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.



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.

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)

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.



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.



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)

'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.



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.

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.

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.



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.



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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