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U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:55:24 -0400

Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Coral Springs(Reuters) - Hackers have probed the voting systems of many U.S. states but there is no sign that they have manipulated any voting data, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Saturday. National security officials are investigating a number of possible leads suggesting that cyber-criminals are trying to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election, including by hacking into systems run by the Democratic National Committee. Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly charged that the U.S. election system is "rigged" and top Democrats in Congress have charged that Russia is behind repeated attempts to access both party data and state voting systems.

Internet oversight transfer clears hurdles to take place Saturday
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:26:21 -0400

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-planned transfer of the internet's technical management from the U.S. government to a global community of stakeholders is expected to take place on Saturday despite last-minute attempts by conservative politicians and officials to delay the changeover. The U.S. Department of Commerce is due to cede stewardship of ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, as scheduled after a lawsuit seeking to halt the transition was denied by a federal judge in Texas on Friday. The U.S. government has been the primary manager of the internet's address book since 1988 largely because it was invented in the country.

Yahoo hack may become test case for SEC data breach disclosure rules
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:24:29 -0400

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in RolleBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yahoo's disclosure that hackers stole user data from at least 500 million accounts in 2014 has highlighted shortcomings in U.S. rules on when cyber attacks must be revealed and their enforcement. Democratic Senator Mark Warner this week asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives properly disclosed the attack, which Yahoo blamed on Sept. 22 on a "state-sponsored actor." The Yahoo hack could become a test case of the SEC's guidelines, said Jacob Olcott, former Senate Commerce Committee counsel who helped develop them, due to the size of the breach, intense public scrutiny and uncertainty over the timing of Yahoo's discovery.

New U.S. 'secret' clearance unit hires firm linked to 2014 hacks
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:14:31 -0400

A U.S. government bureau set up to do "secret" and "top secret" security clearance investigations has turned for help to a private company whose login credentials were used in hack attacks that looted the personal data of 22 million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials said on Friday. Its creation was spurred, in part, by the same hacks of the Office of Personnel Management that have been linked to the credentials of KeyPoint, one of four companies hired by the bureau. KeyPoint representatives did not respond to requests for comment sent by email and left on the company CEO's voice-mail.

Mauritanian leader, seen eyeing third term, says only voters can change law
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:59:20 -0400

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New YorkBy Kissima Diagana NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said any change to the Saharan nation's constitution must go to a referendum, after opposition leaders reacted angrily to a plea by his justice minister that he be allowed to run for a third term. Abdel Aziz made the declaration late on Thursday at the opening of an "inclusive national dialogue" at which delegates from the government, opposition and civil society are to discuss possible changes to the constitution. "The proposals and recommendations that require constitutional amendments will be submitted to popular plebiscite via a referendum," said Abdel Aziz, an important Western ally in the fight against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the Sahara.

German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:35:19 -0400

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaGerman prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe. Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their site.

'Farmville' creator Zynga names former EA executive CFO
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:35:40 -0400

The corporate logo of Zynga Inc, the social network game development company, is shown at its headquarters in San Francisco(Reuters) - "Farmville" creator Zynga Inc on Thursday appointed Gerard Griffin as its chief financial officer, adding another Electronic Arts Inc executive to its top ranks. Zynga in March named EA veteran Frank Gibeau its chief executive, as part of efforts to transition into a mobile games-focused company. Griffin, a gaming industry veteran, spent more than 10 years at the "FIFA" videogame publisher.

Udacity's self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:34:22 -0400

Udacity CEO Thrun speaks at TechCrunch Distrupt 2013 in San FranciscoBy Alexandria Sage and Paul Lienert SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley online education platform Udacity has already received more than 11,000 applicants for its so-called nanodegree in self-driving car engineering, Udacity president and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun said. The high number of applicants - for 250 spots in the course - underscores the pressing need for talent by technology leaders such as Alphabet's Google and Apple, traditional car companies and automotive start-ups, as they race to develop production-ready autonomous-driving vehicles within the next decade. High-profile, costly acquisitions driven by the desire to acquire talent, such as General Motors Co's purchase of automotive start-up Cruise, or Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] buying self-driving trucking start-up Otto, have marked the sector over the past year.

Samsung says over 1 million people globally using Note 7 with safe battery
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:51:47 -0400

A woman passes a Samsung Note 7 advertisement in SingaporeSamsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's biggest smartphone maker, said on Thursday more than 1 million people globally are now using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire. Samsung on Sept. 2 initiated a voluntary global recall of at least 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones due to faulty batteries causing some of the flagship devices to catch fire, a deeply embarrassing crisis for a firm that prides itself for its quality control. Samsung, in a statement issued on its China website, apologised to its consumers for failing to providing a detailed explanation why the smartphones on sale in China were safe, as they used batteries that came from a different supplier to those that could overheat.

