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Uber investing $1 billion in India, targets 1 million daily rides

Uber Technologies expects to hit over 1 million trips per day in the next six to nine months in India, the largest market outside the U.S. for the ride-hailing company.

The company said Friday it was making a new investment of US$1 billion in the country over the next nine months. The money will be spent on expanding and improving operations, including into more cities, developing new products and payment methods, and to establish a ?great support network,? Amit Jain, president of Uber India, said in a statement.

Uber, which is currently growing at a whopping 40 percent monthly, is expecting faster growth after the investment, Jain added.

In India, Uber is up against the country?s largest player Ola, run by ANI Technologies, which acquired a smaller operator TaxiForSure in March for $200 million.

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Lawmakers headed to Silicon Valley to push tech companies on diversity

Three U.S. lawmakers are traveling to Silicon Valley to push tech companies to offer opportunities for African-Americans, an area in which most of these companies have poor track records.

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G. K. Butterfield and Representatives Barbara Lee and Hakeem Jeffries, all members of the CBC Diversity Task Force, will travel to Silicon Valley on Sunday to meet with executives at companies and organizations there, including Apple, Bloomberg, Google, Intel, Kapor, Pandora and SAP.

?Our goal for this trip is to encourage and partner with these organizations to implement a diversity plan that will place more African-Americans in the tech pipeline,? Butterfield said in a statement Thursday. ?This will potentially lead to a wide range of opportunities, from student internships to positions on the boards of tech companies.?

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The big three record labels threaten to boycott YouTube, according to reports
The labels apparently feel they?re getting a raw deal from the video-streaming service.
Cisco's pay package for CEO Robbins is a sweet deal

Cisco will pay incoming CEO Chuck Robbins a higher salary than outgoing chief John Chambers made in fiscal 2014.

Robbins will make US$1.15 million in salary in fiscal 2016, which began this week, and he could earn another $2.59 million based on performance under Cisco?s Executive Incentive Plan. Add in as much as $13 million in stock grants, and Robbins could bring in more than $16.7 million for his first year at the helm.

By contrast, Chambers got $1.1 million in salary and a smaller basic percentage bonus under the Executive Incentive Plan in fiscal 2014, according to the company?s proxy statement issued last September. Chambers was a 20-year veteran at the helm of the company and was also chairman of the board. He?s now stepped back to become executive chairman.

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Mozilla CEO blasts Microsoft over Windows 10 defaults

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has blasted Microsoft in a pair of posts to the organization?s blog, arguing that Windows 10?s default browser settings are a ?dramatic step backwards? for respecting user choice.

When people update their devices to Microsoft?s new operating system, their default browsers are automatically changed to Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer that?s included with Windows 10. People who had a different default browser then have to go into Windows 10?s settings menu and change the default from there.

In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Beard said that?s no good, since doing so from Firefox requires three or four mouse clicks (roughly twice as many as before) and scrolling to the bottom of a seven-item list. In a blog post accompanying the letter, the Mozilla CEO said it was ?bewildering? that Microsoft made that choice, especially after the company?s antitrust troubles.

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Researchers improve de-anonymization attacks for websites hiding on Tor

Researchers have developed a new technique that could allow attackers to determine with a high degree of accuracy which Tor websites users are accessing and where those websites are hosted.

The new attack, which improves upon previous traffic fingerprinting techniques, was devised by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), who found ways to differentiate between different types of connections in a user?s encrypted Tor traffic.

The Tor anonymity network was built to hide from network snoopers which websites or other Internet resources that user is accessing. It does this by wrapping the user?s requests in several layers of encryption and routing them through multiple computers that run the Tor software.

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Meet Aquila, Facebook's unmanned Internet drone

At 140 feet, it has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but carries no passengers?and it?s much lighter too, weighing in at no more than 1,000 pounds. And within the next couple months, Facebook hopes to get its drone off the ground on an inaugural test flight.

Named Aquila, the aircraft is the product of more than a year?s work at the social networking giant. Its function is not to drop retail items from the clouds like Amazon?s drones, but to provide Internet access to the hundreds of millions of people who don?t have it in under-served parts of the world. Facebook aims to partner with carriers and other companies to provide connectivity, potentially at a lower cost than typical infrastructure like cell phone towers.

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Android for Work gains mobile-carrier support

The enterprise-oriented version of Google?s mobile OS, Android for Work, has gained support from a roster of business partners that includes the top four U.S. mobile carriers.

Forty companies now support the BYOD-friendly software ecosystem, including device manufacturers, application makers and management providers, and for the first time, mobile carriers including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus Mobility and KT.

