Fidelity to allow clients to see digital currencies on website

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fidelity Investments will allow its clients to see their holdings of bitcoin and other virtual currencies held on digital asset exchange Coinbase on the company's website, said Chief Executive Abigail Johnson on Tuesday.

Google aims to connect online ads to real-world sales

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:54
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google already monitors your online shopping - but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising....

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:43
It's being claimed the tablet is 2.5 times faster than the Pro 3, with a battery that will last 70% longer.

Google aims to connect online ads to real-world sales

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:42
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is keeping an eye on what you're buying offline in addition to monitoring your online shopping in its latest attempt to sell more digital advertising....

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, more viewing angles

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:04
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and more viewing angles for the screen....

BofA, HSBC, Intel, others invest $107 million in blockchain startup R3

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:48
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial and technology companies led by Bank of America Corp , SBI Holdings Inc , HSBC Holdings Plc , Intel Corp and Temasek Holdings have invested $107 million in R3 CEV, a startup which runs a big bank consortium seeking to develop blockchain technology, it said on Tuesday.

Telecoms giant Huawei enters PC market, battling Lenovo, HP, Dell

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:46
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chinese network and smartphone giant Huawei [HWT.UL] said on Tuesday it plans a global expansion into computers, posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered from two years of steady sales volume declines.

WannaCry attack: Suspicion of N Korea deepens

SKY TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:06
More evidence has been found linking North Korea to the global cyberattack that caused an IT meltdown in the NHS earlier this month.

Expedia begins offering online booking for hotels in Cuba

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:34
HAVANA (Reuters) - U.S. online travel services company Expedia said on Tuesday it had started offering online booking for hotels in Communist-run Cuba, hoping to capitalize on a boom in tourism to the Caribbean island.

Take-Two's full-year revenue forecast hit by delay of 'Red Dead' game

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:12
(Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc on Tuesday forecast full-year revenue well below analysts' estimates as it pushed out the launch of its highly anticipated Western action-adventure "Red Dead" videogame to spring 2018 from fall 2017.

Online insurer Fabric launches life coverage for New York parents

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:04
(Reuters) - Fabric, a web-based insurance agency that promises new parents accidental death coverage in two minutes, opened for business in New York on Tuesday following the state's approval of its key product, the company said.

Apple and Nokia to 'co-operate' after settling patent row

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:03
The two technology firms have ended a dispute over the use of Nokia's patents.

Altice to group all operations under a single brand by mid-2018

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:58
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms and cable holding company Altice will group all its operations under its current name by mid-2018, including its French unit SFR Group, which has lost customers and suffered from poor brand perception lately.

Google's AI takes on champion in fresh Go challenge

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:57
Google's AI system AlphaGo wins the first of three matches against Go world champion Ke Jie.

How to beat security threats to 'internet of things'

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:25
Click talks to a cyber-security expert about how to protect your connected home appliances from hackers.

WannaCry attack 'linked' to North Korea hacking group

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:57
Tools that helped WannaCry spread were also used in attacks linked to North Korea, says security firm.

Apple in talks to expand India production capacity: minister

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:20
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apple Inc wants to expand its contract manufacturer's facility in the southern Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, a federal minister said on Tuesday, as the iPhone maker seeks a bigger share in one of the world's biggest smartphone markets.

Huawei narrows gap with Samsung, Apple in smartphone sales: Gartner

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:45
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's Huawei [HWT.UL] has narrowed the gap with its two biggest competitors Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics in global smartphone sales, first-quarter data from research firm Gartner showed on Tuesday.

Computer starts go match against Chinese champion

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:14
WUZHEN, China (AP) -- A computer that plays go has started a match against China's No. 1 player in a test of whether artificial intelligence can master one of the last games that machines have yet to dominate....

China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to clear cluttered streets

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:09
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has published draft guidelines to regulate the booming bicycle-sharing industry whose firms have raised hundreds of millions in dollars in funding but have cluttered up sidewalks with bikes.

Nokia settles patent dispute with Apple

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:07
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia said on Tuesday it has settled its patent dispute with Apple and also signed a business collaboration deal with the U.S. company.

Google's AlphaGo takes on Chinese Go master in best of three matches

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:53
BEIJING (Reuters) - Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo took on the Chinese world number one of ancient board game Go on Tuesday, the second time it has gone head-to-head with a master Go player in a public showdown.

