Samsung appoints new board chairman
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Friday, 21 February 2020 10:11

Samsung appoints new board chairman


This one is supposed to increase transparency and independence.

Samsung has named a non-executive director as board chairman for the first time, to increase transparency and independence after the last one had a bad case of jail.

Tesla allowed to cut down trees
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Friday, 21 February 2020 10:04

Tesla allowed to cut down trees


Nothing proves your green credentials like cutting down trees

While many people drive Teslas thinking they are saving the polar bear, the firm has been told by a court that it can make up for its lower-carbon fuel footprint by cutting down trees.

Microsoft to invest $1.1 billion in Mexico
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Friday, 21 February 2020 09:54

Microsoft to invest $1.1 billion in Mexico


No question of making Mexican government pay for it

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the technology giant will invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over the next five years, according to a promotional video released by the Mexican government on Thursday.

Sweden testing first central bank digital currency
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Making sure the massaging system does not Bork

The land of meatballs, open sandwiches and massages, Sweden has begun testing an e-krona, taking the country a step closer to the creation of the world's first central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Trump backs Ellison in API court case
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Friday, 21 February 2020 09:22

Trump backs Ellison in API court case


Everything should belong to my golf buddies and supporters

The Trump administration urged the US Supreme Court to reject an appeal by Alphabet's Google, boosting Oracle's bid to collect more than $8 billion in royalties for Google's use of copyrighted programming code in the Android operating system.

Microsoft changes Windows 10 icons
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Friday, 21 February 2020 09:07

Microsoft changes Windows 10 icons


Iconoclasm never ended well

Microsoft is rolling out updates to the icons for Windows 10's core apps over the months ahead, starting with the Calendar and Mail apps in a new Release Preview for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

AI might save humans after all
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Friday, 21 February 2020 08:52

AI might save humans after all


Boffins asks Hal to sort out antibiotic problems

While people worry about AI taking over the world and killing humans, it looks like it has come up with a powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world.

McDonalds cooking oil is ideal for 3D printing
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:47

McDonalds cooking oil is ideal for 3D printing


The fast-food restaurant helped make breakthrough

Fast-food restaurant McDonalds helped a University of Toronto boffin come up with a 3D printer material by giving him old chip oil for his experiments.

UK to lose US data protection against Google antics
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Brexit means that Google can shift data to the US

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead.

Intel trying to flog home internet division
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:27

Intel trying to flog home internet division


Of course, you don't get wafers with it, it's an albatross

Intel is in talks to sell a unit that makes chips for home internet access gear to MaxLinear.