Sunday, Nov 19


Driverless cars set for UK budget boost: finance ministry


LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Philip Hammond's budget statement this week will include measures to encourage the development of driverless and electric cars, artificial intelligence and telecommunications, the finance…


Fake faecal sludge could help improve sanitation


University of Bath researchers say testing of their fake faecal sludge could help teach those in the developing world how to safely dispose of raw sewage. Jim Drury reports.

Saturday, Nov 18


Exclusive: Qualcomm set to win conditional Japanese antitrust okay for NXP deal - source

Reuters / Technology

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its…


China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push


BEIJING (Reuters) - China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalize on China's rapidly growing fintech sector.


Verizon close to announcing digital streaming deal with NFL- Bloomberg

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.


Brazil speaker wants city rules for Uber, other car-hailing apps


BRASILIA (Reuters) - The head of Brazil's lower house of Congress said on Friday he hopes that the chamber will approve the Senate version of a bill regulating ride-hailing apps such as Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

Friday, Nov 17


Tesla's unfettered ambition will drain finances: analysts

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc may have to ask creditors and shareholders for more capital to fund development of an electric semi truck, a new roadster and accelerated production of a high-volume electric sedan, analysts said on Friday.

Canadian grocery chain Loblaw says has ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks


TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian grocery chain Loblaw Cos has placed an order for 25 of Tesla Inc's new electric heavy duty trucks, a Loblaw spokeswoman said in a statement sent by email.


Apple pushes launch of HomePod smart speaker to early 2018

Reuters / Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has pushed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker to early next year from December, the company said on Friday, missing the holiday shopping season as the market for such devices becomes increasingly…


Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 bln spending plan

Reuters / Technology

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.


Metal recyclers prepare for electric car revolution

Reuters / Technology

LONDON (Reuters) - Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric…

Exclusive: Toshiba set to OK $5 billion injection Monday to stay listed-sources

Reuters / Technology

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide on Monday to raise some $5 billion from overseas investors, allowing the troubled conglomerate to remain a publicly traded company even if the sale of a key business is delayed, two people with…

Tesla unveils new big rig and Roadster

Reuters / Technology

Tesla has upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck by unveiling a new Roadster. Chief Executive Elon Musk says it will be the fastest production car ever. Ryan Brooks reports.

Google buys plot near Apple's planned Danish data centre


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it has bought a plot of land in southern Denmark adjacent to a planned Apple Inc data centre to make sure it has the option of building one there too.

UPDATE 1-Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal


(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc, giving it a larger share of the data center products market.


Broadcom completes Brocade acquisition

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it completed its $5.5 billion acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc.


Spotify buys online recording studio Soundtrap


STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify has bought online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap, it said on Friday, declining to give financial details of the deal.

Volkswagen to spend over $40 billion on electric and self-driving cars

Reuters / Markets

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen's leaders on Friday approved a five-year spending plan that aims to further the German automaker's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric cars.

Wireless carriers on mute as U.S. top court hears big privacy case

Reuters / Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a major cellphone privacy case later this month, but leading players in the wireless industry that is at the center of the closely watched dispute are keeping their distance.

Toyota and Suzuki in tie-up to sell electric vehicles in India


TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp have agreed to cooperate in selling electric vehicles in India from around 2020, they said on Friday, aiming to give each other a leg up in emerging markets and low-emission…


Fork talk lifts bitcoin to all-time high near $8,000

Reuters / Technology

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin hit an all-time high just below $8,000 on Friday, on talk that a software upgrade whose suspension sent the cryptocurrency into a tailspin at the end of last week was, after all, going ahead within hours.


Medical watch uses AI to monitor health

Reuters / Technology

The smartwatch health monitor that promises an early warning system for medical emergencies and can even call an ambulance, as Stuart McDill reports.


SAP sees margins flattening out in fourth quarter: CFO

Reuters / Technology

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Europe's biggest technology company SAP expects profit margins to flatten out during the fourth quarter after three years of declines, with improving margins to begin to show up in 2018, Chief Financial Officer Luka…

Jaguar Land Rover tests first driverless vehicle on public roads

Reuters / UK

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest automaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has tested its first driverless car on public roads, it said on Friday, as carmakers race against each other and tech firms to tap into new technologies.


UPDATE 5-Tesla unveils electric big-rig truck, sporty Roadster

Reuters / Technology

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck that it will start producing in 2019, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the…


Toshiba says not in talks to with any company over PC unit sale

Reuters / Technology

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it had not entered into talks with any company to sell its personal computer business, denying media reports that it was in negotiations to sell the unit to Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc.


Toshiba says not considering separate investment in chip unit by Bain group member

Reuters / Technology

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was not considering accepting any separate investment in its memory chip unit by a member of a Bain Capital-led consortium that has agreed to buy the prized business for $18 billion.


UPDATE 1-U.S. agency approves TV tech that gives better pictures but less privacy

Reuters / Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers…


Chip gear maker Applied Materials posts strong results, forecast


(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results and gave a strong current-quarter forecast as the world's largest supplier of tools to make semiconductors enjoys strong demand in its chip and display…

Thursday, Nov 16


Toshiba in talks to sell PC operations to Asus - Nikkei‍​

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(Reuters) - Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp has entered into negotiations to sell its personal computer operations to Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc , the Nikkei reported on Friday.