China's LeEco to slash U.S. jobs amid global pull-back: source

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:45
TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's embattled LeEco aims to cut its U.S. workforce to as few as 60 people from around 500 earlier this year, as the Netflix-to-Tesla-like group streamlines global operations to shake off a cash crunch, a person with knowledge of the plan said.

Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:41
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested 21 Uber drivers for illegal car-hiring as part of an ongoing clamp down against Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] operations in the Asian financial city.

TransferWise offers foreign currency business accounts, debit cards

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 06:03
NEW YORK (Reuters) - London-based startup TransferWise has launched a new service in the UK and Europe that will make it easier for small businesses to keep money and get paid in more than 15 currencies, as the company branches beyond its core money transfer business.

Sony chief promises profitability, but is short on specifics

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:24
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's leader promised a comeback for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company having its best profitability in two decades....

Indian digital payments firm Paytm launches niche payments bank

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 04:45
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian digital payments firm Paytm launched a niche payments bank on Tuesday, aiming to acquire 500 million customers in the next three years, the company said in a statement.

Sony chief promises profitability, but is short on specifics

AP TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 04:44
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's leader is promising a comeback for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company having its best profitability in two decades....

Cuban revolution

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 01:35
As the internet becomes more widespread in Cuba, online start-ups are emerging. But challenges remain.

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

BBC TECH - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 01:31
Live channels including Eurosport and Discovery will be offered for an extra fee.

Symantec says 'highly likely' North Korean hacking group behind ransomware attacks

TECHNEWS - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 01:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber security firm Symantec said on Monday it was "highly likely" a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack this month that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and disrupted operations at hospitals, banks and schools across the globe.

Take-Two pushes 'Red Dead' launch to next year, shares sink

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 23:24
(Reuters) - Rockstar Games, the videogame studio owned by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, said on Monday the launch of its highly-awaited Western action-adventure videogame, "Red Dead Redemption 2", would be pushed to spring next year.

Glencore predicts OPEC insulated from electric vehicle impact

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:11
ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) - OPEC nations that deliver some of the lowest cost production will be relatively insulated from an early peak in oil demand caused by any faster-than-expected roll-out of electric vehicles, Glencore's chairman said on Monday.

U.N.'s North Korea sanctions monitors hit by 'sustained' cyber attack

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:49
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a "sustained" cyber attack by unknown hackers with "very detailed insight" into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters on Monday.

Toyota, tech firms explore blockchain for driverless cars

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:33
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toyota Research Institute, a wholly owned unit of Toyota Motor North America, said on Monday it has teamed up with MIT Media lab and five other companies to explore blockchain technology for the development of driverless cars.

Ancient fossils suggest missing link was European

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:14
The birthplace of modern man may have been the eastern Mediterranean, rather than Africa, according to scientists studying newly discovered ancient fossils of a tooth and lower jawbone.

Ukrainian hacker gets prison in U.S. insider trading case

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:04
(Reuters) - A Ukrainian computer hacker was sentenced on Monday to 2-1/2 years in prison over his role in a global scheme to conduct insider trading based on stolen, yet-to-be-published corporate news releases, U.S. prosecutors said.

Indian automakers say proposed tax could make hybrids unviable

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:02
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian automakers will this week urge the government to lower a proposed sales tax on hybrid vehicles, as they fear the planned rate could make development of the technology unviable, industry sources and executives told Reuters on Monday.

With catcalls and applause, Cannes debates rise of Netflix

AP TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
CANNES, France (AP) -- This year's Cannes Film Festival has been a sprawling, international referendum on Netflix, with votes registered in catcalls and applause, and some of the biggest names in cinema staking out their positions....

Italy offers multinationals voluntary "webtax" to avoid wrangles

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:16
ROME (Reuters) - Italy sought to boost revenue from multinational internet companies on Monday by offering them the chance to agree on their future tax bills rather than risk disputes.

Baseball coming June 1 to virtual-reality headsets

AP TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:38
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball games will soon arrive on virtual-reality headsets....

What do Facebook's internal guidelines reveal?

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:54
Facebook's internal guidelines on what's acceptable - and what's not - to publish on its platform show a company that is struggling to deal with its own massive reach.

Germany must invest to keep up in electric cars: Merkel

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:53
KAMENZ, Germany (Reuters) - Germany and its auto industry must invest heavily to ensure it is not left behind by the shift to electric cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday as she laid a foundation stone for a new battery factory for Daimler unit Accumotive.

