By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
Verizon stopped offering on-contract plans to new customers this month, but it failed to do a good job of explaining what that meant for people who were already on a contract. Now Verizon is clearing all of that up with a new blog post discussing what existing contract customers will and won't be able to do. Perhaps of greatest interest: Verizon says that these customers will still be able to renew their contracts and buy phones at subsidized prices.
If you opened up Tidal last night, you would have found it streaming Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Fest in New Orleans. As Drake took the stage for a brief set, Tidal cut its stream and put up a message. "Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream," it said. The message highlighted what appeared to be a very strict move by Apple to protect its partnership with Drake, especially given that some proceeds from the concert are headed to a charity for communities still dealing with the effects of Katrina. The New York Post's Page Six even said that Apple had sent Tidal legal letters stating it could be sued for up to $20 million if Drake were to appear.
HTC's former CEO is still staying with the beleaguered phone company, but he's taking on another role at another firm: executive director for Digital Domain. The move makes sense for both Chou and HTC, actually, as the HTC is ramping up to make its Vive VR headset a serious contender. Some kind of partnership between HTC and Digital Domain would make sense too, as Digital Domain has been doing more VR work lately.
Dai, co-founder of chipmaker Marvell and one of the US' wealthiest women, says that with a better ecosystem of support and encouragement, women will be able to contribute their natural talents to tech.
Dung beetles get shit done. Even in the dead of night, these poop-eating creatures can roll balls of fecal matter in a surprisingly straight line like it's the easiest task in the world. But don't be fooled; dung beetles have an advanced internal GPS system that guides them at night. Now, scientists have finally figured out how that navigation system works.
Here's a phone that could make you want to switch back to BlackBerry. Over the past few months we've been hearing that BlackBerry is at work on an Android slider featuring one of its famous keyboards, and a few early renders have even leaked out. From the looks of it, the slider seems to be running an only lightly modified version of Android Lollipop, which is, as always, good news.
Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of the Mars Trilogy, The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312, and many other award-winning works of science fiction. It takes quite a few tacks to get out of the little bay and into the wider expanse of Long Pond.
Around-the-neck wireless earbuds are unavoidable these days. You step on a subway platform, and you see them. You go to the gym, and you see them. You pass your mail carrier on your street, and you see them. Even in the face of that ubiquity, I'm still not sure what to call them — and I'm not alone. When we recently polled Verge readers on what to call these Bluetooth fashion crimes, the winning name was: "I just like clicking buttons!" (Thanks, Ross.)
Sony this past week took the wraps off a crazy and new TV remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker. Needless to say, this is likely the biggest and most ridiculous TV remote you’re ever going to see. While we can certainly appreciate the idea behind this contraption, it certainly won’t win any awards for industrial design anytime soon. DON’T MISS: Is this the man who hacked Ashley Madison? If you’re at all intrigued about this device, dubbed the SRS LSR 100, well we have some bad news for you. This gargantuan remote will only be available in the Japanese market. Spec wise , the remote has a battery life of 16 hours, a headphone jack, large accessible controls, and extremely minimal
If there was ever a show defined by its performances, it’s this one: Britney, Christina, and Madonna kissing! Britney lurching her way through "Gimme More" like an exhausted husk just a few years later! Beyoncé rubbing her growing belly while her loyal subjects applaud the future princess! Even at an advanced age — this is the 32nd annual show — the VMAs are expertly engineered at least one memorable moment a year. Can they silence the haters with a performance that brings out something new in their music? Demi Lovato: Demi has a ton of goodwill thanks to the success of "Cool for the Summer," but she could use a defining, powerful vocal performance to drive the song home.
The iPhone 6s is nearly here and 9to5Mac has posted some new leaked photos that give us a look at two of the device’s key new features: Force Touch and a larger FaceTime camera. Force Touch is the technology that Apple introduced with the Apple Watch that lets users execute different commands on a touch display depending on how hard they press on it. The larger FaceTime camera, meanwhile, is designed to help users take higher quality selfies and will even come with its own flash to make it easier to take selfies in the dark. RELATED: iPhone 6s: New report reveals every single detail on new 12MP camera Here is the front panel of the iPhone 6s laying on top of
Wiz Khalifa was arrested for riding one at the airport. Jamie Foxx brought one on Fallon. The New York Times used the headline "Wiz Khalifa Arrested For Refusing To Get Off Hoverboard." But he wasn't on a hoverboard.
By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks. Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman, who founded the website in 2001, had left the company with immediate effect, the latest sign of the wrenching impact on the company of the attack that led to the disclosure of sensitive data about millions of clients.
Google is working on a new technology called VP10 that will allow it to squeeze higher-quality video over broadband and mobile networks. And thanks to patent issues with a rival standard, it has a chance to catch on.
From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. Dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died, brass bands marched through the streets and neighbors gathered for block parties across the city, where the mood shifted in turns from somber to reflective to celebratory. While residents and visitors alike said it was difficult to deny the rebound that New Orleans has made, there was also recognition that the poorest areas, like the Lower Ninth, have lagged.
Emergency work was expected to block off the principal freeway connecting San Francisco to the south for at least 20 hours, after a construction crane crashed into and demolished a tower supporting high-voltage power lines. "All southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 are closed down until possibly 5 p.m. today," Officer Eric Anderson of the California Highway Patrol said on Saturday, warning of significant traffic delays. The crane was being used to construct a new freeway overpass in Burlingame, a suburb south of San Francisco.
(Reuters) - Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1,344 km) southeast of Honolulu and 625 miles (1,006 km) south east of Hilo was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 kmph), said center spokesman Neil Honda. "It just became a hurricane from a tropical storm," Honda said, noting the weather became fierce enough to be classified a hurricane at 5 a.m. Pacific on Saturday.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison for broadcasting "false news," on Saturday, sparking international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency.
The embittered gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was seemingly hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia's governor said Friday. Terry McAuliffe visited the studios of WDBJ television in Roanoke two days after Vester Flanagan killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as they were conducting an interview. Flanagan, 41, a former WDBJ reporter fired in February 2013, fatally shot himself a few hours later after police caught up with his rented get-away car on a highway that leads into the city of Washington.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Erika drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Friday after leaving a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Just one day after two of its own were killed, the news team at Virginia station WDBJ-TV regrouped, gathered together and leaned on one another for the live broadcast of its "Mornin'" show.
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street soared overnight, breaking a six-day string of losses. The recovery brought a measure of relief to many investors, although experts warned that more volatility could be ahead.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists.
The GOP frontrunner lashes out at the prominent TV anchor: "Go back to Univision."
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