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U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

August 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination on whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between the world's two largest economies as President Xi Jinping prepares to make his first visit to the United States next month.

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Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

August 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by “mutual agreement” and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.

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Uber China closes $1 billion fundraising round: sources

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By Paul Carsten and Engen Tham BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc's China arm has closed its $1 billion fundraising round early, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, with investors still hopeful for the U.S.-based ride service despite strong domestic competition. Investors in Uber's Chinese unit include Internet giant Baidu Inc, China CITIC Bank Corp Ltd and China Life Insurance Co Ltd, among others, said one of the people, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Chinese financial conglomerate Ping An Group's investment arm and Hillhouse Capital, which has a stake in the main U.S.-based Uber business, also took part, the person said.

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Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger

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By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called “M” within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. M is “powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people,” David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc's Siri, Google Inc's Google Now and Microsoft Corp's Cortana rely entirely on technology to answer questions.

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Ashley Madison, parent company sued in U.S. over data breach

August 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California by a man who claims that the companies failed to adequately protect clients' personal and financial information from theft, saying he suffered emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by a man identified as John Doe, seeks class-action status. The lawsuit accuses Ashley Madison and parent company Avid Life Media Inc, which is based in Toronto, of negligence and invasion of privacy, as well as causing emotional distress.

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UK’s BT accuses U.S. telecom rivals of hurting competition: FT

August 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – A BT Group Plc executive has called for the United States to require its telecommunications companies to allow access to their networks at regulated prices, similar to rules in place in the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Bas Burger, president of the British company's Americas unit, told the newspaper that a lack of regulation has hampered competition in the United States, where AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc control about 80 percent of the telephone and broadband lines used by homes and businesses. Burger said BT Group must charge customers more because it has to pay large fees to the U.S. rivals to carry data over these wires.

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Swatch CEO signals plans to add to smartwatch range: Swiss paper

August 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Swatch plans to add to its new smartwatch range, the Swiss watchmaker's chief executive told a newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. The Biel, Switzerland-based company is competing with Apple and other watchmakers in the budding smartwatch market. “Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine,” Nick Hayek was quoted as saying by Switzerland's Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.

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Ashley Madison founder emails leaked in new data dump

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By Alastair Sharp and Josephine Mason TORONTO (Reuters) – Emails sent by the founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com appear to have been exposed in a second, larger release of data stolen from its parent company, cyber security experts confirmed on Thursday. The data dump by hackers who have attacked the site appears to include email messages linked to Noel Biderman, founder and chief executive officer of its Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media. In a message accompanying the release, the hackers said: “Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now.” That appeared to be a riposte to the company's initial response to Tuesday's dump that the data may not be authentic.

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Detection and Localization of Cancer Using Fluorescent Probes

August 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Learn more about how beacon probes help scientists get closer to a cure for cancer.

A commonly used cytogenetic technique used to detect and localize tumor cells is known as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). This involves a type of probe known as a molecular beacon probe, and is able to hone in on the location of tumor cells.

This method is non-radioactive and involves labeling molecular markers in order to more clearly detect hybridization. Medical techs seeking cancerous tumor cells look for specific complementary sequences of nucleic acids.

A typical synthetic beacon probe is long and thin, shaped like a hairpin. It is usually no more than 25 oligos long. Fifteen of the 25 nucleotides in a probe complement the desired target DNA or RNA, and the termini of the probe complement each other.

Biomedical researchers in the 1980s made the groundbreaking discovery that fluorescence microscopy can be used to detect a fluorescent probe binding to a specific chromosome.

When probes have a fluorescent label, the light emitted during the process of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is visible in real time, ensuring that medical techs can very quickly locate tumor cells and track their metastasis.

While FISH is also occasionally used to identify species, its application in predictive and preventative medicine is very significant. Unusual temporal and spatial patterns of gene expression signify that cells and tissues are being invaded by a cancerous tumor, and FISH makes it easier for medical techs to find the tumor before it can metastasize.


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Hackers dump data online from cheating website Ashley Madison: reports

August 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Alastair Sharp and Josephine Mason TORONTO (Reuters) – Hackers dumped online personal details of more than a million users of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com, tech websites reported on Tuesday, the latest high-profile cyber attack that threatens to wreak strife in relationships across the globe. Have an affair,” hackers claimed to publish a huge cache of email addresses and credit card data stolen in July. Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison and Established Men, widely described as a “sugar daddy site,” did not verify the data was real, but said it was aware of the claim.

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