TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

AP TECH - 15 min 43 sec ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system....

Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

AP TECH - 41 min 43 sec ago
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- In the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Maryland is close to enacting a law that some experts say would set a new standard for how states deal with foreign interference in local elections and increase overall transparency in online political ads....

German lawmakers to grill Facebook manager on data privacy

TECHNEWS - 51 min 48 sec ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers will question a senior Facebook Inc manager about data privacy in the wake of revelations that the personal information of millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
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TSMC's smartphone warning points squarely at Apple: analysts

TECHNEWS - 1 hour 30 min ago
(Reuters) - Shares in Apple Inc and its suppliers fell on Thursday after a raft of analysts read a prediction of softer smartphone sales from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd as driven chiefly by concern about demand for iPhones.
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Musk's LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

AP TECH - 2 hours 52 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system....

British lawmakers to interview Cambridge academic Kogan over Facebook data

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 8 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - A Cambridge University academic who harvested data on millions of Facebook users will appear before a British parliamentary committee investigating the scandal on April 24.
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DeBeers rolls out app to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chain

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 28 min ago
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said on Thursday.
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ZTE woes may boost network rivals Ericsson and Nokia

TECHNEWS - 3 hours 37 min ago
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Investors are warming to beleaguered mobile network makers Ericsson and Nokia as they begin to recover ahead of a once-a-decade uplift from a new business cycle and an unexpected boost from a U.S. ban on exports to low-cost Chinese rival ZTE.
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Six billion cockroaches bred for potions at AI-controlled farm

SKY TECH - 4 hours 9 min ago
Six billion cockroaches are being bred each year through artificial intelligence at a Chinese farm making "healing potions".
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Lyft to offset emissions from rides with projects combating climate change

TECHNEWS - 4 hours 27 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said.
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Boring meetings? Just leave, says Elon Musk

SKY TECH - 5 hours 33 min ago
The idea of just getting up and leaving a boring work meeting is a dream to many of us and it seems, it is one shared by one of the world's leading tech tycoons.
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Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

BBC TECH - 5 hours 50 min ago
A total of 1.5 billion international Facebook users will not be protected under GDPR.
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Qualcomm concessions insufficient to clinch NXP deal: commerce ministry

TECHNEWS - 6 hours 34 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will have to do more to complete its proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors , a commerce ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
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U.S. ban on sales to ZTE triggers patriotic rhetoric in China

TECHNEWS - 6 hours 56 min ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A U.S. ban on sales of American components to ZTE Corp has unleashed a patriotic backlash in China's cyberspace, highlighting the growing tension between the world's two largest economies.
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Alibaba to invest $320 million in Thailand, as rivals boost presence

TECHNEWS - 7 hours 8 min ago
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Alibaba is investing $320 million in Thailand as the e-commerce giant aims to tap Chinese consumers' appetite for the Southeast nation's agricultural goods and for its tourism market amid growing competition from rivals.
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Ikea's TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

BBC TECH - 7 hours 46 min ago
The odd jobs marketplace has been investigating a "cyber-security incident".
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TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

BBC TECH - 7 hours 55 min ago
TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator says.
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The helmet which gives firefighters 'X-ray vision'

BBC TECH - 8 hours 11 min ago
The C-Thru lens uses augmented reality to improve firefighters’ sight in poor visibility.
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Vivendi's chairman brushes off criticism over investment in Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - 8 hours 12 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Vivendi's chairman and top investor Vincent Bollore brushed off criticism over the media group's investments in Telecom Italia (TIM) on Thursday.
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Nasa's Tess: Planet-hunting satellite lifts off

BBC TECH - 8 hours 51 min ago
Nasa's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) searches for new planets.
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Hedge fund Elliott steps up pressure on Vivendi over Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - 9 hours 51 min ago
PARIS, LONDON (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Advisors lambasted Vivendi on Thursday after the French media group defended its strategy as the main shareholder of Telecom Italia (TIM).
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China's ZTE removed chief compliance officer before U.S. sanction: source

TECHNEWS - 10 hours 29 min ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp's chief compliance and chief legal officer was removed from his posts more than a month before the Chinese telecom equipment maker was slapped with U.S. sanctions this week, a company source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
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Hedge fund Elliott issues new attack on Vivendi over Telecom Italia

TECHNEWS - 11 hours 9 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Activist Elliott Advisors issued on Thursday a fresh attack on French media group Vivendi as the hedge fund's battle with Vivendi over Telecom Italia intensifies.
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Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding

AP TECH - 11 hours 9 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) -- The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories....

Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding

AP TECH - 11 hours 21 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) -- The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories....

Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding

AP TECH - 11 hours 24 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) -- The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories....

Uber picks VMware's Zane Rowe as CFO: Bloomberg

TECHNEWS - 12 hours 50 min ago
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has picked VMware Inc's Zane Rowe as the top candidate for chief financial officer to lead preparations for the ride-hailing company's initial public offering in 2019, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
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NASA spacecraft begins search for new planets

SKY TECH - 14 hours 3 min ago
NASA's Tess spacecraft has blasted off from Earth in a search for new planets that could support life.
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Mexico's top court sides with America Movil, says Telmex can charge rivals

TECHNEWS - 14 hours 12 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - America Movil's fixed-line unit Telmex said on Wednesday that the nation's supreme court has sided with it and ruled the firm should not be barred from charging rivals for calls to its network.
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Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

TECHNEWS - 15 hours 1 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.
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Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

TECHNEWS - 15 hours 17 min ago
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.
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Mexico regulator fines America Movil $5.4 million in antitrust case

TECHNEWS - 16 hours 24 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's telecom regulator IFT said on Wednesday that it has fined billionaire Carlos Slim's flagship company America Movil and its mobile service unit Telcel 96.8 million pesos ($5.4 million) in an antitrust case.
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Qualcomm begins layoffs as part of cost cuts

TECHNEWS - 16 hours 28 min ago
(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc has begun cutting jobs as part of its promise to investors to cut annual costs by $1 billion, the chipmaker said on Wednesday.
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Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

AP TECH - 17 hours 15 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service that offers free two-day shipping and other perks that help bind people to the company and its ever-expanding empire....

Exclusive: Facebook to change user terms, limiting effect of EU privacy law

TECHNEWS - 17 hours 18 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.
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Time Warner CEO says AT&T merger needed to compete with internet titans

TECHNEWS - 17 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes on Wednesday defended his company's planned merger with telecoms firm AT&T as necessary to compete effectively for advertising with internet giants like Google and Facebook.
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Why India's Paytm isn't afraid of WhatsApp

BBC TECH - 17 hours 48 min ago
India's youngest billionaire, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, says Indian firms are ready to challenge the West.
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Amazon says it has more than 100 million Prime members

TECHNEWS - 19 hours 5 min ago
(Reuters) - Amazon Inc said on Wednesday it now has more than 100 million Amazon Prime members globally.
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Qualcomm begins layoffs as part of cost cuts: Bloomberg

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:38
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has begun cutting jobs as part of its promise to investors to cut costs by $1 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Cryptocurrency funds down nearly 30 percent in March as slump persists: index

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:23
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency funds were down 29.2 percent in March amid an ongoing slump caused by increased scrutiny from global regulators of the virtual assets, according to a new index launched by data provider BarclayHedge.
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'Hey Alexa, where's my delivery?' XPO Logistics unveils voice tracking

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:48
ATLANTA (Reuters) - XPO Logistics Inc, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in North America, unveiled on Wednesday voice-enabled delivery tracking through Amazon.com Inc's Echo or Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers.
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California agency probing Tesla on occupational safety

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:43
(Reuters) - A California agency said on Wednesday it has initiated an open inspection on Tesla Inc for occupational safety but did not disclose further details.
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China's ZTE delays earnings amid confusion over U.S. ban

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:31
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp on Wednesday postponed the release of quarterly earnings, saying it needs time to assess the impact of a U.S. order that bans American companies from selling it parts, which could undermine its ability to manufacture equipment.
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EU antitrust chief says investigation of Google's Android, AdSense is advancing

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:25
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Investigations into how Google may be using its Android smartphone operating system and its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals are advancing, Europe's antitrust chief said on Wednesday, amid concern about the lengthy proceedings.
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California's occupational safety agency starts probe on Tesla

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:18
(Reuters) - A California agency for occupational safety said on Wednesday it has initiated an open inspection on Tesla Inc but did not disclose the details of the probe.
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Time Warner CEO says merger with AT&T needed to compete with internet titans

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes on Wednesday defended his company's planned merger with AT&T as necessary to compete effectively for advertising with internet giants like Google and Facebook.
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Test your emoji knowledge: Do you know sad from angry?

