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Jaunt's latest virtual reality camera says goodbye to GoPros

For years, Jaunt has been experimenting with ways to record video for virtual reality. It’s tried spherical cameras built with dozens of off-the-shelf lenses. It’s tried using multiple GoPro cameras pointed in different directions to capture a 360-degree field of view. In its latest attempt, it’s building its own camera from the ground up.

Named the Neo, the camera is the Palo Alto, Calif., company’s...

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2 Uber executives ordered to stand trial in France

Two Uber France managers have been ordered to stand trial to face charges including “deceptive commercial practices” and complicity in illegal activities linked to its low-cost ride-hailing service, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Thibault Simphal and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, who have been targeted in their capacities as representatives of the San Francisco-based company, were taken into...

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Chinese firm makes loans for smartphones

China is still a country where people prefer to pay upfront — often with wads of cash. Taking out a loan to buy a car is still uncommon. Some people pay for a house with cases of cash.

But after paying for food and rent, not everyone has so much cash at hand.

Paymax, a Shanghai start-up, hopes to coax China's blue-collar and service industry workers into taking out loans for some smaller purchases...

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Square's next play: a one-stop shop for small businesses

Steve Ziganti, co-owner of 3 Steves Winery in Livermore, Calif., often dreaded payday, but not for the reason you might expect. He was happy to pay the the 30 to 40 workers who made his small winery possible. What he took issue with was the process of paying them.

His existing system was a drag. The winery’s part-time employees clocked in and out each day by scribbling on a printed Excel spreadsheet....

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Google app to warn drivers about railroad crossings

Google has agreed to add audio and visual alerts in its navigation app to warn drivers about railroad crossings.

Google is partnering with the Federal Railroad Administration after deaths at railroad crossings jumped last year. The number of deaths had been steadily declining over the past decade until spiking 9% in 2014, according to the agency, which oversees the nation’s railroads.

California accounted...

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Two Uber execs taken into custody in France over possible illegal operations

Two executives for the San Francisco company Uber were taken into police custody Monday in Paris, after a week of turmoil in which local taxi drivers violently protested the on-demand transportation service.

According to French newspaper Le Monde and business program BFMTV, Uber France Chief Executive Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty are suspected of “inciting...

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