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  • Hyundai is first to offer Android Auto system 7 hours ago

    Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system. Starting Tuesday, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for free. Drivers must have a Sonata ... More »

  • Reindeer and northern lights on summer hike in Arctic Circle
    Reindeer and northern lights on summer hike in Arctic Circle 8 hours ago

    ABISKO, Sweden (AP) — A multi-day hike above the Arctic Circle is no place for an iPhone to die. More »

  • Amazon's Europe changes to boost tax bill, add secrecy
    Amazon's Europe changes to boost tax bill, add secrecy 10 hours ago

    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon’s decision to change its tax-efficient European business structure could raise its tax bill by as much as $100 million a year but authorities will have to fight for additional money and any payments will be hidden from public view. Amazon has become one of the highest profile targets of an international drive against tax avoidance that has gained pace in Europe in recent years. The company has historically paid little tax in Europe because its clients did business online with Luxembourg-based companies, the biggest of which is Amazon EU Sarl. More »

  • Foxconn plans 10-12 new Indian facilities by 2020: chairman
    Foxconn plans 10-12 new Indian facilities by 2020: chairman 12 hours ago

    By Paul Carsten GUIYANG, China (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, is aiming to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centres, by 2020, Chairman Terry Gou said on Tuesday. "A lot of our customers, especially Chinese customers, need us to manufacture ... in India, to make phones, tablets, TVs, as soon as possible," Gou said in an interview on the outskirts of Guiyang in China's southern Guizhou province, where the company already operates a manufacturing plant and data centre. It follows smartphone company Xiaomi Inc, which in March announced plans to begin manufacturing in India. More »

  • EU to continue with tax study even after Amazon changes
    EU to continue with tax study even after Amazon changes 14 hours ago

    The European Commission said on Tuesday it would continue its investigation into Luxembourg's tax treatment of Amazon after reports the online retailer had changed its tax practices in Europe. The Commission launched an in-depth investigation last October into alleged state aid Luxembourg was granting to Amazon by offering a low corporate tax rate on European profits, most of which are booked in the Grand Duchy. More »

  • What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation
    What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation 21 hours ago

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more inventive, whether in designing driverless cars, discovering new drugs for cancer or building bionic limbs. While part of that may be due to tighter patenting rules in the United States, there are also signs of more fundamental shifts, with the volume of published scientific literature -- a precursor to patents -- down 22 percent across 12 industries. More »

  • Amazon changes tax practices in Europe as investigations continue - WSJ
    Amazon changes tax practices in Europe as investigations continue - WSJ Mon, May 25, 2015

    Amazon.com Inc has started booking revenue from retail sales in individual European countries, instead of channeling all sales through low-tax Luxembourg, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The change was made effective May 1, a company spokesman told the Journal. Amazon said it had started preparing to diversify its retail sales structure two years ago, the Journal reported. More »

  • In China, P2P lenders offer some relief to small entrepreneurs Sun, May 24, 2015

    By Engen Tham and Deena YAO SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - When Chinese flight booking operator Baitour needed cash to grow its business last year, it opted against using Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, its long-term lender and the world's largest bank, turning instead to Internet finance startup Jimu Box. For Baitour, getting funds via Jimu Box, a peer-to-peer (P2P) online platform that matches lenders and borrowers, was quicker and required no upfront collateral. Borrowing from banks "was tough, really tough", Baitour Vice President Tian Xiaoming told Reuters. More »

  • Ciao Vespa! Italians fall out of love with iconic moped
    Ciao Vespa! Italians fall out of love with iconic moped Sun, May 24, 2015

    Economic crisis and new technologies drive cultural icon of carefree Italian life off the roads. More »

  • As antitrust case looms, 'Peak Google' debated
    As antitrust case looms, 'Peak Google' debated Sun, May 24, 2015

    European competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, speaks on April 15, 2015 in Brussels as the EU formally charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe's top search engine More »

  • Fiat Chrysler CEO approached GM about a merger, was rebuffed - NYT
    Fiat Chrysler CEO approached GM about a merger, was rebuffed - NYT Sun, May 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Quoting two people with knowledge of the email, the Times said it detailed how global carmakers needed to consolidate to save money and suggested a merged GM and Fiat Chrysler would cut billions of dollars in costs and create an automotive giant. More »

  • Has Apple Leaked The New iPhone 6C?
    Has Apple Leaked The New iPhone 6C? Fri, May 22, 2015

    Updated iPhone appears on Apple's own site More »

  • Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu
    Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu Fri, May 22, 2015

