U.S. regulator backs new rules for telecom that could hurt ZTE, Huawei

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator agreed on Tuesday to advance rules barring government programs from buying from companies that pose a security threat to the U.S. telecom networks, rulemaking that would hurt U.S. sales of Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE.

IRS hit with computer glitch as midnight tax deadline looms

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's computers suffered a technical problem that prevented some taxpayers from filing or paying their 2017 returns on Tuesday ahead of a midnight deadline.

Investor urges Facebook to set up risk oversight committee

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:54
(Reuters) - An activist hedge fund that wants Facebook to set up a risk oversight committee asked fellow shareholders on Tuesday to back the proposal, highlighting investor concerns over the company's handling of controversies such as the recent data privacy row.

Russia blocks Google, Amazon IP addresses in bid to ban Telegram

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:36
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state communications regulator on Tuesday said it had blocked IP addresses owned by Google and Amazon, saying they were being used by the Telegram messaging service which Moscow moved to ban this week.

Cambridge Analytica planned to issue digital currency: sources

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:19
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cambridge Analytica was planning to raise money by issuing a new type of digital currency before it became embroiled in a scandal surrounding the misuse of Facebook Inc personal data, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mudslide lost and found offers ray of hope amid heartache

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings and a beloved pendant....

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO Refuses to Testify in UK

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:51
Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament's media committee, citing British authorities' investigation into his former company's alleged misuse of data from millions of Facebook accounts in political campaigns. Committee Chairman Damian Collins announced Nix's decision a day before his scheduled appearance but flatly rejected the notion that he should be let off the hook, saying Nix hasn't been charged with a crime and there are no active legal proceedings against him. "There is therefore no legal reason why Mr. Nix cannot appear," Collins said in a statement. "The committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future." Nix gave evidence to the committee in February, but was recalled after former Cambridge Analytica staffer Christopher Wylie sparked a global debate over electronic privacy when he alleged the company used data from millions of Facebook accounts to help U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. Wylie worked on Cambridge Analytica's "information operations" in 2014 and 2015. Wylie has also said the official campaign backing Britain's exit from the European Union had access to the Facebook data. Cambridge Analytica has previously said that none of the Facebook data it acquired from an academic researcher was used in the Trump campaign. The company also says it did no paid or unpaid work on the Brexit campaign. The company did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Information Commissioner's Office said Tuesday that it had written to Nix to "invite him" to be interviewed by investigators. The office is investigating Facebook and 30 other organizations over their use of data and analytics. "Our investigation is looking at whether criminal and civil offences have been committed under the Data Protection Act," the office said in a statement. Nix's refusal to appear comes as the seriousness of the British inquiry becomes more evident. Facebook has said it directed Cambridge Analytica to delete all of the data harvested from user accounts as soon as it learned of the problem. But former Cambridge Analytica business development director Brittany Kaiser testified Tuesday that the U.S. tech giant didn't really try to verify Cambridge Analytica's assurances that it had done so. "I find it incredibly irresponsible that a company with as much money as Facebook ... had no due diligence mechanisms in place for protecting the data of U.K. citizens, U.S. citizens or their users in general," she said. Kaiser suggested that the number of individuals whose Facebook data was misused could be far higher than the 87 million acknowledged by the Silicon Valley giant. In an atmosphere where data abuse was rife, Kaiser told lawmakers she believed the leadership of the Leave.EU campaign had combined data from members of the U.K. Independence Party and customers from two insurance companies, Eldon Insurance and GoSkippy Insurance. The data was then sent the University of Mississippi for analysis. "If the personal data of U.K. citizens who just wanted to buy car insurance was used by GoSkippy and Eldon Insurance for political purposes, as may have been the case, people clearly did not opt in for their data to be used in this way by Leave.EU," she said in written testimony to the committee. Leave.EU's communications director, Andy Wigmore, called Kaiser's statements a "litany of lies." It is how the data was used that alarms some members of the committee and has captured the attention of the public. An expert on propaganda told the committee Monday that Cambridge Analytica used techniques developed by the Nazis to help Trump's presidential campaign, turning Muslims and immigrants into an "artificial enemy" to win support from fearful voters. University of Essex lecturer Emma Briant, who has for a decade studied the SCL Group - a conglomerate of companies, including Cambridge Analytica - interviewed company founder Nigel Oakes when she was doing research for a book. Oakes compared Trump's tactics to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in singling out Jews for reprisals. "Hitler attacked the Jews, because ... the people didn't like the Jews," he said on tapes of the interview conducted with Briant. "He could just use them to . leverage an artificial enemy. Well that's exactly what Trump did. He leveraged a Muslim."

