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UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmaker asks Intel, others for briefing on chip flaws

Reuters / Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel Corp and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information…

Oracle issues security patches for chip flaws


(Reuters) - Oracle Corp said on Tuesday it issued a critical patch that provides fixes for certain of its products for Intel Corp chip flaws.

U.S. Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance programme

Reuters / Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance programme, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up one vote short.


YouTube again revises rules to protect advertisers from offensive content


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language.


UPDATE 3-Qualcomm raises profit forecast, may buy back stock if bid for NXP fails


(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc , the U.S. chipmaker fending off a hostile bid by Broadcom Ltd , raised its profit forecast on Tuesday and said it might use funds to buy back stock if its $38 billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV fails.

Automakers, U.S. lawmakers hope for progress on self-driving car bill

Reuters / Technology

DETROIT (Reuters) - Automakers and lawmakers expressed hope on Tuesday that U.S. Congress would soon pass a stalled bill aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, even as safety advocates argued for more performance requirements.

21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to…

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Bitcoin falls 25 percent to $10,200 on Bitstamp exchange

Reuters / Finance

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin had lost a quarter of its value in early Asian trading on Wednesday as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea's finance minister said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an…

Nissan's Infiniti to become predominantly electric brand - CEO


DETROIT (Reuters) - Japanese carmkaker Nissan Motor Co. plans to transform its upscale Infiniti brand into a primarily electrified vehicle offering, Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa said on Tuesday.


U.S. Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules,…

U.S. companies list blockchain ETFs as bitcoin proposals languish


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to profit from excitement surrounding bitcoin technology will get a new opportunity this week.

U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency


WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday warned that Venezuela's proposed "petro" cryptocurrency could violate sanctions against the OPEC nation's socialist government, a statement that could dent investor…

Chinese carmaker Chery to use Nvidia's self-driving technology


(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday China's Chery Automobile Co would use its self-driving technology that it has developed with Baidu and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.


Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on government crackdown worries


LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in…

Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering


CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.


French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles


PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.

U.S. Senate to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

Reuters / Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure.

Polish doctors use stem cells to repair damaged cartilage


Polish doctors are using an experimental therapy to treat cartilage damage, using stem cells derived from human umbilical cords, as Matthew Stock reports.


Harnessing the power of algae for real green energy


Cambridge researchers say their new algae-powered fuel cell is cheaper than existing plant and algal models, self-repairing, self-replicating, biodegradable and much more sustainable, as David Doyle reports.

Qualcomm tries to win shareholder support, lays out lofty 2019 targets


(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday gave a lofty revenue, profit outlook for 2019 as the U.S. chipmaker looks to win over shareholder support to reject the hostile bid from Broadcom Ltd.


Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears


LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in…

Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is setting up a supercomputer meant to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year's soccer World Cup finals, the authorities said on Tuesday.


Uber to introduce mandatory rest breaks for UK drivers


LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday its British drivers will have to take a six-hour break after they have accepted and made trips with passengers totaling 10 hours as the taxi app responds to criticism over excessive working…

De Beers turns to blockchain to guarantee diamond purity


LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers aims to launch the first industry-wide blockchain this year to track gems each time they change hands starting from the moment they are dug from the ground, its chief executive said…


Screen-printed paper could pinpoint toxic water in developing world


A small square of paper, screen-printed with carbon electrodes, could be used to test water for toxic compounds in the developing world. It's being developed at the UK's University of Bath. Amy Pollock reports.

Google to expand cloud infrastructure with new regions, submarine cables

Reuters / Technology

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it would add five regions and build three new submarine cables as it expands its infrastructure for cloud customers.

Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

Reuters / Technology

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The world's largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars.

Power plant: getting electricity from algae


Researchers at Cambridge University have designed a new algae-powered fuel cell that brings this green form of energy closer to reality.


Qatar central bank to consider topic of virtual currencies: governor


DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's central bank will consider the topic of virtual currencies and there may be an opportunity in the future to introduce them in Qatar, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said on Tuesday.


Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms


STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income…