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Uber suspends ride-sharing services in Macau

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc will suspend its services in Macau from July 22 as it has not been able to unlock the full benefits of ride sharing in the gambling hub, in another blow to the firm that is fighting legal scrutiny in many Asian markets. [Source]

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Messaging startup Slack is raising $250 million amid venture investment boom

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software startup Slack Technologies Inc is raising $250 million in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, boosting the company's valuation as Silicon Valley companies enjoy a surge in venture capital investments.

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BRIEF-Western Energy Services reports Q2 loss per share $0.23

* Western Energy Services Corp. releases second quarter 2017 financial and operating results

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Nintendo shares up more than four percent after reporting strong Switch sales

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd shares rose more than four percent in Thursday morning trade after the console maker reported strong first-quarter sales for its new Switch device.

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Some Chinese electric car makers mull alliance to save money, time

BEIJING (Reuters) - A handful of China's many electric vehicle (EV) start-ups are considering setting up an alliance to pool resources, develop joint technology and bring cars more quickly to the world's biggest autos market.

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Apple supplier Japan Display seeks $893 million to fund restructuring: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Liquid crystal display panels manufacturer Japan Display Inc is seeking about 100 billion yen ($893 million) from its main creditors to fund an ongoing restructuring, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.

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PayPal raises 2017 forecasts on growth in users, payment volumes

(Reuters) - Digital payments company PayPal Holdings Inc raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by growth in users and transaction volumes.

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Facebook results beat estimates as mobile ad sales soar, stock at record high

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc surpassed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant found more ways to attract advertisers to its mobile app including its centerpiece product, the Facebook News Feed, sending its shares to an all-time high.

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FTSE Russell to exclude Snap from stock indexes over voting rights

(Reuters) - FTSE Russell said on Wednesday it plans to exclude Snap Inc from its widely followed stock indexes because Snap, the owner of messaging app Snapchat, has an unusual share structure that denies voting rights to investors.

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Uber's Kalanick hires former U.S. prosecutor ahead of Waymo deposition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber's former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has hired the former top federal prosecutor in San Francisco to represent him ahead of a deposition in a high-profile trade secrets case against Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car unit, the attorney's firm said on Wednesday.

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Christmas comes early for zoo polar bears with snow in July

RANUA, Finland (Reuters) - A group of polar bears in a zoo in Lapland in northern Finland got an early wintry treat in the summer heat when truckloads of snow were delivered to the Ranua wildlife park on Wednesday.

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New TSA guidelines on tablets, e-readers

The Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday it's boosting security measures by requiring any carry-on electronic larger than a cellphone to be screened separately at U.S. airports.

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BRIEF-Citi Retail Services expands partnership with American Honda Motor

* Citi Retail Services expands partnership with American Honda Motor Corp.

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U.S. taxable bond funds attract most cash in 2 years -ICI

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors darted into taxable bonds for a 33rd straight week, injecting the most cash into the category since June 2015, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. Nearly $12.8 billion flowed into the taxable bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds during the week ended July 19, according to ICI, reinforcing a strong investor preference for debt despite low yields and uncertainty over central bank polic

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Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday.

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Russian held over bitcoin laundering linked to BTC-e exchange: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian national arrested in Greece on Wednesday on suspicion of laundering criminal funds by switching them into bitcoins is a key person behind the BTC-e crypto-currency exchange, two sources close to the exchange told Reuters.

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US: N. Korea could launch reliable nuclear-capable missile by 2018

The US believes that North Korea will be able to launch a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by early 2018, a US official familiar with the latest intelligence assessment confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

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Berlusconi aide meets Telecom Italia deputy chairman: source

ROME (Reuters) - The righthand man of media mogul Silvio Berlusconi visited the headquarters of Telecom Italia on Wednesday and met the company's deputy chairman Giuseppe Recchi, a source said.

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See how much transgender services really cost the military

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

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Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant: source

(Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Technology Co will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar electronics manufacturing plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

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Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.

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Milan prosecutors launch investigation into UniCredit's cyber breach: sources

MILAN (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Milan have launched a probe into a data breach at UniCredit affecting around 400,000 customers of the Italian bank, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

* Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

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Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police arrested a Russian man suspected of running a money laundering operation involving turning $4 billion from illicit business activities into the digital currency bitcoin, they said on Wednesday.

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Italy minister says no interest so far from operators to build single fiber network

ROME (Reuters) - The idea of creating a single fibre-optic telecoms network in Italy makes sense but none of the players involved have so far signaled a willingness to do so, Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Wednesday.

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Luxury firms' online battle boosted by EU court adviser's Coty view

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A decade-long battle by luxury brands to defend their image neared an end on Wednesday when an adviser to Europe's top court said Coty can block a German retailer from selling its beauty products via online marketplaces.

