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Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and television presenter Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) participate in the White House's "United State of Women" summit in WashingtonBy Isma'il Kushkush WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls' education, her office said. The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.



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China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeChina's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.



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Citigroup resolves 'technical issue' that left accounts frozen

People walk past a Citibank branch in New York(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said on Friday it resolved a technical issue that had left customers unable to access their accounts remotely. Customers had taken to social media to complain about the outage, which affected several U.S. states, including New York, Pennsylvania and California, according to Bloomberg. "We experienced a brief technical issue that is now resolved," Citigroup's customer service Twitter account said in response.



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Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web?s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.



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Lindsay Lohan fumes over #Brexit, Elizabeth Hurley sleeps soundly

Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives for the presentation of the Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week in LondonBy Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan went viral on social media in the early hours of Friday. "good luck with the pound.. will take you about 15 years to get it back up #REMAIN instead," Lohan (@LindsayLohan) tweeted to 9.3 million followers as sterling began to plummet and markets came to terms with the fact that British voters had decided they wanted their country to leave the European Union. Lohan wasn't the only celebrity to flaunt economic insights on social media.



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TD Ameritrade, Fidelity problems rile social media users

A TD Ameritrade sign is seen outside a branch in the financial district in New YorkBy Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media users flooded TD Ameritrade's and Fidelity Investments' Twitter feeds with irate messages on Friday, as customers struggled to access their online brokerage accounts. The apparent problems came a day after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, or Brexit. Good job TD," tweeted Mo Karney (@mo_karney).



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U.S. charges Filipino man with hacking accounts of celebrities

(Reuters) - A Filipino man has been criminally charged in New Jersey with running a large and sophisticated scheme to hack into the bank and credit card accounts of well-known or celebrity customers, U.S. prosecutors said. According to an indictment made public on Friday, Peter Locsin, 35, conspired with others from February 2012 to January 2015 to compromise accounts belonging to at least five victims at three financial institutions. In June 2015, The Philippine Star newspaper said former FBI director Robert Mueller was among the victims, without saying where it got the information.
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An activist campaign seeks to shame U.S. companies over Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, ScotlandDisturbed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign, U.S. activists have taken out online advertisements, circulated petitions, put up billboards and even chipped in for an airplane banner to try to shame companies into dropping their sponsorships of the Republican National Convention in July. The campaign, led by the political arm of California-based advocacy group Color of Change, seeks to weaken Trump's White House bid by pressuring companies to skip the Cleveland convention where he is expected to formally become the nominee. "The fact of the matter is that any employee of these Fortune 500 companies that are sponsoring the convention, if any of those employees went into their job and said the things Donald Trump is saying, they'd be fired," said Rashad Robinson, spokesman for Color of Change PAC.



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German court hands Springer partial victory in ad-blocking case

Logo of German publisher Axel Springer is seen outside its headquarters in BerlinA German court on Friday handed publisher Axel Springer a partial victory on Friday in its fight against so-called ad-blockers, which users can install on computers or mobile devices to prevent advertising from being shown. The court said ad-blocking provider Eyeo should not charge Axel Springer for putting it on its "white list" of publishers and advertisers it exempts from blanket blocking by consumers. Springer, which depends on advertising to pay for its publications, is one of the most vocal opponents of ad-blocking software.



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Democrat gun control sit-in sparks social media sensation

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Clark shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation in WashingtonDemocrats leapt on Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope after the cameras, controlled by the House, went dark Wednesday when presiding House officer and Republican Representative Ted Poe declared the chamber not in order during the protest. As Democrats took to alternative forms of video broadcasting, their message gained tremendous momentum from social media. On Twitter, the hashtags #NoBillNoBreak and #HoldTheFloor have been tweeted at least 1.4 million times.



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Latest gun control bid falters in Congress, Democrat sit-in ends

House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-inBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Another attempt at gun control faltered in the U.S. Congress on Thursday despite outrage at the Orlando massacre, as a proposed ban on firearms sales to people being monitored for links to terrorism barely avoided being killed in the Senate. In a procedural vote, the Senate narrowly rejected an attempt to scrap the plan by Republican Senator Susan Collins to prevent guns getting into the hands of people on two U.S. government terrorism watch lists. It was the latest setback for proponents of gun restrictions who have been thwarted for years on Capitol Hill by gun rights defenders and the National Rifle Association.



