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Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battle

Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battle

Technology
The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do. These robots aren't taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. The project and others like it could someday help troops "look around the corner, over the next hillside and let the robot be in harm's way and let the robot get shot," said Paul Scharre, a military technology expert at the Center for a New American Security. The big fight over small robots opens a window into the intersection of technology and nat...
Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Technology
Uber has lost a Court of Appeal battle against giving its drivers basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The judgement could put Uber's business model in the UK at risk, requiring it to recognise drivers as "limb (b)" workers - crucially allowing them to collective bargaining rights.The company has been engaged in legal appeals since 2016, when an employment tribunal found it unlawfully classed drivers as independent contractors.Sir Terence Etherton, the second most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court that the tribunal was "not only entitled, but correct" to class Uber drivers as workers. He added: "Not only do we see no reason to disagree with the factual conclusions of the [tribunal] as to the working relationship between U...
Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

Business
Riders hired by food courier Deliveroo are not entitled to collective bargaining, the High Court has ruled.The ruling confirmed a previous judgement by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain was attempting to overturn the verdict, reached in November last year, that the riders are self-employed, However, the court rejected claims that this categorisation breached their human rights.Decisions by the CAC can be challenged in the High Court on a point of law, but the application for a judicial review was rejected.Mr Justice Supperstone said Deliveroo riders were not "in an employment relationship" with the firm, so the right to collective bargaining did not apply. M...
Telecom Italia ousts CEO in long-running boardroom battle

Telecom Italia ousts CEO in long-running boardroom battle

Technology
A long-running board room battle in Italy's legacy telecoms provider, Telecom Italia, has culminated with the ouster of CEO Amos Genish, effective immediately. Telecom Italia said in a statement Tuesday that the board will meet Sunday to name a new CEO. It gave no further explanation for the move. Shares in the company sank 1.5 percent to 0.52 euros. U.S. activist hedge fund Elliot Management, which won control of the Telecom Italia board in May from French media group Vivendi, had at the time expressed full support for Genish. Genish had been brought into the company by Vivendi. The shake-up comes as the Italian government sets its sights on legislation merging the company's fixed-line assets with the broadband network of a smaller rival, Open Fiber.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Te...
Duped in UK, PNB in legal battle to recover $37 million

Duped in UK, PNB in legal battle to recover $37 million

Finance
LONDON: The UK subsidiary of Punjab National Bank (PNB) is suing five Indians, one American and three companies in the UK high court claiming they fraudulently misled the bank to lend them tens of millions of dollars and now owe the bank approximately $ 37 million (Rs 271 crore) in unpaid loans. PNB (International) Ltd, which has seven branches in the UK, whose parent bank is PNB, is suing the individuals and companies for “fraudulent misrepresentation in respect of numerous loans” and “breach of contract”, according to its claim lodged with the high court. The loans were advanced, the bank states in its claim, to “assist the financing of the construction of a lube oil re-refining unit in South Carolina and the development and sale of wind energy projects.&rdq...