New York seeks more information from crypto exchanges

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:31
(Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday sought information from 13 cryptocurrency trading platforms, including Coinbase Inc and Gemini Trust, about their operations such as fee structures and safety measures to protect customer accounts.

More Than 100 Parts for NASA's Orion Capsule to Be 3-D Printed

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:08
More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3-D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars. U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin, 3-D printing specialist Stratasys, and engineering firm PADT have developed the parts using new materials that can withstand the extreme temperatures and chemical exposure of deep-space missions, Stratasys said Tuesday. "In space, for instance, materials will build up a charge. If that was to shock the electronics on a space craft, there could be significant damage," Scott Sevcik, Vice President Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys told Reuters. 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been used for making prototypes across a range of industries for many years, but is being increasingly eyed for scale production. The technology can help make light-weight parts made of plastics more quickly and cheaply than traditional assembly lines that require major investments into equipment. "But even more significant is that we have more freedom with the design ... parts can look more organic, more skeletal," Sevcik said. Stratasys' partner Lockheed Martin said the use of 3-D printing on the Orion project would also pay off at other parts of its business. "We look to apply benefits across our programs — missile defense, satellites, planetary probes, especially as we create more and more common products," said Brian Kaplun, additive manufacturing manager at Lockheed Martin Space. Orion is part of NASA's follow-up program to the now-retired space shuttles that will allow astronauts to travel beyond the International Space Station, which flies about 260 miles (420 km) above Earth. The agency's European counterpart, ESA, has suggested that moon rock and Mars dust could be used to 3-D print structures and tools, which could significantly reduce the cost of future space missions because less material would need to be brought along from Earth.

Europe's venture capitalists embrace virtual currency craze

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:05
LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Europe's biggest venture capital firms are buying into sales of new virtual coins or asking their investors to give them the freedom to do so, in a sign of mainstream investor backing for the booming but controversial crowd-funding tool.

After Google, Portugal's tech scene gets boost from VW

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:53
LISBON (Reuters) - Volkswagen is to set up a software development center in Lisbon joining a growing list of companies attracted to the information technology scene in the country, which only recently emerged from its economic crisis and bailout.

Twitter surges after Morgan Stanley raises from 'underweight'

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:38
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Twitter Inc surged nearly 11 percent on Tuesday and were on track for their best session in two months after Morgan Stanley upgraded its recommendation on the social network to "equal-weight" from "underweight".

U.S. regulator backs new rules for telecom security threats

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance new rules barring a U.S. government program from purchasing equipment or services from companies posing a security threat to the country's communications networks.

China's Huawei Tech retrenches in U.S. after years of criticism

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], viewed with suspicion in congress as a potential threat to U.S. national security, has laid off five employees at its Washington office and slashed lobbying expenditures, according to sources familiar with the matter and government filings.

VW unit Electrify America selects suppliers for U.S. EV chargers

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:45
DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG unit Electrify America said on Tuesday it has selected several suppliers, including Switzerland's ABB LtdS> and South Korea's Signet EV Inc, to install more than 2,000 high-speed electric vehicle chargers in the United States by the end of 2019.

Thai telco True defends security measures after user data breach

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:24
BANGKOK (Reuters) - True Corp on Tuesday defended its security measures after what is possibly the first known instance of a major data leak at a mobile operator in Thailand, saying the data had been "hacked" by an expert.

ABB to provide electric vehicle chargers across the U.S.

