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Oct 1, 2011, 8:25 p.m.

Japan eyes private firms help on cyber attacks: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to work more closely with private companies by sharing information on cyber attacks after defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was hacked, Nikkei business daily reported Sunday. The government also aims to ratify an international treaty on online crimes, the Nikkei said without citing a source.

Government simulates cyber attack for training

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (Reuters) - The lights went out. Hackers had infiltrated the chemical company's computer network. The firm's own experts ran around from computer to computer trying to fight back and regain control. "We're flying blind," the chief executive of the fictitious ACME chemical company said.

Twitter tells scientists how the world feels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hate mornings, especially on Mondays? You may be surprised to know that much of the world doesn't share that grumpy feeling. Twitter shows people are more cheerful in the morning, get gloomier as the day wears on and rebound in the evening, with a peak right before bedtime. They're also happier from December to late June, when days gradually lengthen in the Northern Hemisphere.

Amazon tablet costs $209.63 to make, IHS estimates

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's new tablet computer costs $209.63 to make, IHS iSuppli estimated on Friday, but will sell for $199, highlighting how the e-commerce company is taking a financial hit upfront to get the device into as many hands as possible. Amazon's billionaire Chief Executive Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle Fire at the lower-than-expected price on Wednesday.

Hitachi-LG venture to plead guilty to price-fixing

(Reuters) - A joint venture of Hitachi Ltd and LG Electronics Inc has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $21.1 million fine for bid-rigging and price-fixing in the sale of optical disk drives, the Justice Department said on Friday. Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc was accused of conspiracy and wire fraud in a 15-count criminal information filed in federal court in California, the first charges to emerge from a long-running U.S. probe.

Poor nations urged to tap Web fast for growth

NAIROBI (Reuters) - With online business increasingly driving economic growth, developing nations' top priority should be the infrastructure their citizens need to get connected, delegates at an Internet conference in Nairobi said this week. The Internet's potential to raise living standards is under-exploited in the developing world, where just 21 percent of the population have access, compared with 69 percent in the developed world.

AT&T seeks Sprint, Cellular South cases dismissed

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc has asked a U.S. judge to dismiss antitrust lawsuits brought by rivals Sprint Nextel Corp and Cellular South, now called C Spire Wireless, to halt AT&T's proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA. The U.S. Justice Department has also sued to block the deal, which would vault AT&T into a leading position in the U.S. wireless market through the purchase of No. 4 operator T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Kik Messenger returns to BlackBerry despite lawsuit

TORONTO (Reuters) - Kik Interactive, an instant messaging service startup against which Research In Motion launched a lawsuit last year, is testing a new version of software that can be used on RIM's BlackBerry smartphones, Kik's founder said on Thursday. The Kik Messenger service - which has been available for Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android software for more than a year - was pulled from RIM's app store in November and RIM launched its suit a month later.

Ponzi scheme accused Full Tilt Poker's license revoked

(Reuters) - Online poker site, Full Tilt Poker, which U.S. federal prosecutors have accused of running a Ponzi scheme, had its gambling license revoked by Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), the gambling regulator said on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the AGCC revoked Full Tilt Poker's license accusing it of seriously breaching AGCC regulations which included false reporting, unauthorized provision of credit and failing to report material events.

Brazil's $12 billion iPad deal is in trouble: sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A much-hyped $12 billion plan for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to produce iPads in Brazil is "in doubt" due to stagnant negotiations over tax breaks and Brazil's own deep structural problems such as a lack of skilled labor, government sources tell Reuters. The proposal to build Apple's sleek tablet computers in Brazil was first announced in April by President Dilma Rousseff during an official visit to China. Senior officials hailed the deal as a sign of growing economic ties with Asia, and proof that Brazil was moving up the value-added manufacturing chain as its economy grows.

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