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Russia says Twitter mobile slowdown to remain until all banned content is removed

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MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Russia will continue slowing down the speed of Twitter (TWTR.N) on mobile devices until all content deemed illegal is deleted, state communications regulator Roskomnadzor told Reuters, as Moscow continues to make demands of Big Tech. Russian authorities have taken steps recently to regulate technology giants......

EU’s Vestager cheers as lawmakers vote for tougher tech laws

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EU Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference on European Commission’s competition policy, in Brussels, Belgium November 18, 2021, REUTERS/Yves Herman Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register STRASBOURG, Nov 23 (Reuters) – A key committee of EU lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to tougher laws targeting......

Apple files lawsuit against NSO Group, saying U.S. citizens were targets

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Nov 23 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for alleged surveillance and targeting of U.S. Apple users with its Pegasus spyware. The iPhone maker said it is also seeking to ban......

Judge temporarily blocks New York Times from publishing Project Veritas materials

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The New York Times building is seen in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A New York trial judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the New York Times from publishing some materials concerning......

U.S. state attorneys general probe Instagram’s effect on kids

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WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A bipartisan coalition of U.S. state attorneys general said on Thursday it has opened a probe into Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms (FB.O), for promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children despite potential harms. The investigation, involving at least nine states, comes at a time......

Facebook says hackers in Pakistan targeted Afghan users amid government collapse

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Nov 16 (Reuters) – Hackers from Pakistan used Facebook to target people in Afghanistan with connections to the previous government during the Taliban’s takeover of the country, the company’s threat investigators said in an interview with Reuters. Facebook (FB.O) said the group, known in the security industry as SideCopy, shared......

UK court will ‘take time’ to consider Meghan’s privacy case

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Meghan Markle appears onstage at the 2021 Global Citizen Live concert at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – London’s Court of Appeal said it would take time to give its ruling in the privacy battle between Meghan, the Duchess of......

Robinhood says email addresses of 5 mln customers exposed in security breach

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Nov 8 (Reuters) – Robinhood Markets Inc (HOOD.O) said on Monday a third party had obtained access to the email addresses of about five million of its customers. The fee-free broker said the full names of a different group of about two million people were also exposed in the breach,......

U.S. charges Ukrainian, Russian, over cyberattack, seizes $6 mln in ransom payments

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Nov 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has charged a suspect from Ukraine and a Russian national over a July ransomware attack on an American company, according to indictments made in court filings on Monday, with CNN reporting the United States has seized $6 million in ransom payments. Yaroslav......

Who’s building the metaverse? | Reuters

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Nov 1 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) changed its name last week to Meta Platforms Inc to signal its focus on the metaverse, which it thinks will be the successor to the mobile internet. The metaverse broadly refers to the idea of a shared virtual platform that people can access through......

Microsoft to work with community colleges to fill 250,000 cyber jobs

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A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Oct 28 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Thursday said it plans to work with community colleges across the United States to fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs over the next four years. Microsoft said it will......

Trump loses bid to keep lawsuit against Twitter in Florida

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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump cannot fight his suspension from Twitter in a Florida federal court, but instead must abide by the social media company’s terms of service and sue in California, following a judge’s ruling. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola in Miami said in......

FCC revokes authorization of China Telecom’s U.S. unit

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WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted to revoke the authorization for China Telecom’s (0728.HK) U.S. subsidiary to operate in the United States, citing national security concerns. The decision means China Telecom Americas must now discontinue U.S. services within 60 days. China Telecom,......

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline -sources

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May......

Coinbase says hackers stole cryptocurrency from at least 6,000 customers

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Hackers stole from the accounts of at least 6,000 customers of Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O), according to a breach notification letter sent by the cryptocurrency exchange to affected customers. The hack took place between March and May 20 of this year, according to a copy of......

Facebook could face hefty fine in Russia over banned content, says regulator

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MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media giant Facebook (FB.O) it faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover in the country unless it deletes content Moscow deems illegal. Upping the ante in its standoff with U.S. Big Tech, state communications regulator......

Google CEO sought to keep Incognito mode issues out of spotlight, lawsuit alleges

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai in 2019 was warned that describing the company’s Incognito browsing mode as “private” was problematic, yet it stayed the course because he did not want the feature “under the spotlight,” according to a new court filing. Google spokesman José Castañeda told......

Review: Hitting the brakes on tech’s runaway train

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MILAN, Sept 24 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Back in the 1880s, horses plied the roads of London and most people lived a rural life. Jump to the 1920s and the combustion engine, electricity and the telephone had taken hold and re-shaped society. Today we are undergoing an even faster period of......

U.S. court orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content records for genocide case

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has ordered Facebook (FB.O) to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as “rich with irony”. The judge in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday criticized Facebook......

American hacker mercenaries face U.S. charges for work in UAE

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The headquarters of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Sept 14 (Reuters) – Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, face federal charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws, according to......

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