(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is planning company-wide layoffs next week, technology news website Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. The news comes after Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent chief executive on Monday. It is unclear how many of Twitter's staff will be laid off, but it is likely it will affect most departments, Re/code said, citing company insiders.
(Reuters) - Some of Google Inc's services, including Drive and Docs, which were facing disruptions for a few hours on Friday have been resolved, the company said. Google's status page had showed that its file-sharing services such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom were facing disruptions. "The problem with Google Drive should be resolved," the company said on an update to its page at 5:30 p.m. ET. (http://bit.ly/1hsgVC3) Google, which has now morphed into holding company Alphabet Inc, also acknowledged the disruption in a tweet on its Docs page. ...
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer science has for the first time become the most popular major for female students at Stanford University, a hopeful sign for those trying to build up the thin ranks of women in the technology field. Based on preliminary declarations by upper-class students, about 214 women are majoring in computer science, accounting for about 30 percent of majors in that department, the California-based university told Reuters on Friday. If more women majored in technological fields like computer science, advocates say, that could help alleviate the dearth of women in engineering and related professions, where many practitioners draw on computer science backgrounds.
By Aditya Kalra and Zeba Siddiqui NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - As many as 850,000 small chemist shops in India will shut for a day next week to protest against a burgeoning online pharmacy industry that is attracting big money backers. Healthcare provider Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd plans to start online drug sales in India, while Zigy, and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg already have e-pharmacies to tap a retail market IMS Health says is worth about $13 billion. Varun Gupta, head of medical affairs at 1mg said the company gets up to 60 million hits a month on its website and its mobile app has been downloaded 3.5 million times since 2012.
Social media usage among American adults has ballooned in the past decade with about two-thirds now on social networking sites, Pew Research Center said on Thursday. The 65 percent of adults in the United States using social media is up from 46 percent in 2010 and just 7 percent in 2005, the year Pew began tracking usage. Since the early 2000s, social media sites on the Internet have surged in popularity, from Friendster and Myspace to Facebook and Twitter, among others.
Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions," with users able select from seven emotions, including like and "wow." "Dislike," however, is not one of the options. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday that users have been requesting ways other than like to respond to posts, such as when someone posts about the death of a loved one or a tragic news story.
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications to connect devices through the cloud, the so-called "Internet of Things". The service, called "AWS IoT", will allow factory floors, vehicles, health care systems, household appliances among other "things" to connect through cloud services, the company said on Thursday. The connection to the cloud will be fast and lightweight, making it a good fit for devices that have limited memory, processing power, or battery life, Amazon said.
Computer hackers in China, South Korea and Germany tried to attack Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server after she left the U.S. State Department in February 2013, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. "It was not immediately clear whether the attempted intrusions into Clinton's server were serious espionage threats or the sort of nuisance attacks that hit computer servers the world over," the AP said, citing a congressional document. In a letter to Secnap Network Security Corp, which provided the threat monitoring product connected to the server, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asked the Florida-based cyber security company for documents related to its work with Clinton's server.
By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it had asked Facebook and YouTube to remove videos it says have been encouraging Palestinian violence against Israelis in the past week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, providing an excerpt from a letter sent to Google Israel, whose parent company owns YouTube, said contact had also been made with Facebook. Spokespeople for Facebook and Google Inc said they could not comment on specific videos or contacts with governments.
By Ece Toksabay and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - A state prosecutor has banned Turkey's largest pay-TV platform from broadcasting channels close to an arch-enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, heightening concern about press freedom weeks ahead of an election. Digiturk is the third platform to ditch channels close to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen on the orders of the Ankara prosecutor, including news services Bugun TV and S Haber, a children's channel, and four other general interest stations. Erdogan, who wants the ruling AK Party to win back a majority in a snap Nov. 1 election, accuses Gulen of seeking to overthrow him by means of a "parallel structure" of supporters in the judiciary, police, the media and other institutions.
By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.
U.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi are taking steps to operate legally in China, a key market for both firms but where their car hailing services currently operate in a regulatory prey zone. Uber China said in a statement on Thursday it was "actively preparing" documents to apply for a license to operate an online car-hailing platform to meet new regulations governing the sector that are expected to be announced soon. Didi Kuaidi, a $16 billion valued firm backed by Chinese Internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd , also said on Thursday it had received a car booking license for its operations in Shanghai and that it was seeking more licenses from other cities.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A proposal by Thailand's junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said on Thursday. The plan to create a single gateway for all Internet traffic was approved by the military government in August but details remain unclear. "Once it becomes a single gateway there will be a problem with traffic speeds," said Anudith Nakornthap, a former information minister under the government of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is considering the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to networks such as CBS Corp and Comcast's NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, Bloomberg reported. The e-commerce giant's talks with the networks are in preliminary stages, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (http://bloom.bg/1Ru8rgn) Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru)
By Julia Fioretti, Shadia Nasralla and Francois Murphy BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy during a semester at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling on Tuesday, knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Google, Facebook and IBM.
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's cloud operations, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched QuickSight, a cloud-based service to help companies analyze their data. QuickSight is easy and fast and can used by non-technical staff in a company who are looking to share and collaborate using analyses, the company said on Wednesday. The service was available for preview from Wednesday, Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, said at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc, formerly Google Inc, announced a new open source code that allows faster loading of Web pages with heavy content such as video, animation and graphics on smartphones and tablets. Twitter Inc, LinkedIn Corp, Pinterest, WordPress.com, Chartbeat, Parse.ly and Adobe Analytics are among some of the technology companies that will adopt the code, called accelerated mobile pages (AMP), Alphabet said on Wednesday. (http://bit.ly/1FTemdM) Separately, Twitter said in a blog post that it would adopt the code for its microblogging apps for iOS and Android operating systems. ...