National NewsJ.P. Morgan found hackers through breach of corporate event website: media
(Reuters) - J.P. Morgan Chase & Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. According to the reports, the bank discovered that the intruders had used some of the same offshore servers to hack both the bank and the website of the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge. ...
Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing
By Dan Levine (Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing. The filing late on Thursday stems from Microsoft Corp's lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone company Samsung still owes $6.9 million in interest on more than $1 billion in patent royalties it delayed paying. ...
Foreign access to China's card clearing market next August: report
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese regulators will allow foreign firms access to the yuan-denominated credit card clearing business from August next year, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Saturday. The paper quoted a source from China's largest credit card supplier, Goldpac Group, saying People's Bank of China (PBOC) officials had informed them of the date in September. "When the central bank gives a date, they always follow through with that," the source, an unidentified department head, was quoted as saying. ...
UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday said UBS' agreement with Nasdaq to help make a market for Facebook shares did not entitle the Swiss bank to arbitration, in its effort to recoup more than $350 million of losses. ...
Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 42 months in jail in Denmark
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case. Gottfrid Warg, 30, also known under his hacker alias "Anakata", was found guilty of hacking into the mainframe of IT provider CSC in Denmark, accessing the Danish Civil Registration System and local police's criminal register in 2012. When sentencing, the Court of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen said the attack was systematic, intensive and took place over a long period of time. ...
Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise
By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off. The company said the reduced operating loss was due in part to rising sales of image sensors to smartphone manufacturers, though the poor showing from its own Xperia phones weighed heavily on results. ...
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The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.
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Grumpy Cat, neé Tardar Sauce, was born in 2012, and because she happens to have feline dwarfism, she has a distinctly pissed off face. Now there's a Lifetime Christmas movie! With Aubrey Plaza voicing her (which isn't altogether inappropriate, but still). You're alright.) Can any of us honestly imagine life being anything other than grump-inducing for Grumpy Cat at this point?
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Estonian man faces cyber scam charges in US
An Estonian man accused of being part of a ring that swindled advertisers out of millions of dollars by "hijacking" online traffic was hauled before a US judge. Vladimir Tsastsin, 34, was extradited to a federal court in New York to face charges including computer intrusion, wire fraud and money laundering, according to US prosecutors. "Now that Vladimir Tsastsin has been delivered to the Southern District of New York, he can answer for his alleged role in a scheme in which he and others manipulated Internet advertising techniques and reaped at least $14 million in ill-gotten gains in the process," Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement, released Friday. Malicious code in infected machines could also be used to replace digital ads at legitimate websites with marketing messages that earned money for the fraudsters, according to prosecutors.
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Jealous you can’t get iOS 8’s awesome Handoff feature on your Android phone? Give this new app a try
One of this year’s coolest new iOS 8 additions is Handoff, a new feature that lets you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. While Android users can’t get this feature on their devices, they can get some of its functionalities by downloading the PPLNotify Notifications on PC & Mac app onto their Android phone. RELATED: Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8 Essentially, the app lets you get all of your smartphone notifications right on your PC or Mac by delivering a small popup window on the upper-right hand side of your web browser, similar to the way that chat apps like Slack deliver notifications that someone is
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For just $0.99, this iPhone app that will tell you when you’re going to die
If for some reason you really need to know when you’ll die, then the App Store’s got you covered, as Business Insider found a new $0.99 iPhone app that will guesstimate your death day for you. The Deadline app integrates with Apple’s iOS 8 Health app, to give you the answer to this rather morbid action, which means that in theory you could live longer if you better watch your health. FROM EARLIER: Apple threatened to remove the best iOS 8 widgets in the App Store… and then changed its mind “You’re going to die. Sorry, we all do eventually. I don’t want to, either,” the app’s description reads. “But, what if you knew the date of your death? Would
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The US Health Department is using iBeacons to make its employees walk more
The US Department of Health and Human Services has installed several iBeacons and other wireless transmitters throughout its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. that send employees alerts encouraging them to "take the long way back to their desks," and hydrate more, as Bloomberg reports. The executive in charge of the project calls them "an angel on your shoulder helping you make the right choices." Although just an experiment for now, the Health Department already has set up a scoreboard of its employees showing who is the "healthiest" in the office, and plans to implement an even more ambitious version of the system that will encourage people to take the stairs and potentially even collect data on their activity from their smartphones. At the same time, Bloomberg notes that many other companies are trying similar technologically-assisted ways of encouraging their employees to be more fit and healthy, but that it will probably take some time to see mainstream adoption throughout US corporate culture.
