Tennis-Wimbledon top grand slam for social media - survey
By Michael Roddy LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) - Wimbledon is the top grand slam championship for attracting social media-savvy tennis fans, with more followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than any of the other three, a survey released on Wednesday said. The tournament's 4.1 million followers on the social media websites put Wimbledon on top, with the French Open second on 3.7 million and the U.S. and Australian Opens lagging behind, the study by sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom said. The Wimbledon 2014 men's singles final, in which Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, was the single most popular grand slam match on social media, with a combined 585,000 posts, almost double that of any other.

Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in London

A parcel travels along a conveyer belt at Amazon's new distribution center in BrieselangAmazon.com Inc launched its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, for select areas of London on Tuesday and said it would expand the program to additional cities in the United Kingdom by the end of the year. For a fee of 6.99 pounds, Amazon Prime members can have orders worth 20 pounds ($31.43) or more delivered in one hour, the company said on its UK website on Tuesday. London is our first Prime Now city in the UK and we are already working on making Prime Now available in more postcodes in London and beyond," Christopher North, managing director of Amazon UK, said in a statement posted on the online retailer's website.



Convicted Baltimore murderer in 'Serial' podcast seeks hearing
(Reuters) - A lawyer for a Baltimore man whose conviction for murder was called into question by the 2014 "Serial" podcast asked a court on Tuesday to reopen proceedings so an alibi witness can testify for him. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month allowed the convict, Adnan Syed, to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal.

Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City's flagship Apple storeBy Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins.



Obama touts overtime pay proposal as 'fair' on Twitter

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after signing the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony at White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama touted his new proposal to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay on Monday, saying on Twitter "a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay." The Department of Labor proposal would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that could face legal challenges. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)



UAE man jailed for tweets critical of high court: newspaper
A man in the United Arab Emirates was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the Gulf country's Supreme Court, a local newspaper reported. Nasser al-Faresi, 27, allegedly called the proceedings of a 2012 sedition trial a "judicial farce" and insulted the UAE's president and Abu Dhabi's crown prince, according to The National. The UAE, a U.S. ally and major oil exporter, was rattled by the rise of Islamists in the aftermath of the uprisings that rocked the Arab world from 2011.

Out of the shadows, China hackers turn cyber gatekeepers

File photo illustration shows a map of China seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBy Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy. As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyber attacks, many hackers are finding it increasingly lucrative to go above board and join the country's nascent cyber security industry. Zhang Tianqi, a 23-year old Beijinger, cut his chops in high school trying to infiltrate foreign websites, skirting domestic law by probing for vulnerabilities on overseas gaming networks.



Twitter's M&A team loses second member: Re/code

The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's Rishi Garg, vice president of corporate development and strategy, has resigned from the company to pursue other projects, technology blog Re/code reported, citing a tweet from Garg. Garg, who led the company's mergers and acquisition team, had joined Twitter in May, 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. This is the second resignation at Twitter's mergers and acquisition team.



Facebook staff diversity little changed over past year

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc released new diversity data Friday that showed the number of women and minorities has remained little changed over the past year. The number of women increased only 1 percentage point, from 31 percent to 32 percent. Diversity among the social network's tech workers was far less even, with 84 percent men and 16 percent women.



Charter lists consumer benefits to win merger approval

Traders work at the post where Time Warner Cable is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster. Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic or prioritize content for a fee and that its broadband services would cost less than the current offerings of Time Warner (TWC) and Bright House. In its first official argument in support of the deals, Charter also said the new company would not harm online video services providers as its success would depend on the broadband business rather than on video services.



U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeU.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in the massive hacking of a U.S. government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans. The comments from Clapper, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), were first reported in The Wall Street Journal and marked the first time the Obama administration has publicly accused Beijing of the hacking attacks on the Office of Personnel Management. "You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," given the difficulty of the intrusion, the Journal quoted Clapper as saying at a Washington intelligence conference.



China e-commerce firm JD.com to launch credit-scoring rival to Alibaba's

Liu, CEO and founder of China's e-commerce company JD.com, rides an electric tricycle as he leaves a delivery station in BeijingBy Paul Carsten and Engen Tham BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's No. 2 e-commerce firm JD.com Inc is launching a Chinese consumer credit data system as a joint venture with U.S. credit-scoring technology company ZestFinance, taking on a rival service linked to the larger Alibaba Group Holding Ltd . JD-ZestFinance Gaia, as the joint venture will be known, will use the U.S. firm's machine learning technology to analyze JD.com's online shoppers' data and churn out a credit risk score, according to a joint press release on Friday. The companies did not disclose details about the structure of the joint venture or the investments by the partners.



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