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Amazon boosts monthly fee for Prime by $2, maintains yearly rate

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc raised the monthly fee for the U.S. version of its fast-shipping and video-streaming service Amazon Prime by $2 on Friday, making the case for subscribers to upgrade to an annual plan.

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Amazon raises monthly fee for Prime service by 18 percent

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee.

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IBM shares fall on soft profit outlook

(Reuters) - Shares in International Business Machines fell 2.6 percent on Friday as analysts judged a "disappointing" full-year profit forecast showed that the company would take more time to get back on a path of steady growth.

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U.S. CFTC sues three virtual currency operators for fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives watchdog said on Friday that it has filed charges against three separate virtual currency operators alleging the defendants had defrauded customers and broken other commodity trading rules, in a further sign regulators globally are cracking down on the emerging asset class.

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Xiaomi to expand store network in Indian tussle with Samsung

MUMBAI (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi plans to expand its Indian store network as it attempts to grab the lead in a smartphone market which Korea's Samsung has dominated for more than five years.

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India sends tax notices to cryptocurrency investors as trading hits $3.5 billion

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has sent tax notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency after a nationwide survey showed more than $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period, the income tax department said.

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Sweden's government, Left party propose profit cap on welfare companies

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's center-left government and the Left Party has agreed to put forward a bill for a profit cap on private schools and care homes funded by taxpayers, they said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Seacor Marine Announces Confirmation Of "Stalking Horse" Bid To Form JV With Montco Offshore

* SEACOR MARINE ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATION OF “STALKING HORSE” BID TO FORM JOINT VENTURE WITH MONTCO OFFSHORE, INC.

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China targets cryptocurrencies in online pyramid scheme crackdown

(Reuters) - China will crack down on online pyramid schemes, including speculation masked as cryptocurrencies and online games, the public security ministry said on Friday.

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On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.

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Family of patient left out in cold demands justice

A young patient, dressed only in a thin, hospital gown and tube socks, was left standing outside by a bus stop earlier this month after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital, as seen in a viral video.

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Huawei founder, top executives to pay $469,000 fine for management oversight

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Top executives of Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL], including founder Ren Zhengfei, will pay a self-imposed fine totaling 3 million yuan ($469,000) for management oversight of some quality breaches at the firm, an internal company memo shows.

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Bitcoin use under scrutiny in Indonesian island of Bali

JAKARTA/KUTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities are investigating the use of bitcoin in the holiday island of Bali, amid warnings by the central bank in Southeast Asia's biggest economy over the risks posed by virtual currencies, an official said.

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Right and Left React to the Prospect of a Government Shutdown

Writers from across the political spectrum denounced the impasse on Capitol Hill and the possibility of a shutdown.

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Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators.

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Aegean Bunkering leaves Singapore's marine fuels market

* Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd on Friday said it had this week left the world's largest marine fuels market in Singapore after handing back its supply and craft operator licences

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Apollo-owned security firm ADT's IPO prices below target

(Reuters) - U.S. security company ADT Corp , owned by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC , said on Thursday its initial public offering (IPO) was priced well below its expected range, signaling investors are being picky about new offerings.

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Home security company ADT Inc's IPO priced at $14 per share

(Reuters) - ADT Inc, a provider of security monitoring services, said on Thursday that its initial public offering was priced at $14 per share, below the expected range of $17 to $19.

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Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown: CEO

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, Chief Executive Tim Cook told ABC News.

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Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

TORONTO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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UPDATE 1-Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.

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Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.

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Fears of global crackdown fail to dampen cryptocurrency interest

MIAMI (Reuters) - Worries about a crackdown by global regulators on cryptocurrency trading could slow the pace of bitcoin's rise but should not threaten its existence, investors and market participants at a cryptocurrency conference said on Thursday.

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Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.

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Amazon shortlists 20 cities, including Toronto, for second headquarters

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has short-listed 20 cities and regions, including Canada's Toronto, for the construction of a second headquarters that it says will generate 50,000 new, high-paying jobs in a $5 billion investment.

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Senate passes bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years and with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it did too little to safeguard the privacy of Americans.

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Italy's anti-trust opens probe into Apple, Samsung phone complaints

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust has opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used software updates deliberately to speed up the ageing process of their products.

