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Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses with a poster during an interview in Hong KongBy Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.


08/28/2015 01:22 PM

Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows

Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, listens to a question during an interview in New YorkBy Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.


08/28/2015 05:52 PM

U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in BerlinBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The ruling was a setback for privacy advocates but did not reach the bigger question of whether the NSA's actions were lawful.


08/28/2015 03:21 PM

Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology

Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber next week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.


08/28/2015 06:23 PM

U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

A Microsoft logo is seen at a pop-up site for the new Windows 10 operating system at Roosevelt Field in Garden CityBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban. The commission's action is good news for Microsoft, which has been struggling to compete with Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd devices.


08/28/2015 06:47 PM

To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Julia Fioretti , Brussels (Reuters) - - The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Since opening in Paris in 2011, San Francisco-based Uber has run into vehement opposition from taxi drivers, who complain it competes unfairly by bypassing local laws on licensing and safety. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German and Spanish court bans, as well as a new French law on taxis.


08/28/2015 06:10 PM

Tribunal seals end of failed Volkswagen-Suzuki partnership
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp. say an arbitration tribunal has formally put an end to a failed alliance between the two companies to develop green cars, and Suzuki will buy back the 19.9 percent stake that Volkswagen held.
08/30/2015 05:40 AM

Amazon's Echo speaker plays music from multiple accounts
08/30/2015 05:09 AM

Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks
08/30/2015 02:02 AM

Eight ways to make usability testing simple and speedy

Eight ways to make usability testing simple and speedyUsability testing for applications need not be an overbearing, expensive exercise. A UX expert describes a different way.


08/30/2015 12:14 AM

'Mortal Kombat X' won't be coming to last-gen consoles after all
08/29/2015 11:11 PM

NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome
08/29/2015 09:32 PM

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Yasmin Moorman looks into the Galaxy Gear VR headset at the Samsung booth during the International CES, in Las Vegas. While more than 1,500 attendees are expected on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the VRLA expo, the event probably won’t feel very crowded. That’s because headset-wearing convention goers will be transported to other worlds during the second-annual celebration of virtual reality at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still.


08/29/2015 08:46 PM

Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

Workers sort electronic scrap on conveyor belt at a plant of Swiss recycling company Immark AG in RegensdorfBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and Norway were close to European targets of collecting and recycling 85 percent of all electrical and electronic waste, at the top of a ranking in which Romania, Spain and Cyprus were bottom with less than 20 percent, it said. European rules demand recycling of "e-waste", products with a plug or a battery, to recover metals such as gold or silver and avoid release of toxins such as lead or mercury.


08/29/2015 08:17 PM

BlackBerry's Android-powered Venice phone surfaces in the wild
08/29/2015 08:04 PM

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