Netflix says in talks with potential partners in Belgium

An illustration photo shows the logo of Netflix the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media in ParisBRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. video streaming service Netflix said on Friday it was in talks with cable and telecoms groups to distribute its content in Belgium as it launched its on-demand service in the country. Netflix is talking with telecoms group Belgacom and cable operators, it said, in an effort to mirror distribution deals with Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Bouygues in France. ...



Belgium's Telenet not talking to Netflix over a distribution deal
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian cable group Telenet said on Friday it was not in talks with Netflix over a possible partnership to distribute the latter's online streaming services. Netflix said earlier on Friday it was in talks with Belgacom and other cable operators to distribute its content in Belgium. "No, we are not in talks at the moment," a Telenet spokesman said. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

Qualcomm shows off robot technology, but mum on China dispute

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in BeijingBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation. With an explosion in smartphones in recent years tapering off, Qualcomm and handset manufacturers are eager to show consumers and investors that they have more innovation in store to drive demand for new devices. ...



San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo ParkSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names. A company spokesman said it had locked scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...



Uber must face lawsuit over gratuity charge: court ruling

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected a bid by the online for-hire car service Uber to dismiss a civil lawsuit that accuses the company of charging customers a 20 percent driver gratuity but pocketing most of the additional revenue instead. In a ruling late on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said Uber must face multiple civil counts, including an allegation the company violated California's unfair competition laws. A company representative could not immediately be reached for comment. San Francisco-based Uber raised $1. ...



Kinnevik CEO sees little risk of tech bubble ahead of Zalando, Rocket floats
By Mia Shanley and Helena Soderpalm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Painful memories of the Internet bubble bursting more than a decade ago are likely to cut the risk that tech stocks get too frothy, as newcomers Zalando and Rocket Internet prepare to make market debuts, the head of Sweden's Kinnevik said. The company is the biggest investor in German online fashion retailer Zalando and has an 18.5 percent stake in venture capital company Rocket Internet, which has ambitions to be the largest Internet business outside the United States and China. ...

Stoners get high on love with marijuana dating sites

A young couple share a marijuana jointBy Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-off despite increasing acceptance of marijuana use across the United States. So now, tuned-in stoners and users of medical pot are turning on to dating websites that cater exclusively to tokers or, at the very least, the “cannabis friendly” to avoid experiencing what they describe as all-too-frequent shock and rejection on the dating circuit. ...



Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...



Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives
By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers. Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives. ...

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

A women holds her laptop as she walks in front of a cloud computing logo at the booth of IBM during preparations for the CeBIT trade fair in HanoverBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Two-thirds of banks are planning to spend more on information technology this year, the highest proportion since before the start of the financial crisis, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday. The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008. ...



Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

A view is seen of smoke billowing after American air strikes in KhazirBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans radicalized by online propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups pose the main terrorist threat to the United States, which is especially vulnerable to foreign fighters returning from Syria, senior U.S. security officials said on Wednesday. While there is no evidence that the radical Islamist group plans an attack on U.S. soil, its vigorous propaganda machine and sophisticated online recruitment efforts created a clear potential threat, they said. ...



Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general
By Adrian Croft WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday. Three years after U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes to halt Islamic State fighters who made rapid advances earlier this year as Iraqi forces melted away. General Ray Odierno, who commanded U.S. ...

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