Twitter shutters accounts of U.S. white supremacy website

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Twitter said it would not discuss individual accounts, but at least three accounts affiliated with the Daily Stormer led to pages saying “account suspended.” The San Francisco-based social network prohibits violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct and “will take action on accounts violating those policies,” the company said in a statement. Larger rival Facebook Inc, which unlike Twitter explicitly prohibits hate speech, has taken down several pages from Click Here to Read more

Trump, in tweet, again blasts Amazon over taxes, jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Amazon.com on Twitter over taxes and jobs and accused the global retailer, without evidence, of hurting U.S. localities and causing job losses. Shares of the company fell 0.5 percent at $978.00 in premarket trade after Trump’s comments. Amazon.com has said that it has more than 50,000 job openings across the United States to help fulfill customer orders and earlier this month hosted multiple job fairs to fill them.​ Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Angus MacSwan

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop “robotaxis” which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. The market for such self-driving cabs could be worth $2 trillion by 2030, according to consultants McKinsey, as younger customers abandon car ownership in favor of a pay-per-use mobility service. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said it plans to put autonomous car technology into production by 2021, matching a timeframe shared by rival companies who are also developing self-driving cars. BMW Click Here to Read more

Tech companies ramp up NAFTA lobbying on eve of trade talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Technology companies, such as Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Cisco Systems (CSCO.O) have ramped up lobbying ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, looking to avoid any future restrictions on cloud storage and to promote an international pact to eliminate technology goods tariffs. U.S., Mexican and Canadian negotiators are due to start talks on the 23-year old trade pact on Wednesday. Farming and transportation groups have traditionally dominated lobbying on NAFTA, but technology lobbyists are helping lead the recent surge in efforts to influence Washington, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Tech Click Here to Read more

Amazon opens ‘Instant Pickup’ points in U.S. brick-and-mortar push

BERKELEY, Ca (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is rolling out pickup points in the United States where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes, the company said on Tuesday. The world’s largest online retailer has launched ‘Instant Pickup’ points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said. Amazon has plans to open more sites by the end of the year including one in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Shoppers on Amazon’s mobile app can select from several hundred fast-selling items at each site, from snacks and drinks to Click Here to Read more

Tech companies urge U.S. Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cellphone data. The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court on Monday night in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cellphone user’s whereabouts. Signed by some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, including Apple (AAPL.O), Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N), Snap (SNAP.N) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google, the Click Here to Read more

GoDaddy boots white supremacist web site after offensive post

(Reuters) – The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy posted on its official Twitter page. The Daily Stormer post in question denigrated Heather Heyer, 32, who was fatally struck by a car allegedly driven by a man Click Here to Read more

Hackers release more HBO episode shows: report

(Reuters) – Hackers have released more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series “Game of Thrones,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The hackers, who broke into HBO’s computer network and have released stolen information for several weeks, provided more unaired episodes, including the popular show “Curb Your Enthusiasm, ” which returns in October. They also leaked episodes of “Insecure,” “Ballers” and “The Deuce,” according to the Associated Press. Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) HBO said Sunday in an emailed statement that it was “not in communication with the hacker, Click Here to Read more

HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release

(Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters. “You have the advantage of having surprised us,” a member of HBO’s technology team said in the July 27 email. “In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.” The attack came at a sensitive time for HBO: Parent Time Warner is seeking regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc (T.N) Click Here to Read more

Snap shares hit record low as user growth miss unnerves investors

(Reuters) – Snap Inc’s (SNAP.N) shares fell more than 14 percent to hit a record low on Friday morning after messaging app Snapchat’s daily active user growth missed expectations for the second quarter in a row. Snapchat’s second-quarter daily active users rose 21 percent to 173 million from an year earlier, falling short of the 175.2 million expected by analysts, according to financial data analytics firm FactSet. In comparison, Snapchat’s main rival Instagram Stories, where users and businesses can post a string of photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, had more than 250 million users as of Aug. Click Here to Read more

Netflix says in discussions with Disney over Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ films

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) about keeping Marvel and “Star Wars” films after 2019 when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior Netflix executive said on Thursday. Disney announced on Tuesday that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix starting with its new releases in 2019 and will put the movies on a new Disney-branded online service. Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films from Marvel Studios Click Here to Read more

China investigates top local social media sites in push to control content

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country’s push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content. President Xi Jinping has made China’s “cyber sovereignty” a top priority and has also reasserted the ruling party’s role in limiting and guiding online discussion. Surveillance is being further tightened ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party later this year, when global attention will be on news coming from the world’s No.2 economy. Apart from Tencent Click Here to Read more

Uber investor sues to force former CEO Kalanick off board

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride-services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Kalanick of concealing a range of misdeeds from the board and scheming to retain power at the company even after he was forced to resign as chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc in June following a series of scandals. (Lawsuit: tmsnrt.rs/2hPzxYj) The company is currently seeking a new CEO, a search that has proved Click Here to Read more

Exclusive: Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.- sources

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is seeking to partner with U.S. venue owners to sell event tickets, four sources have told Reuters, a move that could loosen Ticketmaster’s powerful grip on the lucrative ticketing business. If Amazon moves ahead, it would represent the latest attempt by the world’s largest online retailer to use its massive customer base, tech savvy and bargaining power to shake up a big market. The Seattle-based company sees the U.S. ticketing market as ripe for attack. Consumers dislike ticket fees, and venue owners, sports leagues and teams want more distributors for their tickets Click Here to Read more

Microsoft Surface devices fail on reliability: Consumer Reports

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The breakage rate for Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers’ laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its “recommended” designation for Surface products. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft Surface devices would be presented with “problems by the end of the second year of ownership,” according to a study published on Thursday. “If you are very concerned about how long your products are going to last, it might be better for you Click Here to Read more