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Telenor to roll out Google's new messaging service in Asia, Europe

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it partnered with Telenor ASA to roll out Rich Communications Services (RCS), an upgraded messaging service, to the Norwegian telecommunications company's subscribers in Asia and Europe. The messaging service includes features such as group chats, photo sharing and read receipts among other things, Google said in its official blog.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 12:07

Blackstone acquires London-based cloud computing firm Cloudreach
Blackstone, which has $100 billion in private equity assets under management, has acquired a majority stake in cloud computing business Cloudreach for an undisclosed sum, the investment firm said on Thursday. Cloud computing uses a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, instead of a local server or a personal computer. London-based Cloudreach was founded in 2009 and has operations in seven countries, with clients including travel booking sites Sky Scanner and Trainline and publisher Time Inc. Research group Fast Track said in its 2015 report that Cloudreach was among the 20 fastest-growing British technology companies.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 11:59

Spotify to relocate, more than double U.S workforce: New York state governor

Swedish music streaming service Spotify will move its U.S headquarters and more than double its workforce in the country by next year, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Spotify, one of Europe's most highly valued venture-backed startups, which is reportedly considering a potential U.S. stock market listing, has not yet shown a profit as it spends to grow internationally. The firm will move its New York office to the World Trade Center from the Midtown South area of Manhattan, adding more than 1,000 new jobs while retaining 832, the governor said in a statement.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 01:26

Hackett says 'angry' brother beat him

Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has posted a photo of himself on social media with cuts and bruises to his face and accused his brother of assault, a day after the triple Olympic champion was arrested for a disturbance at his family home. Hackett, who has struggled with drug and alcohol problems away from the pool, was detained by Gold Coast police on Wednesday after suffering a "breakdown" at his parents' home, his father told local media. The swimmer's brother Craig later told reporters that Hackett was a "danger to himself and to the community" and that his family was unable to help him alone.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 01:15

Swimming-Hackett says 'angry' brother beat him
Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has posted a photo of himself on social media with cuts and bruises to his face and accused his brother of assault, a day after the triple Olympic champion was arrested for a disturbance at his family home. Hackett, who has struggled with drug and alcohol problems away from the pool, was detained by Gold Coast police on Wednesday after suffering a "breakdown" at his parents' home, his father told local media. The swimmer's brother Craig later told reporters that Hackett was a "danger to himself and to the community" and that his family was unable to help him alone.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 01:13

Kanye West unveils new Yeezy line during New York Fashion Week

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three months after being hospitalized for exhaustion, rapper Kanye West made his first major public appearance on Wednesday, turning up for his Yeezy fashion show during New York Fashion Week. With his wife Kim Kardashian West in the front row next to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, West debuted the fifth season of his high-end athleisure wear collection for Adidas to the fashion world's elite. Many social media users expressed their frustrations when they learned they would not be able to watch online, but critics were positive about the 39-year-old singer's latest runway show, saying the emphasis was on his new collection, rather than him.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 00:40

U.S. takes pastor, software developer to trial over bitcoin exchange

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor engaged in lies and corruption to facilitate an illegal bitcoin exchange business whose operators wanted to take over a small credit union to evade scrutiny, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. At the start of a trial in Manhattan federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Won Shin told jurors that programmer Yuri Lebedev schemed with others to bribe Trevor Gross, the pastor and head of a Jackson, New Jersey-based credit union housed in his church. Shin said Gross accepted bribes including a $150,000 church donation in exchange for helping unlicensed bitcoin exchange Coin.mx's operator take over Helping Other People Excel Federal Credit Union.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 16-Feb-2017 00:27

Ukraine charges Russia with new cyber attacks on infrastructure
By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russian hackers of targeting its power grid, financial system and other infrastructure with a new type of virus that attacks industrial processes, the latest in a series of cyber offensives against the country. Oleksandr Tkachuk, Ukraine's security service chief of staff, said at a press conference that the attacks were orchestrated by the Russian security service with help from private software firms and criminal hackers, and looked like they were designed by the same people who created malware known as "BlackEnergy." Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) could not be reached for comment.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 23:48