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:54
New research has said the growing use of emojis is ruining young people's English skills.
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Zuckerberg Under Pressure to Face EU Lawmakers Over Data Scandal

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:34
Facebook Inc’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on Wednesday to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans. The world’s largest social network is under fire worldwide after information about nearly 87 million users wrongly ended up in the hands of the British political consultancy, a firm hired by Donald Trump for his 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani last week repeated his request to Zuckerberg to appear before the assembly, saying that sending a junior executive would not suffice. EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, who recently spoke to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, said Zuckerberg should heed the lawmakers’ call. “This case is too important to treat as business as usual,” Jourova told an assembly of lawmakers. “I advised Sheryl Sandberg that Zuckerberg should accept the invitation from the European Parliament. (EU digital chief Andrius) Ansip refers to the invitation as a measure of rebuilding trust,” she said. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. Zuckerberg fielded 10 hours of questions over two days from nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers last week and emerged largely unscathed. He will meet Ansip in San Francisco on Tuesday. Another European lawmaker Sophia in’t Veld echoed the call from her colleagues, saying that the Facebook CEO should do them the same courtesy. “I think Zuckerberg would be well advised to appear at the Parliament out of respect for Europeans,” she said. Lawmaker Viviane Reding, the architect of the EU’s landmark privacy law which will come into effect on May 25, giving Europeans more control over their online data, said the right laws would bring back trust among users.  
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Netflix plans $1 billion European investment drive: Financial Times

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:33
(Reuters) - Netflix Inc will raise its investment in content across Europe and plans to spend about $1 billion on original productions this year, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the plans.
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Amazon launches new app feature targeting international shoppers

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:55
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc announced a new feature within its Amazon shopping app to cater to international customers shopping for U.S. goods, targeting Brazil, China, Germany and Spanish-speaking markets.
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Zuckerberg under pressure to face EU lawmakers over data scandal

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:43
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on Wednesday to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans.
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NHS website defaced by hackers

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:32
The digital vandalism was spotted by a security researcher and has since been fixed.
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Alleged 'robocall' mastermind denies wrongdoing before U.S. Senate

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Florida man alleged to have made almost 100 million robocalls to trick consumers with “exclusive” vacation deals from well-known travel and hospitality companies on Wednesday denied wrongdoing before a U.S. Senate Committee.
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Tencent and JD.com invest in Leshi's smart-TV unit

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:44
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Technology giants Tencent, JD.com and TCL are among investors in Chinese TV maker New Leshi Zhixin, its controlling shareholder Leshi Internet Information and Technology said on Wednesday.
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U.S. cryptocurrency project gets $133 million investment from big investors

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:31
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A start-up launched by three Princeton University graduates for a new cryptocurrency has raised $133 million from a slew of big investors in a private placement, Intangible Labs Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Nader Al-Naji said on Wednesday.
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Gates: Internet giants failed to predict data scandal

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:27
Internet giants failed to predict the data privacy issues that have rocked companies such as Facebook, Bill Gates has said.
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Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:19
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Microsoft co-founder's mission to locate sunken warships in the South Pacific has chalked up another victory with the discovery of the USS Helena nearly 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands, reviving stories of the battle-tested ship's endurance and the nearly unbelievable survival story of 165 of the crewmen....

Iran Bans Government Bodies from Using Foreign Message Apps

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:15
Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year. Chief among those apps is Telegram, used by over 40 million Iranians for everything from benign conversations to commerce and political campaigning. Iranians using Telegram, which describes itself as an encrypted message service, helped spread the word about the protests in December and January. Telegram channels run on behalf of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri were already shut down Wednesday. A report on the website of Iran's state television broadcaster said the ban affected all public institutions. It was not clear if the ban applied to civil servants outside of work hours. The report did not elaborate on penalties for violating the ban. Last month, officials said Iran would block Telegram for reasons of national security in response to the protests, which saw 25 people killed and nearly 5,000 reportedly arrested. Authorities temporarily shut down Telegram during the protests, though many continued to access it through proxies and virtual private networks. The move against Telegram suggests Iran may try to introduce its own government-approved, or "halal," version of the messaging app, something long demanded by hard-liners. Already, Iran heavily restricts internet access and blocks social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. Iran has said foreign messaging apps can get licenses from authorities to operate if they transfer their databases into the country. Privacy experts worry that could more easily expose users' private communications to government spying. Khamenei, however, has stressed that invading people's privacy is religiously forbidden. Iran's move also comes after a Russian court on Friday ordered Telegram to be blocked after the company refused to share its encryption data with authorities. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov responded to the ruling by writing on Twitter: "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed."
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VW's Electrify America to install EV chargers at Walmart stores

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:53
DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG unit Electrify America will install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 100 Walmart Inc store locations in 34 U.S. states by mid-2019 as part of Electrify's plans to bolster charging infrastructure across the country, the two companies said on Wednesday.
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Russia Admits to Blocking Millions of IP Addresses

