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Amazon Whole Foods Deal Opposed by Retail Workers Union

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents retail workers, sent a letter to antitrust enforcers on Monday warning about the dangers of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods both to workers and consumers. The union, which does not represent Whole Foods employees but 800,00 clerks and other workers at other grocery chains, asked the Federal Trade Commission to carefully scrutinise the $13.7 billion dealbut ... Read More »

Google Quantum Computing Services Said to Be Available to Researchers

For years, Google has poured time and money into one of the most ambitious dreams of modern technology: building a working quantum computer. Now the company is thinking of ways to turn the project into a business. Alphabet Inc.’s Google has offered science labs and artificial intelligence researchers early access to its quantum machines over the internet in recent months. The goal is to ... Read More »

Charles Bachman, Database Management System Pioneer, Dies at 92

Charles W. Bachman, a software engineer whose creation of the first database management system helped popularise computers in the corporate world and earned him the highest honor in computer science, died July 13 at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was 92. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said a daughter, Chandini Bachman. When Bachman joined General Electric in 1960, computers ... Read More »

Amazon, Flipkart Host Back to College Laptop Sales: Here Are the Top Offers

HIGHLIGHTS Amazon India has segregated laptops based on subjects Flipkart offers Rs. 15,000 off on exchange for the Surface Pro 4 Both websites offer No Cost EMI options on varied laptops Amazon India and Flipkart are both hosting Back to College laptop sales on their respective sites. Both the e-commerce verticals are offering different deals, exchange offers, and No Cost EMI options on ... Read More »

Somalia investigates ongoing Internet outage

MOGADISHU, Somalia The Somali government has launched an investigation into the ongoing Internet outage in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, the attorney general said Thursday. The internet outage hit 11 out of 18 Somali regions including the capital Mogadishu. South and central Somalia have been without Internet access since June 25. “My office started an investigation into the ongoing ... Read More »

Google Earth to Let Users Post Stories, Photos in Coming Years

Alphabet Inc wants users to post millions of stories, video and photos on its Google Earth platform in the next few years, the program chief said on Tuesday at a launch event in Brazil for content focused on showcasing the Amazon rainforest. The “Voyager” tool allows Internet surfers to take interactive tours of exotic destinations on Google Earth led by the likes of primatologist ... Read More »

Symantec Said to Be Considering Sale of Its Web Certificates Business

Cyber-security firm Symantec is considering selling its website certification business, in a deal that could fetch more than $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,457 crores) and extricate it from a feud with Alphabet Inc’s Google, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Google said in March that it was investigating Symantec’s failure to properly validate its certificates, which confirm that websites can be trusted. Symantec ... Read More »

Intel Rolls Out New Chips in Battle for Data Centre Business

Intel on Tuesday announced a new line of microprocessors for data centres, setting up a battle with Advanced Micro Devices and others for the lucrative business of supplying the chips that power cloud computing. The new Xeon Scalable Processor chips provide far greater support for next-generation computing applications such as artificial intelligence and driverless cars, said Naveen Rao, vice president of Intel’s artificial intelligence products ... Read More »

Net neutrality protests to blanket internet

Major technology companies and tech advocacy organizations are banding together in a last-ditch effort to save the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. On Wednesday, companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon, along with lawmakers and other tech groups, will stage a net neutrality “Day of Action” aimed at stopping FCC Chairman Ajit Pai from scrapping the net neutrality rules approved ... Read More »

Google Testing a ‘Panic Button’ on Android to Help Quickly Exit a Malicious App

ious app The feature is currently disabled If there ever was a time for Google to come out with a panic button for Android, then this is it. Coming fresh off the heels of two Android malware-related reports this past week – CopyCat and SpyDealer – it is now being reported that the Internet search giant has secretly added a malware ‘panic button’ ... Read More »