Spotify to relocate U.S. headquarters to 4 World Trade Center

(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday Swedish music service company Spotify will expand its U.S. headquarters and relocate it to 4 World Trade Center, creating more than 1,000 new jobs and retaining 832 jobs. Spotify, which currently has offices in the Midtown South area of Manhattan, will move its New York office to the 378,000 square feet of office space owned by Silverstein Properties Inc in early 2018, Cuomo's statement said. Spotify, one of Europe's most highly valued venture-backed startups, is reportedly considering a potential U.S. stock market listing.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 23:09

Travel website TripAdvisor's revenue misses estimates

(Reuters) - TripAdvisor Inc's quarterly revenue missed analysts' estimates, hurt by lower display advertisements on its websites and a fall in subscription revenue. Shares of the company, which owns websites such as TripAdvisor.com and Oyster.com, fell 4.3 percent to $50.45 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. The company's net income fell to $1 million, or 1 cent per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $3 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 16 cents per share. ...



Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 22:40

Israel's Wix.com beats estimates, sees strong 2017

Wix.com, an Israel-based company which helps small businesses build and operate websites, forecast higher-than-expected revenue in 2017 after fourth-quarter revenue and earnings topped estimates. It had been forecast to earn 3 cents a share excluding items on revenue of $81.65 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Wix offers free basic features for setting up websites but users must pay for extra services such as shopping carts, individual web addresses and site traffic analysis. The number of registered users surpassed 100 million this month, Wix said.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 12:28

China drone maker courts online matchmaker Zhenai
Zhenai.com, one of China's largest matchmaking websites, has found itself an unlikely suitor in drone manufacturer DEA General Aviation that said on Wednesday it wants to buy the popular dating website to expand its business. DEA said Zhenai reported 1 billion yuan ($145.59 million) in revenue last year and that it plans to integrate the dating website into its home appliance business to heed Beijing's so-called "Internet Plus" strategy. Matchmaking is big business in China, where single people are often subjected to tough lectures from relatives keen on reinforcing the importance of marriage and securing the family blood line.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 11:48

Clash of Clans maker Supercell's profit grows despite Pokemon challenge

Finland's Supercell, the maker of hit mobile game Clash of Clans, reported on Wednesday core profit rose 8 percent last year, helped by the launch of a new game and despite the challenge from Nintendo Co's smash hit Pokemon GO. Supercell, majority owned by China's Tencent Holdings Ltd , said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization rose to 917 million euros ($967 million) last year from 848 million in 2015. With largely flat revenue of 2.1 billion euros, the profit improvement was partly due to lower spending on advertising and the successful launch of its latest game, Clash Royale, it said.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 11:31

Hong Kong police struggle to stop brokerage hacking spree

By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police are struggling to deal with digital pump-and-dump schemes targeting brokerages - a little-known type of computer-generated fraud that surged in the Chinese territory last year. In the scheme, criminals invest in thinly traded penny stocks and then manipulate their share prices by ordering trades from hacked brokerage accounts. After last year's cyber-heist of $81 million at Bangladesh's central bank and a series of hacks of ATM's around the world, authorities fear such pump-and-dump schemes could be increasingly used for electronic theft.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 15-Feb-2017 03:56

Facebook launches app for watching its videos on TV

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will help the social network's users enjoy its videos on a bigger screen. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Facebook was creating an app for TV set-top boxes that would bring the company closer to live video and video advertisements.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 14-Feb-2017 21:13

YouTube, Disney ditch PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content

YouTube and Walt Disney Co have cut their ties with influential Swedish social media star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos deemed anti-Semitic. YouTube said it had canceled the second season of the comedian's reality show, "Scare PewDiePie," and taken his channel, which has some 53 million followers, off its premium advertising service. "We've decided to cancel the release of 'Scare PewDiePie' season 2 and we're removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred," a YouTube representative told Hollywood trade publication Variety on Tuesday.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 14-Feb-2017 18:35

