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Uber investor sues ousted CEO alleging fraud
Benchmark Capital, which owns 13% of the ride-hailing company, has accused Travis Kalanick of fraudulently trying to pack Uber's board with his allies so he can return to his old job as CEO.The venture...
California climate case turns up the heat on fossil fuel giants
Big oil faces claims for damageUniversalImagesGroup/GettyIn a potentially historic move, the coastal Californian counties of Marin and San Mateo, together with the City of Imperial Beach, have each filed...
HTC's new One X10 delivers schmick looks and an epic battery for not much dosh
HTC has announced that its latest popular-but-not-pricey One X phone — the One X10 — will be landing soon in Australia, and like many midrange phones it claims to bring premium features to the affordable...
‘Beware of all things smart,’ privacy guru warns in wake of Wikleaks disclosure
Powerful surveillance tools once held deep inside the CIA are designed to turn any connected device — smart TVs, phones, routers, and — increasingly — cars, into tools to spy on their owners, Wikileaks...
Uber investigating sexual harassment claims by ex-employee
The chief executive of Uber opened an internal investigation Sunday into claims of sexual harassment made by a former engineer at the company. The engineer, Susan Fowler, said that she was sexually harassed...
Game over for PS3 Linux settlement—judge concerned gamers won’t get paid
EnlargeAFP/Stringer reader comments 25 Share this story A few months ago we reported that the "devil was in the details" about how Sony Playstation 3 owners could go about getting either $9 or $55 from...
Calls for clearer speed claims on broadband ads
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) wants new rules after finding consumers are unlikely to receive the headline claims quoted by providers.It said most people think they will get a speed at or...
Bogus claims by homeopathic drug makers will now face wrath of FTC
Enlarge / Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Gel. Getty | Miami Herald reader comments 28 Share this story The Federal Trade Commission will no longer turn a blind eye to bogus or misleading claims by homeopathic...
Claim of iPhone 7 catching fire
Reddit user "kroopthesnoop" has uploaded a picture of what they claim is the iPhone 7 Plus which he claims exploded in transit. Source: Reddit. FIRST it was Samsung with the exploding phone. Now there...
Google Asks Supreme Court to Weigh In on Chrome Patent Dispute
The company wants SCOTUS to weigh in on how patent claims should be properly construed. Google wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a patent infringement dispute involving its Chrome browser. In...
Uber’s deal to end driver lawsuit for $84 million falls apart
Uber reader comments 7 Share this story In April, it looked like a high-profile lawsuit against Uber was going to be resolved after the high-flying startup agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle allegations...
Reddit tells label it won’t cough up IP address of prerelease music pirate
Kmeron reader comments 8 Share this story Reddit says it won't give Atlantic Records the IP address of a Reddit user who posted a link on the site of a single by Twenty One Pilots a week before the song's planned...
Ad board to Comcast: Stop claiming you have the “fastest Internet”
Comcast reader comments 20 Share this story Comcast should discontinue its claim that Xfinity service "delivers the fastest Internet in America," the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended today....
Wearable maker Fitbit must face lawsuit over sleep-tracking claims
Fitbit reader comments 2 Share this story A proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Fitbit of misrepresenting the ability of its wearable fitness products to track sleep can move forward, a federal judge...
Palantir ex-employee claims frat-house antics at company: Report
Add a "party culture" problem to the growing list of problems facing Palantir. A former employee of the notoriously secretive company, Bernie Cohen, described the tech firm as having a frat-house environment...
GE Healthcare, Accenture Partner on Claims Processing Technology
The partnership is part of a GE-Accenture alliance announced in 2013 to solve industry challenges with the use of advanced analytics capabilities. Accenture and GE Healthcare (GEHC) announced the expansion...
Neuroscientists working to test brain training claims
The draw is huge: Play video games and get smarter. For the past decade, various groups have claimed that their programs do everything from staving off neurodegenerative disease to enhancing education...
FTC sues VW over false claims of ‘clean diesel’ in ads
WASHINGTON — A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its “Clean Diesel” vehicles as environmentally friendly. The German...
Parks Canada juggles competing claims to Franklin shipwrecks
Parks Canada divers have recovered 55 artifacts from the wreck of HMS Erebus since it was discovered in Arctic waters in 2014. Some 18 months later, the agency is still juggling claims of control and...
iPhone 7 to be the thinnest iPhone yet, claims latest rumor
What's Hot on ZDNet If they awarded Oscars for smartphones: The 10 best handsets 2006-2016 Why Android and even Windows might make it onto the Raspberry Pi 3 Google, Microsoft, Apple: Where does the money...
