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TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Ja…

  • Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship
    Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship 3 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday. More »

  • Hacker or spy? In today's cyberattacks, finding the culprit is a troubling … 4 hours ago

    What's both amazing – and perhaps a bit frightening – about that dispute over who hacked Sony is that it happened in the first place. In 2012, then US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said publicly that the US – presumably the NSA – has “made significant advances in ... identifying the origins” of cyberattacks. More »

  • Microsoft Co-Founder Finds Battleship Wreckage
    Microsoft Co-Founder Finds Battleship Wreckage 5 hours ago

    The wreckage of a massive Japanese battleship which was sunk during World War 2 has been discovered by a research team led by Microsoft’s co-founder. The technologically advanced Musashi sank during the battle of Leyte off the Philippines more than 70 years ago. Paul Allen and his research team found the ship on Sunday, more than eight years after their search began. The Musashi was one of the largest battleships in history and was found as the world marks the 70th anniversary of the war's end. More »

  • Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails
    Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. More »

  • Teacher 'wanted to kill in Syria'
    Teacher 'wanted to kill in Syria' 6 hours ago

    A chemistry teacher who planned to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic State prepared himself to commit "multiple acts of murder", a court has heard. More »

  • China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law 9 hours ago

    By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of its impact and demanded amendments. China's proposals, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement access for counterterrorism investigations, drew criticism from Obama, who told Reuters in an interview this week China would have to change the draft law if it were "to do business with the United States". Fu Ying, China's parliamentary spokeswoman, said many Western governments, including Washington, had made similar requests for encryption keys while Chinese companies operating in the United States have long been subject to intense security checks. More »

  • Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails
    Clinton ran homebrew computer system for official emails 10 hours ago

    The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet ... More »

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines 12 hours ago

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. More »

  • Warning over internet security flaw
    Warning over internet security flaw 15 hours ago

    Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack". More »

  • Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack' 16 hours ago

    Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack." There's no evidence ... More »

  • Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud centre, enters hotly contested market
    Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud centre, enters hotly contested market 17 hours ago

    By John Ruwitch and Paul Carsten HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition. The new California data centre marks the Chinese company's latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly contested U.S. market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp and Google Inc. Alibaba's Aliyun cloud division intends the new data centre to cater initially to Chinese companies with operations in the United States, including retail, Internet and gaming firms. More »

  • US stocks retreat from records
    US stocks retreat from records 21 hours ago

    Wall Street stocks retreated from record peaks Tuesday, losing ground after lackluster US auto sales More »

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending March 2, 2015: More »

  • Discovery adds online adventure channel to reach Web generation
    Discovery adds online adventure channel to reach Web generation Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cable network operator Discovery Communications Inc said it is boosting investment in original Web video with a new channel focused on adventurers, in an effort to reach younger audiences who have grown up watching media online. The owner of The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet launched the ad-supported free online network called Seeker on Tuesday and will pitch it to advertisers in May during the newfronts, an annual showcase of digital content. Michelob Ultra, owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, has signed on as the channel's first sponsor. Many are produced and hosted by journalist Laura Ling, who was held captive in a North Korean prison in 2009. More »

  • EU's antitrust chief has met Google's Schmidt
    EU's antitrust chief has met Google's Schmidt Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's antitrust chief has met Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as she seeks to resolve a four-year investigation into complaints that the Internet search giant abuses its dominance. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met Schmidt on Monday, her spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email. In recent weeks Vestager has met more than a dozen Google complainants, including executives from Microsoft, German publisher Axel Springer, mapping companies and price comparison sites to get feedback on the case. ... More »

  • Emerging world drives cheap smartphone boom
    Emerging world drives cheap smartphone boom Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Visitors use their mobile devices during the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 2, 2015 More »

  • Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r …
    Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing's plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security "backdoors" in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access. "This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi," Obama said. "We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States." The Chinese government sees the rules as crucial to protect state and business secrets. More »

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect
    WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, ... More »

  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high
    Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq has again ... More »

  • The Nasdaq composite index, then and now
    The Nasdaq composite index, then and now Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    It's taken 15 years for the Nasdaq composite index to approach the record high of 5,048 it reached back in March 2000, at the height of the tech-stock boom that would later collapse. On Monday the index ... More »