Murders, robberies of drivers in Brazil force Uber to rethink cash strategy

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Brad Haynes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - On a Thursday night last September, Uber driver Osvaldo Luis Modolo Filho accepted a ride request from a teenage couple on the eastern edge of Sao Paulo, to be paid in cash. A few blocks from their destination, the passengers – who hailed the ride on the Uber app with a false name – drew two blue-handled kitchen knives. Uber said Modolo Filho was its first driver to be murdered in Brazil.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 14-Feb-2017 07:30

New witness delays trial over bitcoin exchange tied to JPMorgan hack

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The trial of two men was delayed on Monday in a case stemming from a probe into a bitcoin exchange and a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co after prosecutors revealed a new witness. Jury selection was set to begin in Manhattan federal court in the case of Yuri Lebedev, whom authorities call the architect of bitcoin exchange Coin.mx's platform, and Trevon Gross, a pastor and ex-chairman of a now-defunct credit union.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 14-Feb-2017 02:11

Verizon's move to unlimited data ups ante in wireless war

By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc's announcement that it will once again offer an unlimited pricing plan marks a shift in its thinking as a price war among the four biggest U.S. wireless carriers accelerates. The biggest wireless carrier in the United States said on Sunday that it will offer an unlimited data plan for the first time in more than five years. The plan, priced at $80 a month for unlimited data, talk and text on a single line, is cheaper than AT&T Inc's unlimited plan for DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers but costs more than plans offered by smaller rivals T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp .



Source : news.yahoo.com | 13-Feb-2017 22:59

Germany to deepen military ties with France, others: sources

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will move forward this week with plans to set up a joint fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J transport planes with France and join a Netherlands-led fleet of Airbus A330 tanker planes, defense ministry sources said on Monday. The agreements come as Germany and other NATO members face increasing pressure from the United States to spend more for their own military and reach NATO's target of devoting 2 percent of gross domestic product to defense spending.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 13-Feb-2017 20:51

U.S. bank trade group picks online lending partner
By Anna Irrera NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Bankers Association, a trade group for U.S. banks, has endorsed Chicago-based startup Akouba as a technology provider to enable its members offer small business lending online. Reuters had reported in January that the ABA was running a formal bidding process to secure an online lending partner, as a growing number of banks launch digital lending services or partner with startups in the sector. Akouba, which provides a loan origination and underwriting platform that integrates with a bank's own credit policies, was chosen because of a number of factors, including its ability to assess and manage risk, the ABA said on Monday.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 13-Feb-2017 14:32

U.S. trial set over bitcoin exchange linked to JPMorgan hack probe

A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor are expected on Monday to face trial in a case stemming from an investigation into a bitcoin exchange and a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co . Jury selection is set to begin in Manhattan federal court in the case of Yuri Lebedev, who authorities call the architect of bitcoin exchange Coin.mx's electronic platform, and Trevon Gross, a pastor and ex-chairman of a now-defunct credit union.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 13-Feb-2017 12:01

Open letter to the MEPs: don't haggle over the right to privacy

Paris 13 February 2017 — Tonight the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will have to decide which political group will be in charge of the draft report and thus to supervise the negotiations over the future ePrivacy regulation concerning respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications. The choice of political group, and therefore of the rapporteur, is often neglected in following up a legislative dossier, and yet it has substantial implications for the negotiations to come, because this person will set the general orientation and have a preponderant weight in these negociations.

La Quadrature du Net wishes to remind Members of the LIBE Committee, that the ePrivacy rule's rapporteur should be aware of the text's importance so as to respond to the expectations of millions of Europeans.

Dear Members of the LIBE Committee,

The concept of "confidentiality of electronic communication" may seem abstract, yet it is crucial for each of us because it guarantees that only the participants in the communication know its contents and information about the communication, whether it be a call, an SMS, e-mail, an instant message, or through a social network. The ePrivacy rule seeks to guarantee that all the messages we send and receive cannot be intercepted, eavesdropped, surveilled or recorded.

