Monthly Archives: June 2016

Google’s diversity efforts show scant progress

By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet's Google on Thursday released data on its two-year-old initiative to create a more diverse U.S. workforce, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of … Continue reading

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Spanish authorities raid Google offices over tax

By Robert Hetz and Jesus Aguado MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish officials raided Google's Madrid offices on Thursday in a tax probe, authorities said, barely a month after the internet company had its headquarters in France searched on suspicion of tax … Continue reading

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French telecoms watchdog to shine a light on poor Internet access

The country’s telecoms regulator hopes that the move, combined with new high-speed Internet capacity targets announced on Thursday, will improve connectivity for around 65 million people living in France, which lags its European peers. France ranked 16th among the 28 … Continue reading

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Netflix says firm continues to look into entering China

Netflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, a senior company executive said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is … Continue reading

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Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Belgian data protection authority on Wednesday lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit … Continue reading

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With Amazon in mind, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program for shoppers in the United States, as the world's largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc's Prime subscription service. Wal-Mart said … Continue reading

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Facebook’s political influence under a microscope

As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality – an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. According to research scheduled … Continue reading

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Landing with a bump? Germany’s Rocket falls back to earth

By Emma Thomasson and Chijioke Ohuocha BERLIN/LAGOS (Reuters) – When German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet launched Jumia in 2012 as a would-be African Amazon, it was optimistic that a rapidly expanding middle class would quickly shift from street markets to … Continue reading

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Facebook offers limited detail on formula behind News Feed

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday offered a rare glimpse into how it ranks and shows content in its News Feed, part of an effort to provide more transparency about its operations as the social … Continue reading

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China appoints new internet regulator

China on Wednesday appointed a new head of its powerful internet regulator, a man who has publicly vowed to maintain the ruling Communist Party's tight grip over cyberspace. In a brief report, the official Xinhua news agency said Lu Wei … Continue reading

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Iraqi forces say press towards key air base south of Mosul

Iraq’s military said it advanced through northern villages held by Islamic State on Wednesday, on its way to an airfield which could serve as the staging ground for a future offensive on Mosul, the biggest city held by the militants. … Continue reading

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China names new internet regulator head – Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – Internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China has appointed a new director, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday. Previous head Lu Wei has stepped down and been replaced by one of his deputies, Xu Lin, Xinhua … Continue reading

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Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident

(Reuters) – Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers … Continue reading

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BuzzFeed closing Ottawa bureau, shifting Canada editorial focus

Online media outlet BuzzFeed said on Tuesday that it is closing its Ottawa bureau as it moves away from covering Canadian political news, in a broader editorial revamp that will also see its Toronto team work more closely with editors … Continue reading

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Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting

(Reuters) – A woman was critically injured in a shooting inside a downtown Denver office building on Tuesday and police said the suspected gunman was pronounced dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver … Continue reading

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