French court adds pressure on Google to pay for news

A Paris appeals court on Thursday upheld an order for Google to negotiate with media groups in a long-running dispute about revenues from online news.

The ruling came as the US internet giant announced it was close to a deal on compensating French media groups for news shown in Google search results.

Such a deal would represent a climbdown by Google, which has so far refused to comply with new EU rules giving more copyright protection to media firms for news displayed on search engines and social media.

France was the first European country to ratify the law, which could act as a lifeline to newspaper groups grappling with shrinking print sales.

In April, the French competition authority ordered Google to negotiate with the press in good faith — a ruling it appealed, accusing the authority of overstepping its jurisdiction.

The appeals court sided with the competition authority.

Google argues

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EMERGING MARKETS-Thailand gains after govt adds tax deduction to stimulus push

By Shruti Sonal

Oct 8 (Reuters)Thai stocks climbed nearly 1% on Thursday as the government took measures to boost consumption in its coronavirus-battered economy, leading gains across a handful of Asia’s big emerging markets.

With markets globally eyeing a tumultuous U.S. election campaign and roadblocks in passing stimulus in the world’s biggest economy, currencies across the region were subdued, with the Taiwan dollar again the main standout, rising almost 1%.

Thailand’s benchmark index .SETI hit its highest in over two weeks after officials added a tax deduction on purchases of goods and services to cash handouts and subsidies announced last month.

Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said altogether the measures would push about 200 billion baht ($6.4 billion) into the economy in the last three months of this year.

The tourist-heavy economy has started receiving its first visitors this week after months of travel curbs and its

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HyperX Adds Blue Mechanical Switches to Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard Lineup

New Durable Mechanical Keyboard Offers Reliable HyperX Blue Switches and Minimalistic Design for Gaming Setups and Home Offices

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is shipping the new HyperX Alloy Origins™ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard featuring HyperX Blue mechanical switches. Built for performance and longevity, HyperX Blue mechanical switches offer a shorter actuation point and 80 million click rating to meet gaming and work from home needs. The full-sized HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard features a minimalistic, compact design with RGB backlit keys to enhance home offices and PC gaming setups. HyperX blue switches are favored by gamers that like clicky key sounds and operating action.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201005005792/en/

HyperX Adds Blue Mechanical Switches to Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard Lineup. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard is the first full-sized gaming keyboard built with HyperX

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Fairfield Commercial Building Adds 2 New Tenants

FAIRFIELD, CT — A commercial building in Fairfield recently added two new tenants.

Elinco International Inc. has leased 7,406 square feet of warehouse space on the first floor of 418 Meadow St., while Atmos Air is leasing 3,072 square feet of offices on the second floor, according to a Sept. 25 news release from Southport-based commercial real estate firm Angel Commercial LLC.

“It is great to have found tenants that can utilize the space to help grow their business while remaining in Fairfield,” Angel Commercial LLC President Jon Angel said in the news release. “… The building is in an excellent commuter location with easy access to I-95, Exits 23 & 24.”

Angel was the sole broker in both transactions. Elinco International will take over the space previously occupied by the Fairfield Public Schools maintenance department, according to Jacqueline Greenwood, marketing director for the firm.

Within the last year, the

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Apple adds Greg Joswiak to leadership webpage, lists Phil Schiller as ‘Apple Fellow’

Apple on Friday updated its leadership webpage to reflect Greg Joswiak’s replacement of Phil Schiller as Worldwide Marketing head, as well as to note Schiller’s new role of “Apple Fellow.”

The Cupertino tech giant announced in August that Phil Schiller would be transitioned out of his role as SVP of Worldwide Marketing and replaced by Joswiak. As “Apple Fellow,” Schiller will continue to lead the App Store and Apple events, but will no longer oversee Apple’s marketing team.

On its updated leadership page, Joswiak is now listed as Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, while Schiller is the only one on Apple’s executive leadership team to carry the title of “Apple Fellow.”

