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  • Los Angeles police return Afghan immigrants' lost wedding album
    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles airport police used Facebook to track down an Afghan immigrant couple who accidentally left their wedding album at the international terminal last year, leading to a ceremonial presentation this week of the long-lost memento, an official said on Friday. The couple landed at Los Angeles International Airport in September 2014 from Afghanistan, where the husband was a military interpreter and faced threats due to his work, said Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for Los Angeles Airport Police. On the day the couple flew into the airport, their wedding album was discovered tucked into a briefcase left in the international terminal, Pedregon said.

  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and wife expecting a baby girl

    Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and wife Priscilla Chan arrive on the red carpet during the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Award in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, he said on his Facebook page on Friday. Zuckerberg, 31, did not say when their daughter is due but said the pregnancy was far enough along that the risk of miscarriage was low. Zuckerberg, who often uses his Facebook page to make both corporate and personal announcements, opened up about the emotions he and Chan, who is a doctor, have felt while trying to have children.




  • Texas Christian University student disciplined over social media comments
    A Texas Christian University (TCU) student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said on Friday. Among the comments are a Facebook post that reads: "These hoodrat criminals in Baltimore need to be shipped off and exiled to the sahara desert.

  • Google refuses French order to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally

    A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich(This version of the July 30th corrects story to read "partly" of a political nature, not "mostly" in paragraph 10) By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, in June ordered the search engine group to de-list on request search results appearing under a person's name from all its websites, including Google.com. Google complied with the ruling and has since received more than a quarter of a million removal requests, according to its transparency report.




  • LinkedIn's revenue beat fails to connect with investors

    The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking networking website for people in professional occupations, is shown in Mountain ViewLinkedIn's shares were down 3.9 percent in after-hours trading, however, as investors focused on the company's widening losses and an underwhelming full-year revenue forecast. LinkedIn has been spending heavily to acquire businesses and build up its sales and development teams in an effort to leverage off its 380 million members. LinkedIn said it now expected the business to contribute about $90 million to 2015 revenue - more than double its original forecast.




  • Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

    A mobile phone displays the OnStar app inside a Chevrolet Volt vehicle in this photo illustration taken in EncinitasBy Jim Finkle and Bernie Woodall BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.




  • Expedia beats Wall Street view, shares rise

    CEO of Expedia, Inc. Khosrowshahi attends Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley(Reuters) - Expedia Inc on Thursday posted a second-quarter profit above analysts' expectations and announced a larger dividend as travel bookings grow, sending its shares up more than 7 percent in after-market trade. Expedia, which became the world's largest online travel services company by bookings in the first quarter, earned $449.6 million in the second quarter. On an adjusted basis, it earned $118.6 million, or 89 cents per share, compared to analysts' average estimate of 84 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company, which owns the website that bears its name as well as Hotels.com, Hotwire and a host of other brands, said its board of directors approved a 33 percent rise in its September dividend to 24 cents per share.




  • NBCUniversal close to investing in BuzzFeed: source

    Buzzfeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New YorkComcast Corp's NBCUniversal film and television unit is close to making an investment in online publisher BuzzFeed and is in talks to raise its stake in Vox Media, a person with knowledge of both sets of discussions said on Thursday. The company is negotiating to inject $250 million into BuzzFeed, according to the Re/code tech news website, which first reported that NBCUniversal was poised to invest in the digital media companies. The discussions are more advanced with BuzzFeed than with Vox, according to the person with knowledge of the talks.




  • Facebook profit falls 9 percent as costs soar

    A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica(Story corrects second-last paragraph to say $330 million instead of $33 million) By Devika Krishna Kumar and Yasmeen Abutaleb (Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported quarterly revenue that beat forecasts but its profit fell 9 percent as the social media company sharply increased spending to boost mobile revenue and future growth. "We're investing in the next set of services and what will be future investments like Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus," Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview on Wednesday after the earnings report. Messenger has more than 700 million users, and the app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Android, Google Inc's mobile operating system, Facebook said.




  • Facebook says drone ready for real-world testing later this year

    Handout photo of Facebook drone AquilaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world. The plane will weigh about 880 pounds (400 kg), said Yael Maguire, the company's engineering director of connectivity. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world," said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering.




  • FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog

    Five men who have been added to the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted list are seen in FBI handout photosThe FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed. Although cyber task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, five of them did not have a computer scientist assigned to them, the report by the Office of the Inspector General found.




  • 'What lion?' Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus

    A K-9 Unit Bloomington Police dog sniffs at stuffed animals blocking the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - As social media exploded with outrage this week at the killing of Cecil the lion, the untimely passing of the celebrated predator at the hands of an American dentist went largely unnoticed in the animal's native Zimbabwe. "What lion?" acting information minister Prisca Mupfumira asked in response to a request for comment about Cecil, who was at that moment topping global news bulletins and generating reams of abuse for his killer on websites in the United States and Europe. The government has still given no formal response, and on Thursday the papers that chose to run the latest twist in the Cecil saga tucked it away on inside pages.




  • Israel's secret-keeper seeks censorship reform

    Sima Vaknin-Gill, Israel chief military censor, reads a local Israeli newspaper in her office in Tel AvivBy Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Sima Vaknin-Gill may be Israel's last chief military censor. After 10 years in a role that stirs frequent annoyance and occasional dread among journalists, Vaknin-Gill wants her office, which dates back to the country's wartime founding, replaced with a streamlined civilian agency more in sync with contemporary media freedoms. By law, Israeli journalists and accredited international correspondents must submit, prior to publication, any item touching upon security issues to the censor's office.




  • Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe lion draws threats, protests

    Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaBy David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Police in Minnesota are investigating reports of a threat against a dentist who killed Zimbabwe's most famous lion just outside a national wildlife preserve, sparking a global firestorm of hate messages on social media. Demonstrators were gathering on Wednesday afternoon outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, an avid big game hunter, who said in a statement he regrets killing the huge cat known as Cecil on July 1. As of Tuesday, Palmer had temporarily closed his office, River Bluff Dental, in Bloomington, Minnesota, amid wishes for his death and widespread criticism of his hunting on social media and under business reviews on Google and Yelp.




  • Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion draws threats, protests
    By David Bailey BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Reuters) - A Minnesota dentist's killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve has unleashed death threats and a global firestorm of hate messages on social media. About 200 people protested on Wednesday outside the suburban Minneapolis office of Walter Palmer, 55, calling for him to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face charges. Palmer, an avid big game hunter, said in a statement on Tuesday he regrets killing Zimbabwe's most famous lion on July 1.

  • Yelp needs help, and buyout may be the answer

    The Yelp Inc. logo is seen in their offices in ChicagoYelp, owner of consumer review website Yelp.com, reported a second-quarter loss on Tuesday and forecast revenue for the current quarter that was far below expectations. As of Tuesday's close, Yelp – now valued at about $1.8 billion – had already lost 39 percent of its value this year. Unless Yelp can come up with a strategy to boost its financial performance, the San Francisco-based company should consider selling itself, several analysts said.




  • Tituss Burgess on 'Kimmy,' race and pinot noir

    Actor Tituss Burgess arrives at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly HillsBy Piya Sinha-Roy BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - A glass of wine at his side, Actor Tituss Burgess says he is used to fans serenading him with his catchy "Pinot Noir" song from Netflix's hit comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." After honing his acting in theater, Burgess, 36, stepped into the television spotlight with Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's "Kimmy Schmidt," securing a supporting actor Emmy nomination for playing eccentric roommate Titus Andromedon to Kimmy, a former 'mole woman' trying to carve a New York life. Burgess discussed race, stereotypes and season two in an interview with Reuters. If it's Tina and Robert, I can trust that Titus is going to be a human being who happens to be gay, who happens to be an actor, who happens to be down on his luck, and all of these things are happenstance and not the thing that we focus on.




  • Shutterfly quarterly revenue rises 15.5 percent
    (Reuters) - Shutterfly Inc reported a 15.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue as more customers used its personalized photo-based products and services. The company's net loss narrowed to $23.8 million, or 63 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $27.1 million, or 70 cents per share, a year earlier. Net revenue rose to $183.9 million from $159.1 million. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

  • Yelp reports surprise loss, revenue forecast disappoints

    The Yelp Inc. logo is seen in their offices in ChicagoThe company also reported its slowest revenue growth in 18 quarters in the three months ended June 30, and said Chairman Max Levchin would step down "to pursue other interests." There has been no decision on a replacement, Yelp said. Yelp, whose shares fell more than 16 percent in extended trading, said it expected to report net revenue of $139 million-$142 million in the third quarter - well below the $152.6 million average analyst estimate. Yelp's subscriber growth has been slowing in a crowded market.




  • Twitter shares fall as growth of monthly users slows

    A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura"This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter's struggles to increase its audience worries investors, who are focused on the company's growth potential, and the latest figures did little to reassure them.




  • IAC's profit beats estimates on strong dating business growth

    IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Diller leaves the Allen and Co's annual media conference in Sun Valley(Reuters) - Media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as more users signed up for its dating services and the paid version of its mobile app Tinder outperformed the company's expectations. Shares of IAC, whose portfolio also includes dating website Match.com as well as Investopedia and Dictionary.com, rose nearly 2 percent in trading after the bell on Tuesday. The company's search business is its largest, but the dating business Match Group is seen as the crown jewel of the conglomerate and has been driving strong results for the past few quarters.




  • Facebook's ascent has investors betting on more gains

    A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in ZenicaInvestors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc , piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. Facebook escaped a rout in social media stocks after last quarter's results and its shares are up about 20 percent this year. “Facebook is definitely the standout leader in the group,” said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital.




  • Mystery lion sightings captivate Milwaukee residents
    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Nicole Anderson rode along a busy Milwaukee thoroughfare where she got plenty of stares, double takes and fingers pointing at her not only because she was nude, but because she was painted head to toe like a lion. Interest in all things lions has reached new heights in Milwaukee as the city's fixation with its feline version of Bigfoot - does it exist and is it really a lion? - has dominated local news, water-cooler talk and social media.

  • Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack
    Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month that critics said showed it was involved in the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The Daily Dot online newspaper reported Monday that a hacking group had gained access to Planned Parenthood's website databases and the names and email addresses of its employees.

  • Baidu profit weighed down by offline mobile services push

    Baidu's company logo is seen at its headquarters in Beijing(Reuters) - Baidu Inc's quarterly profit missed analysts' estimates as China's biggest Internet search company spent heavily to diversify away from its core search advertising business, which is becoming less profitable and more competitive.




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