Terrorists turn to online chat rooms to evade US

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks — including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week. It’s highly unlikely that al-Qaida’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, …

Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil’s government seeking damages over poor working conditions on the company’s assembly lines, prosecutors said. Labor prosecutors in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas said they are suing Samsung for 250 million reals ($108 million) because its plant in the industrial center of …

Outages hit Microsoft’s Outlook.com, SkyDrive

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is trying to fix a technological breakdown that has cut off some people from their email accounts on Outlook.com and files stored on the company’s SkyDrive service. The Redmond, Washington, software maker says only a small number of people have been affected by an outage that began Wednesday morning. Microsoft’s statement …

Microsoft sets Oct. 17 release for Windows 8.1

SAN FRANCISCO — Consumers waiting for Microsoft’s revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17. The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers …