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Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving computer design

Intel Corp announced a collaboration with Alphabet's Waymo self-driving unit, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its computer platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.

Google shuffles top policy team amid ongoing EU antitrust row

Caroline Atkinson, an experienced diplomat Google hired last year to steer its global policy efforts, is stepping aside from that management role.

The staffing shakeup comes as the Alphabet Inc unit negotiates terms in the European Union in the aftermath of a record antitrust fine and big technology companies face rising regulatory scrutiny in the US, including a renewed call for tougher competition enforcement. — Reuters

Uber faces big jump in fees if London licence is renewed

Uber will face a big jump in the fee it pays to operate in London to £2.9mil (RM16.42mil) if the ride hailing company is granted a new licence by the city's transport authority.

Can cycling be safer if bikes are smarter and ‘talk’ to cars?

Jake Sigal wants to make biking safer. To do that, Sigal and his Detroit-area software company, Tome, plan to make bicycles, or their accessories, smarter and allow them to communicate with the cars and trucks that occupy the same streets, sometimes leading to fatal interactions.

Sigal showing off a piece of cycling equipment that could be made smarter through a research project his company and Trek Bicycle are launching at Mcity in Ann Arbor, Michigan. — Detroit Free Press/TNS

Mobile video viewing: YouTube beats Netflix, at least on Android

Mobile video viewing is huge, and keeps on growing: US Americans spent some 12 billion hours in the top 10 video streaming apps on Android during the 12 months ending July 2017, according to new data from app analytics specialist App Annie.

The list of the most popular Android video streaming apps is led by YouTube, by a wide margin: 80% of those 12 billion hours were spent in the YouTube app alone, according to App Annie. — Reuters

From grudge to nudge: tech firms help insurers shift gear

Insurers are counting on real-time technology to help them cut back payouts, from a system warning ships of nearby pirates to an app offering to buy sleepy drivers a coffee on the motorway.

Traffic flowing along the M56 motorway as the sun sets near Manchester, Britain. The aim is to move insurance from a "grudge" purchase, when the only interaction with customers is after something has gone wrong, to a "nudge" product, encouraging safer behaviour. — Reuters

Silicon Valley’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week – OK, month

From Facebook's advertising and fake-news issues to Google's pay practices and antitrust woes, Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies are feeling the heat lately.

Facebook is urged to tell the public more about the Russian disinformation campaign. — Bay Area News Group/TNS

Google cashes in on fake news and helps support its purveyors: report

Media Matters found that three ad networks were the leading choices for peddlers of BS masquerading as factual reporting. Google AdSense ads appeared on 41 sites slinging this slop.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment and to questions such as whether its content policy actually bans fake news, or whether the company makes any effort to prevent AdSense ads from appearing on fake-news sites. — Reuters

Is streaming busting your mobile data plan? Now there’s an app for that

Mobile data hogs on data-capped plans have a new option for avoiding massive overage fees if they’ve been bingeing on video, audio, social media, games or other apps.

Syntonic’s target market for Freeway Overpass is consumers 18-34 who ”are consuming an inordinate amount of data,” said Rotholtz. — AFP Relaxnews

Airbnb, Paris rental agents to register from Oct 2, Figaro says

Paris authorities will make it mandatory for all landlords renting their homes through Airbnb Inc and other online platforms to register before offering lodging, as the city seeks to increase control and crack down on those who unlawfully rent, Le Figaro reported.

The measure is meant to curb a housing shortage in the city, the newspaper said, citing the mayor’s housing adviser. — Bloomberg

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