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Uber rival Grab partners with driverless car firm in Singapore

Users of ride-hailing firm Grab will be able to book driverless cars from Friday as it partners with a start-up testing the technology in Singapore, just days after rival Uber debuted its self-driving vehicles in the United States. Full article

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Airbnb raises $555M to grow globally

As of 09/23/16 10:18 AM
Home sharing giant Airbnb just raised $555 million and is seeking even more in a funding round that values the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company told AFP. Full article

Twitter launches live streaming apps on several platforms

As of 09/15/16 4:47 AM
Amid an increasing demand for live video services, Twitter is strengthening its position in the same segment as it launches a new live streaming app for several platforms, all aimed at distributing live videos on otherwise non-traditional platforms.  Full article

Facebook adds 360-degree photos to newsfeed

As of 06/10/16 3:40 PM
Facebook Inc. on Thursday launched a feature that allows users to upload photos with 360-degree views. Full article

IBM signs $300-M IT deal with Emirates Airline

As of 06/07/16 4:15 PM
IBM on Tuesday said it signed a $300 million, ten-year technology services agreement with Dubai’s Emirates Airline. Full article

Huawei sues Samsung over wireless patents

As of 05/25/16 6:52 PM
WASHINGTON - Chinese technology titan Huawei said Tuesday it filed suit in the United States against Samsung, claiming its South Korean rival has infringed on patents on wireless connectivity for mobile devices. Full article

Microsoft to trim smartphone business, plans to cut 1,850 jobs

As of 05/25/16 6:39 PM
Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it will trim down its smartphone business by cutting 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million from the operation. Full article

Facebook changes policies on 'Trending Topics' after criticism

As of 05/24/16 4:39 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. Full article

WhatsApp strengthens encryption in wake of iPhone case

As of 04/06/16 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON - Facebook on Tuesday announced it had bolstered the default encryption settings for the more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. Full article

Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance - sources

As of 04/01/16 7:11 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Egypt blocked Facebook Inc's Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year after the U.S. company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter said. Full article

Apple's encryption battle with US still alive in Brooklyn

As of 03/30/16 11:23 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case, according to a court filing on Tuesday. Full article