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Wells Fargo bankers overcharged clients for higher bonuses

Evidence that embattled bank Wells Fargo had swindled some of its clients emerged in a conference call led by its managers, The Wall Street Journal …

Banking

Correction: Vatican-Nuclear story

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Nov. 10 about a nuclear disarmament conference at the Vatican, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the U.S. embassy official who attended. His name is Louis Bono, not Luis.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>Pope asks leaders to imagine a world without …

North Korea

Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she’d support a ground invasion in North Korea as a last resort

In response to a recent report by the Pentagon that a ground invasion would be the only way to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, 15 …

North Korea
China

HP's tiny Xeon-powered PC puts the Mac Mini to shame

HP has unveiled the Z2 Mini, a mini PC that packs workstation-class parts, including an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics and M.2 SSD tech. It managed to squeeze that power into a 2.3-inch-high case that's "90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower," HP wrote. In …

Textron's New Drone Is A Game Changer

Textron's new V-247 Vigilant drone takes aim at NORTHROP GRUMMAN'S TERN contract. Image source: Textron.<p>For four months we've known the results of the DARPA drone competition: <b>AeroVironment</b> (NASDAQ: AVAV) will not build the Navy's new "TERN" vertical-landing-and-take-off drone. <b>Northrop Grumman</b> …

Aerospace

China’s banking system is riskier than it has ever been, the latest global data shows

China’s outstanding bank credit to GDP gap, a key measure of financial systems’ health, has hit a new record high and is now three times the level considered risky by the Bank for International Settlements.<p>The gap stood at 30.1% at the end of March 2016, the BIS, as the Basel-based agency that …

Economics

Will LiFi Take Big Data And The Internet Of Things To A New Level?

The enormous demand for WiFi and transmissions of mass quantities of data is putting a strain on the current technologies. With the predicted exponential growth of mobile devices, by 2019 more than ten billion mobile devices will exchange 35 quintillion (1018) bytes of information each month — and …

Internet of Things

Twitter warns of government 'hacking'

<b>Twitter has sent warnings to a number of users that their accounts may have been hacked by "state-sponsored actors".</b><p>It is the first time that the social media company has issued such a warning.<p>Twitter emailed users to say that the hackers may have sought their email or IP addresses, or phone …

Nonprofits

Hacking is the biggest threat to British business

Increased awareness of cyber risks could lead to younger people with greater technical ability sitting on boards<p>Cyber attacks are the biggest threat to British businesses in the coming year and one that is set to intensify, it has been claimed.<p>While terrorist attacks dominate headlines, the threat …

Failing To Find Users, Dropbox Will Shut Down Mailbox In February 2016 And Carousel In March

Dropbox, the file hosting and cloud storage company with 400 million users, has been struggling to hold up its $10 billion valuation in the face of scrutiny from investors and observers, and now it looks like the other shoe is dropping as the company streamlines its business. The company is …

Why Standalone Apps Are Supposed To Fail

It’s scary to move a billion people’s furniture. That’s why Product Manager Michael Reckhow tells me Facebook built Paper. This fear has spawned the standalone app boom of 2014. Tech giants are experimenting with new user experiences outside the hallowed halls of their main apps that are too …

More than 200,000 Kids Just Got Hacked: UPDATED

The personal data of hundreds of thousands of children has been compromised following a hack on toy maker VTech.<p>The Hong Kong-based children’s …

Encryption Is Being Scapegoated To Mask The Failures Of Mass Surveillance

Well that took no time at all. Intelligence agencies rolled right into the horror and fury in the immediate wake of the latest co-ordinated terror attacks in the French capital on Friday, to launch their latest co-ordinated assault on strong encryption — and on the tech companies creating secure …

Everything You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Massive Hardware Event

Microsoft this morning announced a grip of new hardware, including Surface products, high-end smartphones, a wearable, Windows 10 for the Xbox One and its first laptop.<p>The laptop, called the Surface Book, stunned in an event marked largely by products Microsoft watchers were expecting.<p>TechCrunch …

