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Apple says its systems not to blame for celebrity photo breach

APPLE STATEMENT ON CELEBRITY HACKING: OUR SYSTEMS WEREN’T BREACHEDBy Edwin Chan and Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts. Apple rushed to restore confidence in its systems' security, saying the celebrity photo scandal that also ensnared swimsuit model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and possibly dozens more was the result of targeted attacks on accounts storing personal data and not a direct breach of Apple systems. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone." The celebrity hacking that came to light over the long Labor Day weekend nevertheless ranks among the highest-profile public fiascos for Apple in recent years.

09/02/2014 06:21 PM

U.S. judge approves DOJ settlement with eBay over tech hiring

An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, CaliforniaUnder the deal, announced earlier this year, eBay said it would not make deals with other technology companies about poaching each others' employees. District Judge Edward Davila approved eBay's agreement with the U.S. Six companies including Apple and Google settled with federal authorities in 2010 over non-solicitation deals, without paying money. An eBay representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

09/02/2014 02:28 PM

Frankfurt court bans Uber taxi services across Germany

Location of "Autobot Optimus Prime" truck from the movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is displayed on the Uber App in West HollywoodBy Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German regional court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the fast-growing, U.S.-based online chauffeur service which is no stranger to legal challenges from taxi-cab rivals and regulators around the globe. In its ruling, the Frankfurt Regional Court said the company could no longer offer its phone apps to connect drivers with passengers, stating that Uber's network of drivers lacked the necessary commercial licenses to pick up passengers. Uber responded in a statement that it planned to appeal the court decision and in the meantime would continue operating across Germany, a country where its customer base has grown fivefold so far this year. The court's decision raises the stakes for Uber in Germany.

09/02/2014 04:53 PM

Digital juke box maker TouchTunes explores sale: sources
TouchTunes Interactive Networks, a digital jukebox company that lets customers pick songs they want to hear in restaurants and bars, is exploring a sale that could fetch roughly $500 million, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. TouchTunes, whose investors include British private equity firm 3i and venture capital firm VantagePoint Capital Partners, is working with investment bank Moelis & Co to help find a buyer, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is not public. TouchTunes, which is run by veteran music executive Charles Goldstuck, a former president of BMG, has its digital juke boxes in 73,000 bars and restaurants in North America and Europe. Founded in 1998, the company has licenses to play songs from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony Music, according to its website.
09/02/2014 06:18 PM

Renesas says may cut more jobs, but restructuring past halfway

A Renesas Electronics Corp's chip is pictured at the company's office in TokyoBy Sophie Knight and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics may cut more jobs as it finishes a massive restructuring that is focusing its business on the automotive and industrial sectors and has pulled it back into the black after years of losses. Remaining steps will focus on selling factories and exiting businesses announced in a 2012 restructuring framework, updated a year ago, with about 40 percent of the plan still to be implemented, Renesas Chairman and CEO Hisao Sakuta told a media round table on Tuesday. "If there's a mismatch between what the company is trying to do and what an individual wants to do, people will probably be quitting." Renesas, hit hard when a March 2011 earthquake shut a key chip plant for months and sent customers looking for other suppliers, has already cut more than 10,000 jobs and racked up 350 billion yen ($3.3 billion) in cumulative net losses over the last four financial years. Last week, Renesas unveiled a chip using new technologies that it aims to eventually apply to autonomous driving, which merges together feeds from cameras fitted to the car to create a 3D image and can detect pedestrians within several meters of a vehicle.

09/02/2014 10:19 AM

Jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney accuses titanium supplier of fraud
United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney has sued a titanium supplier for fraud, after questions over the material led Pratt to briefly suspend delivery of its engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pratt said that A&P Alloys Inc, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, "intentionally submitted certifications falsely representing the pedigree and quality of its material," according to court documents filed in U.S. Representatives of Pratt and the F-35 program office both said last week the material did not pose a risk to flight safety.
09/02/2014 06:12 PM

'Celebgate' attack leaks nude photos of more than 100 celebrities

'Celebgate' attack leaks nude photos of more than 100 celebritiesWhat appeared to be genuine nude photos of more than 100 celebrities were published online over Labor Day weekend, 2014, in a mass attack dubbed "Celebgate." The celebrities pictured included Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who confirmed the photos were real, and pop star Ariana Grande, who said they were fake, among dozens of other A-list actors and musicians. The photos were first posted on the forum 4chan and then circulated on the Reddit subsection r/TheFappening. Apple says the hack was caused "by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions," and not a breach of its systems. Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections.

09/02/2014 07:21 PM

Engadget Daily: The deal with, iCloud celebrity photo leak and more!

Engadget Daily: The deal with, iCloud celebrity photo leak and more!

09/02/2014 07:14 PM

EE tries to upstage its rivals with improved pay-as-you-go tariffs

EE tries to upstage its rivals with improved pay-as-you-go tariffs

09/02/2014 07:01 PM

Apple reportedly agrees to iPad mini price cuts to prevent further market share drop

Apple reportedly agrees to iPad mini price cuts to prevent further market share dropApple has reportedly agreed to lower the price of its Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad mini that’s usually priced at $299 in order to counter slower iPad sales this quarter. Digitimes says that the iPad maker has recently “cooperated” with U.S. retailers including Best Buy and Amazon to cut the iPad mini’s price. Best Buy currently sells the tablet for $199.99, while a new iPad mini can be purchased for as low as $230 on Amazon right now. Even so, the iPad mini’s price is still listed at $299 on the company’s website, and there appears to be no proof the tablet will receive a matching price cut in Apple’s official store. The company has yet to slash the official price of an

09/02/2014 07:00 PM

Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxies

Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxiesBy using the world's preeminent telescopes, astronomers peer behind a curtain of dust to find a giant star-making factory known as "Sparky.">

09/02/2014 06:56 PM

Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is back with more beards and shadows

Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is back with more beards and shadowsMarvel's much-hyped TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which followed the adventures of a fictional spy organization dedicated to keeping the world's superheroes and supervillains under control, had a mixed first season last year. Critics didn't love or hate the series and ratings were all over the place. But no matter: we live in a time where caped crimefighters are in high demand on all screens, and so, here is your first look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two, which premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 9 ET.

09/02/2014 06:50 PM

Explore the world of 'Destiny' through Google Street View

Explore the world of 'Destiny' through Google Street View

09/02/2014 06:39 PM

Robin Williams' daughter returns to Twitter after suffering threats and abuse

Robin Williams' daughter returns to Twitter after suffering threats and abuseZelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of the late actor Robin Williams, publicly said she was deleting Twitter from her devices last month after becoming victim to a deluge of abusive comments in the days following her father's suicide on August 11th. The sustained harassment, coming from several users in particular, was so bad that one of Twitter's executives later said the company was evaluating changes to curb future incidents. She posted her first tweet in almost a month yesterday, linking to a post on her Tumblr blog quoting writer/actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked alongside her father in Mrs. Doubtfire.

09/02/2014 06:32 PM

Charity turns down Reddit's pity money for looking at stolen celebrity photos

Charity turns down Reddit's pity money for looking at stolen celebrity photosReddit users raised more than $5,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation earlier today, but the organization doesn't want a dime. The reasoning? The money was raised on r/TheFappening, the now-infamous section of Reddit where more than 100 celebrity nude photos, the result of an iCloud hack electronic break-in (or maybe many iCloud electronic break-ins), were widely distributed. Here's the joke: masturbation may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

09/02/2014 06:31 PM

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