tech

Cyber Attack Sweeps Globe, Researchers See ‘WannaCry’ Link

MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON, June 28 – A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month . The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign, which began on Tuesday, underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to

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With Alphabet, Google Faces a Daunting Challenge: Organizing Itself

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO, June 27 – Google’s self-professed mission is to organize the world’s information. But a company known for engineering excellence is still trying to solve the very human problem of how to organize itself. Nearly two years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page announced the tech giant would be remade as Alphabet,

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Silicon Valley Giants Outrank Many Nations, Says First ‘Techplomat’

By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN, June 19 – The top firms in California’s Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world’s first national technology ambassador said. Chosen to fill what his country’s foreign ministry has dubbed the first “techplomacy” posting on

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Google Extends Conservative Outreach as Trump Calls Tech Meeting

By Julia Love and Ginger Gibson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Dec 14  – Alphabet’s Google is racing to hire more conservatives for its lobbying and policy arm, trying to get a foothold in President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington after enjoying a uniquely close relationship with the administration of President Barack Obama. In the weeks since the Nov. 8

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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec 1 – Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

By Jim Finkle Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of

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Uber in Landmark Court Battle on Tuesday to Escape Strict Rules

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 – Uber will seek to convince Europe’s top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The European Commission is trying to boost e-commerce, a sector where the

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Minority Report: The Tech Life

Advanced wearable devices make exchanging information easier By Leila Hatoum  Walking around Dubai’s GITEX exhibition this year, nothing from the wide array of “tech” products on display caught my attention, or enticed me enough to stop and ask questions. The event itself is the largest technology exchange and marketplace for Middle East and Africa, with

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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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