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U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records
Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individualís complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows. The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval. The filing made public Monday was the result of an 11-year-old legal battle waged by Nicholas Merrill, founder of Calyx Internet Access, a hosted service provider, who refused to comply with a national security letter (NSL) he received in 2004.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 04:37:06 -0500
Nokia prices virtual reality camera at $60,000
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia on Tuesday said it will price its virtual reality camera at $60,000 and begin its shipments in the first quarter of next year. Launched initially in July, the spherical camera features eight sensors and microphones and it is designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. Once the world's largest mobile phone maker, Nokia is now focused on making telecom network equipment. It is also planning to come back to the phone business by designing and licensing handsets next year. ... Tue, 01 Dec 2015 04:14:34 -0500
Canadian start-up backed by BlackBerry founder unveils wireless tracking technology
Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer of Research in Motion, speaks at the RIM Blackberry developers conference in San FranciscoA Canadian start-up backed by one of BlackBerry's founders unveiled a technology on Tuesday for tracking wireless signals that it says can be used for detecting intruders, managing crowds or finding victims of natural disasters. Cognitive Systems Corp said its Amera technology senses motion in physical space by detecting small changes in the wireless signals that invisibly connect smartphones and other devices to broader networks. The closely held company is largely backed by Mike Lazaridis' Quantum Valley Investments fund, which aims to help bring breakthrough technologies to market.
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:08:47 -0500
Target website stumbles on Cyber Monday, rivals out of stock
A shopper takes part in Black Friday sales at a Target store in ChicagoBy Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers seeking to avoid the holiday crowds at bricks-and-mortar stores and snare deals on Cyber Monday came face-to-face with traffic jams and product sellouts, with some customers of Target Corp forced to wait in a virtual line. Sales on Cyber Monday, traditionally the busiest day of the year for Internet shopping, were expected to finish up 12 percent from a year earlier at $2.98 billion, according to Adobe Digital Index, part of Adobe Systems Inc, which provides digital marketing and media services to merchants. "Consumers are hyped for Cyber Monday, with social buzz more positive than what we saw on Black Friday, but they need to brace themselves for the highest out-of-stock rates of the season so far," said Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst at Adobe Digital Index.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:04:23 -0500
China's Didi bullish on U.S. partner Lyft, criticizes Uber
By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Didi Kuaidi, the Chinese front of an anti-Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] alliance, said it is seeing better than expected results from its September investment in Lyft, Uber's main rival on its U.S. home turf. "The strategic partnership we've built has been actually more successful than we anticipated from the beginning," Didi's Stephen Zhu, vice president of strategy, told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday. "Ever since we invested in Lyft, their market share has grown so much," Zhu said, without giving exact figures. Tue, 01 Dec 2015 07:58:52 -0500
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