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Is Alibaba's Data Tampering An Isolated Incident?

You may have heard it – Tmall, the B2C platform of New York Exchanges-listed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has tampered with its online data.<p>For readers who have not been following this story, here is a brief version of what happened: Someone noticed a sudden, inexplicable spike in the …

MasterCard And Zwipe Unveil Credit Card With Fingerprint Scanner

MasterCard partnered with Zwipe to create the world’s first credit card that combines biometric authentication and contactless payment technology. Financial institution Sparebanken DIN of Norway conducted a live pilot of the Zwipe MasterCard over the last few months.<p>For security purposes, the …

Motorola Moto G Vs Everything Else: There's No Competition, This Is The Number One Smartphone

Sitting down to do a feature on Motorola’s latest budget handset, the Motorola Moto G (2014), I find myself in a quandary. Is there a handset out there that matches or exceeded the Moto G in value for money, flexibility, and ease of use? Is there a handset that can step into a ring and go for …

Aging Boomers Dying To Recapture Sixties Sentiment

Who can forget the image of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos atop the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, heads bowed with black-gloved fists in the air, protesting for civil rights? Or Grace Slick, with her counterculture sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll attitude, belting out …

Google's Former CEO Reveals The Complicated Search Question He Wants Google To Be Able To Answer

In a recent speech in Berlin, Schmidt talks about how the process of invention is never-ending, and how the best inventors never feel like their work is done. For example, he says, even though Google.com is massively popular, the company hasn't "solved" search yet, and it still works incredibly …

Apple removes Bose products from stores following Beats settlement

Bose might have settled its noise-cancellation lawsuit against Beats out of court, but the two are clearly far from putting the past behind them. Apple (Beats' new owner) has pulled all Bose headphones and speakers from its online store and several brick-and-mortar ones, according to <i>9to5mac</i>, …

While Tim Cook Is Gushing About Apple Pay, Here's What's Going On With Google Wallet

Google, which introduced its own NFC-enabled payments system through Google Wallet way back in 2011, was much less blustery on its recent earnings call when asked about Google Wallet.<p>"We are trying to get it right," Google's sales boss Omid Kordestani said in response to one analyst's question …

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It Sounds Like Google's Radical Plan To Change How Android Phones Are Sold Isn't Going To Happen

This would mean Android phone makers wouldn't be able to customize the software on their phones as much as they do today, and Google's Android partners don't seem to be on board with that idea.<p>Android Silver has reportedly been "shelved," Re/code's Ina Fried reports, mainly because device makers …

26 Stunning Images You Won't Believe Were Found On Google Street View

He created a Tumblr, 9-eyes — named after the 9 cameras Google Street View uses— where he curates the best images he finds.<p>Rafman says sometimes he picks a location and "just wanders," captivated by what he sees.<p>He also doesn't document where exactly the photos were taken.<p>He told The New York Times …

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

Latest iOS 8 apps round-up review: Swiftkey; Halftone 2

Much of the hype about any Apple launch is bound to surround the new hardware, and the introduction of iPhone 6 and giant-size 6 Plus was no different. However, it’s the rollout of iOS 8 that will affect most people. There’s no great revolution with this free update, but the way it allows …

FBI director attacks tech companies for embracing new modes of encryption

James Comey says data encryption could deprive police and intelligence companies of potentially live-saving information<p>The director of the FBI savaged tech companies for their recent embrace of end-to-end encryption and suggested rewriting laws to ensure law enforcement access to customer data in a …

White House: ISIS fighters in Syrian town creating ‘target-rich environment’ for US

Military and White House officials said Friday that the fierce fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani has created an opportunity to take out large numbers of Islamic State fighters pouring into the battle.<p>Though the fighting has raised concerns that the vital town could still fall to the …

Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

A few weeks ago an emergency room doctor called our infectious disease physician group concerning a patient who had returned from Liberia and was having nausea and vomiting. Several of the patient's family members had died of Ebola.<p>As panic struck us, our decisive question was: When did he return …

Australian trekkers believed missing after deadly Nepal snowstorm

Loved ones awaiting news after Tuesday’s avalanches and blizzards, but Dfat unable to say how many Australians believed missing<p>Australian trekkers are believed missing in Nepal after a deadly snowstorm in the Himalayas.<p>The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it has been in close contact …

Oxfam: World must do more to stop Ebola becoming ‘disaster of our time’

Countries must step up efforts to tackle the spread of Ebola in west Africa by providing more troops, funding and medical staff to prevent it from becoming the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation”, Oxfam has warned.<p>The charity said the world had less than two months to curb the …

Hong Kong protesters and police clash for second night

Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters have clashed for the second night in the gentrifying neighbourhood of Mong Kok, threatening to undermine a day of efforts by students and government officials to defuse tensions as the unprecedented demonstrations stretch into their third week.<p>The …

Catholic bishops veto gay-friendly statements leaving Pope Francis the loser

Pope Francis appeared on Saturday night to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people.<p>In the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed …

A renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century

<i>Narendra Modi is prime minister of India. Barack Obama is president of the United States.</i><p>As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests. We have each shaped the positive trajectory of human history, …

Thai PM defends investigation into Britons’ murder

Thailand’s prime minister has defended the police investigation into the murder of two British tourists last month, saying the UK and other nations should “understand” that the correct culprits had been caught.<p>The comments by Prayuth Chan-ocha came on his return from a visit to Burma, the home of …

Koreas 'exchange artillery fire'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1115000/1115045_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524820045_41edb7b926efe72d628f59cce0ff7750<p><b>North and South Korea have exchanged fire across their land border, South Korean officials say.</b><p>The incident came as South Korean activists launched …

Skopje tests body of Briton who died after complaining of Ebola-like symptoms

There now seems to be only a small chance that a British man who died after complaining of Ebola-like symptoms actually had the virus. That is the word from health officials in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.<p>The Skopje hotel where the man was staying has been sealed off and another …

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97,000-acre King fire is fully contained, officials say

The 97,000-acre King fire in the Eldorado National Forest near Sacramento that destroyed 12 homes and forced thousands to evacuate was fully contained Thursday after burning for more than a month, officials said.<p>The inferno was contained about 4:30 p.m., said Laurence Crabtree, a U.S. Forest …

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