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:20
ZURICH (Reuters) - ABB said on Tuesday it received an order from Volkswagen unit Electrify America to provide high power electric vehicle chargers across the United States, the biggest U.S. project to date in that field.

Cambridge Analytica boss ducks MPs' questions

SKY TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:15
The suspended boss of data firm Cambridge Analytica has refused to reappear before a parliamentary inquiry into fake news.

U.S. regulator votes to advance new rules on telecom security threats

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to advance new rules to bar the use of funds from a government program to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to U.S. communications networks and is considering additional steps.

US, Global Tech firms Vow Not to Aid Government Cyberattacks

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:54
Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyberattacks. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which vows to protect all customers from attacks regardless of geopolitical or criminal motive, follows a year that witnessed an unprecedented level of destructive cyberattacks, including the global WannaCry worm and the devastating NotPetya attack. "The devastating attacks from the past year demonstrate that cybersecurity is not just about what any single company can do but also about what we can all do together," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement. "This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path toward more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world." Smith, who helped lead efforts to organize the accord, was expected to discuss the alliance in a speech on Tuesday at the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. The accord also promised to establish new formal and informal partnerships within the industry and with security researchers to share threats and coordinate vulnerability disclosures. The pledge builds on an idea for a so-called Digital Geneva Convention Smith rolled out at least year's RSA conference, a proposal to create an international body to protect civilians from state-sponsored hacking. Countries, Smith said then, should develop global rules for cyberattacks similar to those established for armed conflict at the 1949 Geneva Convention that followed World War Two. In addition to Microsoft and Facebook, 32 other companies signed the pledge, including Cisco, Juniper Networks, Oracle, Nokia, SAP, Dell and cybersecurity firms Symantec, FireEye and Trend Micro. The list of companies does not include any from Russia, China, Iran or North Korea, widely viewed as the most active in launching destructive cyberattacks against their foes. Major U.S. technology companies Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Twitter also did not sign the pledge.

Online charter school heads back to court in funding case

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio online charter school that was one of the nation's largest before it suspended operations amid a legal fight with the state is filing another appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court....

Tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, vow not to aid government cyber attacks

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:49
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks.

Exclusive: Russia's drive to replace Western power technology hits snag

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:47
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's drive to build a large power-generating turbine to lessen its dependence on Western technology has suffered a major set-back after a prototype broke beyond repair, two sources familiar with the project told Reuters.

U.S. top court rules that Microsoft email privacy dispute is moot

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Microsoft Corp's privacy fight with the Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed legislation that resolved the dispute.

Supreme Court rules that Microsoft email privacy dispute is moot

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Microsoft Corp's privacy fight with the Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed legislation that resolved the dispute.

EU Commission proposes making fingerprints mandatory in ID cards

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:17
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Identity cards held by EU citizens will be required to include digital images of the holder's fingerprints as part of a crackdown on fraudulent documents used by criminals and extremists, the European Commission proposed on Tuesday.

