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Canadian messenger app Kik to launch its own Bitcoin-like digital currency

Popular Canadian messenger app Kik is diving into the complex world of digital cryptocurrencies (think Bitcoin) in a bid to introduce the technology as the preferred payment system for its millions of teen users.<p>Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Interactive Inc., will announce the creation of Kin, a …

Cryptocurrency

Tesla Analyst Split Comes Down to Tech Believers Versus Car Guys - Bloomberg

The Wall Street split on Tesla Inc. boils down to analysts who see the next Apple Inc. and those who perceive a lot more similarity with …

Business

Google Goes to China, Making Play for Talent and Attention

A friendly game of Go in the picturesque city of Wuzhen this week has given Google an opening to return to China’s good graces, seven years after it left the country over government censorship of its namesake search engine and hacks of its Gmail service.<p>Few companies can match Google for its global …

World News

Alphabet Machine Beats World's Top Go Player in a Victory for AI - Bloomberg

A machine built by Alphabet Inc. has officially defeated the world’s top-ranked player of the ancient board-game Go, a decisive demonstration of …

Artificial Intelligence

Terror Posts, Encryption Targeted by U.K. Following Attack - Bloomberg

The U.K. government urged social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to tackle terror posts on their sites as it reinforced its demand to …

Facebook Inc

Google's $70 billion Side Piece (GOOG)

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), Google's parent company, could be sitting on a self-driving gold mine business.<p>Waymo, the self-driving car project of Google …

Morgan Stanley

China's Great Firewall Leaves Google With a Dry Stream During Man-vs.-Machine Showdown

WUZHEN, China--The event was billed as a battle pitting man against machine. Yet the rematch between the world champion in the ancient strategy game of Go, Ke Jie of China, and artificial-intelligence player AlphaGo also offered Alphabet Inc.'s Google, the machine's owner, the chance to raise its …

China

Google Uses Email To Track Employee Bias Complaints

Google is using email as a tool to combat sexual harassment, bigotry and other HR issues within its ranks. Staffers are invited to submit their …

Advertising Industry

Google’s Employee-Run Email List Helps Workers Submit Harassment Complaints

Some companies have ethics hotlines for employees to register harassment and bias complaints, while others encourage workers to go to human resources …

Google

Google vs. Uber: How One Engineer Sparked a War

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the center of a battle between the tech giant and Uber Technologies Inc., was never a typical employee. And for years, Google was fine with that.<p>Weeks after Google hired him in 2007 to work on a global photo database called Street View, Mr. …

Anthony Levandowski

Sony needs fresh hit as PlayStation fans face middle age

To understand the future that awaits Kazuo Hirai, consider this: Sony Corp.’s PlayStation4 is 39% cheaper than Apple Inc.’s iPhone 7, yet it ships a …

Middle Age

The Gold Rush Into Tech Is Still On (AAPL, GOOG, AMZN)

Investors poured $1 billion into tech stocks last week, the highest annualized pace in 15 years, according to research by Bank of America Merrill …

Stocks

As internet stocks hit records, familiar questions about bubbles arise

Double-digit gains by internet stocks, among the biggest companies on Wall Street, have pulled the technology sector to record highs in 2017, with the industry recovering all the losses suffered in the busting of the dot-com bubble. However, the return to these levels has raised familiar questions …

Markets

15 Quotes From Self-Made Billionaires That Will Change Your Outlook on Money

Your beliefs about money can play a huge role in whether or not you finish rich.<p>So why not look to those who have been there, done that for inspiration?<p><i>Business Insider</i> rounded up quotations about money from self-made billionaires that will shift your perspective on business, investing and …

Wealth

Scared of Driverless Cars? Here, Look at This Screen

If you live in the Phoenix area, you can now apply to join Waymo's "early rider program" and get chauffeured in one of the company's autonomous …

Transportation

LinkedIn Top Companies List Shows That People Really Want to Work at Google

Google parent company Alphabet and Amazon topped LinkedIn's list<p>Job seekers are most interested in working at Google's parent company Alphabet over …

Google

Money Is Flooding into Tech Funds at the Fastest Clip in Over a Decade

A relentless stream of money is flowing into technology funds this year and one strategist is asking if a mini-mania might be taking hold in the market’s most popular stocks.<p>Tech-focused mutual and exchange-traded funds have gathered new money for 11 consecutive weeks and have pulled in $8.7 …

S&P 500

Google’s Waze Is Doing More Than Just Traffic Maps - Bloomberg

Over the almost four years since it paid $1.1 billion for navigation startup Waze, Google Inc.’s plans for the traffic-avoidance app haven’t always …

Uber

Google to offer new AI ‘supercomputer’ chip via cloud

<b>San Francisco:</b> At the I/O developer conference last year, Google debuted its first chip. The company kept the component mostly for internal …

Machine Learning

Uber Threatens to Fire Self-Driving Car Executive

Uber Technologies Inc. has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, the top driverless-car engineer at the center of its legal battle with Google parent Alphabet Inc., if he doesn't comply with a court order to turn over any files that he might have.<p>Uber sent Mr. Levandowski a four-page letter …

Uber

Google unveils latest tech tricks as computers get smarter

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California - Google's computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now it wants them to handle more of the …

Google Photos

Microsoft Extends Cloud-Computing Arms Race to Africa

Software giant to open data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town<p>Microsoft Corp. plans to extend the cloud-computing arms race among technology giants into Africa by opening two big data centers there next year.<p>The data centers, which will serve customers of the software giant’s Azure …

21st Century

Google Racking Up More Patents Than Most Automakers On Connected And Self-Driving Cars

, Contributor<p>A heads-up display on an autonomous car dashboard at night Source: Shutterstock<p>Will automakers or technology companies put consumers behind the wheel of autonomous automobiles? Certainly, the car manufacturers have the edge on the hardware, but a small tug of war is brewing when it …

Transportation

Apple Falls on Concerns About Trump's Tax Reform - Bloomberg

Apple Inc. fell the most in six months as controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s administration prompted investor concern about the …

United States

Google to Bring Standalone VR Headsets to Market This Year - Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to push virtual reality to more people by working with hardware partners on standalone headsets.<p>At its I/O developer …

Virtual Reality

Why Did Google Acquire Owlchemy? (GOOG, FB)

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG​) subsidiary Google announced the acquisition of virtual reality (VR) game studio Owlchemy last week. At first glance, the …

Virtual Reality

Ford to Cut 10% of Salaried Workforce in Asia, North America -- 3rd Update

Ford Motor Co. outlined new steps in its global cost-cutting efforts, saying it will reduce salaried workforce in key regions by 10% amid "an accelerated attack on costs."<p>The newly announced moves, expected to result in 1,400 job cuts in North America and Asia by September, come as Chief Executive …

Markets

Tesla Rebuffed Uber Partnership on Self-Driving Cars in 2016 - Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick rang up Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk last year to propose a partnership on self-driving …

Uber

Which Hedge Funds Upped or Lowered Alphabet Stakes: 13F Filing (GOOGL, FB)

For Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), this past quarter was one of reversals. Notable hedge funds reversed their positions in the company even as it blew past …

Stocks

Court rules Google can keep its brand name, avoids becoming generic product category like aspirin or yo-yo

No matter how often you invoke a certain internet search engine’s name when doing online research, Alphabet Inc. still owns the brand.<p>That’s the …

Canadian News