In the context of widespread mass surveillance -- domestic and international -- and how individuals are tracked by companies, the future rule is of overriding importance. Europeans have responded powerfully to the many disclosures of state surveillance since the Snowden episode in 2013, which have come to general awareness. The Eurobarometer of ePrivacy published by the European Commission in December 2016 states that "More than nine in ten respondents say it is important that personal information (such as their pictures, contact lists, etc.) on their computer, smartphone or tablet can only be accessed with their permission, and that it is important that the confidentiality of their e-mails and online instant messaging is guaranteed (both 92%)." That also goes for surveillance and tracking by private companies, which are less and less accepted by European internauts. According to the same Eurobarometer: "A large majority of respondents find it unacceptable to have their online activities monitored, to have companies share information about them or to have to pay not to be monitored".

The use of tools that assure some confidentiality in our communication or some anonymity on line has grown, and a great many people are using them. It is time for European political decision-makers to act on this change in society and enact suitable legislation. If the private members of the sector don't seize the current opportunity to line up with society's needs, this new legislation will force them to open their eyes.

Civil society organizations have turned their eyes today toward the European Parliament, and more specifically toward you, members of the LIBE Commission. The choice of which political group to put in charge of writing the report, from which the choice of the rapporteur will follow, will be critical for the text's future, and you can't take that lightly. The assignment of the ePrivacy rule shouldn't be bartered irrationally. On the contrary, it should be a subject of serious reflection, and should be based on certain criteria in order to assure balanced negotiations.

Therefore La Quadrature du Net calls on you to choose a rapporteur who

  • has some knowledge of the subject as well as the political, societal, and technical matters;
  • recognizes Europeans' current aspiration to greater confidentiality in electronic communication and their private lives;
  • understands that the electronic communication sector needs special rules to protect them where what their content could disclose extremely sensitive personal information, and where the use is constantly growing;
  • is convinced the general data protection regulation adopted last April, and the coming ePrivacy regulation, can represent competitive advantages for European companies;
  • understands the decisions of European courts concerning metadata. 1

These demands are not ideological, they are are only the bare minimum needed to begin on a basis coherent with the general data protection regulation which you adopted by a very large majority last year. They are similarly the conditions needed so as not to come directly and frontally into conflict with the interests and expectations of millions of Europeans.

It does not matter which political side the future rapporteur will be from, as the right to respect for one's private life and for one's communications has no political color. Nevertheless, it would be neither reasonable nor acceptable to entrust with the task of overseeing this text a person who considers that these principles are ancillary or already sufficiently framed.

La Quadrature du Net remains attentive to the process of negotiation that will lead to choosing the rapporteur of the future ePrivacy regulation, and calls on you to take these few basic criteria into account during your discussions.

  • 1. Point 99 of the CJEU's decision on 21 December 2016 : Taken all together, these data can be used to draw very precise conclusions about the private life of persons whose data have been kept, such as the conduct of their daily lives, the places they stay permanently or temporarily, where they go, what they do, their social relationships and the social milieux they frequent (see, by analogy, the concerns of directive 2006/24, Digital Rights order, point 27). In particular, these data make it possible to establish, along with the General Counsel's report on points 253, 254, and 257-259 of its conclusions, the profiles of persons concerned, information just as sensitive -- with respect to law about the respect for privacy -- as the content of communications itself; and agrees about their personal nature and thus their specific need for protection.

Source : www.laquadrature.net | 13-Feb-2017 10:09

Thousands continue protests against government in Romania

By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians protested in Bucharest and other cities on Sunday against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month. The one-month-old cabinet of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu enraged voters when it quietly approved late on Jan. 31 an emergency decree that would have decriminalized several graft offenses. The government was forced to rescind the decree, and its architect, Justice Minister Florin Iordache resigned, citing a need to appease public opinion but arguing he had done nothing wrong.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 12-Feb-2017 22:24

Defections by Sears, Kmart cap week of controversy for Trump brands

Sears and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kmart, disclosed their decision on Saturday, saying it was part of a push to focus their online business on the most profitable items. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Nordstrom sales of Ivanka Trump's brand had dropped sharply before the retailer discontinued sales this week.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 12-Feb-2017 02:37

