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facebookpay-111319.jpg Facebook has launched its new payment platform called 'Facebook Pay' in the U.S., joining other tech giants like Google and Apple that have their own payment platforms. The new service will be available across Facebook and its associated apps - Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, the social media giant said in a blog post. The payment service supports most major credit and debit cards.

dhs-blockchain-111119.jpg The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is set to use blockchain technology to track cross-border oil import. The department's Science and Technology Directorate has awarded a grant of $182,700 to Canadian enterprise blockchain start-up Mavennet Systems, Inc. to develop a solution for this purpose.

mcdonalds-vppa-081119.jpg McDonald's is adding renewable energy to the grid, as part of its efforts to address climate change. The fast-food giant said it signed two long-term, large-scale virtual power purchase agreements or VPPAs to buy renewable energy generated by wind and solar power. Under the agreements, McDonald's will buy a combined 380MW in renewable energy.

volvo-blockchain-110819.jpg Volvo Cars Group is set to become the first carmaker to use blockchain technology to trace the cobalt used in lithium ion batteries used for its electric cars. The company announced last month the launch of its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge. The carmaker is providing traceability of raw materials, such as cobalt, used in the production of the batteries used in its cars.

google-nov05.jpg Google has added a new feature in Google News for Android and iOS that will provide a user access to news in two languages within a single feed. The tech giant noted that the bilingual feature will help the more than 60 percent of people worldwide who speak and read news stories in two or more languages. Users can now add content in two languages within their news app.

Volkswagen Group (VKW.L, VLKAF.PK, VOW.BE) has officially started the series production of its ID.3 electric car on Monday. This is the German auto giant's first electric car based on its Modular Electric Drive Toolkit or MEB platform. The company said that the first electric car, a white ID.3, rolled...

huawei-nov04.jpg Turkish telecommunications company Turk Telekom and China's Huawei Technologies Co. said they achieved world record-breaking 5G speeds of above 2.92 Gbps in a live 5G test network in Istanbul. Huawei is the world's largest telecom equipment maker and a major player in the 5G market. The companies' announcement comes amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

ford-nov01.jpg Ford said that beginning next year, it will equip most redesigned vehicles in the U.S. with over-the-air update or OTA technology that will enable car owners to reduce trips to dealers for repairs. With this technology, vehicles can be wirelessly upgraded with updates that will help improve vehicle performance and also add new features.

facebook-nov01.jpg Facebook said it has filed a lawsuit against domain name registrar OnlineNIC for registering domain names that pretended to be associated with the social networking giant. The company noted that California-based OnlineNIC and its privacy/proxy service ID Shield registered domain names, or web addresses, such as www-facebook-login.com and facebook-mails.com, so as to to make them look legitimate.

facebook-oct29.jpg Facebook launched a Preventive Health tool in the U.S. that will give users the option to set reminders for their future medical checkups and also find out which checkups are recommended for them. The new tool is searchable via the Facebook mobile app. It uses information such a user's age and gender to suggest medical checkups recommended by health organizations.

huawei-oct29.jpg The U.S. Federal Communications Commission or FCC plans to vote on a proposal in November to designate China's Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as national security risks. If implemented, this will bar communications companies in the U.S. from utilizing an $8.5 billion FCC fund to buy equipment or services from the Chinese companies.

envisible-102819.jpg U.S. food cooperative Topco Associates, LLC is set to help its member-owners' supermarkets in tracing and highlighting the origin of seafood by partnering Mastercard and Envisible. The platform will run on Envisible's Wholechain traceability system, which will be powered by Mastercard's blockchain-based Provenance Solution.

maerskblockchain-aug10_22oct19.jpg Global Container Terminals Inc. joins the blockchain-enabled shipping platform TradeLens to securely connect with supply chain partners. These include ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners, and railways. The solution is jointly developed by Danish transport and logistics giant Maersk and IBM by applying blockchain to the world's global supply chain.

trafficslowdowns-oct18.jpg Google is rolling out new features this week that will enable users to report road incidents such as crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdown in real time right from their iPhone. This feature, already available on Android, has now been expanded to iOS, Google said in a blog post. This will allow drivers with an iPhone who use Google Maps to contribute the latest traffic slowdown information.

livecaption-oct17.jpg Google rolled out its Live Caption feature, which was first introduced at its I/O developer conference in May this year. The technology will automatically caption videos and spoken audio on a device, except for phone and video calls. It is helpful when a user is in a loud commuter train, or wants to follow along the conversation more closely.

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