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AT&T set to announce $85 billion Time Warner purchase
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:28 -0400
File photo of the signage for an AT&T store is seen in New YorkBy Greg Roumeliotis and Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is set to announce an $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc on Saturday, sources familiar with the matter said, the boldest move yet by a telecommunications company to acquire content to stream over its high-speed network in an attempt to appeal to a growing number of online viewers. The biggest deal in the world this year would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. It would likely face intense scrutiny by U.S. antitrust regulators worried that AT&T might try to limit distribution of Time Warner material.

New York governor approves new regulations on Airbnb
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:27:00 -0400
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. ...

New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:25:41 -0400
Chesky co-founder and CEO of AirBnb attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San FranciscoSAN 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.

Thai junta says Google removing content with royal insults
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:46:39 -0400
Google logo adorns entrance of Google Germany headquarters in HamburgThailand’s government met with representatives from Internet giant Google, amid growing calls from Thai hardline royalists to bring those who insult the monarchy to justice, as many Thais look with uncertainty to a future without their revered king. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on Oct. 13 has thrown the country of 67 million into mourning. It has also led to the rise of ultra-royalist vigilante groups who say they will punish anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy during a highly sensitive time for Thailand.

Samsung placing product images in Youku videos, targeting Chinese viewers
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:16 -0400
The logo of Samsung Electronic is seen at its headquarters in SeoulBy 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.

EU regulators want to know if LinkedIn data is unique: sources
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:54:11 -0400
The logo for LinkedIn Corporation is shown in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy 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.

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy Time Warner for $80B
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:18:32 -0400
AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy Time Warner for $80BGrab some popcorn — AT&T wants to take you to the movies. At least that's the word on Wall Street after several reports citing unnamed sources said the giant phone company is in advanced talks to buy Time ...

Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:33:52 -0400
Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly ...
WSJ: AT&T will acquire Time Warner for more than $80 billion
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:59:34 -0400
Following rumors earlier this week of an imminent deal, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting the AT&T has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner. AT&T will reportedly pay between $105 and $110 per share for Time Warner, making the deal worth more than $80 billion. Time Warner shares closed at $89.48 on Friday after spiking on rumors that a merger deal with AT&T could be announced as soon as this weekend. According the WSJ , AT&T and Time Warner's boards are meeting this afternoon and the final merger proposal could be announced later on Saturday. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end As a result of its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T will dive headfirst into the entertainment business — Time Warner companies include HBO, CNN, TNT and the Warner Bros. film and TV studio. As WSJ noted, this acquisition will be the largest media deal in years, provided it is approved by regulators. Rumors on Friday suggested that a number of other companies were closely watching negotiations between AT&T and Time Warner, including Apple . Apple had been rumored earlier this year to be considering making a play for Time Warner, and the two companies had even met according to reports that broke late on Friday. Should it be approved, AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner will be its biggest deal since buying BellSouth for $85 billion in 2006.
The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was the best day of my life
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:39:05 -0400
The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was the best day of my lifeEver since I learned about the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, I knew I would have to make it my life's mission to go someday. How could you go wrong with hundreds of dogs in adorable costumes? Halloween costume choices for humans and dogs alike are telling of the trends and events of that year.