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Thales says in constructive talks on Airbus services drive

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - French aerospace supplier Thales said on Wednesday it was in "constructive" talks with Airbus about the latter's bid to boost its services business, striking a conciliatory tone on an issue worrying several top suppliers.

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Italy's UniCredit reveals attacks on client data

MILAN (Reuters) - Suspected hackers have accessed client data of Italy's biggest lender, UniCredit, in two attacks over the past 10 months which affected around 400,000 Italian customers, the most serious hack ever reported by a major Italian lender.

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Nintendo swings to first quarter operating profit, beats estimates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd said on Wednesday it returned to profit in its first quarter, beating analyst estimates, due to strong demand for its Switch console.

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Line Corp first-half profit jumps 39 percent, boosted by asset transfer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Line Corp posted a 39 percent jump in first-half profit, boosted by a transfer of assets.

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India's Snapdeal board approves Flipkart's $900-$950 million takeover offer: sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal accepted bigger rival Flipkart's revised takeover offer of $900 million-$950 million last week, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Fevertree Drinks' CEO sold 1.5 mln shares at 1.925 pence on July 25

* FEVERTREE DRINKS PLC SAYS CEO TIM WARRILLOW SOLD 1.5 MILLION SHARES AT 1.925 PENCE ON JULY 25 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Moody's says price hikes and cost cuts light a stable fire for European tobacco sector's outlook

* Moody's: price hikes and cost cuts light a stable fire for european tobacco sector's outlook

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 26

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday and the dollar held firm as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision later in the day for more clues on its tightening plans. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in the previous s

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UPDATE 1-Express Scripts says any new Anthem contract would be unfavorable

July 25 (Reuters) - Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co said on Tuesday that a new contract with biggest customer Anthem Inc would be on terms significantly less favorable for the company.

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BRIEF-Retail Properties of America declared Q3 dividend for its 7 pct Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock at $0.4375 per share

* Declared third quarter dividend for its 7.00% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock at $0.4375 per share

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab launches free antivirus software globally

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced it was rolling out a free version of its antivirus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the cyber firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence.

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Investment in UK fintech tops pre-Brexit levels in first half of 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Over half a billion dollars were poured into British financial technology companies in the first half of 2017, over a third more than the same period last year, trade body Innovate Finance said on Wednesday, in the latest sign the fast-growing sector is so far weathering Brexit.

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BRIEF-Biogen says in July 2017 learned that prosecution office of Milan is investigating interactions with some healthcare providers in Italy - SEC Filing

* Biogen says in July 2017 learned that prosecution office of Milan is investigating interactions with some healthcare providers in Italy - SEC Filing

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Wall Street regulator says digital coin offerings may require oversight

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main regulator said on Tuesday that initial coin offerings (ICOs), a means of crowdfunding for blockchain technology companies, should be subject to the same safeguards required in traditional securities sales.

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BRIEF-McDonald's says has expanded McDelivery with UberEats to 13 countries in past three months

* McDonald's has expanded McDelivery with UberEats to 13 countries, including 3,500 restaurants in U.S. in past three months Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Texas Instruments' profit beats on automotive, industrial demand

(Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as the company benefited from higher demand for its chips from automotive and industrial customers.

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BRIEF-Emerge Energy Services and EP Energy E&P Co entered into sand supply agreement

* Emerge Energy Services Lp - on july 19, unit of co and EP Energy E&P Company, L.P. entered into a sand supply agreement effective as of Jan. 1, 2017

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Uber seeks to butter up its drivers

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Akamai posts 21.5 percent fall in quarterly profit

(Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc, which helps speed up content delivery over the internet, reported a 21.5 percent fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday, hurt by higher costs.

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Chipmaker AMD's revenue rises 19 percent

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc reported a 19 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, boosted by demand for its graphics chips and its new Ryzen processors for PCs.

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Israeli professor settles Mobileye insider trading case in U.S.

(Reuters) - An Israeli professor has agreed to pay more than $850,000 to settle U.S. claims he engaged in insider trading in Jerusalem-based Mobileye NV , a maker of sensors and cameras for self-driving vehicles, ahead of its $15.3 billion takeover by Intel Corp .

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Google Canada head exits, company names interim head

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said on Tuesday that the head of its Google Canada operations, Sam Sebastian, has left the company.

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U.S. says fame, fortune drove Macau billionaire's bribery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ng Lap Seng's dream of "fame and more fortune" drove the Macau billionaire to bribe United Nations officials to win support for a multi-billion dollar conference center he hoped to build, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday near the end of Ng's criminal trial.

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Third of athletes believe matches have been fixed - report

(Reuters) - More than a third of athletes across 13 different sports believe match-fixing has taken place and some said they had been approached by fixers in the past year, a European report said on Tuesday.