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Software AG takes hit on U.S. tax reform

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Software AG on Thursday said it would take a hit in the mid-single digit million euros range for 2017 due to U.S. federal tax reforms.

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Eni launches world's biggest industrial supercomputer

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Thursday it had installed new capacity at its supercomputing centre near Milan to create the world's most powerful industrial computer.

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France, Germany to make joint bitcoin regulation proposal at G20 summit

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will make joint proposals to regulate the bitcoin cryptocurrency at the next summit of the G20 group of major economies in Argentina in March, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday.

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WhatsApp inches closer to revenue plan with accounts for businesses

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Messaging application WhatsApp said on Thursday that it would begin allowing business accounts for the first time, a step that brings the free service closer to a plan that would make money for its corporate parent, Facebook Inc .

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Reedeux Media seeks IPO after first coin offering sells out

(Reuters) - U.S. tech startup Reedeux Media said it plans to list on the Nasdaq exchange later this year, seeking a valuation of up to $1 billion after selling out the first tranche of its media cryptocurrency coin offering on Thursday.

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Schneider Electric says software bug exploited in watershed hack

TORONTO (Reuters) - Schneider Electric SE disclosed on Thursday that hackers exploited a flaw in its software in a watershed hack discovered last month that halted plant operations at an industrial facility.

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Carl Icahn seeks revision or termination of Xerox-Fujifilm deal

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp investor Carl Icahn on Thursday said he agreed with fellow stakeholder Darwin Deason that a joint venture between Xerox and Fujifilm Holdings should be revised or terminated, and reiterated a change in leadership.

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Amazon shortlists 20 cities for second headquarters

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has short-listed 20 cities, including one in Canada, to build its second headquarters after reviewing 238 proposals and expects to make a decision this year, it said on Thursday.

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Carl Icahn seeks revision of Xerox-Fujifilm deal

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp investor Carl Icahn on Thursday said he agreed with fellow shareholder Darwin Deason that a joint venture between Xerox and Fujifilm Holdings should be revised or terminated.

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Swiss task force to look into blockchain oversight

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has set up a working group to look into oversight of blockchain technology and initial coin offerings (ICOs) and report back to the government by the end of this year.

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Google, Temasek investing in Indonesia's Go-Jek as ride-hailing rivalry deepens: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Google, Singapore investor Temasek and China's Meituan-Dianping are investing in Go-Jek as part of a $1.2 billion fundraising round, bolstering the Indonesian ride-hailing firm in its battle with deep-pocketed rivals Grab and Uber, sources said.

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Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and others invest $38 million in research tech startup

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has led a $38 million investment round by large banks in Visible Alpha, a young New York-based company that helps investment managers better value the equity research services they receive from brokers.

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Google, Temasek to come in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google, Singapore state investor Temasek and Chinese online platform Meituan-Dianping are investing in Indonesian ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek as part of a $1.2 billion fundraising round, sources familiar with the matter said.

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China's JD.com says will invest over $3 billion in "rustbelt" regions: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com will invest more than 20 billion yuan ($3.11 billion) in the country's northeastern "rustbelt" regions over the next three years, the Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing the company.

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Google, Temasek coming in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google , Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd and Chinese online platform Meituan-Dianping are investing in a fundraising round of Indonesian ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek, sources familiar with the matter said.

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South Korea considers shutting down domestic cryptocurrency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean policymakers joined the global chorus of virtual-coin critics on Thursday, saying Seoul is considering shutting down domestic virtual currency exchanges as the new breed of market exposes users to speculative frenzy and crime.

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Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

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South Korea considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief said the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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South Korea's financial regulator says considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief says the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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Toshiba sees $3.7 billion balance sheet improvement from Westinghouse deal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it would sell its claims in bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co to a group led by the Baupost Group - a move that would contribute to an improvement of about 410 billion yen ($3.68 billion) in its balance sheet.

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Senate Democrats Make Hard Turn Left in Warming Up for 2020 Race

The 2020 race for the White House is already unfolding in the Capitol, with no fewer than six Democratic senators angling for their party’s nomination.

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VA apologizes after surgery that allegedly left scalpel inside veteran for years

The Veterans Affairs Department has apologized following an incident where a scalpel was allegedly left inside the body of a veteran for years following surgery.