Defections by Sears, Kmart cap week of controversy for Trump brands

Sears and Kmart disclosed their decision on Saturday, even as the Wall Street Journal reported that Nordstrom sales of Ivanka Trump's brand had dropped sharply before the retailer discontinued sales this week.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 12-Feb-2017 00:56

NATO says it sees sharp rise in Russian disinformation since Crimea seizure

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO accused Russia of escalating a disinformation campaign since the Kremlin's 2014 seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region, saying Russian websites such as Sputnik and RT had posted false stories, the alliance's spokeswoman said on Saturday. There is increasing concern among senior NATO and European Union officials over Russia's ability to use television and the Internet to spread what they say is fake news. The defense alliance of 28 democracies says it has recorded more than a score of Russian myths in the last two years which it has attempted to knock down with factsheets, interviews, rebuttals and videos.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 18:22

Trump on Twitter (Feb 10) - Japan, NYT, Tom Price
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : -LAWFARE: "Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute." A disgraceful decision! [0815 EST] -The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying "Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14. ...
Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 03:22

Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business

Amazon.com Inc warned on Friday that government actions to bolster domestic companies against foreign competition could hurt its business, in a possible reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda. In a routine description of regulatory risks in its 2016 annual filing, the world's largest online retailer said "trade and protectionist measures" might hinder its ability to grow.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 01:48

FCC spectrum auction bidding ends at $19.6 billion
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission's most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April. The FCC said last year that 62 bidders made upfront payments to take part, including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Dish Network Corp, T-Mobile US Inc and Comcast Corp. Of the nearly $20 billion raised, more than $6 billion will go to reduce the U.S. deficit, more than $10 billion will go to broadcasters that chose to relinquish spectrum rights, and up to $1.75 billion for other broadcasters that incur costs in changing channels.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 01:44

Turkish hacker behind cyber heists gets 8 years in U.S. prison
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish hacker was sentenced to eight years in a U.S. prison on Friday for his role as one the masterminds behind three cyber attacks that enabled $55 million to be siphoned from automated teller machines globally. Ercan Findikoglu, who went by the online nicknames "Segate," "Predator," and "Oreon," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn after pleading guilty in March to computer intrusion conspiracy and other charges. In what were called "unlimited operations," hackers targeted databases those companies maintained for prepaid debit cards and effectively eliminated the card accounts' withdrawal limits, prosecutors said.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 01:44

New FCC chair closely guards his strategy to restructure net neutrality

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump is keeping under wraps his strategy to revise or reverse the Obama administration's "net neutrality" rules, but emphasized he is committed to ensuring an open internet. Ajit Pai, 44, a Republican lawyer who has served as a FCC commissioner since 2012, strongly opposed former Democratic President Barack Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules that reclassified broadband providers and treated them like a public utility.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 11-Feb-2017 01:43

Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc warned on Friday that government actions to bolster domestic companies over foreign competition could hurt its business, in a potential reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 23:33

Trump on Twitter (Feb 10) - Japan, NYT, Tom Price
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 22:40

Four accused in Facebook Live beating plead not guilty in Chicago

Four African-Americans accused of attacking an 18-year-old disabled man on Facebook Live while making anti-white racial taunts pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courthouse on Friday. The attack on the man who authorities described as having "mental health challenges" drew international outrage after the video was widely shared on social media. The victim, who is white, was tied up for four or five hours, gagged and beaten, his scalp was cut and he was forced to drink toilet water, police said.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 19:05

Italy's foreign ministry came under cyber attack in 2016: source

Italy's foreign ministry was hacked last year, a source close to the department said on Friday, confirming a report in the Guardian newspaper which also said Russia was suspected of perpetrating the attack. Last spring, hackers got into the system at the ministry, which was then headed by now-Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and the attacks carried on for more than four months but did not gain access to classified information, the paper said. "The Italian government had already informed (the paper) of what it is reporting today," the source said in response to the article, noting that security had since been stepped up.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 17:56

