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  • Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll: TechCrunch

    A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle(Reuters) - Online search and advertising company Yahoo Inc is in talks to buy digital video advertising service provider BrightRoll for around $700 million, tech blog TechCrunch reported. Term sheets have been signed and the price, if the deal is completed, looks likely to be in the region of $700 million–$725 million, the blog reported, without citing sources. BrightRoll, which helps advertisers to publish ads on websites, mobiles and connected TVs, raised over $40 million from investors and had over $100 million in revenue in 2013, according to the report. (http://tcrn. ...




  • U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

    A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...




  • Israel's ThetaRay turns to maths to detect cyber threats
    By Tova Cohen HOD HASHARON Israel (Reuters) - As businesses face a growing threat of cyber attacks, Israeli start-up ThetaRay is betting on maths to provide early detection, enabling the shutdown of systems before damage can be done. The year-old company's first investor was venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners. It is now also backed by heavyweights like General Electric, which uses ThetaRay to protect critical infrastructure such as power plants, and Israel's biggest bank, Hapoalim, which deployed the technology to detect bank account anomalies. ...

  • Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 mln from Google, others
    (Reuters) - Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc. Little is known about Magic Leap's product, but founder and CEO Rony Abovitz said in February that his company's mission was to "develop and commercialize.. the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world." (http://bit.ly/ZEocLU) Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. ...

  • Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa
    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that. Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago, is the first data center and Internet exchange in east Africa connected to eight fiber optic cables that are part of the main Internet route from Europe to Asia. ...

  • Russia ruled out as culprit in Chase cyber security breach, U.S. officials say
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian government has been ruled out as sponsor of a cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Monday.Officials from the FBI and Secret Service told a news conference at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington that authorities believe the attack was the work of cyber criminalsEarly news reports in August said that investigators feared the attack was conducted on behalf of the Russian government as retribution for economic sanctions imposed by the United States. ...

  • China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog

    Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a new IMac after presentation at Apple headquarters in CupertinoSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cyber security blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Unknown "Chinese authorities" interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud, intercepting instructions and messages while the user believes he or she is communicating directly with Apple's site, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. ...




  • Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

    The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkBy Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets. The company on Monday projected stronger-than-expected revenue of $63.5 billion to $66.5 billion in the December quarter, when new iPads and iPhones vie with rival devices from Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc for consumers' holiday outlays. Shares of Apple rose 1.3 percent to about $101.10 in after-hours trade. ...




  • Oregon man said missing after answering Craigslist ad; police probing
    (Reuters) - Oregon authorities are looking into the disappearance of a 19-year-old Portland man, police said on Monday, and an advocacy group said he went missing after he responded to a Craigslist job ad posted by a couple seeking a caregiver. Ian Biggs was dropped off at a downtown Portland train station by a friend on Oct. 11 as he headed to meet the couple in a large park, said Michelle Bart, a spokeswoman for the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation, which represents the man's mother. ...

  • Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola

    Microsoft CEO Nadella addresses the media during an event in New DelhiSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco. ...




  • New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world
    By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to help children learn spatial, language, counting and physics concepts while playing with tangible objects. Tangram, Words and Newton from California-based Osmo let children manipulate objects in the real world and to interact with games on the screen. ...

  • Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off

    The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo ParkBOSTON (Reuters) - The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its third-quarter commentary letter to investors on Monday. ...




  • Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach

    A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The recommendation by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) was one of several unveiled on Monday as part of a new paper that lays out proposed "principles for effective cybersecurity regulatory guidance. ...




  • IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

    A man passes by an illuminated IBM logo at the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverBy Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. It also reported a 4 percent drop in revenue on Monday, hurt by weak sales in its software and services businesses. IBM's shares fell 8 percent to $167 in premarket trading. ...




  • Industry chiefs including Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

    Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, reacts during an address to a gathering at the Internet.org Summit in New DelhiBEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned. Zuckerberg - who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito - will attend the business school's annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said. ...