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:24
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google.

Bitcoin hits $2,000 trading high point

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:58
The virtual currency is proving popular but rival crypto-cash systems are catching up fast.

Scientists kill ants with seaweed-based balls

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:54
Scientists have developed an eco-friendly bait that could reduce ant populations by nearly 80%.

EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:15
OXFORD, England (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators will rule in the "next few months" whether Alphabet's Google abused its dominance of internet searches and other areas, a senior European Commission official said on Monday, an outcome that could lead to a hefty fine.

Virtual rabbits 'culled' in Second Life

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:43
Thousands of bunnies have "starved" after their food supply was cut off.

Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:27
More than two-thirds of all machines hit by WannaCry ran the eight-year-old software, say experts

Chinese regulator approves VW-JAC Motor electric car venture

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:09
BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor) have received approval from Chinese regulators to form a joint venture to make electric vehicles, the two automakers said on Monday.

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

AP TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:50
BEIJING (AP) -- China's biggest online retailer, Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries....

Russia using European crime groups - expert

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:30
There is growing evidence that the state security apparatus in Russia is using existing criminal networks in Europe to pursue its agenda, including cybercrime gangs.

UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp'

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:11
Manchester's Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 in African countries.

Rovio Entertainment sets date for Angry Birds movie sequel

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:52
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment has decided to proceed with its plans to produce a sequel to its Angry Birds movie, it said on Monday, aiming for release in September 2019.

Leaks 'expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy'

BBC TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:03
The "inconsistent" rules used to judge and censor content on Facebook are exposed, claim insiders.

Exclusive: Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned international cyber raids

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:00
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian cyber criminals used malware planted on Android mobile devices to steal from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest, investigators and sources with knowledge of the case told Reuters.

Revealed: Facebook's rules on graphic content

SKY TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:59
Facebook hesitates before deleting images and videos of hate speech and similar upsetting material due to fears of being accused of censorship, internal documents have revealed.

Bitcoin options exchange raises $11.4 million in funding

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 06:26
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ledger Holdings, the New York-based parent company of bitcoin options exchange LedgerX, said on Monday it closed $11.4 million in funding led by Miami International Holdings Inc and China's Huiyin Blockchain Venture Investments.

Schools using smart phone technology against sex assaults

AP TECH - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 06:20
The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults . Using apps, victims and bystanders can alert school officials, police or parents to trouble. While the systems can be used by kids pranking each other, app developers and school officials say most claims end up being credible. Reporting happens as events unfold and administrators can respond immed...

Facebook leaked documents show types of content it allows: Guardian

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:57
(Reuters) - Leaked Facebook Inc documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported, citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper.

Samsung Electronics will continue looking for acquisition opportunities: executive

TECHNEWS - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:50
(Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will continue looking for acquisition opportunities that will bolster the firm's products and services, a senior company executive said on Monday.

How memes make 'dull' politics accessible

SKY TECH - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 22:11
What's in a meme? A joke by any other name would still bring many laughs.

Texas lawmakers clear way for Uber, Lyft return to major cities

TECHNEWS - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:12
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas governor Greg Abbott will sign in the next few days a bill that would shield ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft from bruising battles over fingerprint background checks that led them to leave some of the state's most important markets.

Jia Yueting steps down as CEO of troubled Leshi, remains chairman

TECHNEWS - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:27
BEIJING (Reuters) - Jia Yueting will step down as chief executive of Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing but will retain his position as chairman, with the company's finance chief also to be replaced, according to a stock exchange filing on Sunday.

Uni of South Wales road safety app for children 'good fun'

BBC TECH - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 07:51
The app is being developed thanks to £67,500 funding from the Road Safety Trust.

Exclusive: North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

TECHNEWS - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 04:49
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

New Zealand space launch has nation reaching for the stars

AP TECH - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 03:00
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States....

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election

AP TECH - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 01:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested....

Softbank-Saudi tech fund becomes world's biggest with $93 billion of capital

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:44
RIYADH (Reuters) - The world's largest private equity fund, backed by Japan's Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

Astronomers probe 'alien megastructure' star

SKY TECH - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 18:17
Astronomers are scrambling to point their telescopes at one of the weirdest stars ever observed after it mysteriously dimmed again.

Cancer-fighting proton beam therapy lands in UK

SKY TECH - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:46
The UK has taken delivery of its first cancer-fighting proton beam therapy machine.

