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Emissions scandal is a risk to German economy- ministry

BERLIN, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The emissions scandal ensnaring German carmakers is a risk to Europe's largest economy, the Finance Ministry said on Monday, adding that it was impossible at the moment to quantify its impact.

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Diesel still needed to meet climate goals, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met.

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Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.

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VW gives green light for electric version of classic Microbus camper van

BERLIN, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Volkswagen has decided to go ahead with production of an electric version of its classic Microbus camper van as it seeks to boost its electric vehicle credentials.

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Austria joins Germany in condemning Erdogan interference

BERLIN (Reuters) - Austria has joined neighbor Germany in its criticism of the Turkish President over inflammatory comments ahead of the European Union members' forthcoming elections.

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German critic of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain

BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Der Spiegel magazine reported.

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Activists protest in Germany against neo-Nazi vigil for Hitler ally

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NuTonomy hopes for second-quarter 2018 launch of paid Singapore self-driving car rides

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. self-driving car startup NuTonomy and southeast Asian ride services partner Grab hope to turn a test pilot in Singapore into a paid, commercial service as soon as the second quarter of next year, NuTonomy Chief Executive Karl Iagnemma said on Friday.

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U.S. formally launches probe of China's intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a widely expected move following a call from President Donald Trump earlier this week to determine whether one was needed.

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BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd shares have been plunging from their more than two-year high hit in June after lackluster earnings and competitive threats have raised doubts about prospects for a turnaround at the business software maker.

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In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis.

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Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers

GESCHER, Germany (Reuters) - As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey.

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Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was an enemy of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against her and other major parties in next month's elections.

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China Unicom's $12 billion ownership-reforms plan mired in confusion

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Telecoms group China Unicom's $11.7 billion ownership-reforms plan, billed as a model case for revitalizing Chinese state firms with private capital, remained under a cloud on Friday, with confusion about fundraising details persisting.

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German gov't not involved in Air Berlin talks - economy ministry

BERLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The German government is not involved in talks on the sale of insolvent German airline Air Berlin's assets, an Economy Ministry spokesman said on Friday, adding there was also no deadline for the companies to seal a deal.

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Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns, cites recent "drumbeat of distractions"

(Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, in a surprise announcement, said Vishal Sikka has resigned as CEO citing a stream of distractions and disruptions in recent months, pushing down shares of the second-largest Indian IT services firm almost 8 percent on Friday.

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Lenovo says more confident it can achieve mobile turnaround goal

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd is more confident it can achieve its turnaround goal for its mobile business in the second half of fiscal year 2018, Chairman and Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing told Reuters on Friday.

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China's Lenovo sinks to loss on higher costs, sluggish PC market; outlook challenging

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd posted a first-quarter loss on Friday citing higher costs and slower growth in the personal computer market, and said the outlook was challenging due to supply constraints.

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Wisconsin debates billions in incentives for Foxconn plant

(Reuters) - The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday opened debate on a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn, a deal that caused a stir when it was announced by President Donald Trump last month.

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ThoughtSpot raises $60 million, ends funding round for artificial intelligence technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley technology company ThoughtSpot has completed a $120 million funding round to fuel the start-up's new artificial intelligence endeavor.

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Uber wins reversal in lawsuit over price-fixing, arbitration

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Thursday won a victory in its effort to keep unhappy customers from suing in court, persuading a federal appeals court to send a Connecticut passenger's price-fixing case into arbitration.

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Ackman's Pershing Square says ADP needs to streamline, modernize

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman on Thursday laid out his hedge fund's goals for Automatic Data Processing Inc , saying the human resources outsourcing company needs to streamline its business and invest in technology upgrades.

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U.S. e-sports platform to launch $100 million cryptocurrency sale in September

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unikrn, a U.S. sports betting digital platform backed by some of the biggest names in media, entertainment and sports, will launch the sale of $100 million in cryptocurrency next month, the company's co-founder and chief executive officer, Rahul Sood, told Reuters in an interview earlier this week.

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Germany's Lufthansa looking to buy majority of Air Berlin planes

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa is considering buying a majority of insolvent Air Berlin's aircraft, two people familiar with the matter said, as the government and rivals race to carve it up.

