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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 ...

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 ...

ADB, AIIB agree to collaborate

May 2, 2015

ADB, AIIB agree to collaborate

Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said Saturday that the bank will boost its loaning capacity to about $20 billion in 2017 from about $13 trillion at present, a move some see as a rivalry against the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. “It has ...

May 2, 2015

Newcomers to Japan low-cost smartphone market increasing

An increasing number of companies, mainly retailers, are launching low-cost smartphone services in Japan by taking advantage of a regulatory step designed to help users easily switch mobile operators. Mobile operators are now required to remove subscriber identity modules, or SIM, locks from new ...