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Oct 7, 2014

Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.

    Security experts Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera said in an interview on Monday that so-called smart meters installed by a Spanish utility to meet government energy efficiency goals lack basic safeguards to thwart hackers.

Oct 6, 2014

Truphone ramps up expansion plans after costly transformation

FRANKFURT, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Telecoms company Truphone will
forge ahead with rapid expansion of its ground-breaking new
business model, its chief executive said on Monday, as it seeks
to reverse deepening losses stemming from heavy investment in
the reinvention of its global network.

Previously known for its smartphone app for low-cost
internet calls, Truphone has spent 200 million pounds since 2011
rewiring itself into a network for frequent business travellers
and regular international callers.

Oct 2, 2014

Rocket shrugs off insults to become Europe’s key Internet player

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – To its detractors, Rocket Internet (RKET.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which on Thursday completed Europe’s largest e-commerce flotation in a decade, is either a shameless copycat of others’ business ideas or, more harshly, an apocalyptic harbinger of the next tech bubble.

Copycat, clone, mimic, “thief” and worse are labels that have been thrown at Rocket’s founders, the Samwer brothers, as they have built up Europe’s most successful Internet company creation franchise, leaving many bruised egos along the way.

Oct 1, 2014

ARM expands software to manage security for Internet of Things

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – ARM Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it was introducing software to make the proliferating number of Internet-connected devices many consumers surround themselves with more manageable and secure.

The Cambridge-based chip designer said it was looking to expand dramatically the lifespan and manageability of the many network-connected products running its embedded microprocessors — from home appliances to car features to wearable devices.

Sep 29, 2014

Europe’s police need data law changes to fight cybercrime: Europol

LONDON (Reuters) – Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday.

Cybercrime is increasingly conducted by a highly specialized chain of software break-in experts, underground market-makers and buy-side fraudsters who convert stolen passwords and identities into financial gains. Criminals can keep data for months or even years before using it to defraud victims.

Sep 29, 2014

SimilarWeb unifies mapping of mobile and computer Web

LONDON (Reuters) – The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets.

Now Israeli start-up SimilarWeb Ltd. is expanding its service for measuring computer usage into the mobile Internet realm and the apps where users spend the overwhelming bulk of their time on smartphones.

Sep 24, 2014
Sep 24, 2014

Rocket draws big investor crowd for emerging market Web plan

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies through a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.

The German company is riding the coattails of last week’s successful listing by Chinese rival Alibaba (BABA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and on Tuesday said it was doubling the amount of money it planned to raise in its share sale to 1.48 billion euros ($1.9 billion).

Sep 24, 2014

Rocket Internet to get more hands-on with investments after IPO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies following a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.

The German company is riding the coattails of last week’s successful listing by Chinese rival Alibaba and on Tuesday said it was doubling the amount of money it planned to raise in its share sale to 1.48 billion euros ($1.9 billion).

Sep 19, 2014

Rivals dash to support Apple Pay for fear of losing out

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – In the hype-fueled technology industry, “revolutionary” is a word in danger of losing its meaning.

But Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) new mobile payments system – unveiled just ten days ago – is already winning over the heavyweights of the financial industry and signaling the likely demise of lesser payment alternatives.

    • About Eric

      "Eric Auchard is editiorial innovation director at Reuters News. He builds tools to help journalists at the world's largest news organization report, edit and present the news. In 2009, Eric was a technology investment columnist for Reuters. Previously, he was the chief technology correspondent from 2000 to 2008. His main focus was covering consumer Internet trends, global technology competition and emerging technologies. He has worked for Reuters covering technology news since 1993. He began covering politics for Reuters in in California in 1992, then moved to Washington. He moved to New York and switched to technology writing for Reuters late in 1993. ..."
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