?The addition of carriers is a huge deal,? said Dan Olds, principal analyst with Gabriel Consulting Group. ?This makes Android for Work truly international?they have enough carriers signed up that virtually any business, regardless of the carrier they choose, will have it available to them.?

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Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink: Most 2016 Volkswagen cars will have ...

Volkswagen is joining the wave of 2016 models that will support some combination of Android Auto, Apple Carplay, or MirrorLink in new infotainment systems.

The company announced Wednesday that its MIB II second-generation modular infotainment platform will support all three smartphone-car interfaces, in nearly all 2016 models and trim packages. (The 2016 Touareg and Eos models are the only ones left out.)Floor models of 2016 vehicles with the systems installed should arrive shortly in dealership showrooms.

Along with the smartphone integration, Volkswagen says its MIB II platform has higher-resolution screens, faster processing speeds, and better graphics than MIB I, which debuted in 2015 Volkswagen Golf models.The lower end system has a 5-inch, 400x240-pixel resistive touch display, while the higher-end option includes an 800x480-pixel capacitive touch screen, which can range in size from 6.3 to 8 inches.

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Windows 10's launch was a bit bumpy, but people seem to like it

Windows 10 has been available for a day, and people seem fairly happy with the new operating system so far.

Early reviews of Microsoft?s latest operating system showed a group of journalists largely pleased with what Windows 10 had to offer, and that seems to have been borne out by what people are saying on forums and on Twitter. The return of the Start menu after its absence in Windows 8 is a frequently-discussed topic among those people who are fans of the new operating system on Twitter, as is the addition of Microsoft?s virtual assistant Cortana.

According to Adobe?s Digital Index, 44 percent of social engagement around Windows 10 related to ?joy or admiration,? with an additional 20 percent relating to surprise and 6 percent relating to anticipation. The measurements came from sites including Twitter, Reddit, Instagram and YouTube.

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Google+ is no longer required for beta testing Android apps

Google is giving Android developers more freedom in how they beta test apps. Among the new capabilities is an open beta, whereby anyone just needs a link to join the test group.

Previously, you had to ask to join a Google+ community and wait for an invitation before you could try out a pre-release application. The change is one of several app testing enhancements Google announced Thursday on its Android Developers Blog.

Developers can also go the other direction with a closed beta that can be restricted by email address, membership in a Google+ community, or a Google group.

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Google rejects French request to expand right to be forgotten

Google won?t comply with an order from France?s privacy watchdog group to apply the right to be forgotten to all its search results around the world.

In June, CNIL, France?s data protection authority, ordered Google to remove search results meeting ?right to be forgotten? criteria from any regional version of Google?s search engine. However, granting CNIL?s request could have a ?serious chilling effect on the web,? Google said Thursday in a blog post.

The request stems from May 2014 decision issued by the European Court of Justice that allows Europeans to ask search engines in the region to scrub results that contain information about them that?s found to be inadequate, irrelevant or not in the public interest. This has been dubbed the right to be forgotten.

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The next Windows 10: focus turns to Windows 10 Mobile, Lumia flagships

Now that Windows 10 is out, focus is turning to Windows 10 Mobile running on Windows Phones, with flagship Lumia models expected in the fall.

Confirming recent rumors, Juniper Research analyst Sam Smith said by email Thursday that the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL will ship with Windows 10 natively.

Microsoft didn?t comment on Thursday, but company officials said as early as March at Mobile World Congress that Lumia models running Windows 10 would ship in the fall. The speculation is that a formal announcement will occur in September, with shipments starting in October.

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How to uninstall programs and apps in Windows 10

After using Windows 10 for a while it becomes pretty clear that Microsoft is slowly moving as many former Control Panel functions as possible to the new Settings app. Given how central the Control Panel is (or was) to Windows, that must be a massive job.

Because of this switch, every now and then we can expect to see duplicated functionality in various regions of Windows 10. One example of this is how you uninstall traditional desktop programs in the new OS.

In Windows 8.1, you uninstall desktop programs the traditional way?by heading to the Control Panel. You can still do that in Windows 10, but there are also two new methods: one in the Start menu, and one in the new Settings app.

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Microsoft's Groove Music hits Android, the web, and Sonos

Microsoft?s rebranding of Xbox Music is nearly complete with the arrival of Groove music for Android and the web.

Both the Xbox Music website and Google Play app store listing now redirect to Microsoft Groove. There?s no difference in functionality, though the color scheme has switched from Xbox green to Microsoft blue.

Like its predecessor, Groove music consists of a few different services. Users can play music from OneDrive cloud storage for free, and they can purchase and play music from Microsoft?s digital storefront. There?s also a $10-per-month subscription service, Groove Music Pass, that offers Internet radio stations and millions of on-demand tracks.

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