Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives

SAN FRANCISCO Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies.Lyft and its former chief ...

U.S. Commerce Dept to place restrictions on China's ZTE

LONDON The U.S. Commerce Department is set to place export restrictions on Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) for alleged violations of U.S. export controls on Iran, according to documents seen by Reuters.The restrictions will make i...

Software flaws used in hacking more than double, setting record

SAN FRANCISCO The number of previously unknown software flaws used by hackers more than doubled last year, a new report says, in another sign of the increasing sophistication of cybercrime and online espionage. Secret vulnerabilities in computer progra...

SpaceX targets 2018 for first Mars mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX plans to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018, the company said on Wednesday, a first step in achieving founder Elon Musk’s goal to fly people to another planet.The program, known as Red Dragon, is i...

Scientists win $3 million for detecting Einstein's waves

NEW YORK Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein's theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize's selectio...

Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral 'dead or dying': scientists

SYDNEY Australian scientists said on Wednesday that just seven percent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around A$5 billion ($3.90 billion) in tourism every year, has been untouched by mass bleaching that is likely to destroy half the coral.Bl...

Branson's Virgin Galactic unveils new passenger spaceship

MOJAVE, Calif. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture unveiled a new passenger spacecraft on Friday, nearly 16 months after a fatal accident destroyed its sister ship during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.The rollout of the gleaming...

Facebook investors OK new share class to keep Zuckerberg at helm

Facebook Inc (FB.O) shareholders approved a proposal to create a new class of non-voting shares, a move aimed at letting Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg give away his wealth without relinquishing control of the social media company he founded.T...

Samsung Electronics set for best quarter in over two years on second-quarter smartphone boost

SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is poised to issue guidance for its best quarterly profit in more than two years, propelled by a surge in mobile earnings on the back of robust sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones. The South Korean gi...

Democrat gun control sit-in sparks social media sensation

A blackout of television cameras in the U.S. House Representatives during the Democrats' gun control sit-in may have spurred public interest in the protest as it forced the demonstrators to use social media to broadcast their message.Democrats leapt on...