In August, Schiller confirmed that he is not leaving Apple and that he would remain with the company “as long as they will have me.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in August that Joswiak’s “many years of leadership

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Spellbreak Update 1.1 Fixes Bugs, Adds Anti-Cheat Measures, And Smooths Out Aiming Issues

Spellbreak, a free-to-play battle royale where every player has an elemental power to fight with, has received its first major update. The game, which launched on PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One on September 3, has updated to version 1.1, and has fixed numerous bugs and issues in the process.

Update 1.1 brings several fixes to Spellbreak across all platforms, as well as some system-specific changes for each different version of the game. It doesn’t add any major new features, but instead focuses on tweaking and improving what is already there.

“We wanted the focus of this one to be on stability and performance across all of our platforms,” the Spellbreak blog reads before detailing the patch notes.

The complete patch notes for Spellbreak Update 1.1 are below.

Gameplay

  • The Lighting Bolts spell’s recovery animation can now be interrupted by casting a sorcery.
  • Fix edge case where reviving or exiling
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US Air Force adds vendors to list of companies that could make autonomous Skyborg drone

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has added nine vendors to the list of companies that will compete to build the service’s autonomous Skyborg drone wingman.

On Sept. 28, the service awarded each firm an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract worth up to $400 million. The nine companies were AeroVironment Inc., Autodyne LLC, BAE System Controls Inc., Blue Force Technologies Inc., Fregata Systems Inc., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, NextGen Aeronautics Inc., Sierra Technical Services, and Wichita State University.

Those organizations join Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Atomics and Kratos, which won the first round of contracts in July.

No money has been allotted to vendors so far. Instead, the 13 companies on contract will compete against each other for future delivery orders.

“This second phase of awards establishes a diverse and competitive vendor pool by adding several nontraditional and traditional contractors we saw as important additions to the effort,” said Brig.

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Roku Launches New Hardware and Software, Adds Apple Protocol Support

A few days after Amazon.com  (AMZN) – Get Report refreshed its Fire TV hardware and software, Roku  (ROKU) – Get Report is doing the same for its streaming platform.

On Monday Roku unveiled an improved version of its high-end Roku Ultra streaming box, as well as an integrated soundbar/streaming device called the Streambar. 

The company also launched a new version of Roku OS (Roku OS 9.4), which among other things adds support for Apple’s  (AAPL) – Get Report AirPlay 2 and HomeKit protocols.

In addition, Roku is launching iOS and Android apps for its ad-supported streaming service, Roku Channel. A Roku account is needed to stream content from the apps, but Roku hardware isn’t.

Roku Ultra, list-priced at $100, is getting an improved Wi-Fi radio that’s said to deliver up to 50% more range, as well as Dolby Vision and Bluetooth support. 

Like its

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Possible China Blacklist Adds More Uncertainty for U.S. Businesses

News last week that China might release a blacklist of U.S. companies sparked speculation about which companies might be on the list, and the impact of such a list on technology and geopolitics.

Beijing’s potential release of the blacklist is widely seen as a retaliatory response to U.S. moves to restrict Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies Co. and ByteDance Ltd.’s video-sharing app TikTok.

A federal judge Sunday blocked the Trump administration from banning the popular app amid a pending restructuring deal that includes

Oracle Corp.

and

Walmart Inc.

Huawei, following a series of restrictions including placement on a U.S. trade blacklist, recently has been racing to develop its own operating system in the absence of U.S.-origin technology.

It’s unclear who is on the Chinese blacklist, but observers said it could include businesses that compete directly with Chinese companies. Some believe the list could span beyond technology companies.

“It could be

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Instacart adds Sephora to marketplace as it expands product selection

  • Instacart partnered with Sephora as part of its push to become an on-demand delivery platform for more than just grocery.
  • But as Instacart moves into same-day delivery, it’s going to come head-to-head with fierce competitors.
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The grocery-focused delivery platform is adding Sephora to its offering, allowing it to provide the brand’s products via same-day delivery that can be as fast as 1 hour.

US online grocery penetration forecast

Instacart adds Sephora to its marketplace to expand beyond online grocery.

Business Insider Intelligence


Sephora products are currently available via Instacart from select stores in California and Canada, but the marketplace will fulfill orders from over 400 Sephora locations in North America in the coming weeks. And Instacart will be integrated with Sephora’s loyalty program so that members can

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