Saturday, 23 February, 2019


Movie buzz more likely to spread by word-of-mouth than social networks

LOS ANGELES ( – In an increasingly interconnected world, people still favor good old fashioned word-of-mouth to Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts about upcoming movies, according to a new study on social media buzz by Ipsos MediaCT’s Motion Picture Group. Surprisingly, those who do use the internet to vent or rave about movies tend to be those over ... Read More »

Medvedev points Facebook’s Zuckerberg towards Russian IT sector

GORKI, Russia (Reuters) – Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday that Russia's IT industry was as promising an area for investment as its natural resources sectors. "You probably know that here in Russia we have not only oil, gas, gold and diamonds – there is also an IT industry," a smiling Medvedev told Zuckerberg. ... Read More »

YouTube opens Turkish site, giving government more control

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Tuesday it had won a long-running battle to persuade the video-sharing website YouTube to operate under a Turkish web domain, giving Ankara a tighter rein over the site's content and requiring the firm to pay Turkish taxes. Turkey, which banned the popular website for more than two years in 2008, has long come under ... Read More »

Permira takes the lead in Ancestry sale talks: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Permira Advisers LLP has emerged as the front-runner to take genealogy website Inc private, two people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could top $1.5 billion. Ancestry is focusing its discussions on Permira after it asked the private equity firm and its competitors – Hellman & Friedman LLC and TPG Capital LP ... Read More »

White House targeted in cyber attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House's computer system was targeted in a cyber attack, a senior administration official said on Monday, but no classified systems were breached. There is no evidence that data was taken in the incident, the official said, adding that the attack was identified early and did not spread. The attack was described as "spear phishing," the ... Read More »

Fox News blames live airing of suicide on "severe human error"

(Reuters) – Fox News apologized on Saturday for a "severe human error" that resulted in viewers seeing a suspected carjacker fatally shoot himself after a police chase. The coverage of the Friday incident, which sparked outrage on social media and a quick on-air apology by anchor Shepard Smith, showed a man stumbling from an allegedly stolen car into the desert ... Read More »

Canada won’t say if China involved in hacking incident

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada said it was aware hackers had breached security at a domestic manufacturer of software used by big energy companies, but declined to comment on a report that a Chinese group could be responsible. Calgary-based Telvent Canada Ltd, which is owned by France's Schneider Electric SA, warned customers about the attack, which hit operations in the United ... Read More »

U.S. and Russian experts turn up volume on cybersecurity alarms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uncontrolled security threats on the Internet could return much of the planet to an era without electricity or automated transportation, top U.S. and Russian experts said on Thursday. Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden warned that the United States had yet to resolve basic questions about how to police the Internet, let alone how to defend ... Read More »

U.S. Bancorp, PNC latest bank websites to face access issues

(Reuters) – Some U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services customers were having trouble accessing the banks’ websites on Wednesday, as U.S. financial institutions appear to be threatened by another round of cyber attacks. Wells Fargo & Co also faced lingering problems with its website after customers had intermittent access issues on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the bank said. U.S. Bancorp ... Read More »

Middle East telcos mull alliance in Facebook fight

DUBAI (Reuters) – Middle East telecommunications firms are discussing the idea of creating a pan-Arab online platform that would earn them more revenue from their networks by challenging Facebook and other Internet behemoths of the West. The ambitious project faces technical and financial obstacles and may never be implemented on a large scale. But proponents argue the common language and ... Read More »

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