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U.S. DoJ disrupts botnet, arrests Moldovan administrator
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:19:53 -0400

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said a sophisticated botnet designed to steal banking and other credentials from infected computers has been disrupted, and its administrator arrested. The DoJ said on Tuesday the Moldovan administrator, Andrey Ghinkul, had been arrested on Aug. 28 in Cyprus, and the United States is currently seeking his extradition. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is investigating the case, estimates at least $10 million in direct loss in the United States can be attributed to the botnet, known as "Bugat", "Cridex" or "Dridex".

Apple loses patent lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, faces hefty damages
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:45:14 -0400

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices. The jury in Madison, Wisconsin also said the patent, which improves processor efficiency, was valid. The trial will now move on to determine how much Apple owes in damages.

Twitter announces layoffs as CEO Dorsey looks to revive growth
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:07:04 -0400

File picture shows an employee adjusting a screen that displays the Twitter logo ahead of the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeThe layoffs, primarily in the company's engineering and product functions, come a week after Dorsey took over as permanent CEO. Shares of Twitter, which had about 4,100 employees globally as of June 30, rose as much as 6.7 percent to $30.68 on Tuesday. "We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce," Dorsey said in a letter to employees.

Twitter suspends two sports accounts after video sharing complaints: NYT
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:29:32 -0400

A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura(Reuters) - Twitter Inc suspended two high-profile accounts that posts highlights while games are on, after major U.S. sports leagues protested, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Twitter on Monday suspended Gawker Media-owned @Deadspin and Vox-owned SB Nation website's @SBNationGIF, underscoring the ongoing dispute over whether highlights are fair game for publishers, the NYT said. (http://nyti.ms/1jm5EL9) The two accounts upload highlights using six-second looping videos to attract traffic to their websites, but neither publisher owns the footage, the newspaper reported. ...

New York Times offers daily digital access with newsstand copies
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:07:17 -0400

People walk past the New York Times Building in New York(Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it will offer unlimited access to its website and mobile app for a day to anyone who buys a paper from a newsstand starting Tuesday. The offer intends to expose retail customers to the benefits of digital access, the company said.

UAE's Etihad Airways signs $700 million IT deal with IBM
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:45:54 -0400

A model Etihad Airways plane is seen before the unveiling of New York City FC's new home jersey in New YorkAbu Dhabi's Etihad Airways has signed a 10-year $700 million deal with IBM for a range of information technology services and infrastructure, the companies said on Tuesday. The state-owned airline with equity stakes in Alitalia [CAITLA.UL] and Air Berlin among others chose IBM to move its IT infrastructure to cloud-based platforms to serve its clients better, a statement said. IBM will provide a global technology framework for Etihad and its partners, including setting up a cloud data center in Abu Dhabi that will be developed and operated by IBM, one of the first such facilities in the Middle East, the statement said.

Smartphones lend new dynamic to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:01:14 -0400

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Surrounded by Israeli police, Israa Abed holds a knife in one hand and a cellphone in the other before shots ring out and she falls to the ground. The incident, filmed by passersby on their smartphones, has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online last Friday, one of dozens of such videos encapsulating a new dynamic in what looks like a third Palestinian uprising, or intifada. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians have died in 12 days of bloodshed partly fueled by Muslim agitation over high-profile Jewish visits to a contested holy site in Jerusalem.

India's drug stores plan protest against e-pharmacies
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:58:02 -0400

People walk past a chemist shop at a market in Mumbai(Corrects Oct. 9 story to say 1mg gets up to 60 mln hits a year on website, not a month, after company clarified) By Aditya Kalra and Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - As many as 850,000 small chemist shops in India will shut for a day next week to protest against a burgeoning online pharmacy industry that is attracting big money backers. Healthcare provider Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd plans to start online drug sales in India, while Zigy, and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg already have e-pharmacies to tap a retail market IMS Health says is worth about $13 billion. The one-day nationwide strike on Oct. 14, called by the All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) comes as a government panel started working on regulations for the sector.

