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The EU's top official for the euro single currency pressed European regulators to urgently update financial rules in order to face bitcoin's dizzying volatility

Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017

The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump (What is “covfefe,” by the way?), and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.

Uber wants the Quebec government to renew a pilot program that allowed it to operate in the province over the past year

Uber Claims No Evidence Hackers Took Rider Credit Card Numbers

DETROIT (AP) — An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two hackers, the company said in a response to demands for information from U.S. senators.

Uber confirmed one of the cars torched in confrontations with taxi drivers in Johannesburg was registered to use the Uber app

Justice Department Confirms Criminal Probe in Uber Case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office confirms that the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation connected to allegations that a former Uber executive stole self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off to help the ride-hailing service build robotic vehicles.

Trump Signs into Law U.S. Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Survey: Half of Humans Believe in Alien Life

AMSTERDAM, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

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Hacker-for-Hire Pleads Guilty to Yahoo Breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts.

Uber Facing Federal Probe on Allegations of Espionage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spinoff.

Fingerprints of a migrant are taken during registration at the Patrick-Henry Village refugee center, a former U.S. military facility in Heidelberg, Germany, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

New Fingerprint Algorithm Helps ID Bodies Found Decades Ago

The FBI unit ran fingerprints from about 1,500 bodies through a new computer algorithm that could make matches from low-quality prints or even a single finger or thumb. Previously, the standard algorithm typically needed quality prints from all 10 fingers to make a match.

Report: Russian Hackers Stole U.S. Cyber Secrets from NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers allegedly working for the Kremlin stole details about how the U.S. infiltrates foreign networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor took the classified material home and put it on a personal computer, according to a news report published Thursday.

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NTSB: ‘System Safeguards’ Lacking in Tesla Crash on Autopilot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system.

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South Korean Court Sentences Samsung Heir to 5 Years Prison

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country’s president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics powerhouse long run like a monarchy.