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Uber-Lyft to stop California services absent reprieve

San Francisco - Uber and Lyft are hoping a courtroom reprieve will spare them from shutting down their rival smartphone-summoned ride services in California on Friday.

Seoul revokes permits for N. Korean defector groups over leaflets

Seoul - South Korea revoked the operation permits of two defector groups on Friday for sending anti-North Korea leaflets across the border, officials said, after Pyongyang furiously denounced their activities and blew up a liaison office.

Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

Apo - Google warned on Thursday that the EU's definition of artificial intelligence was too broad and that Brussels must refrain from over-regulating a crucial technology.

Alberta rescinds regulations — Will allow open-pit coal mines

The Alberta provincial government is changing its coal policies in a move it says is intended to make it easier to develop open-pit coal mines in one of the province’s most sensitive areas.

New IoT Security Rating to demonstrate cybersecurity status Special

UL, a global safety science company, has devised a IoT Security Rating to help manufacturers demonstrate cybersecurity posture in preparation for upcoming regulations.

US Treasury removes currency manipulator label on China

Washington - The United States on Monday removed the currency manipulator label it imposed on China last summer, in a sign of easing tensions between the economic powers after nearly two years of conflict.

Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Washington - The backlash against Big Tech moved into a new phase Monday as officials from nearly all US states announced an antitrust investigation into the dominance of internet giant Google.

Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook's Clegg

London - Governments, not companies, must regulate social networks, Facebook's head of global affairs and former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said Monday."It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules.

China tightens rules on genetic research after designer-baby scandal

Bejing - China has announced regulations to curb the smuggling of human organs and tighten oversight on the use of human genetic materials in research months after a Chinese scientist caused a global outcry by claiming that he gene-edited babies.

One unintended outcome of Farm Bill — Smokable hemp

Since the passage of the Farm Bill in December, hemp production and sales have been center-stage regarding the presence of cannabidiol, CBD, and its presence in food and drinks. But what about smoking hemp?

Russia requires Tinder to share users' data with security services

Moscow - Popular dating app Tinder is now required to share users' data with Russian security services after being placed on an official register, the country's telecoms watchdog said Monday.

FDA to hold first public hearing on legalizing CBD in foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold its first public hearing Friday, May 31, into how it should regulate CBD products. The FDA wants data on CBD's safety in food products so it can form a regulatory framework.

US blocks China Mobile, citing national security

Washington - US regulators on Thursday denied a request by China Mobile to operate in the US market and provide international telecommunications services, saying links to the Chinese government pose a national security risk.

UK to roll out age checks for porn in world first

London - Britain in July is set to become the first country in the world to introduce age-verification to access online pornography, the government said on Wednesday.

Facebook chief wants 'more active' govt role regulating internet

Washington - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg called Saturday for governments to play a "more active role" in regulating the internet, urging more countries to adopt versions of sweeping European rules aimed at safeguarding user privacy.

Deeper problems behind Google’s 1.5 billion euro fine Special

London - Google has been fined, for the third time, by the European Union for blocking rival online search advertisers. The fine was a record 1.5 billion euros. As to how this happened and whether Google will change, a leading lawyer weighs in.

US probing certification of Boeing 737 MAX

Washington - Boeing and US aviation regulators are coming under intense scrutiny over the certification of the 737 MAX aircraft after news that two recent crashes share similarities.

Boeing crashes cast spotlight on US aviation regulator

New York - Was the United States complacent in its certification of the Boeing 737 MAX?

FDA to adopt new methods to assess imported foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed a revised strategy to meet four goals in modernizing the oversight of foods imported to the U.S. The aim is to reduce the number of imported food safety issues.

A marijuana tax could help fix New York's crumbling subway system

New York City's subway system has been in a "state of emergency" for more than a year now, as Gov. Cuomo once described.

Facebook looks like it's preparing for war with Trump

Facebook looks as if it's preparing for war with US President Donald Trump. The company recently hired Kate Patchen, the chief of the Department of Justice's antitrust division in San Francisco.

NY fines UAE's largest bank over lax money-laundering safeguards

New York - New York state financial regulators on Wednesday fined the Dubai-based Mashreqbank $40 million, saying it cleared millions of high-risk transactions with scant safeguards against money laundering and terrorism finance.

UK sandwich chain changes labelling after allergy death

London - British sandwich shop chain Pret a Manger said Wednesday it would list all ingredients, including allergens, on its products after a teenage girl died in 2016 from an allergic reaction.

PwC survey reports adoption of blockchain technology is stalling

Regulation is proving to be the biggest sticking point in the deployment of blockchain solutions for businesses globally, with 84 percent of executives surveyed saying their companies are "actively involved" with the technology.

Electric scooter startups are about to run into Trump tariffs

As electric scooter-rental startups like Bird and Lime battle for market share on American streets, in a matter of days, the budding companies will be slammed with a slew of Trump tariffs.

Amazon: Not our job to worry about fears we're killing retailers

Amazon's senior vice president Russell Grandinetti said it's up to society and government to figure out how to handle the company's becoming a $178 billion disruptor in the retail sector.

Utilities in Europe to use long-distance drones for inspections

European utility companies are looking at using long-distance drones to inspect thousands of miles of grids and pipelines for damage and leaks in an attempt to avoid network failures that cost them billions of dollars a year

Brexit uncertainty for pharmaceutical companies

Of the different sectors of the British economy affected by the U.K.’s impending exit from the European Union, the pharmaceutical sector is one of the most significant. This relates to the value of the market and the regulatory impact.

Salesforce CEO says Facebook should be regulated like cigarettes

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has called for Facebook and other social networks to be regulated. He likened the addictive nature of social media to the cigarette industry, saying there are "a lot of parallels" between the two.

EU Parliament fails to skewer kebab meat phosphates

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday narrowly failed to block a proposal to allow the use of phosphates in kebab meat, an additive which critics say is linked to heart disease.
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