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U.S. bill to regulate internet ads gains bipartisan support with McCain

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:03:08 -0400

(Reuters) - U.S. legislation that would impose new disclosure requirements on political ads that run on Facebook and other websites received support on Wednesday from Senator John McCain, giving a bipartisan boost to a bill already popular among Democrats.(image)



Twitter looks to toughen rules on online harassment, abuse

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:44:01 -0400

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc plans to toughen its rules on online sexual harassment and impose stronger penalties for misconduct, according to an email it sent to a group of safety advocates, academics and researchers that helps the social media service set its policies.(image)



Pentagon chief asks Congress to not hinder cyber defense

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:43:30 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.(image)



Snapchat signs Olympic deal with Eurosport

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:49:40 -0400

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Social media platform Snapchat will present Winter Olympics content at next year's event in Pyeongchang after striking a deal with Discovery communications' Eurosport, a move which could help the Games reach the younger demographic it craves.(image)



Amazon Web Services resolves connectivity issues in Oregon region

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:01:33 -0400

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's web services unit said on Wednesday that it resolved connectivity issues that affected its Direct Connect customers in the Oregon region in the United States.(image)



Google launches advanced Gmail security features for high-risk users

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:06:29 -0400

(Reuters) - Alphabet's Google Inc said on Tuesday it would roll out an "advanced protection program" to provide stronger email security for some users such as government officials, political activists and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by sophisticated hackers.(image)



EU-U.S. data transfer pact passes first annual review

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:21:58 -0400

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union on Wednesday after a first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers.(image)



Online groceries are a hard sell, even to avid internet shoppers: poll

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:05:50 -0400

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much Amazon.com's $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business.(image)



YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:58:45 -0400

(Reuters) - YouTube virtual reality video series "The Confessional" debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc to attract viewers to the new medium.(image)



Snap and NBCUniversal launch studio to produce shows for Snapchat

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:14:57 -0400

(Reuters) - Snap Inc, parent company of messaging and video app Snapchat, and NBCUniversal launched a joint venture studio on Tuesday to produce scripted shows and other genres to air on Snapchat.(image)