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Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc's Flash, a once-ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday.

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Tesla Model S regains top safety rating after software update: Consumer Reports

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc's Model S sedan regained Consumer Reports' top safety rating, the magazine said on Tuesday, after the automaker updated the emergency braking system on the vehicle.

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Telecom Italia management shake-up fuels Vivendi's ambitions

MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) - France's Vivendi has tightened its grip on Telecom Italia by removing its CEO Flavio Cattaneo and paving the way for a joint venture between its own pay-TV Canal+ and the Italian group, in a boost to the French firm's ambitions to become a southern European media powerhouse.

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ABC News to target millennials with social video partnership

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's ABC News on Tuesday launched a partnership with millennial-focused video news site ATTN: to co-produce videos for social media including Facebook Inc's Instagram and for Twitter Inc .

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BMW says electric version of Mini to be built in Oxford ​

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW on Tuesday said it had chosen its plant in Oxford, England as the location to produce an electric Mini from 2019, confirming an earlier Reuters report.

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German developer to renovate Lisbon site for tech hub

LISBON (Reuters) - A German developer for the technology sector has reached an agreement to renovate a former military factory next to the Tagus River in downtown Lisbon, as the city's efforts to become a hub for European startups begins to attract foreign investors.

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Economic Trends: Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong

What if the weak productivity growth of the last several years is not the cause of low growth, but rather the result of it?

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GSK hires ex-Wal-Mart executive to transform tech operations

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it had appointed former Wal-Mart Stores executive Karenann Terrell to the new senior position of chief digital and technology officer.

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Say cheese! New Singapore air terminal automates departures with face recognition

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When a new terminal opens in 2017 at Singapore's Changi Airport, the world's best for five years straight according to a survey, passengers will be able to, in theory, go through check-in to boarding without speaking to another person.

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Digital market analytics firm SimilarWeb raises $47 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli-U.S. tech firm SimilarWeb, whose platform helps companies better track the performance of their websites and mobile apps, said on Tuesday it raised $47 million in fundraising led by equity investor Viola Growth.

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Amazon has no problem hiring in UK despite Brexit uncertainties

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon has had no problem hiring staff in Britain and plans an extra 450 high tech jobs, its UK boss said, despite the uncertain status of non-British European Union nationals.

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Uber ties up with AXA for drivers' accident cover in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber and insurance group AXA have joined forces in France to offer accident cover for drivers who work for the ride hailing service after it faced criticism over their treatment.

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Patents boost to offset weak networks for Nokia

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Telecoms gear maker Nokia is likely to see a boost to quarterly earnings on Thursday from a recent patent licensing deal with Apple that offsets weak demand in its main equipment business from network operators.

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Drillisch CEO urges shareholders to approve takeover by United Internet

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The chief executive of Drillisch urged shareholders in the German mobile operator to approve an issue of new shares that will trigger a takeover by United Internet in a deal valued at over 8 billion euros ($9.33 billion).

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Startup Convoy raises $60 million as investors bet on trucking apps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Convoy, an app connecting truck drivers with loads of freight, has raised more than $60 million as startup investors double down on technology bets to transform the long-haul trucking industry.

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Logitech increases outlook after first-quarter beats forecasts

ZURICH (Reuters) - Logitech International raised its profit outlook for the year after strong sales of its gaming and video collaboration products helped the computer peripheral maker beat forecasts in its first quarter.

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Uber ties up with AXA for workers' accident cover in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber and insurance group AXA on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer accident cover for drivers who work for the ride hailing service in France.

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LG Display to invest $7 billion in OLED production, second-quarter profit jumps

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will invest 7.8 trillion won ($7 billion) in production facilities to make both large and small organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels.

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Nasdaq to acquire UK market surveillance startup

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq Inc has agreed to acquire Sybenetix, a London-based startup that uses artificial intelligence to help compliance officers at asset management firms analyze the behavior of their traders in order to prevent market abuse.

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BRIEF-FDA approves Beximco Pharma's Methocarbamol tablets

* Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd says announces that it has received approval for its Methocarbamol tablets (500 mg and 750 mg) from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) Further company coverage:

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Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on July 25

PRAGUE, July 25 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================== Real-time economic data releases.................... Summary of economic data and forecasts........... Recently released economic data.................. Previous stories on Cze

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BRIEF-Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources

* Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources Source text : http://on.wsj.com/2gYLzhr Further company coverage:

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 25

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Tuesday. - - - - - EVENTS: Nigeria's central bank announces its decision on interest rates. GLOBAL MARKETS The dollar held above a 13-month low on Tuesday after readings on U.S. factory and services activity beat expectations ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day, but Asian stocks were subdued with few ca

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - July 25

July 24 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp aims to begin selling in 2022 an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces recharging time, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday.