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U.S. enterprise telecoms firm Avaya trades again after bankruptcy

(Reuters) - Avaya Holdings Corp shares started trading on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, the first time the enterprise telecommunications provider has been public in more than a decade.

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American businesses can't find workers

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Under threat: Cyber security startups fall on harder times

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wave of cyber attacks by criminals, spies and hacker activists should make these heady days for U.S. cyber security startups.

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Tom Siebel's billion-dollar software firm raises $100 million

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - C3 IoT, a software company founded and run by longtime Silicon Valley executive Thomas Siebel that helps companies collect and analyze data, has raised another $100 million in a new funding backed by TPG Growth, the company said on Wednesday.

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Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine business goes on block

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its loss-making commercial marine business in another shake-up by Chief Executive Warren East that will streamline its activities into civil aerospace, defense and power system units.

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UPDATE 3-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine business goes on block

* Defence shipping moves to defence, civil nuclear to power systems

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Crypto stocks tumble as bitcoin selloff continues

(Reuters) - A slew of blockchain- and bitcoin-related stocks sank on Wednesday following a steep fall in the price of the cryptocurrency over the past few days on fears of regulatory clampdowns.

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Citi sees bitcoin potentially halving in value again

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin may lose 50 percent of its value from its current level as fears over regulatory clamp-downs have spurred a rout among cryptocurrencies this week, Citi analysts said on Wednesday.

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Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine unit goes on block

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units.

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UPDATE 2-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine unit goes on block

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units.

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Mexico left-wing presidential contender retains lead: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's left-wing presidential contender retained his lead in this year's election race as the ruling party hopeful failed to gain traction, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine unit goes on the block

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday it was considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units.

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IBM shares rise after Barclays double upgrade

(Reuters) - Shares in International Business Machines rose nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, helped by a double-notch upgrade for the company from Barclays ahead of fourth-quarter results on Thursday.

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MOVES-Julius Baer names new head of U.K businesses

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Swiss private banking group Julius Baer on Wednesday said it appointed Calum Brewster as head of U.K. regional offices, based in Edinburgh.

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Philippine lawmakers worry China Telecom may be a 'Trojan horse'

MANILA (Reuters) - Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at giving China access to state secrets.

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Standard Chartered creates fintech investment unit

LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered said on Wednesday it had established a business unit to invest in financial technology and promote innovation.

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Right and Left React to President Trump’s Comments on Immigration

Writers from across the political spectrum on the president’s immigration preferences and what role ethnicity should play in policymaking.

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YouTube again revises rules to protect advertisers from offensive content

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is making its second attempt in less than a year to protect advertisers on its YouTube user channels from being associated with videos featuring violence, gore or bad language.

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Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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Chinese carmaker Chery to use Nvidia's self-driving technology

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said on Tuesday China's Chery Automobile Co [CHERY.UL] would use its self-driving technology that it has developed with Baidu and ZF Friedrichshafen AG [ZFF.UL].

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Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on government crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

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U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury has warned U.S. investors to approach Venezuela's proposed "petro" cryptocurrency with caution, saying that it may contravene U.S. sanctions against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on govt crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

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Senate to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure.

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U.S. Senate to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure.

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Uber to introduce mandatory rest breaks for UK drivers

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday its British drivers will have to take a six-hour break after they have accepted and made trips with passengers totaling 10 hours as the taxi app responds to criticism over excessive working hours.

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Google to expand cloud infrastructure with new regions, submarine cables

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it would add five regions and build three new submarine cables as it expands its infrastructure for cloud customers.

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Qatar central bank to consider topic of virtual currencies: governor

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's central bank will consider the topic of virtual currencies and there may be an opportunity in the future to introduce them in Qatar, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said on Tuesday.

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Qatar central bank chief: will consider issue of virtual currencies

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's central bank will consider the issue of virtual currencies and there may be opportunity in future to introduce them in Qatar, central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani said on Tuesday.

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Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

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JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.

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Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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JD.com, VNG Corp lead investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retail firm JD.com Inc said on Tuesday it has led an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid competition from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.

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BlackBerry launches cybersecurity software for self-driving cars

(Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.

