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New York governor approves new regulations on Airbnb
A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustration(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that would place new regulations on online home rental companies like Airbnb. Existing New York state law bars most urban apartment-dwellers from renting out their units for less than 30 days if they are not present. The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even advertising a rental that violates that existing law, which could help regulators crack down on Airbnb itself in addition to the users of its service. Airbnb had previously said it would sue if Cuomo approved the bill. ...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:27:00 -0400
New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb
News ImageSAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. "Throughout the country, people representing cities have called me to ask what's going on with the litigation," he said.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:25:41 -0400
Samsung placing product images in Youku videos, targeting Chinese viewers
News ImageBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Advertising technology company Mirriad says it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and China's video site Youku to market Samsung products to Chinese viewers who are gravitating toward streaming video content. For instance, in the show "Ode to Joy" on Youku, as two characters emerge from an underground escalator in an urban setting, a billboard at the landing bears an ad for Samsung's Galaxy C phone. After the episode was shot and produced, the ad was inserted by Mirriad's technology over a real billboard at the setting.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:16 -0400
EU regulators want to know if LinkedIn data is unique: sources
News ImageBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators want to know whether LinkedIn's data is unique, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, which could be key to their decision on Microsoft's $26 billion bid for the social network. The European Commission earlier this week sent questionnaires to third parties, asking for their views on the subject after Microsoft sought approval for its biggest ever acquisition. One of the questions asked whether LinkedIn's data from its 433 million professionals is unique and whether it can be replicated, and to what extent substitutes exist for LinkedIn, the people said.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:54:11 -0400
No partner in sight, Twitter faces tough solo choices
News ImageBy Liana B. Baker and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - The apparent lack of interest in Twitter Inc by potential suitors may force the social media company to consider a route anathema to aspiring tech startups: a major restructuring and cutting some its nearly 4,000 employees. Earlier this month, Twitter hired bankers to explore selling itself. The aborted sales process - and the company's strategy as an independent company - will be back in the spotlight when Twitter reports earnings on Oct. 27.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:33:03 -0400
Microsoft shares hit high as cloud business flies above estimates
News ImageThe company's shares have doubled since August 2013 with Chief Executive Satya Nadella restoring investor confidence by focusing on mobile and cloud computing rather than PCs. Long known for its Windows software, Microsoft has shifted focus to the cloud where it is dueling with larger rival Inc to control the still fledgling market. Its jump in revenue underscores how businesses around the world are turning to new applications in the cloud and leaving once critical software programs and other hardware in the dust.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:59:57 -0400
Cyber attacks cripple Twitter, Netflix, other websites
News ImageCyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet Friday, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections. Waves of attacks incapacitated a crucial piece of internet infrastructure, hampering or outright blocking access to popular online venues. "When I see something like this, I have to think state actor," said Carbon Black national security strategist Eric O'Neill, a former "spy hunter" on the FBI counter-intelligence force.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:47:54 -0400
How to stop specific contacts from knowing when youve read their iMessages
Apple's iOS 10 software has been available for a while now. In fact, the latest version of Apple's popular mobile platform is already installed on more than two-thirds of all active iOS devices in the world , and we're likely less than a week away from seeing the next major build, iOS 10.1, released to the public . Tens of millions of people use iOS 10 each day, and yet Apple added so many newfeaturesto the platform that many people miss things theywould actually benefit from a great deal. Among the new features that often go unnoticed by many is the option to control iMessage read receipts on a per-contact basis. That's right, you can stop specific contacts from knowing when or even if you read their messages. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to do it. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end Everyone knows that you can enable or disable read receipts across the board by opening the Settings app and toggling read receipts on or off from within the Messages menu. Most people want to leave them on, but there are always a few contacts who send you messages and you don't want them to know if and when you've read them. This is one of those iPhone and iPad features where, once you find out how easy it is, you want to kick yourself for not having noticed it before. Here's all you need to do: From within the Messages app, open a conversation with the contact in question Tap the "i" in the top-right corner On that screen, you'll see a setting for "Send Read Receipts" toggle it to off That's it. This setting will override your global setting and this specific contact will no longer know when you open his or her messages. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:06:17 -0400
NSA contractor to be charged with espionage after making off with 50 TB of data
