News highlights – 11 September

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News highlights for 11 September

A laptop computer featuring Windows 10. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1AVL0

A laptop computer featuring Windows 10. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith – RTX1AVL0

California nears adoption of energy-saving rules for computers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California regulators moved a step closer on Friday to the first mandatory U.S. energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors, gadgets that account for 3 percent of home electric bills and 7 percent of commercial power costs in the state. Read more…

Juncker demands better EU telecom roaming charge plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission withdrew proposals on Friday that would limit next year’s abolition of mobile phone roaming charges after criticism that the rules should do more to favor telecoms firms’ customers. In a dramatic U-turn, four days after officials published rules to restrict how many days consumers could use phones abroad without extra fees, President Jean-Claude Juncker ordered the draft revised in what allies and officials said showed that the EU executive wanted to be seen to listen to ordinary voters. Read more…

White House names retired Air Force general as first cyber security chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday named a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general as the government’s first federal cyber security chief, a position announced eight months ago that is intended to improve defenses against hackers. Gregory Touhill’s job will be to protect government networks and critical infrastructure from cyber threats as federal chief information security officer, according to a statement. Read more…

Facebook privacy issues may not be competition matters: EU antitrust chief

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook’s problems with European privacy regulators do not mean that the social network has breached the bloc’s competition rules, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday. “The German authority is concerned that Facebook may have forced its users to accept privacy terms that aren’t in line with the data protection rules,” Vestager said in the text of a speech to be delivered at a conference in Copenhagen. Read more…

Justice Dept. group studying national security threats of internet-linked devices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has formed a threat analysis team to study potential national security challenges posed by self-driving cars, medical devices and other Internet-connected tools, a senior official said. Read more…

Facebook reinstates Vietnam photo after outcry over censorship

OSLO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Friday reinstated a Vietnam War-era photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, after a public outcry over its removal of the image including harsh criticism from Norway’s prime minister. Read more…

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