Tech Firms to Be Forced to Give Police Overseas Data Under EU Proposal

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:13
Technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook will be forced to hand over users' data to European law enforcement officials even when it is stored on servers outside the bloc, under a law proposed by the EU on Tuesday. The law would allow European prosecutors to force companies to turn over data such as emails, text messages and pictures stored online in another country, within 10 days or as little as six hours in urgent cases. The European Union executive says the proposed law, which would apply to data stored inside and outside the bloc, is necessary because current legal procedures between countries to obtain such electronic evidence can drag on for months. "Electronic evidence is increasingly important in criminal proceedings," said European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. "We cannot allow criminals and terrorists to exploit modern and electronic communication technologies to hide their criminal actions and evade justice." Digital borders are a growing global issue in an era where big companies operate so-called cloud networks of giant data centers, which mean that an individual's data can reside anywhere. Technology companies have found themselves torn between protecting consumers' privacy while cooperating with law enforcement. The political pressure has intensified after Islamist-inspired attacks across Europe in recent years. The United States recently moved to address the same problem, passing a law making it clear that U.S. judges could issue warrants for data held abroad while giving companies an avenue to object if the request conflicts with foreign law. Prosecutors and police will have to ask a judge to approve their request for electronic evidence where it concerns more sensitive data, such as the actual content of messages, emails, pictures and videos. Fraught with complexity The proposal will apply only in cases where crimes carry a minimum jail sentence of three years. In cases of cyber crime there will be no minimum penalty requirement. Where companies find themselves in a conflict-of-law situation because the country where data is stored forbids them from handing it over to a foreign authority, they will be able to challenge the seizure request. However, such extraterritorial rules are fraught with complexity, legal and privacy experts warn. In the United States, for example, certain companies are prohibited from disclosing information to foreign governments, while in Europe consumers' data privacy is strictly protected and companies are restricted in how they can transfer data outside the bloc. "The Commission is proposing dangerous shortcuts to allow national authorities to obtain people's data directly from companies, basically turning them into judicial authorities," said Maryant Fernandez Perez, senior policy adviser at campaign group European Digital Rights. Ultimately, the Commission hopes to start talks with the United States on a deal to help law enforcement authorities to seize evidence held on each other's territories. "We always think it's useful to have an EU-U.S. coordinated approach instead of a French-U.S. approach, a Belgian-U.S. approach because that leads to fragmentation," a Commission official said.

Brexit backer Banks denies allegation he misused data in campaign

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:54
LONDON (Reuters) - A prominent campaigner to leave the European Union, Arron Banks, denied allegations on Tuesday by a former employee of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica that he had misused personal data for political purposes.

Robots Could Be Girls' Ticket to Future

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:48
Eleven-year-old Hayliee Tat traveled two-and-a-half hours with her family for a sneak preview of what the future looks like with robots in it. Their destination: the robotics open house at the University of Southern California (USC). The annual event draws mainly elementary and secondary school students from Los Angeles and beyond to spark their interest in robotics and computer science. “Not many girls and kids are in robotics,” said Tat, who was introduced to robotics, after a friend invited her to join a team that builds robots and competes with other teams through tasks the machines can perform.  “To me, this is a great way to meet new people, learn more and just have your creativity flow out,” said Tat.  Tat, however, is in the minority. There is an imbalance in the U.S. between the small number of computer science college graduates, and the number of available computing jobs, according to a study by global consulting firm Accenture and non-profit group Girls Who Code. Women make up only a small percentage of people who can compete for these jobs. The National Center for Education Statistics found that in 2015, less than 18 percent of women in the U.S. graduated with a computer science degree. The University of Southern California is trying to expose young people to robotics and computer science through the open house, where students can tour the research labs. “We feel that if the kids can actually see the robots, hear the PhD students and the faculty members talk about what their research is and why it’s important, how robots benefit society, we see through experience that the kids get really excited,” said Katie Mills, manager of the robotics open house. She also manages the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s K-12 STEM (science, technology engineering and math) outreach program called VAST: Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher. The aim is to make robotics exciting and relevant so a student will want to learn how to code. "Coding is like the necessary second language that everybody, especially this generation, is going to need. You know that there’s fewer people, especially women, majoring in computer science in college now than there were 30 years ago? And there are so many jobs,” said Mills.  Not seeing the creative side of coding and not realizing there are real life applications in computer science may be reasons some women shy away from this degree. That was the case for Caitlyn Clabaugh, who was studying fine arts and never thought about computer science until she saw how relevant it is to helping people by applying creativity. “When there is a clear application to a real human usage, it sort of bridges the gap for me. I was interested in the arts. I was interested in all these things, then I found that I could create with computer science,” said Clabaugh, who is now a PhD candidate in computer science. She researches how social companion robots can help children with autism. “Definitely focusing on special needs is very special to me. I’ve struggled with dyslexia my entire life,” said Clabaugh. Another way to attract girls to computer science, said some academics, is by dispelling the myth that coding and computer science are lonely pursuits. Tat enjoys her robotics team because of the social element in building robots using the toy-building LEGO blocks. “I personally love LEGO, so I think it was really fun to build LEGO and not only do you build LEGO you can do a lot of other things and it will make you smarter and the next thing you know, you’ll have a lot of friends,” said Tat. Exposure to robotics and computer science before college is key, but not every school has the resources. “They don’t maybe have enough robotics equipment or maybe they have teachers that are a little uncomfortable teaching computer science,” said Mills.  Through its VAST outreach program, the University of Southern California works with area schools, its teachers and students to try and fill the gap, in hopes of attracting more underrepresented students, including girls, to pursue computer science in college. “It’s like a fire. If you light a spark, it will go on forever,” said Tat.