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Officials: It's been days since Trump, Sessions talked

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions haven't spoken in days, according to White House officials.

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Alphabet beats Wall Street estimates; revenue up 21 percent

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc surpassed expectations for quarterly revenue and earnings on Monday, reporting higher advertising sales across its platforms and trying to move past a record $2.7 billion European Union fine by taking the entire charge at once.

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U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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BRIEF-Peoples Financial Services reports Q2 earnings per share $0.76

* Qtrly net interest income $16.1 million versus $15.3 million Source text: [http://bit.ly/2gXCLsb] Further company coverage:

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CFTC approves LedgerX license to clear, settle digital currency derivative contracts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Commission said on Monday it has granted New York-based LedgerX, a bitcoin options exchange, the first ever license to clear and settle derivative contracts for digital currencies.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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CORRECTED-FDA tentatively approves Merck's copycat of Sanofi's Lantus (July 20)

July 20 (Reuters) - Merck and Co Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tentatively approved its follow-on biologic version of French drugmaker Sanofi SA's blockbuster diabetes treatment, Lantus.

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Swedish PM calls potential IT leak 'disaster' and risk to country

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Monday his country and its citizens were exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive material from an IT-contract that one official said had been rushed.

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Uber rival gets $2 billion stronger

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Jana Partners invests in Pandora seeing growth opportunity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jana Partners has made an investment in Pandora Media Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, seeing the stock as under-valued with an opportunity to grow its advertising revenue.

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Britain launches fund to boost electric battery technology

BIRMINGHAM/ LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a 246 million-pound ($320 million) fund on Monday to boost the development and manufacturing of electric batteries, a major growth area for the car and energy sectors.

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Matsushita to test with Sauber F1 team

LONDON (Reuters) - Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita will have his first experience of driving a Formula One car when he tests with Sauber in Hungary next week, the Swiss-based team said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Green Plains says expects to host lender meeting on July 25

* Green plains inc - expects to host a lender meeting on July 25, related to discuss possible refinancing of credit facilities at two of co's units

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Telecom Italia boss defends multi-million euro severance pay

MILAN (Reuters) - Departing Telecom Italia (TIM) Chief Executive Flavio Cattaneo has defended what is likely to be a multi-million euro severance package, saying he delivered on many of his goals ahead of time, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

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Digital revolution: student touts prosthetic third thumb

LONDON (Reuters) - "I've only got one pair of hands", is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere.

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Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

(Reuters) - The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt.

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VEON names former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns as chairwoman

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - VEON named former Xerox chief Ursula Burns as its chairwoman on Monday, as the telecoms operator undertakes corporate governance reforms and a makeover as a global online services company.

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Exclusive: Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc's sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said.

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Qatari websites unblocked in Saudi due to technical glitch: royal adviser

RIYADH (Reuters) - Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said.

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Ex-divs to take 2.6 points off FTSE 100 on July 27

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 2.55 points off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION IMPACT (pence) SSE 63.9

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Telecom Italia CEO says Vivendi plan to appoint new executive triggered clashes

MILAN (Reuters) - One of the reasons Telecom Italia's (TIM) CEO Flavio Cattaneo fell out with the phone group's top shareholder Vivendi was the French company's plan to appoint a managing director at his side, daily La Repubblica said on Monday.

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CORRECTED-African Markets - Factors to watch on July 24

(Corrects date in headline and day in first paragraph) NAIROBI, July 24 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Monday. - - - - - EVENTS: *ZAMBIA - The statistics office is expected to release July consumer price index data any time starting today. GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks slipped on Monday as demand for riskier assets ebbed after their recent strong gain

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Grab, Uber's SEAsia rival, to raise $2.5 billion from Didi, SoftBank, others

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Grab, Uber Technologies Inc's biggest ride-hailing competitor in Southeast Asia, said it expects to raise $2.5 billion in its latest financing round that will help bolster its leading position in the region and grow its payments platform.

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Top Merkel aide says Turkey's conduct 'unacceptable'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's behavior is "unacceptable" and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday.

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Madrid asks anti-trust watchdog to probe Uber's new airport service

MADRID, July 22 (Reuters) - Authorities in Madrid asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog on Saturday to investigate whether Uber's new low-cost airport transfer service constitutes unfair competition.

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Is This the Woman Who Will Save Uber?

Bozoma Saint John, the marketing star who’s worked with Beyoncé, Apple and more, brings humanism, Instagram savvy and Chanel to the beleaguered brand.

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Toyota eyes mass EV output in China as early as 2019: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is likely to begin mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) in China as early as 2019, the Asahi daily reported on Saturday.

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Japan's bazaar app Mercari applies for IPO: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese peer-to-peer marketplace app operator Mercari has applied to list its shares with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which could be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) this year, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday.

