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Month: August 2017

Jeff Immelt of General Electric quits race to be Uber boss

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Immelt said he had “immense respect for the company and founders” General Electric chair Jeff Immelt has ruled himself out of the race to become the new boss of taxi service Uber. In a tweet, Mr Immelt said he had “decided not to pursue a leadership position at Uber”. Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief executive Meg Whitman is now reported to be “the most likely candidate”. Uber has been searching for […]

YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

Image copyright Hashtag United Image caption The team show off their new kit and distinctive “hashtag” hand sign “We’re average footballers living the professional footballer dream,” says Seb Carmichael-Brown, vice-captain of amateur side Hashtag United. The squad is a group of mates, most of whom have day jobs off the pitch which have nothing to do with sport. And yet they have toured the US, Serbia, Ireland and Jersey, had their own kit custom-made by […]

'Self-driving' lorries to be tested on UK roads

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe technology has already been trialled in the Netherlands using two lorries, with the lead truck having control Small convoys of partially self-driving lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle “platoons”. Up to three lorries will travel […]

Germany bans far-left protest website over G20 riots

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Violent protesters wore face masks, making identification difficult Germany has banned a far-left internet portal accused of inciting violence and rallying activists who rioted during last month’s G20 summit in Hamburg. It is now a crime to continue using the site, linksunten.indymedia, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said. Police have seized computers and some weapons in raids on addresses of activists in the south-western Baden-Wuerttemberg region. Dozens of anti-capitalist protesters […]

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLee Jae-yong was led away from the court in Seoul and onto a bus to prison A court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption. Lee was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea’s former president. The case has gripped the public amid growing anger against South Korea’s biggest companies, […]