Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit
By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week. During her visit, Google announced it would inaugurate a new engineering space in Belo Horizonte in November that will more than double the number of engineers working in Brazil on some of the company's core products.
- Former U.S. agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former federal agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road, and to secretly soliciting payment from the operator of the online black market for information on its probe. In a San Francisco federal court, Force appeared in an orange jump suit and leg shackles and acknowledged a litany of criminal acts. Among them, Force said he agreed to a contract with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc last year to help make a movie about the Silk Road investigation, without the permission of his supervisors.
- Amadeus to buy Navitaire from Accenture for $830 million
(Reuters) - Spanish travel technology company Amadeus said it would buy Navitaire, a subsidiary of Accenture Plc , for $830 million, to focus mainly on digital services for airline passengers. Amadeus said it expects the deal, which is projected to close in the fourth quarter, will have a minimal impact on its financial performance this year. About 550 Navitaire employees, including the company’s senior management team, are expected to transfer to Amadeus, the company said in a statement on Wednesday Navitaire which provides technology services to over 50 of the world’s airline operators, focuses more on the low-cost and hybrid segments in the airline industry.
- Donald Trump's hotel collection under possible credit card breach: blog
(Reuters) - Real estate developer Donald Trump's string of luxury hotel properties, The Trump Hotel Collection, could be the latest victim of credit card breach, KrebsonSecurity reported, citing data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Sources at the U.S. banks traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the cyber crime and internet security blog said. Donald Trump is seeking the Republican nomination for president.
- Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay for ads on Backpage.com following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that "escort" ads on Backpage.com and similar classified advertising sites make up the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the young and vulnerable. Earlier this week, he asked both Visa and MasterCard to cut off any association with the Backpage.com "adult" section.
- UK's Playtech expands online trading with Ava Trade buy
(Reuters) - Playtech Plc, founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, said it had agreed to buy currency trading platform Ava Trade for $105 million to expand its online trading platform. Millions in losses from the sudden removal of a long-held ceiling on the Swiss franc in January have spurred on a merger and acquisition boom that many major players in the market in online currency trading had long predicted. Playtech, which provides software used in sports betting and online casino games, is aiming to carve a niche in currency trading using its technology, as the gambling industry comes under pressure from higher taxes and tougher regulation.
- Fatal Attraction TV reboot will bring bunny boiling to the small screen
Psychological thrillers of the past are coming back to haunt our TVs. In addition to new versions of Scream, The X-Files, and Twin Peaks, Deadline today revealed that Fatal Attraction — the 1987 movie that spawned the term "bunny-boiler" — is also getting a small-screen reboot. Fox is adapting the film for a one-hour "event TV" series, based on a script by Mad Men writers Maria and Andre Jacquemetton.
- NSA's spying on UN and others detailed in newly published documents
- Google apologizes for algorithm mistakenly calling black people gorillas
The search giant is under fire after its Photo app offensively mislabeled user's photos. It points to another challenge Silicon Valley companies have to face when developing next-gen tech: sensitivity.
- The new Disclosure video is one quarter of a dark sci-fi short
With its breezy two-step garage beat, bubbly synths, and soulful vocals from Gregory Porter, "Holding On" sure does sound like Disclosure. "We wanted to create something very different with our music videos this time around," Disclosure said on Twitter. Caracal is also the name of Disclosure's second album, due out September 25th and featuring additional collaborations with Nao, Sam Smith, Lion Babe, and Kwabs.
- NSA's spying on UN and others detailed in newly released documents
- UK expert tapped as CEO for Turnbull's DTO
- Crazy art installation puts an LED thunderstorm in a glass house
- Freak out at sea on a zombie-themed cruise
- 'Bartesian' is a Keurig-like machine, but for alcohol (Tomorrow Daily 201)
Khail and Ashley discuss how often they would use a Keurig-esque mixed-drink dispenser, how former NASA engineering interns might get an aircraft on Mars and a lamp that would (theoretically) make money for you.