Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Exclusive: Top cybercrime ring disrupted as authorities raid Moscow offices - sources
By Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian authorities in November raided offices associated with a Moscow film distribution and production company as part of a crackdown on one of the world’s most notorious financial hacking operations, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. Cybersecurity experts said a password-stealing software program known as Dyre — believed to be responsible for at least tens of millions of dollars in losses at financial institutions including Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co — has not been deployed since the time of the raid. Experts familiar with the situation said the case represents Russia’s biggest effort to date to crack down on cyber-crime.
- BlackBerry cuts 200 jobs in Ontario and Florida to trim costs
BlackBerry Ltd is cutting 200 jobs at its hometown headquarters in Ontario and in Florida in order to trim costs, it said on Friday, as the smartphone maker moves to turn around its fortunes and put more emphasis on its enterprise software business. "As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce," the company said in an emailed statement. The layoffs will affect 75 manufacturing jobs in Sunrise, Florida, a state government website showed.
- U.S., Britain eye letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday. As governments worldwide and online companies struggle to strike a balance between privacy rights and law enforcement imperatives, three U.S. officials confirmed a pact is in the works, although it would require congressional approval. First reported by The Washington Post, the talks were focused on letting UK agencies, such as counter-intelligence unit MI5, serve "production orders" on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens.
- Business services firms' shares bleed as LinkedIn, Tableau crash
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dismal sales outlooks from marquee technology names sent shares in the enterprise sector crashing on Friday as investors questioned whether information-technology managers would keep spending on their products.
- LinkedIn shares dive more than 40 pct, $11 bln wiped out
LinkedIn Corp's shares plunged as much as 43 percent on Friday, wiping out nearly $11 billion of market value, after the social network for professionals shocked Wall Street with a revenue forecast that fell far short of expectations. The stock sank to a three-year low of $109.50, registering its sharpest decline since the company's high-profile public listing in 2011. At least seven brokerages downgraded the stock from "buy" to "hold" or their equivalents, saying the company's lofty valuation was no longer justified.
- Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts'
By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring and responding to reports and has decreased its response time "significantly." (http://bit.ly/1KvrmZ5) Twitter's announcement comes as many tech companies – led by Facebook – have taken stronger steps to police controversial content online in the face of threats from legislators to force the companies to report "terrorist activity" on their sites to law enforcement.
- GoPro and Microsoft ink patent licensing deal
- Cops nab man for crashing a drone into the Empire State building
- Dating apps for targeting your type
- ‘Game of Thrones’ creators reveal why their original pilot was an epic disaster
The first episode of HBO's Game of Thrones was a remarkable piece of television that showed the world that it was actually possible to make a TV show out of George R.R. Martin's sprawling fantasy epic. However, things didn't always look as good as they did in the final product, as the show's creators recently revealed a podcast called Scriptnotes that's hosted by screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin. MUST SEE: Man summons his Tesla Model S using only his Apple Watch One of the biggest problems with the original pilot episode is that it didn't make clear that Cersei and Jamie Lannister were actually siblings. This was obviously an issue since the episode's major revelation was that the pair
- Video shows how to replace peanut butter in a Reese’s Cup with Oreo filling
As I've mentioned countless times during my career at BGR, the Internet is a miraculous place full of wondrous things. Earlier this week I discovered Frinkiac , the incredible search engine that lets you find the still frames that correspond with any Simpsons quote you want to find. Along with the pyramids, the Sistine Chapel and the moon landing, I consider this one of humanity's finest achievements. While the video I'm about to show you doesn't come close to the miracle of the ultimate Simpsons search engine, it's definitely running a strong second place in the race for the coolest thing I've found on the web this week. FROM EARLIER: Just when you thought you couldn’t hate ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli any
- Twitter's Facebook-style timeline could arrive next week
- Twitter's timeline will soon show tweets out of order
Ever since Twitter first launched, tweets have been organized in reverse chronological order. As early as next week, Twitter is planning to replace the reverse chronological stream with one that's powered algorithmically, surfacing tweets that are most relevant or timely, not just those that are most recent. Late last year, the company tested this non-chronological approach with some users, though the idea didn't seem to sit well with Twitter's most loyal advocates.
- Conan plays the new ‘Doom’ on the Super Bowl edition of Clueless Gamer
Clueless Gamer has become one of Conan O'Brien's most popular recurring segments, but we've been seeing them far less frequently in recent months. Thankfully, when Conan does release a new episode, it's clear that a lot of effort goes into it, as is the case on this week's edition of Clueless Gamer, which features two Super Bowl athletes playing Doom with the host. DON'T MISS: 5 movies you should watch before ‘The Hateful Eight,’ according to Tarantino In case you hadn't heard, Doom is an upcoming reboot of the classic first-person shooter series, set to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC this May. The game has been in development for nearly a decade, but as of Bethesda's E3 press conference last year ,
- Twitter clips wings on terror tweets