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Google is building a new operating system

A page has surfaced on the code-sharing website GitHub about the new OS, called — for now, at least — Fuchsia.<p>It's not based on Android, the California-based technology company's mobile operating system used in billions of smartphones around the world, nor does it build upon the Linux kernel.<p>The …

Steve Wozniak is not sure he trusts Uber to do the right thing

While he's all for embracing the sharing economy, Steve Wozniak is not sure Uber has its drivers' best interests at heart.<p>At the Future Transport …

CITI: The technology banks are going wild for could turn them into 'dumb pipes'

Banks are going wild for the blockchain, the technology first invented to underpin bitcoin.<p>Also known as "distributed ledger" technology, blockchain uses complex cryptography and a wide network of duplicated ledgers to let people transact directly with one another online without going through a …

Uber gets the ‘green light’ to operate in Jakarta, but there are conditions

Today, Uber is celebrating an important milestone in its push for global dominance. The ride-hailing service has been given the green light to operate legally in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, assuming it meets all requirements laid out by government.<p>Jakarta is an important city for Uber. The …

Asia

Europe accuses Qualcomm of bribing companies to use its chips

The European Commission has sent a sternly-worded letter to Qualcomm, accusing it of abusing its position in the local market. Regulators claim that the chipmaker made "illegal payments," to an as-yet unnamed smartphone manufacturer so that it would only use Qualcomm's 3-and-4G hardware. In …

To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber

<i>BRUSSELS (By Julia Fioretti, Reuters)</i> – Brussels will launch a study in September of the taxi-hailing app Uber, in an effort to settle the legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said.<p>Since opening in Paris …

European Union

San Francisco district attorney expands Uber lawsuit

District Attorney George Gascon said Wednesday that the growing ride-hailing company continues to unfairly claim it is rigorously checking the background of its drivers. Gascon said Uber can't make that claim unless it puts it drivers through the same fingerprinting process required of taxi drivers …

California prosecutors say Uber’s background checks missed convicts

<i>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) —</i> California prosecutors have broadened their civil lawsuit against popular online ride-sharing service Uber, alleging that its background checks missed people previously convicted of murder and sex crimes, court records show.<p>The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los …

San Francisco

Uber strikes blow against US taxi firms in racketeering lawsuit dismissal

Uber has struck a blow against US taxi firms after a judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing it of engaging in deceptive trade practices and racketeering.<p>The lawsuit was brought against Uber in Connecticut by 15 taxi and limousine firms who were seeking a court ban for Uber doing business within the …

Transportation

Hong Kong police raid Uber office after arresting 5 drivers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police searched Uber's office in the Asian financial center on Tuesday, in the latest legal headache for the fast-growing …

Hong Kong

Google Creates Alphabet, but Runs Into BMW

One can only assume that before Larry Page and Sergey Brin chose Alphabet as the name for their new holding company, they Googled it.<p>If so, they would have discovered that the Internet domain alphabet.com, as well as the trademark Alphabet, already belonged to someone else — the German automaker …

Silicon Valley

Report: Apple and Samsung in talks to adopt e-SIM technology

<i>The Financial Times</i> reports that Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA, the mobile telecom telecom industry association, to begin employing electronic SIM cards in their mobile devices. Electronic SIMs (or e-SIMs) differ from their physical predecessors in that they don't lock users …

Apple and Samsung may help make the SIM card disappear

The SIM card as we know it may be about to disappear. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Apple and Samsung are in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop and implement a new SIM card standard that could make it easier to switch between service providers. The report refers to the new standard …

FTC Looking Into App Store Rules Regarding Subscription Services

On Wednesday, Spotify sent emails to subscribers asking them to cancel their App Store subscriptions to the service to resubscribe on the web to avoid a $3 surcharge because of Apple's App Store policies. The Federal Trade Commission is now looking into Apple's policies, which include a 30 percent …

Apps

FTC mulls investigation into Apple’s 30% cut of streaming music subscriptions on App Store