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Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Any rule on Bitcoin must be global, Germany's central bank says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Any attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin must be on a global scale as national or regional rules would be hard to enforce on a virtual, borderless community, a director at Germany's central bank said on Monday.

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ICE pledges immigration crackdown on businesses. Here's what it looks like

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Samsung aims to double Africa's share of its revenues in five years

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics plans to double the annual revenue contribution from its African markets to 20 percent of the firm's global total in the next five years, the head of its business on the continent said on Monday.

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China to block cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading: Bloomberg

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading, Bloomberg reported Monday citing sources.

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Xiaomi taps CLSA, Morgan Stanley, Goldman for IPO sponsor role: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Xiaomi has tapped CLSA, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as joint sponsors for its proposed IPO, people with direct knowledge of the matter said, in what could potentially value the Chinese smartphone maker at up to $100 billion.

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Ant Financial says has received approval for new consumer-credit backed securities

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Ant Financial Services Group has received approval to issue consumer credit-backed securities to institutional investors and the securities are currently in the pricing process, the company told Reuters on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-Toymaker Lego teams up with Chinese internet giant Tencent

BEIJING/COPENHAGEN, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Danish toymaker Lego is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd to jointly develop online games and potentially a social network aimed at Chinese children.

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Auto1 says no need for IPO after Softbank invests

BERLIN (Reuters) - German used-car dealing platform Auto1 said a 460 million euro ($561 million) financial infusion from Japan's Softbank meant it was under no pressure to launch an initial public offering to fund its pan-European growth plans.

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Toymaker Lego teams up with Chinese internet giant Tencent

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish toymaker Lego is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd to jointly develop online games and potentially a social network aimed at Chinese children.

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The Guardian, Britain’s Left-Wing News Power, Goes Tabloid

The British newspaper won a Pulitzer in 2014 and aggressively expanded overseas. But it has had to cut costs as it tries to stem heavy losses.

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End of a chip boom? Memory chip price drop spooks investors

SEOUL (Reuters) - After a blistering year-and-a-half long surge, a sudden drop in some memory prices, followed by Samsung Electronics Co's disappointing profit estimate, is causing jitters among investors who had bet the chip boom would last at least another year.

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South Korea says planned ban on cryptocurrency market not yet finalized

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday that its plans to ban virtual coin exchanges had not yet been finalized as government agencies were still in talks to decide how to regulate the market.

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Jaguar Land Rover to open R&D center for automated tech in Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said on Monday it would open a software engineering center in Ireland, creating 150 jobs to work on advanced automated driving and electrification technologies.

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Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit as soon as spring: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its core mobile-phone unit in Tokyo and overseas as early as this spring, raising some 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in one of Japan's biggest initial public offerings, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.

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French telcos to spend $3.7 billion to plug network gaps

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, a government minister said.

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Softbank invests 460 million euros in Germany's Auto1: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Japan's Softbank will invest 460 million euros ($561 million) in used-car dealing platform Auto1, marking the first investment in Germany by its Vision Fund, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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U.S. transport chief to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines this summer as the government works to rewrite regulations that pose legal barriers to robot vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday.

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Saudi Electricity signs deal with Japanese firms for first EV pilot

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) has signed a deal with Japanese Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), Nissan Motor Co and Takaoka Toko for the first electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in the world's largest oil exporter, it said on Sunday.

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French telcos commit three billion euros to cover network black spots: report

PARIS (Reuters) - France's mobile telephone operators will spend more than 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) rolling out a 4G network in black spots across the country to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, according to a government minister.

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Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.

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‘Frost Boy’ in China Warms Up the Internet, and Stirs Poverty Debate

A widely shared photograph of an 8-year-old who had icicles in his hair after a 2.8-mile trek to school has become a symbol of the plight of poor rural children.

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Exclusive: Current and former Uber security staffers cast doubt on spying claims

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The former security chief of Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] swore in a closed legal proceeding that he knew of no attempts to steal trade secrets from anyone, including Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit Waymo, and would be "shocked" if that had occurred.

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Ex-mobile phone industry executive gets five years for text message scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former mobile phone industry executive was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after he was found guilty of defrauding cellphone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

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Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.

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Facebook changes News Feed; investors click on 'sad'

(Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc fell more than 4 percent on Friday and were on track for their worst session in more than three months after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes that he said would hit user engagement in the near term.

