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UK looking to increase pressure on internet firms over extremist material: minister

LONDON Britain is looking at range of options to put pressure on internet companies to do more to take down extremist material, Security Minister Ben Wallace said on Sunday. The government has previously complained technology companies are not doing enough to tackle the use of their networks both to promote extremist ideology and for communication between militant suspects. "We are going to look at the range of options. We have seen the Ger...
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Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach

Hackers used malware to steal customer payment data from most of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's ( CMG.N ) restaurants over a span of three weeks, the company said on Friday, adding to woes at the chain whose sales had just started recovering from a string of food safety lapses in 2015. Chipotle said it did not know how many payment cards or customers were affected by the breach that struck most of its roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amo...
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Japan lender Mizuho to launch fintech venture

TOKYO Japan's Mizuho Financial Group will start a venture next month to create new businesses using "fintech," an executive said, joining a global race in financial technology that threatens to unsettle traditional players. Japan's second-largest lender by assets said there were already 20 projects in the pipeline for the venture, utilizing blockchain technology and artificial intelligence programs in areas such as farming and travel. Daisu...
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India's electric vehicles push likely to benefit Chinese car makers

By Aditi Shah | NEW DELHI NEW DELHI India's ambitious plan to push electric vehicles at the expense of other technologies could benefit Chinese car makers seeking to enter the market, but is worrying established automakers in the country who have so far focused on making hybrid models. India's most influential government think-tank unveiled a policy blueprint this month aimed at electrifying all vehicles in the country by 2032, in a move th...
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EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months

By Foo Yun Chee | OXFORD, England OXFORD, England EU antitrust regulators will rule in the "next few months" whether Alphabet's Google abused its dominance of internet searches and other areas, a senior European Commission official said on Monday, an outcome that could lead to a hefty fine. The world's most popular internet search engine has been in the Commission's crosshairs since 2010 over the promotion of its own shopping service in int...
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Softbank-Saudi tech fund becomes world's biggest with $93 billion of capital

RIYADH The world's largest private equity fund, backed by Japan's Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. "The next stage of the Information Revolution is under way, and building the businesses that will make this possible will require unprecedented large-scale, long-term investment," the Softba...
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Bain to submit bid for majority stake in Toshiba chip unit

TOKYO U.S. buyout firm Bain Capital LP plans to bid around 1.5 trillion yen ($13.5 billion) for a majority stake in Toshiba Corp's chip business, people with knowledge of the matter said. The bid will be made in partnership with South Korea's SK Hynix Inc but the chip maker will not take a leading role due to anti-trust concerns, the people said, declining to be identified as they were not authorized to speak on the matter. Bain's bid will ...
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Google challenges Apple's Siri by opening digital assistant to iPhone

Alphabet Inc’s ( GOOGL.O ) Google said on Wednesday it would make its digital assistant available on Apple Inc’s ( AAPL.O ) iPhone, making a play for the higher end of the smartphone market and challenging Apple's Siri feature on its own devices. The announcement heralds a step by Google, whose Android system runs on the majority of the world's smartphones, to get a foothold on Apple's phones, which have smaller market share but are used by...
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Researchers see possible North Korea link to global cyber attack

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle | WASHINGTON/TORONTO WASHINGTON/TORONTO Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. Symantec ( SYMC.O ) and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the...
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Renault expects return to normal production on Monday after cyber attack

PARIS French carmaker Renault expects to be able to resume normal production on Monday in the factories that were hit by a global cyber attack, a spokesman said. "Nearly all plants should be able to resume their activity tomorrow," the spokesman said on Sunday. Renault said on Saturday that it had stopped production at several sites to prevent the spread of a global cyber attack that hit its computer systems the previous day. (Reporting by ...
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Major cyber attack hits companies, hospitals, schools worldwide

By Costas Pitas and Carlos Ruano | LONDON/MADRID LONDON/MADRID A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain's health system and global shipper FedEx. Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job of...
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Japan's SoftBank takes driving seat in Indian online shake-up

MUMBAI After plowing about $2 billion into minority stakes in Indian e-commerce businesses over the past few years, Japan's SoftBank is upping the stakes, looking to play consolidator and take a more active role at a trio of leading start-ups. According to sources with direct knowledge of the matter, the solar-to-tech conglomerate is seeking to secure a piece of India's industry leaders in everything from payment systems to online shopping ...
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Linux: Using The NMAP Command