Earlier this week Spotify sent out an email blast to its iOS subscribers advising them to stop paying for their subscriptions via the App Store to save money and avoid Apple’s fees.<p>A report from Reuters today says that the US Federal Trade Commission is “looking at” the issue after meetings with …

App Store

China nails Samsung and Oppo over smartphone bloatware

A minor Chinese consumer protection group has filed lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo to contest the pair's use of bloatware on their smartphones. The Shanghai Consumer Council believes that the two companies install far too many additional apps on their devices and then make it difficult for them …

Phones

Uber narrowly evades a ban in Canada's largest city

Uber might be facing its worst nightmare in Europe, but it just got a big break in Canada. A Toronto judge has tossed out the city's attempt to ban Uber (and by extension, other ridesharing services) on the grounds that it's operating without a taxi license. It's all about how Uber takes customers, …

Uber suspends French ride-sharing service in 'gesture of peace'

Uber has closed its ride-sharing service, UberPop, in Paris, after the arrest of two executives on Monday, and a series of increasingly disruptive protests against the company in France.<p>The company said it had made the decision as a result of “intimidation, violent protests and organised aggression …

Carsharing

Samsung and Oppo sued over bloatware in China

Bloatware is something that I’m sure we’re all familiar with in some form, but some manufacturers and carriers are significantly worse at filling up internal memory with useless apps than others. This problem is particularly bothersome in China and the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission …

Apps

Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City is proposing regulations that would allow Uber and other smartphone-based ride-sharing apps to operate, while …

Mexico City

Wikipedia is fighting to stop Europe from banning use of photos taken in public places

In Europe, an exception in copyright law allows people to make and use photographs of public spaces without restriction.<p>Called the ‘Freedom of Panorama,’ the provision allows Wikipedia to use imagery of public places across Europe for free while still protecting the artist’s rights.<p>The organization …

Europe

Tech companies say they might be forced to reveal company secrets under a new Chinese security law

According to the New York Time s, the law, which calls for a review of the tech industry and foreign investments in China, is asking that tech industry giants be "secure and controllable."<p>It's that vague phrasing that troubles multinationals and foreign industry groups.<p>"Foreign companies are …

Google to FCC: if the internet is a Title II utility, let us expand Fiber

Verizon famously said that if the FCC heeds President Obama's urging and declares the internet a Title II utility, it would cause "great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." But exactly the opposite of that may happen, according to a letter from Google to the FCC. Mountain View …

The FCC will reportedly finally make a Net Neutrality decision in February

Remember in 2014 when we all got upset about Net Neutrality and Verizon? Well after months of collecting comments from citizens and corporations pretending to be citizens, there might a decision on the horizon.<p>According to the Washington Post, the FCC will vote on new Net Neutrality rules next …

Net Neutrality

Senator Al Franken Expresses Concern Over Uber's Actions

A letter written by Senator Al Franken and addressed to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick expresses concern over the company’s actions over the last few days and asks for them to address concerns surrounding privacy.<p>Franken expresses concern that the privacy policies on the Uber website do “not match or …

BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists, Giving Creators A 90% Cut

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy to build a bigger business model for itself, and the musicians, filmmakers and others whose content …

Leaked FCC Report Details Weak "Hybrid" Plans For Net Neutrality

The New York Times today has details on a plan from the FCC that attempts to address the acrimony between Net Neutrality activists and broadband providers. For those just joining us, some broadband providers wish to establish premium Internet access for certain high-traffic services like Netflix …

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping …

Uber shows new carpooling feature reduces traffic congestion 50% in pilot areas (Updated)

<i>Uber has emailed me to say that they have no official comment on the percent reduction in the traffic, only the reduction from 18 to 10 cars. Since there has been some confusion about how to interpret this number, I address it below the original post</i><p>One of the promises of the sharing economy is …

Verizon backs off on plans to throttle unlimited data users

The company says it made the decision after "ongoing dialogue" about its network optimization plan.<p>Verizon Wireless customers with a grandfathered unlimited data plan can breathe a sigh of relief.<p>The nation's largest wireless carrier by subscriber base said Wednesday that it would no longer go …

Customers