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Nov 10, 2014

Execs in Asian luxury hotels fall prey to cyber espionage: study

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated industrial espionage campaign that targets business executives in luxury hotels across Asia once they sign on to computers using in-room wireless connections they consider private and secure.

The attacks, which go well beyond typical cybercriminal operations, have claimed thousands of victims dating back to 2009 and continue to do so, Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest private security firm, shows in a report published on Monday.

Nov 6, 2014

Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world’s leading governance organizations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.

Three organizations — Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) — said on Thursday they were setting up a new group to find solutions to Internet governance issues, instead of waiting for governments to agree.

Nov 5, 2014

Germany’s top publisher bows to Google in news licensing row

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s biggest news publisher Axel Springer has scrapped a bid to block Google from running snippets of articles from its newspapers, saying that the experiment had caused traffic to its sites to plunge.

Springer said a two-week-old experiment to restrict access by Google to its news headlines had caused web traffic to its publications to plunge, leading it to row back and let Google once again showcase Springer news stories in its search results.

Oct 21, 2014
Oct 21, 2014

Smartphone repair company B2X steps up expansion with Indian deal

FRANKFURT, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Smartphone users won’t
recognise the name B2X, but if your battery dies or your screen
breaks, the odds are that the company will be working behind the
scenes when you seek a repair.

For customer services software provider B2X Care Solutions,
which already manages repairs for many of the world’s biggest
phone makers, announced on Tuesday that it is buying a majority
stake in an Indian phone repair specialist while receiving new
funding to boost its global expansion.

Oct 20, 2014

Faster ‘cloud’ orders for SAP hurt 2014 profit outlook

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German software maker SAP (SAPG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales.

Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called “cloud” software would shave about 200 million euros off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future.

Oct 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014

‘Malvertising’ targets U.S. military firms in new twist on old web threat

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A surge in malware disguised as online advertisements aimed at unsuspecting web users has hit major U.S. military contractors in the past few weeks, marking a dangerous twist on a decade-old scourge for advertisers, security researchers said on Thursday.

Researchers from Fairfax, Virginia-based security software company Invincea said they had documented new uses of so-called “malvertising” to carry out highly-targeted cyber espionage campaigns against three firms in the military-industrial arena.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to buy CSR Plc (CSR.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $2.5 billion, offering what it hopes is a knock-out blow to win the British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices.

Qualcomm, the world’s number one mobile chipmaker, has agreed to pay 900 pence a share in cash for CSR, a 56.5 percent premium on the share price before the start of the offer period in August, CSR said on Wednesday.

Oct 14, 2014

French bank turns to Twitter for money transfers

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – One of France’s largest banks launched a service on Tuesday to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The move by Groupe BPCE [BPCE.UL], France’s second largest bank by customers, is an effort to attract attention and users to its S-Money mobile payments unit, which already allows people to transfer money over mobile phones via text message.

    • 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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