News highlights – 20 December

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News highlights for 20 December

20 December

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Southwest Airlines website back up after outage

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co’s website was back up after being unavailable for few hours on Tuesday, just a few days ahead of the busy Christmas weekend. Read more…

EU accuses Facebook of misleading it in WhatsApp takeover probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has charged Facebook Inc with providing misleading information during its takeover of the online messaging service WhatsApp, opening the company to a possible fine of 1 percent of its turnover. Read more…

South Carolina lawmakers propose pornography block on new computers

(Reuters) – Computers and devices sold in South Carolina that can access the internet would be required to have filters installed to prevent people from viewing pornography, although buyers could pay a $20 fee to remove the blocking software under a proposal before the legislature. Read more…

Huawei negotiating purchase of secure cloud database company

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is negotiating the acquisition of Israeli start-up HexaTier, whose technology secures databases in the cloud, industry sources in the two countries said on Tuesday. Read more…

Microsoft wins $927 million Pentagon contract: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has been awarded a $927 million contract to provide technical support to the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday.

Tribune to sell Gracenote for $560 million

(Reuters) – Tribune Media Co, one of the largest U.S. TV station operators, said on Tuesday it would sell its media data unit, Gracenote, to advertising tracking company Nielsen Holdings Plc for $560 million. Read more…

Opera to keep developing business, not looking to sell

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s Opera Software remains focused on developing its remaining business units rather than selling more, its chief executive said following the divestment of its TV business on Tuesday. Read more…

Blackberry beats expectations, even though revenue down

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd on Tuesday posted an adjusted profit that beat expectations even as revenue dropped sharply, as the software growth it is relying on failed to fully make up for its retreat from handsets and lost service fees. Read more…

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