Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, according to a joint statement put out Wednesday on the Amazon CEO’s Twitter account. “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the couple said in the statement. Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, met and got married while working at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based hedge fund, in the early 90s. Shortly after, they packed up and moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon.
Hyundai has shown off a small model of a car it says can activate robotic legs to walk at 3mph (5km/h) over rough terrain. Also able to climb a 5ft (1.5m) wall and jump a 5ft gap, the Hyundai Elevate could be useful for emergency rescues following natural disasters, it said. It was part of a project exploring “beyond the range of wheels”, it added. The concept has been in development for three years and was unveiled at the CES technology fair in Las Vegas.
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The FCC said the Soli sensor captures motion in a three-dimensional space using a radar beam to enable touchless control of functions or features that can benefit users with mobility or speech impairments. In a video on its website, Google said a user could operate a smart watch, scroll through music or adjust the volume by simply motioning using the system.
SpaceX on Sunday successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket, which is carrying a $500 million GPS satellite made by Lockheed Martin, in its first national security mission for the U.S. military. The blastoff, which had been delayed Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the rocket and also delayed Saturday because of high winds, lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. ET.
Slack users reported closure of their accounts after visits to countries under US sanctions. Slack says the move which affected users traveling to Iran and North Korea was made to comply with US regulations. Apple will be banned from selling some iPhone models in Germany after a second injunction granted to Qualcomm regarding infringement allegations.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship successfully reached the edge of space and returned. Sir Richard is competing with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to send the first fee-paying passengers to space. The latest flight was the rocket’s fourth test and followed earlier setbacks in the program.
Following the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented that his government had no involvement. The arrest increased global skepticism about Huawei with many countries seeing the company as a potential threat for espionage and sabotage. Chinese media accused the US of using ‘hooliganism’ to suppress the company.
Tesla announced that Robyn Denholm the financial chief of an Australian telecom company will replace Elon Musk as the company’s chairman after Musk was forced to step aside in a regulatory settlement. Google’s CEO announced various internal changes on Thursday in response to global employee walkouts over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates made a plea for the safe disposal of human waste during a speech in China on Tuesday to kick of a three-day ‘Reinvented Toilet’ expo. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent seven years and $200 million on researching the topic. Twenty new products are on display at the expo.
Italy will fine Apple €10 million and Samsung €5 million after an investigation launched in January confirmed ‘planned obsolescence’ of their smartphones. The investigation was launched after accusations that updates slowed down older smartphones. Following protests by anti-gentrification activists, Google has dropped plans to open a campus to facilitate the creation of startups in Berlin.