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Hackers were hacking Windows even as Microsoft fixed the problem

Hackers were hacking Windows even as Microsoft fixed the problem

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal […]

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Singapore’s M1 looking for buyers, private equity and China Mobile

Singapore’s M1 looking for buyers, private equity and China Mobile

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Top shareholders in Singapore telecoms company M1 Ltd have approached potential buyers China Mobile and global private equity firms, among others, to sell their combined majority stake in the firm, sources familiar with the matter said. The three main shareholders of Singapore’s smallest listed telecoms player, who own a combined 61 percent, […]

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Banks scramble to update legacy IT systems to avoid meltdown

Banks scramble to update legacy IT systems to avoid meltdown

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family – he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and helping U.S. companies avert crippling computer meltdowns. Hinshaw, who got into programming in the 1960s when computers took up entire rooms and programmers used punch cards, is a […]

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The quest to create artificial life is now a multi billion dollar business

The quest to create artificial life is now a multi billion dollar business

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes. Despite ethical and safety concerns, investors are attracted by synthetic biology’s wide market potential and the plummeting cost of DNA […]

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Wikileaks revelations kick Cisco into action to patch security flaws

Wikileaks revelations kick Cisco into action to patch security flaws

Written by on March 29, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

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. The Wikileaks documents described how the Central Intelligence Agency had learned more than a year ago how […]

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Want your privacy back? Why not install those old VPNs?

Want your privacy back? Why not install those old VPNs?

Written by on March 29, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

(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. VPNs cloak a customer’s web-surfing history by making an encrypted connection to a private server, which then searches the Web […]

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Analysis: what are the options for Toshiba in the US?

Analysis: what are the options for Toshiba in the US?

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

WILMINGTON, Del./NEW YORK (Reuters) – Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp is considering putting its Westinghouse Electric Co unit into U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as Tuesday due to runaway costs at two U.S. nuclear power plant projects, sources have told Reuters. The following is a look at the fall-out from a possible Westinghouse bankruptcy filing. […]

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The European Commission consults on FinTech regulation

The European Commission consults on FinTech regulation

Written by on March 24, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

The European Commission wants to create a special regime to attract FinTech companies in Europe and help the old continent compete globally on this promising new market, EU sources told EURACTIV.com. The Commission is considering a single EU-wide licence allowing tech companies in the financial services sector to operate across Europe. Part of the plan to boost […]

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Disruption in banking as Indian telecoms deals done in-house

Disruption in banking as Indian telecoms deals done in-house

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Investment banking business in India should be enjoying bumper fees after a record year of dealmaking. It’s not, and big banks blame in-house teams of advisers that have proliferated as the country’s top family-owned conglomerates tighten their grip. This week’s $23 billion tie-up between Idea Cellular, controlled by the Aditya Birla […]

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Vodafone is at risk as rivals get serious about transformation

Vodafone is at risk as rivals get serious about transformation

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – British mobile operator Vodafone risks being left on the sidelines as rivals converge to break free from just selling ever-cheaper data bundles and become internet companies offering combined services from phones to TV to broadband. Vodafone expanded at breakneck speed through audacious takeovers and now has nearly half a billion mobile customers […]

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