Hey Uber, Welcome To China

Uber isn’t happy with its competitors in China. The U.S. ride-sharing Goliath has “spoken out for the first time” about being blocked on WeChat, China’s hugely popular mobile messaging platform which is run by Tencent, an investor in Uber rival Didi Kuaidi.<p>Emil Michael, the Uber exec who found …

Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device.<p>In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order page …

Invi’s SMS Replacement App For Android Exits Beta, Still Dreaming Big

Needs no ghost come from the grave to point out the messaging app space has multiple giants already, whether it’s Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Facebook’s in-house Messenger app, or the pioneering Asian messaging platforms that kicked off the messaging app craze, such as Korea’s Line and Chinese firm …

The apps giving hospitals a cutting edge

<b>Hospitals have long relied on the trusty pager to alert doctors to an emergency. But the technology now looks embarrassingly primitive in the age of the multimedia smartphone.</b><p>So some healthcare start-ups are looking at ways to improve how doctors and nurses communicate, care for patients and manage …

Medical Technology

France denounces U.S. spying exposed by WikiLeaks

French President Francois Hollande held a crisis meeting of the country's Defense Council on Wednesday after newspapers published WikiLeaks documents showing that the United States eavesdropped on him and two predecessors.<p>After the meeting, the council issued a statement lambasting U.S. spying as …

Surveillance

OPEC ministers will likely keep output target on hold

VIENNA (AP) — The price of crude remains too low for most OPEC member nations. But with the 12-nation cartel's control of supply and demand slipping, its oil ministers may have little choice this week but to sit back and do nothing.<p>Ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries …

Oil

Boeing just patented a system for recharging drones in mid-air

Aircraft and defense systems manufacturer Boeing was granted a patent this week for a system to recharge drones in mid-air. Our friends at PatentYogi explain how it works in the video above.<p>The patent, awarded to inventors James Childress and John Viniotis, describes the use of drones equipped with …

Oil ends at lowest level in a week as OPEC meeting looms

Oil futures fell for a second straight session Thursday, with the U.S. benchmark settling at its lowest level in a week as traders braced for …

Yahoo! shares slump after $40bn Alibaba spin-off plan is thrown into doubt

Potential change in US tax regulations could affect Yahoo!'s plans to spin off its $40bn stake in Alibaba<p>Yahoo! shares suddenly slumped on Tuesday night amid fears a potential change in US tax regulations would affect the technology company's expected spin-off of its $40bn (£25.8bn) stake in …

Central bank prophet fears QE warfare pushing world financial system out of control

Former BIS chief economist warns that QE in Europe is doomed to failure and may draw the region into deeper difficulties<p>The economic prophet who foresaw the Lehman crisis with uncanny accuracy is even more worried about the world's financial system going into 2015.<p>Beggar-thy-neighbour devaluations …

Oil Falls Below $45 as OPEC Digs in Heels

The United Arab Emirates calls out the U.S. shale producer and basically asks are you ready to capitulate? Oil traders may be asking that of the oil market as well, as the market gets close to hitting a historically significant price point, $41.40 a barrel, the first Persian Gulf War high and the …

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Microsoft reportedly working on brand new web browser for Windows 10

A new 'lightweight' browser that isn't Internet Explorer<p>Microsoft is said to be at work on an all new web browser, codenamed Spartan, that could officially move the company away from Internet Explorer upon the launch of Windows 10. <i>ZDNet</i> reports that the new app is <i>not</i> Internet Explorer 12, the next …

Uber’s value more than doubles to $40bn after investors back fundraising

Smartphone-driven taxi service six times larger than a year ago but has growing pains, says CEO<p>Uber, the taxi service that allows users to hail a ride using their smartphone, has been valued at more than $40bn (£25.5bn) after its latest funding round.<p>The total is more than double the $18.2bn the …