South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who filed suit against the nation’s welfare asking for compensation for work-related injuries.
The Supreme Court of South Korea has ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who died from leukemia who requested compensation for work-related injuries.
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A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has rocked central Italy. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged with at least 21 people reportedly killed.
The quake hit at 01:36 GMT with an epicenter 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.
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WhatsApp may have over one billion active users each month but it continues to frustrate the many small businesses that rely on it for sales but suffer for its lack of advanced features.
Messaging services like Line, WeChat and even Facebook Messenger have become platforms that let business users get dedicated usernames and accounts, manage group chats, set up stores and use bots for communication, all while WhatsApp remains basic. The company only added a web-based interface last year, for example. Prior to that, businesses tapping into its popularity had to literally key in all updates on a phone. That doesn’t scale when dealing with hundreds of potential customers.
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In China, the abacus was mentioned by the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 A.D.). During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Chinese were the first to use paper money.
In late 2013, many Chinese raved about Yú’é Bǎo, 余额宝 (“leftover treasure”), a money market fund offering roughly double the interest rates banks did. Launched by Alipay, an Alibaba subsidiary, the fund attracted 150 million clients and $93 billion within 18 months, a phenomenal feat.
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HeavenHR, a cloud-based HR management platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), has closed €6 million in Series A funding. Leading the round in the Berlin-based startup are Target Global, and Open Ocean Capital.
HeavenHR, which is just 10 months old, says the new financing will be used to continue building out the product and to accelerate growth. The company is currently active in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland,
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Hiring, free trade agreements and GDPR are just some of the issues the UK tech sector is uncertain about following the vote to leave the European Union.
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You probably know that it’s unwise to play Pokémon Go while you’re behind the wheel, but Niantic and The Pokémon Company aren’t taking any chances. They’re trotting out an update to the mobile game (on both Android and iOS) that tells you not to catch creatures while driving. You have to tap an “I’m a passenger” button if you want to keep playing while moving at high speed. The game can’t check to see that you’re being honest, of course, but this will at least serve as a reminder that irresponsible gameplay can have serious consequences.
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No Man’s Sky will receive a massive day-one patch that adds a ton of content and gameplay elements to an already-humongous game. This would be just fine, except a few retailers across the nation started selling the game early — it comes out Tuesday, but some people (including reviewers) were playing it late last week. The patch, which includes the actual finished game with all its bells and whistles, requires these early players to delete their saves and start over when No Man’s Sky actually comes out. Developers at Hello Games wiped No Man’s Sky‘s servers Sunday, and they’re doing the same thing today.
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Nationwide, reports say call centers have been shorted by at least $600 million per year.
Calling 911 is one of those things you just expect to work regardless of the circumstances. A new lawsuit alleges that mobile carriers including AT&T and Engadget parent company Verizon are shortchanging the indispensable emergency service, however. Apparently, in an effort to cut deals with business customers, the aforementioned telcos have been lowering the typical $1 fee per-line charge that goes straight to funding 911 call centers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Apple’s iPhone 7 seems set to lag far behind flagship Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Note 7, but there’s a very good reason why Apple doesn’t care.
As has been the case for several years now, I’m confident that we have a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 7 is going to bring to the table, thanks to all the leaked photos, reports from “people in the know,” and supply chain chatter.
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