Sony says bracing for smartphone slowdown after sensor sales dip

Company struggling to compete with rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

Reuters

Tokyo (Reuters) -Sony Corp , widely regarded as a key supplier of image sensors for Apple Inc's iPhones, said on Friday it was bracing for a slowdown in the premium smartphone market after sales of its sensors fell in the third quarter.

U.S. utilities worry about cyber cover after Ukraine grid attack

A similar attack in the US could leave millions of people in the dark.

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month.

The Dec. 23 incident in Ukraine was the first cyber attack to cause a power outage, and is one of just a handful of incidents in which computer hacking has caused physical effects on infrastructure rather than the loss or theft of electronic data.

Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

Negotiators given deadline to resolve issues but hurdles remain

Reuters

Washington/ Brussels (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.

HSBC says internet banking services down after cyber attack

Internet & mobile services have partially recovered, work still in progress to restore full service

Reuters

London (Reuters)- HSBC is working with law enforcement to catch those behind a cyber attack that forced its personal banking websites in the UK to shutdown, its second major service outage this month, the bank said on Friday.

Microsoft's secret weapon for growth in the cloud: email

CEO reporting better than expected 2nd quarter earnings

Reuters

San Francisco (Reuters) - In reporting better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday, Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella touted his company's success in the cloud.

"Businesses everywhere are using the Microsoft Cloud as their digital platform to drive their ambitious transformation agendas," he said.

EU, U.S. officials tackle last hurdles in data pact talks ahead of key deadline

New deal is crucial for the thousands relying on "Safe Harbor" to move data from the EU to the U.S

Reuters

Brussels (Reuters)- European and U.S. officials are rushing to finalize a key data transfer pact days before a meeting of EU regulators who are poised to start restricting transatlantic flows of personal data used by firms in the billion dollar online advertising industry.

Big Pharma's bet on Big Data creates opportunities and risks

Swiss drugmaker Novartis teams up with Qualcomm to develop Internet-connected inhaler

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis wants every puff of its emphysema drug Onbrez to go into the cloud.

The Swiss drugmaker has teamed up with U.S. technology firm Qualcomm to develop an internet-connected inhaler that can send information about how often it is used to remote computer servers known as the cloud.

This kind of new medical technology is designed to allow patients to keep track of their drug usage on their smartphones or tablets and for their doctors to instantly access the data over the web to monitor their condition.

PayPal's revenue beats Street view on higher transactions, customers

The company said it processed 450 payments per second on Cyber Monday

Reuters

(Reuters) - Payment processor PayPal Holdings Inc on Wednesday reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as new customer additions and payment processing volumes surged, and it announced a buyback of $2 billion of its stock.

PayPal said it expects 2016 full-year earnings of $1.09 to $1.14 per share, and revenue growth of 16-19 percent on a currency neutral basis. It expects currency fluctuations to impact net revenue by 3 percentage points during the year.

Congress to probe Juniper 'back door' exposure, possible U.S. involvement

Debate heats up after recent attacks by Islamic militants, known to exploit digital comms networks

Reuters

San Francisco (Reuters)- A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

Microsoft beats Wall Street view on high demand for cloud products

Quarterly revenue and profits exceed analysts' expectations, however total revenue is down.

Reuters

(Reuters) : Microsoft Corp reported quarterly revenue and profit that beat analysts' expectations, driven by aggressive cost cutting and growing demand for its cloud products and services.

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