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:39
The chief of the Russian communications watchdog acknowledged Wednesday that millions of unrelated IP addresses have been frozen in a so-far futile attempt to block a popular messaging app. Telegram, the messaging app that was ordered to be blocked last week, was still available to users in Russia despite authorities' frantic attempts to hit it by blocking other services. The row erupted after Telegram, which was developed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, refused to hand its encryption keys to the intelligence agencies. The Russian government insists it needs them to pre-empt extremist attacks but Telegram dismissed the request as a breach of privacy. Alexander Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, said in an interview with the Izvestia daily published Wednesday that Russia is blocking 18 networks that are used by Amazon and Google and which host sites that they believe Telegram is using to circumvent the ban. Countless Russian businesses - from online language schools to car dealerships - reported that their web services were down because of the communication watchdog's moves to bloc networks. Internet experts estimate that Russian authorities have blocked about 16 million IP addresses since Monday, affecting millions of Russian users and businesses. In the interview, Zharov admitted that the authorities have been helplessly trying to block Telegram and had to shut down entire networks, some of which have over half a million IP addresses that are used by unrelated, "law-abiding companies," he said. Russia's leading daily Vedomosti in Wednesday's editorial likened the communications watchdog's battle against Telegram, affecting millions of users of other web-services, to warfare. "The large-scale indiscriminate blocking of foreign IP addresses in Russia in order to close the access to the messaging app Telegram is unprecedented and bears resemblance to carpet bombings," the editorial said. Zharov also indicated that Facebook could be the next target for the government if it refuses to comply with Russian law. Authorities previously insisted that Facebook store its Russian users' data in Russia but has not gone through with its threats to block Facebook if it refuses to comply. Zharov said authorities will check before the end of the year if the company is complying with its demands and warned that if it does not, "then, obviously, the issue of blocking will arise." Elsewhere in Moscow, a court on Wednesday sentenced a member of the punk collective Pussy Riot, who spent nearly two years in prison for a protest in Russia's main cathedral, to 100 hours of community work for a protest against the Telegram blocking. Maria Alekhina and a dozen activists were throwing paper planes outside the communications watchdog's office on Monday.
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Will AI authors take over storytelling?

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:03
The first AI fairytale has been written by an algorithm, a company says - but are human authors at risk?
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Iran bans state bodies from using Telegram app, Khamenei shuts account

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:33
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran banned government bodies on Wednesday from using the popular Telegram instant messaging app as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office said his account would shut down to protect national security, Iranian media reported.
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China's ZTE delays earnings release following U.S. export ban

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:29
(Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp on Wednesday postponed the release of quarterly earnings, saying it needs time to assess the impact of a U.S. government order that bans American companies from selling it parts.
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Uber doubling down on India investments after exiting Southeast Asia

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:23
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is "doubling down" on its investments in India, one of its biggest markets, after its recent exit from Southeast Asia, its chief operating officer said on Wednesday.
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Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:40
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday....

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:32
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday....

Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:29
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year....

Explainer: Ant Financial's $150 billion valuation, and the big recent bump-up

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:29
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ant Financial's rapid climb to become the world's biggest super unicorn valued by some investors at around $150 billion showcases investor enthusiasm for the biggest Chinese tech companies and also how quickly valuations can shift. Just two months ago, bankers and investors were tentatively talking of a figure closer to $100 billion.
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Iran bans government bodies from using foreign message apps

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:15
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian state TV says government bodies have been barred from using foreign messaging apps....

Iceland's Bitcoin heist suspect 'flees on PM's plane'

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:06
The man fled from Iceland to Sweden on a passenger plane reportedly also carrying the prime minister.
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China's JD.com makes push to lure European luxury brands

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:57
MADRID (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company JD.com made a pitch on Wednesday to attract more European luxury brands to its site, saying it can offer faster delivery and better protection against fakes than bigger rival Alibaba Group Holding.
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Bitcoin peaks and falls become race tracks

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:37
The rapidly changing value of crypto-currency has been turned into a mobile game.
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Emoji leading to 'serious decline' in English skills

SKY TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:28
Emoji is the fastest growing language in history - and it is ruining young people's English skills, research by YouTube has revealed.
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Amazon launches international shopping from United States

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:27
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has launched an international shopping feature that will enable customers across the world to shop more than 45 million items that can be shipped to their country from the United States.
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School warns over Roblox and Fortnite online games

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:58
Roblox and Fortnite enable players to talk to interact with each other via online chat.
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Training Surgeons to Perform Robotic Surgery

