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No more obfuscation: FeeBelly, founded by Michael Asare, helps users identify wording in contracts that could indicate hidden fees. — Feebelly/TNS

FeeBelly helps users spot danger when signing complex contracts

Anyone who's signed a contract for a mortgage or even a club membership knows they can be a pain, especially if you miss a clause about overages, fees or extra costs.

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Advanced hacking abilities: The newest documents focus on how the CIA targets Apple’s popular personal electronics to spy on users, including a bug that can permanently infect an Apple Mac computer. — AFP

WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

24 March 2017

The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published March 23 by WikiLeaks.

Money needed: Subscription fees could come from a version of Tweetdeck, —  Reuters

Twitter explores subscription–based option for first time

24 March 2017

Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Crunch time: Toshiba is grappling with a multibillion dollar financial maelstrom stemming from Westinghouse's ill-fated purchase of a US nuclear power plant construction company in 2015.  —  Reuters

Toshiba banks push for quick Westinghouse bankruptcy filing

24 March 2017

Toshiba Corp's main lenders are asking it to submit a bankruptcy filing for US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC by the end of this month, the Nikkei business daily reported .

More cracks showing: The controversy over ad placement, now in its second week, is expanding at a pace Alphabet Inc’s Google has struggled to match in its response. — Reuters

YouTube hate videos snare Ikea ads as Google crisis spreads

24 March 2017

Major advertisers across Europe are still appearing alongside extremist YouTube videos days after technology giant Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate.

Getting protection: Amazon sellers at risk of getting kicked off the platform for things beyond their control – like a late delivery from a courier – are flocking to insure themselves against income lost during an Amazon suspension. — Reuters

Amazon sellers can get insured by Lloyd’s for getting kicked off

24 March 2017

Like many people who make their living selling stuff on Amazon.com Inc, Rob Griffin is terrified of getting kicked off the site.

All the feels: A handout photo of Dahiya with the prosthetic hand developed by his team at Glasgow University, Scotland. — Photographic Unit University of Glasgow/Reuters

Scientists use graphene to power ‘electronic skin’ that can feel

24 March 2017

Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch.

Crackdown: Turkish authorities have tightened their oversight of Twitter, as well as Facebook and YouTube, since anti-government protesters in 2013 used social-media platforms to organise. — Reuters

Half of tweet removal requests come from Turkey, Twitter says

24 March 2017

Turkey accounted for more than half of all content removal requests sent to Twitter during the second half of 2016, a ranking it has topped for three years.

Under pressure: Uber has cut the incentives it gives to drivers and raised the fares it charges passengers in India. —  Reuters

Uber stalls India leasing scheme as driver incomes drop

24 March 2017

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies is rethinking its car leasing strategy in India, its second-biggest market, as drivers have returned dozens of leased cars early after the company cut incentives.

Apple’s next big thing: augmented reality

24 March 2017

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc's chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. But no technology has fired up Cook quite like augmented reality, which overlays images, video and games on the real world.

Change of ownership: Once part of Nokia, Here was purchased by BMW, Audi and Daimler in 2015. —  AFP Relaxnews

Here starts courting app makers

24 March 2017

Here, the automotive industry-owned mapping and location services company is launching a new set of tools that will let any developer easily build and launch an app that needs location-specific features.

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