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Bitcoin averts split as miners back new software upgrade

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Digital currency bitcoin on Friday averted a split into two currencies after its network supported an upgrade to its software that would enhance its ability to process an increasing number of transactions.

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Golf: LPGA dress code changes barely noticeable, says tour spokesperson

(Reuters) - Spectators at this week's LPGA event in Ohio will barely notice a change in the appearance of players after "minor" tweaks were introduced to the tour's dress code, an LPGA spokesperson said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Brighthouse Financial says on July 21, entered into new term loan agreement - SEC filing

* Brighthouse Financial - on July 21, co entered into new term loan agreement with respect to new $600 million delayed draw term loan facility - SEC filing

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BRIEF-Synovus Financial says on July 19, 2 pct raise in base salaries for named executives approved

* Synovus Financial Corp says on July 19, compensation committee approved a 2 pct increase in base salaries for named executive officers Source text: (http://bit.ly/2tns0B7) Further company coverage:

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Trump to host Lebanon's Hariri on July 25: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will host Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the White House on July 25, the White House said in a statement.

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Kentucky found liable for legal fees over same-sex marriage suit

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky must pay the legal fees of lawyers who represented couples denied marriage licenses in 2015 by a county clerk in the state, a federal judge ruled on Friday in a same-sex marriage case that garnered world attention.

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Sean Spicer Just Resigned. Watch His Memorable Moments.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has had a turbulent tenure, marked by a combative style with the news media.

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Kenya's latest mobile phone bond falls short of target

NAIROBI (Reuters) - An innovative Kenyan bond which is bought via mobile phone had raised far less than the 1 billion shillings ($9.6 million) targeted on Friday, failing to match a previous success.

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LVMH's Louis Vuitton launches e-commerce website in China

PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, part of luxury giant LVMH , said on Friday it had launched an e-commerce website in China to tap a booming online shopping market.

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Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday, and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros' worth of damage a year.

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Private equity bid for Paysafe stokes payments M&A boom

(Reuters) - Private equity firms Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners [CVC.UL] joined a rush to snap up payments companies on Friday with a 2.9 billion pound ($3.7 billion) bid for Paysafe Group.

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Court blocks $18 billion British class action against MasterCard

LONDON (Reuters) - A 14 billion pound ($18 billion) class action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked by a British court on Friday.

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BRIEF-Georgia Power and Westinghouse and Wectec enters into an amendment and restatement of services agreement

* Georgia Power- ‍on July 20, co and Westinghouse and Wectec entered into an amendment and restatement of services agreement dated June 9, 2017​

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BRIEF-UMH Properties prices public offering of 5,000,000 shares of 6.75pct series C cumulative redeemable preferred stock

* UMH Properties Inc prices public offering of 5,000,000 shares of 6.75pct series C cumulative redeemable preferred stock

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Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 bln in state-owned China Unicom - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and JD.com will join other big Chinese technology firms to jointly invest about $12 billion in the Shanghai-listed unit of China Unicom, the weakest of three big state-owned telecoms firms, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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China equity funds, local debt top first-half emerging market performance tables

LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese and Indian equity funds sprinted away from their emerging market rivals in the first half of 2017, whilst local currency bond funds shone as the dollar weakened.

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LeEco's listed company names investor Sunac's Sun chairman

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Leshi Internet Information & Technology, embattled Chinese tech group LeEco's main listed entity, said Sun Hongbin from investor Sunac China would take over as chairman from founder Jia Yueting.

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Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 billion in China Unicom - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and JD.com will join other big Chinese technology firms, including Tencent Holdings, to jointly invest about $12 billion into state-owned mobile carrier China Unicom, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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China reaps payoff from hand-picked team placed in Macau in 1990s

MACAU, July 21 (Reuters) - While Hong Kong has been roiled by protests and calls for independence from China, things have been quieter in the neighboring gambling center of Macau, which has seen little dissent to rule from Beijing.

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Private equity Permira buys stake in Swedish payments firm Klarna

(Reuters) - Private equity group Permira has bought a stake in payments firm Klarna, one of Europe's most highly valued tech startups.

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Vodafone reports better-than-expected 2.2 percent growth in firs quarter

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 21

NAIROBI, July 21 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Friday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS The euro held near two-year highs against the dollar on Friday after the head of the European Central Bank said tapering of its stimulus will be on the table this autumn, while a solid global economic outlook kept Asian share prices near decade highs.

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - July 21

July 21 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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LG Chem to provide Apple's iPhone batteries next year: Korea Economic Daily

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Chem Ltd is slated to exclusively provide batteries for Apple's iPhone 9 which is likely to be launched next year, a Korean newspaper reported on Friday.

