Technology

Yahoo Faces Growing Scrutiny Over When it Learned of Data Breach

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Sept 23 – Yahoo on Friday faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about a cyber attack that exposed the email credentials of 500 million users, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover by Verizon Inc. The internet company

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Get Off My Lawn! Pokemon Go Tests Global Property Laws

By Lin Taylor and Sally Hayden LONDON, Sept 22  – Within one week in July the Sydney suburb of Rhodes was transformed from a quiet neighbourhood to what resident Joyce Wong described as a “place of carnage” with hundreds of people wandering around like “zombies”. “The car hooting noise was incessant, on weekends you felt

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Solar Scale-Up in Pakistan Hits Roadblock After Payments Slashed

By Aamir Saeed BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan, Sept 22 – An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government cut the rate it pays for solar electricity, frustrating investors. Pakistan‘s Punjab province government set up the 100-megawatt Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in the Cholistan desert in March 2015 as a pilot

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Google Launches Allo, Bets on AI to Spice Up Chats

Sept 21 – Google-parent Alphabet Inc launched Allo, a messaging app that incorporates Google’s search feature and a chatbot that uses machine learning to “improve” itself over time. The new messaging service, which was unveiled in May, will compete with Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Messenger. The much-anticipated launch comes a month after Google rolled out

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Cyber Hackers Publish Medical Data for Farah, Nadal and Rose

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Sept 19 – Olympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) says were hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group. Britain’s Farah became only the second man to retain the

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Samsung Phone Fire in China Not Caused by Battery

SEOUL/BEIJING, Sept 19  – A supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday that its battery does not appear to have caused a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to ignite in China, after Chinese media reported one of the handsets caught fire. The incident comes amid a recall of the Note 7 phones across the

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Samsung Electronics says Sold Shares in Four Companies

SEOUL, Sept 18  – Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Sunday it sold shares in four companies including ASML Holding NV and Seagate Technology Plc to free up money for additional investments for its core businesses. Samsung said in a statement it sold about half of its shares in ASML while selling its

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Millennials Lead Private Media Opening in Communist-Run Cuba

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Sept 16 – A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island’s half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. While low levels of internet access across the Caribbean island limits the outlets’ domestic reach and they are not fully free to

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Uber Debuts Self-Driving Vehicles in Landmark Pittsburgh Trial

By Heather Somerville PITTSBURGH, Sept 14 – When Pittsburgh wakes up on Wednesday morning, some residents will have the choice of going about their day in an Uber that drives itself. The launch of Uber’s self-driving pilot program marks the public unveiling of the company’s secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving

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Facebook, Twitter Join Network to Tackle Fake News

NEW YORK, Sept 14 – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday. First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it

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