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Exclusive: FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.

04/23/2014 03:15 PM

Amazon's eroding tax advantage, bid to sustain growth in focus in first quarter

The sun reflects off Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's quarterly results on Thursday may heighten worries that its edge over online and even traditional brick-and-mortar rivals is narrowing as it charges sales tax in more states, curtailing growth in its core business. Amazon, which has expanded aggressively into mobile devices and computing services to try to sustain its pace of growth, may lose customers to a growing crop of retail startups and major chains that had been slow to react but are now focusing on their own online commerce strategies, analysts say. ...

04/23/2014 01:59 PM

AT&T margin weakness fuels concern about U.S. cellular sector

The AT&T logo is pictured by its store in Carlsbad, CaliforniaBy Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Increasingly aggressive discounting is taking a toll on AT&T Inc and U.S. cellular rivals as they struggle to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. While recent price cuts by AT&T led to a surge in first-quarter subscriber adds that beat Wall Street expectations, average revenue per user fell, triggering a 3.2 percent share drop. Other wireless carriers' shares also declined, with T-Mobile US Inc, which has roiled the industry with a series of discounts and new pricing plans, down 2.8 percent. AT&T's result and the share fallout is the latest sign of how U.S. cellular phone providers, once seen as companies with strong growth potential, are having to resort to discounting in a bid to retain or lure clients.

04/23/2014 01:54 PM

Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus

A portrait of the Facebook logo in VenturaSocial network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said at the time that the proposed transaction reflected his company's desire to bet on "the platforms of tomorrow." The deal was on a list of several proposed transactions that have been cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice and FTC. The Oculus buy was one of several high-profile purchases by Facebook, which recently won antitrust approval to acquire Whatsapp, an instant messaging service for smartphones, for $19 billion.

04/23/2014 11:13 AM

IBM unveils new server model to tackle big data, analytics

The IBM logo is seen outside the company's offices in Petah TikvaBy Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, in its latest attempt at reviving demand for its hardware products, is launching high-end system servers that it says are 50 times faster than its closest competitor at analyzing data. The POWER8 servers, the product of a $2.4 billion, three-year investment, are part of the company's decade-long shift to higher-value hardware technology. IBM said the machines are 50 times faster than the low-end x86-based servers it sold to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd in January. "For IBM customers in particular the POWER8 represents a generational jump forward so far as overall performance and system capacity goes," said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT in California.

04/23/2014 01:01 PM

U.S. FCC to circulate new proposed net neutrality rules Thursday

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Communications and Technology panel on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. regulators on Thursday will begin to review the specifics of a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content or applications. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said he plans to circulate his new proposal for the rules, expected to ensure that network operators disclose exactly how they manage Internet traffic and do not restrict consumers as they surf the Web. Wheeler has in the past indicated that the new net neutrality rules were not expected to address the issue of interconnectivity, or agreements in which content companies pay network providers for faster access to their sites or services. The issue of interconnectivity was recently brought into the spotlight by a tussle between video streaming service Netflix Inc and cable company Comcast Corp. The five-member regulatory commission may vote as soon as May to formally propose the rules and collect public comment on them.

04/23/2014 01:41 PM

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants
WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.
04/23/2014 03:23 PM

​Twitch streams more live video than the WWE, MLB and ESPN combined

​Twitch streams more live video than the WWE, MLB and ESPN combinedVideo games now have more online spectators than traditional sports. Crazy, right? It's crazy.

04/23/2014 03:12 PM

Apple slammed for buggy iOS 7.1 release that left users vulnerable to major hacks for weeks

Apple slammed for buggy iOS 7.1 release that left users vulnerable to major hacks for weeksWe know that Apple released iOS 7.1.1 earlier this week to fix a wide range of bugs and it turns out those bugs might be much more serious than we realized. Ars Technica reports that Kristin Paget, a former Apple whitehat hacker who now works for Tesla, has been ripping into her former employer for allegedly leaving its users wide open to some potentially serious hacks in the weeks between the releases of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. Per Ars, Paget found that some of the vulnerabilities “gave attackers the ability to surreptitiously execute malicious code on iPhones and iPads without requiring much or any interaction from end users.” To make things even worse, Paget said that Apple patched the same vulnerabilities in OS

04/23/2014 03:02 PM

High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaking in Philadelphia. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution. The case involved a woman known in court papers by the pseudonym "Amy." Her losses have been pegged at nearly $3.4 million, based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of her being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

04/23/2014 02:57 PM

Apple Should Have Read The Lyrics Before Putting This Song In An Ad

Apple Should Have Read The Lyrics Before Putting This Song In An AdDuring the primetime broadcast of "The Voice" and the NBA playoffs Tuesday night, Apple unveiled a new, lengthy advert for the iPhone 5S, its high-end smartphone. It's a fun spot, featuring several musicians covering the opening to the popular 1988 song "Gigantic" by Pixies, while artists demonstrate the various artsy things you can do with the iPhone. But the song choice is rather interesting for a button-up company like Apple, given the song's sexually charged lyrics. Fans have speculated for years about whether or not the lyrics describe a couple having sex, with someone else watching. ...

04/23/2014 02:54 PM

'Cosmos' brings Neil deGrasse Tyson's moustache to Blu-ray and DVD in June

'Cosmos' brings Neil deGrasse Tyson's moustache to Blu-ray and DVD in JuneIf you've missed a few episodes of the Cosmos revival or maybe just want to fill the universe-sized hole in your media rack, the series hits Blu-ray and DVD this summer. Come June 10th (two days after the final ...

04/23/2014 02:41 PM

Galaxy K camera phone looks better than ever in latest leaked photos

Galaxy K camera phone looks better than ever in latest leaked photosNext Tuesday, Samsung will unveil the latest addition to its camera phone lineup, the Galaxy K, complete with new branding and a fresh look. We have seen a single image of the device in a previous leak, but it was difficult to determine the proportions of the device. Thankfully, new photos have appeared on Baidu showcasing the slim design of the Galaxy K, along with its 10x optical zoom lens fully extended. The Galaxy K is expected to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.2-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and Android KitKat 4.4.2. A mid-range device through and through, the Galaxy K is still a marked upgrade over its predecessor. Looking back, the Galaxy

04/23/2014 02:36 PM

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

FILE - In this file photo, originally released by HBO in 2007, Edie Falco portrays Carmela Soprano and James Gandolfini is Tony Soprano in a scene from one of the last episodes of the hit HBO dramatic series "The Sopranos." Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first such streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon Prime members some classic TV like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire." (AP Photo/HBO, Craig Blankenhorn, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

04/23/2014 02:34 PM

Here's Why Your Old High School Friends Are Unfriending You On Facebook

Here's Why Your Old High School Friends Are Unfriending You On FacebookIf you're on Facebook, you probably have at least one former high school classmate who seems to never stop overloading your News Feed with crazy political rants or unnecessarily personal life updates. Perhaps you've thought about unfriending this person, or even gone ahead and pulled the trigger. To those of you, we say: You are far from alone. In reality, it appears former high school friends are unfriended more than any other group on Facebook, according to a recent study by Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver. ...

04/23/2014 02:32 PM

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