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TC Roundup: U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks

U.S. intelligence chief: China top suspect in government agency hacks: U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said on Thursday that China was the top suspect in the massive hacking of a U.S. government agency that compromised the personnel records of millions of Americans.

The comments from Clapper, the director of National Intelligence (DNI), were first reported in The Wall Street Journal and marked the first time the Obama administration has publicly accused Beijing of the hacking attacks on the Office of Personnel Management. (Reuters)

Alibaba’s digital bank comes online to serve ‘The Little Guys’ In China: You may know Alibaba for its huge e-commerce business in China and the record-breaking U.S. IPO that it held last year. But there’s a lot more to the Hangzhou-based company than that, and as of this week, that includes an online bank.

Alibaba-backed MYbank opened Thursday with a promise to provide services “for the little guys.” The service is an all-digital bank, it has no physical branches but is open 24/7. It is aimed at those who tend to end up a little short changed by the existing banking system — SMEs who struggle to fit into a financial bracket for loans and services, and those in rural areas who have issues accessing branches and banks in person. (Tech Crunch)

Satya Nadella unveils Microsoft’s new mission: empowering everyone on the planet: Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella today announced a new mission statement for the worldwide technology company.

“Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” Nadella wrote in an email he sent to employees today. GeekWire obtained the email and published it in its entirety today. Microsoft representatives confirmed to VentureBeat that the email is authentic. (Venture Beat)

Facebook reports small gains in diversity, says ‘more work to do’: Facebook released new diversity numbers Thursday, revealing small gains in the number of women and minorities at the social network.

The percentage of women in technology jobs at Facebook increased to 16%, from 15% last year. The share of minorities in tech jobs grew to 49%, from 47%, with an increase in Asians. (The Wall Street Journal)

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