Outgoing FCC chair warns against overturning net neutrality

File photo of Wheeler testifying before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in WashingtonBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler warned Republicans against dismantling the Obama administration's landmark "net neutrality" protections that bar internet service providers from slowing consumer access to web content. Wheeler, in an interview this week, repeatedly questioned why Republicans would institute new policies that he said would benefit major internet service providers such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and CenturyLink Inc at the expense of thousands of other companies and consumers.



Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 19)-Rev. Graham, Washington D.C., Inauguration
The following bullet points are from the U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump's Twitter account. Reuters has not edited the tweets. * "It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country, thiscountry has been divided for a long time!" Stated today byReverend Franklin Graham." [0752 EST] * "Getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. The journeybegins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it agreat journey for.." [0800 EST] * "the American people. ...

Tech firm creates Trump monitor for stock markets

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is broadcast on a screen on the floor at the NYSE in Manhattan, New York CityJust in time for his inauguration, London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on comments made on social media by Donald Trump. Trump knocked several billion off the value of pharmaceutical stocks a week ago by saying they were "getting away with murder" with their prices. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin and Boeing spiraling lower.



Mexico telecom ruling struck down in blow to Televisa -sources
A Mexican tribunal struck down a ruling on Thursday that said broadcaster Grupo Televisa did not have market power in pay television, two people with knowledge of the matter said, opening the door to tougher rules against the company. The move by the tribunal upheld a legal challenge to the 2015 ruling by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), and it means the telecoms regulator must make its decision again, said the two people, who declined to be named. The IFT justified its decision at the time by saying competitors such as Dish, Megacable and Axtel were adding subscribers and taking market share from Televisa.

IBM revenue fall dims upbeat profit forecast

FILE PHOTO - A woman passes by the IBM offices in New YorkInternational Business Machines Corp reported its 19th straight quarter of declining revenue, but forecast full-year earnings above Wall Street estimates due to growth in newer areas such as cloud-based services and analytics. CFRA Research analyst David Holt said the company's results still raised questions as to when revenue would grow. "The 800-pound gorilla in the room is the overall inflection point towards revenue growth.



Tech firm creates Trump monitor for stock markets

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is broadcast on a screen on the floor at the NYSE in Manhattan, New York CityJust in time for his inauguration, London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on comments made on social media by Donald Trump. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin and Boeing spiraling lower. Trading.co.uk chief Gareth Mann said the Trump signal generator used artificial intelligence technology to differentiate between tweets or other messages that, for example, just mention Boeing and those liable to move markets.



Islamic State using online 'headhunters' to recruit young Germans

An illustration picture of a 3D printed logo of Twitter and an Islamic State flagBy Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - Islamic State is using "headhunters" on social media and instant messaging sites to recruit disaffected young people in Germany, some as young as 13 or 14, the head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said on Thursday. Hans-Georg Maassen also drew parallels between the militant Islamist group and past radical movements such as communism and Adolf Hitler's Nationalist Socialists that also tried to lure young people keen to rebel against their parents and society. "On social media networks there are practically headhunters who approach young people and get them interested in this (Islamist) ideology," Maassen told foreign reporters in Berlin.



Netflix Original: New shows drive blockbuster quarter

FILE PHOTO - The Netflix sign on screen on an ipad in EncinitasIt pays to be original. Netflix Corp's surprisingly strong subscriber growth in the fourth quarter allayed concerns about the company's multi-billion dollar investment in original content. The success of new original shows such as Golden Globe winner "The Crown", based on the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, helped Netflix attract 7.1 million new subscribers globally, far more than the 5.2 million analysts had expected.



Alibaba not interested in acquisitions, more interested in partnerships

Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma, attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in DavosDAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - China's Alibaba is not interested in acquisitions this year as it is in partnerships, Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Thursday. "I am not interested in acquisitions. I am more interested in partnerships," Ma said at a news conference on Alibaba's Olympic sponsorship deal, when he asked about his company's plans for the year. "We want to look for partners and empower them to be powerful," he said. (This version of the story corrects word in lead to 'not') (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Larry King)



U.S exchanges rent helicopter, drape banner in pursuit of Snapchat IPO

FILE PHOTO - The Snapchat logo on a banner outside the NYSESAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - This past November, Nasdaq Inc hired a helicopter to film Manhattan's skyline using Snapchat's new video-camera sunglasses and sent the aerial footage to its social media followers. The New York Stock Exchange - its arch-rival - on the same day tweeted a video shot from the floor of its exchange, showing that it too was using the social media giant's gadget. The scramble to promote Snapchat's "spectacles" is revealing the fierce competition between the two exchanges to host initial public offerings (IPOs) of prominent technology startups.



Facebook to build third foreign data center in Denmark

The logo of Facebook is seen at the Cannes Lions Festival in CannesBy Nikolaj Skydsgaard COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Facebook will build a new data center in the Danish city of Odense, the California-based tech company said at a press conference with local authorities, only the third such facility outside of the United States. "The Odense data center will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world," Facebook's director of data center operations, Niall McEntegart said on Thursday. Facebook already has a data center in Lulea, Sweden and another in Clonee in Ireland.



Samsung chief staves off arrest, prosecutor keeps chasing

Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee, leaves after attending a court hearing to review a detention warrant request against him at the Seoul Central District Court in SeoulBy Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Lee, who has led Samsung since his father, Lee Kun-hee, suffered a heart attack in 2014, was still likely to face the same charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury, legal analysts said, even if he is not detained. Lee left the Seoul Detention Centre carrying a white shopping bag and climbed into a car without talking to reporters, having been held overnight as the court deliberated whether to grant the arrest warrant.



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