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Researchers find pop-up porn malware on Google game apps

BERLIN (Reuters) - Security firm Check Point on Friday said it had discovered new malicious software on 60 gaming apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store that displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick users into buying premium services.

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After rejecting Uber, London renews Addison Lee's license

LONDON (Reuters) - London has renewed premium car service Addison Lee's license to operate in the capital for the next five years, less than four months after Uber [UBER.UL] was stripped of its license.

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With new Chinese link, Nepal ends India's internet monopoly

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has joined hands with China to offer internet services to its citizens, officials said on Friday, ending India's decades-long monopoly of the Himalayan nation's cyber connectivity network.

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Turkey reinstates 1,823 civil servants linked to app used by coup plotters: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Friday reinstated more than 1,800 civil servants purged after a 2016 failed coup, determining they had no links to the network of a cleric accused of masterminding the putsch, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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France to vet takeovers of firms in data and artificial intelligence

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government aims to broaden its powers to block foreign takeovers of French companies deemed as strategic, to also include firms involved in data protection and artificial intelligence ('AI'), the finance minister said on Friday.

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Japan protests to China over submarine near disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan protested to China on Friday after a foreign submarine in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea was confirmed to be Chinese, calling it a unilateral action and a "serious escalation" that raised bilateral tensions.

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Uproar over crackdown on cryptocurrencies divides South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - With a tech-savvy population quick to adopt the latest gadgets and a young generation facing dim prospects in the conventional workplace, South Korea has been a fertile ground for virtual currencies.

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Patient in a hospital gown left at a bus stop in the cold

A viral video of a recently discharged patient left at a bus stop at night in Baltimore has inspired widespread outrage and prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated.

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China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of stock price surges this week.

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Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world's largest social network.

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Intel says patches can cause reboot problems in old chips

(Reuters) - Intel Corp on Thursday said that recently-issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that Intel may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches.

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Explainer: How chip flaws Spectre, Meltdown work and what's next

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Smartphones, PCs and servers across the world have received software updates in recent days to plug security gaps on computer chips that cyber security researchers have described as the most serious threat in years.

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Intel asks some customers to delay security updates: WSJ

(Reuters) - Intel Corp is asking some of it customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws that affect nearly all of its processors as the patches have bugs of their own, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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IBM names James Kavanaugh as CFO, replacing Schroeter

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Thursday Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter will move to a new role and will be replaced by company veteran James Kavanaugh, effective Jan. 11.

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SS&C boosts banking software heft with $5.4 billion DST deal

(Reuters) - SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc said on Thursday it would buy DST Systems Inc in a $5.4 billion deal, expanding its financial technology software prowess through its largest deal to date.

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Woman in hospital gown left at bus stop

Video of a patient left at a bus stop on a cold night in Baltimore has prompted an investigation at the hospital where she was treated.

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Mexican authorities probe hack of export bank: official

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general's office is investigating an attempt to hack and rob Bancomext, the government-run export bank, an official said on Thursday.

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AMD chips exposed to both variants of Spectre security flaw

(Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc said on Thursday its microprocessors are susceptible to both variants of the Spectre security flaw.

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Right and Left React to the Extension of Warrantless Surveillance

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss Congress’s vote to extend the N.S.A. spying program.

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IBM names James Kavanaugh as new CFO

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Thursday Martin Schroeter will step down as chief financial officer and will be replaced by James Kavanaugh, effective Jan. 11.

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Profile: How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet

Their popular Twitter account draws over 230,000 followers, with fans including Lorde and Michelle Branch. Next up: the book version.

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She Left France to Fight in Syria. Now She Wants to Return. But Can She?

The case of a woman in France who became a prominent propagandist for the Islamic State is unusual, but points to a broader quandary for Europe.

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Dropbox files confidentially for U.S. IPO: source

(Reuters) - Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering, a source close to the matter said on Thursday.

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MoneyGram shares jump on partnership with bitcoin rival Ripple

(Reuters) - Shares of MoneyGram International Inc jumped 10.5 percent on Thursday, after the money-transfer company said it partnered with blockchain firm and bitcoin-rival Ripple.

