Apple releases first Arabic version of Siri

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Tuesday released a version of its virtual personal assistant Siri for Arabic speakers in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, potentially making its iPhones more attractive in a largely affluent market of more than 30 million people. The move, part of Apple's latest software updates, means people in those countries will be able to use Siri in their native tongue on iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch.

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Sassy woman or machine? Tech giants divided over digital assistants

By Julia Love and Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer. What's your favorite drink?” As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants' personalities.

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PayPal’s China, Europe transaction volumes hit by strong dollar

Payment processor PayPal Holdings Inc , spun off from eBay Inc reported quarterly revenue slightly below analysts' expectations as a strong dollar hurt its transaction volumes in China and Europe. Shares of PayPal, which listed for the second time on the Nasdaq in July, fell 5.6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

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Twitter.com currently unavailable for some users

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter.com was unavailable on Monday for some users across the United States but the mobile app and Tweetdeck, another Twitter website that allows users to view multiple browsers at once, appeared to be working normally. Twitter users and others said they received a message that read “something is technically wrong” when trying to open the Twitter website on their personal computers

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Florida private investigator charged for trying to hack charity

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Florida private investigator is facing criminal charges over his alleged effort to infiltrate a charity's computer network while researching whether nonprofits are financing Islamic militants, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

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Turkish magazine raided, copies seized for mock Erdogan selfie

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police raided a magazine on Monday over a mocked-up “selfie” of a smiling President Tayyip Erdogan with the coffin of a soldier – an allusion to comments that families of soldiers killed by Kurdish rebels could be happy about their martyrdom. An Istanbul prosecutor’s office banned distribution of the latest edition of Nokta magazine and ordered raids on its offices over charges of “insulting the Turkish president” and “making terrorist propaganda”, after the cover was published online, the magazine said in a statement. The cover depicted a grinning Erdogan in shirt-sleeves taking a selfie, in the background a coffin draped in the red Turkish flag being borne along in state by soldiers.

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Alibaba hasn’t hit bottom yet: Barron’s

The reasons the weekly financial newspaper gave for the dour outlook: China's struggling economy, increasing competition in e-commerce and more scrutiny of the company's culture and governance. Alibaba spokesman Bob Christie said the article “contains factual inaccuracies and selective use of information, and the conclusions the reporter draws are misleading.” The company has posted on the internet a letter to Barron's editor complaining about the story.

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Real estate data company Reis sues over alleged online report theft

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reis Inc, a commercial real estate data provider, on Wednesday sued Armada Analytics Inc, accusing it of downloading at least 1,562 reports over three years from its proprietary subscription database without paying for them. Armada, a commercial real estate services provider specializing in mortgage debt, was accused of misappropriating login credentials to access Reis’ database online, and continuing to obtain reports through Reis subscribers after payment was demanded.

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Twitter announces global expansion of self-service ads platform

(Reuters) – Microblogging website operator Twitter Inc said it had expanded its self-service ads platform to more than 200 countries and territories from 33 countries. Small and medium-sized businesses can now reach their target audiences on Twitter in 15 languages, Twitter said in a blog post on Wednesday

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