GM’s self-driving car startup unveils EV without steering wheel or pedals

In a statement, Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving car unit said, it has unveiled an electric vehicle without any steering wheel or pedals for use in its planned autonomous ride-sharing service. Cruise did not disclose when the car will go into production. The vehicle, named “Cruise Origin”, was developed with Honda Motor Co Ltd following the…

French competition authority levies $167M fine on Google

France’s competition watchdog has levied a fine of $167 million on Google citing Google’s non-transparent advertising rules and the fact that it changes them at will. Google is facing a growing number of investigations into its advertisement business practices, on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruling is the first penalty by the French authorities…

European Commission to decide on Nvidia’s bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies for $6.8 billion by Dec. 19

Data from the European Commission’s website shows that U.S. chipmaker Nvidia did not offer any concessions to EU antitrust regulators who are examining its $6.8 billion bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies. The European Commission is set to take a decision on Nvidia’s biggest-ever acquisition by December 19. It is to be seen whether the EC…

Amazon’s cloud business facing antitrust scrutiny from FTC

As per a Bloomberg report citing sources familiar with the matter at hand the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond its retail operations and now includes its cloud-computing business as well. As per the report, U.S. antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies questions pertaining to Amazon Web…

Huawei and ZTE being methodically sliced from U.S. telecommunication networks

A group of 15 U.S. senators from both the Republican and the Democratic party have written a letter to the U.S. Commerce Department urging it to suspend issuing licenses to U.S. firms that conduct business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co, citing threats to U.S. national security. The letter also urges the Trump, administration to halt…

Google signs healthcare data deal with Ascension, gets access to health records of millions of Americans

In a deal that provides Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc more data to finetune its artificial intelligence tools, the search giant has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date with Ascension. In a joint statement Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, and Google…

Didi Chuxing launches autonomous self-driving unit

The autonomous driving unit will function as an independent company. On Monday, China’s ride hailing firm Didi Chuxing stated it has launched an autonomous driving unit as an independent company. The business will focus its resources on research and development activities as well as deepen its collaboration with automakers. Zhang Bo, Didi’s chief technology officer…