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Book Entry: Review: Even on the Internet, What’s Old Is New Again

The historian Niall Ferguson’s new book goes a long way toward redressing the lack of perspective to a concept central to the technological “revolution”: networks.

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Signal partners with Microsoft to encrypt Skype messages

(Reuters) - Encrypted messaging app Signal said it had partnered with Microsoft Corp to encrypt messages on the technology giant's online communications service, Skype.

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JPMorgan, Goldman to lead Dropbox in U.S. IPO: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc has filed confidentially for a U.S. initial public offering led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Those left in Guantanamo Bay won't just disappear

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IBM to reassign 30 percent of Global Services staff in 2018: The Register

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30 percent of the 103,000 staff in its computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000, technology website The Register reported on Thursday, citing unnamed company insiders.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. House urged to cancel vote to renew NSA internet surveillance

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged cancellation of a vote set for Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program after President Donald Trump appeared to initially question the merits of the program.

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IBM to reassign 30 pct of Global Services staff in 2018: The Register

LONDON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp plans to reassign up to 30 percent of staff in its 103,000 computer service delivery business this year with job cuts through attrition of around 10,000, technology website The Register reported on Thursday, citing unnamed company insiders.

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House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, which has been the target of privacy advocates who want to limit its impact on Americans.

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Chinese firms say blockchain work at early stage, after shares surge

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Several Chinese companies, including Easysight Supply Chain and Shenzhen Kingdom Sci-Tech, said on Thursday their investments in blockchain technology were still at an early stage, following steep gains in their share prices.

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U.S. House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates have mounted a last-ditch effort to limit its impact on Americans.

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Lockheed enhances capability of its Aegis missile-defense system

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday it had connected key components of its new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) with its Aegis Ashore missile-defense system to enhance Aegis's capabilities.

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MOVES-BNP Paribas makes senior appointments for EMEA businesses

Jan 11 (Reuters) - French banking group BNP Paribas on Thursday named Yannick Jung as head of global banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, based in Paris.

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Rocket Internet CEO says ready to pounce with cash pile

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Rocket Internet needs to hold on to its mountain of cash so it can compete with rivals from the United States and China and pounce when investment opportunities arise, the chief executive said in an interview.

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French NGOs file complaint against Samsung Electronics over deceptive marketing

PARIS (Reuters) - Two French rights groups said on Thursday they had filed a complaint against South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over alleged deceptive marketing practices.

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South Korea's major cryptocurrency exchanges raided by police, tax authorities

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchanges were raided by police and tax agencies this week for alleged tax evasion, people familiar with the investigation said on Thursday.

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South Korea's major cryptocurreny exchanges raided by police, tax authorities

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchanges were raided by police and tax agencies this week for alleged tax evasion, people familiar with the investigation said on Thursday.

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Senate to discuss bitcoin risks with top markets regulators: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will next month hold a hearing with the country's top markets regulators to discuss the risks posed by cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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Brief power outage darkens CES tech, electronics show

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada.

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Nvidia updates software, says graphic chips not hit by flaws

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp is updating the software for its graphics processors in response to the Spectre security threat, but its chief executive said on Wednesday its chips were not subject to the same risks as those from Intel and other companies.

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Ohio man indicted for using 'Fruitfly' malware to spy on Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man was charged in a 16-count indictment on Wednesday for allegedly using malware known as "Fruitfly" to surreptitiously record people by secretly taking over their computer cameras and microphones, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Trump reluctant to waive Iran sanctions, eyes more curbs on businesses: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is privately reluctant to waive sanctions on Iran despite recommendations from advisers that he do so and will seek to make a decision during a meeting with national security aides on Thursday, a senior administration official said.

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Nvidia patches software driver, says GPUs not hit by chip flaws

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp is having to adapt the software its graphics chips use to connect to other computers in response to the Spectre security threat, but its chief executive declared on Wednesday that its core products were not subject to the same risks as microprocessor makers such as Intel.

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Chinese bitcoin mining giant sets up Swiss subsidiary

ZURICH (Reuters) - Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain Technologies is expanding to Switzerland in a move that will be key to widening its reach, the group told a Swiss newspaper.

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Nvidia patch release adds to scope of Spectre worries

(Reuters) - Graphics specialist Nvidia Corp was the latest chipmaker to say its equipment was vulnerable to the Spectre security threat, broadening the scope of concern for millions of computers beyond their central processors.