Xiaomi Mi 5 launched at MWC 2016: Here are the top features
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:February 25, 2016 11:48 am Xiaomi Mi 5 was launched at MWC 2016 and Beijing in two events. Here are the top features of the phone. (Source: Nandagopal Rajan) Xiaomi...
9 startups helping to save 1.3 billion tonnes of wasted food
This article was first published in the March 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Are we all getting ‘Wi-Fried’?
Australian scientist have hit out at claims made on the ABC “Catalyst” program that mobile phones and Wi-Fi are linked to causing cancer. WE HAVE heard the claims before, that our mobile phones could be...
Removing sugar from diet for just nine days can have 'dramatic results,' new study claims
The study, published by the journal Obesity, substituted the sugar intake of 43 obese children with starch and claims to have demonstrated sugar is dangerous not because of its calories but because of...
NASA probes AnonSec hack claims, denies that one of its drones was hacked
Hacking group AnonSec says that it has accessed a trove of NASA data and hacked one of the space agency’s drones, prompting an investigation by NASA, which has questioned the validity of the claims....
Sheen’s doc has ‘found HIV cure’
Charlie Sheen is Back on HIV Meds After Risking His Life for Alternative Treatment Charlie Sheen is working on bettering his health in the new year. Astonishing claims ... Australian doctor Samir Chachoua...
London to New York in 11 minutes
Charles Bombardier, the man behind concept aircraft Skreemr which could travel at Mach 10, has now unveiled the Antipode. It is a hypersonic jet that he claims will cover the distance between London and...
App 'connecting' celebs with fans hit by fraud claims
An Australian start-up tech company that offered fans an opportunity to connect with sports and entertainment stars for a fee has been targeted with claims it made false promises of its celebrity backers.Sociabl...
IBM keeps top spot as US patent leader, study says
IBM has maintained its position as the U.S. patent leader, according to an annual survey conducted by IFI Claims Patent Services. The Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant was granted 7355 patents in 2015, down...
IBM granted most U.S. patents in 2015, study finds
International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) was granted the most U.S. patents for the 23rd year in a row in 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm IFI Claims Patents Services. There were...
CES 2016: This chip claims it'll double your wearable's battery life
Good news wearable fans, a new low power Bluetooth chip claims it can deliver up to two times longer battery life for your smartwatches and fitness trackers.Created by NXP, the QN 9080 Bluetooth Low Energy...
China says it is building its second aircraft carrier
China is building its second aircraft carrier, this time entirely with domestic technology, its Defense Ministry said Thursday. Ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun told reporters at a news conference that...
Facebook to face class action lawsuits over claims it inflated share price
In a decision published on Tuesday, US District Judge Robert Sweet said that two class action lawsuits - one for institutional investors and one for retail shareholders - may proceed. He said that Facebook...
California elections officials probe voter data breach claims: Sacramento Bee
(Reuters) - California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said on Tuesday that his office was working to verify claims that confidential voter information had been exposed on the Internet, the Sacramento...
Patent troll claims HTTPS websites infringe crypto patent, sues everybody
An image from the patent called "Auto-escrowable and auto-certifiable cryptosystems."Auto-escrowable and auto-certifiable cryptosystems patentA Texas company is suing some of the biggest names in tech...
How Anonymous’s war against IS has already fallen apart
Anonymous claims to have thwarted ISIS by deleting its Twitter accounts, however there are claims it may be backfiring. Picture: Abbas Momani / AFP THEY claimed they had “taken down” about 20,000 Twitter...
Google defeats most claims in browser tracking lawsuit
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld the dismissal of federal claims and revived two California state law claims accusing Google of invading computer users' privacy by enabling the placement of "cookies"...
AMD lied over Bulldozer CPU cores, claims lawsuit
Chipmaker AMD has been hit with a class action lawsuit that claims the company misled customers by claiming that its Bulldozer CPUs had twice as many cores as it functionally had. Must See Gallery Photos:...
Chilling note found in shoebox
Can you decipher this note? A REDDIT user has uploaded a chilling note found by a friend in an unopened box of Naturalizer shoes. The note appears to show a labour worker seated, with non-English writing...
Shell, Nigeria accused over oil spill clean up
A man scoops spilled crude oil into a bottle from the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in Ogoniland, on June 24, 2010 Shell was on Tuesday accused of making false claims about the extent...
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