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Three new versions of the iPhone have just been announced, and while they may be light years ahead of Apple's previous models, they may not be for everyone. The idea proved to be nothing more than a gimmick for consumers, so LG scrapped it for the G6. The phones also offer similar form factors to the iPhone, meaning those who are switching from Apple's flagship phone should be comfortable with the Pixel's dimensions.
Chipmaker GlobalFoundries asks EU to investigate bigger rival TSMC: source
US electronic chipmaker GlobalFoundries has asked European antitrust regulators to investigate market leader TSMC, accusing the Taiwanese firm of unfair competition, an industry source said on Monday. GlobalFoundries has told the European Commission that TSMC is unfairly using loyalty rebates, exclusivity clauses and bundled rebates and even penalties to discourage customers from switching to rivals, the source said. Any accusation that TSMC threatens or harms customers isabsolutely baseless, and we will vigorously defend our hard-earned trust and our most valued reputation.
Mercedes to invest $1 billion at Tuscaloosa, add 600 jobs
Germany's Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The company says it will make future electric SUVs under Mercedes' EQ sub-brand there and will also build a new battery plant, adding 600 new jobs in the region. Mercedes executive Markus Schaefer said in a statement Thursday that with the addition of electric SUVs to our future fleet, we will provide discerning drivers with a new, high-quality automotive option.
Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked
According to the SEC, the breach was discovered last year, but the possibility of illicit trading was uncovered only last month. It did not explain why the hack itself was not revealed sooner, or which individuals or companies may have been impacted. Those documents can cause enormous movements in the market, sending billions of dollars in motion in fractions of a second.
Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel cars
Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England. The ship had moved to an anchorage point off the coast of Margate on Thursday afternoon, VW said.
Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will monitor them
The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps such as Skype and WhatsApp on Thursday as part of its economic reforms, but a spokesman said it will monitor and censor such calls. All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft's Skype, Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten's Viber - that satisfy the kingdom's regulatory requirements, were set to become accessible.
Hack of U.S. securities regulator rattles investors, stirs doubts
The incursion at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) struck at the heart of the US financial system. Accessing documents before they are released publicly would offer hackers a lucrative opportunity to trade on that information. It's hugely problematic and we've got to be serious about how we protect that information as a regulator. Clayton will be grilled on the incident and its aftermath at a hearing by the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.
Tim Cook says DACA is the 'biggest issue of our time'
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has been increasingly vocal on social issues in the light of Donald Trump's US presidency, spoke out on the topic of immigration this morning at a conference in New York, specifically in favor of Dreamers. Cook also said he had visited New York's Ellis Island over the weekend to feel what it might have been like to be an immigrant arriving there from overseas. You can feel both the anxiety and the hope, Cook said.
Tim Cook: $999 is a 'value price' for iPhone X
The iPhone X has been getting a lot attention since it was announced last week with its eye-watering starting price. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook during a segment on Good Morning America, the iPhone X's $999 cost is a value price for the technology it offers The comment came in response to a viewer-submitted question asking if Cook thought the price tag of the iPhone X was out of reach for the average American.
ATM at 50: An oddity then, but it changed consumer behavior
The utilitarian machine gave fixed amounts of money, using special vouchers-the magnetic-striped ATM card hadn't been invented yet. As the ATMs became familiar, though, they changed not only the banking industry but made people comfortable interacting with kiosks in exchange for goods. Around the US today are roughly 3 million cash machines, according to the ATM Industry Association. The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks.
Hot Mercury could harbour more ice than previously thought
There could be much more ice on Mercury's surface than previously thought, suggests new research adding to previous findings that some of its craters permanently shadowed from the Sun's blistering rays could have frozen water. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, adds three new members to the list of craters near Mercury's north pole that appear to harbour large surface ice deposits. Those deposits may be small, but they could add up to a lot more previously unaccounted for ice.
Arctic Sea ice extent hits another low in 2017
At 4.64 million square kilometeres, Arctic Sea ice minimum extent in 2017 is the eighth lowest in the consistent long-term satellite record, which began in 1978, analysis of satellite data shows. Arctic Sea ice, the layer of frozen seawater covering much of the Arctic Ocean and neighbouring seas, is often referred to as the planet's air conditioner. The sea ice cap changes with the season, growing in the autumn and winter and shrinking in the spring and summer.
The world's largest aircraft had a successful engine test
First, they used a supplementary power source to charge the engines, which they termed a dry motor. Finally, they started each engine individually and tested whether or not they could idle. The company was founded in 2011 by Paul Allen, and its aim is to provide low-cost access to space. Its main project, the Stratolaunch plane has been delayed, as the first flight was originally scheduled for 2016.
JioPhone deliveries likely to start over weekend
Reliance Industries' JioPhone will be available from this weekend to the roughly six million customers who have pre-booked the device, said people familiar with the matter. They added that the second phase of pre-orders for the 4G feature phone, which runs on the Reliance Jio Infocomm network, should start around the same time as well. The operator had decided to deliver the first lot of phones during the Navratri festival, which started on September 21.
iBall Slide PenBook Windows 10 2-in-1 launched in India: Price, features
IBall has launched its latest Windows-based 2-in-1 tablet PC, Slide PenBook, in India. The iBall Slide PenBook is available at retail stores, and on Amazon , priced at Rs 24,999. The company claims the Slide PenBook is a tablet with the computing power, software compatibility and overall characteristics of a laptop. Equipped with USB Type C and dual speakers, the iBall Slide Penbook support in-built Dual Band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours
The average lifetime of Islamic State extremists' online propaganda shrank from six days to 36 hours in the first six months of this year, May said. Internet services are facing increasing pressure to rid themselves of messages that, authorities say, provide inspiration and instructions for militant attacks. This summer, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube launched a joint counterterrorism initiative to collaborate on technology and work with experts.
Dutch appeals court upholds ban on former Dutch Uber service
An appeals court has upheld the Dutch government's ban on a former Uber ride-hailing service in the Netherlands. The College of Appeal for Businesses ruled Thursday that the government was justified in imposing penalty payments linked to its ban on UberPop. The service was banned in 2014 because it enabled drivers without a taxi license to pick up passengers. It operates other services in Dutch cities using licensed drivers. The company says in a statement that it welcomes that decision.
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
Chinese internet giant Baidu on Thursday announced a $1.5 billion investment in autonomous driving projects over the next three years, as it seeks to diversify its portfolio and compete with rivals such as Google. Over the next three years, the Apollo Fund will invest 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in over 100 autonomous driving projects, the company said in a press release. Baidu hopes to be the first to develop a vehicle capable of driving itself via powerful software and sensors.
StoryCorps' Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders
StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project has announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday weekend using the StoryCorps app. They'll also be included in a StoryCorps collection at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
EU eyes solo move to increase tax on online giants, risking U.S. anger
The EU is frustrated at how long it is taking the world's rich nations to reach a deal on how to tax online firms like Google fairly. These companies on average pay bills in Europe that are less than half of those of other firms. Usually the EU decides on tax issues only with the unanimous support of its 28 members. Such a move is likely to upset Washington and other rich nations that are home to many global tech giants.

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