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Hacker Dumps Nearly 1 Billion User Records From 44 Companies: Report

A serial hacker who goes by the name of Gnosticplayers has released another 65.5 million records of users last week taking his grand total of 932 million records overall. Since mid-February, Gnosticplayers has been putting batches of hacked data on Dream Market, which is a dark Web marketplace for selling illegal products like hacking tools guns and drugs. “The hacker’s …

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Amazon Targeted by Italy in Market Dominance Probe

Italy’s competition authority said Tuesday it had opened an investigation into Amazon for possible abuse of its dominant position in online commerce and logistics. The authority said it suspected that the retail giant had been giving preferential exposure to third-party vendors on its platform only if they subscribed to Amazon’s logistics service. “These practices would have allowed Amazon to profit …

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Hackers Publish Personal Data of FBI Agents, Police Officers

A group of hackers has broken into several FBI-affiliated portals and uploaded the contents online that contained personal information of federal agents and law enforcement officers. According to a TechCrunch report late Friday, the hackers breached three websites associated with the FBI National Academy Association located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia. The hackers “exploited flaws on at …

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JD.com Boss Richard Liu Criticises ‘Slackers’ as Company Makes Cuts

Richard Liu, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, has weighed in on an ongoing debate about the Chinese tech industry’s gruelling overtime work culture, lamenting that years of growth had increased the number of “slackers” in his firm who are not his “brothers.” Liu’s comments, which Chinese media said were posted on his personal WeChat feed on Friday, are …

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PayU Acquires US-Based Fintech Firm Wibmo for $70 Million

Online payment service provider PayU on Friday announced the acquisition of US-based financial technology firm Wibmo for $70 million (around Rs. 484 crore). Given different capabilities and positioning in the value chain, Wibmo and PayU businesses will continue to run separately, PayU said in a statement. Wibmo partners and deeply integrates with banks in over 20 countries to offer payment …

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EU Copyright Revamp Targeting Google, Facebook Set for Approval on Monday

EU countries are set to agree an overhaul of the bloc’s two-decade old copyright rules next week, requiring Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content, despite increasing opposition from some governments. EU lawmakers at the European Parliament gave the European Commission’s proposal a thumbs up last month, wanting to protect Europe’s creative industry …

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Bezos Upbeat on Amazon Go Physical Stores

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday he sees a bright future in the company’s cashierless retail stores and that many consumers see the experience as “magical.” In his annual letter to shareholders, Bezos was upbeat about the prospects for Amazon Go, the stores where customers use an app to check out, with purchases scanned in the store and billed …

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Walmart Responds to Bezos With Tweet Asking Amazon to Pay Taxes

Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Thursday challenged retailers to hike their minimum wages to $16 (roughly Rs. 1,100) an hour, prompting a comeback from Walmart which asked its rivals to pay taxes. “Today I challenge our top retail competitors (you know who you are!) to match our employee benefits and our $15 minimum wage,” the billionaire entrepreneur said in a letter …

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Amazon, Microsoft Chosen to Compete for Pentagon Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon.com and Microsoft have been selected to continue competing for Pentagon cloud computing services as part of a contract that could be worth some $10 billion (roughly Rs. 69,000 crores), the US Department of Defense said on Wednesday. The selection leaves Oracle and IBM out of the competition for the contract for the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI. The contract is …

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Two Out of Three Hotels Accidentally Leak Guests’ Personal Data: Symantec

Two out of three hotel websites inadvertently leak guests’ booking details and personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics companies, according to research released by Symantec on Wednesday. The study, which looked at more than 1,500 hotel websites in 54 countries that ranged from two-star to five-star properties, comes several months after Marriott International disclosed one of the worst …

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