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HP, Apple top list of tech companies fighting forced labor risk

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook leads a moment of silence for the victims of the attack in Orlando as he opens the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - HP Inc and Apple Inc topped a list issued on Thursday ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labor in their supply chains. Workers who make components in information and communications technology (ICT) companies? supply chains are often migrants who are vulnerable to becoming forced labor, said the report by KnowTheChain, an online resource for business. An estimated 21 million people are victims of forced labor around the world, according to the International Labour Organization.



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Arista infringes Cisco networking patents, U.S. trade agency rules

File photo of the Cisco Systems logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in ChicagoBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc won a key victory in a sprawling legal battle with rival Arista Networks Inc on Thursday after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Arista infringed three of Cisco's patents with its ethernet switches used in computer data centers and servers. The ITC, which investigates complaints of violations of U.S. intellectual property, also recommended an import ban against Arista's products that infringe the patents. The ITC's ruling must now be reviewed by the U.S. Trade Representative, who can approve or disapprove of the commission's orders.



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Florida man brags about burglary on Facebook, lands him in jail

A Florida burglar who posted a Facebook video bragging about a $500,000 jewelry haul has landed himself and one of his accomplices in jail, police said on Thursday. Officers from Pinecrest, Florida said they arrested Raderius Glenn Collins, 18, after he uploaded the video to Facebook on May 27. The video, which runs more than seven minutes long and has over 3,000 views, showed the men bragging about their illegal earnings, exclaiming: "We got a safe" and "Can someone say check please?" The man in the driver's seat makes sure the traffic light is still red and proceeds to proudly reveal his bag of cash to the camera while the other two men cheer.
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U.S. Senate advances compromise gun control measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday advanced a compromise gun control plan to stop people on some terrorism watch lists from buying guns, in the wake of the June 12th mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. While the measure, spearheaded by Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, cleared one procedural hurdle, it was not clear if the Senate would move further ahead on it. Passing the bill in the House of Representatives could also be an uphill battle. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner)
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Saudi prince aims for Silicon Valley appeal to gleam at home

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the tech giant's headquarters in Silicon ValleyBy Celine Aswad and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The powerful young prince behind modernizing reforms in Saudi Arabia presents himself as the champion of his nation's plugged-in youth, and his visit to Silicon Valley this week sought to bolster that image. The 31-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unabashedly pitched his "Vision 2030" reforms at the 70 percent of the staid Islamic kingdom's people younger than him, promising to unlock their "talent, potential and dedication". Pictures of the denim-clad prince in Silicon Valley served both purposes.



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U.S. Democrats end House protest, gun control prospects dim

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Clark shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers on Thursday ended a daylong protest in the U.S. House of Representatives to protest the lack of action on gun control and Congress looked unlikely to approve meaningful firearms restrictions in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, massacre. Democratic house members started a sit-in on the floor of the House on Wednesday, chanting and singing, and stayed all night to push for gun control legislation after this month's shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people. Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told Reuters that lawmakers would now go back to their home districts to try to build support for legislation.



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Senate to hold vote on stopping gun control bill: Corker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans aimed to hold a vote on Thursday on whether to set aside bipartisan compromise gun control legislation that has been under negotiation for several days, Republican Senator Bob Corker told reporters. The Senate was also expected to hold a similar vote on a more conservative Republican measure. It was not clear what the result of the two votes would be. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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'Focus on cars', IT pioneer tells Romania's rising software stars

A man looks at a Dacia Duster car at inauguration of Renault's research facility in TituBy Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has emerged as one of Europe's most active technology hubs, with the IT industry posting stellar growth and benefiting from a highly-skilled local labor pool as well as one of the fastest internet speeds in the world. To keep up momentum and cement its reputation, Romania's best-known technology pioneer says local developers should focus on creating software for the car and global services industries ?- shunning local market needs in favor of more mature, lucrative sectors. Multinational companies such as Oracle, IBM and Intel have set up in the former communist country in customer support, business process outsourcing and software development, and young entrepreneurs have launched a wave of new startups, creating an industry with turnover of 3.1 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in 2015.



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House Democrats broadcast 'sit-in' on social media after cameras shut down

Democrats demanding action on gun control turned to Twitter's Periscope and Facebook's live video platform to broadcast their "sit-in" on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after the chamber's cameras shut down. Representative Scott Peters of California told Reuters he downloaded the online video platform Periscope from the House floor after it became clear that chamber cameras were not operating. The protest was the latest move by Democrats to persuade the Republican majority in Congress to take up votes on gun control measures in response to last week's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
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Payments app Circle raises $60 million in China expansion

U.S.-based payments app Circle has raised $60 million from Chinese investors and launched a company in China, as it seeks to expand in the world's second-largest economy. The latest funding comes from existing investor and Beijing-based tech investment fund IDG Capital Partners, as well as Chinese firms including Baidu, CICC Alpha and Everbright Investments, Circle's co-founder Jeremy Allaire said. "We're not aiming to compete with the domestic market as that would be a suicide mission given the strength of local players like Alipay and WeChat, but we can connect Chinese consumers with the euro zone and dollar markets," Allaire told Reuters by phone.
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Brazil budget crisis slows supercomputer from studying Zika

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilScientists will have to do without an ally in the race to combat the Zika virus. A supercomputer named Santos Dumont has been partially switched off in Rio de Janeiro due to government spending cuts. It was meant to be genetically mapping the Zika virus.



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U.S. House Democrats hold 'sit-in' demanding gun control vote

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Clark shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday demanding the chamber remain in session until the Republican leadership agrees to a vote on gun control legislation following the Orlando mass shooting. A similar action happened in August 2008, when House Republicans, then in the minority, took the floor to demand a vote on allowing offshore drilling. "We are in for the long haul here," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters, saying members intended to continue their sit-in as long as it takes to get a vote on a bill.



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Bangladesh unlikely to extend FireEye contract for heist probe

FireEye logo is seen outside the company's offices in Milpitas, CaliforniaBy Sanjeev Miglani and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank is unlikely to extend the contract of U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate the electronic theft of $81 million of its money, sources at the bank said on Wednesday, citing high costs as one of the factors. The move comes as law enforcement in Bangladesh and the United States have reported little progress in identifying the criminals more than four months after one of the biggest cyber heists to date. FireEye's Mandiant forensics division was hired by Bangladesh Bank weeks after the cyber heist in early February.



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NY Fed may do 'enhanced monitoring' of SWIFT money transfers: Yellen

The corner stone of The New York Federal Reserve Bank is seen surrounded by financial institutions in New York's financial districtWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York might begin taking closer looks at international money transfers using the SWIFT network, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday in response to questions over a recent theft by cyber criminals.



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Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

FBI officials walk through Pulse gay night club parking lot in OrlandoBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down a Republican-backed proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week. The measure followed the Senate's rejection on Monday of four measures that would have restricted gun sales. During Wednesday's vote, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell switched his vote to 'no,' giving himself the opportunity to bring the measure up for consideration again as soon as later this week.



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Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting terrorism

Israeli policemen search for suspects near the scene of a shooting incident in Tel Aviv, IsraelBy Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Justice Ministry is drafting legislation that would enable it to order Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media to remove online postings it deems to be inciting terrorism. "There should be some measure of accountability for Internet companies regarding the illegal activities and content that is published through their services," Shaked told a cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv this week. Israel blames a wave of Palestinian attacks which erupted in October last year on incitement to violence by the Palestinian leadership and on social media.



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A purr-fect union? Cats war over 'Brexit' on social media

The fur is flying on social media as Britons prepare to vote Thursday on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. The hashtags #CatsAgainstBrexit and #CatsForBrexit flooded Twitter [TWTR.N] on Monday and Tuesday, as pro- and anti-independence citizens tweeted feline photos and messages imploring voters to side with them in the referendum on Thursday on a British exit or "Brexit." The vote comes amid warnings from world leaders, investors and companies that a decision to leave the 28-nation bloc would diminish Britain's influence, unleash turmoil on markets and send shock waves around the Western world. "Naughty Cat worries we'll be on the outside looking in, missing influence we once had #CatsAgainstBrexit," tweeted Nicola Blackwood (@nicolablackwood), a conservative politician and member of parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, late Monday.
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Twilio looks to brave Brexit jitters with U.S. IPO

Communications software provider Twilio Inc is expected to price its $140 million U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday, a rare technology stock market debut, one day before Britain holds a referendum on its European Union membership. IPOs are susceptible to wild market swings as investors struggle to value new shares, and the U.S. stock market has been particularly volatile ahead of the so-called Brexit vote on Thursday.
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China internet regulator to crack down on online comments

China's internet regulator has launched a new campaign to clean up the comments sections on websites to prevent the spread of what it calls harmful information and to encourage what it considers more helpful, well-intentioned comments to appear. In a statement late on Tuesday, the Cyberspace Administration of China said the crackdown on comments sections was aimed at tackling "outstanding problems". Deputy head of the administration, Ren Xianliang, was quoted as saying in a statement that they wanted to carry out a large-scale "cleanse" of the comments sections and make it easier for people to report illegal or harmful content.
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Facebook signs deals with media firms, celebrities for Live: WSJ

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has signed deals worth more than $50 million with media companies and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook has signed nearly 140 deals, including with CNN, the New York Times, Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post, the Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a document. Comedian Kevin Hart, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wellness guru Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson are among the celebrities that Facebook has partnered with.