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Director Christopher Nolan has a new movie coming out soon: Interstellar, a big budget, original sci-fi film (original, as in, not adapted from any pre-existing novel or comic book property), which hits theaters and IMAXes across the US on Friday, November 7th. I'm excited to see it, as I'm sure many of you are. But until then, you can whet your appetite with a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile of Mr. ...
Get in the Halloween spirit by watching the all-time scariest video game moments
The only thing more frightening than watching a scary movie in the middle of the night is a playing scary video game in the middle of the night. There’s something especially terrifying about interactive horror, when you have be the one to open that door at the end of the hallway. The horror genre has already begun to leave its mark on the new generation of consoles with recent releases Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within, but video games have been freaking players out for decade. Getting into the holiday spirit, Keith Stuart at The Guardian asked game developers at the GameCity festival in Nottingham to share the scariest moment of any game they have ever played. Their choices range from ancient Amiga releases to games that just
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FCC might give Netflix what it wants and still allow Comcast to sell fast lanes
A report published this afternoon by The New York Times details one of the possible plans the FCC may debut in their attempt to establish new rules around net neutrality and the open internet. It takes a "hybrid" approach, dividing the new regulations between commercial or wholesale internet traffic and retail or residential internet traffic. In a nutshell, this would mean content companies like Netflix will get the price controls they want when it comes to dealing with companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. ...
Hungary's Orban shelves Internet tax after demos
Hungary's prime minister on Friday shelved plans to introduce an Internet tax that had sparked major demonstrations and further concerns about civil liberties in the EU member state. The new levy on online data transfers "cannot be introduced in its current form", the right-wing Viktor Orban, 51, said in a morning radio interview. Orban also said that a "national consultation" on the Internet and taxes would start in January. The Economy Ministry Friday evening -- just as a third demonstration in a week was about to start -- initiated the withdrawal of the proposed levy, it said in a statement.
Check out the 60 complex questions that confused Cortana more than Siri and Google Now
The three main mobile operating systems all have their respective voice-based virtual assistants to help users with various tasks during the day. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana have been compared in many tests since the latter was unveiled earlier this year, with most of them suggesting that all three assistants generally perform well, with Google Now having certain advantages when it comes to the things it can offer users, and Cortana being able to keep up with its older rivals. FROM EARLIER: This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be However, a more advanced Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now test has apparently revealed that Cortana doesn’t do that great when having to answer more complex queries.
Tonight is your last chance to watch 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Say Anything' on Netflix
Looking for some scary (or maybe not-so-scary) movies to binge on along with your Halloween candy tonight? If you're a Netflix subscriber, here's the list you should check out first, because all of these titles will be disappearing come November 1st. As is the case every month, Netflix is rotating out some of its vast library of movie titles and replacing them with new ones. The reasons have to do with the licensing agreements Netflix makes with with content providers, which generally limit streaming rights for specific titles to only a few months. ...
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Oi, America Movil, Telefonica to bid for Brazil's TIM, sources say
By Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Danilo Masoni SAO PAULO/MILAN (Reuters) - Brazil's Grupo Oi SA, Mexico's America Movil SAB and Spain's Telefonica SA agreed to place a joint bid worth around 32 billion reais ($13 billion) for TIM Participações SA , two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia SpA , which owns about 67 percent of TIM Participações, Brazil's No. 2 wireless carrier, said the first source, who requested anonymity as the deal is still in the works. ...
Microsoft promises new Office for Macs next year
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers — but not until next year.
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