VOA TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:27
Since 2000, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval to the world's first robotic surgical system, almost 4,000 of these sophisticated machines have been deployed in operating suites around the world. Recognizing that the proficiency of the surgeons who use them can be subjective, a group of surgeons at the University of Southern California, in cooperation with the manufacturer Intuitive Research, is developing a system for more objective evaluation. VOA's George Putic reports.
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Facebook says users must accept targeted ads even under new EU law

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:03
MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would continue requiring people to accept targeted ads as a condition of using its service, a stance that may help keep its business model largely intact despite a new European Union privacy law.
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Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:56
In the midst of a privacy crisis, Facebook asks permission to expand use of facial recognition tech.
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Carl Icahn buys stake in software provider VMware: CNBC

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:26
(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has acquired a stake in cloud computing platform VMware Inc , CNBC reported on Tuesday.
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Airlines back creation of global drone registry: IATA

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:32
MONTREAL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world's airlines are backing the development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, as a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets fuels safety concerns, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday.
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IBM first-quarter margins miss estimates, shares fall

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:03
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp posted profit margins that fell short of Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, a sign that its reinvention was taking time.
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China's ZTE may lose Android license as U.S. market woes build

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:24
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp's U.S. woes deepened on Tuesday, as regulators proposed new rules that could cut into its sales, while a supply ban means it may not be able to use Android software in its devices, according to a source.
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Waze causing LA traffic headaches, city council member says

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles should consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the traffic navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes, a city council member said Tuesday....

IRS gives taxpayers one-day extension after computer glitch

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Internal Revenue Service said it would give taxpayers an additional day to file their 2017 returns after computer problems prevented some people from filing or paying their taxes ahead of Tuesday's midnight deadline.
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Tesla aiming to build 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June: report

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:10
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc is aiming to ramp up production to 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June to reach its weekly goal of 5,000 and allow for a margin of error, automotive news website Electrek reported on Tuesday, citing a letter to employees from Chief Executive Elon Musk.
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Google's 3D scans aim to preserve historical sites

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:04
High resolution 3D scans of more than 25 historical sites from around the world are being released.
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Penis advert appeared in video game apps

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:02
US retailer Wish.com is admonished by UK ad watchdog for the third time since November.
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Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:01
The Internet Watch Foundation found more than 78,000 website addresses with child abuse images in 2017.
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NHS ransomware attack response criticised

BBC TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:53
MPs say it is "alarming" plans to improve cyber-security after the Wannacry attack have not been agreed.
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San Francisco to require permits for rental scooters

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:50
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco is ordering three companies that began renting motorized foot-pedal scooters in the city last month to stop operating until they can ensure riders are obeying state laws and that the devices are not a hazard to the public....

TaskRabbit offline after security breach

AP TECH - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:33
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- TaskRabbit says it's investigating a cybersecurity incident that has caused it to shut down its online on-demand services platform....

China's ZTE may lose Android software license as U.S. market woes build

TECHNEWS - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:09
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ZTE Corp may not be able to use Google's Android operating system in its mobile devices after the U.S. limited ZTE's access to American suppliers this week, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, potentially adding another drag on U.S. sales for the Chinese firm.
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Tesla aims to make 6,000 Models 3 cars per week by end-June: report

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:49
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc is aiming to produce 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June to reach its weekly production target of 5,000 after accounting for a margin of error, automotive news website Electrek reported https://electrek.co/2018/04/17/tesla-model-3-production-goal-6000-units-per-week on Tuesday.
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IBM full-year profit forecast misses estimates, shares fall

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:37
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's full-year profit forecast fell short of Wall Street targets on Tuesday, sending the technology company's shares down as much as 6 percent.
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U.S. regulator backs new rules for telecoms that could hurt ZTE, Huawei

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. telecommunications regulator proposed on Tuesday to bar government programs from buying from companies that pose a security threat to U.S. telecoms networks, a rule that could hurt U.S. sales of China's Huawei and ZTE.
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Tesla aims to produce 6,000 Models 3s per week by June end: Electrek

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:09
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc is aiming to produce 6,000 Model 3 units per week by the end of June to achieve its target of 5,000 units per week after accounting for a margin of error, Electrek reported, citing CEO Elon Musk's email to employees.
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Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes prison

AP TECH - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:29
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoin has managed to escape custody and flee the remote North Atlantic nation on a passenger plane....

IBM full-year profit forecast misses, shares fall

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:29
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported full-year profit forecast that missed Wall Street expectations, sending the shares of the company down 6 percent in extended trading.
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IBM reports 5 percent rise in quarterly revenue

TECHNEWS - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:18
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a 5 percent rise in first-quarter revenue on Tuesday, benefiting from its shift to cloud computing and security services.
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