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Gawker Privacy Lawsuit Evolves Into Battle of Tech Billionaires

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 – Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media

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Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 – Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias

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Software Security Suffers as Upstarts Lose Access to Virus Data

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, May 8- A number of young technology security companies are losing access to the largest collection of industry analysis of computer viruses, a setback industry experts say will increase exposure to hackers. The policy change at the information-sharing pioneer VirusTotal takes aim mainly at a new generation of security companies,

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Google Faces First EU Fine in 2016 with No Deal on Cards

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, April 29 – Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc’s regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. There are few incentives left for either party to reach a

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EU Charges Google With Abusing Market Dominance of Android

BRUSSELS, April 20 – Google found itself under fire again on Wednesday from EU antitrust regulators who say it abused the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system, a move which could hit a key money-spinner for the company. The charges by the European Commission open up a second battle with the world’s most

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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

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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

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Facebook Launches “Reactions” Worldwide

Feb 24 – Facebook users around the globe can now be more expressive. The social network rolled out “Reactions” – an extension of the “Like” button – worldwide on Wednesday, to allow users to express emotions such as sadness, anger and love. In a video accompanying a blog post, the five new buttons appear as

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