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California one step closer to self-driving cars

The California state legislature passed a bill Friday that could eventually help self-driving cars become a reality on the state’s highways. According to WebProNews, the bill, which has yet to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would require the California Highway Patrol to adopt safety and performance standards for “autonomous…

Online universities blossom in Asia

Thousands of kilometers from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype. A government worker, Ndongfack could not find the instructional design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is…

Apple files new Samsung patent action in U.S.

Apple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling. The new claim was filed in San Jose, California on Friday and it says that Samsung, which last month was fined $1.05 billion by an American court for “willfully”…

Facebook to eradicate ‘suspicious Likes’ from people who don’t really care

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook ramped up efforts Friday to get rid of “Likes” that aren’t from people genuinely interested in giving a virtual thumbs up to pages at the world’s leading social network. “We have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on pages that may have been gained…

Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire tablet in early September

Amazon is expected to launch a new version of its 7in Kindle Fire tablet on Thursday 6 September, after chief executive Jeff Bezos claimed that the product was “sold out” – though the latter claim has been challenged by Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg TV. Analysts estimate that from figures announced by Bezos,…

Bing search feature allows you to search through Facebook photos

Bing added a feature Thursday that lets people search through photos friends posted on Facebook. “With more than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day, photo viewing is one of the most popular things people do on Facebook,” Bing social team senior program manager Ian Lin said in a blog post. “Now, with Bing,…

Tokyo court rejects Apple patent claim against Samsung

A Japanese court on Friday rejected Apple’s claim that South Korean rival Samsung stole the US firm’s technology for its own products. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patents on its iPhone and iPad computer for some of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computer,…

Apple shoots down drone strike tracking iPhone app

SAN FRANCISCO — The maker of an application that would alert iPhone users to US military drone strikes said Thursday that Apple has repeatedly shot down his efforts to get it into the App Store. “I just wanted to make a simple app that would send a push notification every…

Twitter targets ads based on interests

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter on Thursday began letting advertisers target users with “promoted tweets” based on interests expressed at the globally popular one-to-many texting service. Twitter also slashed to a penny the minimum opening bid in its auction-style ad-buying system. “We’re taking an important next step by allowing you to…

Judge sets December hearing on Samsung phone ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge in the landmark Apple-Samsung case set a December 6 hearing on punitive damages to the US firm for patent infringement and on whether to ban eight Samsung phones in the US market. Judge Lucy Koh said in an order Wednesday she would bypass proceedings on…

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