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Google self-driving car effort expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs

A Google self-driving car is seen at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CaliforniaAlphabet Inc's self-driving project is advertising dozens of jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. Thirty-six jobs related to the Google X car project were listed including engineers working on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors as well as managers charged with operations, materials and marketing. Google, which declined to comment, has denied in the past that it had any interest in making cars.

02/11/2016 07:58 PM

Earnings bolster Cisco, but raise concerns for broader IT spending

The Cisco Systems logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in ChicagoBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Networking giant Cisco Systems Inc reported it is weathering a global slowdown in information-technology spending, but signs potential customers are putting some projects on hold exacerbated concerns about broader IT growth. Cisco shares rose 10 percent on Thursday, bucking the overall market after it set a profit target in line with Wall Street expectations despite the weaker spending it noted around the world by businesses. Cisco Chief Executive Chuck Robbins on Wednesday told analysts that customers in January “paused a bit” as they evaluated the economy.

02/11/2016 03:36 PM

Google developing virtual reality headset: WSJ

Woman walks past a logo of Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in Beijing(Reuters) - Google is developing a virtual reality headset that works without a smartphone or computer, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The headset will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras, the Journal reported, citing one person. Alphabet Inc's Google currently sells a virtual reality device made of cardboard into which users slide in their mobile phones. Since the launch in 2014, Google has shipped five million Google Cardboards. The company declined to comment on the Journal report. ...

02/11/2016 03:13 PM

Dell's $10 billion loans for EMC buy stall

A Dell logo is seen in this illustration picture taken in SarajevoBy Michelle Sierra NEW YORK (Reuters) - The commitment deadline on $10 billion of pro-rata loans in a $45 billion financing package backing computer giant Dell’s purchase of data storage products maker EMC Corp has been extended due to a slow order book, a source close to the transaction said. Pro rata loans are primarily sold to banks, and Asian and European lenders are an important component. "Asian banks -- Chinese and Taiwanese -- they have balance sheets and an ancillary connection with Dell and EMC," a banker following the transaction said, adding documentation delays are not uncommon at this point of the marketing process.

02/11/2016 06:43 PM

Uber agrees to settle safety lawsuits for $28.5 million

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle litigation brought by customers who alleged the ride hailing service misrepresented the quality of its safety practices and the fees it charged passengers, the company said on Thursday. The two proposed class action lawsuits said Uber charged passengers a "Safe Rides Fee" of as much as $2.30 per trip to support its "industry leading background check process." However, Uber does not use fingerprint identification which is required by taxi regulators, court filings said. The cases, filed in a Northern California federal court, were brought after district attorneys in Los Angeles and San Francisco made similar allegations in separate 2014 litigation.

02/11/2016 05:43 PM

Tweetwars: the social challenge in Twitter 'capital', Indonesia

A vendor uses his mobile device while waiting for customers at a market stall in Tanah Abang market in JakartaIndonesia has long been the Twitter capital of the world, but rival apps and rancorous political debate are driving users away, illustrating the challenges the microblogging service faces even in markets once considered strongholds. While Twitter doesn't break down country figures, Global Web Index data shows Indonesia remains joint first with Mexico in active users among the 34 countries the UK-based metrics company monitors - and significantly ahead in terms of penetration, at 74 percent of all Internet users. The proportion of active Twitter users in Indonesia has dipped 10 percentage points in the past two years, to about one third of Internet users, the Global Web Index data show.

02/11/2016 07:30 PM

Uber agrees to $28.5 mn settlement over safety claims

Uber lets customers use smartphone applications to summon and pay for rides provided by drivers using their own carsUber said Thursday it has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle a pair of lawsuits challenging its promises on driver safety checks. "No means of transportation can ever be 100 percent safe," Uber said in an online post. The civil litigation challenged Uber's claim that it used "industry leading practices" to check backgrounds of drivers.

02/11/2016 07:55 PM

Sneezing is even more disgusting with high-speed cameras
02/11/2016 07:24 PM

Instagram's now going to show you how many people watch your videos

Instagram's now going to show you how many people watch your videosWas your video a flop or success? Instagram will soon show you.

02/11/2016 07:20 PM

BMW, let's have a serious talk about this typeface

BMW, let's have a serious talk about this typefaceBMW is also an exception. Picture a BMW logo, or ad. The italic "PERFORMANCE" — with those high-tech, laser-look cutouts through the letters — looks like it belongs on the engine cover of an ’86 Corvette, not a BMW.

02/11/2016 07:10 PM

YouTube uses notifications to pester you with recommendations
02/11/2016 06:58 PM

You'll soon track Bluetooth devices directly over the internet
02/11/2016 06:25 PM

Einstein nailed it! Gravitational waves do exist

Gravitational waves do exist, and astronomy will never be the sameScientists prove Einstein's theory after spotting black holes collide.

02/11/2016 06:18 PM

Drop everything. Microsoft wants to tell you what dog your face is

Drop everything. Microsoft wants to tell you what dog your face isTechnically Incorrect: The latest in a series of facial recognition experiments by the software maker will captivate people everywhere. It might even amuse their dogs.

02/11/2016 06:11 PM

Watch this McLaren 650S GT3 break the lap record at Bathurst

Watch this McLaren 650S GT3 break the lap record at BathurstBathurst is one of the most interesting tracks in the world. Van Gisbergen took his McLaren 650S GT3 race car around the course in 2 minutes 01.286 seconds, setting a new track record. Oh, and then Van Gisbergen and his co-drivers Alvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb went on to win the race, setting an official course lap record (in-race) of 2 minutes 01.567 seconds.

02/11/2016 06:09 PM

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