More than 1,000 Google employees implore leaders to stop working with U.S. customs and immigration

Jillian D’Onfro | CNBCMore than 1,000 Google employees have signed a petition asking company leaders to declare they won’t work with U.S. immigration and customs agencies, citing mistreatment of asylum seekers and refugees.The petition, which calls for Google to withdraw any existing and potential infrastructure, funding or engineering resources for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has garnered more than 1,000 signatures since appearing last Thursday. « Google’s AI Principles state that Google will not build technologies whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law…

Andrew Harper death: Man charged with newlywed PC’s murder

A man has been charged with murdering 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper, who was killed while investigating a burglary. The Thames Valley Police officer died on Thursday in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, after being dragged along the road by a vehicle. PC Foster’s wife, Lissie, paid tribute to the « kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet ». Jed Foster, 20, of Reading, has been charged with his murder and the theft of a quad bike. Mr Foster will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning. Nine other people who…

Microsoft hires Apple’s former Siri chief

Satya Nadella, CEO of MicrosoftJustin Solomon | CNBCMicrosoft has hired Bill Stasior, the person who until recently was in charge of the Siri virtual assistant at Apple.The move underlines Microsoft’s focus under CEO Satya Nadella on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.In 2016 Microsoft established the Artificial Intelligence and Research engineering group in a reorganization. Months later the company added AI to its list of top priorities in its annual report. Last year Microsoft went further in another reorganization that placed some AI teams in the group working on Microsoft’s Azure…

Andrew Harper death: Man charged with PC’s murder

A man has been charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed while investigating a burglary in Berkshire. The 28-year-old died on Thursday in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, after being dragged along the road by a vehicle. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the PCF News App. You can also follow @PCFBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: The Guardian

New York police fire officer who placed Eric Garner in deadly chokehold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Police Department on Monday fired the white officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner while trying to arrest him in 2014, an incident that helped fuel the “Black Lives Matter” movement in response to police use of force. The case, made famous by Garner’s plaintive cries of “I can’t breathe” with officer Daniel Pantaleo’s arm wrapped around his neck, tore at the NYPD for five long years while the United States dealt with a series of other cases of white officers…

Chiding Macron, Putin says ‘I don’t want yellow vests in Russia’

FORT BREGANCON, France (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin rebuked his French counterpart on Monday, saying he did not want “yellow vest” protests spring up like in France, after Emmanuel Macron urged the Russian leader to abide by democratic principles following weeks of protests in Moscow. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) welcome Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, at the French President’s summer retreat of the Bregancon fortress on the Mediterranean coast, near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, southern France, on August 19, 2019. Gerard Julien/Pool via REUTERSMacron, who…

Trump claims Google ‘manipulated’ votes in the 2016 election after internal documents leak

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 15, 2019.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that Google « manipulated » votes in the 2016 election that would have given him an even greater lead over his opponent and that the company « should be sued. »Trump’s tweet appears to refer to documents leaked to conservative group Project Veritas. Zachary Vorhies, who identifies himself online as a former senior software engineer at Google, recently went public with…

Twitter accuses China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters

Twitter said Monday it suspended hundreds of accounts that are believed to be tied to a « significant state-backed information campaign » originating from inside China. The company suspended 936 accounts that are thought to be related to the activity. Twitter said the disinformation campaign was designed to « sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political protest movement on the ground. » « Based on our intensive investigations, we have reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated state-backed operation, » the company said in…

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stadia

Google just announced that the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to its Stadia streaming service next year, marking one of the most high-profile additions to the service yet. There’s no word on release date yet — all Google said was that Cyberpunk would be “coming soon,” although hopefully that means it’ll be available alongside the console and PC launch on April 16th. Alongside Cyberpunk, Google had announced a variety of other games that’ll be coming to Stadia. Upcoming Ubisoft releases Gods and Monsters and Watch Dogs Legion are…

PG&E plunges on fears the embattled utility could face $18 billion in damages

A charred vehicle was left in the middle of Honey Run Road as the Camp Fire continues with zero containment in Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images | MediaNews Group | Getty Images Shares of embattled utility PG&E plummeted on Monday after a judge ruled that a jury can decided whether the company should pay up to $18 billion in damages to wildfire victims. The California supplier of gas and electricity fell to $10.05 — about 30% — on the week’s first…

Top Silicon Valley investor who made a fortune on Google compares IPO bankers to ticket scalpers

