Internet

Google CEO Hearing in US House Likely to Be Postponed

December 3, 2018

The US House Judiciary Committee will likely put off until next week a hearing with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the Alphabet unit’s social media practices because of the state funeral of former President George HW Bush, Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Sunday. Pichai had agreed to testify before the panel over Republican concerns that the company is […]

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Chinese Geneticist “Feels Proud” of Baby-Gene Editing

December 2, 2018

A Chinese scientist at the centre of a controversy over what he claims are the world’s first genetically edited children said on Wednesday he is proud of his work and revealed that another volunteer is pregnant as part of the research. He Jiankui, an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, […]

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Marriott Says Up to 500 Million Customers Impacted by Starwood Hack

December 2, 2018

Marriott International Inc said on Friday that hackers accessed up to 500 million customer records in its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing data including passport numbers and payment cards. Shares were down 5.7 percent in late afternoon trade on news of the hack, one of the largest […]

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Airbnb to Remove Listings in Israel’s West Bank Settlements

November 21, 2018

Home-renting company Airbnb said on Monday it would remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Israel called a “wretched capitulation” to boycotters and Palestinians hailed as a step towards peace. The decision, affecting some 200 listings, would take effect in the coming days, Airbnb said. Israel captured the West Bank in a […]

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Does Not Compute: Japan Cyber-Security Minister Admits Shunning PCs

November 19, 2018

A Japanese minister in charge of cyber-security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government’s cyber-security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and […]

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India Witnessing Cyber-Attacks From Russia, US, China: F-Secure

November 14, 2018

India has been the target of over 4.3 lakh cyber attacks from five countries including China, Russia and the US while more than 73,000 attacks were initiated from India between January and June this year, says a Finnish cybersecurity company. According to F-Secure’s honeypot data, Russia, the US, China, the Netherlands and Germany targeted India […]

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Alibaba Nets Record $30 Billion in Singles’ Day Haul, but Growth Rate Plunges

November 14, 2018

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding cashed a record CNY 213.5 billion ($30.7 billion/ Rs. 21,83,50 crores) in sales on Sunday during its 24-hour online retail frenzy Singles’ Day, but the event’s annual growth dropped to its slowest rate. Shoppers in China and across the world snapped up hot items including iPhones, furniture and milk powder […]

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Google AdSense Probe Nearing End, Says EU’s Vestager

November 13, 2018

EU regulators are close to wrapping up their third case against Alphabet unit Google involving its AdSense advertising service, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, suggesting the company may soon be hit with another hefty fine. The comments by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come four months after she levied a record EUR 4.34 billion ($5 billion) fine against Google for using […]

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US Supreme Court Ends Fight Over Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

November 6, 2018

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open Internet, though the justices’ action does not undo the 2017 repeal of the policy. The high court decision not to […]

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India Ranked 12 Globally for Web-Borne Threats: Kaspersky Lab

November 5, 2018

Globally, India ranks 12th when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web, according to a new report from Russia-based global cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab. About a third of Internet users in the country were attacked by web-borne threats between the July-September period of this year, the report said. “It is known that money […]

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