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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Technology Report: U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail

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U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America's Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business.
Sony releases 'The Interview' on Youtube, other Internet channels
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures made "The Interview" available online on Wednesday, widening distribution of a comedy that triggered a massive cyberattack blamed on North Korea, after backtracking on a decision to cancel the movie's release that was criticized as self-censorship.
Facebook must face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages: judge
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a U.S. judge has ruled.
Sears says online chief resigns, key member of management team
(Reuters) - The head of Sears Holdings Corp's online operations and a key member of Chief Executive Eddie Lampert's management team has resigned and will leave the company in February to pursue a new opportunity, the retailer said.
South Korea indicts Uber CEO, local unit for transport law breach
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has indicted the chief executive officer and local subsidiary of Uber Technologies Inc for violating a law governing public transport, becoming the latest jurisdiction to challenge the U.S. taxi service provider.
Japan, wary of North Korea, works to secure infrastructure after Sony attack
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, fearing it could be a soft target for possible North Korean cyberattacks in the escalating row over the Sony Pictures hack, has begun working to ensure basic infrastructure is safe and to formulate its diplomatic response, officials said.
South Korea seeks China's cooperation in probe into cyberattack on nuclear operator
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is seeking the cooperation of Chinese authorities in a probe into a cyberattack on its nuclear power plant operator after tracing multiple Internet addresses involved to a northeastern Chinese city near North Korea, a prosecution official said on Wednesday.
Huawei's smartphone sales shoot up after copying Xiaomi's online strategy
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from smaller upstart Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL].
Alibaba spent $161 million fighting fakes since 2013
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world's largest e-commerce company, spent over 1 billion yuan ($160.7 million) combating fake goods and for improving customer protection from the beginning of 2013 to the end of November, the firm said Tuesday.
Top congressional Democrat asks Sony for hack details
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked Sony Pictures Entertainment to hand over details of what he describes as the "devastating cyberattack" recently suffered by the Hollywood studio.
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