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'Unfit' Uber stripped of London licence

LONDON: London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its licence to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities

The capital's transport regulator said the Silicon Valley technology giant's approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire licence and it would not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30.  Uber, which has 40,000 drivers working in the capital, said it would contest the decision.
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Preparing the young for digital careers

Fair a showcase of students’ creativity and provides insight into different elements of technology

Winners of the various competitions at the mydigitalmaker Fair 2017

Tech dreams live or die on startup battlefields

Fearing failure but driven by a chance at Silicon Valley stardom, young entrepreneurs pitch their dreams in mere minutes at startup competitions like TechCrunch Disrupt that ended in San Francisco on Sept 20.

Tech startups vying for investors, fans, and media attention at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. About 20 startups vied in the TechCrunch Disrupt battle of the startups, a highlight of the three-day event. — AFP

Nest looks to shake up home security

Nest has set out to shake up the home security market, unveiling an Internet-age alarm system.

The Hello doorbell, which will be released early next year, could detect when people were in sight and recognise faces. — Nest

Google buys HTC talent for US$1.1bil

Internet giant aims to bolster hardware business with the acquisition

Valued talent: Alphabet Inc’s Google is taking on some 2,000 employees from HTC Corp with experience working on its signature Pixel devices, intended to showcase the best features of the Android software that now power the vast majority of the world’s smartphones. — Reuters

Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 U.S. election

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said.

Delphi, BlackBerry partner on self-driving software system

Auto suppliers Delphi Automotive Plc and BlackBerry Ltd will partner on a software operating system for self-driving cars.

BlackBerry said its operating system would help guard against cyber attacks, malware and system malfunctions. — Reuters

Apple likes the patent ‘death squad’; Allergan pays to avoid it

Allergan Plc’s decision to pay a Native American tribe US$15mil (RM62.81mil) a year rather than let one of its blockbuster drugs be scrutinised by the US Patent & Trademark Office is part of a backlash against an agency review panel that has been dubbed a “death squad.”

Silicon Valley companies like Google or Apple Inc are among the biggest users of the review board to fend off what they consider nuisance lawsuits from companies looking for a quick payday. — Bloomberg

Silicon Valley challenged by senators over sex trafficking

Web companies opposed to a federal bill aimed at squelching online trafficking of children faced a blunt challenge from US lawmakers at a hearing on Sept 19, and a plea from a mother whose child was slain after being advertised for sex on the website.

Tech companies such as Google and Facebook Inc and their trade groups say the bill would create greater liability for speech and videos posted by users. — Sipa USA/TNS

Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters.