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  • China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses. A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), is to make all key network infrastructure and information systems "secure and controllable". President Xi Jinping has said China's security covers areas including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.




  • MasterCard stops allowing charges for Backpage.com sex ads

    Sign with a logo of MasterCard is seen on the door of a branch of Sberbank in StavropolBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - MasterCard said on Tuesday that its credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the Backpage.com website, following a request from a Chicago law enforcement official who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that so-called "escort" ads on Backpage.com and similar sites make up the foundation of the sex trafficking industry, which preys on the young and vulnerable. "Backpage has significantly lowered the barrier to entry for would-be traffickers," said Dart, adding he will reveal details of a larger initiative against Backpage at a news conference on Wednesday.




  • Wimbledon top grand slam for social media: survey
    By Michael Roddy LONDON, (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

  • Tennis-Wimbledon top grand slam for social media - survey
    By Michael Roddy LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

  • Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in London

    A parcel travels along a conveyer belt at Amazon's new distribution center in BrieselangAmazon.com Inc launched its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, for select areas of London on Tuesday and said it would expand the program to additional cities in the United Kingdom by the end of the year. For a fee of 6.99 pounds, Amazon Prime members can have orders worth 20 pounds ($31.43) or more delivered in one hour, the company said on its UK website on Tuesday. London is our first Prime Now city in the UK and we are already working on making Prime Now available in more postcodes in London and beyond," Christopher North, managing director of Amazon UK, said in a statement posted on the online retailer's website.




  • Convicted Baltimore murderer in 'Serial' podcast seeks hearing
    (Reuters) - A lawyer for a Baltimore man whose conviction for murder was called into question by the 2014 "Serial" podcast asked a court on Tuesday to reopen proceedings so an alibi witness can testify for him. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month allowed the convict, Adnan Syed, to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

  • Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

    The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City's flagship Apple storeBy Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins.




  • Obama touts overtime pay proposal as 'fair' on Twitter

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after signing the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony at White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama touted his new proposal to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay on Monday, saying on Twitter "a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay." The Department of Labor proposal would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that could face legal challenges. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)




  • UAE man jailed for tweets critical of high court: newspaper
    A man in the United Arab Emirates was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the Gulf country's Supreme Court, a local newspaper reported. Nasser al-Faresi, 27, allegedly called the proceedings of a 2012 sedition trial a "judicial farce" and insulted the UAE's president and Abu Dhabi's crown prince, according to The National. The UAE, a U.S. ally and major oil exporter, was rattled by the rise of Islamists in the aftermath of the uprisings that rocked the Arab world from 2011.

  • Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

    File photo illustration shows a map of China seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBy Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy. As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry. Zhang Tianqi, a 23-year old Beijinger, cut his chops in high school trying to infiltrate foreign websites, skirting domestic law by probing for vulnerabilities on overseas gaming networks.




  • Twitter's M&A team loses second member: Re/code

    The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's Rishi Garg, vice president of corporate development and strategy, has resigned from the company to pursue other projects, technology blog Re/code reported, citing a tweet from Garg. Garg, who led the company's mergers and acquisition team, had joined Twitter in May, 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. This is the second resignation at Twitter's mergers and acquisition team.




  • Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year

    A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc released new diversity data Friday that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year. The number of women increased only 1 percentage point, from 31 percent to 32 percent. Diversity among the social network's tech workers was far less even, with 84 percent men and 16 percent women.




  • Charter lists consumer benefits to win merger approval

    Traders work at the post where Time Warner Cable is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster. Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic or prioritize content for a fee and that its broadband services would cost less than the current offerings of Time Warner (TWC) and Bright House. In its first official argument in support of the deals, Charter also said the new company would not harm online video services providers as its success would depend on the broadband business rather than on video services.




  • U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

    A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeU.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in the massive hacking of a U.S. government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans. The comments from Clapper, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), were first reported in The Wall Street Journal and marked the first time the Obama administration has publicly accused Beijing of the hacking attacks on the Office of Personnel Management. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.




  • China e-commerce firm JD.com to launch credit-scoring rival to Alibaba's

    Liu, CEO and founder of China's e-commerce company JD.com, rides an electric tricycle as he leaves a delivery station in BeijingBy Paul Carsten and Engen Tham BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's No. 2 e-commerce firm JD.com Inc is launching a Chinese consumer credit data system as a joint venture with U.S. credit-scoring technology company ZestFinance, taking on a rival service linked to the larger Alibaba Group Holding Ltd . JD-ZestFinance Gaia, as the joint venture will be known, will use the U.S. firm's machine learning technology to analyze JD.com's online shoppers' data and churn out a credit risk score, according to a joint press release on Friday. The companies did not disclose details about the structure of the joint venture or the investments by the partners.




  • U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in hack of U.S. agency: WSJ

    A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeThe United States' intelligence chief said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in a hack of a U.S. agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The comments from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper marked a departure of sorts for the Obama administration, which has avoided publicly pointing to Beijing, even as officials said privately China likely was behind the attack. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.