Michael MoritzScott Mlyn | CNBC Michael Moritz, the Sequoia Capital venture capitalist who made fortunes from early bets on Google and Yahoo, says investment bankers in tech IPOs are like ticket scalpers, and more companies are realizing that they no longer need them.The direct listings pulled off by Spotify last year and Slack in June enabled those companies to go public without handing over big fees to bankers or giving them the ability to determine which financial firms get big allocations of their stock. In a column in the Financial…

Google Duo’s new low-light mode will make nighttime chats easier

Google is introducing a low-light mode to Duo, its video chatting app, that can detect poor lighting conditions and automatically adjust the picture to illuminate the face in the frame. In a press release, Google says that this new mode will be a boon to those who want to save on electricity, especially if you, or someone who you know, live in a place affected by frequent power outages. It could be ideal to use when you want to check in with a friend or family member who lives several…

Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.The withdrawal of the service, which has not been previously reported, has disappointed wireless carriers that used the data as part of their decision-making process on where to extend or upgrade…

Boris Johnson: UK ‘will be ready’ for no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson has insisted no-deal Brexit preparations are on track, despite a leaked report warning of food and medicine shortages in a no-deal exit. The prime minister said preparations had been « very far advanced » ahead of the original 29 March deadline. He added that plans had since « slipped back », but the UK would be ready to leave with no-deal if required. Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to do « everything necessary » to stop no deal. In a speech earlier, the Labour leader said the leaked report…

Brexit: Freedom of movement ‘will end’ says the government

The UK government has said rules allowing EU nationals to live and work freely in the UK will end in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Theresa May had considered extending freedom of movement to 2021 or allowing EU citizens to stay for three months before applying for a longer stay. Those options have now been dropped, in favour of a new approach to be set out later. Boris Johnson said the UK would not « become hostile to immigration ». The PM added that « immigration…

The little-known spinal injury ‘costing the NHS millions’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Failure to identify and treat a little-known spinal condition probably costs the NHS hundreds of millions a year, according to a leading consultant. Cauda equina syndrome requires surgery within hours to avoid damage to the bowel, bladder, sexual organs and legs. And it can be triggered by the most seemingly innocuous of body movements. The Royal College of GPs says the condition is rare but every doctor should be on alert for it because of how serious it can be. Red flag signs,…

Andrew Harper death: Police given more time to quiz suspects

Police have been given an extra 24 hours to question 10 people arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Andrew Harper. The 28-year-old died on Thursday in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, when he was dragged along the road by a vehicle. The Thames Valley Police officer, who got married four weeks ago, was responding to reports of a burglary. Ten males, half of whom are under 18 years old, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Thames Valley Police said officers were granted the extension on Sunday night at Reading Magistrates’ Court. PC Harper…

A young face scarred by war: The impact of an air strike one year on

Jouma and his family were fleeing their home in Syria in 2018 when an air strike hit the bus they were on. The little boy’s face was severely wounded and he was left completely blind. He was three years old at the time. The family now live in neighbouring Lebanon and allowed the BBC’s Eloise Alanna to film them in their temporary home. Correction 19 August 2019: A previous headline for this story referred to a « Syrian air strike ». However, it is not clear who was responsible for…

Wall Street rallies on stimulus cheer, trade optimism

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks surged on Monday, building on previous session’s rally, fueled by growing hopes that major economies would act to prop up slowing growth, while technology stocks got a lift from trade optimism. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozChina’s central bank unveiled a key interest rate reform on Saturday to help steer borrowing costs lower for companies, close on the heels of reports of a potential German economic easing. After the…

U.S. grants Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy components from U.S. companies to supply existing customers, but also moved to add more than 40 of Huawei’s units to its economic blacklist. The extension, dated Thursday and first reported by Reuters on Friday, was announced on Monday by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, even though President Donald Trump suggested on Sunday that no such reprieve would be granted. Shares of U.S. chip makers that sell to Huawei rose,…

Disney+ is set to launch on all the major streaming platforms except Amazon

Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDisney confirmed Monday that its much-anticipated Disney+ will launch on almost every major streaming platform.The service, set to launch in November, will be available on popular platforms and devices like Apple TV and iOS, Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, Sony PlayStation 4, Roku, and Microsoft’s Xbox One, according to Variety. Notably absent from the list is Amazon’s Fire TV. It’s not clear whether In an effort to take on rivals with original content…

