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Data leak: More than 40 Secret Service employees accessed the personal information of Jason Chaffetz (pic), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who was leading a probe of the agency, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General. — AFP

US Secret Service punishes 41 over leak of lawmaker's data

Forty-one US Secret Service employees have been disciplined over a media leak of the personal files of a congressman who had criticised the agency's security lapses.

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Trade up: Maxis Bhd head of retail Tan Cheong Tatt (centre) with Maxis Store employees showing off a selection of old phones that the company will accept for its Trade In, Trade Up programme.

Maxis wants you to trade up to an iPhone 6s

27 May 2016

Maxis is offering up to 65% off a new iPhone 6s when you trade in your old phone.

Big bountry: eSports prize money has ballooned to millions of dollars, putting it on par with traditional sports. — Riot Games

Souped up eSports channel to go live on June 7

27 May 2016

Astro’s eSports channel 808 will finally go live with a new name – eGG Network (Every Good Game) on June 7.

Autonomous aim: Google will open a Detroit-area technology centre for its self-driving car programme. —  AFP Relaxnews

Google to open Detroit-area autonomous car centre

27 May 2016

Google announced plans to open a Detroit-area technology center for its self-driving car programme.

Financial savvy: Verizon has added former Yahoo adviser Bank of America Corp  to its roster of investment banks. —  Reuters

Verizon turns to former Yahoo bankers for bid

27 May 2016

Verizon Communications Inc is working on its bid for Yahoo Inc's core assets with an investment bank.

Cyber breach:  The Philippines incident is the fourth known cyberattack against a bank involving fraudulent SWIFT messages. —  Reuters

Symantec says SWIFT heist linked to Philippines attack

27 May 2016

Hackers who stole US$81mil from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to another cyberattack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, cyber security company Symantec Corp.

Prying rights?: Federal agencies currently do not need a warrant to access e-mails or other digital communications more than 180 days old. —  Reuters

Push to expand FBI surveillance authority threatens US e-mail privacy bill

27 May 2016

An effort in the US Senate to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's authority to use a secretive surveillance order has delayed a vote on a popular e-mail privacy bill.

New sponsor: The biotech company will take over as named sponsor from Intel. —  Reuters

Biotech Regeneron replaces Intel as sponsor of Science Talent Search

27 May 2016

Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc became the title sponsor of the most prestigious US science competition for high school students, taking the baton from chipmaker Intel Corp

Ruffling feathers: Obama promoted human rights and chided Vietnam about restrictions on political freedom. —  Reuters

Vietnam restricted access to Facebook during Obama visit

27 May 2016

The Vietnamese government restricted access to Facebook Inc inside Vietnam for several days this week as part of a broader crackdown on human rights and political dissidents during a visit by President Barack Obama.

Mammoth task: Work on the cable is expected to be completed by Oct 2017.  —  Reuters

Microsoft, Facebook to build transatlantic subsea cable

27 May 2016

Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services.

Copyright controversy: Oracle believes that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology. —  Reuters

Google beats Oracle in US$9bil Android trial

27 May 2016

A US jury handed Google a major victory in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp over Android software used to run most of the world's smartphones.

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