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Hazy shade of the heatwave
IT’S now decades into this rinse and repeat story, and miraculously, little has changed.
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Missing activist Bruno Manser’s life goes on big screen
PETALING JAYA: A film about missing Swiss environmental activist Bruno Manser will open the 15th Zurich Film Festival later this month in honour of the man who had campaigned to preserve the Penan way...
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Disney chief exits Apple board as firms become streaming rivals
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 — Disney chief Bob Iger resigned from Apple’s board of directors as the companies are poised to launch rival online streaming services, according to a filing yesterday with ...
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The closing of Speedy Video in Mid Valley and what it means for Malaysian cinema
SEPTEMBER 13 — This week has seen a lot of posts on social media about the Speedy Video branch in Mid Valley closing this Sunday, September 15, which I guess could realistically be called the compan...
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Big Tech has some wild ideas to save the planet, but will they really work?
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a plan to save our planet: Pack up all those polluting factories, and relocate them to the moon.
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Yahoo Japan nears deal for majority stake in Zozo
TOKYO: Yahoo Japan Corp has agreed to pay as much as US$3.7bil to take control of flamboyant entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa’s Zozo Inc, stepping up competition against Amazon.com Inc and Rakuten Inc in one of Asia’s largest online retail arenas.
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Netflix, Apple cross swords in Indian streaming market
Competition in India's booming streaming market is heating up as Netflix joins forces with a director of Bollywood feel-good blockbusters and Apple launches its...
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Apple may steal Netflix streaming crown, but only for a year
Apple Inc's move to offer a free TV+ subscription for a year with every new device may briefly crown the iPhone maker as the biggest streaming service by user numbers...
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Advertising executives point to five ways Google stifles business
US authorities investigating Alphabet Inc's Google for anti-competitive behaviour have recently begun probing the company's US$116bil-a-year advertising business.
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Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AFP) - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed on Thursday (Sept 12), spreading smog across South-east Asia and adding to concer...
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Apple Watch 5, new iPad, but no AR Glasses: What Apple did and didn’t announce at its iPhone event
In addition to introducing three new iPhone models and revealing key details about its video and game subscription services, Apple also announced a few other...
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Advertising executives point to five ways Google stifles business
US authorities investigating Alphabet Inc's Google for anti-competitive behaviour have recently begun probing the company's US$116 billion-a-year advertising business.
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Advertising execs point to five ways Google stifles business
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 12 — US authorities investigating Alphabet Inc's Google for anticompetitive behaviour have recently begun probing the company's US$116 billion(RM483.4 billion)-a-year advertising...
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Apple takes on Netflix with a US$5-a-month streaming service
Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price – US$5 (RM19.90)...
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Amazon bets big on India with mega-office
With 49 elevators moving a floor per second and zumba classes for its more than 15,000 employees, Amazon's new Indian headquarters, its biggest building globally...
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Amazon bets big on India with mega-office
HYDERABAD, Sept 11 ― With 49 elevators moving a floor per second and zumba classes for its more than 15,000 employees, Amazon's new Indian headquarters, its biggest building globally, matches its am...
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Apple reveals triple-camera iPhone; US$5 monthly streaming TV undercuts Disney
CUPERTINO, Sept 11 — Apple Inc caught up with hardware rivals yesterday by revealing a triple-camera iPhone, and it rolled out a streaming TV service priced at US$5 a month (RM20.83), undercutting D...
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Schools forced to shut as toxic smog blankets SE Asia
Indonesian firefighters battling a forest fire in Kampar, Riau.
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Scourge of US tech Vestager promoted in new EU top team
BRUSSELS, Sept 10 — European competition chief Margrethe Vestager, whose tough line with US tech giants has enraged Washington, won a strengthened role in the incoming EU Commission today.
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Looking to hire 30,000, Amazon plans US job fairs
Amazon is going on a hiring spree.
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Frankly Speaking: Beware of dotcom bubble 2.0
In February 2000, The Edge ran a cover story titled “Dot.com gamble — Fool’s gold or shrewd bet?” It highlighted the Wall Street mania that had also arrived in Malaysia, with a number of compa...
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‘Overwatch’ comes to Switch, ‘Paladins’ studio shifts spotlight to ‘Rogue Company’
As popular team action game Overwatch arrives on the Nintendo Switch, the team behind genre-mate Paladins announces cross-platform shooter Rogue Company.
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Speaking in Madagascar, Pope says deforestation now a global threat
Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.
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KL to urge Jakarta to take swift action on haze amid spike in hot spots
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's science ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said yesterday, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots, indicating w...
