Daimler to supply Uber with self-driving cars

Uber today announced it has signed a deal to have Daimler supply and operate its own self-driving cars on Uber’s ride sharing network services.

“Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars — and in fact, making cars is really hard. This became very clear to me after I visited an auto manufacturing plant and saw how much effort goes into designing, testing and building cars,” Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founder of the peer-to-peer ridesharing service said in a blog. “That’s why instead of building them ourselves, we want to partner with the best auto manufacturers in the world.”

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Meet the $114,725 Ubuntu server with eight Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs

The Ibex Pro is one supercharged machine that will probably hurt your electric bill.

System76’s fastest Ibex Pro with Ubuntu Server 16.10 packs some crazy horsepower with Intel’s latest 22-core Xeon E5 v4 chips and eight Nvidia Tesla P100 graphics processors.

It’s got the same number of GPUs as Nvidia’s superfast DGX-1, which is being used for deep learning. System76 is targeting the Ibex Pro — which is a rack server — at the same market as the DGX-1. The server has fewer, but newer, CPUs, compared to the DGX-1.

An entry-level Ibex Pro priced at $9,575 will run Ubuntu Server 16.10, with a six-core Intel Xeon E5-2603v4 chip, 16GB of memory, a Tesla K40 GPU, and 250GB of storage.

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Apple missed deadline to pay $14.5 billion in Irish back taxes

Apple is behind with its taxes, but the tax inspector doesn’t mind.

Last August, the European Commission closed a three-year investigation of Apple’s tax affairs with an order to the Irish government that it should recover about €13 billion (US$14.5 billion) in taxes that it believed Apple had underpaid over the last decade.

Ireland has missed the deadline for recovering the billions, but Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who gave the Irish government four months to collect the taxes, is proving very understanding about the delay.

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Trump stresses cybersecurity but postpones executive order

U.S. President Donald Trump called on government agencies to better protect their networks, but he delayed signing an executive order to kick-start a government-wide review of cybersecurity policy.

A draft copy of the order, leaked earlier, would give the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security 60 days to submit a list of recommendations to protect U.S. government and private networks. 

Trump had been scheduled to sign the executive order Tuesday but canceled shortly before it was due to happen.

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Tech companies come out swinging against immigration ban

Some tech companies are taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

The order, issued on Friday, temporarily bars citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as all refugees from entering the United States.

The Trump administration has said the ban is temporary and has been put in place to protect the country from terrorist attacks.

The executive order, though, has been met with protests around the country and around the world, with religious leaders taking a stand; U.S. State Department officers signing a document saying the move makes the country less safe, and people gathering to protest at major airports where some travelers into the U.S. were being detained.

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Fitbit to lay off 6% of its work force, cut expenses after soft holiday sales

Fitbit on Tuesday announced cost reductions and layoffs of 6% of its global workforce after experiencing softer-than-expected holiday demand for fitness trackers.

The company and analysts said despite the negative news, there is still a future market for wearable devices as well as for smartwatches made by Apple, Samsung and, soon, Fitbit itself.

In its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, Fitbit said it sold 6.5 million devices, with revenues expected to reach up to $580 million, down from previous guidance of $750 million.

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Apple’s diversity commitment faces test at shareholder meeting

Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month’s shareholder meeting.

The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy “to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”

But Apple’s senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company’s “diversity and inclusion,” argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II. They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple’s opposition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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