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Alibaba beats on earnings as e-commerce remains core revenue driver

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba, China's top e-commerce firm, beat analyst estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by strong online sales.

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Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, Sixt chief executive Erich Sixt, whose company owns part of DriveNow, hinted on Thursday.

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Ericsson sues smartphone maker Wiko over patent infringement

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile infrastructure firm Ericsson is suing French-Chinese smartphone maker Wiko in two German regional courts over patent infringements, it said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 3-Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

* Increases planned eco-friendly product range with 3 plug-ins

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Turkey criticizes Merkel, says Germany can't dictate EU policy

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about halting the expansion of a customs union between Ankara and the European Union harmed the credibility of the bloc.

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Ericsson could shed 25,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive: report

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson may lay off around 25,000 employees outside Sweden as part of its savings program, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources at the company.

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China targets Alibaba's Taobao, other e-commerce sites, in VPN crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have issued a warning to the country's top e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba Holding Group Ltd's Taobao.com, over the sale of illegal virtual private networks that allow users to skirt state censorship controls.

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Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

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German stocks - Factors to watch on August 17

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.2 percent lower on Thursday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0609 GMT.

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, ‘Brexit,’ Angela Merkel: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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NAFTA talks must include discussion on fintech: Mexican negotiator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must include a discussion of new financial services, a Mexican negotiator said on Wednesday, singling out so-called fintech companies rapidly gaining ground in the region.

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Slim's America Movil wins telecom battle in top Mexico court

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled billionaire Carlos Slim's telecommunications company America Movil should not be barred by law from charging competitors certain fees, prompting fears of a rollback of a sweeping antitrust reform.

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UPDATE 1-Hyundai Motor to launch electric vehicle with 500 km range after 2021

* Increases planned eco-friendly product range with 3 plug-ins

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China's Tencent set to open 5.3 percent up after strong second-quarter

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares of China's Tencent Holdings are set to open 5.3 percent higher on Thursday after the world's largest gaming company reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit.

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Hyundai Motor to launch electric vehicle with 500 km range after 2021

SEOUL, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it will launch a long-range electric vehicle with a driving range of 500 km (311 miles) per charge after 2021, seeking to address investor concerns that it is lagging rivals in the green car race.

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Cisco's security business revenue misses estimates, shares drop

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly revenue in its closely-watched security business missed analysts' estimates, raising concerns about the world's largest networking gear maker's efforts to transform into a software-focused company.

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Twitter shutters accounts of U.S. white supremacy website

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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New Nokia 8 phone targets surging demand for video-streaming

HELSINKI (Reuters) - HMD Global, the Finnish start-up looking to reinvigorate the Nokia phone brand, unveiled the Nokia 8 on Wednesday, hoping to cash in on rising consumer demand for high-quality audio and video features.

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Reporter's Notebook: Watching Neo-Nazis in Virginia From a German Opera House

Ruminating on a storied German opera festival’s troubled past, only to learn at intermission that Nazi sympathizers were on the march back home.

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Disarmament experts urge Europe to help halt 'Cold War 2.0': German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - Disarmament experts have urged Europe to be vocal in helping to halt what they regard as a new Cold War in which global powers have embarked on a new conventional and nuclear arms race, Germany's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Neff Corp says H&E Equipment determined not to submit revised proposal to buy co

* Received notice from H&E Equipment Services, Inc that H&E has determined not to submit a revised proposal to acquire company​

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UPDATE 1-Merkel reaffirms her million e-vehicles pledge

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to speed up Germany's transition to electric vehicles, saying in an interview on Wednesday that efforts would need to be increased if a target of having a million such cars on the roads by 2020 were to be met.

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Russian-Germans in focus amid fears of Moscow propaganda

PFORZHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German political parties campaigning for elections next month are competing to attract 2 million voters with roots in the former Soviet Union, amid concerns that Russian propaganda could sway votes in the community.

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Merkel vows to pressure auto firms to boost electric cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must exert pressure on auto companies to accelerate the transition to electric cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday as German firms try to mend their reputation after a diesel emissions scandal.

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German court rules Chile sect doctor should be jailed

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has ruled that a doctor who was part of a secretive sect set up by an ex-Nazi from Germany in a remote part of Chile should go to prison for aiding and abetting the sexual abuse that took place.

