Monthly Archives: September 2016

Yahoo hack may become test case for SEC data breach disclosure rules

By 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 … Continue reading

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New U.S. ‘secret’ clearance unit hires firm linked to 2014 hacks

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 … Continue reading

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Mauritanian leader, seen eyeing third term, says only voters can change law

By 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 … Continue reading

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German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook

German 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 … Continue reading

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‘Farmville’ creator Zynga names former EA executive CFO

(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 … Continue reading

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Udacity’s self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls

By 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. … Continue reading

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Samsung says over 1 million people globally using Note 7 with safe battery

Samsung 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 … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart in talks to buy stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart: sources

MUMBAI/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 … Continue reading

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Singapore court sends teen blogger back to jail for criticizing religion

By 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 … Continue reading

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Cyber firm challenges Yahoo claim hack was state-sponsored

By 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 … Continue reading

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Citigroup becomes last big U.S. bank to join payments network

Citigroup 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 … Continue reading

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Gogo plans to speed up its aircraft internet system: COO

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 … Continue reading

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Dotcom’s appeal against extradition to U.S. winds up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away

By 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 … Continue reading

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Zuckerberg initiative poaches AstraZeneca board member

The $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 … Continue reading

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At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says

Cybercriminals 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 … Continue reading

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