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  • Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC

    The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)




  • Sony Pictures computer system down after reported hack

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw(Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system was down for a second day on Tuesday, following media reports of a major hacking attack aimed at the film and television studio. Before Sony Pictures' computers went dark on Monday, the screens displayed an image of a red skeleton with the phrase "Hacked By #GOP," according to the Los Angeles Times. The hackers warned the unit of Sony Corp that they had obtained "secrets" that they would leak on the Web, the newspaper reported. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. ...




  • Facebook video draws Thanksgiving ads from Macy's, others

    A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustrationBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macy's Inc, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season with a nationally televised parade in Manhattan, also will join a handful of other companies this year parading their ads on Facebook's fledgling video feeds. As the social media platform slowly rolls out its premium video offerings to advertisers, Macy's will launch its online video ads Thursday evening. ...




  • Israel's SimilarWeb raises $15 million, eyes faster global expansion
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli start-up SimilarWeb said on Tuesday it raised $15 million in a funding round aimed at increasing the pace of its global expansion. SimilarWeb measures computer usage into the mobile Internet realm and the apps where users spend the overwhelming bulk of their time on smartphones. The company has raised $40 million since 2009 and its latest round was co-led by existing shareholders Naspers and Lord David Alliance. ...

  • At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition

    Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Jacobs sits next to Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma during a meeting at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen townBy Paul Carsten WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed. Public officials and firms worth $2.5 trillion in market value, from Apple Inc to Facebook Inc, got first-hand exposure in the postcard-perfect town of Wuzhen as China showcased its first 'World Internet Conference' (WIC). ...




  • EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up

    A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed. As sponsors of a European Parliament motion seeking action to rein in Google played down suggestions the U.S. Internet search firm should be broken up, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip told Reuters that he suspected some major companies were abusing their power in the digital market. ...




  • Digital tsar urges Europe not to weaken net neutrality rules

    Ansip speaks during his hearing before the EU Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in BrusselsBy Julia Fioretti and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's new digital tsar voiced alarm on Monday at the efforts of some EU governments to water down equal Internet access, just as EU plans for "net neutrality" were being echoed in the United States by Barack Obama. ...




  • European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

    People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.




  • Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits: FCC chief

    Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday. Last week U.S. President Barack Obama said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers. ...




  • European Parliament proposing Internet search-service unbundling
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing to call for the separation of search engines from other commercial services to ensure a level playing field for the Internet industry, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters on Friday, presenting a threat to leading search engine Google Inc. The draft motion does not mention any specific search engines, though Google is by far the dominant search provider in Europe. Earlier on Friday, the Financial Times cited a draft motion as calling for a break-up of Google. ...

  • Amazon plans ad-supported video streaming service: NY post

    A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in Vienna(Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The service will be separate from the company's $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, the Post reported. The Post did not say if the new service would be free or chargeable. Amazon's Prime service costs $99 a year. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. The new service will compete directly with Hulu and Netflix Inc, whose charges start at $7.99 a month for customers in the United States. ...




  • NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

    National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers testifies before a House (Select) Intelligence Committee hearingBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together. ...




  • Mobile phones 'game changers' in securing children's rights: UNICEF
    By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children’s rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. ...

  • Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more

    U.S. President Obama pauses during a ceremony honoring the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees at the White House in WashingtonBy Noel Randewich and Roberta Rampton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley representatives are disappointed his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards. In a speech on Thursday, Obama outlined plans to use executive authority to help millions of undocumented people. He also announced minor adjustments to cut red tape for visa holders and their families, including letting spouses of certain H-1B visa holders get work permits. ...




  • UK Labour's Emily Thornberry quits over Rochester tweet: Sky News
    (Reuters) - Emily Thornberry, UK Labour party's spokeswoman on judicial affairs, has resigned from the shadow cabinet over a tweet she sent during a special election in the southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood, according to Sky News. Emily Thornberry, who is the MP for Islington South and Finsbury in London, stirred up a controversy when she posted a picture on the social media website of a house draped with three England flags with a white van parked in the drive. The caption, "Image from Rochester," was seen by some as contemptuous of working-class voters. (http://bit. ...

