News highlights – 11 October

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News highlights for 11 October

REUTERS/David Becker

REUTERS/David Becker

Foreign intelligence behind Australia Government attack

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A malware attack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology which might have spread into other government networks originated from a foreign intelligence service, an official report by the country’s cyber defence agency said on Wednesday. Read more…

Verizon urged to strengthen Yahoo online security by civil liberties group

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An international civil liberties group that has worked with web companies on human rights and surveillance issues is asking Verizon Communications Inc to examine a secret email scanning program run by its acquisition target Yahoo Inc and improve on its user protection record. Read more…

Apple to set up R&D unit in Shenzhen

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Apple Inc will set up a research and development center in China’s manufacturing metropolis Shenzhen, the U.S. tech giant said on Wednesday, as the firm looks to spur growth in the world’s second largest economy amid growing competition. Read more…

Will Galaxy Note 7 fiasco spark Android turf war?

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics’s abandonment of the Galaxy Note 7 due to safety concerns will likely touch off a turf war among Android smartphone makers, analysts said, presenting them a rare opportunity to gain share but with less room for arch rival Apple Inc. Read more…

Amazon goes against Apple, Spotify in music wars

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday launched a full-fledged music streaming service with subscriptions as low as $3.99 per month for owners of its Amazon Echo speaker, accelerating the industry trend toward more flexible pricing after years of sticking to $9.99 subscriptions. Read more…

And why Twitter’s downfall signals the end of the social wars – Wired

Twitter stocks jumped last month amid rumors of a sale, with Google, Apple, and Salesforce cited as suitors. Now it appears they’ve all jilted the company, and its stock tumbled to below pre-rumor levels. Read more…

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