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Technology › Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week

2 hours 58 min ago
Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign…
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Technology › Light-emitting car window used as display

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:17
Sekisui Chemical Co Ltd has developed a window using the "light-emitting interlayer" technology. The prototype was exhibited at Automotive World 2017 last month at Tokyo Big Sight. Unlike head-up displays (HUDs) that project images through a windshield or combiner, it can project information on the entire windshield as well as…
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Technology › Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:30
Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement, announced Tuesday, eases investor worries that Verizon Communications Inc. would demand a…
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Technology › 'Final Fantasy' recognized as most prolific role-playing game

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:55
Square Enix Co said Monday its video game series "Final Fantasy" has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the role-playing game series with the largest number of titles. It won the title of "most prolific role-playing series" for having 87 titles in total as of last Wednesday, including…
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Technology › NEC to provide cyber-attack defense training for 6 ASEAN countries

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:22
NEC Corp says it has received an order from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to provided cyber-attack defense for officials from governmental institutions responsible for cyber security in six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. The first…
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Technology › Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:25
For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind. In doing so, the 4-year-old "Project Loon" says it will be able to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a smaller fleet of the balloons than it previously…
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Technology › The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 21:00
Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto, sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. Are we, he asks, "building the world we all want?" While most people now use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Zuckerberg hopes that the…
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Technology › Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 21:03
Google is launching voice-activated shopping from its artificial intelligence-powered Home speaker, in a direct challenge to Amazon's Alexa devices. Users can simply tell the speaker to order items -- diapers, paper towels, or trash bags, for example, and get delivery from any of dozens of participating retailers. "If picking up…
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Technology › Sony subsidiary to release programming learning kit

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 22:17
Sony Global Education Inc, which runs an education-related business, will release a programming learning kit for children on Saturday. The kit, Koov, enables users to make a robot by freely combining motors, sensors and blocks and move it by using self-made software. With the kit, children can experience manufacturing while…
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Technology › New Facebook job-hunting features challenge LinkedIn

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:32
Facebook on Wednesday began letting businesses in the U.S. or Canada post jobs and take applications from jobseekers, posing a challenge to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn. The platform's users will be able to find help-wanted posts at business pages on Facebook or by looking in a new 'jobs' bookmark on the leading…
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Technology › SoftBank to buy Fortress Investment for $3.3 billion

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:44
The $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group Corp, the Japanese telecommunications, internet and solar energy giant, of Fortress Investment Group marks tycoon Masayoshi Son's latest step in building an investment empire. Son said the deal, announced by both sides Wednesday, will immediately contribute to his strategy for growth and complement…
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Technology › Facebook pushes video onto TV screens with new apps

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:44
Facebook is rolling out apps to allow people to view videos posted on the social network on connected televisions. The new apps -- for Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV -- will provide a more convenient way for users of the social network to view videos on…
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Technology › Auto seat measures heart, respiration rates of driver

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 21:17
New Japan Radio Co Ltd haas developed a prototyped auto seat that measures the heart rate and respiration rate of the driver with a microwave sensor using the 24GHz frequency band. The seat is expected to be used for detecting a bad health condition and drowsiness of the driver. New…
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Technology › Amazon launches videoconferencing for cloud customers

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:33
U.S. online giant Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of a "unified communications service" which offers video and audio conferencing through its cloud computing service. The new service called Amazon Chime from Amazon Web Services -- which provides the online computing power for thousands of businesses -- enables customers to…
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Technology › Aviation takes baby steps toward sustainable fuels

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 20:58
The air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change. But adoption has been delayed due to a lack of incentives and low oil prices. "It's very urgent to develop these alternative fuels," said Michel Wachenheim of the International Coordinating Council…
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Technology › How algorithms (secretly) run the world

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:19
When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome. The complex mathematical formulas are playing a growing role in all walks of life: from detecting…
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Technology › Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 21:00
When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, or computer, car or appliance: you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts say companies are exerting greater remote…
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Technology › Scientists make thin material that acts as air conditioner

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 21:17
Scientists have invented a new kind of thin material that can cool a surface against the heat of the sun without using energy or typical air conditioning. The glass-polymer hybrid material measures just 50 micrometers thick -- slightly more than aluminum foil -- and can be manufactured cheaply, researchers said…
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Technology › Cyber security training and simulation center to open in Tokyo

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 21:18
Cyberbit, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, has won a contract from Ni Cybersecurity, a Japanese cyber security service provider, to launch a cyber security training and simulation center in Tokyo powered by the Cyberbit Range platform. Ni Cybersecurity will set up a training facility in Toranomon, Tokyo that will address…
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Technology › Twitter has influence - but that's not luring users

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 20:24
Many people have heard of Twitter. Not enough of them are signing up to use it. Twitter's role as a megaphone for the U.S. president, countless celebrities and businesses hasn't attracted regular people to the service, not in the way Facebook has, or even Instagram and Snapchat. The San Francisco…
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