  • Labour's Emily Thornberry quits over Rochester tweet - Sky News
    (Reuters) - Emily Thornberry, UK Labour party's spokeswoman on judicial affairs, has resigned from the shadow cabinet over a tweet she sent during a special election in the southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood, according to Sky News. Emily Thornberry, who is the MP for Islington South and Finsbury in London, stirred up a controversy when she posted a picture on the social media website of a house draped with three England flags with a white van parked in the drive. The caption, "Image from Rochester," was seen by some as contemptuous of working-class voters. (http://bit. ...

  • U.S. Congress urged to consider sanctions on Chinese cyber-spies

    A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers should look into options for punishing cyber-spying and the theft of trade secrets from U.S. companies, a congressional advisory committee on China said on Thursday. Congress should ask U.S. trade officials to report on whether they had power to sanction companies that benefited from stealing trade secrets, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in its annual report to Congress. ...




  • Girl questioned over Yik Yak threat that closed California school
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Southern California have questioned a girl in connection with at least one threatening post made on social media application Yik Yak that led to a two-day closure of a high school in an affluent oceanside community, officials said. The threats on the smartphone application were made on Monday against Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, prompting officials to briefly place the campus on lockdown that day and close it on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

  • GoDaddy aims to list next year, seeks $4.5 billion valuation: NY Post

    Driver Hinchcliffe of Canada races during the practice session at the Honda Indy in Toronto(Reuters) - GoDaddy Inc is planning an initial public offering early next year that would value the world's biggest provider of web addresses at roughly $4.5 billion, the New York Post said.




  • Minecraft video game to get Tate art 'worlds'
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Fans of the hugely successful Minecraft video game will be able to play inside worlds envisioned in art from the collection of the Tate museums in Britain with free-download releases of two 3-D "Tate Worlds" starting on Monday. Players in Minecraft, developed by Swedish company Mojang, can build nearly anything imaginable block by block in a digital world. "Minecraft is a wonderful game which embraces imagination and creativity," Jane Burton, Creative Director of Tate Media, said in a statement on Thursday. ...

  • China Premier says Qualcomm's 'opportunities greater than challenges'
    WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc's opportunities in China will be far greater than its challenges, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday as the U.S. mobile chipmaker prepares to face a possible record fine for antitrust violations in the country.

  • California high school closed for second day over Yik Yak threats
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A high school in an affluent oceanside community in Southern California was closed for a second day on Wednesday after online threats made on the social media application Yik Yak, which allows users to post anonymously, officials said. The threats arose in a series of Yik Yak posts on Monday targeting Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, prompting officials to briefly place the campus on lockdown that day and to close it on Tuesday. Police were investigating the social media posts. ...

  • Hungary tech firm Prezi raises $57 million, eyes acquisitions

    Arvai attends an interview with Reuters in BudapestBy Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - U.S.-Hungarian company Prezi.com, which makes online tools for creating presentations, has raised $57 million in financing from U.S. private equity firm Spectrum Equity and existing investor Accel Partners. Prezi CEO Peter Arvai told Reuters in an interview that the company, which he started five years ago in Hungary and now has 50 million users, will use the money to speed up growth, possibly through acquisitions. The company sells access to cloud-based tools that allow people to prepare visually-rich presentations quickly. ...




  • Hackers to probe cyber crime defenses at British banks
    By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defenses of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they'll be welcome. Banks are on red alert after cyber criminals obtained details of 83 million clients from JPMorgan Chase this year and Britain's leading lenders have signed up for tests that let teams of certified hackers attack at will. The cyber war games will mark a major escalation in how banks test defenses in a high-stakes battle with criminals. ...

  • China says controls on Internet needed to maintain stability

    Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Jacobs sits next to Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma during a meeting at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen townBy Paul Carsten WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The comments, made at the start of the World Internet Conference (WIC), show China is unlikely to loosen its tight grip on the medium even as it has begun a transformation of its economic model. ...




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