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Source: Common Domain

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves

Today 11:46 GMT

Note: 2018 data as of December 7. A key tool in the fight against foodborne illness, whole genome sequencing, is used to map the complete DNA of a pathogen.

That resulted in detection of more listeriosis outbreaks, said Matthew Wise, deputy chief of CDC’s outbreak response and prevention branch, who expects a similar bump in E. coli and salmonella outbreaks as more of those samples are sequenced.

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Source: The Guradian

Controversial engineer: I travelled over 3,000 miles in a self-driving car

Today 11:46 GMT

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the heart of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, claims to have built an autonomous car that drove from San Francisco to New York without any human intervention.

In 2017, Waymo accused him of stealing self-driving secrets when he left Google to form another self-driving truck start-up, Otto, which was swiftly acquired by Uber. Levandowski pleaded the fifth hundreds of time in depositions, although Uber settled the case (and fired Levandowski) before he was called to testify in court.

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Source: Common Domain

Probes of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Multiply as Technology Improves

Today 04:15 GMT

The FDA later discovered the Illinois plant that made the cereal was rife with the bacteria, forcing Kellogg to permanently cease cereal operations at the facility.

Note: 2018 data as of December 7. A key tool in the fight against foodborne illness, whole genome sequencing, is used to map the complete DNA of a pathogen. The technology is helping officials tie together illnesses that may once have appeared distinct, and better identify food products—and food makers—responsible for the spread of disease.

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Source: Fox News

Billionaire Richard Branson says 9-to-5 workdays will disappear

Monday 20:55 GMT

Dreams of working 9 to 5, five days a week, with the weekends off are going to be a thing of the past, according to billionaire Richard Branson.

In March, Holly Branson, the daughter of Richard Branson, told FOX Business that the key to her father’s success relies on two key traits. Branson said he fully embraces flexible work weeks at Virgin Management and truly believes giving people more options on how and where they work is the key to success and it empowers people to be better workers.

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Source: The Guradian

France pushes forward alone with new tax on big tech companies

Tuesday 07:10 GMT

France is to press ahead alone with a new tax on big technology companies after struggling to secure agreement for a EU-wide levy.

France has been pushing for a EU GAFA tax – named after Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – but faced opposition from countries including Ireland, which hosts the European headquarters of several technology companies, including Google and Apple. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of major world economies, has been working on proposals for an international scheme that would regulate taxation on technology companies.

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Source: BBC

Shazam reveals 2018's most-searched songs

Tuesday 12:40 GMT

British artists performed five of Shazam's top 10 songs, with Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa and newcomer Tom Walker all making the chart.

In a world full of smart devices, self-driving cars and voice assistants, Shazam is the closest technology comes to actual magic. The software allows you to hold your phone up to a speaker and answer the age-old question, "what is this song and who's it by?" without the humiliation of having to ask the DJ.


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