  • Yahoo's Alex Stamos says to join Facebook as chief security officer

    A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's Alex Stamos will join Facebook Inc as chief security officer from Monday, he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Stamos, who joined Yahoo as chief information security officer last year, also updated his profiles on Twitter and LinkedIn. Yahoo confirmed that Stamos has accepted a position at Facebook and said Ramses Martinez was serving as its interim chief information security officer.




  • U.S. lawsuit claims companies illegally refused to hire ex-cons
    Since New York's prison population was more than half black, the lawsuit argued, such policies served to keep many black people out of the workforce. Named in the lawsuit were Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips NV, pest control company Advance Tech, Australian data management company Recall Holdings Ltd, and IT consulting company NTT Data [KEA.UL]. All of the companies have operations in New York.

  • MTV goes looking for likes with its latest revamp
    By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) - MTV, the channel that revolutionized the music industry by playing artists' videos on rotation, is reinventing itself again, opening up to its social-media-savvy audience by putting their videos on air. By using the hashtag #MTVBump, viewers can see their content from social media sites Instagram or Vine within two hours of its being posted, during the channel's break windows. The revamp, evolving from "I want my MTV" to "I am my MTV", is being rolled out as streaming and video platforms gain ground while the ratings for conventional television networks dwindle.

  • U.S. presidential hopeful's 'done with Indian-American' remark prompts Twitter storm

    Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in KennerLouisiana Governor and U.S. presidential candidate Bobby Jindal caused a Twitter storm of jokes and insults in India on Thursday after he said he dislikes being called an Indian-American. Republican Jindal is the first person of Indian origin to join the U.S. presidential race. During his campaign launch on Wednesday, Jindal said he was "done with" descriptions that identified Americans by their origin, ethnicity or wealth.




  • Thailand to teach journalists how to ask inoffensive questions

    Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-ocha listens to a question from a journalist after a ceremony marking the National Anti-Human Trafficking Day in BangkokThai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday he was not afraid of the press, days before the government is to hold a meeting to teach journalists how to ask questions that won't offend him. Gaffe-prone Prayuth has had a love-hate relationship with the media during the year since he seized power, at one point saying he would probably "just execute" journalists that "did not report the truth". "I do not have control over the media, nor do they have power over me." Winthai Suvaree, a spokesman for the junta, or National Council for Peace and Order, said the government would hold a meeting next week for 200 local and foreign journalists to "create understanding" and teach them how to ask questions that will not offend Prayuth.




  • As Amazon, eBay remove Confederate flags, Nazi items on sale

    A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in ViennaBy Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc sharply cut the number of Confederate flag products on their sites a day after vowing to remove them, but in a sign of the difficulty of removing controversial content, Nazi-era memorabilia are listed on both sites. EBay specifically bans their sale while Amazon bans the sale of "products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views." It is difficult to enforce a complete ban on controversial products, analysts said, because of technological hurdles in flagging and pulling down banned items. Amazon, which on Tuesday had listed nearly 30,000 items in a search for "Confederate flag", had almost nothing for sale with the flag late afternoon Wednesday.




  • Internet firms should brief U.N. on tackling extremists: experts
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Key Internet and social media companies should brief a United Nations Security Council sanctions committee on their efforts to stop al Qaeda, Islamic State and other extremist militants spreading their ideology online, U.N. experts said. Alexander Evans, coordinator of the team of experts, said such a briefing could stimulate a conversation among the 15-committee members on whether U.N. sanctions could be expanded to help stem Internet use by Islamist militants, but he added that the "the answers are not easy." "Late last year a range of actions made much of the social media domain less-permissive territory for (militants)," he said in an interview. "The companies are aware and they have responded, but the political question is have they done enough, who should do what and what's the international consensus on this." Diplomats said the committee is considering the recommendations by the experts, who monitor the U.N. sanctions and assess the strength of the groups.

  • Facebook allows users to sign up for Messenger without account

    People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has enabled users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with a phone number, the social media company said on Wednesday, in another move to broaden the app's reach and make it a standalone platform. Earlier this year, Facebook opened up Messenger to developers, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to connect users directly with retailers, restaurants and other businesses. With the latest update, users will be prompted by an option that says "Not on Facebook?" when they open the app.




  • EU quizzes e-retailers on sanctions against cross-border online sales
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators have asked e-commerce retailers to spell out the kind of sanctions imposed on them for going against digital content companies' orders to restrict cross-border online sales, as part of a broad probe to root out anti-competitive online practices. The European Commission, which launched the investigation last month, is looking to overhaul the 28-country bloc's digital market to boost growth and innovation and catch up with the United States and Asia. U.S. online retailers Amazon, e-Bay, video-streaming service Netflix, booking.com and traditional retailers are expected to be covered by the sector-wide investigation.

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