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US To Legislate On Car-Hacking

Earlier this week US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts introduced The Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act. “Rushing to roll out the next big thing, automakers have left cars unlocked to hackers and data-trackers,” says Blumenthal. The intention of the…

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Surge Pricing

If Uber is the ugly face of apps-based taxi services thebpn Split could be the benevolent face. Uber has proved to be the Millwall of taxi services – it doesn’t cate what people think of it. Yesterday in the London tube strike Uber tripled fares, declared a minimum fare…

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Instant Muscles

Are you a seven stone weakling? Do hunks kick sand in your face? Now there’s no need to go to Charles Atlas and spend months working out – Panasonic is about to sort your problem. This could be the first useful wearable – if you can call it a wearable – an…

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Come Back Neelie

Post-Neelie Kroes the EC is taking its foot off the pedal in liberalising telecoms. The rosming charge, due to dnd this year, won’t now end until June 2017. As from April 2017 there will be a new cap on roaming surcharges of 5 eurocents per minute for calls…

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Shitty Signal Saviour

One obvious answer to shitty cellular signals is to untie people from particular networks and let them use the strongest signal wherever they are. The operators, however, have resisted the urgings of HMG to enable this. But there is another way to get to the happy position of giving people…

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Google Screws You, says FTC.

Google artificially skewed search results to favour its own commercial interests and screwed its customers by unilaterally reducing their revenue share percentages, according to the US FTC as reported in the Wall Street Journal…

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Happier Yanks

While our favourite moan is the weather, the Yanks’ favourite moan seems to be petrol prices.

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Cavemen

Uber, the taxi app backed by Google and Goldman Sachs, seems to be a libertarian anarchist phenomenon…

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The Oil Divi

Apart from the Malaysian Airlines flights, the annexation of Crimea, the seizure of Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, the Boko Harum schoolgirl kidnap, Ebola and the Gaza War, one of the most significant events of 2014 is the drop in oil prices…

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A UK Hand-Set Maker

China’s Steve Jobs, Lei Jun,  wants to IPO four year-old Xiaomi at a $40-50 billion valuation, reports Bloomberg…

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