Technology

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said. Social media companies, especially Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, have been
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WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe. The attack launched in June 2017 by the Russian military “spread worldwide,
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency investors launched a lawsuit against Coincheck Inc on Thursday, seeking to force the Tokyo-based exchange to allow them to withdraw assets worth $183,000 frozen after last month’s $530 million heist of digital money. The group of seven investors filed a suit at the Tokyo District Court, also requesting that Coincheck pay
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SAN BRUNO/SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Reuters) – One of Walmart Inc’s best chances at taking on Amazon.com Inc in e-commerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields. These facilities, which cost Walmart millions of dollars and took nearly five years to build, are starting to pay off. The retailer’s online sales have
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(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan Display Inc reported on Wednesday a fourth consecutive quarterly net loss, as its slow adoption of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology resulted in fewer orders from its largest client, Apple Inc. The liquid crystal display (LCD) maker posted a net loss of 32.6 billion yen ($304 million) for the October-December quarter,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing. Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he worried about the spread in the United
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Gmail is about to get dynamic. Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday plans to demonstrate a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity. Users could see automatically updated flight information in a booking confirmation email. They could fill out surveys without leaving a message
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(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp sued its former executive Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, who was named Microsoft Corp’s new chief diversity officer over the weekend, alleging violation of a one-year non-competitive agreement. McIntyre, who “abruptly resigned to compete against IBM,” was in possession of highly confidential and sensitive information about IBM’s diversity strategies, hiring targets, technologies
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Grocery delivery service Instacart has raised $200 million in fresh funding, the company said on Monday, boosting its valuation and providing new resources for the startup to compete against heavyweight Amazon.com Inc. Instacart, a San Francisco-based company that shops for and delivers groceries from about 200 retailers including Target Corp and
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(This February 11 story has been refiled to add dropped word “they” in second paragraph) By Thomas Wilson and Takahiko Wada TOKYO (Reuters) – After the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange was stung by a half-billion dollar theft in 2014, Japanese regulators swung into action. Their goal was to craft rules that both protected traders and
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday’s opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source. The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organizers said it had
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PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) is launching a project that will create a “smarter” and more connected athletes’ village and stadia and make all Olympics stakeholders “more money”, its executives said on Saturday. Many of Alibaba’s plans are still concepts since it has not had enough time to implement its technology after
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Porsche and Audi, Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) main luxury car divisions, plan to develop a joint platform for electric vehicles that will enable them significantly cut down on costs, German newspapers quoted their chief executives as saying. “By 2025, we’re facing a low single-digit billion euro sum to develop the architecture,” Audi CEO Rupert
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber’s chief executive to move past one of the company’s most bruising public controversies. The settlement announcement on Friday brought an abrupt
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook’s popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns among government critics that Ankara could use the new platform to tighten surveillance and bolster an 18-month-old crackdown. The app, called PttMessenger after Turkey’s Post and Telegraph General Directorate (PTT), was introduced in a limited roll-out
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HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Ant Financial Services Group is planning to raise up to $5 billion in fresh equity that could value the online payments giant at more than $100 billion, people familiar with the move told Reuters. A fundraising would bring Ant, in which e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is taking a
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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares surged 25 percent before the bell on Thursday after the social network reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue, helped by ads that better targeted users and sales growth outside the United States. Investors shrugged off zero growth in Twitter users from a quarter earlier, which the company
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