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Tencent results blow past forecasts on strength in games, WeChat

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd , China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, trumped forecasts to post its best-ever quarterly results, driven by higher income from smartphone games, payments and online advertising.

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop "robotaxis" which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute.

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Amazon maintains UK investment push with Bristol distribution center

LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would create over 1,000 jobs next year when it opens a distribution center in Bristol, south west England, maintaining its investment push in Britain.

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Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect: foreign minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

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China Unicom to unveil investment from tech firms on Wednesday: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Telecoms group China Unicom is set to announce on Wednesday funding from Chinese technology firms and other investors, as part of Beijing's push for state-owned enterprises to be revitalized with private capital, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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BRIEF-Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric wins bids for Alibaba's data centre, Zhangbei data port's projects

* Says it wins bids for Alibaba's data centre and Zhangbei data port's projects

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China e-car newcomer Future Mobility raises $200M in new financing

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese-funded electric-car startup Future Mobility Corp, led by former BMW and Nissan Motor Co sales executive as president and co-founder, has raised $200 million in its latest round of financing.

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Apple sets record with C$2.5 billion Maple bond market issue

TORONTO (Reuters) - Apple Inc priced its C$2.5 billion ($1.96 billion) in seven-year bonds in a Canadian-dollar-denominated issue, one of the joint book-running managers said on Tuesday, setting a record amount for an issuer in the Maple bond market.

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Amazon adds 'Instant Pickup' in U.S. brick-and-mortar push

BERKELEY, Calif (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail.

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German minister eyes quotas for female executives unless firms step up

BERLIN (Reuters) - A government minister on Tuesday blasted German companies for failing to add more women to their management boards, suggesting the government could impose quotas unless firms acted to boost the current rate of 6 percent.

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Uber settles U.S. allegations over data privacy

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has agreed to two decades of audits after U.S. regulators found the ride-services company failed to protect the personal information of drivers and passengers and deceived the public about efforts to prevent snooping by its employees.

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Merkel rival Schulz attacks her 'zig zag' German car policy

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's main challenger in next month's German election criticized the chancellor's approach to carmakers on Tuesday and called for them to pay for the widening emissions scandal.

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Merkel rival Schulz attacks her "zig zag" German car policy

BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's main challenger in next month's German election criticised the chancellor's approach to carmakers on Tuesday and called for them to pay for the widening emissions scandal.

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Tech companies urge Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc , have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data.

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CellSavers changes name to Puls, raises $25 million in private funding

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - CellSavers, a U.S.-Israeli company that provides instant services for smart devices, said on Tuesday it was changing its name to Puls and that it raised $25 million in a new funding round.

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German green group to pursue diesel bans as agreed steps inadequate

BERLIN (Reuters) - German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.

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Germany awards licenses to increase onshore wind capacity by 1 GW

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will increase its onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant, under new licenses awarded on Tuesday, its network regulator said.

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Germany provides 150 mln euro bridging loan to insolvent Air Berlin

BERLIN, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Germany has made a bridging loan of 150 million euros ($176.16 million) available to Air Berlin to ensure flights continue after the airline filed for insolvency, two German ministries said on Tuesday.

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South African court quashes anti-graft watchdog proposal to change central bank's mandate

PRETORIA (Reuters) - A South African court on Tuesday set aside a proposal by the anti-graft watchdog to switch the target of its monetary policy from inflation and currency stability to economic growth.

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German court sends challenge to ECB scheme to European Court

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's constitutional court said on Tuesday it had declined to hear a challenge to the European Central Bank's 2.3 trillion euro ($2.7 trillion) asset purchase scheme, referring the case instead to the European Court of Justice.

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Angry Birds maker Rovio's sales jump on movie boost

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd said on Tuesday its sales in the first half of the year almost doubled following the success of "The Angry Birds Movie."

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Uber says appeals one-month Philippine suspension, resuming services

MANILA (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it had appealed to the Philippine authorities to reconsider a one-month suspension handed out to the ride-hailing firm a day earlier, and was resuming services as it waits for a decision.