'We see you' - Romanian activists become potent political force

By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - On Feb. 1, hours after Romania’s government issued a decree seen as turning back the clock on the country’s fight against corruption, Florin Badita took unpaid leave from his job in the western city of Cluj and left for the capital Bucharest to help mobilize a response. Through the Facebook page Coruptia Ucide (Corruption Kills) that he created in 2015, Badita had helped rally protesters after a fatal fire tore through Bucharest’s Colectiv nightclub in October that year. The government fell, toppled by an outpouring of anger against a culture of official graft and negligence that had enabled the club to flout safety regulations.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 17:45

Facebook to provide ad data for independent audit

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it would provide information about ads displayed on its platform for an audit, months after the social network admitted to overstating key ad metrics. The audit by media regulator Media Rating Council (MRC) will likely provide more clarity to advertisers. (http://bit.ly/2lyER01) Facebook said in September that a metric for average user time on videos was artificially inflated as it only counted videos viewed for over three seconds. ...



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 16:26

Let's dump CETA once and for all!

Paris, 10 February 2017 — On 15 February, the European Parliament will decide whether to ratify the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)1. In choosing to back this agreement, MEPs would allow its partial implementation and would open the door for the next steps of the legislative process, which could lead to its complete and definitive implementation. On the other hand, rejecting it would be a death-blow for the agreement, just as it was for ACTA in July 2012. Beyond the unacceptable procedure of its elaboration, CETA is a grave threat to our liberties and fundamental rights. Therefore, La Quadrature du Net calls upon MEPs to oppose it strongly.

Negotiated behind closed doors by civil servants from Canada and the European Union between 2009 and 2013, CETA came up in public debate in July 2012, when a draft version leaked with complete sections copied directly from ACTA, and was rightly rejected by the European Parliament. Since then, demonstrations have taken place all through the European Union and Canada to protest the agreement and, more generally, world-wide against such commercial agreements, notably TAFTA, TISA or the TPP (fr).

From the very processes of working them out, these agreements constitute a serious problem: rather than being discussed by elected representatives – with the limits inherent to representative democracies – they are drafted in secret and under the eye and influence of lobbies from powerful multinationals. These negotiations are even less acceptable than agreements bearing on fundamental rights, and whose purpose is to supersede national legislation in the hierarchy of legal norms. Only once finalized are these agreements submitted to legislatures, with no possibility to amend them, and along with powerful pressure to adopt them, as can be seen in the conditions of the vote of the Wallonian legislature (fr).

What's even worse, should it be adopted by the European Parliament, almost all of CETA would be enforced before consulting the institutions of each Member State, a process that could last for years. Indeed, the deal's provisions deemed to be "not mixed" –i.e., covering only commercial matters– fall within the sole competence of the European Union; these provisions would be enforced on Day One, without the consent of the national and regional parliaments, even though some of them demand to be consulted on these matters (fr).

Entirely apart from how it has been worked out, the substance of the agreement endangers our freedoms and fundamental rights as demonstrated by – among others – the analyses of EDRI and the FFII. In the digital domain alone:

  • Concerning personal data and private life: once CETA covers the transfer of personal data between the EU and Canada, it will be become impossible in practice to limit them later in the name of current or future European norms, for instance when there is an incursion on rights identical to what happened to the nullification of "Safe Harbor" by the EU Court of Justice. When Canada is a member of the "Five Eyes" alliance2 of which Edward Snowden's revelations and those of other whistleblowers have substantially shown that it engages in massive, illegal surveillance of entire populations, this is a particularly disquieting point.
  • Copyright and patent law: if the repressive measures of the ACTA agreement have disappeared from CETA's final version, the agreement still contains very dangerous provisions in these fields and would impose a hardening of Canadian law, especially for the protection of patents. But above all it would write current law into a text superseding the current hierarchy of norms, and would greatly limit any possibility to modify the text in the future, for example in order to encourage access to knowledge or sharing and remixing culture.
  • Parallel legal system : CETA would allow multinational companies to sue States before ad hoc arbitration courts if they their interests harmed or if they consider themselves victims of "indirect expropriation" or "unfair and inequitable treatment". Several examples of abusive actions permitted by similar mechanisms in other agreements make us fear that such a provision would prevent member States from adopting progressive laws, for example in favour of Net Neutrality, free software, data protection or online sharing.