Trade war impasse casts a ‘dark cloud’ over outlook for US oil shipments, analysts warn

Matthew Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData, told CNBC via email that it was still « too early » to tell whether China’s intake of U.S. crude imports had fallen away in recent weeks. Arterra | Universal Images Group | Getty Images An escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies is negatively impacting the outlook for U.S. crude shipments, energy analysts have warned, amid fears that China could soon dramatically reduce its intake of American oil. Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing prompted some external observers to…

Alarm in Texas as 23 towns hit by ‘coordinated’ ransomware attack

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Alex Wong | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesTwenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a « coordinated » ransomware attack, according to the state’s Department of Information Resources.Ransomware is a type of malicious software, often delivered via email, that locks up an organization’s systems until a ransom is paid or files are recovered by other means. In many cases, ransomware significantly damages computer hardware and linked machinery and leads to days or weeks with systems offline, which is why it can be so costly to…

Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes. Riot police officers detain an anti-extradition bill protester during a demonstration in Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood in Hong Kong, China, August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoSunday’s massive turnout, which organizers put at 1.7 million, showed that the movement still has widespread support despite chaotic scenes last week when protesters occupied the Chinese-ruled…

Cathay Pacific’s new boss puts emphasis on safety and security

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Cathay Pacific Ltd (0293.HK) needs to focus on safety and security, its customers and the completion of a three-year financial turnaround plan, the airline’s new chief executive told staff on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A plane flies behind a new Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 after being received by the airline at Hong Kong Airport, China May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File PhotoAugustus Tang took the top job at the airline following the sudden exit of Rupert Hogg on Friday amid mounting Chinese scrutiny over the involvement of…

Former SEC regulators explain how they would investigate the GE accusations

13 Mins Ago After a bombshell accusation from Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos regarding GE’s accounting, GE CEO Culp is defending the struggling company calling it stock manipulation. Jacob Frenkel, a former Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement lawyer, and Harvey Pitt, former SEC chairman and now Kalorama Partners CEO, join « Squawk Box » to discuss what regulators will be looking for when they start to take a closer look at GE and Markopolos’ report. Source: CNBC

The world’s ‘largest all-electric ferry’ has completed its maiden voyage

An all-electric ferry capable of carrying roughly 30 vehicles and 200 passengers has completed its maiden voyage. Toward the end of last week, the e-ferry Ellen crossed waters between the ports of Soby and Fynshav, which are located on the islands of Aero and Als in the south of Denmark. The ship is powered by a battery system with a capacity of 4.3 megawatt hours, which was supplied by Switzerland-headquartered energy storage firm Leclanche. In a statement last week, Leclanche said the e-ferry Ellen, which it described as the world’s…

Microsoft’s ‘Minecraft’ is getting more realistic graphics thanks to a deal with Nvidia

Microsoft’s « Minecraft » game is getting more realistic graphics thanks to a partnership with Nvidia.MicrosoftMicrosoft and Nvidia announced a tie-up Monday that will give the former’s popular world-building game « Minecraft » more realistic graphics.The partnership means « Minecraft » players using personal computers powered by Nvidia’s RTX chips will start seeing the effects of a technology called real-time ray tracing, both companies said in a statement.Nvidia’s graphics cards will essentially be able to simulate how rays of light would interact with virtual objects along an image plane, to…

Paradise Lost? Edinburgh on edge as Brexit divides festival audiences

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – For many home-grown performers at the world’s largest arts festival, Britain’s looming departure from the European Union presents a unique artistic challenge. Comedian Mark Nelson poses for a photograph during an interview in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Russell CheyneThree years after the country voted narrowly in favour of quitting the bloc, some comics at the Edinburgh fringe consider the issue too risky to mention. Others feel compelled to address it, however painful. For Marcus Brigstocke, a fixture of television and radio since being discovered at…

U.S. whiskey exporters struggle after year of EU tariffs

BRISTOL, Pa. (Reuters) – When Europe’s tariffs on U.S. whiskey hit in June 2018, craft distillery Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC lost 10% of its sales overnight as its European distributor simply stopped buying its award-winning Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey. Foreign governments subject to U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs have targeted American distilleries and their bourbon and rye whiskeys for retaliation. The industry fears new tariffs under consideration by the U.S. government could result in even higher tariffs on their products in Europe. “We went from a marginally profitable…