Microsoft failed to shore up defenses that could have limited SolarWinds hack: U.S. senator

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February 26, 2021 By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s failure to fix known problems with its cloud software facilitated the massive SolarWinds hack that compromised at least nine federal government agencies, according to security experts and the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. A vulnerability first publicly revealed by researchers in 2017 allows hackers to...

Salesforce full-year profit forecast disappoints, shares drop

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February 26, 2021 (Reuters) – Salesforce.com Inc on Thursday forecast full-year profit that was below market expectations, sending the shares of the online software company down 3.9% in extended trading. The company’s latest and biggest acquisition of workspace messaging company Slack Technologies Inc for $27.7 billion deal in December is seen as expensive by any Wall...

Report: NBA to mandate opt-in for draft entry

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February 26, 2021 With the NCAA granting all current players an extra year of eligibility, the NBA will shift to a system requiring all players to petition for entry into the 2021 draft. The NCAA approved the extra year of eligibility in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL approach to the eligibility shift was to expand the opt-out window...

Japan to begin allowing foreign athletes’ entry next month: Nikkei

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February 26, 2021 (Reuters) – Athletes participating in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo can begin entering Japan after it lifts its emergency declaration order next month, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Friday. Nikkei reported that the emergency declaration is set to be lifted March 7 with the travel ban on foreign athletes removed shortly after. The report...

Braves extend manager Brian Snitker through 2023

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February 26, 2021 The Atlanta Braves on Friday extended manager Brian Snitker’s contract through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. Snitker, 65, led the Braves to a 35-25 record and a third straight National League East title during last season’s shortened campaign. “I am thrilled that Brian will continue to lead our club on the field and in the...

Chasing pack need to believe they can topple ‘Big Three’: Nalbandian

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February 26, 2021 (Reuters) – Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian said the younger players on the men’s ATP Tour must start believing in themselves if they are to close the gap on Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Russian Daniil Medvedev looked closest to ending the Grand Slam hegemony of the ‘Big Three’ when he cantered...

Woods moved to new hospital to continue recovery

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February 26, 2021 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has been moved to a new hospital in Los Angeles, the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said on Thursday, as he recovers from multiple injuries sustained in a serious car accident this week. The 15-time major winner underwent surgery to stabilize compound fractures of his tibia and fibula, after the grisly accident...

U.S. has not made ‘final decision’ on participating in Olympics in China

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February 26, 2021 By Jarrett Renshaw WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has not made a final decision on whether the United States will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said on Thursday, even as some Republicans call for a boycott. Republicans who have called either for a boycott or for...

Barty party over in Australia amid doubts over top ranking

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February 26, 2021 By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian summer of tennis that promised so much for Ash Barty has ended in disappointment with the local hero falling at the first hurdle of the Adelaide International a week after blowing a golden chance to win her home Grand Slam. World number one Barty exited Memorial Drive...

About 1,000 Olympics volunteers quit this month in wake of furor over president

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February 26, 2021 TOKYO (Reuters) – About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month, organisers said, during which time organising committee president Yoshiro Mori quit due to sexist remarks and a new president was chosen to replace him. Volunteers are the backbone of any Games, performing everything from guiding people to venues, translating and driving...