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Asia’s richest man offers free TVs in Indian broadband blitz
MUMBAI, Sept 6 — Having already turned India’s mobile market upside down, Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has now set his sights on broadband.
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Malaysia complains of smog from Indonesia as forest fires flare
Malaysia will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze as Jakarta has detected a spike in worsening forest fires across the archipelago.
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Malaysia complains of smog from Indonesia as forest fires flare
JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 6): Malaysia's science ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said on Friday, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots indicat...
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Malaysia complains of haze from Indonesia as forest fires flare
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Malaysia’s Science Ministry will urge Indonesia to take immediate action to fight haze, it said today, as Jakarta detected a spike in the number of hot spots indicating wors...
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Anti-Alexa: This Sonos speaker won’t record your conversations
Sonos Inc, an Internet-connected speaker maker trying to compete with Google, Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc, unveiled a new product for people who worry those tech...
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Will Disney Plus shake up how consumers value streaming services?
The streaming-video battlefield is about to get some major new combatants – and fresh research suggests that Disney is best equipped to grab new territory.
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Amazon’s Ring camera raises civil liberties concerns: US senator
US Democratic Senator Edward Markey raised concerns on Thursday that law enforcement use of Amazon.com Inc's Ring doorbell camera in investigations could...
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Is your smartphone really eavesdropping on you? Researchers find out.
Most of us have wondered at some point if our smartphones are listening to us.
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Users worry about smart speaker privacy, but keep on buying them
Consumers are worried machines by Amazon and Google are eavesdropping on them at home, but that’s not stopping purchases.
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EU locked in ‘long battle’ against Chinese fraud
Europe's "long battle" against fake goods from China has become even more difficult with the upsurge in online shopping, where fraudulent and often dangerous...
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Pokémon Sword & Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3 teased for Nintendo Direct, Assassin's Creed and Overwatch rumoured
A Nintendo Direct video announced for Sept 4 is to last 40 minutes, with Pokémon Sword & Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3 confirmed.
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Amazon India to weed out single-use plastic packaging by June 2020
Amazon.com Inc's India unit said on Wednesday it would replace all single use plastic in its packaging by June 2020 with paper cushions, the latest major company to join the...
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Indonesia plans tax overhaul to make tech firms pay VAT, says finance minister
JAKARTA, Sept 4 ― Indonesia is preparing a Bill that will make tech firms such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Amazon pay value added tax (VAT), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
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How Near became Southeast Asia’s most valuable adtech startup
Facebook knows a lot about you.
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EU locked in ‘long battle’ against Chinese fraud
BRUSSELS, Sept 3 — Europe’s “long battle” against fake goods from China has become even more difficult with the upsurge in online shopping, where fraudulent and often dangerous products were b...
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As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection
As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction and protect their environment for future generati...
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The pros and cons of using machine learning to prevent fraud
It’s that time of the month again.
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US, France to lead talks on a global digital tax
France and the United States agreed to take leading roles in talks aimed at reaching a deal on a global digital tax by mid-2020.
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Federal grand jury indicts woman in Capital One case
A former Amazon software engineer arrested last month on charges she hacked into Capital One bank and more than 30 different companies has been indicted.
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China’s podcast king rides smartphone wave to build Xiaomi-backed Ximalaya FM
When Yu Jianjun was looking to name his podcast startup back in 2012, he looked at how Jeff Bezos chose Amazon after the great South American river and how Jack Ma picked Alibaba after a character in ...
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Amazon fires scorch Bolsonaro's reputation abroad, but not in Brazil
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro (photo) has drawn sharp criticism on the international stage from European leaders and environmental groups for his handling of wildfires raging in the Amazon, but at h...
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400 US police agencies partner with Amazon on smart doorbell
Amazon said Aug 28 more than 400 US police departments had joined its "Ring Neighbours" network, a programme aimed at curbing crime using video from the...
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Fitbit's Versa 2 is equipped with Alexa and styled like an Apple Watch
Fitbit has announced the launch of the second generation of its best-selling smartwatch, the Versa 2, which boasts fresh new features, an AMOLED screen and Alexa.
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Brazil bans burning for two months to defuse Amazon crisis
Aerial view of deforestation in Nascentes da Serra do Cachimbo Biological Reserve in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin.
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Greta to Trump: 'Listen to the science'
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor on Wednesday in a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing her two-week journey from England to take part in a United Nations cl...
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In brief: Amazon to acquire stake in Gojek, source says
Amazon is in preliminary talks with Indonesian unicorn Gojek to acquire a stake in the ride-hailing startup, a source familiar with the matter said, Reuters reported.
