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Nikon sues ASML, Zeiss for using chip-making knowhow

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Nikon Corp said Monday it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over the use of semiconductor lithography technology in products made by Dutch and German companies. Nikon said it is seeking to stop Dutch company ASML Holding N.V. and its supplier Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH from using patented… Read

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LinkedIn membership reaches half a billion

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The professional social network LinkedIn said Monday its membership had swelled to 500 million, as its user base showed steady growth following its acquisition last year by Microsoft. "We recently crossed an important and exciting milestone," LinkedIn vice president Aatif Awan said in a blog post. "We now have half… Read

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Rakuten enters English education business

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Rakuten Inc on Monday announced the official launch of “Rakuten Super English,” a comprehensive English learning service utilizing technology to provide a practical English learning experience and a new style of studying. The launch of Rakuten Super English marks Rakuten’s entry into the English education business. Rakuten Super English will… Read

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Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in 4 years

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Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk says his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices. Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer… Read

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NEC software uses facial recognition to verify mobile service users

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NEC Corp has launched NC7000-3A, a user data utilization platform software that uses facial recognition for identity confirmation with mobile services for organizations such as financial institutions and telecommunication operators. Ensuring the security of mobile platforms is a top priority for businesses seeking to offer mobile services. NC7000-3A is ideal… Read

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Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

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Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations. Apple was granted a permit to test self-driving cars on April 14 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles but… Read

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores

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Samsung's new Galaxy S8 went on sale over the counter in South Korea Friday as the world's biggest smartphone maker seeks to move on from a disastrous handset recall and corruption scandal that has hammered its once-stellar reputation. The device, unveiled in New York last month and a challenge to… Read

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Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

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Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker. An update released Thursday enables Home's built-in assistant to learn the different voices of up to six people, although they can't all be talking to the internet-connected speaker at the same time. Distinguishing voices will allow… Read

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Vinyl music gives record stores a boost in a digital world

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Record stores have not only survived the onslaught of pirated music, digital downloads and online streaming services. They're now growing in numbers. Several hundred indie music retailers have opened in the past five years in the U.S. thanks largely to the resurgence of vinyl records, industry officials say. "Stores are… Read

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Facebook pushes to augment reality through smartphones

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Facebook has launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear. While kicking off the leading social network's annual developers conference in the heart of Silicon Valley, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called smartphone cameras an… Read