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How your DVR was hijacked to help epic cyberattack
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:55:26 -0400
An unknown attacker intermittently knocked many popular websites offline for hours Friday
Reaction to AT&T swallow of Time Warner swift
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:30:25 -0400
Everyone from Donald Trump to consumers weighing in
Hacked home devices caused massive Internet outage
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:04:53 -0400
Attackers used a leaked code to launch DDoS attacks from home Internet devices.
'Massive rise' in hate speech on Twitter during presidential election
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:05:11 -0400
Speech from Internet's dark recesses has bubbled into mainstream with Trump's candidacy.
Facebook employees tried to remove Trump posts as hate speech
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:34:12 -0400
CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided the controversial posts would remain, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Amazon could be a lot bigger than we think
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:12:24 -0400
Amazon may have a far bigger reach in retail than commonly understand — signaling more threats to mass market retailers.
Microsoft tackles coach's Surface criticism in blog post
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:58:52 -0400
Tech company counters Belichick diss with coaches saying they 'live and die' by the tablet.
The remote home: there are now many ways to monitor kids and home from afar
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:12:43 -0400
These ‘smart home’ products make your home more energy efficient and livable.
15 of the best tech deals this weekend
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:40:12 -0400
We've found something for everyone.
This app helps earn extra cash for the holidays
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:56:38 -0400
Tips on apps to save money, manage prescriptions, and avoiding Facebook scams.
Faraday Future to unveil production car at CES 2017
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:17:11 -0400
Chinese-backed, LA-based electric car company remains largely in stealth mode after racy debut.
Will Millennials pay for network TV on YouTube?
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:10:42 -0400
Podcast explores possible tie-up with networks and video service
The best tech to watch your home from afar
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:11:33 -0400
Tech expert Marc Saltzman shares the best gadgets and apps to make your home smarter.
Bezos on Thiel: 'Contrarians are usually wrong'
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:20:55 -0400
Amazon CEO gave comments during Vanity Fair summit in San Francisco.
Take flight: USA TODAY Network debuts VR show
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:47:20 -0400
The first episode takes viewers to a hot-air balloon festival and into a fighter jet cockpit.
7 successful Shark Tank products people actually want
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:02:01 -0400
Toss out your shark repellent
Latina-led Silicon Valley tech company raises $2M
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:00:19 -0400
Atipica founder Laura Gómez says it's one of the largest seed funding rounds for a Latino-led tech company.
T-Mobile to offer loaner devices for Note 7 after all
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:07:43 -0400
If you still have a Galaxy Note 7 on T-Mobile, you'll be able to get a loaner while you wait.
Sequoia hires first female investing partner in U.S.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:14:44 -0400
Jess Lee was CEO of Polyvore, which was bought last year by Yahoo for $230 million.
What Time Warner-AT&T alliance means for you
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:38:41 -0400
alliance could produce mobile exclusives, more tracking
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'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:33:35 GMT
Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as printers and web cameras, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.
Warnings over Dirty Cow Linux bug
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:54:38 GMT
Users of the Linux operating system are being urged to update it to remove a "serious" bug that hackers could use to hijack systems.
Online gambling companies probed by CMA over winnings
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:10:50 GMT
Online gambling firms may be breaking the law by making it very difficult for players to collect their winnings, the competition regulator says.
Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:17:20 GMT
Samsung appears to file copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset.
NSA contractor faces spying charges
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:02:42 GMT
An NSA contractor is accused of stealing vast amounts of government secrets over a 20-year period.
Video game voice, stunt and motion actors go on strike in US over pay
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:52 GMT
Actors who provide voices, stunts or motion capture for video games are on strike in the US over pay and conditions.
Nintendo Switch console plays games home and away
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:07:52 GMT
Nintendo reveals the first details of its next games console - the Nintendo Switch - previously code-named NX.
Microsoft shares at new high as cloud focus pays off
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:31:13 GMT
Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits and sent its shares to an all-time high.
Facebook apologises for removing breast cancer awareness video
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:18:20 GMT
Facebook has apologised for removing a video on breast cancer awareness posted by a Swedish group, saying it was incorrectly taken down.
Apple complains Amazon's US site is selling fake products
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:31:20 GMT
Apple says there is a "flood" of potentially life-threatening counterfeit goods being sold via Amazon.
Broadband must be affordable for poor, say councils
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:13:04 GMT
Broadband needs a social tariff to ensure everyone can afford it, says the Local Government Association.
Tesla to make all its new cars self-driving
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:07:12 GMT
Tesla says all electric cars it now builds will have hardware to drive completely on their own, though fully self-driving cars are still years away.
Russian arrested over LinkedIn hack
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:51:25 GMT
A Russian man has been arrested in the Czech Republic over alleged involvement in a massive breach of LinkedIn data.
Backpage website tries to have pimping charges dropped
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:55:48 GMT
Lawyers for Backpage owners have asked the judge to throw out the case against them, citing free speech principles.
Pro-Clinton bots 'fought back but outnumbered in second debate'
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:48:00 GMT
A study says more tweets were posted by suspected bots in favour of Clinton and Trump in the second presidential debate.
Yahoo urges US to publish surveillance order
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:34:12 GMT
Internet firm Yahoo calls on the US government to publish a surveillance order it received so it can respond to claims it scanned users' emails
Sat-nav update 'to prevent stuck lorries'
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:43:40 GMT
A multi-million pound sat-nav project seeks to stop lorries getting stuck on UK roads.
Gable Tostee not guilty in Australia 'Tinder death'
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:38:30 GMT
An Australian man is acquitted of the murder of a New Zealand woman who fell from his balcony during their first Tinder date.
Swiss beat UK's BT to next-gen broadband
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:14:17 GMT
Switzerland is the first country in Europe to deliver so-called ultrafast broadband to customers through traditional copper infrastructure, according to service provider Swisscom.
Micro Bit mini-computer heads overseas
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:22:57 GMT
The BBC passes control of the Micro Bit mini-computer to a foundation that aims it to give it international appeal.
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