Monthly Archives: November 2016

U.S. tech startup Comma.ai giving away self-driving car software

By 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. … Continue reading

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Cloud storage provider Box’s loss smaller than expected

(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 … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan criminalizes defamation of the president online

Azerbaijan'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 … Continue reading

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Crowd-sourced maps for natural disasters boosted by new algorithm

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 … Continue reading

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FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

By 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 … Continue reading

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Reddit to crack down on abuse after CEO is targeted

(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. … Continue reading

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Text young Kenyan women about sex to boost HIV testing: experts

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 … Continue reading

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Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report

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, … Continue reading

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Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers

By 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 … Continue reading

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Facebook users can now play Pac-Man on Messenger app

(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 … Continue reading

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Philippine bank and Bangladesh play blame game over missing millions

By 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 … Continue reading

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Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany

By 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 … Continue reading

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Ant Financial chief apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups

The 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. … Continue reading

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UK regulator goes to Europe to force reform at BT Openreach

Britain'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 … Continue reading

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Liechtenstein bank’s Chinese parent says no money losses in hacker attack

Valartis Bank, a Liechtenstein lender, was targeted by a hacker but account statement data was not obtained and no money losses have been identified so far, the Chinese parent of the bank said on Tuesday. Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group … Continue reading

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