Turkish editor jailed pending trial for insulting Erdogan: media
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:09:24 -0400

A newspaper close to an Islamic cleric foe of Tayyip Erdogan said its editor had been remanded in custody ahead of trial on charges of insulting the Turkish president, fueling fears of a media clampdown ahead of a Nov. 1 election. The English-language Today's Zaman chief editor Bulent Kenes was detained at its Istanbul offices on Friday, Dogan news agency said, and sent to Metris jail in Istanbul by court order. A crowd of around 200 people gathered at the offices of the paper and chanted support for Kenes on Friday as he was taken away over charges of insulting Erdogan on Twitter.

Twitter plans layoffs next week: Re/code
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:21:42 -0400

The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is planning company-wide layoffs next week, technology news website Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. The news comes after Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent chief executive on Monday. It is unclear how many of Twitter's staff will be laid off, but it is likely it will affect most departments, Re/code said, citing company insiders.

Google says Docs, Drive disruption resolved
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:10:53 -0400

Letters spell the word "Alphabet" as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris(Reuters) - Some of Google Inc's services, including Drive and Docs, which were facing disruptions for a few hours on Friday have been resolved, the company said. Google's status page had showed that its file-sharing services such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom were facing disruptions. "The problem with Google Drive should be resolved," the company said on an update to its page at 5:30 p.m. ET. (http://bit.ly/1hsgVC3) Google, which has now morphed into holding company Alphabet Inc, also acknowledged the disruption in a tweet on its Docs page. ...

Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:47:09 -0400

Stanford University's campus is seen from atop Hoover Tower in Stanford, CaliforniaBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer science has for the first time become the most popular major for female students at Stanford University, a hopeful sign for those trying to build up the thin ranks of women in the technology field. Based on preliminary declarations by upper-class students, about 214 women are majoring in computer science, accounting for about 30 percent of majors in that department, the California-based university told Reuters on Friday. If more women majored in technological fields like computer science, advocates say, that could help alleviate the dearth of women in engineering and related professions, where many practitioners draw on computer science backgrounds.

Baidu's iQIYI video unit to stream Lions Gate films
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:25:37 -0400

(Reuters) - Film and TV studio owner Lions Gate Entertainment Corp said on Friday that Chinese video streaming company iQIYI, a unit of internet search company Baidu Inc, would stream some of its films. Lions Gate did not disclose the financial terms of the licensing deal, which covers video-on-demand rights for films including the "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" series. IQIYI, which has over 500 million users, will also stream some third-party films distributed by Lions Gate. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

Booking.com targets China, U.S. growth: CEO
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:49:59 -0400

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - After its rapid ride to dominance in online travel in Europe over the past decade, Booking.com is seeking to expand in China and the U.S., its CEO said in an interview. Darren Huston, who heads both Booking.com and its U.S. parent company Priceline Group, said Booking.com is targeting a 20 percent increase in bookings going through its website in the third quarter and still has years of growth ahead. "If you can't grow double digits (in this industry) then you're not keeping up." Priceline, once a dotcom wipeout, revived its fortunes in 2005 by buying Dutch online hotel reservation service Booking.com for $133 million.

A majority of U.S. adults now use social media: Pew study
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:02:11 -0400

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in WarsawSocial media usage among American adults has ballooned in the past decade with about two-thirds now on social networking sites, Pew Research Center said on Thursday. The 65 percent of adults in the United States using social media is up from 46 percent in 2010 and just 7 percent in 2005, the year Pew began tracking usage. Since the early 2000s, social media sites on the Internet have surged in popularity, from Friendster and Myspace to Facebook and Twitter, among others.

From sadness to wow, Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:31:00 -0400

Computer screens display the Facebook sign-in screen in this photo illustration taken in GoldenLike it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions," with users able select from seven emotions, including like and "wow." "Dislike," however, is not one of the options. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday that users have been requesting ways other than like to respond to posts, such as when someone posts about the death of a loved one or a tragic news story.

