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  • India launches 'Lost and Found' website to find missing children -By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian government has launched a "Lost and Found" website to help families trace the tens of thousands of children in the country who go missing every year - often abducted for forced labor or sexual exploitation - and are never found. The "Khoya Paya", or "Lost and Found", website was launched by India's Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, who said the portal would allow parents to register details of missing children and citizens to report sightings. "It was felt that we could have this portal, where if a child goes missing, families can put the details and the picture onto Khoya Paya," Gandhi said on Tuesday at an event to launch the website, which is the first of its kind in India.
  • Deutsche Bank to launch three tech startup labs in 2015: source -

    People walk past a Deutsche Bank logo ahead the banks annual general meeting in FrankfurtBy Thomas Atkins and Andreas Kröner FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank aims to launch three technology innovation labs in Berlin, London and Silicon Valley this year designed to accelerate development of so-called "fintech" companies which could aid the banking sector and its clients. Germany?s largest lender, grappling with an overhaul of its own technology infrastructure, aims to get the three operations up and running by the end of the year, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The bank, which unveiled broad plans in April to overhaul its strategy and modernize its tech infrastructure, hopes to screen some 500 fintech start-ups per year, with some seeking to develop security, payments, efficiency, organization or process applications.

  • Instagram takes steps to open platform to advertisers -

    Instagram "Likes" are shown displayed on an Apple ipad in EncinitasInstagram said on Tuesday that it is taking steps to make its ads available to all types of businesses, not just hand-selected brands. Starting in June, Instagram this year is rolling out to advertisers the ability to more closely direct campaigns by zip code and other data sets like interests in the same ways that brands can target consumers on its parent company Facebook Inc. In addition it will let advertisers link to external websites or app stores with buttons such as "shop now," "sign up," "learn more," and "install now." Currently, it works closely with only a handful of brands like Levi's, Banana Republic and Ben & Jerry's. Ads can only be targeted by gender, age and country. "The quality of the ad experience remains a very important point of differentiation for us," Instagram's global head of business and brand development James Quarles said in an interview.

  • Irish broadcaster allowed to report speech accusing billionaire -

    Digicel Chairman Denis O'Brien poses on the rooftop of his company's headquarters in Port-au-PrinceBy Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's state broadcaster aired a lawmaker?s speech accusing a billionaire of obtaining sweetheart bank loans, after a court ruled on Tuesday that the right to report on parliament trumped a court order to muzzle potentially libelous allegations. Billionaire press baron Denis O'Brien says accusations of financial wrongdoing against him contain falsehoods. RTE appealed on Tuesday for the right to report Murphy's speech, and won the backing of Judge Donald Binchy.

  • Muslim woman says she faced discrimination on United-linked flight -(Reuters) - A social media campaign gained strength on Monday for a Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University who said she was denied an unopened can of soda on a United Airlines-affiliated carrier after a flight attendant told her it could be used as a weapon. Referring to the incident last week, Tahera Ahmad said in a Facebook post the flight attendant had discriminated against her and that she was the subject of anti-Islamic hatred by other passengers on the flight from Chicago to Washington. Bob Birge, a spokesman for Republic Airways Holdings, which operated the Shuttle America flight on behalf of United, told cable news channel CNN on Monday that the airline's beverage policy does not prohibit serving unopened cans to passengers.
  • With ads, FINRA hopes BrokerCheck becomes go-to site, like Yelp -With a new ad campaign, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority hopes its BrokerCheck website will become a customer's first stop, like Yelp for diners or Angie's List for home owners, before they invest with a financial adviser. The Wall Street watchdog, known as FINRA, launched the campaign Monday with 15-second commercials depicting people making big decisions without doing their homework, in a bid to promote its years-old website that provides free information about brokers' employment history, credentials and customer complaints.
  • China's 'Internet police' open a window on Web censorship -

    A picture illustration shows icons of WeChat and Weibo app in BeijingThe branch of China's police in charge of censoring "illegal and harmful" online information will make its efforts more visible to the public from Monday with the launch of their own social media accounts, the Ministry of Public Security said. The Chinese government aggressively censors the Internet, blocking many sites it deems could challenge the rule of the Communist Party or threaten stability, including popular Western sites like YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service. Police in some 50 areas, from metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai to more obscure cities like Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, will open accounts on sites including Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, the ministry said late on Sunday.

  • Boehner urges U.S. Senate to pass surveillance reform bill -The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the U.S. Senate on Sunday to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill that reforms an expiring domestic surveillance program, and do so "expeditiously." House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement warning of the danger of letting the surveillance program expire shortly before the Senate began a rare Sunday session addressing how to deal with the issue. "Al Qaeda, ISIL (Islamic State) and other terrorists around the globe continue to plot attacks on America and our allies," Boehner said. "Anyone who is satisfied with letting this critical intelligence capability go dark isn't taking the terrorist threat seriously," Boehner said in a statement.
  • Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms -

    Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.

  • Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing for drug scheme -

    The homepage to alleged Silk Road 2.0 website is seen in a screenshot after it was closed by U.S. authoritiesBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan after a federal jury in February found him guilty of charges including distributing drugs through the Internet and conspiring to commit computer hacking and money laundering. "What you did was unprecedented," Forrest said.

  • Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug plot -

    An undated handout photograph of Ross UlbrichtBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan after a federal jury in February found him guilty of charges including distributing drugs through the Internet and conspiring to commit computer hacking and money laundering. "What you did was unprecedented," Forrest said.

  • Women in photos won't press charges in Penn State frat case, police say -By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - None of the women in nude photographs posted on a Facebook page for a now-suspended Penn State fraternity is cooperating with investigators, police said on Friday, frustrating efforts to bring charges against the fraternity's members. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania State University suspended the school's Kappa Delta Rho chapter for three years after discovering a private Facebook page that included photos of female students who were undressed, and in some cases, apparently unconscious or sleeping. Prosecutors do not have a case against those responsible unless one of the victims is willing to go to court, Lieutenant Keith Robb of the State College Police Department told Reuters.
  • Virtual reality film aims to raise funds by giving Nepal quake experience -By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A virtual reality film aims to help raise funds for survivors of last month's earthquake in Nepal by giving viewers a first-hand experience of the disaster's aftermath, the director said on Friday. Los Angeles-based company RYOT - which produces news stories for audiences to act on - shot the footage in the days following the 7.8 magnitude quake which struck the impoverished nation on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people. "As film-makers, we always try to have people understand the magnitude of a disaster but it's difficult in traditional video," said David Darg, RYOT's director and co-founder who traveled to Nepal in the quake's aftermath.
  • Google shows off virtual reality collaboration with GoPro -

    GoPro Hero 3+ camera is seen at the Nasdaq Market Site before before GoPro Inc's IPO in New YorkBy Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Action camera maker GoPro Inc and Google Inc introduced a virtual reality system using 16 cameras and Google software, sending GoPro shares up nearly 7 percent on Thursday. GoPro's helmet- and body-mounted video cameras are popular with adventure sports enthusiasts, and the new GoPro system will use Google?s new Jump technology to help create a 360 degree view. Google showed off the GoPro system at its developer conference in San Francisco.

  • Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding has no plans to invest in Snapchat: source -

    A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New YorkSaudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding, the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has no plans to invest in Snapchat, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The meeting, in which Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel and chief strategy officer Imran Khan were present, triggered speculation that Alwaleed may take part in Snapchat's new funding round that has already seen Alibaba Group Holding invest $200 million -- giving the Los Angeles-based firm a valuation of around $15 billion.

  • Periscope, media companies talking about anti-piracy tech -By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Jennifer Saba RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Live streaming-video app Periscope and media companies are discussing how to address piracy on the new service, but Periscope says technological fixes many programmers want are difficult to do in real time. Periscope, which was bought by Twitter earlier this year, faced scrutiny after several high-profile television events, including the HBO prize fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao and HBO's "Game of Thrones" April premiere, were illegally broadcast through the app, which sends a video stream from a phone directly to the Internet. Media companies, many working with Periscope, are consistent in their demands for improvements, especially using technology to automate the takedown process, or removing unauthorized copyrighted material.
  • Nielsen to measure digital ads in partnership with Tencent -

    Dancers perform underneath logo of Tencent at Global Mobile Internet Conference in BeijingNielsen NV announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with Tencent Holdings Ltd to measure its digital audience in a move that could direct more ad dollars from companies in the United States to China's biggest social network. Nielsen said it is launching its Digital Ad Ratings, which tracks unique users, reach and frequency of a digital ad across computers, tablets and smartphones for the first time in China. Comscore, which offers a similar service and competes with Nielsen, said it is already available in China.

  • Charter-Time Warner Cable deal could spawn an online video service -

    The Time Warner Cable Headquarters at Columbus Circle in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc executives are exploring whether to launch an online video service as part of its combination with larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc, in what would be an unprecedented move in the cable industry. The $56 billion takeover announced on Tuesday would make Charter the No. 2 U.S. Internet and cable company after Comcast Corp. Charter's top shareholder John Malone, a cable industry pioneer, is on record as being a fan of streaming TV over the Internet.