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Grandpoint Bank offers cyber insurance against wire-transfer fraud

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw(Reuters) - Grandpoint Bank on Tuesday introduced cyber insurance policies to reimburse business customers for fast-growing wire-transfer fraud schemes. Los Angeles-based Grandpoint, a commercial bank with operations in Southern California, Arizona and Southern Washington, said it is the first bank to market such policies. Grandpoint said the coverage includes losses from wire-transfer scams including business email compromise.



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Michelle Obama joins Snapchat as 'MichelleObama'

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and television presenter Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) participate in the White House's "United State of Women" summit in WashingtonNEW YORK (Reuters) - Michelle Obama joined the popular messaging app Snapchat on Tuesday to promote her upcoming trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain to encourage education for girls.



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SoftBank founder's heir apparent Nikesh Arora to quit

SoftBank Group Corp president Nikesh Arora, the former Google executive handpicked by the Japanese company's founder as his successor, is to step down on Wednesday. SoftBank cited differences between Arora and Masayoshi Son over when Arora would replace him as head of the group. Son is currently chairman and chief executive.
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China's Tencent buys 'Clash of Clans' maker Supercell for $8.6 billion

Finnish game company Supercell Co-Founder and CEO Ilkka Paananen and Martin Lau, President of Tencent, pose while meeting with the press in the company's headquarters in HelsinkiBy Paul Carsten, Jussi Rosendahl and Ritsuko Ando BEIJING/HELSINKI/TOKYO (Reuters) - China's biggest gaming group Tencent Holdings Ltd is to buy a majority stake in 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal valued at roughly $8.6 billion. The purchase will expand Tencent's interests overseas, as the Chinese video game and social network group still relies mainly on its home market even though it has stakes in various foreign studios like Epic Games and Riot Games. Finnish mobile games maker Supercell will now have Tencent's backing as it pushes more aggressively into China's online gaming market.



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Twitter allows users to share 140-second videos

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made in ZenicaTwitter, known for its 140-character limit on tweets, is now allowing users to post longer videos - of up to 140 seconds. The change highlights co-founder Jack Dorsey-led Twitter's recent push into video, an area where it lags Facebook and Google's YouTube, and efforts to revive stalled user growth. In another move, Twitter will start allowing video publishers to make money out of their content on Vine, its video streaming service.



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Samsung Electronics says to invest $1.2 billion in U.S. for 'internet of things'

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasSamsung Electronics Co Ltd , the world's top smartphone maker, said on Tuesday it plans to invest about $1.2 billion in the United States over the next four years on so-called internet of things (IoT) technologies. In a statement, Samsung said it will make the investments through its Silicon Valley arms such as the Samsung Global Innovation Center in order to develop relevant technologies and strengthen cooperation with startup companies. Tech companies around the world are looking to IoT technologies, which enables everyday objects such as mobile phones and vehicles to communicate with each other, as a new source of revenue as growth for mainstay products such as smartphones slows.



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Instagram's user base grows to more than 500 million

A screen displays the Instagram logo during a presentation in New YorkInstagram now boasts more than 500 million users, more than 80 percent of whom are outside the United States, the company said on Tuesday, in a sign of the photo-sharing app's rapidly growing global reach. The company owned by Facebook Inc had 400 million users last September. Instagram added that 300 million people used the app every day.



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SoftBank: Supercell stake to yield pre-tax profit of 600 billion yen

SoftBank Group Corp said it expects to book a 600 billion yen ($5.74 billion) pre-tax profit this financial year from the sale of its stake in Finnish mobile game company Supercell to China's Tencent Holdings Ltd . SoftBank said the sale of its stake in the maker of the hit "Clash of Clans" will yield a return of around 2.9 times its original investment.
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Chinese economic cyber-espionage plummets in U.S.: experts

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Joseph Menn and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Chinese government appears to be abiding by its September pledge to stop supporting the hacking of American trade secrets to help companies there compete, private U.S. security executives and government advisors said on Monday. FireEye Inc, the U.S. network security company best known for fighting sophisticated Chinese hacking, said in a report released late Monday that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years. FireEye's Mandiant unit in 2013 famously blamed a specific unit of China's Peoples Liberation Army for a major campaign of economic espionage.



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