Technology

Facebook’s Next Frontier: Chatbots

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, April 12 – Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has opened up its Messenger app to developers to create “chatbots,” hoping that by simulating one-on-one conversations between users and companies it will expand its reach in customer service and enterprise transactions. Chatbots are automated programs that help users communicate with

[ Read More ]

“Lady Geek” in Drive to Draw More Women to Technology

By Zoe Tabary LONDON, April 11 – “Girls aren’t cut out for a career in science and technology”. Belinda Parmar has heard this sentence many times. In Britain, only 13 percent of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is made up of women – a damning figure for a sector reporting talent shortages.

[ Read More ]

China Internet Regulator Says Web Censorship Not a Trade Barrier

BEIJING, April 11  – China’s online censorship system protects national security and does not discriminate against foreign companies, the country’s internet regulator said, after the United States labelled the blocking of websites by Beijing a trade barrier. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) wrote in an annual report that over the past year China’s web censorship

[ Read More ]

Internet Hyperlinks Do Not Infringe Copyright, EU Court Advised

BRUSSELS, April 7 – A link to a website which publishes photos without authorization of the author does not in itself constitute a copyright infringement, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday. The opinion, by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general, is not binding but the court normally follows such advice. While

[ Read More ]

FBI Trick for Breaking into iPhone Likely to Leak, Limiting its Use

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 – The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts. Once it is exposed, Apple should be able to plug the encryption hole, comforting iPhone users worried that losing physical possession

[ Read More ]

When Mobsters Meet Hackers – the New, Improved Bank Heist

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Jim Finkle March 31 – No need for stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns. The unprecedented heist of $81 million from the U.S. account of Bangladesh’s central bank is the latest among increasingly large thefts by criminals who have leveraged the speed and anonymity of hacking to revolutionise burgling banks. Hundreds of

[ Read More ]

U.S. Succeeds in Cracking Apple’s iPhone, Drops Legal Action

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, March 28 – The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters and dropped its legal case against Apple, ending a high-stakes legal battle but leaving the broader struggle over encryption unresolved. The abrupt end to a

[ Read More ]

Facebook Stumbles Again With ‘Safety Check’ After Lahore Blast

By David Henry March 28 – Facebook Inc apologized to users on the other side of the world from Sunday’s suicide bombing in Pakistan who received computer-addressed notices asking if they were safe. Facebook users as far away as New York and Virginia showed notifications they received on social media site Twitter. “Unfortunately, many people

[ Read More ]

Israeli Firm Helping FBI to Open Encrypted iPhone: Report

TEL AVIV, March 23 – Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday. If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of

[ Read More ]