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By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Tuesday the online posting of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities were targeted attacks on their iCloud accounts and that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from a direct breach of its systems. Apple's response came after the photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers emerged over the Labor Day Weekend. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone." The breach comes as Apple prepares to launch a new iPhone next week and, more importantly, as smartphones increasingly become the repository for far more sensitive healthcare, banking and other personal data.
Under the deal, announced earlier this year, eBay said it would not make deals with other technology companies about poaching each others' employees. District Judge Edward Davila approved eBay's agreement with the U.S. Six companies including Apple and Google settled with federal authorities in 2010 over non-solicitation deals, without paying money. An eBay representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
By Sophie Knight and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics may cut more jobs as it finishes a massive restructuring that is focusing its business on the automotive and industrial sectors and has pulled it back into the black after years of losses. Remaining steps will focus on selling factories and exiting businesses announced in a 2012 restructuring framework, updated a year ago, with about 40 percent of the plan still to be implemented, Renesas Chairman and CEO Hisao Sakuta told a media round table on Tuesday. "If there's a mismatch between what the company is trying to do and what an individual wants to do, people will probably be quitting." Renesas, hit hard when a March 2011 earthquake shut a key chip plant for months and sent customers looking for other suppliers, has already cut more than 10,000 jobs and racked up 350 billion yen ($3.3 billion) in cumulative net losses over the last four financial years. Last week, Renesas unveiled a chip using new technologies that it aims to eventually apply to autonomous driving, which merges together feeds from cameras fitted to the car to create a 3D image and can detect pedestrians within several meters of a vehicle.
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after Facebook sought EU approval for the deal, the largest in its 10-year history, which will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies. The European Commission said on Monday it will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. In a questionnaire sent to third parties and seen by Reuters, the EU regulator asked if the deal would have a negative, neutral or positive impact on users and customers in mobile messaging and social networks.
Thoma Bravo to take Compuware private in $2.5 billion deal Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:14:31 -0400 Software maker Compuware Corp, under pressure from investors for more than a year over its poor performance, agreed to be taken private by investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal valued at about $2.5 billion. Compuware's shareholders will receive $10.92 per share, comprising $10.25 in cash and 67 cents in shares of Covisint Corp, in which the company owns an 83 percent stake. The offer represents a 17 percent premium to Compuware's closing on Aug. 29. Shares of Compuware rose as much as 12.8 percent to $10.55.
A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.
By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German regional court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the fast-growing, U.S.-based online chauffeur service which is no stranger to legal challenges from taxi-cab rivals and regulators around the globe. In its ruling, the Frankfurt Regional Court said the company could no longer offer its phone apps to connect drivers with passengers, stating that Uber's network of drivers lacked the necessary commercial licenses to pick up passengers. Uber responded in a statement that it planned to appeal the court decision and in the meantime would continue operating across Germany, a country where its customer base has grown fivefold so far this year. The court's decision raises the stakes for Uber in Germany.
Apple said Tuesday a "targeted attack" led to the release of nude photos of celebrities including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence but insisted there was no breach of its cloud storage system. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 25 to Sunday, August 31 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach.
Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:27:31 -0400 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is acknowledging that computer hackers broke into the accounts of several celebrities to steal personal photos that have been posted online, a security breakdown that the iPhone maker blamed on the intruders' ability to figure out passwords and bypass other safeguards.
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 25 to Sunday August 31 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Home Depot could be the latest major company to have customer credit card data siphoned off and sold online. Security researcher Brian Krebs writes that multiple banks have said the chain might be the source of a batch of credit and debit cards currently being sold in an online black market. "I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," said Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake in a statement to Krebs, saying that it was too early to tell whether there had in fact been a breach.
Google is clearly very proud of both its upcoming Android L release and the Material Design UI that it wants Android developers to use to make their apps look better than ever. 9to5Google points us to a new page on the Google Play store that’s intended to highlight all of the best looking Android apps that have been living up to the standards that Google set for its developers with the launch of Material Design. RELATED: New concept gives us a tantalizing peek of how fantastic our favorite apps will look on Android L “Attention to detail makes an app truly beautiful: transitions are fast and clear, and layout and typography are crisp and meaningful,” Google writes in explaining why it’s choosing
Hackers attacked the iCloud accounts of some celebrities, so it's time to boost your own cloud-security awareness. CNET's Bridget Carey offers tips on keeping your account secure and explains why deleting a photo doesn't always truly delete it.>
After hackers stole and released several dozen female celebrities' personal photographs over the Internet this weekend, apparently by breaking into their iCloud accounts, Apple has finally responded in full. In a new statement by the company, the company says iCloud, which stores multimedia taken on Apple products, and the Find My iPhone feature, which allows users to track a missing device, were not hacked. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud(R) or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
There are several notable game releases this month, such as Disney Infinity 2.0 and Hyrule Warriors, but none have received more buzz than Bungie’s massively multiplayer first-person shooter, Destiny. Activision, the game’s publisher, has spared no expense when it comes to marketing Destiny — a stroll through Times Square might be the most prominent evidence of this. Now Destiny is taking a page from Google Maps for a unique experiment that will allow fans to explore the worlds of Destiny before it launches. Destiny Planet View is “the first time a video game world has been mapped using Google technologies.” When you open up Planet View, you’ll be greeted by a voiceover introduction and three separate locations to which you can travel: the
Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its "abysmal" record for limiting Internet rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual global gathering that aims to bring together governments, activists and business to discuss how to regulate and encourage use of the web. "We need to spread knowledge and share the benefits of the Internet through bridging the digital divide," said UN Assistant Secretary General Thomas Gaas as the four-day meeting opened. Yet the choice of Istanbul as the venue for the meeting has been highly contentious, given Turkey's patchy record on Internet freedoms which included temporary bans on YouTube and Twitter this year.
So there I was, living the good life in San Miguel de Allende just a few weeks ago, enjoying the slow lane, mucho tiempo, hot springs, frosty margaritas, blue skies, and super-conscious of just how inexpensive everything was in my new found attempt to simplify my life when Caroline, one of my colleagues, sends me an email explaining how we just...
Apple is needless to say not very happy that some hackers figured out how to swipe a trove of nude celebrity pictures that were uploaded onto iCloud but the company is insisting that the problem has nothing to do with iCloud’s overall security. FROM EARLIER: Claimed hacker behind iCloud nude photos theft says it took ‘months’ of planning to pull off heist 9to5Mac has just published an official statement sent out by Apple in which the company offers key details about how some users’ iCloud accounts were compromised. The company says that after investigating the hack, it’s determined that the hackers involved used a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too
Apple says that the mass theft of nude celebrity photos that were released over the weekend did not occur because of a breach in any Apple systems, including iCloud. Apple says, however, that certain celebrities were the subject of targeted hacking attempts that focused on compromising their usernames, passwords, and security questions — a common and well-tread technique across the web. "We were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers."
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