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  • Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet -

    Woman walks past a logo of Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in BeijingRussia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had teamed up with Google Inc to help grow the use of mobile Internet and will get a share of the search site's advertising revenues in Russia. Under a strategic agreement, MTS will feature Google's voice search in its ad campaigns and retail stores, and a relevant application will be pre-installed on the main screen of Google's Android-based smartphones sold in the MTS retail chain. "MTS will share with Google the cost of mobile Internet promotion and get money from Google's search services under a revenue-sharing scheme," an MTS spokesman said.

  • Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control -

    Chris Hurst, a journalist at the station and boyfriend of killed journalist Alison Parker pauses for a moment as Jeff Marks, general manager for WDBJ7 looks onBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live interview on Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee who later killed himself. Parker's father, Andy Parker, urged state and federal lawmakers to take action on gun control, especially to keep firearms out of the hands of people who were mentally unstable.

  • Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuse -

    Euro coins are seen in front of a Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaGoogle Inc has rejected EU antitrust charges that it abused its market power, exposing the company to the risk of a hefty fine if it does not alter its business practices. The company's comments came after the European Commission in April accused it of distorting internet search results to favor its shopping service, harming both rivals and consumers. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive," Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, wrote in a blog on Thursday.

  • Manspreading, hangry, Grexit join Oxford online dictionary -(Reuters) - Feeling hangry? Can't find a seat on the subway because of manspreading? Annoyed by people butt-dialing you? All three slang words officially joined on Thursday in a quarterly update of popular phrases that also included Grexit (a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone) and brainfart (a momentary mental lapse). Manspreading was coined to describe men who take up extra room on public transport by sitting with their legs wide apart. Last year, New York City transport authorities launched a poster campaign on the subway in a bid to discourage it. ...
  • Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally -

    Malaysia's PM Najib is pictured during the 19th Annual Leaders Consultation at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri BegawanMalaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a post on its official Facebook page on Thursday that it would block websites that "promote, spread information and encourage people to participate" in the protest organized by the civil society group Bersih. Najib has been embroiled in a political storm amid allegations of graft and financial mismanagement at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), whose advisory board he chairs.

  • Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues -While authorities said they had not determined a motive, perceived racism appeared to be a factor in the shootings, according to posts on social media attributed to the shooter and a fax that ABC News said had been sent by the gunman. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.
  • Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger -

    Flowers are seen at a memorial outside of the offices of WDBJ7 in Roanoke, VirginiaBy Gary Robertson MONETA, Va. (Reuters) - Two television journalists were shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, slain by a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a "powder keg" of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting. Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said.

  • Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies -

    Handout photo of actor Matt Damon leaving handprints at JPL in PasadenaHollywood studios are going to ever more creative lengths to attract attention in a jam-packed entertainment market where social media plays a key role in promoting content. For Matt Damon's October film "The Martian," in which an astronaut is stranded on Mars, 20th Century Fox Studios hosted a media day last week at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California just to promote a trailer. Journalists got a sneak peek at the first 50 minutes of the film, toured the lab and interviewed Damon at its Mission Control which is usually reserved for scientists working on operations such as landing the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012.

  • Suspect in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues -By Brendan O'Brien and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.
  • Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger -

    Computer screens display the Facebook sign-in screen in this photo illustration taken in GoldenBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. M is "powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people," David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc's Siri, Google Inc's Google Now and Microsoft Corp's Cortana rely entirely on technology to answer questions.

  • Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House -

    U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las VegasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from U.S. computer servers. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

  • Barcelona mayor's tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line -

    A man takes a selfie at Las Ramblas in BarcelonaBy Adrian Croft BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register. "Everybody must comply with the same game rules," Colau told Reuters in Barcelona's city hall.

  • Velostrata introduces public/private cloud software; takes funds -By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Velostrata, a year-old start-up founded by a successful Israeli software entrepreneur, on Wednesday revealed plans to offer hybrid cloud software that lets organizations offload local business data more securely to public cloud services. In addition, Velostrara said it had raised $14 million in early stage, Series A funding from established venture financers Norwest Venture Partners and 83North, which previously operated as the Israeli arm of Greylock Partners. Velostrata said its software promises to remove barriers to adopting Internet-based storage by combining elements of lower-cost off-site cloud services with the control of keeping business data secured on local datacenters.
  • U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service -

    Law enforcement officers take evidence from the Manhattan offices of in New YorkU.S. authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of the chief executive officer and six employees of for promoting prostitution through what prosecutors described as the largest online male escort service. CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as authorities moved to seize bank accounts holding $1.4 million and the website's domain name. During a midday operation, U.S. Homeland Security Department agents along with members of the New York Police Department could be seen carrying computers and boxes labeled evidence out of's Manhattan offices.

