News highlights – 27 October

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News highlights for 27 October

A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL) leaves a heliport in an artist's rendition released by ride-sharing company Uber in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 27 2016. Uber/Handout via REUTERS

A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL) leaves a heliport in an artist’s rendition released by ride-sharing company Uber in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 27 2016. Uber/Handout via REUTERS

Uber sees flying commuters in 10 years

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Flying commuters like George Jetson could be whizzing to work through the sky less than 10 years from now, according to ride-services provider Uber, which believes the future of transportation is literally looking up. Read more…

U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government’s hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans. Read more…

Florida man pleads guilty to hacking, spamming scheme

(Reuters) – A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges stemming from his role in wide-ranging hacking scheme that generated $1.3 million through the hijacking of customer email accounts to send unsolicited “spam” messages, prosecutors said. Read more…

CenturyLink nears deal to merge with Level 3: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – CenturyLink Inc and Level 3 Communications are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create an enterprise telecommunications player worth more than $50 billion, including debt. Read more…

Apple says AirPod shipments to be delayed

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Wednesday that its wireless AirPod headphones, which were supposed to hit the market this month, will be delayed. The company did not specify the reason for the delay.

Russia’s Putin says cyber attacks are unacceptable

KRASNAYA POLYANA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that cyber attacks or other types of interference in other countries’ internal affairs were intolerable. The U.S. government has formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Russian officials have denied those allegations.

U.S. Senate panel to hold hearing on AT&T-Time Warner deal on December 7

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee will hold a hearing on Dec. 7 on the proposed merger of Time Warner Inc and AT&T Inc, and the companies’ chief executives will testify, the committee said in a statement. Read more…

New 3D printed microscope lets kids ‘play’ microbiology

PALO ALTO (Reuters) – Playing classic video games like Pac-Man with living single-celled microbes thinner than a human hair is now possible thanks to an interactive microscope developed by bioengineers at Stanford University. Read more…

Qualcomm to buy NXP for $38 billion in biggest chip deal

(Reuters) – Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry, making it the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market. Read more…

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