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…

Google faces privacy woes stemming from data handling for its online ad business

Google online ad business faces strong risks of non-compliance to EU’s GDPR. In a development that marks a heightening of Google’s privacy woes, privacy campaigners have filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way Google handles data in its online advertising business. Last month, complaints filed…

U.S. ban on Huawei could weigh on Japan’s economy: Finance Minister Taro Aso

One of the primary reasons why Japan could be impacted by the ban on Huawei is intertwined supply chains. On Friday, Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso stated, the U.S bid to block Huawei Technologies from purchasing American technology is likely to impact Japanese companies and weign on the country’s economic growth prospects. “There are Japanese…

Amazon.com’s smart speaker business coule be probed by FTC

Amazon.com’s alleged data collection through its smart speakers of children is in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In a potentially significant development, 4 senators from the United States have urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon.com’s smart speaker which target children. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Edward J. Markey, Josh Hawley and…

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy places Arabsat-6A communications satellite into space

The launch demonstrates SpaceX’s capability as well as Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial acumen. It will go a long way to garner lucrative satellite launch of military satellites, worth billions of dollars. In a significant development, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world, lifted off from Florida in a key demonstration of Elon…