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BRIEF-Mitsui & Co to sell stake in UK hydro power firm to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

* Says it plans to sell its entire 25 percent stake in UK hydro power firm First Hydro to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

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U.S. taxable bond funds gather most cash since March: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors shifted $7.6 billion to the safe harbor of taxable bonds during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, as Republicans efforts to pass major...

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Many treatment options, most experimental, available to John McCain

NEW YORK, July 20 (Reuters) - There is at least one approved device and scores of experimental treatments being tested that could improve the odds of longer-term survival for patients with the type of extremely aggressive brain cancer afflicting U.S. Senator John McCain.

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BRIEF-Differential Brands says co, Tengram amended maturity date of 3.75 pct convertible promissory note, originally issued on July 18, 2016 to Tengram

* Differential Brands - On July 18, co, Tengram amended maturity date of 3.75% convertible promissory note, originally issued on July 18, 2016 to Tengram

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U.S. taxable bond funds gather most cash since March -Lipper

NEW YORK, July 20 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pumped $7.6 billion into taxable bonds during the most recent week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, generating the best inflows for those funds since March.

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U.S. Navy to commission first 'Ford-class' carrier on July 22

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense said the Navy will commission its first "Ford-class" aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on Saturday at its base in Norfolk, Virginia - three years behind schedule and billions over budget.

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Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.

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Egypt says it is 'shameful' that Qatar not held accountable at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Egypt accused Qatar on Thursday of adopting a "pro-terrorist" policy that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions and described it as "shameful" that the 15-member body had not held Qatar accountable.

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BRIEF-PPG to acquire coatings application services provider The Crown Group

* PPG to acquire coatings application services provider The Crown Group

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Musk says received 'verbal' OK for NY-DC hyperloop; provides no detail

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said that he had received "verbal government approval" to build an underground transport hyperloop between New York and Washington, although he did not say who gave the approval or how any such project would proceed.

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Moscow in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA report

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security.

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BRIEF-‍iguama says promotional partnership with Mastercard available in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama​

* ‍iguama says promotional partnership with Mastercard available in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. Justice Department shuts down dark web bazaar AlphaBay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday law enforcement had knocked offline the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, working with international partners to shutter the site accused of allowing thousands of vendors to sell illegal drugs.

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PayPal to partner with JPMorgan

(Reuters) - PayPal Inc said on Thursday it would partner with JPMorgan Chase & Co , allowing the bank's customers to link their Chase Pay and PayPal accounts.

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Rakuten Viber buys shopping keyboard Chatter Commerce

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Messaging app Rakuten Viber said on Thursday it acquired Chatter Commerce, a San Francisco-based startup that created a keyboard for mobile commerce called ShopChat.

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Sears to sell Kenmore appliances on Amazon; shares jump

(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp's shares soared 20 percent after the struggling retailer said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon.com and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online giant's Alexa digital assistant.

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UPDATE 2-Rogers' profit beats on wireless strength but cable drags

TORONTO, July 20 (Reuters) - Canadian telecom company Rogers Communications Inc reported a greater-than-expected 35 percent jump in second-quarter profit on Thursday, as a gain in wireless subscribers offset declines in its cable TV business.

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Amid VPN crackdown, China eyes upgrades to Great Firewall

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese telecoms carrier said it had begun closing virtual private networks (VPNs) and other tools that can bypass the so-called Great Firewall, which state authorities use to filter and block traffic between Chinese and overseas servers.

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BRIEF-Concentrix expands digital services with acquisition of Tigerspike

* Concentrix expands digital services with acquisition of Tigerspike

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Continental to buy 8-10 percent stake in mapping firm HERE: Magazin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German car manufacturing supplier Continental is in talks to acquire an 8-10 percent stake in the digital mapping firm HERE which is now controlled by Germany's leading carmakers, Manager Magazin said on Thursday, citing unnamed company sources.

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Russia says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russia's special envoy on cyber security Andrey Krutskikh.

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Maersk applies new IT security systems after malware attack

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Thursday its anti-virus software was not effective against a new type of malware that hit the Danish shipping giant last month, but said further protective measures have now been put in place.

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BRIEF-Saudi Aramco weighing buyout of Jadwa's stake in Luberef - Bloomberg,citing sources

* Saudi Aramco is weighing a buyout of partner Jadwa Investment Co's stake in refining company,Luberef - Bloomberg,citing sources Source https://bloom.bg/2uCqKhk

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China forecasts artificial intelligence industry to exceed 400 billion yuan by 2025

BEIJING (Reuters) - China unveiled a national artificial intelligence (AI) development plan on Thursday, and said it expects the value of its core AI industries to exceed 150 billion yuan by 2020 and 400 billion yuan ($59.07 billion) by 2025.

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Volvo Cars plans technology-sharing venture with Geely

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Volvo Car Group said on Thursday it would set up a joint venture with its Chinese parent to share existing and future technology with other brands in the Geely family.

