News highlights – August 15

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News highlights for August 15

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Hacking group claims to offer cyber-weapons in online auction

(Reuters) – Hackers going by the name Shadow Brokers said on Monday they will auction stolen surveillance tools they say were used by a cyber group linked to the U.S. National Security Agency.

To arouse interest in the auction, the hackers released samples of programs they said could break into popular firewall software made by companies including Cisco Systems Inc, Juniper Networks Inc and Fortinet Inc. The companies did not respond to request for comment, nor did the NSA. Read more…

China launches ‘hack-proof’ communications satellite

(Reuters) – China on Tuesday launched the world’s first quantum satellite, which will help it establish “hack-proof” communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space program. Read more…

Tesla removes ‘self-driving’ from China website after Beijing crash

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla removed a Chinese term for “self-driving” from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed in “autopilot” mode complained that the car maker overplayed the function’s capability and misled buyers.

The Tesla driver crashed earlier this month while on a Beijing commuter highway after the car failed to avoid a vehicle parked on the left side but partially in the roadway, damaging both cars but causing no injuries. Read more…

Audi vehicles to talk to U.S. traffic signals in first for industry

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – German carmaker Audi is rolling out technology that will allow its vehicles in the United States to communicate with traffic signals, allowing for a more stress-free ride in what it says is the car industry’s first commercial use of the nascent technology. Read more…

Firms in ageing Thailand bet on demand surge for robots and diapers

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai elderly care robot Dinsow can not only keep track of your medication and video-phone your relatives, but can also exercise with you and even entertain you with its karaoke skills.

Its manufacturer, CT Asia Robotics, is one of many Thai firms investing heavily in healthcare for the aged in a country where the working-age population will decline this year – a first among the emerging economies of Southeast Asia. Read more…

Ex-Rovio CEO hired to bring Nokia phones back to market

HELSINKI (Reuters) – HMD Global Oy, a new Finnish company looking to relaunch the Nokia brand for phones, said on Monday it has hired Pekka Rantala, the former CEO of Angry Birds maker Rovio, as its Chief Marketing Officer. Read more…

Grumpy hold-outs’ could sink Bitfinex recovery plan after Bitcoin theft

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Crypto-currency exchange Bitfinex’s plan to impose losses on all its trading clients for the theft by hackers of $72 million in Bitcoin rests on two flawed pillars, according to lawyers. Read more…

Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG hit by malware: HEI

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A data breach at 20 U.S. hotels operated by HEI Hotels & Resorts for Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt and Intercontinental may have divulged payment card data from tens of thousands of food, drink and other transactions, HEI said on Sunday. The breach follows similar attacks at Hyatt Hotels Corp and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc in recent months. Read more…

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