Amazon launches platform to build apps for 'Internet of Things'
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:30:50 -0400

Vogels, Amazon.com chief technology officer, speaks at the AWS Re:Invent conference at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications to connect devices through the cloud, the so-called "Internet of Things". The service, called "AWS IoT", will allow factory floors, vehicles, health care systems, household appliances among other "things" to connect through cloud services, the company said on Thursday. The connection to the cloud will be fast and lightweight, making it a good fit for devices that have limited memory, processing power, or battery life, Amazon said.

Hackers in China, South Korea, Germany targeted Clinton's server: AP
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:29:44 -0400

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum campaign event at Cornell College in Mt Vernon, IowaComputer hackers in China, South Korea and Germany tried to attack Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server after she left the U.S. State Department in February 2013, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. "It was not immediately clear whether the attempted intrusions into Clinton's server were serious espionage threats or the sort of nuisance attacks that hit computer servers the world over," the AP said, citing a congressional document. In a letter to Secnap Network Security Corp, which provided the threat monitoring product connected to the server, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asked the Florida-based cyber security company for documents related to its work with Clinton's server.

Israel says Facebook, YouTube videos encouraging Palestinian attacks
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:43:27 -0400

Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag as others take cover during clashes with the Israeli army at Qalandia checkpoint near occupied West Bank city of RamallahBy Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it had asked Facebook and YouTube to remove videos it says have been encouraging Palestinian violence against Israelis in the past week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, providing an excerpt from a letter sent to Google Israel, whose parent company owns YouTube, said contact had also been made with Facebook. Spokespeople for Facebook and Google Inc said they could not comment on specific videos or contacts with governments.

Turkey bans TV channels close to Erdogan foe ahead of polls
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:36:57 -0400

Turkey's President Erdogan waves as he leaves an honorary doctorate conferral ceremony at Waseda University in TokyoBy Ece Toksabay and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - A state prosecutor has banned Turkey's largest pay-TV platform from broadcasting channels close to an arch-enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, heightening concern about press freedom weeks ahead of an election. Digiturk is the third platform to ditch channels close to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen on the orders of the Ankara prosecutor, including news services Bugun TV and S Haber, a children's channel, and four other general interest stations. Erdogan, who wants the ruling AK Party to win back a majority in a snap Nov. 1 election, accuses Gulen of seeking to overthrow him by means of a "parallel structure" of supporters in the judiciary, police, the media and other institutions.

Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:35:28 -0400

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.

Uber, Didi Kuaidi seek to legalize status in China
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:02:46 -0400

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los AngelesU.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi are taking steps to operate legally in China, a key market for both firms but where their car hailing services currently operate in a regulatory prey zone. Uber China said in a statement on Thursday it was "actively preparing" documents to apply for a license to operate an online car-hailing platform to meet new regulations governing the sector that are expected to be announced soon. Didi Kuaidi, a $16 billion valued firm backed by Chinese Internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd , also said on Thursday it had received a car booking license for its operations in Shanghai and that it was seeking more licenses from other cities.

Thai military's plan for 'Great Firewall' risks Internet competition
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:56:32 -0400

A woman surfs the web at an Internet cafe in Bangkok September 29, 2010.By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A proposal by Thailand's junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said on Thursday. The plan to create a single gateway for all Internet traffic was approved by the military government in August but details remain unclear. "Once it becomes a single gateway there will be a problem with traffic speeds," said Anudith Nakornthap, a former information minister under the government of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Indonesians flock to mobile app for swift action on civic woes
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:37:12 -0400

By Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja JAKARTA (Reuters) - Frustrated Indonesians are using a new mobile app to give their sleepy bureaucrats a wake-up call, demanding immediate fixes for persistently shoddy public services in the capital of the world's fourth-most populous country. President Joko Widodo has grown exasperated with Indonesia's bureaucrats over delays to road and port projects crucial to reviving an economy growing at its slowest in six years, and which have fueled impatience among investors. The public surveillance app, which has won backing from Jakarta city authorities, lets residents post online photographs of problems ranging from potholes in roads to broken traffic lights, in an effort to spur action.

InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 01:46:28 -0400

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal to a broader audience outside of the tech set by harnessing fashion magazine InStyle's young female demographic. Jaunt VR, which creates 360-degree virtual reality experiences, teamed up with Time Inc's InStyle to film its November issue cover shoot with actress Drew Barrymore. InStyle's audience is "not the normal expected crowd people would think for VR," Scott Broock, Jaunt VR's vice president of content, told Reuters.

Britain's tech community links up with charities to help migrants with mobiles
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:23:37 -0400

By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Frustrated by the lack of technological solutions to the European refugee crisis, a group of London-based techies has started working with charities to find ways to help people on the move, most of whom have mobile phones. Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch, a technology news site, kickstarted the idea by organising a one-day conference for people to showcase ideas to help refugees followed by a "hackathon" at which people write software collaboratively. "I called up about five friends and then, like the A-team, off we went," said Butcher, who hopes the "Techfugees" project will be replicated around the world.

Amazon considering online TV service: Bloomberg
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:40:25 -0400

Amazon boxes are organized to be delivered in New York(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is considering the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to networks such as CBS Corp and Comcast's NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, Bloomberg reported. The e-commerce giant's talks with the networks are in preliminary stages, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (http://bloom.bg/1Ru8rgn) Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru)

Max Schrems: the law student who took on Facebook
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:04:29 -0400

Austrian data activist Schrems talks to the media after trial against Facebook in ViennaBy Julia Fioretti, Shadia Nasralla and Francois Murphy BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy during a semester at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling on Tuesday, knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Google, Facebook and IBM.

In big shift, online retailer Jet.com drops membership fee
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:40:03 -0400

(Reuters) - Jet.com, the online retailer founded by former Amazon.com executive Marc Lore, said on Wednesday that it dropped its $50 annual membership fee, marking a shift in business strategy for the upstart as it seeks to undercut Amazon and others on price. Lore said the move, which comes nearly three months after it opened to the public, reflected stronger than anticipated orders from customers.

Amazon launches data analytics service QuickSight
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:30:24 -0400

An "Amazon Fresh" delivery truck is seen parked in Brooklyn(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's cloud operations, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched QuickSight, a cloud-based service to help companies analyze their data. QuickSight is easy and fast and can used by non-technical staff in a company who are looking to share and collaborate using analyses, the company said on Wednesday. The service was available for preview from Wednesday, Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, said at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Google tests mobile instant publishing service to rival Facebook, Apple
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:29:50 -0400

Google announced on Wednesday it is piloting a program called Accelerated Mobile Pages that allows users to search for news and pull up a host of articles from publishers instantly. "This is a deal-less environment," Richard Gingras, head of news at Google, said at a media event announcing the program. Google, whose parent company is now Alphabet Inc, is currently piloting the program.

Alphabet launches code for fast loading of heavy mobile content
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:31:50 -0400

Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Twitter in this illustration photo in Sarajevo(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc, formerly Google Inc, announced a new open source code that allows faster loading of Web pages with heavy content such as video, animation and graphics on smartphones and tablets. Twitter Inc, LinkedIn Corp, Pinterest, WordPress.com, Chartbeat, Parse.ly and Adobe Analytics are among some of the technology companies that will adopt the code, called accelerated mobile pages (AMP), Alphabet said on Wednesday. (http://bit.ly/1FTemdM) Separately, Twitter said in a blog post that it would adopt the code for its microblogging apps for iOS and Android operating systems. ...