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Lenovo's PC business to return to positive growth this year: CEO

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd's personal computer (PC) business will return to positive growth in the current fiscal year 2017/18, the firm's chief executive Yang Yuanqing told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

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Fintech charmed by Macron but reluctant to leave London for Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - France's fast-growing fintech sector is optimistic the country's dynamic new president will push it up the global rankings. But startups based in London do not yet seem ready to swap that key hub for Paris, even if they have French roots.

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Payments firm Ingenico to buy rival Bambora for 1.5 billion euros

PARIS (Reuters) - French payments specialist Ingenico is to buy rival Bambora from Nordic Capital for 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), the latest in a series of deals in the sector.

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SAP posts second quarter profit below forecast on higher cloud costs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SAP, Europe's most valuable technology firm, posted rapid growth in its cloud services business in both revenue as well as expenses, putting a damper on its quarterly operating profit, which came in slightly below expectations.

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Turkish ministry says Germany comments on activists' arrests unacceptable

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday comments by the Germany government spokesman regarding Turkey's arrest of six human rights activists, including a German citizen, were unacceptable and interference in the Turkish judiciary.

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Cillizza: The absolutely remarkable life of John McCain

John McCain has brain cancer.

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Oil stable after large fall in U.S. fuel stocks, but markets remain bloated

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices held steady on Thursday following solid gains the previous day when falling U.S. fuel inventories lifted the market.

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BRIEF-Intel has axed group working on fitness trackers and health wearables - CNBC, citing source

* Intel has axed the group working on fitness trackers and health wearables - CNBC, citing source Source : http://cnb.cx/2uEkN3b

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Qualcomm's profit forecast disappoints as Apple battle takes toll

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc forecast fourth-quarter profit below analysts' estimates as the company's escalating patent battle with Apple Inc continues to take a toll on its licensing business.

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BRIEF-DXC Technology says Enterprise Services LLC entered into a master accounts receivable purchase agreement - SEC Filing

* DXC Technology Co - On July 14, Enterprise Services LLC entered into a master accounts receivable purchase agreement - SEC Filing

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BRIEF-S&P Dow Jones indices says will make changes to the S&P 500 and S&P Midcap 400 indices effective prior to the open of trading on July 26

* S&P Dow Jones indices says will make changes to the S&P 500 and S&P Midcap 400 indices effective prior to the open of trading on July 26

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BRIEF-Pennymac Financial Services says board approved an increase in size of board from nine to ten - SEC Filing

* Pennymac Financial Services Inc - On July 19 co's board approved an increase in size of board from nine to ten - SEC Filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2uAWKCF] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Black Knight Financial Services Q2 earnings per share $0.09

* Black knight financial services reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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Facebook in talks with publishers on supporting subscription models

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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U.S. House panel approves broad proposal on self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules.

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RadioShack brand to survive under new owner: sources

(Reuters) - The RadioShack brand will live on after a family office already owed $23 million by the bankrupt U.S. electronics chain agreed to assume ownership of it, as no other buyers submitted better bids this week, people familiar with the matter said.

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Unable to go home, Russian who fought for IS settles in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Islamic State fighter Marat Nurmagomedov escaped from Syria to Turkey after becoming disillusioned with the militant group, he was unable to return home to Russia for fear of arrest.

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Austrian activist, 25,000 supporters seek right to bring class-action suit against Facebook

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) heard arguments on Wednesday over whether to allow a class action suit against Facebook, brought by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems - and about 25,000 other users across the globe.

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Shares in video games maker Ubisoft hit record high after first-quarter sales

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in French video games maker Ubisoft hit a record high on Wednesday, after Ubisoft posted an increase in first-quarter sales.

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Court reinstates Uber ban in second-biggest Czech city

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech regional court on Wednesday reinstated its ban preventing ride-hailing service Uber from operating in Brno, the country's second-largest city, the court spokeswoman said.

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Bank of England opens up payments systems to spur fintech

LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England has widened access to Britain's interbank payments system to increase competition from new fintech firms in the financial system, where the "Big Four" high street banks have long dominated.

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NBC News to launch twice-daily show on Snapchat

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBC News is launching a twice-per-day news show on Snapchat, the company said on Wednesday, part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices.

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Toshiba says it again is blocking Western Digital access to chip JV

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said it resumed blocking access by Western Digital Corp to data at their memory chip joint venture, intensifying its dispute with the U.S. firm over the Japanese company's planned sale of the chip business.

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 19

NAIROBI, July 19 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS The dollar stayed on the defensive on Wednesday as investors wagered any further tightening in the United States would be slow at best, while optimism on China's economy underpinned Asian shares and commodities. The U.S. currency was near multi-month lows after the col

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VEON offers mobile messaging app in five markets, including Russia

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Global telecom operator VEON said on Wednesday it was making progress in its strategy to reinvent itself as an online player by introducing its messaging and mobile services app in four new markets, including its largest in Russia and Pakistan.