  • U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy used personal email for official business: audit -

    Ambassador of the United States to Japan, Caroline Kennedy speaks at the Japan-U.S. Economic Forum at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in Los AngelesU.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used her personal email for official business despite a State Department policy advising employees generally to avoid this, an internal audit released on Tuesday said. The State Department's Office of Inspector General made the finding in a routine report on the Tokyo embassy as the agency is under scrutiny for Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and server when she was secretary of state. "Senior embassy staff, including the ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," the report said, saying it found "instances when emails labeled 'sensitive but unclassified'" were sent and received on private email addresses.

  • Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween sparks social media outrage -

    Caitlyn Jenner recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is seen on a TV set in the press room during the 2015 ESPY's award show at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles CaliforniaBy Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailers selling Caitlyn Jenner costumes for Halloween sparked a social media firestorm on Tuesday from critics who say the get-up insults transgender people and promotes stereotypes. Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star known as Bruce, came out as transgender this year and introduced herself in a Vanity Fair cover story that earned international attention. A petition launched on Monday is demanding that Spirit Halloween, a costume company with over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada, stop producing and selling the costume, which includes a brunette wig, shiny white padded bustier and shorts resembling the outfit Jenner wore in the Vanity Fair cover photo.

  • Fox News: Republican Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst -

    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump takes the stage for a campaign town hall meeting in DerryThe head of Fox News on Tuesday called on Donald Trump to apologize after a string of posts on Twitter lambasting Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, the latest in an ongoing flap between the network and the leading Republican presidential candidate. Kelly was one of the moderators at the network's recent Republican presidential debate, where Trump claimed she asked him unfair questions. On Monday night, Trump took to Twitter to say Kelly, who had just returned from vacation, was "off her game" and Fox's nightly news program was better without her.

  • Alibaba drop leaves stock pennies above IPO price -

    The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in HangzhouBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd fell 3 percent on Friday and were perilously close to breaking below the price set in the largest IPO in history as fears of a China-led global slowdown rattled investors. A potential move below $68 would make China's largest e-commerce firm the second high-profile tech company to fall below its IPO price this week after Twitter Inc on Thursday dropped below its 2013 IPO price. It would also be a potential embarrassment to founder Jack Ma and the underwriters who engineered Alibaba's market debut last September.

  • California man, 19, charged with 'revenge porn' against girls -A 19-year-old California man accused of posing as a modeling agent to dupe and extort underage girls into sending him naked pictures was charged on Friday with more than 150 criminal counts in what prosecutors called a "revenge porn" case. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila is accused of preying on 21 girls between the ages of 12 and 17 between January and April of this year, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami said in a written statement. Hatami said Estrada-Davila befriended his victims on a social networking site, telling them he was a modeling agent who could make them famous and asking for pictures in their underwear.
  • McDonald's grilled over labor, tax practices at Brazil hearing -

    A man holds a poster in a protest against labor abuses and poor working conditions, in front of a McDonald's restaurant in BrasiliaMcDonald's Corp , the world's biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. McDonald's has come under increasing scrutiny worldwide for allegations of labor abuses, health and safety violations, plus tax evasion in Europe, and Brazilian Senator Pablo Paim called a hearing to allow both sides to make their cases. McDonald's deferred comment to its regional operator.

  • Faux candidate Deez Nuts polls nine percent in Clinton-Trump match-up -A fake U.S. presidential candidate named Deez Nuts, reported to be the creation of an Iowa teenager, has stirred a social media frenzy by polling nearly 10 percent of registered North Carolina voters in a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A statement of candidacy on behalf of the fictional 2016 White House hopeful, listing him as an independent, was filed on July 26 with the U.S. Federal Election Commission by 15-year-old Brady Olson, a high school student from Wallingford, Iowa, according to the Daily Beast.
  • Accuser in New England prep school rape trial says was 'violated' -By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school on Wednesday described being sexually "violated" by a popular senior and testified she initially remained friendly with him to avoid making a scene during graduation weekend. The trial of Owen Labrie, 19, who has been charged with multiple counts of rape stemming from the May 2014 encounter at St. Paul's School in Concord, saw its first full day of testimony on Wednesday. The girl, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, described initially rebuffing Labrie's invitation for a "senior salute," a longstanding tradition at the school in which younger students agree to have sexual encounters with seniors.
  • Lawyers stake out sides at New England prep school rape trial -Two very different versions of a sexual encounter last year between two pupils at an elite New Hampshire prep school emerged on Tuesday, the opening day of the rape trial of one of the students. A state prosecutor and an attorney for the defendant, Owen Labrie, 19, of Tunbridge, Vermont, made opening statements at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire, where Labrie faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl days before he graduated in 2014 from St. Paul's School. The trial is shining a spotlight on the culture of St. Paul's, and specifically a tradition described as a "senior salute," in which younger students have sexual encounters with graduating seniors.
  • China's Tencent invests $50 million in Canada's Kik Interactive -