In Myanmar, young programmers launch first-ever election app
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:43:30 -0400

By Aye Win Myint YANGON (Reuters) - Huddled in an open-plan office atop a tower block in Yangon's scruffy downtown, a group of teenagers in jeans and T-shirts sifts through the list of candidates in Myanmar's election and stares at their computer screens and mobile phones. Meet Team Pop Stack, which has just launched Myanmar's first ever election app, and is racing to spread the word. Now they are targeting millions of hyper-active Facebook users in Myanmar, where mobile telephones and the Internet have spread rapidly since the end of military rule in 2011, and social media have a critical role in the Nov. 8 election.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding raises Twitter stake
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:55:46 -0400

Electronic cables are silhouetted next to the logo of Twitter in this illustration photo in SarajevoSaudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment firm Kingdom Holding now together own more than 5 percent of Twitter Inc, the prince's office said on Wednesday. Kingdom Holding has paid $50 million to double its stake in the microblogging site to 0.72 percent, the Riyadh-based company said in a separate bourse statement. Prince Alwaleed personally owns 30,100,078 Twitter shares, or 4.45 percent of the company, according to Reuters calculations, accounting for the bulk of the two parties' combined stake.

Journalist who allegedly helped hackers makes final pitch to jury
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:28:21 -0400

(Please note that paragraph six contains language that may be offensive to some readers) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A lawyer for journalist Matthew Keys, accused of aiding members of the Anonymous hacking collective, told a jury on Tuesday that the U.S. government had not proven the criminal charges it filed over the incident. Keys was indicted in 2013 on three criminal counts, including conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer. The indictment accused Keys of giving hackers access to Tribune Co. computer systems in December 2010.

Europe-U.S. data transfer deal used by many firms ruled invalid
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:53:07 -0400

An illustration picture shows a projection of text on the face of a woman in BerlinBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU's highest court struck down a deal that allows thousands of companies to easily transfer personal data from Europe to the United States, in a landmark ruling on Tuesday that follows revelations of mass U.S. government snooping. Many companies, both U.S. and European, use the Safe Harbor system to help them get around cumbersome checks to transfer data between offices on both sides of the Atlantic. The court said Safe Harbor did not sufficiently protect EU citizens' personal data since the requirements of American national security, public interest and law enforcement trumped the privacy safeguards contained in the framework.

Reid: U.S. Congress should act on 'scandalous' fantasy betting
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:50:15 -0400

(ADDS lawmakers urge FTC to look into fantasy sports gambling) By Andy Sullivan and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate called on Congress to examine fantasy-sports betting services on Tuesday after reports that an employee with access to insider information placed bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry. "There's absolutely scandalous conduct taking place through those programs, fantasy sports," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told reporters. "I think it also should be a warning-shot to everybody that online gaming is a real scary thing and we ought to look at all of it," said Reid, who is a former Gaming Commission head in Nevada, a hub of the industry.

Congress should act on 'scandalous' fantasy betting: Reid
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:55:57 -0400

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks after a vote failed to advance debate on a nuclear agreement with Iran, in WashingtonBy Andy Sullivan and Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate called on Congress to examine fantasy-sports betting services on Tuesday after reports that an employee with access to insider information placed bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry. "There's absolutely scandalous conduct taking place through those programs, fantasy sports," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told reporters. "I think it also should be a warning-shot to everybody that online gaming is a real scary thing and we ought to look at all of it," said Reid, who is a former Gaming Commission head in Nevada, a hub of the industry.

Schrems: the law student who brought down a transatlantic data pact
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:58:24 -0400

Austrian data activist Schrems waits after trial against Facebook in ViennaBy Julia Fioretti and Georgina Prodhan BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated on Tuesday in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy while studying for a semester abroad at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling knocking down a data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by over 4,000 companies such as Google, Facebook and IBM.

Facebook updates News Feed to accommodate weak connections
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:50:30 -0400

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaFacebook Inc updated its News Feed feature on Tuesday so that content loads quickly even with weak Internet connections. Many of Facebook's users are in emerging markets with weak 2G connections, such as India, Brazil and Mexico, where it is difficult to load pictures and videos that use more data. The update is part of an effort by Facebook to get more users in these countries as it has largely saturated the U.S. and western European markets.

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