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And now for something completely different: Chinese robot news readers

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese news readers may have some new competition - artificially intelligent robot anchors that can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading out reports. The AI anchor, developed by state news agency Xinhua and tech firm Sogou Inc (SOGO.N), was on display at the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen, drawing in curious passers-by. The anchor, mod...

09 Nov 11:36 AM 0 Read More...

German snub on EU internet tax would break Franco-German trust: Le Maire

PARIS (Reuters) - Germany’s failure to back a proposed EU tax on big internet companies would damage trust between France and Germany, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Friday. “We can’t imagine for a second that Germany does not stick to its commitments and decides not to adopt the directive in December,” Le Maire said in an interview with Les Echos website. “That would be a breakdown of tru...

09 Nov 11:19 AM 0 Read More...

Brazil homebuilder to offer Renault electric cars in buildings

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Latin America’s largest homebuilder, MRV Engenharia e Participacoes SA (MRVE3.SA), is partnering with the Brazilian unit of French automaker Renault SA (RENA.PA) to offer electric car sharing in its buildings. Co-Chief Executive Officer Rafael Menin said in a Thursday statement that the pilot program was part of the Brazilian homebuilder’s energy efficiency initiatives. The homebuilder aims ...

08 Nov 9:27 PM 0 Read More...

VW plans to sell electric Tesla rival for less than $23,000: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) intends to sell electric cars for less than 20,000 euros ($22,836) and protect German jobs by converting three factories to make Tesla (TSLA.O) rivals, a source familiar with the plans said. VW and other carmakers are struggling to adapt quickly enough to stringent rules introduced after the carmaker was found to have cheated diesel emissions tests, with its chief executiv...

08 Nov 7:44 PM 0 Read More...

Google hears protesters, changes sexual harassment policies

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it would make changes to how it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after thousands of its employees around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced a detailed “action plan”, which included making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault c...

08 Nov 5:33 PM 0 Read More...

Tesla names director Denholm as chair after Musk rows

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc director Robyn Denholm, a telecoms executive who has worked for Toyota, has been promoted to chairwoman of the electric car company, tasked with regulating billionaire Elon Musk’s regime after months of turbulence which have worried Wall Street. An Australian accountant, Denholm currently works for telecoms firm Telstra and replaces Musk after he was forced to relinquish the role as part of a...

08 Nov 5:15 PM 0 Read More...

Israeli cybersecurity firm Coronet partners with Dropbox

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Coronet said on Thursday it has entered into a partnership with Dropbox (DBX.O) that is expected to bring the Israeli cybersecurity firm millions of new users for its data breach protection platform. As part of the partnership, Coronet said it will complement Dropbox’s own security features with the integration of its platform, which detects and blocks suspicious behavior. Coronet focuses on s...

08 Nov 5:04 PM 0 Read More...

Portugal's OutSystems eyes rapid expansion after securing funding: CEO

LISBON (Reuters) - OutSystems, one of Portugal’s biggest technology start-ups, is confident of retaining its leading position in the fast-growing market for applications built with minimal coding after receiving $360 million in funding this year, its CEO said. The funding has renewed attention on Portugal’s growing tech scene as it shows there are more so-called unicorns, or start-up companies valued above $1 bil...

08 Nov 4:58 PM 0 Read More...

SEC, EtherDelta founder settle charges over operating unregistered exchange

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Thursday it settled charges against Zachary Coburn, the founder of cryptocurrency token trading platform EtherDelta, over operating an unregistered securities exchange. EtherDelta users executed more than 3.6 million orders for ERC20 tokens over a period of 18 months, including tokens that are securities under the Federal Securities Laws, which req...

08 Nov 4:41 PM 0 Read More...

VW plans Tesla rival electric car for less than 20,000 euros: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will offer a Tesla-rivalling electric car costing below 20,000 euros ($22,836) and convert three of its factories into electric car plants as part of a far-reaching overhaul, a source familiar with the deliberations told Reuters. The electric car, known as “MEB entry” is being readied for a production volume of 200,000 vehicles, while a mid sized sedan, the I.D. Aero, ...

08 Nov 4:37 PM 0 Read More...