Ex-CIA Engineer Convicted in Biggest Theft Ever of Agency Secrets

A former Central Intelligence Agency software engineer was convicted by a federal jury on Wednesday of causing the largest theft of classified information in the agency's history. From a report: The former C.I.A. employee, Joshua Schulte, was arrested after the 2017 disclosure by WikiLeaks of a trove of confidential documents detailing the agency's secret methods for penetrating the computer networks of foreign governments and terrorists. The verdict came two years after a previous jury failed to agree on eight of the 10 charges he faced then. At the earlier trial, Mr. Schulte, 33, was found guilty of contempt of court and of making false statements to the F.B.I. He was convicted on Wednesday on nine counts, which included illegally gathering national defense information and illegally transmitting that information. Damian Williams, the United States attorney in Manhattan, where the trial was held, hailed the verdict. Mr. Schulte has been convicted of "one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history," Mr. Williams said in a statement.

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Amazon Offers To Limit Use of Merchant Data in Bid To Settle EU Antitrust Probe

Amazon has offered to limit its use of marketplace seller data and make changes to 'Buy Box' rankings in a bid to settle antitrust concerns in the European Union, the Commission confirmed today. From a report: It has also offered to revise how sellers can quality for inclusion to Prime; and allow them to choose their own delivery firm and negotiate terms directly with the carrier, as well as committing not to use any data obtained via Prime about the terms and performance of third party carriers for its own competing logistics services. In recent weeks, reports by Reuters and the FT had suggested Amazon would offer to share more data with rivals and give buyers a wider choice of products in order to settle the EU's action.

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Twitter Outage Hits Thousands, Downdetector Reports

Twitter faced a brief outage on Thursday, leaving thousands of users without service for about an hour. From a report: At the peak, at 8:20 a.m. in New York, 54,582 users reported problems on Downdetector.com, an outage tracking platform. Twitter's website displayed an error message and prompted users to reload the page. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the outage. A message on Twitter's support account posted at 9:10 a.m. said: "Some of you are having issues accessing Twitter and we're working to get it back up and running for everyone. Thanks for sticking with us." By 9:16 a.m., about 1,600 users reported they were still having trouble. The last time Twitter faced an outage was in February, when the site crashed due to a "technical bug" on the page. In its early days, Twitter was famous for crashing amid high traffic, leading to the iconic "fail whale" image that popped up when service was down.

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