Russia's Telegram block hits web users

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:44
Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in move to shut down Telegram messaging platform.

Tech companies to be forced to give police overseas data under EU proposal

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:33
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook will be forced to hand over users' data to European law enforcement officials even when it is stored on servers outside the bloc, under a law proposed by the EU on Tuesday.

Life of a meme

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:45
What do pictures of two guys pointing at each other and yelling tell us about how a meme begins and ends?

Tesla production pause adds to Model 3 concerns

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:26
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc shares fell as much as 2 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday, a temporary halt in production of its Model 3 sedan adding to nerves about the electric car maker's consistent failure to keep its promises on vehicle output.

Robots will replace humans in retail, says China's

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:59
MADRID (Reuters) - Robots will eventually replace human workers in the retail industry, the chief executive of Chinese e-commerce company predicted on Tuesday.

Indonesia MPs grill Facebook officials on data breaches

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:45
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Facebook official apologised to Indonesian members of parliament on Tuesday during a five-hour grilling at a public hearing on issues ranging from the misuse of personal data to the oversight of content by the social media giant.

T-Mobile fined over false ringtones

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:33
The firm paid $40m (£27m) over claims it employed false ringtones rather than fixing call problems.

Mapping startup Mapbox hires head of product from Google

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:12
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Digital maps startup Mapbox Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it has hired a lead product manager from the local search unit of Alphabet Inc's Google to serve as head of product for maps and search.

Vivendi sets out its defense as it fights Elliott over Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:11
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Vivendi is asking Telecom Italia (TIM) investors to trust its long-term strategy ahead of a leadership showdown against activist fund Elliott.

Exclusive: Amazon in talks with airline Azul for shipping in Brazil - sources

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:03
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Inc is in talks with Brazilian airline Azul SA on shipping goods in the country, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in the latest sign of the retailer's big plans in Latin America's largest economy.

What Does It Take to Make Computer Science Attractive to Girls?

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:00
In the United States less than 18 percent of the women who graduate from college major in computer science. The shortage of females with computer skills comes at a time when there are a lot of jobs available in computer science, a field that pays better than most. VOA's Elizabeth Lee looks at the cultural and other reasons for the shortage of women in this important area -- and what one university in Los Angeles is doing to inspire girls.

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:28
TaskRabbit says it is working with law enforcement, and its website is offline.

Brexit: Leave.EU figure praised 'clever' Nazi tactics

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:23
An inquiry publishes recordings of a Leave.EU figure appearing to compare its Brexit campaign to the Nazis.

'Lazy hackers' turn to automated attack tools

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:23
Sophisticated bots are doing the hard work of breaking down digital defences, suggests study.

Will technology destroy our democracy?

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:09
Author Jamie Bartlett says there is a compatibility problem between democracy and technology.

Vivendi defends its strategy for Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:11
PARIS (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi defended its strategy for Telecom Italia (TIM) in a document released on Tuesday, insisting it is best placed as the number one shareholder to provide stability for the former monopoly.

Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:32
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday it had sent requests to Google and Apple asking them to remove the Telegram messenger service from their application stores, the Interfax news agency reported.

In South Korea, overseas cryptocurrency offerings skirt local clampdown

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:31
SEOUL (Reuters) - Six months after South Korea banned the issuance of new cryptocurrencies, they are starting to creep back into the country by using overseas listings for local trading.

U.S. strike on China's ZTE another blow for Qualcomm

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:13
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - A move by the United States to ban American firms selling components to the Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp will also hit a target closer to home: Qualcomm Inc, a U.S. company that is a major supplier of chips for ZTE's phones.