Wal-Mart in talks to buy stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart: sources
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:09:42 -0400

General view shows a Wal-Mart store in MonterreyMUMBAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks to buy a minority stake in India's largest e-commerce firm Flipkart, two people familiar with the matter said, as the world's biggest retailer aims to break into a fast growing but highly competitive online retail market. A deal would pit Wal-Mart against U.S. rival Amazon.com Inc, which has been expanding rapidly in a market that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has forecast will surge to $220 billion in value of goods sold by 2025 from about $11 billion last year. Wal-Mart operates 21 wholesale stores in the South Asian country, but is discouraged from setting up its own bricks-and-mortar shops by rules that limit foreign ownership for multi-brand retailers to 51 percent and the cost of setting up shops in a country as large as India.

Singapore court sends teen blogger back to jail for criticizing religion
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:22:23 -0400

Teen blogger Amos Yee speaks to reporters after leaving the State Courts in SingaporeBy Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore court sentenced 17-year-old blogger Amos Yee to six weeks in jail on Thursday for "wounding religious feelings", his second prison term in a year, reigniting concerns about social controls and censorship in the conservative city-state. Yee pleaded guilty to six charges of deliberately posting comments on the internet in videos, blog posts and a picture that were critical of Christianity and Islam. Judge Ong Hian Sun told the district court that Yee's actions could "generate social unrest" and should not be condoned.

Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:42:14 -0400

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber security company on Wednesday asserted that the hack of 500 million account credentials from Yahoo was the work of an Eastern European criminal gang, adding another layer of intrigue to a murky investigation into the unprecedented data heist. Arizona-based InfoArmor issued a report whose conclusion challenged Yahoo’s position that a nation-state actor orchestrated the heist, disclosed last week by the internet company. InfoArmor, which provides companies with protection against employee identify theft, said the hacked trove of user data was later sold to at least three clients, including one state-sponsored group.

Citigroup becomes last big U.S. bank to join payments network
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:40:09 -0400

Reflections are seen on the glass facade of a Citibank branch in BeijingCitigroup Inc on Wednesday became the last of the big U.S. banks to agree to allow customers to send instant payments by mobile phone over an industry network that is competing with upstart Venmo. Citigroup said in a statement that it will begin offering the service early next year over the clearXchange network. ClearXchange has emerged as the industry's rival to Venmo, a non-bank payment service of PayPal Holdings Inc, which is winning fans among young adults who use it to split apartment rents and dinner tabs.

Gogo plans to speed up its aircraft internet system: COO
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:05:19 -0400

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - In-flight internet provider Gogo Inc said on Wednesday it is building a faster version of its air-to-ground system for business and commercial aircraft that will ease a bandwidth bottleneck when it becomes available in 18 months. The service will provide speeds of 100 megabits per second to an aircraft, about 10 times more than Gogo's existing system, Chief Operating Officer John Wade said in an interview. Shares of Gogo were up 2.3 percent in afternoon trading to $12.64.

Dotcom's appeal against extradition to U.S. winds up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:25:52 -0400

German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom sits in a chair during a court hearing in Auckland, New ZealandBy Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, wanted in the United States on copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over his file-sharing website Megaupload, argued on Wednesday there was not enough evidence to show he conspired to commit a crime. The Auckland court heard closing arguments in Dotcom's four-week appeal against a lower court's decision to extradite him to the U.S., the first New Zealand court proceedings to be broadcast live on the internet. The appeal took place nearly five years after dozens of black-clad police rappelled into the flamboyant entrepreneur's New Zealand mansion and cut him from a safe room.

Zuckerberg initiative poaches AstraZeneca board member
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:23:49 -0400

Mark Zuckerberg announces the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to cure all diseases by the end of the century during a news conference at UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe $3 billion health initiative set up by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has hired one of AstraZeneca's non-executive directors to head up its science drive. The British drugmaker said on Wednesday that Cornelia Bargmann would step down from its board next month to take up a new role as president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca's chairman, said the board was sorry to see her leave but understood Bargmann's decision to focus on the new assignment.

