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Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Jan 5, 2017

Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees freedom from their work smartphone and email. “It often happens that I’m interrupted by urgent problems in my ...

Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from U.S. government contracts

Jan 5, 2017

Lawsuit seeks to ban Google from U.S. government contracts

The U.S. Labor Department is trying to bar Google from doing business with the federal government unless the internet company turns over confidential information about thousands of its employees. The potential banishment is being sought in a Labor Department lawsuit filed Wednesday with the ...

The top tech stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was “Pokemon Go,” an augmented-reality game you ...

Dec 28, 2016

U.S. posts rules for addressing cyberbugs in medical devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cybervulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging systems. “Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present and continuously changing,” Suzanne Schwartz, a senior Food and ...

Dec 25, 2016

Denso, NEC to tie up on self-driving technology for automobiles

Major auto parts maker Denso Corp. will team up with NEC Corp. on developing self-driving automobile technology that makes use of artificial intelligence, sources at the two companies said. With NEC boasting expertise in developing artificial intelligence and software, Denso plans to use its ...

Honda in talks with Google's Waymo on self-drive tech

Dec 22, 2016

Honda in talks with Google's Waymo on self-drive tech

Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it is talking to Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., to try to strike a deal that would put its self-driving technology into some of the Japanese automaker’s cars. Both companies stressed that at this ...

Dec 19, 2016

NEC aims to develop cancer drugs using artificial intelligence

NEC Corp. said it will develop cancer drugs using artificial intelligence, aiming to put new vaccines using peptides into practical use within the next eight years as key substances in next generation immunotherapy. A peptide is a short chain of amino acids with an ...

Dec 16, 2016

Yahoo hack shows data as tool of information warfare

The massive hack affecting a billion Yahoo users shows how seemingly innocuous bits of data gleaned from cyberattacks can be exploited for profit — and potentially for espionage and information warfare. The latest breach disclosed Wednesday is the largest on record and comes just ...

Dec 14, 2016

Hon Hai, Sharp to halt LCD TV panel supply to Samsung in 2017

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and its Japanese subsidiary Sharp Corp. will stop supplying liquid crystal display panels for televisions to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. from next year, industry sources said Wednesday. Hon Hai and Sharp are planning to shift supply of ...