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Uber, Careem suspend services in UAE capital
An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signRide-hailing companies Uber [UBER.UL] and Careem have suspended services in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, since Saturday and do not know when they can resume operations, they said on Sunday. The National, a UAE newspaper, quoted unnamed sources as saying that as many as 50 drivers for Uber and Careem had been arrested. An Abu Dhabi source familiar with the situation told Reuters some drivers had been detained over violations of regulations, but did not specify how many drivers or describe the violations.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:57:21 -0400
Cost-cutting, growth could lift Symantec shares 25 percent: Barron's
News Image(Reuters) - Symantec Corp shares could gain 25 percent or more following steps to cut costs and a recent acquisition that could propel the company's business in the hot cybersecurity market, a Barron's report said on Sunday. Barron's said Symantec, an early pioneer in antivirus software with its Norton brand, boosted its prospects of gaining a larger share of the cybersecurity market with its June agreement to buy Blue Coat Systems Inc [PRJCBB.UL]. The company will be able to sell Blue Coat's web and cloud protection services to its existing base of more than 370,000 business clients as demand to block hacking attempts grows, the newspaper said.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:30:28 -0400
Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors
News ImageBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:34:37 -0400
Nutanix acquires two startups amid IPO delay
By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - High-tech computing company Nutanix has acquired two startups to enhance its data and storage services, as the firm continues to grow its business despite a protracted delay in its initial public offering. San Jose, California-based Nutanix said on Sunday it bought PernixData, a software company that facilitates data storage, and Calm.io, a development and automation startup, both also located in California. Nutanix declined to disclose the price of the acquisition. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:25:13 -0400
Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants, says not linked to recent fires
Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said on Saturday, after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks. The official said the malware at the two plants was inactive and had not played a role in the fires. "In periodical inspection of petrochemical units, a type of industrial malware was detected and the necessary defensive measures were taken," Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran's civilian defense, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:46:09 -0400
Economists see ride-hailing industry as ripe for competition
News ImageBy Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's rivals in other markets had a slim chance of splitting the market with the dominant player, just as Uber struggled to erode Didi's share in China. After China, the industry will consolidate in other markets, said Hans Tung, an Asia-focused investor and managing partner at GGV Capital, which backed Didi and Grab, a Singapore-based ride service.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:47:11 -0400
MTV gave Beyonc 15 minutes to perform on the VMAs because she's Beyonc
News ImageSometimes special exceptions are made, for major lifetime achievement awards like the Video Vanguard MTV is giving to Rihanna tonight (she will have multiple performances throughout the show). Kanye West even got four minutes to have a chat with the world during tonight's VMAs. Unless your name is Beyonc.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:18:56 -0400
Kanye West's video for Fade is now available on Tidal
News ImageKanye West premiered his video for "Fade" tonight at the MTV VMAs, and it's available towatch on Tidal now. The video stars musician and frequent West collaborator Teyana Taylor, who dances around in a foggy, empty gym in the style of 1983's Flashdance. Before he introduced the video, West discussed gun violence in Chicago, the importance of young artists like Chance the Rapper, and his idols, which, if you're wondering, still includes Steve Jobs.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:13:17 -0400
After seeing what he was up to during 'Civil War', we're definitely Team Thor
News ImageSend ravens to everyone you know, because "Team Thor", the short film that debuted at Comic-Con, is now available online.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:06:56 -0400
Michael Phelps made this face during the Olympics because of Future
News Image"Remember in Rio when I made that face that ended up all over the Internet?" I was in the zone with Future's track 'Stick Talk' blaring in my headphones." Phelps said while announcing the rapper's performance during the MTV VMAs. Michael Phelps says he was listening to Future when he made this face. The initial assumption was Phelps was frustrated at his rival Chad Le Clos, a South African swimmer, but following the event Phelpstold The Today Show he wasn't "intentionally mean mugging him or giving him a dirty look." Now we we know aDS2 deep cut is the real reason behind the angry meme to end all angry memes.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:00:20 -0400
Thor explains why he was absent during Marvel's Civil War
News ImageCaptain America: Civil War answered a lot of questions about the Marvel cinematic universe, explaining why Steve Rogers and Tony Stark were at each other's throats, shedding more light on the history of Hydra, and drawing philosophical lines between the world's superheroes. Marvel gave us a glimpse at the Norse god's new life down under in a short clip titled Civil War: Team Thor posted to Twitter and Facebook last night, showing that while Captain America and Iron Man wrestled with weightier subjects, Thor was bugging his room-mate Darryl at work, making amateurish attempts to dig up dirt on Marvel villains, and tucking famous hammer Mjolnir up in an adorable little bed.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:59:32 -0400
