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Rakuten launches live video streaming service

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Rakuten has begun offering a new live video streaming service known as “Rakuten LIVE”. Rakuten LIVE is a live video streaming service that allows artists, celebrities and general users to live stream videos and communicate with viewers in real-time as “LIVE streamers1.” Viewers can enjoy interactive communication with streamers in real-time… Read

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Take this app: tech firms tackle opioid crisis with software

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Technology firms are taking aim at the opioid crisis and related health problems with a new class of treatments -- digital therapeutics -- delivered by smartphone. These new treatments, backed by medical research and offered by prescription, are seen as potential ways to supplement, and in some cases replace, pharmaceuticals… Read

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More foreign companies in China handing over technology in exchange for market access

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The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite official promises to end such pressure, a business group reported Monday. The… Read

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Google v Huawei hits millions of smartphone users

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Hundreds of millions of smartphone users will be affected by Google's decision to sever its Android operating system ties with Chinese handset maker Huawei. The decision, in the midst of a U.S. trade war with China, means that Huawei users will start losing access to Google's proprietary services such as… Read

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FCC chairman backs T-Mobile-Sprint deal in key endorsement

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A key federal regulator says he backs T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival wireless carrier Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he supported the deal because the two companies promised to expand mobile internet access in rural areas and roll… Read

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Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software

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Boeing has acknowledged it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people. "Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure… Read

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Facebook breakup could boost China rivals: Sandberg

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said a breakup of big U.S. technology would not address "underlying issues" facing the sector and suggested that such a move could help rivals in China. Sandberg, interviewed on CNBC television, was asked about the latest calls to break up Facebook and other major… Read

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Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist

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Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought… Read

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New laws of robotics needed to tackle AI: expert

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Decades after Isaac Asimov first wrote his laws for robots, their ever-expanding role in our lives requires a radical new set of rules, legal and AI expert Frank Pasquale warns. The world has changed since sci-fi author Asimov in 1942 wrote his three rules for robots, including that they should… Read

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As bitcoin gyrates, less euphoria in evidence at blockchain gathering

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The vibe at a gathering this past week for blockchain enthusiasts felt decidedly less exuberant than its predecessor a year ago after dizzying swings in bitcoin. Last year's Consensus blockchain conference took place just four months after the virtual currency hit almost $20,000, spawning a legion of bitcoin millionaires who… Read

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