    Out of the many command line commands that you could use in Linux I was thinking which one could be used to know your network in relation to security, systems, and services on that network. One of the first commands that came to mind was a very useful command known as NMAP. NMAP (Network Mapper) is a powerful network scanner used to identify systems and services. NMAP was originally developed with network security in mind, it ...
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Portland, Oregon to demand controversial Uber software tool

The city of Portland, Oregon plans to subpoena Uber Technologies Inc to force it to disclose software that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, a city official said on Friday. Uber has acknowledged using the software, known as Greyball, to circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, including Portland. It has since stopped the use of the sof...
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Facebook shares dip from high as investors fret over costs, future profit

Facebook Inc reported surging quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday, helped by its fast-growing mobile ad business, but its shares dipped from a record high in after-hours trading as investors showed some nervousness about future earnings. The world's biggest online social network, which is nearing the five-year anniversary of its initial public offering, is searching for new types of advertising features to supplement its main revenue ...
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Only 200,000 Light Years Away But Still Awesome

  Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, scientists have found a vast wave of hot gas in the Perseus galaxy cluster . Spanning some 200,000 light years , the wave is about twice the size of the Milky Way galaxy. Researchers think the wave formed billions of years ago after a small galaxy cluster grazed Perseus and caused its vast supply of gas to slosh around in an enormou...
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Uber in U.S. court reckoning on possible shutdown of self-driving program

SAN FRANCISCO Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] goes before a U.S. judge on Wednesday to fight for the right to continue work on its self-driving car program, the latest phase in a courtroom battle over trade secrets that threatens to topple a central pillar of Uber's growth strategy. The ride-services company is contesting a lawsuit by Alphabet Inc's ( GOOGL.O ) self-driving car unit, Waymo, which accused former Waymo engineer and current Ub...
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Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, countering the view of U.S. intelligence officials who have said Moscow orchestrated the hacks. In an interview transcript published on Sunday, Trump gave no evidence backing his allegation, first made on the eve of the Nov. 8 presidential election, that China could have hacked the emails of his riva...
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Google gets Australian tax office demand to pay more, says to fight it

SYDNEY Alphabet Inc's ( GOOGL.O ) Google said it will challenge amended tax assessments issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is trying to claw back billions of dollars from multinational corporations citing unpaid taxes. The ATO has increased scrutiny over how much tax multinationals operating in Australia pay. In December, it said it was pursuing seven global businesses over A$2 billion ($1.50 billion) in unpaid tax. While...
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Options bulls gun for more as U.S. tech earnings roll up

NEW YORK Options traders are betting that the U.S. technology sector's strong rally has more room to run as big industry names Microsoft Corp, Intel Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc get set to report quarterly results. With tech companies poised to benefit from the Trump administration's new tax proposals, recent options trading in the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund, the PowerShares QQQ Trust and individual names such as Microsoft and...
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U.S. FCC to launch 'comprehensive review' of media regulations

By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said the top U.S. telecommunications regulator will launch a "comprehensive review" of regulations that restrict consolidation among media companies, potentially opening the door to a new wave of deals among broadcasters and newspapers. At a speech to broadcasters in Las Vegas, the FCC chief said the commission will vote on May 18 to s...
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EU states push back against 25-year wireless spectrum licenses

Germany and Italy are among 15 European Union member states pushing back against a proposal to set a 25-year minimum on wireless spectrum licenses, thwarting the telecoms industry's hopes for a more coordinated approach across the bloc. The European Commission has tried for years to coordinate how national governments allocate so-called wireless spectrum or parcels of airwaves to mobile operators such as Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and EE to...
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Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

By Alexandria Sage | SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations. Apple was granted a permit to test self-driving cars on April 14 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles but the company has never said anything about its plan. The state releas...
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Singapore researchers turn water into 'virtual lemonade' but is it tart enough?

By Yiming Woo | SINGAPORE SINGAPORE It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it's simply water. Researchers in Singapore say they have invented a "virtual lemonade", using electrodes to mimic the flavor of the beverage and LED lights to imitate its color, that could one day allow people to digitally share drinks over the internet. "We are primarily motivated by the fact that our current digital interactions are not supportive for s...
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Amazon says it is bringing retail shopfront service to Australia

SYDNEY Global retail juggernaut Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it plans to offer its retail shopfront service in Australia, confirming rumors which have circulated for years about its plans to expand into the world's 12th-largest economy. The Seattle-based firm said in an email that after offering its internet cloud service in Australia in 2012 and opening an online e-book store in 2013, "the next step is to bring a retail offering to Aust...
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