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SF lawmakers approve Twitter tax break

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bCity lawmakers approved a tax break to keep Twitter Inc from fleeing San Francisco. The measure exempts Twitter from a payroll tax on new hires if the micro-blogging service moves to the blighted Mid-Market area.

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Website lets donors pay Detroit residents' overdue water bills

Widespread water shutoffs in Detroit have led to the creation of a website that allows donors to anonymously pay the overdue bills of residents in the bankrupt city, a site organiser said on Thursday.

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Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest

Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation.

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Nissan shuts websites after anti-whaling cyberattack

Carmaker Nissan shut down its global websites after a cyberattack that may have been motivated by anger over Japan’s controversial whale and dolphin hunts.

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Taxing the new economy, starting with Uber, Lyft

If any service best reflects the new economy, it may be hailing rides on demand from big companies like Uber and Lyft.

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Airlines fret about laptop ban from Europe during peak season

Airline and travel-industry groups are quietly expressing concern about a plan under consideration by US security authorities to prohibit passengers from carrying their laptop computers into the cabin on flights from Europe.

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Wider laptops ban to cost passengers US$1bil, IATA warns

The widening of a US ban on carrying electronic devices aboard aircraft to include flights from Europe would cost travellers in excess of US$1bil (RM4.32bil), the head of the airline industry’s global lobby group said.

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Rise of the machines: China copes with robot glut

China wants to own the 21st Century economy. That's why Beijing economic planners have mapped out a full-on strategy called Made in China 2025 to dominate in artificial intelligence, robotics, electric vehicles and other key sectors.

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BMW eyes possible electric vehicle joint venture in China

German luxury automaker BMW is looking to form a joint venture with Great Wall Motor in China, which could focus on electric vehicles.

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Self-driving Uber car kills Arizona woman crossing street

An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, police said on Monday, marking the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation.