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Uber self-driving car kills US woman

Uber Technologies has halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology. The 49-year-old woman, Elaine

Cars might fly (when pigs do)

What is it with Silicon Valley and flying cars? Perhaps it’s a result of having an economy largely based on Popular Mechanics nerds-turned-billionaires. Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that tech hubs San Francisco

First driverless taxis to hit the US

The first US commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved. Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, got a permit in late January from the Arizona department of transportation to operate as a

Alphabet gets into the cybersecurity business

Google has a new sister: parent company Alphabet has announced the formation of a new subsidiary company, called Chronicle, focused on cybersecurity. Chronicle was formed in 2016 inside X, Alphabet’s experimental lab that

Are US tech giants overvalued?

In the past few years, much has been made of the performance of the “Fang” stocks in the US. The acronym refers to four high-growth technology companies – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (now Alphabet). The shares of all four

Amazon debuts new speaker with smart-home hub has debuted a new high-end version of its Echo speaker with a smart-home hub system built in, stepping up a fight with Google and Apple for digital control of people’s homes. The upgraded device, called the Echo Plus

Google parent creates new holding company, XXVI

Alphabet is forming a new holding company designed to finalise its evolution from Google, the Web search giant, into a corporate parent with distinct arms that protects individual businesses in far-flung fields like health

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