News highlights – 8 September

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REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

News highlights – 8 September

Google wants in – buys cloud software company Apigee

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it is acquiring cloud software company Apigee Corp in a deal valued at about $625 million, the tech giant’s latest effort to claim a greater share of the lucrative cloud business. Read more…

Hospital hackers trying to make shares fall

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans a “thorough investigation” of allegations about vulnerabilities in cardiac devices made by St. Jude Medical Inc, the agency’s official responsible for cyber security said on Thursday. Read more…

Is AirBnB discriminating?

(Reuters) – Online rental marketplace Airbnb will address reports of widespread racial discrimination against non-white guests by displaying photos less prominently on its website, promoting instant bookings and changing some of its technology, according to a report commissioned by the company. Read more…

Oi shareholder meeting still on hold

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Oi SA, Brazil’s largest fixed-line telephone carrier, said the Rio de Janeiro court overseeing its bankruptcy protection maintained the suspension of shareholder meetings originally scheduled for this Thursday. Read more…

Dell chops jobs as EMC deal closes

(Reuters) – Dell Technologies, which completed the acquisition of data storage company EMC Corp on Wednesday, will cut 2,000-3,000 jobs, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

WTZ! Facebook/WhatsApp face probe over privacy worries

Facebook is facing an FTC probe after snatching millions of people’s phone numbers from its WhatsApp subsidiary. Privacy rights warriors at EPIC have asked the US watchdog to investigate the personal data grab – and the commission says it will look into the matter. Read more…

ICANN, or can’t? Debate to hand over internet becomes brinkmanship

The US government’s plan to hand over control of critical internet functions at the end of the month is heading for an extraordinary showdown next week, as Congress debates whether to block it. The current IANA contract is due to expire on September 30, at which point the organization that has run the contract for the past 20 years, ICANN, will take it over. Read more…

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