Netflix overseas sales set to overtake US

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:52
The streaming service now has 125 million subscribers, after adding 7.4 million more in the first quarter.

Uber executive plays down deal prospects in Brazil, citing scale

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:04
(Reuters) - Uber's robust growth in Brazil, its biggest market outside the United States, has given the ride-hailing app a far stronger position than it had in Asian markets that it recently exited, a senior executive said on a visit to South America.

Singapore uncovers 'high-tech' exam cheating plot

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:46
The students snuck in mobile phones and wore skin-coloured earphones during their exams.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs South Dakota e-commerce sale tax fight

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider whether to let states force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases in a fight potentially worth billions of dollars pitting South Dakota against e-commerce businesses.

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken quits Japan: Bloomberg

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:11
(Reuters) - U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken will stop its trading services in Japan, citing rising costs of doing business there, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
The U.S., Britain and Australia have accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage....

Mayor says SpaceX to build new rocket in Port of Los Angeles

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- SpaceX has chosen to manufacture its planned big, new rocket in the Port of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday in his annual state-of-the city speech....

Microsoft turns to former rival to improve internet security

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft is turning to a former rival to improve the security of computing devices....

Walmart gives its website a makeover in latest e-commerce push

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:06
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walmart Inc, the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, said on Tuesday it has made extensive changes to its website, betting that a cleaner, more modern will help it win market share from Inc.

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:32
A judge rules Facebook's facial recognition tagging will be the subject of a class action law suit.

Toyota to Launch 'Talking' Vehicles in US in 2021

VOA TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:30
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to start selling U.S. vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021, the Japanese automaker said on Monday, potentially preventing thousands of accidents annually. The U.S. Transportation Department must decide whether to adopt a pending proposal that would require all future vehicles to have the advanced technology. Toyota hopes to adopt the dedicated short-range communications systems in the United States across most of its lineup by the mid-2020s. Toyota said it hopes that by announcing its plans, other automakers will follow suit. The Obama administration in December 2016 proposed requiring the technology and giving automakers at least four years to comply. The proposal requires automakers to ensure all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology." Automakers were granted a block of spectrum in 1999 in the 5.9 GHz band for "vehicle-to-vehicle" and "vehicle to infrastructure" communications and have studied the technology for more than a decade, but it has gone largely unused. Some in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission think it should be opened to other uses. In 2017, General Motors Co began offering vehicle-to-vehicle technologies on its Cadillac CTS model, but it is currently the only commercially available vehicle with the system. Talking vehicles, which have been tested in pilot projects and by U.S. carmakers for more than a decade, use dedicated short-range communications to transmit data up to 300 meters, including location, direction and speed, to nearby vehicles. The data is broadcast up to 10 times per second to nearby vehicles, which can identify risks and provide warnings to avoid imminent crashes, especially at intersections. Toyota has deployed the technology in Japan to more than 100,000 vehicles since 2015. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said last year the regulation could eventually cost between $135 and $300 per new vehicle, or up to $5 billion annually but could prevent up to 600,000 crashes and reduce costs by $71 billion annually when fully deployed.  NHTSA said last year it has "not made any final decision" on requiring the technology, but no decision is expected before December. Last year, major automakers, state regulators and others urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to finalize standards for the technology and protect the spectrum that has been reserved, saying there is a need to expand deployment and uses of the traffic safety technology.

Elon Musk's Boring Co raises $112.5 million in funding, most from Musk

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:13
(Reuters) - Elon Musk's Boring Co said on Monday it raised $112.5 million in equity, with 90 percent coming from Musk himself, as the company seeks to build underground tunnels for its hyperloop transportation project.

Tesla says Model 3 production shut down temporarily

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:13
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line in what the company said on Monday was a planned production pause, as the automaker continues to face challenges ramping up its new sedan.

Facebook must face class action over facial recognition: U.S. judge

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:09
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.

Netflix programming binge pays off with subscriber surge

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:39
(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's blitz of original programs attracted a surprisingly high 7.4 million new customers from January to March, reassuring investors who are betting the video-streaming pioneer's massive spending will fuel growth around the world.