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Buffett says he will never invest in cryptocurrencies

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett said on Wednesday he will never invest in cryptocurrencies.

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Nvidia releases software patches for Spectre flaw

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp became the latest chipmaker to release software patches for the Spectre microchip security threat, indicating that the chipset flaw was affecting graphic processors as well as CPUs.

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Finnish police starts investigations over forest company hacking

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday it would start investigations on a suspected data breach at Metsa Group, one of the Nordic country's largest forest companies.

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Cloud companies consider Intel rivals after security flaws found

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some of Intel Corp's data center customers, whose thousands of computers run cloud networks, are exploring using microchips from the market leader's rivals to build new infrastructure after the discovery of security flaws affecting most chips.

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Britain fines Carphone Warehouse 400,000 pounds over data breach

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's information regulator said on Wednesday it had fined Carphone Warehouse 400,000 pounds ($539,400) after a 2015 cyber attack exposed the personal data of more than 3 million customers.

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Lenovo to make $400 million one-off charge on U.S. tax reforms

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd said on Wednesday it expected to make a one-off charge of $400 million for nine months ended in December due to a reassessment of U.S. deferred tax assets.

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Lenovo to make $400 million one-off charge on US tax reforms

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd said on Wednesday it expected to make a one-off charge of $400 million for nine months ended in December due to a reassessment of U.S. deferred tax assets.

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Flake on WH meeting after cameras left

Flake: Trump privately revealed what he considers a border wall.

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As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.

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Ford taps Postmates for edge in self-driving delivery race

Las Vegas (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Tuesday said it will partner with delivery service Postmates Inc as the automaker starts testing ways to transport people, food and packages using its self-driving cars in a U.S. city during the first quarter.

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Microsoft halts some AMD chip Spectre patches after PCs freeze

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it had suspended patches to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats for some computers running AMD chipsets after complaints by AMD customers that the software updates froze their machines.

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T-Mobile adds over 5 million customers in 2017

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said on Tuesday it added more than 5 million net customers in 2017, the fourth straight year it has achieved these figures.

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Apple store in Zurich evacuated as phone battery overheats

ZURICH (Reuters) - An overheated iPhone battery injured a repairman in an Apple store in Zurich and prompted the evacuation of around 50 people from the shop on Tuesday due to smoke, Swiss police said.

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GoPro shares slip again as analysts warn of market saturation

(Reuters) - Shares of GoPro Inc fell again on Tuesday after analysts warned that its products face increasing market saturation, a day after the action-camera maker said it was open to a sale but was not actively pursuing one.

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JPMorgan's Dimon regrets calling bitcoin a 'fraud': Fox

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon regrets calling bitcoin a 'fraud' but added that he still is not interested in the cryptocurrency at all, he said in an interview on Fox Business on Tuesday.

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Samsung profit guidance disappoints, memory outlook cloudy

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it would likely rake in a record fourth-quarter profit but the guidance fell short of consensus estimate, spooking investors already worried that a memory chip boom could be ending sooner rather than later.

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Huawei's global ambitions hit by AT&T phone distribution deal's collapse

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's [HWT.UL] planned deal with U.S. carrier AT&T Inc to sell its smartphones in the United States has collapsed at the eleventh hour, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a blow to the Chinese firm's global ambitions.

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Philippine SEC warns investors: Be cautious with initial coin offerings

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday warned investors to exercise caution when invited to participate in initial coin offerings (ICOs) involving cryptocurrencies.

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China's Huawei hit by last minute collapse of AT&T phone distribution deal

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A deal under which U.S. carrier AT&T Inc was to have sold smartphones made by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] has collapsed at the eleventh hour, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a major setback for the Chinese firm's global ambitions.

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Alibaba will 'seriously consider' Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will "seriously consider" listing in Hong Kong, founder Jack Ma said, potentially providing a powerful boost to the financial hub which is preparing to allow dual-class share listings.

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China's Didi Chuxing to launch bike-sharing platform and brand

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing application Didi Chuxing plans to launch a bike-sharing platform within its app that will host partner firms such as Ofo as well as its own bike-sharing brand, the company said on Tuesday.

