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  • Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks
    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit. Casey Nocket of New York state has not been arrested or charged but was confirmed on Thursday as "the major suspect" in an investigation of one of the most widespread acts of serial vandalism documented in the National Park System. ...

  • Twitter product chief sidelined as user engagement slides
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move was not public. Kevin Weil, who was head of revenue-generating products, will now take charge of all products at the company, the person said. ...

  • Hiring business drives LinkedIn's revenue beat

    The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking networking website for people in professional occupations, is shown in Mountain ViewBy Arathy S Nair and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff. The company's hiring business has been thriving as employers find its services more helpful in assessing a candidate's suitability for a role. Strong growth in the hiring business and rapid expansion in international markets such as China are considered by analysts to be the main growth drivers for the company in the next few quarters. ...




  • Expedia's third-quarter profit soars 50 percent
    By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted the company's profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. The world's largest online travel company by bookings posted net income of $257.1 million and earned $1.94 per diluted share, well ahead of Wall Street's average estimate of $1.74, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

  • Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'

    View of the headquarters of Comcast on JFK Boulevard in PhiladelphiaBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters. Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic. ...




  • Oklahoma teen arrested for threatening shooting spree at school
    By Heide Barndes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager has been arrested on suspicion of making online threats to go on a shooting spree at his high school, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. The 15-year-old student has not been identified. He made the threats on Wednesday against Duncan High School, in the southern part of the state, on a phone-based social media site, Duncan police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The arrest follows a shooting at a Washington state high school last week in which a teenager used a handgun to shoot five classmates. ...

  • U.S. warns China against dragging out technology trade deal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China must move ahead with a global deal to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products or risk upsetting other trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. The United States and Europe have blamed China, the world's biggest exporter of IT products, for derailing talks on a pact on technology trade by asking for too many exemptions. China is due to chair an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. ...

  • Vice Media teams up with Canada's Rogers to build Toronto studio
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers. The C$100 million ($89.43 million) deal announced by the companies on Thursday includes plans for a Vice TV network across Canada. The studio is due to launch some time next year. ...

  • Design site Minted raises new cash, expands into textiles

    Handout photo of Minted company founder and chief executive Mariam NaficyBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Minted, an online marketplace for stationery and art, has raised $38 million in new financing as it taps into consumer demand for small-batch, high-participation manufacturing, it said Thursday. The money will help Minted expand into textiles and set up a new system where popular designers on the site can create their own storefronts within the larger Minted site. ...




  • Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

    A general view of the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight," were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...




  • China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBEIJING (Reuters) - Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". But he described U.S.-China dialogue on cybersecurity as "unhindered", less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled. Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi told U.S. ...




  • Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

    Employees work at an Alibaba Group warehouse on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang provinceBEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...




  • Factbox: Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda
    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy. A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has moved ahead with its Climate Action Plan, a strategy to use regulations to address global warming without action from Congress. ...

  • With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ...

  • Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom

    An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...




  • Naver third quarter profit up 88 percent as chat app Line lifts overseas sales
    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, reported an annual 88 percent rise in operating profit for July-September, mostly in line with expectations as Japan-based chat app subsidiary Line Corp continued to fuel growth. Line reported net sales of 208.5 billion won ($198.0 million), up 57.1 percent from a year earlier, buoyed by brisk sales of games and "stickers," or special emoticons. For July-September, Naver reported an operating profit of 189 billion won, compared with a mean estimate of 201 billion won, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

  • Televisa launches new fixed-line phone, internet deal
    By Elinor Comlay and Tomás Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Grupo Televisa is launching a new fixed-price package for an unlimited home-phone and internet service in an effort to snap up customers from billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil . The package, which combines broadband with unlimited calls to fixed lines and mobiles within Mexico, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, will launch in Mexico City next month, vice president for telecommunications Adolfo Lagos told Reuters in an interview. ...

  • Naver third quarter operating profit up 88 percent year-on-year
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, said on Thursday its third-quarter profit rose 88 percent from a year earlier, mostly in line with forecasts, lifted by revenue growth at its messaging app subsidiary Line Corp . Naver reported a July-September operating profit of 189 billion won ($179.46 million), compared with a 201 billion won mean estimate of 23 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It reported an operating profit of 105 billion won a year ago and 191 billion won in the previous quarter. ...

  • Akamai expects strong U.S. dollar to weigh on fourth-quarter revenue
    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc , whose service helps speed up delivery of Web content, said a stronger U.S. dollar would hurt revenue growth in the current quarter, sending its shares down as much as 5 percent in after-market trade. The company forecast revenue of $515-$535 million for the fourth quarter, largely below the average analyst estimate of $531.3 million. The tepid revenue forecast took the shine off Akamai's higher-than-expected third-quarter results that drove up the company's shares as much as 6 percent earlier. ...

  • China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets

    People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing(Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. On Wednesday, the company referred to as "China's Google" forecast a 45.4 to 49.6 percent rise in revenue this quarter, generally in line with Wall Street projections but a marginal deceleration in its pace of expansion. Baidu showed it has been spending more on marketing and content, and on acquiring users. Traffic acquisition costs grew to 12.9 percent of overall revenue, or 1.742 billion yuan in the third quarter. ...




  • IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics

    A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logosBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company's focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value cloud and data analytics products. ...




  • Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with 'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme
    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago's South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. ...

  • Barry Diller's IAC makes handsome profit from online matchmaking

    IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Diller leaves the Allen and Co's annual media conference in Sun ValleyBy Sai Sachin R (Reuters) - Money can't buy you love, but Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp knows the search for it can be rather lucrative. Higher revenue from dating websites such as Match.com and OurTime.com helped the company triple its profit and beat Street estimates in the third quarter. Shares of IAC, which also owns the popular mobile dating app Tinder, rose as much as 5 percent on Wednesday. Revenue from IAC's dating services business rose 5 percent due to higher revenue from North America and more paid subscribers. Paid subscribers across its dating websites grew 9 percent to 3. ...




  • BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

    BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen speaks during the official launch of the Passport smartphone in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...




  • 10 most annoying Facebook users

    People pose with mobile devices in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaWho is the most tiresome of them all? The relentless liker.




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