Why Apple’s BNPL efforts could mark a ‘tipping point’ in lending

Why Apple’s BNPL efforts could mark a ‘tipping point’ in lending

Apple Inc.’s expansion into buy-it-now, pay-later financing could be just the start of an attempt to shake up the traditional payment system. The consumer electronics giant has already dabbled in other financial services businesses, including through its Apple Pay payment technology and a co-branded credit card made with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. GS, -2.09%. However, … Read more

South Sudan: Life in a Cattle Camp

South Sudan: Life in a Cattle Camp

In a country where millions of people need humanitarian aid to survive, cattle camps represent an important, if tiny, economic reality that provides communities with livelihoods and development. By Francesca Sabatinelli & Linda Bordoni In South Sudan, it is estimated that some 8.9 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, will need significant humanitarian … Read more

Internet shutdowns in Sudan complicate civil disobedience campaign against coup

Internet shutdowns in Sudan complicate civil disobedience campaign against coup

Protesters carry a banner and national flags as they march against the recent Sudanese army takeover and ousting of the civilian government, in the streets of the capital Khartoum, Sudan, October 30, 2021. REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Activists launch two days of civil disobedience Bothered by … Read more

Exxon exodus turns floating ‘cube’ into internet meme

Exxon exodus turns floating ‘cube’ into internet meme

HOUSTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil’s trophy US campus is becoming an internet meme. The visually stunning complex, sometimes compared to Apple’s Ring and Alphabet’s Googleplex campuses, opened in 2014 as Exxon stood atop the global oil market. Its centerpiece is a giant cube that appears to float above the office and research center. … Read more

EXCLUSIVE meta girds for ‘fierce’ headwinds, slower growth in second half – memo

EXCLUSIVE meta girds for ‘fierce’ headwinds, slower growth in second half – memo

June 30 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc, owner of Facebook (META.O) is bracing for a leaner second half as it faces macroeconomic pressures and data privacy breaches from its advertising business, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Thursday. The company needs to “prioritize more ruthlessly” and “operate leaner, meaner, better-executed teams,” chief … Read more

It’s alive! How Belief in AI’s Sensitivity Becomes a Problem

It’s alive!  How Belief in AI’s Sensitivity Becomes a Problem

OAKLAND, California, June 30 (Reuters) – Artificial intelligence chatbot company Replika, which offers its customers bespoke avatars that talk to and listen to them, says it receives a handful of messages almost daily from users who think their online friend is sensitive. “We’re not talking about crazy people or people who have hallucinations or delusions,” … Read more

After the killing of Hindus, police in northwest India ban public gatherings and suspend the internet

After the killing of Hindus, police in northwest India ban public gatherings and suspend the internet

MUMBAI, June 29 (Reuters) – Fearing outbreaks of religious violence, police in the Indian state of Rajasthan have banned public gatherings and suspended internet services a day after two Muslims posted a video claiming responsibility for the murder of a Hindu tailor in the city of Udaipur. Two suspects were being questioned by federal investigators … Read more

Taliban demand release of funds frozen after deadly earthquake

Taliban demand release of funds frozen after deadly earthquake

The earthquake killed more than 1,000 people Sanctions and frozen central bank assets are curbing the flow of funding Taliban spokesman says relief must be prioritized KABUL, June 25 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift the freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake … Read more

Russia Destroyed Satellite Internet in Ukraine – Western Officials

Russia Destroyed Satellite Internet in Ukraine – Western Officials

United States: a Russian hack aimed at disrupting Ukrainian communications UK: hack was ‘deliberate and malicious’ EU: Attack on Viasat caused “blind” blackouts Russia regularly denies carrying out cyberattacks NEWPORT, Wales, May 10 (Reuters) – Russia was behind a massive cyberattack on a satellite internet network that knocked tens of thousands of modems offline at … Read more

Apple and Android phones hacked by Italian spyware, Google says

Apple and Android phones hacked by Italian spyware, Google says

A man holds a laptop computer as cybercode is projected onto him in this illustrative photo taken May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (Reuters) – Hacking tools from an Italian company have been used to spy on Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Android smartphones … Read more