    Germany's Audi will enhance connected-car services in China to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market. Volkswagen's flagship luxury brand said on Friday it will jointly develop navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's web services provider Baidu. Chinese Internet companies and auto makers have been quick to team up to start developing partly self-driving and Internet-connected cars, following a path already trodden by U.S. tech giants Google Inc and Apple Inc. "We are now taking our next big step in China," Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said at the carmaker's annual shareholder meeting in Neckarsulm, Germany. More »

  • Richemont not planning further price changes for now
    Richemont not planning further price changes for now Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - Cartier-owner Richemont said it was not planning any further price adjustments in the immediate future as it posted an 8 percent drop in April sales at constant exchange rates and revenue remained flat in the first two weeks of May. The world's second largest luxury group, which also owns jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels and watchmakers Piaget and IWC, said on Friday trading remained difficult in its big markets of Hong Kong and Macau. In response to the weakness of the euro and the strength of the US dollar, Richemont raised prices in the euro-zone and cut them in Asia but no further changes were planned for now. "We are now where we want to be," Chairman Johann Rupert said in a conference call with journalists. More »

  • Interview: Disney to bring mobile technology to more parks
    Interview: Disney to bring mobile technology to more parks Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Lisa Richwine ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - The mobile technology that helps Walt Disney Co theme park guests beat lines and pay for Mickey Mouse ears at the company's flagship resort in Florida will expand in some form to other Disney resorts, Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs said. The $1 billion MyMagic+ program features wristbands and a mobile app that let Walt Disney World visitors unlock hotel room doors, pay for food and merchandise, and book dinner reservations or ride times. The technology aims to help people plan trips in advance, move more quickly through the park and personalize visits. More »

  • Disney to bring mobile technology to more parks
    Disney to bring mobile technology to more parks Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Lisa Richwine ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - The mobile technology that helps Walt Disney Co theme park guests beat lines and pay for Mickey Mouse ears at the company's flagship resort in Florida will expand in some form to other Disney resorts, Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs said. The $1 billion MyMagic+ programme features wristbands and a mobile app that let Walt Disney World visitors unlock hotel room doors, pay for food and merchandise, and book dinner reservations or ride times. The technology aims to help people plan trips in advance, move more quickly through the park and personalise visits. More »

  • PayPal's new chief promises new services for a mobile world Thu, May 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As PayPal prepares to split from its corporate parent, its new chief executive is promising to expand the popular online payment system, adding a variety of services for consumers to use when shopping on their phones or in traditional stores. More »

  • Carl Icahn says underweight Apple bets will hurt funds' performance
    Carl Icahn says underweight Apple bets will hurt funds' performance Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday that mutual funds will increasingly realise that being underweight shares of Apple will hurt their performance as the technology giant continues to innovate. "They are underweight Apple in relation to the index funds, and I think more and more of these funds will realise that's going to hurt their performance in the future as Apple continues to launch new products in new categories and continues to grow earnings," Icahn told Reuters. In 2014, funds that underweighted Apple compared with broad market indexes were the most likely to underperform their peers, according to Morningstar. More »

  • S&P 500 at record on Best Buy earnings, CVS deal
    S&P 500 at record on Best Buy earnings, CVS deal Thu, May 21, 2015

    At the closing bell, the S&P 500 was at 2,131.09, up 5.24 points (0.25 percent). That was about two points above Monday's record More »

  • New app aims to create gender-inclusive online community
    New app aims to create gender-inclusive online community Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Frustrated by what he saw as the non-inclusive world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) mobile apps, a Harvard student set out to create one that would be truly inclusive of all genders. According to young developer Eric Cervini, most social networking and dating apps that cater to the LGBTQ community rigidly categorise their users by gender identity, sexual orientation and physical appearance. More »

  • Carmakers team up with General Atlantic to bid for Nokia map firm - sources
    Carmakers team up with General Atlantic to bid for Nokia map firm - sources Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Edward Taylor and Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's premium carmakers Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to increase their firepower to acquire Nokia's mapping unit HERE, according to two people familiar with the matter. Finland's Nokia started a strategic review of its maps business last month, setting in motion an auction process that has pitted Internet players like Uber and Baidu against carmakers in a deal that could be worth up to $4 billion. The review came after Nokia announced a 15.6 billion-euro takeover of network equipment maker Alcatel Lucent. More »