Beyond the digital issues, the agreement would endanger many other sectors, such as the environment, labour law or the protection of health. For all these reasons, La Quadrature du Net calls on MEPs to strongly and definitely reject CETA during the vote in the plenary session scheduled for the 15 February.

Just after the turbulent election of Antonio Tajani at the head of the European Parliament and shortly before major elections in the Netherlands, in Germany and in France, the power balance and the positions of the political groups of the institution are changing and make it difficult to foresee the result of the vote. Unsurprisingly, most of the the conservatives (EPP and ECR) and the centrists (ALDE) seem to be resigned to CETA, whereas the Greens (GREENS/EFA), the European United Left (GUE) and the nationalists (ENF) oppose it.

The key group that could tilt the balance of the vote will be the social democrats (S&D), who are divided on the question; while the German deputies of the groups are in favour of CETA, the French deputies openly oppose it – while their colleagues of the National Assembly are refining their convictions. The website CETA Check identifies and the promises of votes in one place, so we can oversee the current balance of positions.

In order to enable all of us to contact the Members of the European Parliament - simply and for free - and try to convince them to oppose CETA, La Quadrature du Net is launching a PiPhone campaign, and invites everyone to act and take part within all the different mobilisations now taking place. Right now and until the vote on the 15th, let's inform ourselves more on the consequences of the agreement, let's share this informations with those around us and make our voices heard in order to make CETA be rejected!

  • 1. The free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada. The final version of the text is available online.
  • 2. The alliance of the intelligence services of Australia, Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and the UK

Source : www.laquadrature.net | 10-Feb-2017 11:48

China's OkCoin, Huobi exchanges to stop bitcoin withdrawals
By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Two of China's three largest bitcoin exchanges said they were taking measures to stop withdrawals of the cryptocurrency from their platforms, as capital outflows prompt the Chinese central bank to step up its scrutiny of the industry. OkCoin and Huobi said in statements published on their websites late on Thursday that they would halt withdrawals of bitcoins completely, while the other big exchange BTCC said it would subject withdrawals to a 72-hour review. Earlier in the day, the exchanges had issued statements saying they would strengthen oversight of customers' identities and sources of funds.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 07:07

Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: "To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country." On Thursday, Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) that she strongly disagrees with Plank's recent comments in support of Trump.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 03:24

Trump on Twitter (Feb 9) - U.S. appeals court, Jeff Sessions, John McCain
The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. @realDonaldTrump : -Sen.Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie),now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him? FAKE NEWS! [0819 EST] -Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 01:53

Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: "To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country." On Thursday, Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) that she strongly disagrees with Plank's recent comments in support of Trump.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 00:03

Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments
(Recasts to add Copeland and Johnson opposing Plank's comment, updates closing stock price) NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: "To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country." On Thursday, Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) that she strongly disagrees with Plank's recent comments in support of Trump.
Source : news.yahoo.com | 10-Feb-2017 00:02

Twitter numbers paint grim profitability picture

For all the buzz the San Francisco company has created as the preferred platform for U.S. President Donald Trump and other high-profile figures, Twitter has lost more than $1.5 billion cumulatively since it went public in late 2013. Fourth-quarter revenue of $717 million was well short of analysts' expectations. The company is "trapped" and could see declining revenue for another year or two, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said in a client note.



Source : news.yahoo.com | 09-Feb-2017 23:55

Expedia revenue rises more than expected as bookings increase

(Reuters) - Online travel services company Expedia Inc reported a better-than-expected increase in fourth-quarter revenue, helped by higher gross bookings. However, the company's adjusted profit fell short of Wall Street estimates, due to higher expenses in the quarter. The company said gross bookings rose 8 percent to $16.10 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, primarily driven growth in Expedia.com and Hotels.com. Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia said domestic gross bookings increased 5 percent, while international gross bookings rose 13 percent. The company's total revenue rose 23. ...



Source : news.yahoo.com | 09-Feb-2017 23:29

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