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Fitbit’s Versa 2 equipped with Alexa, styled like Apple Watch
NEW YORK, August 29 — Yesterday, Fitbit announced the launch of the second generation of its best-selling smartwatch, the Versa 2, which boasts fresh new features, an AMOLED screen and Alexa.
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Reebok launches exclusive new sneakers via Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Reebok has given one of its signature sneakers a dazzling makeover, and it is offering fans the chance to win a pair, with the help of their home assistants.
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US tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax
A US trade group representing major technology firms on Aug 27 denounced an agreement on France's digital tax announced by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel...
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Fate of G7 Amazon aid simmers amid Macron-Bolsonaro row
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to retract "insults" against him before he considers accepting aid from the Group of Seven nations who offer...
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Rihanna's next Savage X Fenty show will stream worldwide via Amazon
Rihanna is bringing her upcoming Savage X Fenty lingerie show to New York Fashion Week this September – as well as to audiences around the world, thanks to Amazon...
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Macron must take back 'insults' for Brazil to accept G7 Amazon aid: Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (photo, above) said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the “insults” made against him before he considers accepting a US$20 million...
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Brazil's neighbors call for meeting and Amazon pact as fires rage
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Are startups moving away from advertising income?
Dear readers, Last week, we interviewed Carousell’s CEO, who expects the company to double its revenue this year.
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Leonardo DiCaprio urges gov't action on Amazon fires 'tragedy'
A crisis over burning forest in the Amazon is “incredibly tragic”, actor Leonardo DiCaprio said on Monday, urging governments to do more, amid growing international outrage over the damage to the ...
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Macron defuses French digital tax row, Trump coy on wine threat
BIARRITZ, Aug 27 — France and the United States reached a deal to end a standoff over a French tax on big internet companies, though US President Donald Trump declined to say whether his threat of a...
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G7 pledges millions to help fight Amazon fires
BIARRITZ, Aug 26 — The G7 has agreed to spend €20 million (RM92.46 million) on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle the huge blazes engulfing many parts of the world’s big...
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Planes dump water on Amazon as Brazil military begins fighting fires
Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon stateof Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world'slargest tropical rain forest.As of Sunday,...
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French, US officials strike draft compromise on French digital tax
BIARRITZ, France, Aug 26 — French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France’s digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on Fren...
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In brief: Alibaba halts fresh India investments, sources say
Alibaba is temporarily halting fresh investments in the country as it reviews its India strategy, four people aware of the development said, Livemint reported.
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Australia plans to censor extremist online content
Australia plans to block websites to stop the spread of extreme content during "crisis events", the country's prime minister has said.
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"Ashes to ashes:" Brazil troops begin tackling fires in devastated Amazon
Brazilian military operations have been deployed in seven states to combat raging fires in the Amazon amid a global outcry over the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rain forest.
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Why are the Amazon fires sparking a crisis for Brazil - and the world?
A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest’s importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispa...
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Warplanes dump water on Amazon as Brazil begins fighting fires
Brazilian warplanes are dumping water on the burning forest in the Amazon state of Rondonia, responding to a global outcry over the destruction of the world’s largest tropical rain forest, according...
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Johnson insists US digital giants must be taxed ‘fairly and properly’
BIARRITZ, Aug 25 — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said that US digital giants needed to be taxed “fairly and properly” in a growing dispute with the United States over taxing the...
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Macron, Tusk sound alarm over trade war risks
BIARRITZ (France), Aug 24 — EU Council President Donald Tusk warned today that US President Donald Trump’s escalating trade skirmishes with China and Europe could force economies around the world ...
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'Until my last drop of blood' tribe vows to protect Amazon
In the heart of the Amazon, the Mura indigenous people have vowed to protect their traditional land amidst threats from farmers, logging and raging fires.Over 70 thousand blazes are currently charring...
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As EU threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires
European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an u...
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Global trade disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France
PARIS, Aug 24 ― Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France today for a summit as a brewing US-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering ...
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Mercosur reaches trade deal with European countries
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 24 ― South American trade bloc Mercosur reached a free trade agreement yesterday with four European countries, Argentine officials and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said after ...
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Wall Street Weekahead: Investors look at dollar stores as US recession fears increase
NEW YORK: More investors are watching the shares of discount retailers like Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc , which perform better during economic downturns, in...
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Macron says tech giants enjoy 'permanent tax haven status'
French president Emmanuel Macron, who will defend a global tax on tech giants at this weekend's G7 meeting, criticised a "crazy" system that gives firms a "permanent tax haven status".