  • NSA chief urges 'safe' Internet under equivalent of Law of the Sea -

    Pictures of Michael Rogers and Michael Hayden are seen pasted on a wall as part of by Italian artist Paolo Cirio's project "Overexposed" in BerlinBy Eric Auchard and David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea, while deflecting critics who say NSA spying has undermined public trust in the cyberworld. Admiral Michael Rogers spoke a few days after the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, putting the program in doubt shortly before its expiry on June 1.

  • Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas -

    The logo of Pakistani software company Axact is seen on its office wall in KarachiBy Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said on Wednesday. Pakistani police also arrested the head of Axact in the early hours of Wednesday following a raid on the company's diploma printing operations, and registered a criminal case against him, investigators said. The interior ministry wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Tuesday seeking assistance.

  • Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos -(Reuters) - Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages. "The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. Sims said instances of physical and emotionally abusive hazing were uncovered during the investigation, including boxing matches set up between pledges, in addition to drug use and sales within the fraternity.
  • Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal -

    A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in ZurichBy Lawrence Hurley and Dan Levine WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. The case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programing language. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of Java, while Google argues it should be free to use Java without paying a licensing fee.

  • Silk Road drug site staff member avoids further U.S. prison time -By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian man who moderated the discussion forums on the underground drug website Silk Road was sentenced to time served on Tuesday after already being in custody for 17 months. Peter Nash, 42, dropped his head into his hands as U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan announced the sentence, which came after he provided prosecutors information about his conduct and pleaded guilty. "It's very gratifying that Peter can return home and be reunited with his fiancée and his family," Andrew Frisch, his lawyer, said outside of court.
  • Charter's $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face U.S. scrutiny -

    A Time Warner Cable sign and logo are seen on a Time Warner Cable store in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Malathi Nayak and Diane Bartz NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The combined company would control a big swath of the cable and Internet markets, marking a huge step toward industry consolidation, long advocated by cable pioneer John Malone, Charter's biggest shareholder. The agreement is the latest example of how cable companies are grappling with declining subscriber numbers as viewers shift to cheaper and more flexible streaming services offered by Netflix Inc, Inc, Hulu and others.

  • Bombing exposes Saudi failure to curb sectarian strains -

    A family member of a slain victim mourns after arriving at the Imam Ali mosque, the site of a suicide bomb attack, in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of GatifBy Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia as it presses on with its war against Shi'ite fighters in Yemen has exposed the Sunni kingdom's failure to curb sectarianism at home and prompted fears that such tensions can only get worse. Islamic State, which claimed Friday's attack on a Shi'ite mosque, is trying to stir up sectarian confrontation as a way of hastening the overthrow of the ruling Al Saud, and is keenly aware of the war's potential for pitting Sunni against Shi'ite. Saudi authorities have avoided using openly sectarian terms to describe the Houthis, allies of Iran who adhere to the Zaydi sect of Shi'ite Islam, but many journalists, clerics and social media users have shown no such restraint.

  • Russia should not cut itself off from foreign investment: Putin -MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the country should not cut itself of from foreign investment and technologies. "We should not, on any account, cut ourselves off" from the kind of foreign investment and technology that can drive economic growth, Putin told a conference of business people. After annexing Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014, Russia was hit with Western sanctions that limited its access to foreign capital and technologies, especially for the banking, energy and defense sectors. Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions. ...
  • Charter Communications nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable - sources -

    Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San DiegoTime Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. A deal would create a major rival to Comcast Corp, the biggest operator in the U.S. cable and broadband market, and marks a triumph for Charter, which was rejected by Time Warner Cable just last year. The cash-and-stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to sources, and comes just one month after Comcast dropped its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, clinched in February 2014, over antitrust concerns.

  • Adult online dating site reports data security breach of member information -(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday., part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident. "FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident," the company said in a statement on Friday.
  • New Alberta government ousts lawmaker after offensive photo post -

    Alberta NDP leader Notley gives first news conference as Premier elect in EdmontonAlberta's newly elected government suspended one of its rookie legislators on Friday after offensive pictures she posted on social media before being elected emerged. Sociology student Deborah Drever, 26, was elected for the New Democratic Party in the May 5 election that ended 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in the province. Drever had already gained notoriety after posting photos on her Facebook account showing her posing beside a marijuana-themed shirt and another showing a manicured hand giving the middle finger to the Canadian flag.

  • Founder of Facebook's Oculus hit with lawsuit -

    The sign outside the Oculus VR booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las VegasBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR Inc, acquired by Facebook Inc for $2 billion, has been accused of taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and passing it off as his own, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The plaintiff, Hawaii-based company Total Recall Technologies, said it hired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in 2011 to build a prototype head mounted display. Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus last year was its first-ever hardware deal, as the company sought a way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena.

