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Judge rejects Uber’s proposed $3M settlement with NY drivers

A federal judge refused to grant preliminary approval for Uber Technologies’ proposed $3 million class-action settlement with 2,421 New York drivers who accused the ride-sharing company of retaining excessive fees from their fares. In a decision on Friday, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn objected to a provision allowing …

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This exoskeleton could save disabled kids from life in wheelchairs

It was a bleak medical diagnosis for his young nephew that put the idea in Manmeet Maggu’s head to launch a startup focused on robotic exoskeletons for children. A few years ago, Maggu and Trexo Robotics co-founder Rahul Udasi were still undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. That’s when they …

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Facebook: We can’t promise we won’t destroy democracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading …

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Hackers steal over 10% of initial coin offering funds

More than 10 percent of funds raised through “initial coin offerings” are lost or stolen in hacker attacks, according to new research by Ernst & Young that delves into the risks of investing in cryptocurrency projects online. The professional services firm analyzed more than 372 ICOs, in which new digital …

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Asteroid was only spotted seven hours before flying past Earth

Space rocks flying without a real purpose through space could one day wreak havoc on Earth. But that’s hardly something you need to be worried about. Some of these asteroids are automatically labeled as “potentially hazardous” if they pass us by within a certain distance…but that distance can be millions …

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Thanks to social tech, now everyone can have a mentor

When Marco Perry and Kathy Larchian started their Brooklyn-based product design firm, Pensa, finding a mentor was hard. It was 2005 and the maker industry was in its nascent stages, meetups were a new phenomenon, and LinkedIn, which now has 500 million members, had just reached 1 million. “Identifying someone …

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Facebook to boost ‘trustworthy’ news

Facebook has announced it will prioritise news sources deemed to be more trustworthy on its News Feed. The firm said the social network community would determine which outlets are reliable via the use of user surveys. Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said news content would soon make up around …

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Amazon to open checkout-free store

Amazon will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove …

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Twitter will alert users exposed to Russian propaganda

Twitter Inc which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service. The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted …

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Facebook will ask users to rank news outlets they trust

Facebook said Friday it will ask its 2 billion users to rank the news outlets they trust most after criticism over allowing fake news to spread, according to a report Friday. The firm no longer wants to serve as a platform for misleading information, company executives said, according to The …

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