Germany's BMG music rights company said on Monday it had signed a music digital distribution deal with China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , as the world's largest e-commerce firm firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones and Jean-Michael Jarre, an Alibaba spokeswoman said. Alibaba has set its eyes on becoming an online-media powerhouse, with music, film and television.
The U.S. Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.
By Amy Pollock Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems. The developers, German technology firm Festo, say it's not just the unusual anatomy of real-world ants that inspired the bionic version - the collective intelligence of an ant colony was also something they wanted to replicate. Festo says that in the future production systems will be based on intelligent individual components that adjust themselves to different production demands by communicating with each other.
By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Elon Musk, the widely followed chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, tweeted several optimistic statements about the company's sagging China operations on Monday, sparking a sharp rebound the company's stock. On his Twitter feed around midday, Musk said that he was "very optimistic about Tesla's long-term future in China, despite our earlier mistakes." He also tweeted that he visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and other government officials and expressed "great faith" in Tesla's embattled team in China. The company's stock has been battered this year by investors concerned about the automaker's failure to hit sales targets in China and the departures last year of two top Tesla executives in that country. "We'll fix the China issue and be in pretty good shape probably in the middle of the year," Musk said at the time.
By Caroline Copley DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany's blue-chip DAX index trace their roots back to the 19th century or earlier. German companies are the engine of Europe's biggest economy, which is the financial bedrock of the euro zone. Mindful of the danger, companies such Metro, Bayer, Evonik, Merck KGaA and Deutsche Telekom are now investing in start-ups - seeking to gain digital expertise, as well as to embrace newcomers whose innovations could represent threats to their own businesses.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday he would discuss with the Chinese government recent technology policy moves that Washington has complained constitute unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms. China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological competition, most recently in the banking sector, and I look forward to further discussion today," Lew said, in remarks made during a meeting with Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing. President Barack Obama said he had raised the issue directly with China's President Xi Jinping, but Beijing denied U.S. statements that the law had then been put on hold.
Two agents who were part of the United States government's investigation into the Silk Road online underground marketplace have been charged with allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin.
The movie version of classic PlayStation video game Metal Gear Solid now has a writer. Deadline reports that Jay Basu, the young British writer who recently agreed to help Universal relaunch its classic monster movies, will write the screenplay for the film. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who helmed The Kings of Summer, is expected to direct.
Gogoro Smartscooter is the name of a bold electric scooter project that was first detailed at CES 2015 in early January. In short, the proposed scooter aims to offer users a convenient means of transportation that’s not only supposed to work with batteries rather than gas, but it’s also meant to offer users a hassle-free experience when it comes to powering those batteries. DON’T MISS: A fantastic hidden iPhone design detail you’ll be shocked you never noticed Instead of having to constantly remember to charge the scooter’s battery at home, the user simply has to only drop the depleted battery to a special Gogoro Energy Network GoStation and pick up a new one. And scooter fans in Taiwan will be the
LG has sent out invitations to events on April 28th and 29th in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul, at which it's likely to announce its latest flagship smartphone. The tagline is "See the Great.
Being colorblind can make the world a duller place since it means you see some of the world’s most gorgeous colors as shades of gray. To fix this, Valspar Paint has been teaming up with glasses manufacturer EnChroma to create special glasses to help colorblind people see exactly what they’ve been missing. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 review To show off the results of this partnership, Valspar recently posted a short video featuring colorblind people putting on EnChroma’s glasses and witnessing a full gamut of colors for the first time. The various people in the video seem appropriately wowed by the full spectrum of colors on display, with one going so far as to say the world looked dull when she took the glasses off. As
The Victorian government has released the state's public transport timetable data, allowing developers and the likes of Google Maps to be able to provide detailed public transport trip directions for the city.
Starting today, PS4, PS3 and Xperia smartphone and tablet owners will have access to Spotify through the new PlayStation Music app. PlayStation Music will replace the outmoded Music Unlimited service, giving Sony device owners access to Spotify’s 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists. DON’T MISS: A fantastic hidden iPhone design detail you’ll be shocked you never noticed Once PlayStation Music goes live on Monday, PlayStation Network users will be able to link their accounts with Spotify and subscribe to the Premium subscription service for $9.99 a month. There are also a few offers in place if you want to try before you buy: Music Unlimited subscribers with accounts active as of March 29, 2015, can receive 2 months of free access to
The upcoming 570S is the first of the manufacturer's Sports Series range, and is set to compete with cars such as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. McLaren reportedly banned photos of the car at the event, but some have surfaced, showing sleek bodywork, wasp-ish headlights, and the kind of gullwing doors that make the "budget" supercar look like its bigger brother, the legendary McLaren F1.
It’ll be a while until you’ll be able to play Nintendo games on mobile devices, but that doesn’t mean you have to hurry and purchase Nintendo hardware to get a quick Mario fix. In fact, there’s a way of running Super Mario 64 on your browser right now, no matter what operating system you use. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon It’s not the genuine Super Mario 64 version, as a developer recreated the first level of the game as a proof-of-concept demo for a Super Character Controller project for Unity. Nonetheless, it’s playable on any browser (on Windows, Mac and Linux) as long as you have Unity web player installed.
Rap mogul Jay Z on Monday launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control. With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service.
Last year, upstart manufacturer OnePlus took the Android world by storm by hyping its debut OnePlus One smartphone that featured both strong specifications and a surprisingly low price. Thanks to some new leaks obtained by GizmoChina, we may now have some information about what OnePlus has in store for its followup to 2014’s surprise hit smartphone. FROM EARLIER: HTC’s new phablet might be even better than the One M9 According to GizmoChina, the so-called “OnePlus Two” will feature “a laser focus fingerprint identification embedded in the home button.” We really have no idea what benefits a “laser focus” fingerprint scanner has over traditional fingerprint scanners and GizmoChina sadly doesn’t elaborate much on it and why OnePlus is including it. GizmoChina’s sources
Back when the Apple Watch was nothing more than a rumor, there was an endless stream of stories focusing on all of the biomedical engineering talent Apple was bringing on board. Consequently, we started to see an influx of reports detailing all of the incredible ways in which the Apple Watch was going to revolutionize personal health. Some reports event went so far as to proffer that Apple’s new wearable might be able to detect impending heart attacks or even measure metrics such as glucose levels. Don’t Miss: Fantastic hidden iPhone detail you’ll be shocked you never noticed Of course, the deeper Apple delves into personal health, the more likely it is that the device will have to pass FDA
If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v. North Carolina, before sending the case back to that state’s high court. The Court’s short but unanimous opinions helps make sense of how the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, interacts with the expanding technological powers of the U.S. government. Putting that tracking device on a car or a person is a search,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF).
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.
The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time that I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington.
Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The mother of Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays prosecutors "stop this quest for death" and allow her son to plead guilty and avoid possible execution, a California newspaper reported on Monday. Details of Arlene Holmes' book were disclosed in an interview that she and her husband, Bob, granted to the Del Mar Times, in which the couple maintained that their son is mentally ill and his life should be spared. James Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from a shooting rampage at a cinema in suburban Denver in July 2012. Twelve moviegoers were killed and 70 others wounded when Holmes opened fire inside the theater during a midnight viewing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for the southern California native if he is convicted.
Scott Walker is worried. He’s worried about America. He’s worried about his kids and his grandchildren, and everyone else’s. He’s worried about Islamic radicalism. He’s worried about too many people being on food stamps.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Officials consider the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.
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