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Indian minister: discussing Apple’s request for FDI rules waiver

May 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Indian government on Monday said it was discussing Apple Inc's foreign direct investment application that seeks a waiver from a local sourcing rule. Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry minister in the federal cabinet, told reporters her ministry would discuss the issue with the finance ministry. The finance ministry's foreign investment promotion board (FIPB), which clears foreign direct investment applications, has asked the iPhone maker to sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods if it wished to open shops in India.

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Gawker privacy lawsuit evolves into battle of tech billionaires

May 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media outlets to file legal briefs in support of Gawker, First Look said in a statement on Friday. First Look said its goal was to protect constitutional rights.

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Cyber firms say Bangladesh hackers have attacked other Asian banks

May 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Dustin Volz and Jeremy Wagstaff WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Hackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to an attack on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, cybersecurity company Symantec Corp said in a blog post. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has blamed North Korea for the attack on Sony's Hollywood studio. A senior executive at Mandiant, the cybersecurity company investigating the Bank Bangladesh heist, also told Reuters the hackers had recently penetrated banks in Southeast Asia.

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SEC probes Alibaba accounting methods, shares dive

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Alibaba said the Securities and Exchange Commission launched the investigation earlier this year. The latest investigation highlights how far Alibaba has to go to improve transparency, as it also fights sales of fake items, while a continuing acquisition spree creates uncertainty over its earnings. It was not immediately clear what prompted the SEC investigation.

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Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

May 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain. Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months. “A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!” Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet.

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The Role of Molecular Beacon Probes in RNA and DNA

May 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Interest in molecular beacon probes is rapidly increasing.

It has been known that molecular beacons have started arousing interest due their continuous readout, and outstanding spatial resolution when observed in real time. These kinds of dual-labeled probes have the ability to differentiate between two types of bound and unbound RNA and DNA in living cells. Furthermore, they have been used as research tools to sense both DNA and RNA. Now, there are both advantages and disadvantages when using these probes as a method for detecting nucleic acids.

Evolutionary Measurement

Nucleic acids play a pivotal role in biological activity. They have also helped researchers study the evolution of biology, the analysis of genes, and disease diagnosis. Furthermore, oligonucleotides that have a unique type of sugar backbone can also be replicated in vitro to achieve excellent sensitivity and selectivity in regards to synthesis technology.

The Role of Molecular Beacon Probes

SNP-Molecularprobe-1A large number of molecular beacon probes that have been produced in the laboratory can be used to treat a wide array of analysis with high affinity. This goes on to prove that oligonucleotide probes that have different sugar backbones can be used in the detection of nuclear acid. The two most studied XNAs currently being looked at are peptide nucleic acid and locked nucleic acid. This is not to say that other XNAs do not play an important role in the field of nucleic acids, as they largely impact how nuclear acids function. The use of a molecular beacon probe in conjunction with nucleic acids has helped researchers identify and quantify their roles and relationships with DNA and RNA.


 

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To halt smartphone slide, Samsung rewrites playbook

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – From the way it chooses smartphone components to the models it brings to market, Samsung Electronics has undergone a painful process of breaking from its past to reverse a slide in its handset business. For example, the world's largest smartphone maker agonized over camera specs for its flagship Galaxy S7 until the last moment – ultimately defying industry convention by opting for fewer pixels in exchange for improved autofocus features and low-light performance, a move that contributed to early success. “We've now gotten to a point where we can secure a baseline profit even if the market stagnates, so long as we don't make a bad mistake,” said Kim Gae-youn, vice president in charge of Samsung's smartphone product planning.

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Cyber thieves exploit banks’ faith in SWIFT transfer network

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Tom Bergin and Nathan Layne LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Shortly after 7 p.m. on January 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Over 10 days, Wells approved a total of at least 12 transfers of BDA funds requested over the secure SWIFT system. The SWIFT network – which allows banks to process billions of dollars in transfers each day – is considered the backbone of international banking.

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Google self-drive CEO: No plans to expand Fiat Chrysler partnership

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google has no plans to expand its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to create a self-driving car, the program chief at the Alphabet Inc unit said on Thursday, affirming that the technology company was still in talks with other potential partners. Earlier this month, Google and Fiat Chrysler agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker. Google said it was not sharing proprietary self-driving vehicle technology with Fiat Chrysler, and that the vehicles would not be offered for sale.

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Facebook’s politics under scrutiny but federal oversight seen unlikely

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By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg prepares to meet conservative leaders on Wednesday to discuss allegations about political bias at the social media website, one thing he may not have to worry about is federal regulation. Although the U.S. Senate committee is investigating whether there is liberal bias in how Facebook employees select news stories for its “trending topics,” there is little chance the government will try to regulate their practices, said Republican Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. “I don't have any reason to believe that would be necessary,” Thune told reporters on Tuesday.

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