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Breakthrough to end protests on French island Mayotte

Mamoudzou - The French government hoped Wednesday to have brokered an end to a month of protests on its Indian Ocean island territory of Mayotte, where locals have been blocking streets to protest living standards and security problems.

Digital transformation should be about service improvement

The Australian government has been criticized for using digital transformation purely as a vehicle for cutting jobs rather than seeking to improve services for the public good.

Eternal City's woes turn up heat on Rome mayor

Rome - The foulest stench is in the air, but the zombie-like creatures lurching through rubbish-strewn streets of Rome are not monsters in Michael Jackson's "Thriller", but heat-weary tourists and furious residents.

U.S. regulators sue to block Halliburton oil services merger

Wilmington - The U.S. Justice Dept. has filed suit in federal court in an effort to block a proposed merger between two giant oil services companies that control as much as 50 to 80 percent of the oil drilling and construction market.

Reports: Google creating a special 'China-compatible' Play Store

Reports have indicated a relaunch of Google's services in China could be imminent. The company is believed to be preparing a special version of the Play Store that will fully comply with the strict Internet regulation in the country.

Telling Siri to charge your phone results in a call to the police

News of a bug in Apple's digital assistant, Siri, has been circulating online recently. Asking Siri to charge your iPhone leads to a call to the emergency services in what is presumably an unintended quirk.

Five people injured in chlorine leak at Apple data centre

A reported leak of chlorine gas at Apple's data centre in North Carolina has injured five people and led to evacuation by hazardous materials specialists. The cause of the incident is unknown and the workers were taken to hospital.

Early issues with Apple Pay are putting off users, says study

A study has revealed that early issues with Apple Pay are causing many earlier patriots to neglect regular use of the service. 47% of users have experienced issues in stores advertised as Apple Pay friendly.

Headteachers threaten to call police as children play '18' games

A group of UK headteachers have threatened to report parents to police for neglect if they allow their children to play violent computer games that have an 18-rating, claiming that the children have access to unsuitable levels of violence.

Microsoft expands beta of Skype for Web

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web. The new website will allow users to access Skype from any web browser, removing the issue of being unable to use the popular communication program on computers where it is not installed.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

Apple online services knocked offline in many countries worldwide

Many Apple services are currently experiencing severe outages around the world according to several social media reports. Although Apple denies that anything is wrong, the iOS and Mac App Stores will not load and iCloud logins fail.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

A look at Canada's 'eBay for services' Special aims to be the 'eBay for services' by allowing users to advertise jobs they need doing for completion by others in their neighbourhood for a set fee. The company recently raised $500,000 in seed funding.

US judge okays $1.8 bn SAC insider-trading settlement

New York - A federal judge Thursday approved an agreement between US criminal prosecutors and SAC Capital to settle charges of insider trading in exchange for $1.8 billion in penalties.

UK watchdog fines Santander bank over mis-advice

London - A British financial watchdog on Wednesday said it had fined Spanish banking giant Santander almost £12.4 million for mis-advising customers.

Nasdaq reorganizes market services to boost global competitiveness

Nasdaq OMX Group <NDAQ.O> said on Monday it is reorganizing its market services business to better compete globally in fixed income, currencies, derivatives and other asset classes.

SAC Capital takes new name after insider scandal

New York - SAC Capital founder Steven A.

US services sector slowed by weather in February: ISM

Washington - The US services sector expanded at its slowest pace in three years in February, with harsh winter storms blamed in part, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.The ISM purchasing managers index for the services industry fell to 51.6 from 54...

China's manufacturing, services sectors diverge in February

China's services sector regained some momentum in February but its manufacturing sector struggled, separate surveys showed on Monday, with the divergence adding to the difficulty in assessing the strength o...

Bitcoin users to gather in Tokyo amid MtGox woes

Tokyo - Bitcoin users in Tokyo will gather on Thursday for a meeting set to be dominated by the shuttering of the MtGox exchange amid claims of a multi-million dollar theft.Dozens of members of "Bitcoin Tokyo" are expected to be at their weekly get-together, w...

Randstad profits leap six-fold, sees 'gradual recovery'

The Hague - Dutch temporary employment agency Randstad posted a six-fold profit leap for 2013 on Thursday, saying it was expecting "gradual recovery" this year.The Amsterdam-based group made a net profit of 231 million euros ($316 million) last year, up from 36.7 ...

Former SAC official convicted of insider trading

New York - A New York jury on Thursday convicted a former portfolio manager for SAC Capital of insider trading in the government's latest victory against the once-mighty hedge fund.

Singer Adele honored by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music

Adele was recently honored by Queen Elizabeth II. According to an article from the New York Daily News, Adele is one of 1,180 people that was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list as the British monarch celebrated her 87th birthday.

SWIFT cuts interbank services to Iran on orders of EU Council

Brussels - The Brussels-based transaction provider, SWIFT, has announced that it has been instructed to cut services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to EU sanctions, to comply with the EU Council directive.

Monsanto hired mercenary Blackwater to infiltrate anti-GMO groups

Documents reveal that Blackwater has been busy expanding its corporate reach by providing intelligence services for agencies such as the Canadian Military, Netherlands Police and corporations like Monsanto.

Mother of tortured man says victims' services refused help

The mother of the 26-year-old man dumped at a hospital emaciated, with burn and stab marks, and missing part of his tongue and lower lip said that victims’ services said they were unable to help with rehabilitation costs.

BlackBerry services to be suspended in UAE, Saudi Arabia

The United Arab Emirates, UAE is to suspend some Blackberry mobile phone services over security concerns. The move comes amid UAE concerns that data from the devices is immediately exported offshore and managed by a foreign organization.

Activists to protest sex trafficking outside Craigslist office

San Francisco - Human Rights activists have scheduled a protest at the headquarters of Craigslist for Thursday afternoon. Activists want Craigslist to put a stop to human sex trafficking through the adult services section of its website.

Parents who abused cerebral palsy child post nude sex pics online

Niles - Parents are accused of taking sexually explicit pictures of their young daughter and posting them on the Internet. The young girl who has cerebral palsy detailed the sexual abuse to CPS and is now in their custody while parents await trial and conviction.
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