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Bahamian man gets five years in U.S. prison for hacking celebrities
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:06:30 -0500

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bahamian man was sentenced to five years in U.S. prison on Tuesday for hacking into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased film and television scripts, personal information and sexually explicit videos in order to sell them. Alonzo Knowles, who maintained a list of 130 celebrities' emails and phone numbers, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan. Knowles stole at least 25 unreleased movie and television scripts, as well as music, financial documents and nude and intimate images and videos, prosecutors said.

Delaware Court revives case over Pincus's Zynga stock sale
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:59:40 -0500

The Zynga logo is pictured at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoBy Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga Inc's controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware's high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit against the board of Zynga, which created the online game Farmville, in February for procedural reasons. The ruling clears the way for the 2014 lawsuit by shareholder Thomas Sandys to proceed to discovery and trial, or for new motions to dismiss.


Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:16:11 -0500

A general view of the exterior of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in WashingtonA man charged with firing an assault rifle in a packed Washington pizzeria on Sunday told police he had read online that children were being held as sex slaves there and he wanted to rescue them, police said on Monday. The Comet Ping Pong restaurant for weeks had been the subject of fake news stories claiming falsely that it was the hub of a child sex ring organized by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The stories were an example of a proliferation of fake news reports during the election year, often disseminated through websites purporting to be news outlets and quoting bogus sources.


Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:07:20 -0500

A man walks past a YouTube logo at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los AngelesBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share 'hashes' - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms. Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.


Former hedge fund exec's Empire Report keeps tabs on New York
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:22 -0500

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Former hedge fund executive JP Miller launched an app on Monday for his startup news site Empire Report that is modeled on the Drudge Report and chronicles New York, its politicians, financiers and celebrities. The website (www.nyempirereport.com) is meant to be non-partisan and has no affiliation with Drudge, Miller said in an interview on Monday.

Chilean start-up that uses AI to reinvent food eyes U.S. deals
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:06:11 -0500

By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean start-up that has built artificial intelligence software to help recreate animal-based foods using plants is looking toward U.S. multinationals after signing deals at home to sell its products, the company's founders said. NotCo, founded around a year ago by three Chileans, has already persuaded Cencosud's Jumbo supermarkets to stock its 'Not Mayo' across Chile, and has signed a deal to supply a national food manufacturer with one of its products, said Chief Executive Matias Muchnick.

Account of Syrian girl who tweeted about Aleppo disappears online
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:10:28 -0500

The Twitter account of a seven-year-old Syrian girl, who garnered followers worldwide with her updates from Aleppo, has become inactive on the micro-blogging site as government forces advance into the city's rebel-controlled areas. Last week, Fatemah posted tweets, including a picture of Bana covered in dust, describing the bombardment of their house as government forces advanced on the eastern rebel-held parts of the city. A search for the account on Monday revealed a message saying the page no longer existed, drawing concern from other Twitter users who began using the hashtag #WhereIsBana.

In fear after attacks, gay Bangladeshis retreat into closet and flee abroad
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:14:07 -0500

A gay activist in exile poses for photos after an interview at a hotel in BangkokBy Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seven months after al Qaeda-linked militants hacked Bangladesh's most prominent gay activist to death, the South Asian country's LGBT community remains in hiding, while more than a dozen LGBT people have fled abroad. "The whole community has been sent back to the closet," a gay activist in exile told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on condition of anonymity because he fears for his safety.


Social media ads to hit $50 billion by 2019 -Zenith
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:07:40 -0500

The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said on Monday. The rapid expansion of social media platforms on mobile devices, as well as faster internet connectivity and more sophisticated technology, has triggered a huge shift in the way many people get their news. Advertising agency Zenith Optimedia, owned by France's Publicis, predicts global advertising expenditure on social media will account for 20 percent of all internet advertising in 2019, hitting $50 billion and coming in just one percent smaller than newspaper ads.

Chelsea apologizes to abused former player
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:52:20 -0500

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.

Chelsea apologises to abused former player
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:39:45 -0500

English soccer club Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson on Saturday for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensation. Johnson, 57, said on Friday that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving 50,000 pounds from the club in settlement in 2015. Chelsea added that an external review would establish whether they carried out a proper investigation when the allegations first surfaced.

Yurts, cleats, coats: Dakota protesters dig in for brutal winter
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:01:20 -0500

A veteran stands in front of homemade shields in Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S.CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - In North Dakota, winter is most definitely coming.


