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Fitbit leads wearables, Apple Watch sales slip: survey

Fitbit extended its lead in the market for connected wearables in the second quarter amid a sharp drop in Apple Watch sales, a survey showed Tuesday. The survey by research firm IDC said the global wearables market grew 26.1 percent from a year ago to 22.5 million units. …

Volvo will sell its self-driving car tech to other automakers

Volvo is forming a joint venture with Swedish automotive safety supplier Autoliv to develop autonomous driving software and sell it to other automakers. The deal will see Volvo and Autoliv move their autonomous vehicle software development and intellectual property to the joint venture, which will start with an …

Don't call Star Trek actor Tim Russ a Trekkie

One of the most prolific actors in the franchise took a "just a job" approach to his Trek work. Still, his time on the show made him better appreciate how important science is to our world. Source link

Automated systems fight ISIS propaganda, but at what cost?

The spread of ISIS propaganda online has put social media companies in a tough position. Governments are urging Facebook, Twitter, and Google to more aggressively remove extremist content, in the hopes of reducing the terrorist group’s influence. Now, a nonprofit organization has developed an algorithm that it says …

PayPal, MasterCard reach deal for store payments

(Reuters) – MasterCard Inc said it signed a deal with PayPal Holdings Inc that will allow customers to use PayPal's payment services in stores. PayPal's partnership with MasterCard follows a similar deal with Visa Inc in July as the company looks to expand its payments network. The partnership …

Geely's Volvo and Autoliv team up in autonomous driving

Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group and auto safety group Autoliv said on Tuesday they would form a joint venture to develop autonomous driving software as automotive firms across the industry race to embrace the emerging technology. The joint venture, which is to be headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and had …

Europe's mobile payment players braced for battle as U.S. rivals move in

By Mia Shanley STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – European mobile payment providers iZettle and SumUp are among a handful of start-ups that have encouraged European small businesses to kick their cash-only habits. SumUp Chief Executive Daniel Klein told Reuters that his company, which is funded partly by e-commerce giant Groupon, …

GE to buy SLM, Arcam for $1.4 billion in 3D printing push

FRANKFURT/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – General Electric announced plans on Tuesday to buy two European 3D printing groups – Sweden's Arcam and Germany's SLM Solutions – for a total of $1.4 billion to tap into manufacturers' growing demand for digital technologies. 3D printing has been used by engineers to build …