Ken Yeung

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Fiat Chrysler Abruptly Replaces Marchionne as C.E.O.

Sergio Marchionne, the chain-smoking, deal-making boss of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, was an unlikely auto executive, spending much of his career in other industries. But in the last 14 years, he helped bring back two car-makers from the brink of collapse.<p>On Saturday, Mr. Marchionne, 66, was …

Automotive Industry

Alabama college student walks almost 20 miles overnight to first day of work; CEO gives him his car

What started as every employee's worst nightmare had a pretty happy ending for Walter Carr, 20, a college student from Alabama.<p>The night before Carr's first day on the job, his 2003 Nissan Altima broke down.<p>He called his friends and his girlfriend to try to get a ride, but nothing worked out. He …

New Orleans

After years of 'crisis actor' smears, Sandy Hook conspiracy targets ask Facebook for 'seat at the table'

Nelba Márquez-Greene wondered aloud what it would take to get Facebook to listen.<p>Her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, and her family has since become the center of one of the many conspiracy theories that abound on Facebook and across …

Internet

St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea.

<b>ST. LOUIS •</b> On a recent Saturday night, two women in their early 20s called an Uber from Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.<p>Within minutes …

Internet

In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea

When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Trump tri­umphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world’s most intractable geopolitical crises had been “largely solved.”<p>But in the days and weeks since then, U.S. negotiators …

North Korea

WhatsApp will drastically limit forwarding across the globe to stop the spread of fake news, following violence in India and Myanmar

The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.<p>Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes it hopes will drastically curtail the ability of users to spread fake news via its social messaging service by making it harder for people to forward …

Internet

Amazon launches Part Finder, built by technology it acquired from Partpic in 2016

Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon’s “Part Finder” can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon can scan it, match it, then …

Fish

Eventbrite Plans to Go Public Later This Year

Event-planning company has filed confidentially for an IPO<p>Event-planning company Eventbrite Inc. has filed an initial public offering confidentially with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The company plans to go public later this year in an …

Financial Regulation

McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum

The Senate GOP leader is vowing to squeeze Democrats with a vote on Brett Kavanaugh right before the midterms if they don’t back down on their demand for documents.<p>Mitch McConnell has a warning for Democrats demanding copious documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Be careful what you …

Mitch McConnell

Instagram adds AIM-like status indicators to show when your friends are online to DM

The green ‘online’ dot comes to Instagram<p>Instagram is adding a new feature that’s ripped right out of AOL Instant Messenger — a helpful green dot next to your friend’s profile pictures that lets you know that they’re online to message.<p>The new status indicator dot will show up in a few places in the …

Instagram

Venmo refuses to say why transactions are public by default

207 million transactions are public — and anyone can search them,<p>Venmo, the mobile payments app, won't say why it exposes users' data to the world …

Santa Barbara

Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others …

Donald Trump

How WhatsApp Leads Mobs to Murder in India

False rumors of child kidnappers have gone viral on WhatsApp in India, prompting fearful mobs to kill two dozen innocent people since April

India

Former Presidential Bodyguard Has a New Job: Protecting Blockchain

A man who used to protect U.S. presidents is now guarding something new -- Bitcoin.<p>George Sax, a former special agent and senior official of the U.S. …

Secret Service

Congratulations, Mr. President: Zuckerberg Secretly Called Trump After The Election

SWAYING SENTIMENT<p>The Trump campaign was able to sway voting sentiment via Facebook advertising with a rapid testing approach, according to a …

Facebook Ads

eBay Is Conducting a 'Mass Layoff' in the Bay Area

eBay is cutting hundreds of employees, the company has confirmed.<p>In a notice to the California Employment Development Department, eBay said that it …

San Jose

Uber hires first chief privacy officer

Uber has hired its first chief privacy officer as well as a former TomTom executive in charge ensuring the ride-hailing company complies with the EU’s data protection laws. The new hires, which were announced to Uber employees in an internal email, aim to help the company strengthen its privacy …

GDPR

Samsung's foldable phone might launch in early 2019

More details of Samsung's rumored foldable phone for 2019 have trickled out: It may be codenamed "Winner," and when folded have cameras on the back and a small display in front.<p>That news comes from an unnamed source, speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The source reiterates previous rumors we've …

Mobile

Facebook can now sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger

Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram. The company has launched a feature in Messenger that pulls in your contacts from Instagram, if you opt to connect your account. The option appears in Messenger’s “People” tab, alongside the existing option to …

Social Media

BuzzFeed launches a new website for its real journalism

It’s not news at this point that BuzzFeed has a serious news organization — one whose reporting on Russia made it a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize this year.<p>But it’s also a news organization whose stories are published alongside the social media friendly quizzes and lists that BuzzFeed remains known …

Social Media

Amazon denies it will challenge Cisco with switch sales

Amazon.com Inc.’s top cloud-computing executive has officially denied that Amazon Web Services plans to start selling network switches to other …

Amazon Web Services

Zuckerberg: The Recode interview

Everything was on the table — and after Facebook’s wildest year yet, that’s a really big table.<p>Yesterday, I motored my Ford Fiesta down to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to interview CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.<p>I had not done a formal interview with Zuckerberg since he appeared …

Internet

AI developers promise they won’t automate murder, with one notable exception

Over two thousand artificial intelligence developers and researchers just signed the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Pledge, agreeing to keep automation …

Artificial Intelligence

Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule after test launch

Today, at its Texas launch facility, Blue Origin performed its most critical test to date. It performed a live separation test of its crew capsule from the rocket booster and everything performed as expected. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the right time, sending the capsule higher than …

Space Travel

Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence

The policy was used for the first time last month in Sri Lanka<p>Hours after CEO Mark Zuckerberg spurred history by defending the rights of Holocaust deniers to post on Facebook, the company said it had begun removing misinformation that contributes to violence. “There are certain forms of …

Internet

Spotify Still Won't Let Users Block Their Harassers On Its Platform

Spotify<p>When Meghan, a 26-year-old bookseller in Boston, left her boyfriend after months of emotional abuse, she made every effort to cut him out of …

Social Media

Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.

An emergency alert goes out, trying to let you know about incoming bad news — a missile, a tsunami or something else terrifying. Your phone starts shouting… but it’s downstairs. A warning ticker pops on TVs, if you’re watching cable… but you’ve got your eyes glued to Netflix, or Hulu, or some other …

South Dakota

Samsung Bixby smart speaker may launch in August and cost less than a Google Home

• Samsung will reportedly release a Bixby-powered smart speaker next month.<br>• The product is said to cost around $300 and Samsung would market it as a high-end music player.<br>• This would put it in competition with the Apple Home Pod and the Google Home Max.<p>Samsung is reportedly planning to release a Bixby …

Galaxy Note

SAP Boosts Forecasts as Cloud Sales Impress; Microsoft Earnings In Focus

Unleash the cloud.<p>SAP SE S (AP) boosted its full-year and near-term cloud computing sales forecasts as Europe's biggest tech company looks to ride a …

Amazon Web Services

The last Siri co-founder has retired from Apple

Is Apple shaking up its Siri team? It certainly seems that way. According to a report from <i>The Information</i>, the last remaining cofounder of the digital assistant, Tom Gruber, has left the company. This follows from the announcement earlier this month that Google’s former AI chief, John Giannandrea, …

Siri