Volkswagen suspends arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, names interim boss

Volkswagen suspends arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, names interim boss

Volkswagen suspended Audi boss Rupert Stadler and announced an interim replacement on Tuesday, seeking to steady its most profitable business after German authorities arrested Stadler as part of an emissions probe. Audi said Stadler, 55, had requested to temporarily step down from his position, and named sales executive Abraham Schot as an interim replacement with […]

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Tesla to lay off 3,000 employees, CEO Elon Musk says it’s difficult to say goodbye

Tesla to lay off 3,000 employees, CEO Elon Musk says it’s difficult to say goodbye

Elon Musk took to micro-blogging site Twitter to confirm that Tesla will soon lay off around 3000 employees. Musk informed his employees about the decision via an email that got leaked online, after which he himself posted the screenshots of the entire announcements in order to avoid any confusion. “Tesla has grown and evolved rapidly […]

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Elon Musk emails staff alleging employee ‘sabotage’

Elon Musk emails staff alleging employee ‘sabotage’

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday in an email to staff that an unnamed Tesla employee had conducted “extensive and damaging sabotage” to the company’s operations including allegedly making unspecified code changes to its manufacturing operating system and sending what the email said was sensitive Tesla data to unnamed third parties. Company […]

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Like ‘Star Trek’: Voice shopping seen as new frontier

Like ‘Star Trek’: Voice shopping seen as new frontier

Hey, Google, order a large pizza! Alexa, I need vitamins! Voice shopping using smart speakers and smartphone apps is starting to gain traction among consumers, opening up a new “conversational commerce” channel and potentially disrupting the retail sector. Devices such as Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers and Google Home, which use artificial intelligence to respond to voice […]

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Portugal app empowers disabled to win better access to buildings

Portugal app empowers disabled to win better access to buildings

Fed up with the obstacle course of Lisbon’s narrow footways and stairs in doorways, wheelchair user Ricardo Teixeira has taken matters into his own hands, giving disabled people the chance to fight back and instantly report violations via a smart phone app. Developed together with Portugal’s disability charity Salvador Association, +Acesso is believed to be […]

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Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. Speaking at the Malaria Forum conference in London, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist said that while gene editing raises “legitimate questions”, that should not […]

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Ugandan wins major prize for developing bloodless malaria test

Ugandan wins major prize for developing bloodless malaria test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger. The diagnosis is ready to be […]

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Chinese ride-sharing company Didi picks Australia for first Western foray

Chinese ride-sharing company Didi picks Australia for first Western foray

Didi Chuxing Technology Co. Ltd., the Chinese ride-sharing company that bought the mainland operations of Uber Technologies Inc., will begin offering its service this month in Australia, its first foray in a Western-style country. The scheduled June 25 launch in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne sets Didi up for a showdown with the US rival […]

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