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Your Spotify history predicts the economy

The Bank of England's chief economist, Andy Haldane, has urged his colleagues to examine the musical mood of the nation when contemplating changes to the bank's interest rate. How could an increase in Taylor Swift downloads or a decline...

Source: - Technology | 21 Oct 2018 | 6:00 am

The multimillion-dollar tech business that opened a Gisborne office so staff could become homeowners

Sometime in the middle of next month Chris Gudgin will pack up his belongings, his wife Alex, his Yorkshire Terrier Nacho and his Auckland salary and move 500km southeast from packed city suburbs to a little red house on a big town...

Source: - Technology | 21 Oct 2018 | 6:00 am

Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say 'bin Chequers'

A senior MP questions how a pro-Brexit website can run adverts without saying who has paid for them.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 21 Oct 2018 | 3:23 am

Exclusive: CrowdStrike hires Goldman Sachs to lead IPO - sources

(This October 19 story corrects penultimate paragraph to show that Tenable shares have gained, not declined, since the company's IPO)

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 21 Oct 2018 | 2:07 am

Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps: source

(This Oct. 19 story has been refiled to fix wording in fourth paragraph)

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 9:50 pm

Hi-tech glasses offer alternative to bifocals

The regular prescription lenses can change to bifocals and back again at the touch of a button.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 1:44 pm

Brazil election battle rages over Facebook's WhatsApp

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service became the frontline in Brazil's bitter presidential campaign on Friday, as front-runner Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied accusations he had encouraged widespread misinformation campaigns on the platform.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 1:11 pm

Apple has a 'moral responsibility' to deal with tech addiction, says chief designer

The man behind the iPhone and Apple Watch has revealed he believes the firm has a "moral responsibility" to deal with the effects of its technology.As technology firms come under increasing fire for their role in phone and app addiction,...

Source: - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 12:58 pm

U.S. CMS says 75,000 individuals' files accessed in data breach

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Friday it was responding to a data breach that exposed the files of about 75,000 individuals.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 12:17 pm

Apple CEO urges Bloomberg to retract spy chip story

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday told an online news website that Bloomberg should retract a story that claimed Apple's internal computer systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence agents.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 11:49 am

Facebook hires EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

Facebook has hired former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region and snowballing...

Source: - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 10:00 am

Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

A Which? investigator was hired to write high-rated reviews online in return for free goods.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 9:58 am

Tesla launches new $45,000 Model 3

Tesla Inc on Thursday introduced a new $45,000 version of its Model 3 sedan on its website, launching the car as U.S. tax breaks for Tesla cars are about to decrease.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 9:11 am

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 7:47 am

Facebook hires former UK deputy prime minister as head of global affairs

Facebook Inc has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team, as the social network deals with a number of scandals related to privacy, fake news and election meddling.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 6:33 am

Money-laundering watchdog to set first cryptocurrency rules by June

The global watchdog for money laundering will set up its first rules on oversight of cryptocurrencies by June, a major step towards creating international standards for an asset currently subject to patchy regulations.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 5:20 am

Facebook job not lobbying, says Sir Nick Clegg

Sir Nick Clegg talks about how he got his new Facebook job and what he will be doing for the social media giant.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 5:03 am

China consumer group raps Apple after ID thefts

A Chinese consumer body has criticised iPhone maker Apple Inc over a recent data security issue which impacted a number of consumers in China who said they had suffered financial losses after having their Apple IDs stolen.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 4:58 am

Dell to take $21.7 billion tracking stock offer to December vote: sources

Dell Technologies Inc will ask holders of "tracking stock" tied to its software company VMware Inc to vote on its $21.7 billion cash-and-stock offer to buy it back from them on Dec. 11, according to people familiar with the matter.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 20 Oct 2018 | 2:37 am

Google takes down travel visa ads

Many sites have been charging high rates since 2010 but Google has finally taken some of the ads down.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 12:50 am

eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

The online marketplace is acquiring, making it a "leading alternative" to Auto Trader.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 20 Oct 2018 | 12:00 am

Facebook sued over video viewing figures

Legal action brought by advertisers claims the social network knew about problems in metrics in 2015.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 8:41 pm

The story behind your PlayStation username

PlayStation's long-awaited new feature means weird and embarrassing names will be no more.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 6:35 pm

Lime scooters causing safety concerns

Ride sharing e-scooter company Lime has zoomed into the Auckland market but some members of the public raising concerns about their safety.Early this week, 600 dock-free scooters were released into the city, but already complaints...

Source: - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 12:22 pm

What's the point of concept cars?

Concept cars look beautiful and futuristic, but why spend millions on them if they're never going to make it into production?

Source: BBC News - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 12:08 pm

NZ's new richest man? Peter Thiel lines up $60b IPO

Palantir, the secretive data-mining company co-founded by Peter Thiel, is lining up an IPO that will value his company at up to $US41 billion ($60b), according to a Wall Street Journal report .The company is said to be in talks...

Source: - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 9:37 am

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's $40b estate: who gets a slice?

Paul Allen's family office will live long and prosper.The billionaire's vast holdings at Vulcan - with real estate, art, sports teams and venture capital stakes - would take years to unravel, if that's even what he wanted. Allen,...

Source: - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 9:31 am

Trump's trade war to kill $1 yoga pants

The latest casualty of President Donald Trump's trade war? One-dollar yoga pants.Trump's order that the US Postal Service withdraw from an obscure 192-nation postal treaty threatens to hit American shoppers who have grown used to...

Source: - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 9:09 am

Damien Venuto: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's face used in Bitcoin spam

COMMENT: As Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern's photograph appears in a lot of places - including a recent promoted Facebook post that looked like a news story and pointed readers to a "new investment plan for Kiwis".If they clicked...

Source: - Technology | 19 Oct 2018 | 6:00 am

Kiwi digital avatar creator Soul Machines wins Daimler investment

Leading New Zealand digital business avatar creator Soul Machines has a "significant" new shareholder, the financial services arm of German premium carmaker Daimler AG.The high-tech Auckland-based company won't reveal the size of...

Source: - Technology | 18 Oct 2018 | 4:12 pm

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