Turkey bans TV channels close to Erdogan foe ahead of polls

Turkey's President Erdogan waves as he leaves an honorary doctorate conferral ceremony at Waseda University in TokyoBy Ece Toksabay and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - A state prosecutor has banned Turkey's largest pay-TV platform from broadcasting channels close to an arch-enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, heightening concern about press freedom weeks ahead of an election. Digiturk is the third platform to ditch channels close to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen on the orders of the Ankara prosecutor, including news services Bugun TV and S Haber, a children's channel, and four other general interest stations. Erdogan, who wants the ruling AK Party to win back a majority in a snap Nov. 1 election, accuses Gulen of seeking to overthrow him by means of a "parallel structure" of supporters in the judiciary, police, the media and other institutions.

Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.

Uber, Didi Kuaidi seek to legalize status in China

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los AngelesU.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi are taking steps to operate legally in China, a key market for both firms but where their car hailing services currently operate in a regulatory prey zone. Uber China said in a statement on Thursday it was "actively preparing" documents to apply for a license to operate an online car-hailing platform to meet new regulations governing the sector that are expected to be announced soon. Didi Kuaidi, a $16 billion valued firm backed by Chinese Internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd , also said on Thursday it had received a car booking license for its operations in Shanghai and that it was seeking more licenses from other cities.

Thai military's plan for 'Great Firewall' risks Internet competition

A woman surfs the web at an Internet cafe in Bangkok September 29, 2010.By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A proposal by Thailand's junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said on Thursday. The plan to create a single gateway for all Internet traffic was approved by the military government in August but details remain unclear. "Once it becomes a single gateway there will be a problem with traffic speeds," said Anudith Nakornthap, a former information minister under the government of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Indonesians flock to mobile app for swift action on civic woes
By Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja JAKARTA (Reuters) - Frustrated Indonesians are using a new mobile app to give their sleepy bureaucrats a wake-up call, demanding immediate fixes for persistently shoddy public services in the capital of the world's fourth-most populous country. President Joko Widodo has grown exasperated with Indonesia's bureaucrats over delays to road and port projects crucial to reviving an economy growing at its slowest in six years, and which have fueled impatience among investors. The public surveillance app, which has won backing from Jakarta city authorities, lets residents post online photographs of problems ranging from potholes in roads to broken traffic lights, in an effort to spur action.

InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal to a broader audience outside of the tech set by harnessing fashion magazine InStyle's young female demographic. Jaunt VR, which creates 360-degree virtual reality experiences, teamed up with Time Inc's InStyle to film its November issue cover shoot with actress Drew Barrymore. InStyle's audience is "not the normal expected crowd people would think for VR," Scott Broock, Jaunt VR's vice president of content, told Reuters.

Britain's tech community links up with charities to help migrants with mobiles
By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Frustrated by the lack of technological solutions to the European refugee crisis, a group of London-based techies has started working with charities to find ways to help people on the move, most of whom have mobile phones. Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch, a technology news site, kickstarted the idea by organising a one-day conference for people to showcase ideas to help refugees followed by a "hackathon" at which people write software collaboratively. "I called up about five friends and then, like the A-team, off we went," said Butcher, who hopes the "Techfugees" project will be replicated around the world.

Amazon considering online TV service: Bloomberg

Amazon boxes are organized to be delivered in New York(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is considering the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to networks such as CBS Corp and Comcast's NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, Bloomberg reported. The e-commerce giant's talks with the networks are in preliminary stages, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (http://bloom.bg/1Ru8rgn) Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru)

Max Schrems: the law student who took on Facebook

Austrian data activist Schrems talks to the media after trial against Facebook in ViennaBy Julia Fioretti, Shadia Nasralla and Francois Murphy BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy during a semester at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling on Tuesday, knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Google, Facebook and IBM.

In big shift, online retailer Jet.com drops membership fee
(Reuters) - Jet.com, the online retailer founded by former Amazon.com executive Marc Lore, said on Wednesday that it dropped its $50 annual membership fee, marking a shift in business strategy for the upstart as it seeks to undercut Amazon and others on price. Lore said the move, which comes nearly three months after it opened to the public, reflected stronger than anticipated orders from customers.

Amazon launches data analytics service QuickSight

An "Amazon Fresh" delivery truck is seen parked in Brooklyn(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's cloud operations, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched QuickSight, a cloud-based service to help companies analyze their data. QuickSight is easy and fast and can used by non-technical staff in a company who are looking to share and collaborate using analyses, the company said on Wednesday. The service was available for preview from Wednesday, Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, said at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

Google tests mobile instant publishing service to rival Facebook, Apple
Google announced on Wednesday it is piloting a program called Accelerated Mobile Pages that allows users to search for news and pull up a host of articles from publishers instantly. "This is a deal-less environment," Richard Gingras, head of news at Google, said at a media event announcing the program. Google, whose parent company is now Alphabet Inc, is currently piloting the program.

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