Ninjas and nanobots

BBC TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:33
Is the fusion of biology and technology speeding us towards a synthetic future?

Exclusive: BlackRock's biggest stock-picking fund likes Facebook shares

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:58
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biggest stock-picking fund at BlackRock Inc raised its bet on Facebook Inc in March, a source familiar with the matter said, making the social media company a top 10 equity holding and apparently betting that Facebook's privacy scandal will not weigh on the stock for long.

British Facial Recognition Tech Firm Secures US Border Contract

VOA TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:35
A British technology firm has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use biometric facial verification technology to improve border control, the first foreign firm to win such a contract in the United States. London-based iProov will develop technology to improve border controls at unmanned ports of entry with a verification system that uses the traveler’s cell phone. British trade minister Liam Fox said in a statement on Monday that the contract was “one example of our shared economic and security ties” with the United States. IProov said it was the first non-U.S. firm to be awarded a contract under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), which is run by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

Netflix is proving to be a tough act for copycats to follow

AP TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:30
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix's video-streaming service has been thriving for so long that other companies are striving to duplicate its success in other kinds of digital entertainment and content....

Web's inventor discusses digital monopolies, privacy threats

AP TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tim Berners-Lee gave away the technology that he used to invent the World Wide Web, so it's not surprising that he's worried about the current state of the internet as Google, Facebook and Amazon become increasingly dominant in the digital world....

UK academic says data firm helped Trump campaign spread fear

AP TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:53
LONDON (AP) -- A British propaganda expert who has studied Cambridge Analytica says the company helped Donald Trump's presidential campaign use false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and resentment in swing states Trump needed to win....

T-Mobile to pay $40 million over false ring tones on rural U.S. calls

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA Inc agreed on Monday to pay $40 million to resolve a government investigation that found it failed to correct problems with delivering calls in rural areas and inserted false ring tones in hundreds of millions of calls, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Majority of divisive Facebook ads bought by "suspicious groups" - study

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:04
(Reuters) - Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook Inc before the 2016 U.S. presidential election were sponsored by "suspicious groups" with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released on Monday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook.

T-Mobile to pay $40 million penalty for inserting false ring tones in rural U.S. calls

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA Inc agreed on Monday to pay $40 million to resolve a government investigation that found it failed to correct problems with delivering calls in rural areas and inserted false ring tones in hundreds of millions of calls, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Lawmakers publish evidence that Cambridge Analytica work helped Brexit group

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:22
LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers on Monday published evidence that Brexit campaign group Leave.EU benefited from work by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy at the center of a recent storm over use of Facebook data.

Toyota to launch 'talking' vehicles in United States in 2021

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to start selling U.S. vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021, the Japanese automaker said on Monday, potentially preventing thousands of accidents annually.

Zuckerberg testimony undermines Facebook stance in terrorism case: U.S. court filing

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:16
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for victims of terrorist attacks in Israel on Monday urged a federal appeals court to revive their lawsuit against Facebook Inc, saying Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony undermined the social media company's argument that it bore no responsibility for content on its platforms.

Russia accused of global net hack attacks

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:36
Russia is seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies allege.

Exclusive: Google unveils vetting process for drug rehab ads

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:05
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google told Reuters Monday it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after the Alphabet Inc unit suspended the lucrative category of advertisers for numerous deceptive and misleading ads.

Russia Blocks Telegram Messaging App

VOA TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:01
Russia began implementing a ban on popular instant messaging service Telegram in accordance with a court ruling after the app’s administrators refused to provide encrypted messages to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Russia's state telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor said Monday that it had sent a notice to telecommunications operators in the country instructing them to block the service. "Roskomnadzor has received the ruling by the Tagansky District Court on restricting access in Russia to the web resources of the online information dissemination organizer, Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership. In light of this, information on these online resources was sent to the operators on Monday, April 16, with regards to restricting access," the watchdog said, according to Russia's TASS news agency. Roskomnadzor had previously asked a Russian court to block the service for failing to comply with Russian regulations. Moscow's Tagansky District Court upheld the motion on April 13. Telegram, which was founded by a Russian entrepreneur, has repeatedly refused requests to give the FSB access to its users' encrypted messages. The service, ranked the world's ninth most popular messaging app with over 900 million users worldwide, argued that the request for encrypted messages was unconstitutional.  