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On the cards: Revenue surge for China's Tencent from popular fantasy game

HONG KONG (Reuters) - With as many active players as the population of Germany, the Honour of Kings mobile game will likely help boost Tencent's quarterly revenue by about 50 percent, shrugging off play-time curbs imposed by the firm to address addiction woes.

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UPDATE 3-Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

* Tax breaks to remain in place for now (Adds comment from Volkswagen)

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Trump orders China IP probe as business groups urge caution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into whether to investigate China's alleged theft of American intellectual property, declaring it "a very big move" while the country's largest business lobby group urged the two countries to resolve differences.

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China drone maker hopes security upgrade will reverse U.S. Army ban

(Reuters) - Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd is tightening data security in the hopes that the U.S. Army will lift its ban on DJI drones because of "cyber vulnerabilities," a company official told Reuters on Monday.

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Germany's Merkel heckled by right-wingers at campaign rally

GELNHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was booed and whistled at by supporters of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a campaign rally on Monday as she sought to persuade voters to grant her a fourth term in next month's election.

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British cyber researcher pleads not guilty to U.S. hacking charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - British cyber security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges he built and sold malicious code used to steal banking credentials.

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Snap shares bounce off record low in busy day for stock

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc stock rebounded on Monday from a record low hit earlier in a choppy trading session as big investors report their latest stakes in the beleaguered social media company and as a wave of employees became eligible to sell their shares.

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GoDaddy removes white supremacist website after offensive post

(Reuters) - The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

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Zenith Bank makes provision on 30 percent of its 9mobile loan: CEO

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Zenith Bank has made a provision on 30 percent of its loan to 9mobile, the country's fourth largest telecoms group formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, the bank's chief executive said on Monday.

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Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars from the roads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel's days were numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.

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Welfare comes before defense spending: Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that welfare and social spending must take precedence over the increased military expenditure demanded by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Neff Corp announces receipt of superior proposal

* Neff Corp - Board determined acquisition proposal received from strategic bidder to acquire Co for $25 per share in cash constitutes "superior proposal"

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U.S. tax change proposals anger builders, realtors, charities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. Congress members focused during their August recess on finding ways to lower the corporate tax rate, industry groups and other sectors of society are gearing up to fight proposed changes to the personal income tax.

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Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

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Drunk American punched for making 'Nazi salute' in German bar

An American man suffered minor injuries in Dresden after being punched for making a Nazi salute while drunk in a bar, German police said Sunday.

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Merkel rival Schulz says executives endangering German car industry

BERLIN (Reuters) - Martin Schulz, the main challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's Sept. 24 election, accused the country's auto executives on Sunday of putting the industry at risk by failing to plan for the future.

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Merkel rounds on German auto executives in opening election rally

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off her re-election campaign on Saturday with a stinging attack on German auto executives, pressing them to innovate to secure jobs, and win back trust lost by a diesel emissions scandal.

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UPDATE 1-Merkel rounds on German auto execs in opening election rally

* She plans 50 campaign rallies ahead of Sept. 24 election (Recasts with fresh quotes, background)

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Merkel rejects electric car quota pushed by German election rival

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday rejected a proposal made by her Social Democrat rivals to introduce quotas for electric cars in Europe, arguing the implementation of such targets would prove too complicated.

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Bond investors give Tesla a $1.8 billion endorsement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond investors on Friday gave a $1.8 billion boost to Tesla Inc's balance sheet by snapping up the electric car maker's first foray into the U.S. junk bond market, where yield-hungry investors have raced to lock in relatively higher returns.

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Uber investors seek to oust Benchmark after 'destructive' lawsuit -report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawsuit filed by investor Benchmark Capital against ousted Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has raised the ire of three investors who on Friday asked the venture firm to divest its shares and step down from the ride-services company's board, according to an email published by news website Axios.

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Cash-strapped SoundCloud gets new funds and top management

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SoundCloud has received a "substantial" round of investment, the online music streaming service said on Friday, insulating it from potentially running out of cash later this year.

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German politicians and carmakers to hold second diesel summit

BERLIN, Aug 11 (Reuters) - German politicians and car company bosses will hold a second diesel summit after they agreed at a first meeting to overhaul engine software on 5.3 million diesel cars, a government spokesman said on Friday, though he did not name a date.

