIT Technology Review

Driving around Beijing often feels unnervingly like a contact sport, with vehicles recklessly plunging through thick traffic, sneaking along the …

Autonomous Cars

Hotel sector faces ‘cyber crime wave’ | Financial Times

The hotel industry is the next big target for cyber criminals, experts have warned, after Hilton became the fourth major hotel group to have …

Germany’s Supreme Court rules that ISPs can be ordered to block piracy websites

But only if all other avenues have been explored by the copyright holders first.<p>Germany's Supreme Court has ruled that an ISP can be required to …

Copyright Directive

Silicon Valley Goes Gray: Inside The Booming Age Tech Industry

By Ben Schiller4 minute Read<p>Until recently, Silicon Valley didn’t pay much attention to old people. Entrepreneurs in their twenties and thirties …

Business warned of enemy within on fraud and cyber crime | Financial Times

Companies around the world are spending an increasing amount of money to protect themselves from fraud and cyber crime. The biggest threat, though, …

TfL’s contactless future for the London commuter | Financial Times

London’s transport system has been at the cutting edge of technology for the past 150 years when 19th century engineers first decided to run trains …