Global watchdogs urge ‘vigilant monitoring’ as big tech companies shift into financial services

(Reuters) — Google, Alibaba and other “Big Tech” companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook’s plan for its...

Uber Eats’ new group ordering tool could boost its appeal for business lunches

Uber Eats is finally bringing group ordering to its food delivery platform, allowing friends or work colleagues to take individual responsibility for choosing their own dish as part of a larger order. While this...

Nintendo Switch launches in China on December 10 for $300

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nintendo said on Wednesday it will officially launch its Switch gaming console in mainland China on December 10 priced 2,099 yuan ($298) with local partner Tencent. Pre-orders for the console...

Picovoice’s web console lets device makers create their own voice assistants

Following the rollout of its cloudless, edge device-focused voice assistant stack, which comprises wake word, speech-to-text translation, and speech-to-intent capabilities, Picovoice announced a web console that lets you easily create and train your...

SoftBank leads $30 million investment in Accel Robotics for AI-enabled cashierless stores

Accel Robotics, one of a growing number of AI startups that’s setting out to enable automated cashierless stores, has raised $30 million in a series A round of funding led by SoftBank, with...

China now requires face scans for all new mobile phone accounts

(Reuters) — China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed...

What are the digital pledges on offer in the 2019 general election? | Business

As 12 December creeps closer, every mainstream political party fighting for your votes in the upcoming UK election has now released a manifesto. In recent years policies surrounding technology have especially gained prominence...

ProBeat: Alexa, what is the worst shopping website? ‘I’m a big fan of Amazon.’

Five years ago, Amazon debuted the Echo with Alexa in the hopes of getting its customers to shop more on its site. Echo and all the Alexa devices that followed turned out to...

AI Weekly: With AI-empowered devices, consider what you’re buying

It’s Black Friday, and throngs of people are shopping for deals on virtual assistant-powered smart home devices from the likes of Amazon and Google. The initial appeal of smart speakers, smart displays, voice-controlled...

HSBC to shift $20 billion worth of assets to blockchain-based Digital Vault

(Reuters) — HSBC aims to shift $20 billion worth of assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March, in one of the biggest deployments yet of the widely-hyped but still unproven technology...

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