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Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation
Many high-profile figures seeking to denounce the fires in the Amazon have unwittingly ended up misleading millions on social media.
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Macron's quest for an international tax on digital services explained
French president Emmanuel Macron is pressing ahead with a digital tax in France, a move US president Donald Trump described as 'foolishness'.
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Amazon, Microsoft, ‘putting world at risk of killer AI’: study
Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major...
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Irish PM: Ireland could try to block Mercosur trade deal on Amazon concerns
DUBLIN, Aug 23 — As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union and South American trade ...
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Amazon fires spark worries of a 'death spiral'
Thousands of wildfires are decimating the Amazon, threatening the very existence of the world’s largest rainforest and a bulwark against climate change.Reuters correspondent Jake Spring has been tra...
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The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burns
There are no lights in sight but the night sky glows a dusky yellow, for the Amazon is burning.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon wildfires on NGOs
Without presenting any evidence, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said that non-governmental organisations could be burning down the Amazon rainforest to bring shame on his government a...
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Igniting global outrage, Brazil's Bolsonaro baselessly blames NGOs for Amazon fires
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organizations of burning down the Amazon rainforest to hurt his government, as a growing global outcry against the w...
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French digital service tax harms global tax reform, say US tech leaders
Major tech firms and US tech industry groups said that France's new digital services tax undermines the global tax regime.
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Thailand asks tech firms to set up centres against 'fake news' in South-East Asia
Thailand is proposing that tech companies set up centres in each of the 10 South-East Asian countries to curb the flow of 'fake news' and fake accounts.
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Elanco to become No.2 in animal health with US$7.6b Bayer deal
AUGUST 20 — Elanco Animal Health agreed to buy Bayer’s veterinary drugs unit today in a cash and stock deal valued at US$7.6 billion, creating the second largest animal health business and expandi...
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Spotify announces upgrades to family plan, at no charge in US and UK
Just days after reports emerged that Spotify is aiming to increase the price of its family plan in its home market of Scandinavia, the streaming giant announced an upgrade to the plan – with no price increase in the US and UK, where it remains at US$14.99 (RM63) and £15 (RM76), respectively.
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US states ready antitrust probe of tech titans: report
Top prosecutors from a group of US states are readying a joint investigation into whether major technology firms have violated antitrust law, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
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Amazon wants to put Alexa in cars. Google and Apple are there already
Introduced almost a year ago and shipped to the first invited customers in January, the sometimes-buggy Echo Auto is the most visible element so far of Amazon’s ambition to take Alexa on the road.
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US tech industry leaders: French digital service tax harms global tax reform
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 ― Major tech firms and US tech industry groups said yesterday that France's new digital services tax undermines the global tax regime and multilateral efforts to reform it.
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Thailand asks tech firms to set up centres against ‘fake news’ in SE Asia
BANGKOK, Aug 19 — Thailand is proposing that tech companies set up centres in each of the 10 South-east Asian countries to curb the flow of “fake news” and fake accounts, the country’s telecom...
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Zalando to deliver orders for Adidas French website
Online fashion retailer Zalando has launched a pilot to deliver orders placed by customers in Paris on the website of Adidas as it extends moves to allow brands to use the logistics network it has built for its own ecommerce business.
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Google, Facebook unite with Trump to protest French tech tax
The relationship between US President Donald Trump and the largest US technology companies has often been frosty but a common opponent – France’s plan to tax US tech giants – will bring the two sides together, at least temporarily.
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Amazon: Facial recognition program for cops detects emotion
Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, generating concerns from privacy advocates.
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Amazon opens 4-star store at Seattle headquarters as online giant grows physical shopping presence
SEATTLE: As Amazon looks for more ways to sell everything to everyone, its latest experiment with physical stores borrows some of the company’s oldest online shopping inventions.
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Software provider taps Asian growth
ASIA has been a darling region for businesses for some time now. And software provider Epicor is similarly investing in the region as it sees a strategic shift in the opportunities available here.
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Sometimes it's not just Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant listening
Voice assistants are supposed to make everyday life a little easier. But the recordings of their users' voices have sometimes been listened to by humans trying to improve the quality of the speech recognition.
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Next time you go through a red light in China its growing facial recognition network may catch you out
The facial recognition technology checks the faces of drivers and vehicle details against a database, helping to verify the identity of wrongdoers.
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Subaru Launch Control comes to Amazon Prime Video
LOS ANGELES: Subaru of America announced the return of the award-winning Launch Control motorsports documentary series for its seventh season, alongside a new partnership with Amazon that will bring...
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