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Technology Report: Global patents reflect advances in connected and self-driving cars

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Global patents reflect advances in connected and self-driving cars
SEOUL/DETROIT (Reuters) - Technology advances in telematics and driver assistance systems are gathering steam as the enablers of future connected and self-driving cars, according to an analysis of global patent applications released Monday.
Google sticks to EU only application of 'right to be forgotten'
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their "right to be forgotten", contrary to regulators' guidelines, but will review that approach soon, the company's chief legal officer said on Monday.
Amazon builds on TV successes to enter movie business
(Reuters) - Inc is getting into the movie business, building on some early successes in TV productions, the latest sign of the Internet retailer's eagerness to build itself into a major Hollywood player.
China's Tencent apologizes for 'civil rights' blunder
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese internet heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd apologized on Monday for rewarding WeChat app users who sent a message with the English phrase "civil rights" with a screen full of fluttering U.S. flags.
Israel's high-tech boom is double-edged sword
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli entrepreneur Avi Brenmiller says he was coaxed by investors into selling Solel, his solar-thermal power firm, to Germany's Siemens for $418 million in 2009. Today, little is left of it after Siemens pulled out of the business.
After Gmail blocked in China, Microsoft's Outlook hacked, says GreatFire
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese users of Microsoft Corp's Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google Inc's Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said on Monday.
China's Xiaomi to buy stake in software firm Kingsoft from Tencent
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] has agreed to buy about 3 percent of software firm Kingsoft Corp Ltd from Tencent Holdings Ltd for HK$527 million ($67.99 million), according to a Kingsoft filing on Monday.
U.S. penetrated North Korean networks years ago - New York Times
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency began tapping into North Korean computer networks in 2010, an effort that ultimately helped provide evidence to persuade the Obama administration that Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reported on Sunday.
Chastened Uber CEO seeks fresh start for ride services in Europe
MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The chief executive of controversial online ride-sharing company Uber stuck a newly conciliatory tone on Sunday, promising to create 50,000 new jobs this year across Europe in cities that are willing to reach deals to help his firm operate.
Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website.
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