Obama bars China's Fujian from buying Aixtron's U.S. business
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:32:14 -0500

The headquarters of German chip equipment maker Aixtron SE is pictured in HerzogenrathBy Matthias Inverardi and Diane Bartz FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked a Chinese investment fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron because the deal posed a risk to American national security, the Treasury Department said on Friday. Obama's executive order barring China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) from completing the acquisition of a German company with American assets was one of few such instances in which a U.S. president has blocked a transaction due to national security concerns.


U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:08:15 -0500

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaThe U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended that the president and Congress accelerate the pace at which technology is updated in the federal sector and that the president appoint an ambassador for cyber security for efforts abroad. Obama said in a statement after meeting the commission's head, his former national security adviser Tom Donilon, on Friday that his administration strongly supported the commission's "thoughtful and pragmatic" recommendations.


Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:15 -0500

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Christian Lowe and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in Russia's banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust. Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), said that the servers to be used in the alleged cyber attack were located in the Netherlands and registered to a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast.


Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:35:25 -0500

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeChina's county-level police will be able to censor internet coverage of natural and man-made disasters, according to a revised draft of the country's policing law that the Chinese Public Security Bureau released late on Thursday. China reports a high rate of accidents and natural disasters every year due its vast geography and its relatively low public safety and building standards. Incidents are often met with an outpouring of public grief and anger that the authorities seek to contain using internet controls and state-media coverage focusing on successful relief work.


Twitter changes product head for third time in a year
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:13:26 -0500

File photo of the Twitter logo displayed on a screen on the floor of the NYSE"Yes! Keith and team are joining Twitter to help lead and strengthen our service!," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Thursday. Jeff Seibert, who was recently head of product, stepped down from in June after being in the role for about five months. Kevin Weil, who now heads Facebook Inc's Instagram product division, was with Twitter for more than five years and was vice-president of product development before Seibert.


Shamoon virus returns in Saudi computer attacks after four-year hiatus
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:40:32 -0500

Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to several U.S. cyber security firms. CrowdStrike, FireEye Inc, Intel Corp's McAfee security unit, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp warned of the attacks, though they did not name any victims.

Twitter signs Philippines ad deal for NBA livestream shows
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:10:21 -0500

The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San FranciscoTwitter Inc has signed a major livestreaming deal with its first Asian partner, Globe Telecom Inc of the Philippines, for its two exclusive U.S. National Basketball Association shows, the companies said on Thursday. Globe will advertise on Twitter's livestream of "The Starters" and "The Warmups" to the telecom provider's digital audiences, they said in a statement. The shows, produced by Time Warner Inc's Turner Sports, will air only on Twitter throughout the basketball league's season from late October through June.


CFTC failed to verify brokers have proper cyber policies: watchdog
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:18:34 -0500

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission failed to verify whether futures and swaps brokerage firms have adequate policies to help ward off cyber attacks, an internal CFTC audit found. The audit was completed in October by Brown & Company CPAS and Management Consultants PLLC at the request of the CFTC's inspector general. It found that the CFTC, in conducting cyber security examinations of the firms, did not employ a "risk-based approach" to "independently test results of the cybersecurity assessments" it did.

Worldwide cyber-crime network hit in coordinated raids
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:50:09 -0500

A logo of the Cybercrime Intelligence Unit of Germany's Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Federal Crime Office is pictured during a media day in WiesbadenOne of the world's biggest networks of hijacked computers, which is suspected of being used to attack online banking customers, has been taken down following police swoops in 10 countries, German police said on Thursday. In an internationally coordinated campaign, authorities carried out the raids on Wednesday, seized servers and website domains and arrested suspected leaders of a criminal organization, said police and prosecutors in northern Germany. Officials said they had seized 39 servers and several hundred thousand domains, depriving criminals of control of more than 50,000 computers in Germany alone.


Vigils, campaigns mark World AIDS Day
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:43:07 -0500

People light candles to mark World AIDS day in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines(Reuters) - From awareness campaigns to candle-lit vigils, people around the globe are marking World AIDS Day on Thursday. Each year, people across countries gather on Dec. 1 to promote awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS and remember those who lost their lives. The hashtag #WorldAIDSDay trended on Twitter as users posted messages and pictures of red ribbons supporters wear to mark the occasion, as well as of people around the world lighting candles for commemoration events. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), some 36. ...


Selena Gomez becomes Instagram's most-followed celebrity
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:00:58 -0500

Selena Gomez accepts the award for favorite female pop/rock artist at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los AngelesSelena Gomez overtook Taylor Swift as the most-followed celebrity on Instagram, as two of pop's leading women once again dominated the social networking site in 2016. In Instagram's annual rankings released Thursday, Gomez was the most-followed celebrity with 103 million followers, while Swift was second with 93.9 million. Ariana Grande and Beyonce came in third and fourth with 89.6 million and 88.9 million followers respectively, while reality TV star Kim Kardashian took fifth place with 88.2 million followers.