Late on Thursday, federal prosecutors signaled their intention to charge former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin with violating The Espionage Act after authorities discovered that he took upwards of 50 TB of classified data from the NSA to his home. While the precise details regarding the stolen data remain murky, the New York Times a few weeks ago claimedthat it may have included "highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments like China, North Korea and Iran. DON'T MISS: These are the 2 best iPhone email apps in the world, and I cant decide which to use Interestingly enough, Martin's arrest a few weeks ago came on the heels of the leak involving NSA hacking tools. It was initially believed that an NSA operative inadvertently left the hacking tools on a computer, but Martin's arrest prompted a wave of speculation that the leak may have been purposeful. The motion filed by federal prosecutors -- originally published by LawNewz -- reads in part: For over two decades, the Defendant, Harold T. Martin, III, was entrusted to work at multiple government agencies dealing with highly classified information, including the National Security Agency (NSA). Throughout his government assignments, the Defendant violated that trust by engaging in wholesale theft of classified government documents and propertya course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale. The Defendants decades of criminal behavior were in flagrant violation of his many promises and oaths, as well as the law. The case against the Defendant thus far is overwhelming, and the investigation is ongoing. The Defendant knows, and, if no longer detained may have access to, a substantial amount of highly classified information, which he has flagrantly mishandled and could easily disseminate to others. At this point, there is absolutely no debating that Martin absconded with classified information. In fact, prosecutors note that investigators, upon visiting Martin's home, found classified documents littered everywhere, some of which were "lying openly in his home office or stored in the backseat and trunk of his vehicle." Notably, Martin told investigators that he has consistently been taking classified materials from the NSA for a period of many years. That said, it still remains unknown what was driving Martin's espionage escapades. The federal prosecution's full complaint against Martin can be read over here . Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:06:45 -0400
Cyberattacks on key internet firm disrupt internet services
Withering cyberattacks on server farms of a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States on Friday. ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:18:59 -0400
Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:10:49 -0400
AT&T is close to acquiring Time Warner for $85 billion
News ImageAT&T is nearing a deal to acquire Time Warner for $110 per share, a price tag to the tune of $85 billion for the telecom. According to Reuters, AT&T has reached an agreement in principle, which is a kind of stepping stone on the path to a formal contract. At $110 a share, AT&T would be paying a roughly 23 percent premium on Time Warners market value at close this afternoon, which was around $70 billion.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:39:43 -0400
Look how easy it would be for Nintendo to make the Switch so much hotter
After months of anticipation, Nintendo finally unveiled its new console on Thursday . As expected, the console is unlike anything we've ever seen before from a major console maker,combining the raw power of a home console with "the mobility of a handheld" to let gamers bring the biggest games with them anywhere they go. Unfortunately, there's still a great deal we don't know, including the price of the Switch, the launch lineup and the color options that will be availableat launch. DON'T MISS: Nintendos Switch is everything the Wii U should have been, but it might be too late Although we might have to wait until 2017 to know the answer to any of those questions, a talented fan who goes by TheGrumpyCat took to imgur yesterday to share his concepts for an assortmentof Nintendo Switch colorways. First up we have the classic white, which will probably be real eventually: Next up is a striking orange, which surprisingly doesn't look too bad: Taking some inspiration from Apple's rose gold iPhone, perhaps: My personal favorite the Nintendo Switch NES Edition: And for those of you who prefer the Famicom to the NES: In all likelihood, the Nintendo Switch will launch in the black/grey that we saw in the preview trailer on Thursday, but down the line, don't be surprised to see severalof TheGrumpyCat's designs lining store shelves. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:20:22 -0400
Microsoft in 2010 offered to buy Facebook for $24 billion and Mark Zuckerberg said no
Facebook over the years has received no shortage of buyout offers, with Yahoo's bid to purchase the social network for $1 billion back in 2006 perhaps being the most famous of all. While $1 billion seems like a steal today, remember that Facebook back in 2006 was only two years old and it was no surefire guarantee that it would go onto become the tech giant it is today. Remember, MySpace was still alive and kicking back in 2006 and Facebook at the time was still closed off to anyone without a .edu email address. DON'T MISS: Samsungs bogus copyright claim couldnt block this video of the Note 7 bomb hack in GTA 5 Yahoo, though, wasn't the only tech giant to express an interest in Facebook over the years. Microsoft in 2010 made a play for the company back in 2010. Of course, Facebook in 2010 was a much different animal than it was in 2006, and Microsoft's offer clearly reflects that. Though Facebook's IPO was still two years away, Facebook by 2010 was growing like mad and had firmly established itself as the only social networking site worth caring about. Appearing on CNBC earlier today , former Microsoft CEO and current LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer looked back at some of Microsoft's past acquisitions. While explaining that Microsoft was never interested in acquiring Twitter, Ballmer did confirm that Redmond was dead serious about snatching up Microsoft. When asked how much Microsoft was willing to pay to acquire Facebook, Ballmer said $24 billion. "I think $24 billion when the company was itsy-bitsy and [Zuckerberg] said no," Ballmer said. "And I respect that." The entire interview with Ballmer can be viewed below. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:30:46 -0400
PayPal says some customers unable to make payments due to cyber attack on Dyn
News Image(Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc said on Friday that it has experienced some service disruptions due to the cyber attack on Dyn that caused Internet outages for its customers. "This has prevented some of our customers from being able to pay with PayPal in certain regions," said company spokeswoman Amanda Miller. "PayPal was not attacked directly, nor were any of our core services to business impacted in the disruption." (Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by David Gregorio)
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:23 -0400
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