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A U.S. judge rejected an attempt by Uber to settle a class action lawsuit with drivers who claimed they were employees and entitled to expenses. In a case that has been closely watched in Silicon Valley, where many companies use on-demand workers, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco ruled on Thursday that the settlement...

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T-Mobile's new "unlimited" data plan may breach US net neutrality rules, campaigners have said. The firm claims it offers "unlimited access to the mobile internet", but it charges extra for some services. The digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the news website the Daily Dot it thought that would contravene the rules. US authorities barred internet service...

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Twitter's crackdown on violent extremism has resulted in an additional 235,000 accounts being suspended over the past six months, according to a post today on the company's blog. The service had become one of several online services used by ISIS to spread propaganda and recruit new members. Twitter responded by increasing the staff on its abuse...

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McDonald's is pulling its "Step It" fitness trackers from Happy Meals just days after introducing it, following reports the wearable may give some children a rash. "We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated from wearing the band," Terri Hickey, senior manager of global...

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For most of its short history, podcasting has been a largely amateur business, with few signs that it might become a mass medium that would prove attractive either to advertisers or subscribers. Then Serial changed all that. The true-life crime series about a murder and a possible miscarriage of justice attracted hundreds of millions of downloads - and...

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Getting humans to Mars, one of Earth's nearest planetary neighbors, has been an endless source of fascination for NASA — and something the space agency hopes to achieve in the early 2030s. In honor of the Red Planet, NASA is calling today #NASAMarsDay and celebrating by answering questions and sharing a behind-the-scenes look on social media...

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SolarCity said it would cut operating costs, including slashing its chief executive's salary, to bring expenses in line with its reduced solar installation outlook. The company said on Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Rive and his brother, Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive, had asked to have their annual salaries reduced to $1 from $275,000, as...

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Volvo has agreed a $300 million alliance with Uber to develop self-driving cars, the latest move by traditional vehicle manufacturers to team up with Silicon Valley firms long seen as disruptive threats to their industry. The partnership will see the Swedish-based carmaker, owned by China's Geely, and ride-hailing service Uber pool resources into initially developing the...

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Cisco's announcement on Wednesday that it plans to lay off 5,500 employees is unlikely to be the last round of Silicon Valley pink slips as hardware companies struggle to keep up with rapid technology shifts, analysts and recruiters said. Companies that traditionally have made most of their money selling computers, chips, servers, routers and other equipment...

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The ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars within a fortnight, the company has confirmed. Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It added that it was teaming up with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an...

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