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Intel to form new cybersecurity group amid chip flaw: report

(Reuters) - Intel Corp will create a new internal cybersecurity group in the wake of recently disclosed flaws in its microchips, the Oregonian newspaper reported on Monday, citing a memo sent to company employees.

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Internet roasts Trump's 'Executive Time'

Axios reports that President Donald Trump is spending an increasing amount of his time in the White House watching TV and tweeting during what the official schedule calls "Executive Time." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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Facebook's Oculus to partner with Xiaomi to build VR headsets

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Oculus said on Monday it is partnering with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi Technology Co to make its new standalone virtual reality headset and also revealed that it will launch a version of the product exclusively for the Chinese market.

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Europe's Altice to spin off U.S. operation, simplify business

(Reuters) - Telecoms and cable group Altice NV , which is trying to reassure investors by cutting debt and shoring up business in Europe, said on Monday its board has approved plans to spin-off its U.S. unit from its European operation.

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Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Monday its voice-controlled virtual assistant will show up this year in new tablet-like devices designed by LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp as the technology company seeks to challenge Amazon.com Inc's dominance in a fledgling market.

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Altice announces separation of U.S., European businesses

(Reuters) - Telecoms and cable group Altice NV, which is trying to cut debts of around 50 billion euros ($59 billion), said on Monday its board has approved plans to spin-off its U.S. unit.

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UPDATE 1-Altice announces separation of U.S., European businesses

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Telecoms and cable group Altice NV , which is trying to cut debts of around 50 billion euros ($59 billion), said on Monday its board has approved plans to spin-off its U.S. unit.

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Trump tells farmers he supports crop insurance

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday told farmers gathered in Tennessee that he supports crop insurance, signaling a possible shift from his proposals last year to shrink a program that many farmers rely on for funding their operations.

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Right and Left React to Questions About Trump’s Mental State

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss questions about the president’s mental capacity.

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No free pass for Massachusetts pot businesses from feds-prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor will not rule out prosecuting businesses dealing in marijuana, he said on Monday, days after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy easing enforcement in states that legalized the drug.

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AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones: WSJ

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, has backed off from a deal to sell smartphones made by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Trump pushes to expand high-speed internet in rural America

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected on Monday to sign an executive order to make it easier for the private sector to locate broadband infrastructure on federal land and buildings, part of a push to expand high-speed internet in rural America.

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Massachusetts federal prosecutor will not rule out busting pot businesses

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor will not rule out prosecuting businesses dealing in marijuana, he said on Monday, less than a week after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy easing enforcement in states that legalized the drug.

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VTech to settle charges it violated children's privacy: U.S. FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Electronic toymaker VTech has agreed to settle charges that the company violated a U.S. children's privacy law by collecting personal information without providing notice or obtaining parental consent, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.

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GoPro lowers sales view on weak demand, to exit drone business

(Reuters) - GoPro Inc on Monday said it expects lower fourth-quarter revenue, hit by weaker demand for cameras in the holiday season and plans to exit the drone business, sending its shares to a record low.

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GoPro lowers sales view, to cut over 250 jobs after weak demand

(Reuters) - GoPro Inc said on Monday it expects fourth-quarter revenue to fall below its earlier forecast and lowered the price of its Hero6 cameras due to weak demand, and the action camera-maker also said it would cut more than 250 jobs.

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Cryptocurrency may be getting quietly channeled to North Korea university: report

SEOUL (Reuters) - A cybersecurity company said it has found software that appears to install code for mining cryptocurrency and sends any mined coins to a server at a North Korean university, the latest sign that North Korea may be searching for new ways to infuse its economy with cash. 

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Israel's anti-trust regulator to look at internet giants

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's anti-trust regulator said it will look at the business practices of internet giants such as Facebook and Google to make sure they are not stifling competition.

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Bitcoin is an asset, not a currency: Israel's central bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's central bank said on Monday it would not recognize virtual currencies such as bitcoin as actual currency and that it was difficult to devise regulations to monitor the risks of such activity to the country's banks and their clients.

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Starboard says chipmaker Mellanox's 2018 targets insufficient

(Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP said on Monday Israeli chipmaker Mellanox Technologies Ltd's 2018 targets were insufficient and too heavily reliant on revenue growth.