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Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. The postcard verification is Facebook’s latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity...

AstraZeneca’s immunotherapy drug wins key lung cancer approval

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca’s immunotherapy drug Imfinzi has won crucial approval from U.S. regulators for use in lung cancer, opening up a multibillion-dollar market for a medicine that has so far lagged behind competitors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said late on Friday it granted approval for expanded use of Imfinzi to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...

Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said. Social media companies, especially Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, have been under heavy pressure...

U.S. FDA approves AstraZeneca’s immunotherapy for lung cancer

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted approval for expanded use of AstraZeneca Plc‘s, immunotherapy drug, Imfinzi, to treat non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors can’t be surgically removed. The approval was based on a trial testing on 713 patients whose cancer had not progressed after chemotherapy and radiation.(bit.ly/2EL2FKl) Imfinzi, chemically known as durvalumab, belongs...

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 million

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook (FB.O) on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites. In a case brought by Belgium’s privacy watchdog, the court also ruled that Facebook had to delete all data it had gathered illegally on...

Swiss skiers first athletes hit by norovirus at Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Two Swiss freestyle skiers are the first athletes confirmed to have been hit by a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Swiss Olympic team confirmed on Friday. More than 200 people have been confirmed to have contracted the norovirus, most of them security staff and Games...

Hackers stole $6 million from Russian bank via SWIFT system: central bank

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - Unknown hackers stole 339.5 million roubles ($6 million) from a Russian bank last year in an attack using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the Russian central bank said on Friday. The disclosure, buried at the bottom of a central bank report on digital thefts in the Russian banking sector, is the latest in a...

U.S. FDA looks to pave way for earlier-stage Alzheimer’s drugs

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have proposed lowering the bar for clinical trial success for experimental Alzheimer’s drugs to better align with the current emphasis on the need to treat people when they are in the earliest stages of the brain-wasting disease. Medicines tested to treat Alzheimer’s have had a dismal track record, and the Food and Drug Administration has...

White House blames Russia for ‘reckless’ NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe. The attack launched in June 2017 by the Russian military “spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars...

EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Google (GOOGL.O) on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, saying proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient. Slideshow (2 Images)The European Union executive and consumer protection authorities said the three companies have only partially addressed concerns over...