Senate panel to call key Cambridge Analytica figure to testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee panel plans to call a former Cambridge Analytica contractor at the center of a scandal involving the use of data from millions of Facebook users, a committee source told Reuters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at Cambridge University who created a personality quiz […] Read more »

Etsy raises 2018 revenue growth forecast, shares hit record

(Reuters) – Etsy Inc on Thursday raised its full-year revenue growth forecast, boosted by an increase in its transaction fee for sellers, sending shares of the company surging 35 percent to a record high. FILE PHOTO – A sign advertising the online seller Etsy Inc. is seen outside the Nasdaq market site in Times Square […] Read more »

Didi Chuxing tightens car-pooling rules after murder threatens to dent image

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s biggest ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Wednesday its car-pooling service drivers can only pick up passengers of the same sex in early morning and late evening, part of an on-going effort to regain trust following a murder of a female passenger earlier this year. A man is seen in front […] Read more »

Acacia says ZTE business to remain suspended until ban lifted

(Reuters) – Acacia Communications Inc’s supply agreement with ZTE Corp will remain suspended until the U.S. Department of Commerce implements its recent settlement with the Chinese firm, the U.S. company said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO – Visitors pass in front of the Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp booth at the Mobile World Congress in […] Read more »

Mapbox taps ex-Apple designer to head augmented reality efforts

(Reuters) – Mapping startup Mapbox Inc said Monday that it had hired Avi Cieplinski, an veteran of Twitter and Apple who co-invented several popular iPhone features, to head up its efforts help application makers design location-based augmented reality software. Mapbox does not make a mapping app itself but provides the underlying maps inside of other […] Read more »

Rockwell to take 8 percent stake in software maker PTC for $1 billion

(Reuters) – Rockwell Automation said on Monday it would buy an 8.4 percent stake in PTC for $1 billion as it looks to combine technologies such as internet of things, and augmented reality with its factory automation equipment and software. As part of the deal, Rockwell will acquire 10.6 million newly issued PTC shares for […] Read more »

How Microsoft's Windows Red Team Keeps PCs Safe

One of them jailbroke Nintendo handhelds in a former life. Another has more than one zero-day exploit to his name. A third signed on just prior to the devastating Shadow Brokers leak. These are a few of the members of the Windows red team, a group of hackers inside Microsoft who spend their days finding […] Read more »

E3 Is Going to be a Weird One—But Don’t Hold Your Breath

It’s early-mid June, which means the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the perennially-at-a-crossroads, very-important-and-yet-somehow-not-important-at-all videogames showcase, is returning. As has been the case for the past few years, the press conference proceedings that mark the largest news-drivers of the event begin today, with Microsoft and Bethesda Softworks holding conferences today and Sony, Nintendo, and everyone else following […] Read more »

These Startups Are Using AI and Virtual Reality to Fight Mental Illness

Mental health professionals and entrepreneurs have a message for those suffering from anxiety and depression: You are not alone. That message seems especially relevant in 2018. The sudden deaths of Kate Spade, the fashion designer and entrepreneurial icon, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week shine a light on a systemic problem: Mental illness. Both Spade and […] Read more »

Apple Loop: Latest Leak 'Confirms' New iPhone, iOS 12 Drops Sexy For Security, WWDC Fails MacBooks

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest renders of the new iPhone X for 2018, the hardware that wasn’t announced at WWDC, why iOS 12 stands for stability, the renewed focus on iPhone security, the disappointment of no new MacBooks at WWDC, and all […] Read more »