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Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig Tuesday night with a drive ...

May 7, 2015

New app can send self-destructing email from ordinary accounts

A startup company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way. The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy. Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or ...

May 7, 2015

Japan's monetary base rose 35.6% to another record in April

Japan’s monetary base stood at a record ¥305.88 trillion ($2.56 trillion) at the end of April, up 35.6 percent from a year earlier, as the Bank of Japan continued to provide more liquidity to raise the inflation rate to its targeted 2 percent, BOJ ...

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

May 6, 2015

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

Zhang Long made his fortune selling pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China ...

May 6, 2015

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), ...

May 6, 2015

Report: 'Legal firewall' shields Chinese firms from lawsuits

Chinese companies are shielding themselves from lawsuits in America, denying U.S. businesses and investors their day in court, a report from a federal watchdog says. The report published Tuesday by the U.S.-China Economic Security Commission says that Chinese companies operating in the U.S. have ...

May 5, 2015

South Korea fires warning shot at Japan over won-yen rate

South Korea’s top currency official has fired a warning at Japan: his nation has stepped up scrutiny of the yen’s tumble against the won after damage to exporter earnings. “Korean companies face bigger difficulties this year than last,” said Song In-chang, the South Korean ...

Art of the Japanese company apology: It's all in the bow

May 4, 2015

Art of the Japanese company apology: It's all in the bow

Imagine you’re the head of a U.S. fast-food chain in Japan that has been scandalized by a tooth-in-french-fries disaster. How do you repair the damage? Bow deeply — and be convincing. So it was for Sarah Casanova, the Canadian president of McDonald’s Japan, whose ...