  • World's Richest: Tech Entrepreneurs Join List
    World's Richest: Tech Entrepreneurs Join List Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Some of technology's youngest entrepreneurs have cracked the Forbes rich list. Spiegel's net worth is estimated at $1.5bn (just under £1bn), matching that of his colleague, 25-year-old Bobby Murphy. Other tech newcomers on the 2015 list include Uber co-founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp at $5.3bn apiece. Ryan Graves, who, at 31, oversees the taxi-ordering service's global operations, makes the list with an estimated net worth of $1.4bn. More »

  • Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list, Michael Jordan joins
    Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list, Michael Jordan joins Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Bill Gates stands atop Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest people, as Facebook Inc's Mark Zuckerberg joined the top 20 and basketball star Michael Jordan plowed new air by making the list for the first time. Gates' net worth rose to $79.2 billion from $76 billion a year earlier, putting the Microsoft Corp co-founder at the top for the 16th year in the last 21, Forbes said on Monday. Mexico telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu ranked second, worth $77.1 billion, while Berkshire Hathaway Inc chief Warren Buffett was third, at $72.7 billion. More »

  • Apple to Wal-Mart, Big Biz is Betting on Green Energy (Op-Ed) Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Lynn Scarlett, managing director for public policy at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. While everyone still has to carry around a phone charger for the forseeable future, Apple is taking a different approach to its own energy supply. For Apple, the benefits are clear. Apple's decision affirms that clean energy, climate solutions and economic opportunity can converge. More »

  • Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says
    Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' fortune increased $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine Forbes said More »

  • Forbes List: 10 richest people in the world Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Bill Gates, the founder of technology company Microsoft Corp., topped Forbes' 2015 list of the world's top billionaires for the second straight year. In 2013, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu was on ... More »

  • Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires
    Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 ... More »

  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq touches 5,000, nears its record high
    Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq touches 5,000, nears its record high Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years ... More »

  • Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud
    Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacentres, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. "We will build datacentre equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday. Ericsson, the world's leading maker of mobile network equipment, said it will help its global base of major telecoms companies to shift to cloud computing using Intel datacentre designs to compete more actively with Web rivals. More »

  • Nasdaq Now and Then: As index nears its dot-com record of 15 years ago, what's …
    Nasdaq Now and Then: As index nears its dot-com record of 15 years ago, what's … Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq is again near 5,000 and close to topping its record from the dot-com boom. The index has clawed back, riding a six-year bull market, and is less than 100 points from its all-time high of 5,048.62 reached March 10, 2000. More »

  • Microsoft unveils new smartphones
    Microsoft unveils new smartphones Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Microsoft has announced two new mid-range smartphones, both of which will work with Windows 10 when it launches later in the year, and come with Microsoft Office for free. More »

  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq closes in on its record high
    Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq closes in on its record high Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq is again near 5,000 and ... More »

  • BlackBerry takes its device management platform to the cloud
    BlackBerry takes its device management platform to the cloud Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Monday it plans to offer a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, a move that will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses that need to secure devices on their own networks. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has built a reputation around its device management and security capabilities, catering mainly to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. With data security needs becoming more critical, and a number of new entrants in the field nipping at its heels, BlackBerry said it is now broadening its offerings. BlackBerry's new BES12 platform manages and secures not only BlackBerry devices, but also those powered by operating systems such as Google Inc's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft Corp's Windows platform. More »

  • Sam Smith tops albums streaming chart after success at Brits
    Sam Smith tops albums streaming chart after success at Brits Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Singer beats rivals including Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood in a close-run race to top the Official Albums Chart. More »

  • Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to take on Apple
    Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to take on Apple Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    By Se Young Lee and Harro Ten Wolde SEOUL/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed "Project Zero", the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung's plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker late last year, selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in the December quarter on the back of the success of its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Samsung's previous flagship Galaxy S5 was outsold in its second full month of global sales by Apple's older iPhone 5S, according to researcher Counterpoint. More »

  • Smith tops albums streaming chart
    Smith tops albums streaming chart Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Sam Smith has topped off another award-winning week by becoming the first act to top the albums chart with sales that include streams. More »