    Visitors use phones underneath of logo of Tencent at Global Mobile Internet Conference in BeijingChina's Tencent Holdings Ltd has taken a $50 million stake in Kik Interactive, an investment that values the Canadian mobile messaging company at more than $1 billion, Kik said on Wednesday. Kik, a Waterloo, Ontario-based company whose chat platform is popular with U.S. teens, has long said it aims to emulate the success of Tencent's WeChat, which has expanded from messaging to facilitating commerce in China. The investment from Tencent, China's biggest social network and online entertainment company, helps justify that ambition, Kik Chief Executive Ted Livingston said in a phone interview.

  • Internships: to pay or not to pay? -By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - For young people trying to get a foot on the career ladder, internships offer valuable experience. Actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the latest high-profile employers to be hit with a lawsuit when a former intern at their company filed a case last week. Shahista Lalani claims she worked 50 hours a week for Dualstar Entertainment Group and was not paid.
  • NBCUniversal invests $200 million in BuzzFeed -

    Buzzfeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New York(Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal said on Tuesday it had invested $200 million in online publisher BuzzFeed, the latest move by the media conglomerate to tap into a younger audience. NBCUniversal invested $200 million last week in Vox Media, owner of tech-focused websites The Verge and Re/code. BuzzFeed and Vox have built audiences among younger Internet-focused consumers who are less likely to watch traditional TV. NBCUniversal owns the NBC network and channels including CNBC, Bravo, E! and SyFy. ...

  • Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes -

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawPolice in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardized Internet security", as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet. Since taking over in 2013, President Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China's Internet, which the Communist Party views with greater importance and acknowledges it needs to control, academics and researchers say. Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cyber crime, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website.

  • Office of Minnesota dentist who shot Zimbabwe lion reopens without him -

    Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, MinnesotaThe dental practice of a Minnesota hunter whose killing of Zimbabwe's best-known lion, Cecil, sparked widespread criticism from animal lovers around the world reopened on Monday without him, the practice said in a statement. The River Bluff Dental practice in a Minneapolis suburb had been closed since late July and became a center of protests when Walter Palmer, 55, was identified publicly as the hunter who killed Cecil, a well-known 13-year-old rare black-maned lion. Operations resumed on Monday without Palmer present, River Bluff Dental said in a statement that declined further comment.

  • Apparel maker Patagonia stops buying Ovis 21 wool after PETA video -The footage published on Thursday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showed the cruel treatment at farms which supplied the Ventura, California-based company with merino wool used in its base layers and insulation. Patagonia's Chief Executive Officer Rose Marcario said in a statement the company was shocked by the video, and they were dismayed to witness such "horrifying" mistreatment.
  • U.S. delays plans to cede oversight of Internet administrator to 2016 -(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday said it would delay plans to give up oversight of a non-profit agency that manages the Internet's infrastructure until September 2016. The government body said it plans to renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for one year. Since 1998, the United States has contracted out, through the Commerce Department, the management of the master database for top-level domain names like .com and .net and their corresponding numeric addresses to ICANN.
  • U.S. Darkode hacker pleads guilty to aiding online break-ins -A hacker charged with helping to break into least 77,000 computers through the online hacking forum Darkode pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors said. Eric Crocker, 39, of Binghamton, New York, was among 12 people charged in July when the international hacking forum was dismantled by U.S. authorities working with law enforcement around the world. Crocker, who went by the online moniker "Phastman," pleaded guilty to one count of violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a federal law on violations of Internet communication, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh said in a statement.
  • Liberty Interactive to buy online retailer Zulily in $2.4 billion deal -

    Liberty Media Corp. chairman Malone arrives at annual Allen and Co. conference at Sun ValleyLiberty Interactive Corp , which owns home shopping network QVC, said it would acquire Zulily Inc in a deal valued at $2.4 billion to tap into the online retailer's younger clientele and its strong mobile presence. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd owns a stake of about 9 percent in the company. Billionaire John Malone-backed Liberty will combine the five-year old Zulily with its QVC business, which is about 30 years old and seen by analysts as a maturing business in the United States.

  • Despite protests, slog more likely than radical change in Brazil -

    Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, part of nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo's financial centreBy Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Despite protests by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians against President Dilma Rousseff and ongoing calls for her impeachment, little suggests radical change in Brazil anytime soon. With the country hobbled by legislative gridlock, a lack of viable alternatives to the established political parties and an economic reversal so complete that its currency is trading at a 12-year trough, there are no easy or fast fixes. The latest in a round of demonstrations across Brazil this year came as the economy reels from its sharpest slowdown in three decades, a vast corruption scandal ensnares political and corporate kingpins and a federal audit considers rejecting the government's 2014 book-keeping.