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:11:57 -0400

File photo of a magnifying glass held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinCybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday. "There is currently little evidence to suggest that their cyber-attack capability extends beyond common website defacement," it said in its annual cybercrime threat assessment in a year marked by Islamic State violence in Europe. "Europol is concerned about how an expanding cybercriminal community has been able to further exploit our increasing dependence on technology and the internet," its director, Rob Wainwright, said in a statement.

The World's Most Innovative Universities - 2016
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:08:51 -0400

Students retrieve their bicycles after leaving a class, at the Main Quad at Stanford University in StanfordIn the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you're not innovating, you're falling behind. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ranked #2) were behind some of the most important innovations of the past century, including the development of digital computers and the completion of the Human Genome Project.

FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials: sources
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:57:27 -0400

U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin addresses a news conference to announce indictments on Iranian computer hackers, in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters. The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump.

Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:01:33 -0400

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for Facebook Inc on Tuesday sought to assure a U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits by victims of militant attacks in the Middle East that it took a "zero tolerance" approach to any communications that may promote terrorist threats or activity. The comments came after U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn on Thursday accused Facebook's law firm of insulting the court by sending just a junior attorney to address him in lawsuits implicating violent attacks on Israelis. The judge on Tuesday apologized to the extent his comments may have sounded like criticism of the first-year associate, but said he was concerned about whether Facebook's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis LLP were taking the matter seriously.

Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:56:25 -0400

Actor Jennifer Lawrence arrives at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London(Reuters) - An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release of nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and others. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago to one felony change of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, charging documents showed. While no victims were named in court documents, Lawrence and actress Kirsten Dunst and model Kate Upton have addressed the leak and online dissemination of their nude photos in interviews.

Senior national security official to leave Justice Department
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:51 -0400

Carlin, flanked by Comey, addresses a news conference to announce indictments on Iranian hackers at the Justice Department in WashingtonBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. Justice Department official who oversaw efforts to prosecute Islamic State sympathizers and pursue cyber criminals is leaving the Obama administration next month, he told Reuters on Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, chief of the national security division at the Justice Department, is departing on Oct. 15, less than a month before the U.S. presidential election. Carlin, who has served in government for more than 15 years, oversaw a range of prominent cases in three and a half years since assuming an acting rank of the Justice Department's top national security lawyer in March 2013, including the prosecution of one of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers.

Czech investors agree to buy auction website aukro.cz from Naspers
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:31:16 -0400

The web is part of the Polish Allegro group, owned by South Africa's Naspers. Naspers has put up the Polish assets for sale. The Czech investors into the website with 3.8 million registered users are the site's founder Vaclav Liska with 50 percent, BDO Advisory partners Petr Kymlicka and Radovan Hauk with 25 percent, and Agora Development with the remaining 25 percent.

Special Report: From Israel via London, an online gambling scam traps thousands
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:17:03 -0400

Photo illustration shows a Euro and U.S. dollar minute chart seen against Euro and U.S. dollar bank notes arranged around the NRGbinary company logoBy Tova Cohen and Luke Baker RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) - In early 2013, a young Israeli businessman registered a web domain in London for a company called NRGbinary.com. The online options trading website offered clients the opportunity to make large amounts of money from simple bets on the movement of financial markets, stocks and commodities. While it was initially registered in Britain, NRGbinary was run from Israel and sold its products to clients in the Middle East, Canada and South Africa.

Know your options - binary, regular, or spread bet?
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:04:20 -0400

What's the difference between binary options, regular options and spread betting? All three financial products are derivatives - they let you profit from price moves in a stock, currency, commodity or other financial asset without owning the asset. BINARY OPTIONS allow people to take a position on the price movement over a fixed timeframe – most often a few minutes or hours.

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:21:21 -0400

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustrationWith speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.

Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:52:35 -0400

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co and Microsoft Corp joined a list of potential suitors for Twitter Inc , according to media reports on Monday. Twitter shares were marginally down at $23.33 in after-market trading. The microblogging service has reportedly started talks with a number of technology companies to sell itself, including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon.

U.S. senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:09:44 -0400

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the 2014 cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .

New York launches ad campaign to fight anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:59:54 -0400

New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been playing a major role as the U.S. presidential race has heated up.

German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:41:37 -0400

German Justice Minister Maas attends a cabinet meeting at Chancellery in BerlinJustice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies". Maas said Facebook, Twitter and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, were removing illegal content from the Internet more frequently and quickly, but more work was needed.

