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The Billion Dollar Palaces of Google, Facebook, & Apple

We know by now that the internet is a giant playpen, a landscape of toys, distractions and instant gratification, of chirps and squeaks and bright, shiny things – plus, to be sure, ugly, horrid beasties lurking in all the softness – apparently without horizon. Graphics – rounded corners, lower case,

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Microsoft to Harness Unused TV Channels to Help Get More of Rural America Online

Silicon Valley has dreamed up hot air balloons, drones and constellations of mini-satellites to connect the world to the internet. Now Microsoft is adding its own moonshot to solve the digital divide into that mix. (more…)

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Germany to Fine Social Media Companies $57 Million If They Don’t Delete Hate Speech Within 24 Hours

Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within 24 hours, under a law passed on Friday. (more…)

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Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company. (more…)

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Tim Cook Says Apple is Working on Autonomous Car Systems

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market. (more…)

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Uber Fires Former Google Engineer Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets

Uber said Tuesday that it had fired Anthony Levandowski, a star engineer brought in to lead the company’s self-driving automobile efforts who was accused of stealing trade secrets when he left a job at Google. (more…)

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Google to Help Americans Find Work With Google for Jobs

Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs. (more…)

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Tesla Executive Klaus Grohmann Ousted After Clash With CEO Elon Musk

Tesla (TSLA.O) executive Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with Chief Executive Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. (more…)

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Amazon Makes Alexa’s Voice-Control Technology Available to Developers

Amazon is making its voice-control technology available to all, giving developers access to the same tools that power its digital assistant Alexa. The platform is called Amazon Lex, and bundles in both speech recognition, text recognition, and conversational interactions. It was first announced in a “preview phase” in late 2016,

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Thai Man Broadcasts Murder of Baby Daughter on Facebook Before Killing Himself

A Thai man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook before committing suicide, police said on Tuesday. (more…)

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Tesla Overtakes General Motors as Most Valuable U.S. Car Maker

For the first time in the era of the modern automobile, the most valuable U.S. car maker is not based in Detroit. (more…)

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Waymo Targets Second Senior Executive in Uber Self-driving Technology Dispute

Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo initiated private legal proceedings against two former executives who launched a rival company acquired by Uber (UBER), court records show, accusing them of trying to recruit Waymo employees to the new startup that aims to revolutionize the auto industry. (more…)

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