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Microsoft reveals plan to hire autistic employees

Microsoft reveals plan to hire autistic employees

Microsoft has revealed a pilot program for hiring people with autism, with information about it having been released late last week in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. The program is still in its early days at this point, but is being done in conjunction with Specialisterne, and will result in autistic individuals being offered full-time employment in various positions at the company's Redmond, Washington campus.

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Google Moderator to close down in July

Google Moderator to close down in July

Google will be shutting down its Moderator service forever this summer, the Internet giant has announced. The closure will take place in three parts, with the first part having kicked off on March 30 -- that was when you could start exporting your data using Google Takeout, something that now makes sense in light of the newest announcement: Moderator will close to new questions and similar actions on June 30, and will be gone forever a month later on July 31.

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“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

“Gmeet’ may be Google’s new teleconferencing tool

If you work at an office that either has other offices elsewhere or lets employees work form home, you know how crucial teleconferencing can be. It’s also handy for those businesses that have clients or customers spread out across the country or world. It seems Google knows, too, and is readying some sort of teleconferencing tool tentatively named GMeet; likely short for ‘Google Meeting’. Details are sparse, but it might serve as an offshoot of Hangouts, Google’s existing over-the-top communications platform.

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Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung just released its financial performance for the first quarter of the year and, good news for Sammy and its fans, it has beat the rather negative analyst expectations. But it might be too soon to rejoice. While the Korean consumer electronics giant did seemingly beat the odds, it's smartphone business, believed to be the culprit for Samsung's decline, isn't looking any better. Instead, the company has its chips and LCD displays to thank for greeting 2015 with more of a bang instead of a flop.

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Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber to hire slew of engineers, could be developing self-driving cars

Uber has big dreams, one of which might be to run fleets of self driving cars. The ride-share company is hitting the ground running as it looks to hire a range of positions including mechanical engineers from the automotive field and software engineers to work on sensors and vehicle controls. Nineteen positions were posted online today. The job listings are for Uber's newly established Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, which is a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. This research center will act as an experimental lab where the top minds can solve problems blocking the path to driver-less vehicles.

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Sharp seeks government investment to spin off LCD unit

Sharp seeks government investment to spin off LCD unit

Sharp is a large Japanese electronics firm that has been struggling of late. The company has a LCD panel making arm and people who claim to be familiar with workings at the company are saying that Sharp is looking to spin that LCD arm off. To get the funds it needs to spin the LCD arm off, Sharp is said to be courting an investment fund handled by the Japanese government.

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Google in talks with overseas mobile networks to eliminate international roaming

Google in talks with overseas mobile networks to eliminate international roaming

According to new report, Google is said to be involved in negotiations with a number of overseas mobile networks, including the owner of the UK's Three, to allow US subscribers to make calls at domestic rates while traveling. While Google has yet to launch its own much discussed network in the US, the elimination of traditional international roaming fees would certainly be one feature to separate themselves from the existing mobile giants. The only company named in the report is Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, which has networks in a number of countries other than the UK.

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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Uber hires its first chief security officer

Uber hires its first chief security officer

Uber has hired its first chief security officer, the ridesharing service announced. Says the company, it has been on the prowl for someone to helm its safety and cybersecurity elements, and that someone is Joe Sullivan, who has previously worked at Facebook, eBay, and PayPal, as well as the Department of Justice. Sullivan will be taking up his role at Uber sometime later this month, helping the service to "redefine safety and data security". This announcement comes at a time when many governing authorities and individuals alike have questioned Uber's practices and called into question the issue of driver/rider data security.

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Would ad-supported rides take Uber to the next level or just kill it?

Would ad-supported rides take Uber to the next level or just kill it?

There are two ways you can enjoy many services: by forking out cold hard cash, or by putting up with advertisements that support a free model. Uber operates only under the first of those two models, but what if it rolled out a free or discounted ad-supported version? A glimpse at what that could look like has been given by writer Andrew Chen, who has posted some Uber app concept mock-ups displaying different types of ad-based activities riders could use to earn points.

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