LVMH's digital drive takes time despite Apple hire
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:46:03 -0400

A woman walks past a Louis Vuitton shop in BrusselsBy Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - When LVMH hired former Apple music executive Ian Rogers to craft a digital strategy, investors may have hoped for some quick results. Almost a year later, aside from drafting in more digitally-savvy people and taking part in a technology start-up fair, his impact on the world's biggest luxury goods group has yet to become visible. Changing mentalities and priorities at LVMH takes time, according to sources close to the 78 billion euro ($88 billion)group controlled by France's richest man, Bernard Arnault.

Online groceries retailer FreshDirect raises $189 million
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:09:57 -0400

To match ANALYSIS story FRESHDIRECT/Online food delivery company FreshDirect LLC said on Monday it had raised $189 million in a round led by JPMorgan Asset Management, as it seeks to expand its geographic footprint. The funding will help Long Island City, New York-based FreshDirect expand its capacity and reach, as it builds on the initial success it has enjoyed in its home area. JPMorgan Asset Management led the fundraising round through its internet and digital media-focused PG Digital Growth Fund.

Exclusive: Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:53:08 -0400

A man holds his smartphone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken in Bordeaux, Southwestern FranceBy Manunphattr Dhanananphorn and Eveline Danubrata BANGKOK/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax collection rules for internet and technology firms like Alphabet Inc's Google, the head of the Revenue Department told Reuters, as the tax affairs of these firms comes under growing scrutiny in Southeast Asia. The plans would also cover the mobile transfers and internet payment sector, Prasong Poontaneat, director general of Thailand's Revenue Department, told Reuters.

Tencent to donate 2 percent of profit as Chinese online charity grows
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:38:40 -0400

Tencent Chairman and CEO Pony Ma Huateng speaks during a news conference announcing the company's results in Hong KongBy Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese billionaire Pony Ma Huateng, the founder of internet group Tencent, on Friday said his company would donate 2 percent of its annual profit to charity and flagged growth in the use of mobile internet in China's philanthropy sector. Ma's pledge follows China's introduction of new laws earlier this month that provided a legal framework for approved internet companies to raise and manage funds for charity. It also comes days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they would donate more than $3 billion toward a plan to "cure, prevent or manage" all disease.

Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:00:01 -0400

A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc, the newly renamed parent company of messaging app Snapchat, plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses starting this fall, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. The sunglasses, dubbed Spectacles, will be sold via limited distribution for about $130, said Spiegel, who described the device as a toy. The first hardware to be sold by Snap, the sunglasses will record video from the user's perspective in 10-second increments that can be synched with his or her smart-phone. ...

Peace activist tries to calm Charlotte protests with free hugs
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:46:39 -0400

(Reuters) - A peace activist in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been offering police and protesters free hugs in an attempt to calm three nights of unrest that have engulfed the city in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black man by police. In a video that was posted online on Thursday by the Free Hugs Project, activist Ken Nwadike is seen hugging two riot policemen at a protest on Wednesday. Protesters are then heard shouting abuse at Nwadike, who proceeds to explain his message and why he is offering free hugs.

Facebook apologizes for overstating key ad metric
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:29:07 -0400

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday apologized for an error in the way it measured a key metric of video viewership that significantly amplified users' viewing times on its platform. At the time, Facebook had said that the "discrepancy" did not impact advertising billings and introduced newer metrics to replace the previous method. Facebook has made a significant strides into video, which has attracted significant advertising interest and has benefited from the shift in advertising spending toward the internet and other mobile platforms.

Some Yahoo users close accounts amid fears breach could have ripple effects
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:26:05 -0400

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaMany Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close their accounts and change passwords as experts warned that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company's services. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. "We're probably just going to dump Yahoo altogether," said Rick Hollister, 56, who owns a private investigation firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

China's Huawei to start India smartphone production in Oct
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:05:23 -0400

Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone in ParisBy Swati Bhat and Paul Carsten MUMBAI/BEJING (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] will start making smartphones in India next month, the company said on Friday, joining a wave of compatriots setting up plants in the world's third-biggest mobile market. The plant will be operated with the Indian arm of electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd in the southern Indian city of Chennai, Huawei said. India is trying to attract manufacturing into the country as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.

Image purported to be Michelle Obama's passport posted online
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:38:26 -0400

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Broadway Shines A Light on Girls' Education at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in Manhattan, New York, U.S.By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An image purported to be a scanned copy of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s passport was leaked online on Thursday alongside personal emails said to belong to a low-level White House staffer who worked with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The White House on Thursday declined to comment on their validity, but spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was taking the matter seriously. "We're aware of those media reports, and it is something we're looking into," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference.

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