Google refuses French order to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, in June ordered the search engine group to de-list on request search results appearing under a person's name from all its websites, including Google.com. Google complied with the ruling and has since received more than a quarter of a million removal requests, according to its transparency report.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:09:00 -0400
Facebook says drone ready for real-world testing later this year
By Yasmeen Abutaleb MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world. The plane will weigh about 880 pounds (400 kg), said Yael Maguire, the company's engineering director of connectivity. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world," said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:43:22 -0400
FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog
The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed. Although cyber task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, five of them did not have a computer scientist assigned to them, the report by the Office of the Inspector General found.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:47:45 -0400
No end in sight for Oracle, Google legal fight over Android
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp's long-running legal battle with Google Inc over Google's Android operating system for smartphones and other devices probably will not proceed to another trial until the middle of 2016, a U.S. judge said on Thursday. The closely watched case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programming language, which Google used to design the operating system. Oracle is seeking royalties for Google's use of some of the Java language, whileGoogle argues it should be able to use Java without paying a fee.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:38 -0400
Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine
By Jim Finkle and Bernie Woodall BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:42:23 -0400
Google loses bid to overturn low-cost patent licenses to Microsoft
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a setback for Google Inc , a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that the low licensing rate Microsoft Corp pays to use some of Google's Motorola Mobility patents had been properly set. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a lower court judge properly determined the patents' value even though the royalty rate was only a fraction of what Motorola had asked for. Google sold the Motorola handset business to Lenovo last year but kept its patents.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:33:16 -0400
FireEye revenue jumps as companies spend more on cybersecurity
(Reuters) - Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc reported a 55.8 percent jump in quarterly revenue as businesses spent more to protect their networks from sophisticated cyber attacks. FireEye's net loss attributable to shareholders widened to $133.6 million, or 87 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $116.8 million, or 82 cents per share, a year earlier. The company said Chief Financial Officer Michael Sheridan is leaving to join a private technology company.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:11:10 -0400
Airfares will soon be the cheapest theyve been in four years
If youre planning to book any flights this fall, you might want to wait until August. According to Montreal-based analytics companyHopper, the price of an average round-trip ticket will plummet to $244 next month. Thats nearly a 5% decrease from the average price in August 2014. READ MORE:Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu heres how to customize it Typically, prices will fall during the latter part of summer before stabilizing in the fall and early winter, Hoppers chief data scientist Patrick Surry told Fortune. Since this summer was cheaper than last summer, we expect prices to remain lower than last year through the rest of this year, returning slightly closer to normal by the end of the year.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:08:01 -0400
Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:36 -0400
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