Exclusive: Microsoft to warn email users of suspected hacking by governments

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its consumer services including Outlook.com email when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts. According to two former employees of Microsoft, the company's own experts had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information to users of its Hotmail service, which is now called Outlook.com. In its statement, Microsoft said neither it nor the U.S. government could pinpoint the sources of the hacking attacks and that they didn't come from a single country.

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U.S. says its Internet speeds triple in three-and-a-half years

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report on Wednesday average download connection speeds had increased to nearly 31 megabits per second (Mbps) in September 2014 from about 10 Mbps in March 2011. Rising Internet speeds have been driven by consumer demands for growing amounts of bandwidth to watch movies, play video games and download data.

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Twitter clarifies rules on banned content, abusive behavior

Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behavior that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning “hateful conduct” that promotes violence against specific groups. The social media company disclosed the changes on Tuesday in a blog post, following rising criticism it was not doing enough to thwart Islamic State's use of the site for propaganda and recruitment. “As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs, but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse,” Megan Cristina, director of Trust and Safety, said in the blog.

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Toshiba says to seek new $2.5 billion credit line for restructuring

Toshiba Corp , reeling from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, said it intends to ask for a new 300 billion yen ($2.49 billion) credit line by the end of January to fund a large-scale restructuring. Toshiba is likely to approach its lenders for the new commitment line, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. The Nikkei financial daily earlier said it would likely seek help from banks including Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. The move comes after Toshiba in September secured a 400 billion yen commitment line, and gives the company a wider safety net as it seeks to recover from the book-keeping scandal in which it overstated profits from around 2009.

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Cisco wins U.S. patent dispute over wifi technology

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc did not infringe a patent holding company's wifi technology, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a near $64-million judgment against the networking equipment maker in the long-running patent dispute. After eight years of litigation that also included a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Cisco was not liable for directly infringing or inducing others to infringe a patent held by Commil USA LLC on a way to help spread wireless signals over a large area, where multiple access points are needed. Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler said the company was gratified by the ruling.

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Apple asks court to make Samsung pay $180 million more in patent dispute

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just over a week after Samsung paid Apple more than $548 million for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone, Apple has asked a U.S. court to force its biggest smartphone rival to cough up even more. In court papers filed on Wednesday, Apple Inc said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd owes nearly $180 million in supplemental damages and interest. Representatives for Samsung and Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Thursday it will recall 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose. Fiat Chrysler made the recalls at a time when its safety efforts are under scrutiny from U.S. regulators. The Italian American automaker said on Thursday it is recalling 477,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May to determine if vehicles serviced in a prior related recall were at risk for fires.

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OpenText taps former Oracle hand as its new president

OpenText Corp said on Thursday it has tapped former Oracle Corp executive Stephen Murphy as its new president, giving Chief Executive Officer Mark Barrenechea more time to focus on strategy and the company’s product road map. The Waterloo, Ontario-based business software maker said Barrenechea will cede the title of president, but take on the mantle of chief technology officer as he also focuses on acquisitions. Barrenechea told Reuters earlier this month the company plans to roughly double revenue and cash flow in the next few years largely through acquisitions.

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Exclusive: Cognizant, NTT, Atos vie for Dell’s Perot Systems – sources

Business services companies Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, NTT Data Corp and Atos SE are competing to acquire Perot Systems, an IT management business of Dell Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. Dell is hoping Perot Systems will fetch more than $5 billion, helping it trim its debt load following its agreement to acquire data storage company EMC Corp for $66 billion, including debt, the people said this week. The auction for Perot Systems, however, has taken longer than expected because the offers Dell has received thus far have failed to meet its valuation expectations, the people said.

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Kentucky fines PokerStar’s owner $870 million to cover residents’ losses

(Reuters) – Canadian gaming company Amaya Inc has been ordered by a Kentucky court to pay $870 million in penalties to cover alleged losses by the state’s residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars’ website between 2006 and 2011. Amaya, which got PokerStars in 2014 through the $4.9 billion takeover of Rational Group, said on Thursday said it planned to post a bond to stay the enforcement of the order and to appeal in early January. The company said the ruling was in contrast to the same trial court’s decision last month when it determined that damages should be based on the net losses of players.

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