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Russia-linked hackers targeted hotel guests across Europe: security firm

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A cyber-spying group with suspected links to Russian military intelligence was probably behind a campaign targeting hotel guests in eight mostly European countries last month, researchers at security firm FireEye said on Friday.

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German court sentences three Syrian smugglers over migrant deaths

TRAUNSTEIN, GERMANY (Reuters) - A German court sentenced three Syrian men on Friday for running a smuggling ring from Turkey to Europe over the deaths of 13 migrants in the Mediterranean two years ago.

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Naspers shares hit four-week lows after China launches cyber investigation

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Shares of Naspers fell more than 3 percent to four-week lows on Friday after China launched an investigation into its top social media sites, including the South African media company's subsidiary Tencent's WeChat.

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German garbage truck rolls onto car, killing five: media

BERLIN (Reuters) - A garbage truck tipped over on Friday and landed on a car in southern Germany, killing five people, local media reported.

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What's Merkel's big secret? Being Angela Merkel

Political upset and change -- the twin themes dominating Western politics of late -- have led to Britain's voting to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump and, most recently, in Emmanuel Macron's ascendancy to the Elysée Palace in France.

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Merkel, visiting ex-Stasi jail, defends freedom and democracy

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel invoked the injustices of communist East Germany on Friday to defend freedom and democracy during a visit to a notorious prison of the former Stasi secret police in Berlin.

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Vivendi's role in TIM doesn't breach Italy rules: legal document

MILAN (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi's growing influence over Telecom Italia does not breach Italian rules aimed at protecting strategic companies, according to a legal opinion sent by Telecom Italia (TIM) to the Rome government.

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HBO offers $250,000 as 'bounty payment' to hackers: Variety

(Reuters) - The hackers behind HBO's recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a "bounty payment," Hollywood trade paper Variety reported on Thursday.

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Lithuanian court upholds extradition of man to U.S. in $100 million fraud case

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania's top appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to extradite to the United States a Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million.

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Germany believes European Commission will propose electric cars quotas

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in it next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday.

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Sumner Redstone heir launches app for TV viewers hooked on social media

NEW YORK, August 11(Reuters) - A grandson of media mogul Sumner Redstone is launching an app that he hopes will help television companies, like the ones his family controls, attract young television viewers who spend as much time texting and posting about shows as they do watching them.

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Netflix says in discussions with Disney over Marvel, 'Star Wars' films

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Netflix Inc is in "active discussions" with Walt Disney Co about keeping Marvel and "Star Wars" films after 2019 when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior Netflix executive said on Thursday.

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German broadcasters clinch Olympics rights deal with Discovery

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German state broadcasters ARD and ZDF have struck a deal with Discovery Communications for the right to show the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024, after months of tough talks.

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Olympics-German broadcasters clinch Olympics rights deal with Discovery

FRANKFURT, Aug 11 (Reuters) - German state broadcasters ARD and ZDF have struck a deal with Discovery Communications for the right to show the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024, after months of tough talks.

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BRIEF-Germany's ARD, ZDF sub-license Olympics right from Discovery

* Says ARD, ZDF strike deal with Discovery Communications to broadcast Olympic Games from 2018-2024 Further company coverage:

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Dutch bank ING thrives in Germany with zero-fee, online-only accounts

* ING CEO Hamers: internet banking is cheaper, easier, better

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Chinese startup Toutiao raising at least $2 billion in funding round: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese news aggregator Toutiao, backed by Sequoia Capital and CCB International, is raising at least $2 billion at a valuation of over $20 billion in its latest funding round, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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China cyber authority says Baidu, Tencent, Weibo platforms under investigation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top cyber authority said on Friday it is investigating several of China's most popular internet platforms over breaches of cyber laws.

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Defense Secretary Mattis sees growth for Silicon Valley defense unit

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday an Obama-era experimental defense outpost in Silicon Valley would grow in importance under the Trump administration and that the nation's technology entrepreneurs were vital to national defense.

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General Electric's new CEO places $2.7 mln bet on company's future

Aug 10 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's new Chief Executive Officer John Flannery made a big bet that the industrial company's flagging fortunes will improve, buying nearly $2.7 million in GE stock, according to a regulatory filing.