'Kremlin hacking critical national infrastructure in UK'

SKY TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:01
The Russian government is attacking critical national infrastructure in the UK and the US, security agencies have warned.

EU digital chief to meet with Facebook CEO amid privacy scandal

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:35
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's digital chief will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in San Francisco as the world's largest social network faces increasing scrutiny over its use of personal data.

British facial verification tech firm secures U.S. border contract

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:33
LONDON (Reuters) - A British technology firm has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use biometric facial verification technology to improve border control, the first foreign firm to win such a contract in the United States.

France builds WhatsApp rival due to surveillance risk

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:31
PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is building its own encrypted messenger service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top officials, the digital ministry said on Monday.

China's ZTE 'poses risk to UK security'

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:02
UK's cyber-defence watchdog tells the UK telecoms sector not to use the Chinese firm's equipment.

Barclays targets technology with venture capital-style business

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:47
LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays said it has set up a venture capital-style unit to drive innovation and returns within its UK business.

Chinese exporters scramble to cope with Trump tariff hike

AP TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:52
BEIJING (AP) -- Facing a possible U.S. tariff hike, one of China's biggest ball bearing makers, Cixin Group, is weighing plans to rush shipments to American customers before the increase makes its sales unprofitable....

Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:35
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram messenger after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security access to its users' secret messages.

Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:53
White nationalist Richard Spencer's three Facebook pages are blocked on a permanent basis.

IT issue causes outage at supermarket chain in Australia

AP TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:33
SYDNEY (AP) -- Cash registers are working again at Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia....

Philippines complains Facebook fact-checkers are biased

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:06
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines government criticized on Monday Facebook's choice of two independent online news platforms to help fight the spread of fake news, saying they are biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Chinese social network to end 'gay censorship'

SKY TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:45
Chinese social network Sina Weibo is to stop a planned crackdown on content related to gay issues after a hashtag-driven campaign by outraged users.

UK pubs group JD Wetherspoon drops social media in protest

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:22
(Reuters) - British pubs group JD Wetherspoon closed all its social media accounts on Monday, saying it was taking a stand against an industry accused of misusing personal data and allowing bullying to run rife.

Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger: regulator

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:15
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court.

China's Sina Weibo backtracks from gay content ban after outrage

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:51
The Chinese social media giant reverses a ban on gay content after a wave of defiant protests.

Oracle co-CEO Catz expects acceleration in cloud business

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:47
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Oracle Corp co-CEO Safra Catz said on Monday she expects an acceleration in the company's cloud business after the software maker last month reported sales from its cloud business that fell short of Wall Street expectations.

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to add 10,000 electric three-wheelers to fleet

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:46
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group, said it will add 10,000 electric three-wheelers to its fleet over the next 12 months as part of a plan to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Italian minister calls Vivendi 'awful' investor in Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:00
MILAN (Reuters) - Vivendi has been an "awful" investor in Telecom Italia (TIM) , Italy's outgoing Industry Minister Carlo Calenda told la Repubblica daily on Monday, as the French media group fights to keep its grip on Italy's biggest phone group.

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:37
Chairman Tim Martin linked the move to bad publicity about social media, including the trolling of MPs.

Qualcomm to refile China antitrust application for $44 billion NXP takeover: sources

TECHNEWS - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:26
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will refile as early as Monday an application with the Chinese government to clear its $44 billion takeover of NXP Semiconductors , sources said, giving regulators more time to decide on the deal and averting a collapse.

Lockhart in Foster Twitter photo bullying complaint

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:24
Carla Lockhart received 'very personal' abuse after DUP leader Arlene Foster posted a picture of the pair.

Why I like my job-share with robots

BBC TECH - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:14
A worker at an Alibaba warehouse in China explains why she is happy to have robot colleagues.