  • U.S. moves to facilitate social media in Crimea -The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday authorized American businesses and individuals to facilitate personal communications over the Internet like social media, instant messaging and photo sharing in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced it had issued a general license allowing for the exportation of such services and software to people in Crimea. A department spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said, "The general license allows personal Internet-based communications ? such as social networking, instant messaging, and emails ? and certain software necessary to enable it, between the United States and U.S. persons and Crimea." Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and numerous other online platforms were covered by the action.
  • Hootsuite says could go public sooner after Shopify IPO success -By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - The successful initial public offering of Shopify could prompt Hootsuite, another promising Canadian tech startup, to tap public markets sooner rather than later, its chief executive said on Thursday. Ottawa-based Shopify's shares rose as much as 69 percent in the e-commerce software maker's U.S. debut on Thursday, giving it a $2 billion-plus valuation. The CEO of Vancouver-based Hootsuite, which sells software to manage social media to companies and organizations, said the investor enthusiasm for Shopify's launch bolsters their own plans.
  • Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations -

    People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Maria Tsvetkova and Eric Auchard MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three U.S.-based Internet firms asking them to comply with Internet laws which critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship.      "In our letters we regularly remind (companies) of the consequences of violating the legislation," said Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky.     He added that, because of the encryption technology used by the three firms, Russia had no way of blocking specific websites and so could only bring down particular content it deemed in violation of law by blocking access to their whole services.

  • Exclusive: Genealogy website explores sale: sources -

    Two people talk at the booth at the Rootstech Conference sponsored by Family Search in Salt Lake LLC, the world's largest family history website helping users trace their heritage, is exploring a sale that could value it at between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Permira Advisers LLC, the buyout firm that owns most of privately held Ancestry, has hired investment banks to run an auction for the company, the people said this week. Permira declined to comment, while an Ancestry spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

  • U.S. Navy secretary says paying attention to cyber threats -By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is working hard to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday. Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia's use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and Georgia. It's in every system because we are so networked." Mabus confirmed recent media reports that the Navy was looking at replacing IBM servers used for its Aegis combat system after International Business Machines Corp's $2.1 billion sale of its server division to China's Lenovo Group Ltd last year.
  • NetApp results miss estimates; shares fall -(Reuters) - Data storage equipment maker NetApp Inc reported fourth-quarter results below analysts' estimates, hurt by lower sales to original equipment manufacturers, sending its shares down more than 10 percent in extended trading. The company, which cut about 500 jobs, also forecast first-quarter profit below market estimates. NetApp has been trying to boost growth by focusing on cloud-based products as businesses cut spending on high-end storage systems.
  • CareFirst says cyberattack stole data of 1.1 million users in U.S -(Reuters) - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which sells health insurance in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, said on Wednesday that a cyberattack compromised the data of 1.1 million current and former members. In May, Premera Blue Cross said that 11 million customers' information may have been exposed in a hack. CareFirst said that the attackers accessed one database and could have potentially acquired member user names created by individuals to use CareFirst's website, names, birth dates, email addresses and member identification numbers.
  • Spotify to start offering videos -

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek speaks during a press event in New YorkStreaming music service Spotify will soon provide video content from musicians, news organizations and TV networks in a bid to sign up more subscribers, the company said on Wednesday. A new recommendation function, similar to what rival Pandora Media Inc offers, will let people pick channels based on lifestyle activities, like "songs to sing to in the shower," or "100 plus hits form the 1980s," the Stockholm-based company said. In a splashy event in New York, Spotify founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek highlighted the discovery nature of the revamped platform that he said will deliver more relevant music and content to Spotify users.

  • Internet the key front in China's battle with Western hostile forces: military paper -The Internet is the most important front in China's ideological battle against "Western anti-China forces", the country's military newspaper said on Wednesday, adding that online controls were essential to the government's survival. Calls to reject Western thought and values have grown stronger under President Xi Jinping, who has urged more "ideological guidance" at universities and the study of Marxism. Like many officials before him, Xi is steeped in the long-held belief of the ruling Communist Party that loosening control could bring chaos and the break-up of China.
  • Telstra says newly acquired Pacnet hacked, customer data exposed -

    A woman uses a Telstra public phone in suburban SydneyAustralian telecommunications firm Telstra Corp Ltd said on Wednesday computer systems at its recently acquired undersea cable company Pacnet Ltd had been hacked, potentially exposing sensitive customer information to theft. Telstra said the corporate information technology network of Pacnet, email and other business management systems of the company, had been accessed by an unauthorized third party several weeks before its $550 million takeover of the firm was completed on April 16. Telstra said it didn't know who was behind the hack.

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