Technology

Vietnam Warns of ‘Toxic’ Web Use Ahead of Party Shakeup

HANOI, Dec 30 – Vietnam sought to discourage its internet-savvy public on Wednesday from reading Web postings that disparaged its Communist Party, warning of an increase in “toxic” activity just weeks away from its scheduled leadership shakeup. Using its new Facebook page, the government vowed to tackle social media criticism of the party without interrupting

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Twitter Hires Apple’s Director of Inclusion and Diversity

Dec 30 – Twitter Inc hired a former Apple Inc employee as its vice president of diversity and inclusion, the micro-blogging site announced. Jeffrey Siminoff, who was previously the director of worldwide inclusion and diversity at Apple, replaces Janet Van Huysse. “Welcome to the flock,” Twitter’s vice president of human resources, Brian Schipper, tweeted on

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China Passes Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law

BEIJING, Dec 27 – China’s parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations. Chinese officials say their country faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in

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Hyatt Hotels Attacked with Payment-Card Stealing Malware

By Jim Finkle and Radhika Rukmangadhan Dec 23 – Hyatt Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms. Company spokeswoman Stephanie Sheppard said in an email late on Wednesday that the

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Newspaper Reports Google Developing New Messaging App

Dec 22 – Google, part of Alphabet Inc, is building a new mobile messaging application to better compete with rival services such as those offered by Facebook Inc, The Wall Street Journal reported. The new service would tap into Google’s artificial intelligence know-how, integrating chatbots, or software programs that answer questions, inside a messaging app,

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China Anti-Terror Law May Restrict Media Reporting on Attacks

BEIJING, Dec 22 – China may further restrict the right of media to report on details of terror attacks, state media reported on Tuesday, under a tough new law that could be passed before the end of the month. The draft anti-terrorism law has already attracted concern in Western capitals as it could require technology

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China’s Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Set to Pass This Month

BEIJING, Dec 21 – China‘s controversial anti-terrorism law could be passed as soon as the end of this month, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, legislation that has drawn concern in Western capitals for its cyber provisions. The draft law, which could require technology firms to install “backdoors” in products or hand over sensitive

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China Calls for Internet Front to Fight Hacking, Cyber “Arms Race”

By Paul Carsten WUZHEN, China, Dec 16 (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping laid out his vision for the Internet on Wednesday, calling for a new status quo where Internet sovereignty rests in the hands of nations controlling the flow of information. “Each country should join hands and together curb the abuse of information technology,

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Rocket With Three-Man Crew Takes off for Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Britain’s first official astronaut, Tim Peake, blasted off on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket carrying the Soyuz TMA-19M spaceship lifted off at 1703 p.m. local time (1103 GMT), beginning its six-hour journey to the International

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‘Facebook At Work’ To Launch in Coming Months

By Anya George Tharakan Dec 10 – Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news

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