Is Samsung far ahead of Apple? Marc Benioff appears to think so
News ImageTechnically Incorrect: The Salesforce CEO retweets something highly critical of Apple's innovation and highly complimentary to Samsung.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:55:25 -0400
Dotcom demands live-stream of extradition appeal
News ImageInternet mogul Kim Dotcom launched his appeal against extradition from New Zealand to the United States on Monday arguing for his case to be live-streamed to ensure a fair hearing. The German national, who has permanent residency in New Zealand, faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted in the United States of video piracy, which US authorities say cost copyright owners hundreds of millions of dollars. "My lawyers are currently in court making argument for live-streaming of my entire hearing," the Megaupload founder tweeted shortly after the hearing began in the Auckland High Court.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:34:50 -0400
Roku's new streamers may have HDR and get names instead of numbers, report says
News ImageThe streaming company could be done with numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 as it may be prepping five new devices.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:36:59 -0400
A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released
Late last week, security researchers uncovered what may very well be the most advanced mobile hacking toolwe've seen to date. Dubbed Pegasus , and created by a relatively unknown Israeli company called the NSO Group, the software in question utilizedthree previously undisclosed iOS zero-day exploits that, in unison, managed to completely take over andsurreptitiously spy on a targeted iPhone. DON'T MISS: This stagnant technology is whats holding Siri back Once installed, the software iscapable of eavesdropping on phone calls, text messages and a whole lot more. As evidenced via the image below -- purportedly a snapshot from the NSO Group's Pegasus documentation -- Pegasus is an extremely versatile piece of spyware that can monitor all aspects of a device, including messages sent and receivedfromiMessage, Gmail, Viber, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, WeChat and more. What makes Pegasus all the more sophisticated is that all a targeted user needs to do to unwittingly install it is to click on an SMS link. As the security group Citizen Lab notes : According to the purported 2013 NSO Group Pegasus documentation found in the Hacking Team materials, NSO Group offers two remote installation vectors for spyware onto a targets device: a zero-click vector, and a one-click vector. The one-click vector involves sending the target a normal SMS text message with a link to a malicious website. The malicious website contains an exploit for the web browser on the targets device, and any other required exploits to implant the spyware. In the attack against Mansoor, the Trident exploit chain was used. Apple was quick to issue a software patch for the security hole, but the unmasking of Pegasus helped kickstart a wave of questions regarding the identity, history and capabilities of the NSO Group. Here's a little bit of what we've learned so far. The NSO Group is based out of Herzilya, Israel and, relative to other companies whose bread and butter centers on selling advanced software to intelligence agencies and foreign governments, it keeps a surprisingly low profile. Notably, the NSO Group doesn't have an official online presence though its LinkedIn page does boast that it's a "world leading company in the field of Cyber Security and research." Founded by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio in 2009, the company is said to boast a few alumni from Unit 8200, a division within the Israeli army that focuses on signals intelligence, similar in practice to the NSA. For those curious to learn more about the NSO Group, Thomas Fox-Brewster of Forbes recently put together an engrossing list detailing everything there is to know about the company, including some of their business dealings with countrieslike Panama and Mexico. NSO has close partnerships with a variety of other Israeli surveillance firms as they seek to spread their spy kit across the world. These include Ability Inc, a troubled supplier of an as-yet unproven technology called the Unlimited Interception System (ULIN). The tool exploits a crucial part of the global telecoms infrastructure known as SS7, allowing interception of calls and texts, and collection of target location, all with just a phone number, according to the firm. Of NSO, Ability founder and CEO Anatoly Hurgin told me earlier this year: I think its one of the best companies in this field. Thats something even Scott-Railton agrees with: Pegasus is really next-level stuff. Hurgin indicated NSO and Ability worked together, Hurgins team covering the network side and NSO leaving malware on devices. One interesting albeit non-conclusive tidbit unearthed by Fox-Brewster is that one of Lavie's LinkedIn contacts isChaouki Bekrar. For those unfamiliar, Bekrar is the CEO of Zerodium, a company that previously offered upwards of $3 million to anyone who was able to come up with anexclusive, browser or text message-based, workable, remote and untethered jailbreak that will persist even after reboot. Is Zerodium perhaps connected with the NSO Group? That might be something of a reach. Indeed, a researcher from Citizen Lab said that the NSO Group likely doesn't need any outside assistance in developing its own wares. "Given NSOs public statements about their capabilities, and the size of their company, it would not be surprising to learn theyd developed their own exploits, the researcher said. The full-length profile on the NSO Group is well worth the read and can be viewed via the source link below. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:16:48 -0400
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