Telecom standards group puts new technology on hold in wake of U.S. probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A telecommunications standards organization – GSMA – said on Saturday it is delaying implementation of a new cellphone technology due to a U.S. government probe of alleged coordination between the group, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

Shadow-boxing tough guy should protect home-alone Japanese women

TOKYO (Reuters) – Behind the apartment’s curtain, a tough guy is boxing, throwing left and right hooks and jabs, and lunging forward, enough to make any passing criminal think twice before breaking in.

Apple offers battery replacement for some MacBooks after flaws reported

(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Friday said component failure in a limited number of MacBook Pros has caused built-in battery to expand, adding, it will offer worldwide free replacement for such batteries.

U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.

Photo storage service SmugMug acquires Flickr

(Reuters) – Photo management platform SmugMug said on Friday it has agreed to buy image and video-hosting website Flickr for an undisclosed amount.

Acxiom CEO says data industry bracing for regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Companies that buy and sell consumer data are preparing for increased scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers after a scandal over how social network Facebook handles personal information, Acxiom Corp’s chief executive said on Friday.

Tech tumbles ahead of crucial week for quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. technology stocks tumbled on Friday ahead of a crucial week of quarterly reports from Alphabet, Facebook and other heavyweights as investors worried that the high-performance sector may be running out of fuel.

Uber CEO and transport boss had second meeting over London license battle

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown met Uber [UBER.UL]boss Dara Khosrowshahi in January, a freedom of information request revealed, as the Silicon Valley app fights to keep its cars on the streets of its most important European market.

Samsung Electronics to expand production in Vietnam

HANOI (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co. is determined to further expand production in Vietnam, co-CEO Koh Dong-jin told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday.

Crypto trading tumbles as investment scramble unwinds

LONDON (Reuters) – Trading activity on cryptocurrency exchanges has halved from its December peak, industry data shows, as retail interest in the virtual coins declines and the prices of many remain far below their recent highs.

Facebook’s damage limitation drive hits trouble in Germany

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Facebook’s attempt to limit fallout from a massive data breach hit trouble in Germany on Friday as a privacy watchdog opened a case against the social network and politicians accused its bosses of evasion.

China trade body urges tighter corporate compliance after ZTE woes: document

BEIJING (Reuters) – A state-backed Chinese trade body said compliance is now a core risk for Chinese firms and that the government must speed up the implementation of guidelines on corporate oversight following a U.S. ban on sales to ZTE Corp.

Daimler recalls 24,763 Mercedes-Benz cars in Russia – Russian watchdog

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s standards agency said on Friday it had been informed about the voluntary recall by German carmaker Daimler of 24,763 Mercedes-Benz cars sold from 2014 to 2017.

Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges need tighter rules: Monex CEO

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges should be regulated more like banks as they hold investors’ assets while offering trading platforms, the chief executive of online brokerage Monex Group Inc said.

Hamburg data protection officer opens non-compliance procedure against Facebook

BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg’s data protection ombudsman has opened non-compliance procedures against Facebook, which has been accused of abusing its users’ data, a spokesman for the representative said.

Alibaba buys Chinese chipmaker to aid IoT biz, help drive local chip sector

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – E-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has bought a Chinese microchip maker to further its cloud-based “internet of things” (IoT) business, underscoring its commitment to the chip industry, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday.

China’s ZTE slams U.S. ban on sales, says company’s survival at risk

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s ZTE Corp said on Friday that a U.S. ban on the sale of parts and software to the company was unfair and threatens its survival, and vowed to safeguard its interests through all legal means.

Indonesia demands more answers from Facebook on data misuse

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has given Facebook a week to provide more information on how personal data of about one million of its citizens was misused and on the steps the company is taking to prevent such breaches, the country’s communications ministry said.

PwC had cleared Facebook’s privacy practices in leak period

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s privacy practices were cleared by auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in an assessment completed last year of the period in which data analytics consultancy Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

Japanese companies see big things in small-scale industrial robots

TOKYO (Reuters) – A two-armed robot in a Japanese factory carefully stacks rice balls in a box, which a worker carries off for shipment to convenience stores. At another food-packaging plant, a robot shakes pepper and powdered cheese over pasta that a person has just arranged in a container.

JPMorgan, National Bank of Canada, others test debt issuance on blockchain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co has tested a new blockchain platform for issuing financial instruments with the National Bank of Canada and other large firms, they said on Friday, seeking to streamline origination, settlement, interest rate payments and other processes.

TSMC shares tumble after full-year revenue estimate cut

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd opened down 6.8 percent on Friday, after it revised its full-year revenue target to the low end of its earlier forecast due to softer demand for smartphones and uncertainty in the cryptocurrency mining market.

Consumer activists, experts advise against buying ZTE phones

(Reuters) – Consumer activists and technology experts are advising consumers to hold off on buying Android handsets from China’s ZTE until the company clarifies whether U.S. sanctions against the company prevent it from providing operating system updates for its devices.

Qualcomm cutting 1,500 jobs at its California offices

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is cutting 1,500 jobs across multiple divisions at its offices in California, as part of its promise to investors to cut annual costs by $1 billion.

Rakuten weighs $1.8 billion bond issue to launch mobile service: Nikkei

(Reuters) – Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc will issue as much as 200 billion yen ($1.86 billion) to prepare for its entry into the country’s mobile phone service market, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

German lawmakers to grill Facebook manager on data privacy

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers will question a senior Facebook Inc manager about data privacy in the wake of revelations that the personal information of millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

TSMC’s smartphone warning points squarely at Apple: analysts

(Reuters) – Shares in Apple Inc and its suppliers fell on Thursday after a raft of analysts read a prediction of softer smartphone sales from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd as driven chiefly by concern about demand for iPhones.

British lawmakers to interview Cambridge academic Kogan over Facebook data

LONDON (Reuters) – A Cambridge University academic who harvested data on millions of Facebook users will appear before a British parliamentary committee investigating the scandal on April 24.

ZTE woes may boost network rivals Ericsson and Nokia

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) – Investors are warming to beleaguered mobile network makers Ericsson and Nokia as they begin to recover ahead of a once-a-decade uplift from a new business cycle and an unexpected boost from a U.S. ban on exports to low-cost Chinese rival ZTE.

Lyft to offset emissions from rides with projects combating climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said.