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McConnell's 'master tactician' label has been damaged

The looming defeat of the Senate health care bill marks a dramatic low point in the otherwise lofty political career of Mitch McConnell, the chamber's majority leader who is often described as a disciplined "master tactician" of the Senate accustomed to methodically building legislative victories for Republicans.

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Brexit's effect on UK 'will be profound and unpredictable', lawmakers say

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit poses a fundamental challenge to the future of the United Kingdom by removing the European Union law that has helped to bind it together, a committee of lawmakers from the British parliament's upper house said on Wednesday.

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IBM misses revenue estimates, weighed down by legacy businesses

(Reuters) - IBM Corp on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, as growth in its higher-margin businesses that include cloud and artificial intelligence services failed to make up for declines across legacy business segments.

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One wildfire-hit community in Western Canada able to return home

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Residents of one British Columbia town would be allowed to return home on Tuesday as wildfires that forced them to flee 11 days ago receded in parts of the Western Canadian province, emergency officials said.

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Illinois teenager arrested in Uber slaying could face more charges

SKOKIE, Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois teenager arrested for fatally stabbing an Uber [UBER.UL] driver may face additional criminal charges for her violent behavior while detained, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Prudential Financial says on July 17 entered along with unit into $4 bln five year credit agreement - SEC filing

* Prudential Financial Inc - on July 17, co along with its subsidiary entered into $4 billion five year credit agreement - SEC filing

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UPDATE 1-Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in NYC

NEW YORK, July 18 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc was sued on Tuesday by disability rights groups and wheelchair users accusing the ride-sharing company of violating New York City human rights laws by failing to make enough of its vehicles accessible to disabled people.

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Critic's Notebook: How Sanrio Makes Anti-Capitalism Adorable, and Profitable

In the shadow of Hello Kitty, its famously cute emblem of consumerism, this company has created a more rebellious genre of heroes in Aggretsuko and Gudetama.

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Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc was sued on Tuesday by disability rights groups that said the ride-sharing company violates New York City human rights laws by failing to make enough of its vehicles accessible to disabled people.

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Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in NYC

NEW YORK, July 18 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc was sued on Tuesday by disability rights groups that said the ride-sharing company violates New York City human rights laws by failing to make enough of its vehicles accessible to disabled people.

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Western Digital CEO meeting Japan officials over Toshiba: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp's top executive is in Japan to meet government officials, aiming to resolve a dispute with Toshiba Corp over the Japanese company's planned sale of its chip business, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-PayPal acquisition of Tio Networks to help democratize financial services

* PayPal acquisition of Tio Networks to help democratize financial services

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French videogame maker Atari reveals its new console

(Reuters) - French videogame maker Atari SA provided the first details of its "Ataribox", the iconic company's first console in more than two decades.

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Uber-style app 'Careem' goes off beaten track in Palestinian West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Careem, a Middle Eastern rival to Uber, has become the first ride-hailing firm to operate in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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Cillizza: 7 uncomfortable truths for Republicans

The defections of Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee late Monday night confirmed what smart congressional watchers had long suspected: The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is dead. For now. And maybe forever.

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Cyber startup StackRox raises $14 million in round led by Sequoia

(Reuters) - Cyber-security startup StackRox said on Tuesday it has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital, providing the three-year old company with funds to use for product development and expansion of its sales team.

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Ericsson remains in the red, market outlook darkens

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Ericsson reported a worse than expected second-quarter loss on Tuesday and lowered its forecast for the mobile infrastructure market, blaming persistent low investment by telecoms companies.

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What O.J. Simpson's life has been like in prison

O.J. Simpson has spent the past eight and a half years behind bars at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in Nevada's high desert.

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BRIEF-Landauer Inc - on July 13, co and its subsidiaries entered into a second amended and restated credit agreement - SEC filing

* Landauer - amended credit agreement decreases revolving loan facility amount from $175 million to $125 million

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Britain's cyber security center says has never certified Kaspersky products

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's National Cyber Security Centre said on Tuesday it had never certified products from Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.

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BRIEF-HCL Infosystems says been in discussion with OEMs for distribution arrangement of their products

* Clarifies on news item "Apple to tie up with HCL Info for greater retail presence".

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Two private equity groups submit bids for Hutchison fixed-line unit: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A consortium of private equity firms TPG Capital Management LP and MBK Partners, and investment manager I Squared Capital Advisors LLC have put in separate bids for the fixed-line phone unit of Hong Kong's richest man, Li Ka-Shing, said people involved in the matter.

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - July 18

July 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.