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Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously …

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Indonesia’s ‘Minions’ aim for badminton glory

JAKARTA – Affectionately dubbed the “Minions” after the little yellow creatures from the 2015 animated movie, diminutive badminton duo Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo will hope to stand tall and win gold for hosts Indonesia at the Asian Games this month. Currently the world’s top ranked men’s doubles team, the pair are among some 11,300 athletes from across Asia who …

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Digital payment firms fight for Hong Kong market

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s shopping districts are well known for their fierce competition. Now, a new battleground is forming as digital payments firms fight for retailers and shoppers. Chinese tech giants like Tencent and Alibaba are bringing their payment platforms to a city that has long thrived on cash and credit cards, putting them into competition with the likes …

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