Software & IT services

Britain Banks

British upstart banks get IT boost to take on big rivals

When Metro Bank prepared to launch in 2010 as the first new bank to appear on British high streets for over a century, its founders broke with convention by outsourcing the construction of its computer systems.

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Google car

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources

Google Inc (GOOGL.O) is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.

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Windows 10

Microsoft exec sees autumn release for Windows 10

Microsoft Corp expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Intel unveils platform to simplify connectivity of products

Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.

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Computer

Belden to buy cybersecurity firm Tripwire for $710 million

Belden Inc, a maker of networking and cable products, said it will buy Tripwire, a Portland-based cybersecurity firm, for $710 million. Belden said the transaction will add 65 cents per share to adjusted income from continuing operations in 2015.

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Sony Corp

Cyber attack could cost Sony studio as much as $100 million

Sony Corp's (6758.T) movie studio could face tens of millions of dollars in costs from the massive computer hack that hobbled its operations and exposed sensitive data, according to cybersecurity experts who have studied past breaches.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

PM Abe says Apple to build big R&D center in Japan

Apple Inc will build a large research and development facility in Japan, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said on Tuesday, local media reported.

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Cybersecurity

French-American software start-up to launch automatic password changer

A French-American software start-up is to launch the world's first mainstream automatic password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase "computer security" a worrying oxymoron.

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Google Maps

Dubai's world-beating skyscraper now in Google Street View

Armchair travelers can visit the world's tallest skyscraper and inspect one of the largest shopping malls with the addition of Dubai to Google Street View, Google said on Tuesday.

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Sony Corp

FBI official says 'no attribution' to North Korea in Sony hack probe

A senior FBI official said on Tuesday that the agency has not confirmed suspicions that the North Korea is behind the unprecedented cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio.

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Australia's ASX

Australian tech listing boom raises red flags

Australia is experiencing a record-shattering boom in technology listings as start-ups starved of venture capital funding pursue backdoor listings, a trend that has regulators concerned companies are trying to take short cuts to get to market.

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Cybersecurity

Sony investigator says cyber attack 'unparalleled' crime

Forensics experts hired by Sony Corp to investigate the massive cyber attack at its Hollywood studio said the breach was unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an "organized group," according to an email obtained by Reuters on Saturday.

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Bitcoin

U.S. auction of Silk Road bitcoins draws 27 bids

The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday received more than two dozen bids for 50,000 bitcoins seized from the alleged owner of Silk Road, an Internet black-market bazaar on which authorities say drugs and other illegal goods could be bought.

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Cybersecurity

Bebe Stores confirms payment card security breach

Bebe Stores Inc said it detected a hacking attack on its payment processing system that could have compromised data from cards swiped in its stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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North Korean Flag

In North Korea, hackers are a handpicked, pampered elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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