This is today’s roundup of major news around the world
Modern day alms. Beggars in parts of China are now accepting donations via mobile payments and QR codes. But some have been hired as part of a marketing ploy to collect cellphone numbers for marketers.
Deeper trouble. A judge in San Francisco called for a criminal investigation of alleged stolen trade secrets by ride service Uber. In a ruling issued late on Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup also partially granted rival Waymo’s request for an injunction against Uber’s self-driving car program
Tracking your every move. A spyware program that logged keystrokes was found installed in the audio driver software on two dozen models of Hewlett-Packard laptops. The company said that the collected data was never accessed and that it would issue an update this week to uninstall the app.
Apple’s Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy: This is just a study built on a preliminary algorithm, but it holds promise in trying to identify and prevent stroke in the future. (Atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm, causes 1 in 4 strokes.) In the future, adding to wearable devices algorithms trained to identify heart problems could help save lives, Link