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  • iPhone overuse could hurt children’s developing brains
    2018-01-09 04:39:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits. Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday th...
  • Intel's processors: Security risk for computers and phones
    2018-01-04 08:54:39 UTC

    A major design flaw has been found in microprocessors produced by Intel and rivals AMD and ARM. Tech experts say it requires updates to operating systems, which are likely to slow down chip operations. Technology firms sought to play down the security risks posed by a newly discovered vulnerability in computer chips amid concerns th...
  • Apple issues apology for purposely slowed down older iPhones
    2017-12-29 07:48:52 UTC

    The tech giant has offered a major price cut to replace out-of-warranty batteries that affect iPhone performance. Days before issuing an apology, it acknowledged it purposely slowed down older iPhones to prevent issues. In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologized over its handling of the battery issue and said it would ma...
  • Down 35 percent: Bitcoin tumbled below $13,000
    2017-12-22 07:47:50 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency bitcoin tumbled below $13,000 briefly on the Bitstamp exchange BTC=BTSP on Friday, down roughly 35 percent from its record top near $20,000 set at the start of the week. It was last down 7 percent at $14,499 BTC=BTSP but fell as much as 14.7 percent earlier in the Asian day. The cryptocurrency, wh...
  • The end of US net neutrality is a license to print money
    2017-12-18 06:59:52 UTC

    <blockquote><strong>So far, all data on the internet has had to be transported on an equal footing, above all at the same speed. In the US, that will change. Joerg Brunsmann asks why politicians are making it so cheap for providers.</strong> I can understand internet providers. For the last quarter of a century or so, they have been...
  • Highly-skilled foreign workers favor Canada, not the U.S.
    2017-12-18 03:45:11 UTC

    Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist's fate – and in 2016, it did not fall in her Favor. Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained determined to work in Silicon Valley, a place...
  • Germany vows to back an "open and free internet" despite end of net neutrality in US
    2017-12-15 21:32:27 UTC

    Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules. After US telecoms regulator FCC on Thursday moved to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, the German Economics Ministry said Friday it would continue to support EU internet rules that forbid discriminatory access to the web...
  • US government rescinds rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet
    2017-12-14 19:40:07 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marked a victory for internet s...
  • Paris climate accord: Obama promises US remains on track, thanks to the action of some states
    2017-12-02 20:47:35 UTC

    PARIS (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama lamented the lack of U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change during a visit to Paris on Saturday, in a veiled rebuke of his Republican successor’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Speaking at an invitation-only event organized by a network of communications...
  • Scientists Developed a Living Organism that Incorporates Artificial DNA
    2017-11-30 21:31:43 UTC

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins. The work, published in the journal Nature, brings scientists closer to the development of designer prote...
  • The Next GOOGLE Could Come From Europe
    2017-11-30 06:38:48 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has thriving tech hubs in major cities, with ...
  • Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach
    2017-11-22 06:25:44 UTC

    (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Discovery of the U.S. company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees responsible f...
  • UN Climate Summit: US Governors, Mayors and Business Leaders Go to Germany to Show they Care about Saving the Planet
    2017-11-09 19:52:53 UTC

    BONN/ GEMANY — U.S. governors, mayors and business leaders have come to the UN climate summit in Germany to show they care about saving the planet. They say Trump's climate inaction is a slap in the face to the American people. Following the US government's decision not to open a pavilion at this year's UN climate summit in Bonn, a ...
  • Science: Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces
    2017-11-09 06:20:01 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases. In a specially equipped pen, sheep were shown pictures of people on two computer screens, on one sid...
  • What happens to your body when it's donated to science
    2017-10-24 20:19:03 UTC

    When Americans leave their bodies to science, they are also donating to commerce: Cadavers and body parts, especially those of the poor, are sold in a thriving and largely unregulated market. Since it's not regulated by a federal agency, there's no official number, but it is estimated about 20,000 bodies per year are donated to med...
  • Log In or Sign Up: Facebook, Google, Twitter agree on 'G7' plan to counter terror propaganda
    2017-10-23 06:38:56 UTC

    The leading technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and G7 countries have agreed to work together to combat online terror propaganda. The Group of Seven (G7) countries and some of the world's biggest technology firms agreed on a plan to remove jihadi material from the web within two hours of being posted. "These ...
  • Scientists Detect Light From Gravitational Wave
    2017-10-16 19:27:03 UTC

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - When neutron stars collide: Scientists in Europe and the U.S. have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. The waves, caused by the collisi...
  • Einstein's gravitational waves win Nobel Prize in physics
    2017-10-03 16:50:23 UTC

    STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago. The work of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne crowned half a century of experimental e...
  • 'Subscription news websites' may face less prominence in Google search results
    2017-10-02 22:19:54 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google announced on Sunday that subscription news websites would no longer have to provide users three free articles per day or face less prominence in search results, relaxing its rules following complaints from media giants like News Corp that their sales were suffering. For the last decade, Google’s “fir...
  • SEC Hack: Persistent Government Cyber Vulnerability
    2017-09-22 14:24:31 UTC

    Dustin Volz, Jason Lange WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A major computer hack at America’s top stock market regulator is the latest sign that data stored in the highest reaches of the U.S. government remains vulnerable to cyber attacks, despite efforts across multiple presidencies to limit high-profile breaches that are so frequent...
  • Facebook Provides Congress Over 3,000 Russian Bought Ads
    2017-09-21 20:09:00 UTC

    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is planning to release the content of more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, reversing a decision that had frustrated Capitol Hill investigators. Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the company will share with Congress “the conten...
  • Saudi Lifts Ban on Skype, WhatsApp: Will Censor Them
    2017-09-21 13:32:21 UTC

    RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber - that satisfy regulatory requirements were...
  • EU Plans To Raise Taxes For Internet Giants
    2017-09-17 00:53:39 UTC

    TALLINN (Reuters) - A European Union plan to raise more tax from digital multinationals faced the first signs of scepticism on Saturday, as smaller members of the bloc warned about the economic impact from such a move. France wants to tax companies like Google and Facebook on their turnover, rather than profits, to increase revenue ...
  • Equifax: Web Server Vulnerability Led to Hack
    2017-09-14 11:48:32 UTC

    (Reuters) - Credit reporting company Equifax Inc blamed a web server vulnerability in its open-source software, called Apache Struts, for the recent data breach that compromised personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers. The massive data breach had exposed valuable information to hackers between mid-May and July and ...
  • Bluetooth bugs bedevil billions of android devices
    2017-09-13 17:45:53 UTC

    More than 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth signals are at risk of a malware attack newly identified by an internet of things security company. If you're not keeping count, that's most of the estimated 8.2 billion devices that use Bluetooth, which allows for our gadgets to connect and communicate wirelessly. Nearly every connected ...