  • Malaysia seeks help from tech firms to stem 'false' online content -Malaysia will ask three social media and Internet companies to curb content in the interest of public safety, the communications minister said on Monday. The request is the latest attempt by Malaysia's embattled government to quell dissent after Prime Minister Najib Razak became embroiled in controversy over big debts at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will meet Facebook, Google, and Twitter "soon to seek their cooperation to stem the increasing tide of false information and rumors", Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak wrote on his blog.
  • Egypt seeks 50 percent Internet penetration by end-2016: minister -

    To match feature EGYPT-INTERNET/OPPOSITIONBy Ehab Farouk CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is looking to add 500,000 new Internet users by the end of 2015 and increase its internet penetration rate to 50 percent from 34 percent by the end of 2016, communication minister Khaled Ali Negm said. The communication and information technology ministry mandated reduced prices at the start of August as part of its plan to expand Internet access across Egypt and improve speeds. "Every 10 percent increase in Internet penetration increases Egypt's gross domestic product by 1.8 percent," the minister told Reuters in an interview.

  • Facebook struggles to sell advertising in India -

    Computer screens display the Facebook sign-in screen in this photo illustration taken in GoldenBy Yasmeen Abutaleb and Nivedita Bhattacharjee SAN FRANCISCO/MUMBAI, August 12 (Reuters) - Facebook is trying to lure skeptical advertisers in India with features such as free email support for questions about advertising and advice on increasing sales in a bid to boost revenue from its second biggest market. Facebook has 132 million users in India, trailing only the 193 million in the United States, according to the company, and the country is critical for the Menlo Park, California, social network's global expansion. Facebook does not break out its revenues in India, but Neil Shah, an analyst at Counterpoint Research, a Hong Kong-based technology consulting firm, estimates it brings in $15 million a quarter, far behind the $350 million he estimates Google earns there per quarter.

  • CentralNIC - Powering the xyz to Google's abc -

    A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in BerlinBen Crawford was asleep 12,000 km (7,500 miles) from Google Inc's Mountain View, California headquarters this week when the Internet giant unveiled its new face. Crawford, chief executive of London-based CentralNIC Group Plc, woke up in Sydney to learn that the domain powered by his company - .xyz - would host the website of Google's new company, Alphabet Inc. Google registered as Alphabet's website because is owned by German automaker BMW. "I read it and I was amazed," said Crawford, whose company's shares have soared almost 50 percent since Google stunned the market with the announcement of its reorganization on Monday.

  • Google has until August 31 to reply to EU antitrust charges -

    A woman hovers a mouse over the Google and European Union logos in SarajevoGoogle Inc , the world's most popular Internet search engine, has been given an extra two weeks to counter European Union charges of abusing its market power in a dozen EU countries and stave off a possible billion-euro fine. The European Commission has extended the deadline for replying to the charges to Aug. 31 from July 17, a Google spokesman said on Thursday. This is the second extension for the company, which had originally been told to respond to the Commission's charge sheet, or statement of objections, by July 7.

  • Tinder says founder Sean Rad returning as CEO -(Reuters) - Online dating application Tinder said on Wednesday night that it had re-appointed the app's founder, Sean Rad, as its chief executive. Rad returns after being replaced in March by former eBay Inc executive Chris Payne CEO. "We mutually determined that this wasn't going to be optimal and thought that a quick transition served everybody best," the company statement quoted Payne as saying. In another announcement, the company said Greg Blatt will be appointed as the executive chairman of Tinder. Blatt also serves as chairman of The Match Group. ...
  • McDonald's sorry after French workers forbidden to feed vagrants -

    A McDonald's restaurant logo in ChicagoMcDonald's has apologized for an incident in which workers in one of the U.S. burger chain's French franchises appeared to be threatened with the sack for feeding homeless people. A photograph circulating on social media showed a notice pinned up at the McDonald's in Hyeres near Marseille in southern France, reading: "After an incident on July 25th, it is absolutely forbidden to provide food to vagrants, as a reminder, the team's meals should be eaten on the premises. Meals for team members are a personal benefit and are to be enjoyed only by the worker in question." The notice went on to say: "McDonald's is not in the business of feeding all the hungry people in the land," and concluded: "Any diversion from the procedure cited above will result in sanction that could lead to dismissal." A statement from McDonald's France said the notice was put up after a "serious incident" involving two homeless people in front of the restaurant in question, and that it was aimed at keeping the premises safe for its customers.

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