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Mar 25, 2015

Rocket Internet-backed Helpling raises 43 mln euros in funding

FRANKFURT, March 25 (Reuters) – Helpling, an online
marketplace for hiring home cleaners backed by Germany’s Rocket
Internet, said on Wednesday it had raised an
additional 43 million euros ($47 million) from a group of
top-name European investors, including Rocket.

Helpling, which offers its services in 200 cities, provides
a vetted online directory for booking cleaning services and is
aimed at young professionals who are increasingly comfortable
with researching and buying services via their mobile phones.

Mar 19, 2015

New bugs uncovered in encryption software

BOSTON/FRANKFURT, March 19 (Reuters) – New bugs in the
widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed
on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat
like the “Heartbleed” vulnerability in the same technology that
surfaced a year ago.

“Heartbleed” triggered panic throughout the computer
industry when it was reported in April 2014. That bug forced
dozens of computers, software and networking equipment makers to
issue patches for hundreds of products, and their customers had
to scour data centers to identify vulnerable equipment.

Mar 18, 2015

German court imposes national ban on some Uber services

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German regional court on Wednesday issued a nationwide ban on online taxi service Uber, barring it from operating commercial services and levelling stiff fines for any violations of the country’s local transport laws.

Each violation of the order against Uber and its uberPOP online service was subject to a 250,000 euro ($264,825) fine, a three-judge panel of the Frankfurt regional court ruled.

Mar 18, 2015

German court to rule on legality of Uber ride service

FRANKFURT, March 18 (Reuters) – Uber, the controversial
online taxi service, faced intense questioning on Wednesday
before judges in a German regional court, who said the company
violated German and European laws and setting the stage for the
court to renew a nationwide band on its uberPOP service.

The case, brought before Frankfurt’s regional court by
German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland, is one of more than
a dozen lawsuits which have been filed in countries across
Europe in recent months against the San Francisco-based company.

Mar 12, 2015

After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu

TEL AVIV/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Two years after scientists cooked up the first test tube beef hamburger, researchers in Israel are working on an even trickier recipe: the world’s first lab-grown chicken.

Professor Amit Gefen, a bioengineer at Tel Aviv University, has begun a year-long feasibility study into manufacturing chicken in a lab, funded by a non-profit group called the Modern Agriculture Foundation which hopes “cultured meat” will one day replace the raising of animals for slaughter.

Mar 12, 2015

Rocket Internet-backed Helpling expands in Asia, Mideast

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Helpling, an online marketplace for hiring home cleaners backed by Germany’s Rocket Internet, is expanding beyond its base in Europe to set up new operations in the Middle East and Asia, aided by the acquisition of a rival Singapore start-up.

Berlin-based Helpling said it was acquiring Singapore-based Spickify for an undisclosed sum. Hoe Yeen Teck, Spickify’s co-founder and chief executive, will be Singapore country manager of the company, which will operate under the Helpling brand.

Mar 11, 2015

Fast-changing security threats overwhelm IT managers: survey

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Security professionals are unable to keep pace with cybersecurity threats against companies as external and internal threats mushroom from both known and emerging technologies, a survey published on Wednesday showed.

The study of just over 1,000 security professionals in the United States, Britain and Canada paints a picture of mounting pressures on organizations due to a shortage of necessary specialist skills, tight budgets and poor employee education.

Mar 11, 2015

Swiss makers quietly gear up with smartwatches of their own

LONDON/FRANKFURT, March 11 (Reuters) – To observers of the
secretive Swiss watch industry, its quiet, seemingly passive
response to Apple Inc’s plan to attack their
centuries-old business could be mistaken for submission before
an overwhelming adversary.

But luxury and fashion groups Richemont, LVMH
, Swatch Group and Guess Inc have been
busy in the past year tinkering with smartwatches of their own,
while aiming to preserve their products’ more timeless appeal.

Mar 10, 2015

CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days: The Intercept

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The report cites top-secret U.S. documents that suggest U.S. government researchers had created a version of XCode, Apple’s software application development tool, to create surveillance backdoors into programs distributed on Apple’s App Store.

Mar 6, 2015

Computing, telecoms industries set on collision course

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks.

The shift, while in its early stages, involves relying on ever cheaper computer boxes and powerful software that promises to make networks more flexible and efficient.

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      "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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