  • Yahoo set to outline cost-cutting efforts: WSJ

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer delivers her keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is expected on Tuesday to outline cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering acquiring one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment outside regular U.S. business hours. ...




  • China's JD.com starts operations in $1 billion warehouse, land push

    Liu, CEO and founder of China's e-commerce company JD.com, rides an electric tricycle as he leaves a delivery station in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc said it had launched its warehouse and logistics initiative, ahead of China's biggest online shopping event which produced sales of $1.6 billion for the firm last year. The initiative is part of a $1 billion push to expand storage and processing facilities in China, where JD.com presently operates 7 fulfillment centers and 97 warehouses in 39 cities. A Shanghai warehouse has started operations as part of the initiative, the firm said in a statement. The facility eventually will be able to sort 16,000 packages an hour. ...




  • Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

    A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiNEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment. Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. ...




  • U.S. Marines tap female executives for advice on growing women in ranks

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, wearing someone else's ID badge, arrives for the third day of the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun ValleyBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last spring, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos did not even know who Sheryl Sandberg was. Six months later he is good friends with Sandberg, the chief operating officer of social media company Facebook Inc , a top advocate for empowering women to take on leadership roles. Amos, who retired Friday after 44 years of service, met Sandberg in March, and has since hosted her and other Facebook executives at several events aimed at brainstorming ways to boost the number of female Marines from the current 7.5 percent. ...




  • China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

    China's State Councillor Yang and U.S. Secretary of State Kerry talk over tea during a day of meetings in BostonBEIJING (Reuters) - Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S. practices", China's top diplomat told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Cyber security is an irritant to bilateral ties. On Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said hackers it believed were backed by the Chinese government had launched more attacks on U.S. companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded. ...




  • Outgoing Tennessee lawmaker ribs newly laid-off reporter
    By Les Neuhaus KNOXVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - An outgoing Tennessee lawmaker representing a Knoxville district admitted on Friday to sending a ridiculing message on social media to a newly laid-off political reporter. State Senator Stacey Campfield, a Republican, confirmed that he sent a public Facebook message on Thursday that said, “so, Do YOU have any comments now?” to Cari Wade Gervin, a former government reporter for Knoxville’s Metro Pulse. Gervin, along with the entire staff of the 23-year-old alternative weekly newspaper, was laid off this week by the Knoxville News Sentinel, owned by ...

  • Verizon Wireless outage hits parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless customers in New York City experienced a wireless service outage on Friday that affected at least three boroughs, according to website downdetector.com and social media comments. Verizon, the largest cellular service provider in the United States, received over 700 reports of outages in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, according to the website, which monitors disruptions. Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Customers were unable to make calls or send text messages, according to online comments. ...

  • U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

    x37b_otvBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said. The X-37B, a 29-foot-long (9-meter) winged craft that resembles a miniature NASA space shuttle, touched down at 9:24 a.m. local time at the coastal air base and launch facility near Lompoc, California, 160 miles (258 km) northwest of Los Angeles. ...




  • Google's revenue falls short despite curbing price declines

    A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue fell short of Wall Street's expectations as growth in Internet advertising slowed in the most-recent quarter, offsetting a modest improvement in ad pricing, sending its shares down about 3 percent. The total number of ads, or paid clicks, expanded by 17 percent in the third quarter. That was down from the 25 percent growth rate that Google delivered in the second quarter. But online advertising rates, which have been mired in a multi-year decline, moderated slightly in the third quarter, declining 2 percent year-on-year. ...




  • Getty fails to get injunction on Microsoft image widget

    A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Getty Images Inc has failed to convince a federal judge to halt Microsoft Corp's Bing Image Widget, which it said enabled massive copyright infringement, because the software company had already taken it down voluntarily. The multimedia photo and video agency sued Microsoft on Sept. 4 over the widget, which it said permitted the display of images without giving their owners a licensing fee or attribution. Getty owns or represents the owners of more than 80 million digital images. Getty asked U.S. ...




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