Flipkart's fashion unit Myntra bets on artificial intelligence to drive growth
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:47 -0500

The logo of India's largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in BengaluruBy Sankalp Phartiyal and Tanvi Mehta MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Fashion portal Myntra, part of India's top e-commerce group Flipkart, aims to use smart technology such as artificial intelligence to enhance consumer experience as it looks to drive growth and turn profitable in the next fiscal year. India's e-commerce market is forecast to grow to $188 billion in a decade as more and more of its 1.2 billion people log on to smartphones and PCs in the world's fastest-growing internet services market. Players such as Flipkart and Myntra took a page out of Amazon's playbook to offer cash-burning discounts when they launched in 2007 but are now increasingly tailoring their products and experiences to capture a burgeoning Indian market.


EU proposes simplifying VAT rules to boost online trade
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:57:05 -0500

The European Union flag is seen flying in the British overseas territory of GibraltarBy Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed simplifying value-added sales tax (VAT) requirements for online retailers on Thursday, the final piece in a series of measures to boost Internet commerce across the European Union. "We are delivering on our promises to unlock e-commerce in Europe ... Now we simplify VAT rules: the last piece in the puzzle," said Andrus Ansip, the Commission's vice president for digital affairs. Currently, online traders of goods have to register for VAT in each of the EU countries to which they sell goods, a significant barrier given it can cost about 8,000 euros ($8,500) to comply per country.


Facebook COO Sandberg donates $100 million to donor advised fund
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:21:25 -0500

Sandberg COO of Facebook attends a session during the annual meeting 2016 of the WEF in Davos(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has donated more than $100 million to the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Fund. Sandberg's donation to her donor advised fund comprised 880,000 of Class "A" shares of Facebook, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday. In December 2015, Zuckerberg made one of the largest pledges in history when he and his wife said they would donate 99 percent of their company shares to charity.


U.S. tech startup Comma.ai giving away self-driving car software
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:04:38 -0500

George Hotz founder of San Francisco startup Comma.ai drives a vehicle with aftermarket self-driving device being developed in San FranciscoBy Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Comma.ai, the tech startup that recently pulled the plug on its device to give cars limited self-driving capabilities after being reprimanded by U.S. regulators, has opened up its software secrets to the masses. On Wednesday, Comma.ai announced on its website that it had open sourced the software code and robotics research platform for the driver-assistance system the company had planned to start selling at the end of the year, before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compelled it to change course. The open-source project may allow Comma.ai founder and well-known hacker George Hotz to deploy his technology without butting up against regulators.


Cloud storage provider Box's loss smaller than expected
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:50:05 -0500

(Reuters) - Cloud storage provider Box Inc reported a smaller-than-expected loss as its efforts to attract customers paid off. Strong sales execution and increased adoption of newer products helped results, Chief Financial Officer Dylan Smith said in a statement on Wednesday. Box, whose customers include General Electric Co , AstraZeneca Plc and Symantec Corp , has been investing heavily to beef up its cloud technology and is focusing on expanding outside the United States.

Azerbaijan criminalizes defamation of the president online
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:32:01 -0500

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev waves during a meeting with Pope Francis at the Presidential Palace in GanjlikAzerbaijan's parliament on Wednesday made online defamation of the president a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment. With almost all traditional media strictly controlled by the government, social media networks have become outlets for people to voice criticism in a country where the economy has suffered from the global slump in oil prices and a depreciating currency. Azerbaijan criminalized defamation over the internet three years ago, meaning many people now use aliases and covert accounts, but the existing law made no separate mention of the president.


Crowd-sourced maps for natural disasters boosted by new algorithm
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:27:40 -0500

By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Humanitarian workers delivering aid to regions hit by natural disasters might find it a little easier to reach people most in need of help following new advances in crowd-sourced mapping technology, researchers said on Wednesday. Traditional maps often do not give rescue workers the information they need when disasters strike, such as which buildings and bridges have been destroyed. To make the mapping process more efficient, researchers at the University of California and the University of Tennessee created a new algorithm that indicates which areas need detailed mapping first after a disaster.

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:03:42 -0500

The word 'password' is pictured on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden attempted three times to delay the changes, which will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. Magistrate judges can currently only order searches within the jurisdiction of their court, which is typically limited to a few counties.


Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:38:21 -0500

Reddit mascots are displayed at the company's headquarters in San Francisco(Reuters) - Social media website Reddit Inc, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman. Huffman said in an interview with Reuters that Reddit's content policy prohibits harassment, but that it had not been adequately enforced. "Right now we are in an interesting position where my inbox is full of them, it's easy to start with me." As well as combing through Huffman's inbox, Reddit will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators.


Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing: experts
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:16:38 -0500

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Texting young women in Kenya with regular information about sex, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases could encourage more to get tested for HIV in a country where stigma surrounding the virus is rife, researchers said on Wednesday. Some 600 female college students in Kenya received monthly text message surveys about their sexual behavior, and half were also sent weekly messages about HIV prevention, for a recent study by medical researchers and mobile research firm mSurvey. Two-thirds of the 300 women who were sent the weekly texts said they got tested for HIV within six months of the study, while among those who received the monthly surveys, only half reported going to be tested for the virus, the study found.

Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:04:48 -0500

The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change their terms of service, and demands to restrict content due to public safety concerns need to be consistent with existing legal frameworks. Members of the group, which began developing its recommendations in July 2015, include Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, LinkedIn Corp and Yahoo! Inc, and civil society groups and academics. The report came as governments around the world are pushing companies to do more to stop digital proselytizing on the internet by Islamic jihadists and other extremist groups.

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:36:41 -0500

A man passes a screen showing a visualisation of the internet on Telekom exhibition stand at CeBIT trade fair in HannoverBy Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom internet service was part of a campaign targeting web-connected devices around the globe, the German government and security researchers said on Tuesday. The revelation from the German Office for Information Security, or BSI, stoked fears of an increase in cyber attacks that disrupt internet service by exploiting common vulnerabilities in widely used routers, webcams, digital video recorders and other web-connected devices. Security researchers said the infections spread to countries including Brazil, Britain and Ireland using a technique similar to one that stopped millions of people in the United States and Europe from reaching websites including PayPal Holdings Inc , Twitter Inc and Spotify on Oct. 21.


Facebook users can now play Pac-Man on Messenger app
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:25:34 -0500

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo(Reuters) - For users hooked on to Facebook's Messenger app, it's game on. The social network on Tuesday rolled out a feature that allows users to play hugely popular games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, the company's latest attempt to get users spend more time on its messaging app. Facebook made Messenger a standalone app in 2014, a move that initially irked many users.


Philippine bank and Bangladesh play blame game over missing millions
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:07:17 -0500

A security guard stands guard outside a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) in Paranaque city, Metro ManilaBy Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lender RCBC and a Bangladeshi minister traded blame on Tuesday over liability for tens of millions of dollars that were looted from a New York bank and then went missing in Manila after one of the biggest bank frauds ever. Unknown cyber criminals tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank in February and managed to make off with $81 million via an account at the New York Federal Reserve. The lawyer for RCBC, or Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC), said that her client had no reason to compensate Bangladesh Bank, saying that the lender was "negligent" because the initial security breach was its own fault.


Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:58:12 -0500

The President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) Kahl gives speech at the 60th anniversary of the founding of the BND in BerlinBy Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's spy chief has warned that Russian hackers are pelting his country with disinformation that could undermine the democratic process, echoing concerns already voiced by his domestic intelligence counterpart. Bruno Kahl, the new head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, compared the campaign in an interview published on Tuesday to misleading reports on social media before Donald Trump's election as United States president. The interview appeared in Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung as German officials puzzled over the source of a major disruption on Monday of internet traffic on Deutsche Telekom, the country's largest telecoms operator.


Ant Financial chief apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:40:07 -0500

A logo of Ant Financial is displayed at the Ant Financial event in Hong KongThe head of Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Holdings Ltd, apologized on Tuesday following backlash from Chinese netizens over a social feature in the company's payment app that critics say enabled a sexually explicit dating service. In an internal letter reviewed by Reuters, Chairwoman Lucy Peng said the company had removed a group within the Alipay app's new social feature "circles", including a group called "schoolyard diary" which drew intense fire from Chinese users after its launch on Nov. 24. "These past two days have the most difficult since I had joined Alipay 7 years ago," said Peng, who apologized to users and promised to clamp down on illicit content on the platform.


UK regulator goes to Europe to force reform at BT Openreach
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:54:05 -0500

A phone box stands in snow in NewhavenBritain's telecoms regulator will go to the European Commission to try to force BT to legally separate Openreach, the division that supplies broadband to millions of homes and businesses, in a major reform aimed at spurring investment in the country's aging network. The regulator, which despite Britain's vote to leave the European Union still needs European Commission support to force through change at Openreach, wants BT Openreach to plow more money into upgrading its copper networks to fiber to catch up some European rivals and the likes of South Korea and Japan. Ofcom's decision to up the ante follows the failure to reach a voluntary deal after more than a year of talks.



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