  • Dell XPS 13 review - To infinity but not beyond
    Dell XPS 13 review - To infinity but not beyond Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dell's premium XPS range has long been seen as a challenger to the MacBook's position as the standard bearer in the laptop market when it comes to design and performance. The latest model to take on Apple's range is the 2015 version of the XPS 13, an ultraportable laptop with an innovative screen design that could finally trump the MacBook Air as the best laptop around. The Dell XPS 13 is a combination of aluminium and black carbon fibre and features an understated if attractive design. More »

  • China's ZTE seeks more NBA partnerships to boost U.S. smartphone sales
    China's ZTE seeks more NBA partnerships to boost U.S. smartphone sales Thu, May 21, 2015

    Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp is planning to sponsor more NBA teams to boost its brand in the United States where the company aims to become the No. 3 smartphone vendor in three years time. The company has been expanding its smartphone business overseas amid a slowdown in sales at home and the rise of domestic rival Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL]. More »

  • Spotify introduces video, radio service Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — While saying that it is still a music company at heart, Spotify says it is expanding its lineup to include podcasts, news radio and video streaming. More »

  • Spotify to start offering videos
    Spotify to start offering videos Wed, May 20, 2015

    Streaming music service Spotify will soon provide video content from musicians, news organizations and TV networks in a bid to sign up more subscribers, the company said on Wednesday. A new recommendation function, similar to what rival Pandora Media Inc offers, will let people pick channels based on lifestyle activities, like "songs to sing to in the shower," or "100 plus hits form the 1980s," the Stockholm-based company said. In a splashy event in New York, Spotify founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek highlighted the discovery nature of the revamped platform that he said will deliver more relevant music and content to Spotify users. More »

  • Techies lift aged Midtown South to NYC real estate heights
    Techies lift aged Midtown South to NYC real estate heights Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dutch, it is said, bought Manhattan Island in 1626 from its native American inhabitants for about $24 in trade goods. Half a millennium later, that sum wouldn't buy a square foot of office space in New York City's trendiest real estate market, the area below 34th Street known as Midtown South. Fuelled by an influx of workers from the Internet economy and a record 17 consecutive quarters of rising prices, the average cost per square foot of office space in Midtown South hit an all-time high of $62.02 in the first quarter, according to Colliers International. At 6.1 percent in the first quarter, the area had the lowest vacancy rate of any U.S. central business district, real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle said With New York's pace of job creation at its fastest in 65 years, what's driving the real estate activity is the attraction of living in the city and the desire to be close to peers in technology, advertising, media and information, or "TAMI," employers said. More »

  • Streaming Giant Spotify Branches Out Into Video
    Streaming Giant Spotify Branches Out Into Video Wed, May 20, 2015

    Spotify will now offer video, alongside podcasts, radio and news, the music streaming company has announced. At an event in New York, Spotify demonstrated the "video capsules" that will run on the new version of the platform, from companies including Vice News, Comedy Central and ESPN. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek described it as a "massive leap forward". More »

  • Slow and steady biking Idaho's remote Weiser River Trail
    Slow and steady biking Idaho's remote Weiser River Trail Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW MEADOWS, Idaho (AP) — No matter how speedily things are moving in the outside world, the pace is slow and steady on central Idaho's Weiser River Trail, a converted rail bed that runs 85 miles (137 kilometers) between two small towns in one of this state's most beautiful areas. More »

  • 6 Chinese nationals accused of stealing US firms' technology Wed, May 20, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies. More »

  • EU lawmakers seek ban on 'blood metals' in surprise vote
    EU lawmakers seek ban on 'blood metals' in surprise vote Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to ban all products that contain "blood metals" sold by African warlords, but the legislation is likely to be blocked by EU governments who fear it would impose an unrealistic burden on business. The surprise result marked a defeat for the pro-business European People's Party (EPP), the parliament's biggest grouping, who need fellow centrist allies to pass laws following last year's EU elections where protest parties did well. The European Parliament voted 402 in favour versus 118 against with 171 abstentions on a proposal to require companies, including electronics firms, that buy gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten to certify imports do not finance warlords in Africa. More »

  • Huawei stakes claim in 'Internet of Things' market with new operating …
    Huawei stakes claim in 'Internet of Things' market with new operating … Wed, May 20, 2015

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, on Wednesday became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), centred on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its "Agile IoT" architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. ... More »

  • US charges 6 Chinese nationals with stealing trade secrets Wed, May 20, 2015

    Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies. ... More »

  • Insight - Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures
    Insight - Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google's Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. More »

  • Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures
    Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft's plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren't interested. Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google's Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. More »

  • 6 Chinese nationals charged with stealing US trade secrets Wed, May 20, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Chinese nationals who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and three others have been charged with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies. More »