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Vote to repeal U.S. broadband privacy rules sparks interest in VPNs

(Reuters) - The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs. Read More


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A scramble at Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange disclosed earlier this month that his anti-secrecy group had obtained CIA tools for hacking into technology products made by U.S. companies, security engineers at Cisco Systems swung into action. More »


Bangladesh Bank heist was 'state-sponsored': U.S. official

MANILA (Reuters) - The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was "state-sponsored," an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday. More »


BlackRock cuts fees and jobs; stockpicking goes high-tech

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc on Tuesday said it would overhaul its actively managed equities business, cutting jobs, dropping fees and relying more on computers to pick stocks in a move that highlights how difficult it has become for humans to beat the market. More »


Congress sends White House repeal of broadband privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc. More »


SK Hynix consortium bids over $9 billion for Toshiba chip unit: Maeil Business

SEOUL (Reuters) - A consortium led by South Korea's SK Hynix Inc <000660.KS> has offered to pay more than $9 billion for a majority stake in Toshiba Corp's <6502.T> memory chip business, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources. More »


Tesla deal boosts Chinese presence in U.S. auto tech

DETROIT (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd <0700.HK> has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla Inc for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services. More »


Uber diversity report shows shortage of women, minorities

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc released its first diversity report on Tuesday, showing that women and non-white employees are underrepresented at the ride-services company - just as they are at many other technology firms. More »


With new phone due, Samsung dials down on safety message

SEOUL (Reuters) - After the damaging recall of its fire-prone Note 7 smartphone, you could be forgiven for thinking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> would make a song and dance about battery safety in its new flagship phones, due to be launched in the United States on Wednesday. More »


China telecom firm ZTE removed from U.S. trade blacklist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce will remove Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp <000063.SZ> from a trade blacklist on Wednesday after the company pleaded guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and agreed to pay nearly $900 million, the agency said in a notice. More »


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