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Cyberattacks Targeting Oil Sector, Say Researchers

A series of cyberattacks has been targeting the oil and gas sector in what appears to be an effective variant of the so-called Nigerian email scam, security researchers said Monday.

The scheme dubbed "Phantom Menace" has victimized a number of oil and gas buyers, getting them to pay for non-existent crude, according to a report by Panda Security.

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CEO: Nissan Will be Ready with Autonomous Driving by 2020

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.

Many of the world's automakers, and companies outside the auto industry such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate without human intervention.

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Turkey Delays 4G Tender after Erdogan Confusion

Turkey has delayed its planned tender for 4G mobile technology licences, reports said Saturday, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sowed confusion by saying the country should skip straight to 5G technology.

The transport and telecommunications ministry has decided to postpone the tender auction for fourth generation mobile technology licences by three months, the Hurriyet and Milliyet dailies said.

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Prying Parents: Phone Monitoring Apps Flourish in S. Korea

Lee Chang-june can be miles from his 12-year-old son but still know when he plays a smartphone game. With the press of an app he can see his son's phone activity, disable apps or totally shut down the smartphone.

The app, "Smart Sheriff," was funded by the South Korean government primarily to block access to pornography and other offensive content online. But its features go well beyond that.

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U.S. Pushes Pedal on Car-to-Car Communication

Engineers have known for some time that if cars could only "talk" to each other, they could avoid a lot of accidents.

Vehicles could be driven more safely with information about another car, obstacle or pedestrian around a blind curve, for example.

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Move over Superheroes, Video-Game Movies are Going Upscale

There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent.

Video game movies have an ignoble history in Hollywood, dating back to the dark days of the early 1990s when clangers like "Super Mario Bros." starring Bob Hoskins and "Street Fighter" with Jean-Claude Van Damme were stinking up the screen. 

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Japan's Sharp Shows it Has Feelings -- on Twitter

Japan's Sharp may seem like just another faceless corporate giant, but the struggling Japanese electronics maker still has feelings -- on social media anyway.

The firm, best known for its televisions, confessed to feeling down in the dumps after announcing it was taking a multi-billion-dollar bailout and laying off about 10 percent of its 49,000-strong global workforce to deal with huge losses.

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Latest Self-Driving Google Car Heading to Public Streets

The latest version of Google's self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving, Google says. It looks like a Smart car with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards without human intervention. It has more capabilities than the prototype Google introduced last May, which was so rudimentary it had fake headlights.

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Microsoft's Bing Search Engine to Go 'Mobile Friendly'

Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to "mobile-friendly" websites, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The announcement comes just weeks after Google implemented a similar shift. The moves by the two search engines could have big implications for website operators, advertisers and for those who seek to optimize search rankings.

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Facebook Dives Deep into News with Publisher Deal

Facebook pushed deeper into the media business Wednesday by crafting a deal with news publishers which allows the social network to deliver articles directly to readers and could reshape the news landscape.

The long-anticipated move by Facebook means it will host news items on its servers to give readers faster access.

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