Ex-IBM employee from China pleads guilty to code theft charges

TECHNEWS - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 00:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former software engineer for IBM in China pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing proprietary source code from the company, federal prosecutors announced on Friday.

Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:31
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Friday it would delve into the growing arena of "over-the-air" software updates, adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its Sync 3-equipped 2016 vehicles for the first time via a wireless software update.

Volkswagen has fix for more cars in cheating scandal

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:52
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- U.S. and California regulators have approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal....

Uber threatens to fire key exec in self-driving car dispute

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:28
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order....

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:24
TOKYO (AP) -- A couple of things about the WannaCry cyberattack are certain. It was the biggest in history and it's a scary preview of things to come - we're all going to have to get used to hearing the word "ransomware." But one thing is a lot less clear: whether North Korea had anything to do with it....

Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:36
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a federal rule that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration....

Uber threatens to fire key exec in self-driving car dispute

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:04
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order....

Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 18:44
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck down a federal regulation that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration....

WannaCry attack is good business for cyber security firms

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 18:35
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For Kris Hagerman, chief executive of UK-based cyber security firm Sophos Group Plc, the past week could have been bad. The WannaCry "ransomware" attack hobbled some of its hospital customers in Britain's National Health Service, forcing them to turn away ambulances and cancel surgeries.

North Korea says linking cyber attack to Pyongyang is 'ridiculous'

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 18:09
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said on Friday that linking Pyongyang with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack is "ridiculous."

Frenchman claims cure for WannaCry-infected computers

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 18:08
PARIS (AP) -- A French researcher has released a software tool that he claims can restore some of the computers infected by the WannaCry ransomware....

Amid industry pushback, China offers changes to cyber rules: sources

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:57
BEIJING (Reuters) - China may delay full implementation of controversial new cyber security rules, giving companies more time to prepare, two people who attended a meeting on Friday between the country's internet regulator, businesses and diplomats told Reuters.

General election 2017: Illegal content sanctions threat

BBC TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:36
Digital providers may have to help fund measures to combat online crime and harmful practices.

Companies use kidnap insurance to guard against ransomware attacks

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:56
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world's political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as "WannaCry", insurers say.

EU executive asks bank watchdog to rethink 'screen scraping' ban

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:44
LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union's financial services chief will ask the bloc's banking watchdog to rethink its proposed ban on "screen scrapping" or financial technology firms directly accessing bank accounts.

Text-to-switch plan for mobile users

BBC TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:31
Ofcom wants to make it easier for people to switch operator - but it has ruled out a simpler option.

Sweden drops case, but WikiLeaks' Assange not in the clear

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:10
LONDON (AP) -- Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, almost seven years after it began and five years after the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge inside Ecuador's London embassy....

French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:09
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French researchers said on Friday they have found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago.

Drug dealer caught buying dark net grenade

SKY TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:40
A drug dealer has been jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to attempting to purchase a grenade on the dark net.

London City Airport's flights to be controlled from 70 miles away

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:16
LONDON (Reuters) - If you fly into London City in two years' time, air traffic controllers won't see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport becomes one of the first in a major capital to use a digital control tower.

Wannacry cyber attack compromised Russian banks in isolated cases: central bank

TECHNEWS - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:07
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Wannacry cyber attack compromised Russian banks' resources in some isolated cases, but the consequences of the attack were dealt with quickly, the Russian central bank said on Friday.

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:56
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's top prosecutor said Friday she's dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future."...

FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules

BBC TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:08
Critics say changing the rules may mean some data travels on "fast lanes".

Plastic caterpillars reveal global predation

SKY TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00
Almost 3,000 green plastic caterpillars have helped scientists unmask an important global pattern.

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:14
BEIJING (AP) -- Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines....

London City first in UK to get remote air traffic control

BBC TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:32
London City Airport flights will be directed by controllers using a remote system 80 miles away.

Hacker arrests across Europe over ATM-theft spree

SKY TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:26
Twenty-seven people have been arrested across Europe as part of an international investigation into so-called ATM black box attacks.

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:08
TOKYO (AP) -- A couple of things about the WannaCry cyberattack are certain. It was the biggest in history and it's a scary preview of things to come - we're all going to have to get used to hearing the word "ransomware." But one thing is a lot less clear: whether North Korea had anything to do with it....

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

AP TECH - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:16
BEIJING (AP) -- Commercial development of the globe's vast reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as combustible ice has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor....