Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByDon Clark July 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO — Steve Mollenkopf, the chief executive of Qualcomm, has been waiting for a phone call with news from China. It has been a long wait. His company, which makes chips that help mobile phones communicate, has been on extended hold while the Chinese authorities review a deal that Qualcomm struck 20 months ago to buy another chip maker, NXP Semiconductors. Mr. Mollenkopf said Qualcomm had done all it could to persuade Beijing to approve the $44 billion transaction, which the companies have said will be terminated next Wednesday without regulatory consent. But both the acquisition and Qualcomm have now become entangled in the trade war raging between the United States and China. China’s prolonged review of the deal for NXP is widely seen by analysts and trade experts as … [Read more...] about Trump Tried to Protect Qualcomm. Now His Trade War May Be Hurting It.
Is fining Google, as the EU has done, the right approach for ensuring competition? Sven Hughes, chief executive and founder of Verbalisation and Global Influence, says YES. If you have never heard of Margrethe Vestager before, you’d be forgiven. She is the iron lady of the EU, in the competition office slapping fines on all the big boys, from Google to Apple to Amazon. The aim is to make sure that giants like Google are not bullying out other similar providers and leaving the consumer with nowhere to go. The only way to ensure healthy competition is to slap them on the wrists now and then with a monetary fine. This latest €4.3bn fine handed to Google may only be a fraction of the company’s overall annual turnover, but it is a reminder that it must be transparent in its actions. The EU has been criticised for over-regulation and red tape, but these tech giants need to play by the rules and not take liberties. Unless Google adopts a stringent policy of corporate … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Is fining Google, as the EU has done, the right approach for ensuring competition?
Rachel Sandler, provided by Published 8:39 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied the spread of fake news on the News Feed was one of the reasons for Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential elections. “Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, of which it’s a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg said. Facebook has been under scathing criticism with some in the media saying the company didn’t do enough to suppress fake articles against the Clinton campaign and allowed fake, pro-Trump stories to keep getting shared, re-shared on the website. Media: Wibbitz Mark Zuckerberg will appear before US politicians in public for the first time on Tuesday to explain Facebook's mishandling of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to the New York Times. Zuckerberg has generally avoided explaining himself to … [Read more...] about People are really upset over Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to ban Holocaust deniers from Facebook (FB)
The automotive industry is undergoing seismic change, fuelled by multi-billion-pound investments in electric, autonomous, and robotic technology from manufacturers and governments alike. But while the commercial attractiveness of being first to cross the finish line in the race for driverless remains, it is important to recognise the challenges that come with some of the technologies that sit at the heart of making driverless a reality. Mechanical glitches that may once have been restricted to brake pads or suspension levels have transitioned to self-parking sensors, connectivity, rear-view cameras, and electronic handbrakes, to name a few. Read more: Consumer fears about driverless cars are steadily dropping The introduction of these features has been designed to make driving an easier, safer, and more enjoyable experience, but recent testing has revealed a vulnerability to hacking, with the potential to put the lives of drivers at risk. Take software coding risks, for example. These … [Read more...] about Maybe it’s time to apply the brakes to the driverless dream
Jul 18, 7:16 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Alex Perry 07/18/18 AT 6:43 PM With its billions of monthly users, Facebook is considered fertile ground for political spending in the online age. President Trump has been the biggest recent spender for political ads on the platform and by a fairly wide margin, according to the New York Times.The data comes from a study conducted by researchers from New York University which focused their findings on Facebook ad spending in May — when Facebook started letting any user see who paid for a political ad on their news feed. That level of transparency was a way to appease users' concerned about foreign meddling in U.S. elections but also allowed the researchers to figure out which domestic entities are spending the most on Facebook.Trump’s political action committee paid $274,000 in Facebook ads since the researchers started collecting data … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Planned Parenthood Among Top Facebook Ad Buyers This Summer