Monthly Archives: January 2017

Japan’s ‘Father of PAC-MAN’ arcade game dies at 91

Japanese toy and game software maker Bandai Namco Holdings said on Monday that its founder Masaya Nakamura, known as "Father of PAC-MAN", has died at the age of 91. Nakamura, who has served as a top adviser to the company, … Continue reading

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Pakistan acquits 112 in case of torching Christian homes over blasphemy rumour

A Pakistani court acquitted 112 suspects in the 2013 torching of hundreds of Christian homes in the eastern city of Lahore over a rumour that one of the residents there had blasphemed, a lawyer said on Sunday. In March 2013, … Continue reading

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Second missing Pakistani blogger found, leaves country fearing for life: family

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani blogger Aasim Saeed who went missing earlier this month has been found but has quickly left the country fearing for his life, his family said on Sunday. Saeed’s father said his son was … Continue reading

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FBI request for Twitter account data may have overstepped legal guidelines

The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on … Continue reading

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Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider recovered: family

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani poet and activist Salman Haider who went missing from the capital Islamabad earlier this month, just days after four other human rights campaigners disappeared, has been found, his family said on Saturday. The … Continue reading

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Snapchat to reveal financials within a week: sources

The sources, who cautioned that Snapchat's plans may still change, asked not to be named because the information is private. A spokeswoman for Snap Inc declined to comment. Snap Inc expects to go public as soon as March and could … Continue reading

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Starbucks in crosshairs as Mexico boycott campaign simmers

Seeking to quell a social media campaign imploring Mexicans to boycott U.S. companies, Starbucks defended itself on Friday, saying it had invested millions in the country, created more than 7,000 jobs, and that its local unit is Mexican-owned. The statement … Continue reading

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Social media battle lines drawn ahead of Turkish vote

By Ercan Gurses and Ayhan Uyanik ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Campaigning has not officially started, but a string of video "selfies" by the likes of sports stars, actors and cabinet ministers has already launched a divisive debate on plans that would … Continue reading

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Bitcoin firm gets approval to operate in Switzerland

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH (Reuters) – Bitcoin wallet provider Xapo said it has received conditional approval from Switzerland’s financial market watchdog to operate in the country in a regulatory breakthrough for companies that provide safekeeping for the virtual currency. … Continue reading

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Alphabet’s hardware growth adds to strength in core ad business

Alphabet Inc's core advertising business remained strong and its smartphone and home-automation products were gaining traction, analysts said a day after the company missed profit expectations, hurt by a higher tax rate. At least 11 brokerages raised their price targets … Continue reading

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Kenya’s Safaricom shifts funding to catch up on fixed-data demand

By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya's Safaricom is reallocating funds to build up its fixed-data network to connect homes to the Internet, as demand grows for online streaming services like Netflix, chief executive Bob Collymore told Reuters. The fixed-data … Continue reading

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Apple strategy in ‘smart home’ race threatened by Amazon

By Stephen Nellis SAN FRANCISCO – In less than a year, Amazon's combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets … Continue reading

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U.S.-based Fidelity marks down value of India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart

U.S.-based mutual fund company Fidelity Investments has marked down the value of its holding in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart Online Services Pvt Ltd by around 36 percent. Two mutual funds run by Fidelity logged the price of its holding as … Continue reading

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Chinese Lunar New Year ‘ticket snatching’ apps raise hackles

By Christian Shepherd and Muyu Xu BEIJING (Reuters) – As China gears up for Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions of people head home, popular software charging extra to improve the odds of getting coveted rail tickets has been … Continue reading

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Ford device to boost connectivity in its models without modems

Ford Motor Co said on Friday it would sell a plug-in device to enable features like remote start, security alerts, a Wifi hotspot and vehicle location assistance on 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars. The device would compete with … Continue reading

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