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Amazon in talks to offer event ticketing in U.S.: sources

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is seeking to partner with U.S. venue owners to sell event tickets, four sources have told Reuters, a move that could loosen Ticketmaster's powerful grip on the lucrative ticketing business.

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Snap shares drop as user growth, revenue disappoints

(Reuters) - Snap Inc shares slumped more than 12 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the Snapchat parent reported user growth and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

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Uber investor sues to force former CEO Kalanick off board

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit.

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Vetter's huge throw sets up German javelin showdown

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's Johannes Vetter and Thomas Rohler will take their burgeoning javelin rivalry into a potentially riveting final at the World Athletics Championships after achieving the automatic qualifying mark on Thursday.

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Nvidia's quarterly revenue rises 56 percent

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp reported a 56 percent jump in quarterly revenue on Thursday, helped by strong demand for its chips used in data centers and gaming devices such as Nintendo Co Ltd's Switch.

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Digital currency exchange Coinbase raises $100 million, hits $1 billion valuation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Digital currency exchange Coinbase announced on its blog on Thursday that it has raised $100 million in so-called "Series D" funding led by U.S. venture capital firm IVP, making it the first bitcoin start-up to achieve a valuation of at least $1 billion.

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Ford says it is cooperating in German diesel investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ford said German motor authorities were investigating a diesel-engined model of its mid-sized Mondeo car, adding that none of its cars was equipped with illegal emissions cheating software.

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UPDATE 1-Ford says it is cooperating in German diesel investigation

BERLIN, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Ford said German motor authorities were investigating a diesel-engined model of its mid-sized Mondeo car, adding that none of its cars was equipped with illegal emissions cheating software.

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SoftBank bolsters Flipkart's firepower to challenge Amazon in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Flipkart has secured nearly $2.5 billion in funding from Japan's SoftBank Group , giving the online retailer more firepower to compete with Amazon in the country's burgeoning e-commerce market.

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Sick of congested roads, German man swims to work

MUNICH (Reuters) - Fed-up with the grind of taking a bus or bike to work every day on congested streets in Munich, Benjamin David started swimming there instead.

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Germany to inspect Ford Mondeo cars over emissions testing: WirtschaftsWoche

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has ordered its road transport watchdog to look at whether Ford's mid-sized Mondeo model contains an illegal emissions cheating device, business weekly WirtschaftsWoche reported on Thursday, citing the transport ministry.

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Consumers may buy fewer cars in areas served by Uber, Lyft: study

DETROIT (Reuters) - In areas served by Uber Technologies Inc, Lyft Inc and other ride services operate, consumers may buy fewer cars and take fewer trips, according to a new study released on Thursday.

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Toshiba wins unusual auditor sign-off, staves off delisting

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cash-strapped Toshiba Corp has staved off delisting after its accounting won auditor approval, albeit with a stern rebuke, leaving its listed status largely dependent on whether it can complete the stalled sale of its chip business by March.

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Microsoft unveils technology to speed up blockchain and its adoption

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is working on technology that it believes can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises.

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PayPal to expand lending offering with acquisition

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Payments firm PayPal Holdings Inc has agreed to acquire online lending company Swift Financial in a bid to expand its business that provides working capital to merchants.

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Microsoft Surface devices fail on reliability: Consumer Reports

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The breakage rate for Microsoft Corp’s Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers' laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its "recommended" designation for Surface products.

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Turkey says German lawmakers to visit air base in Konya on Sept. 8

ANKARA (Reuters) - A delegation of German lawmakers, accompanied by a senior NATO official, will visit German soldiers serving at an air base in Turkey on Sept. 8 as part of a NATO trip, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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Merkel support slides six weeks before election, SPD rival even weaker

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, about to return from holiday, has seen her popularity fall by 10 points just six weeks before an election in which she hopes to win a fourth term.

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Maryland City May Let Noncitizens Vote, a Proposal With Precedent

College Park is considering allowing green card holders, students with visas and undocumented immigrants to vote in local elections, a practice that was once normal nationwide.

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Android creator's company closes $300 million investment round

(Reuters) - Essential Products Inc, founded by Android operating system co-creator Andy Rubin said on Wednesday that the technology company had closed a $300 million investment round.

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Birchbox in talks with retailers including Walmart for sale: Recode

(Reuters) - Online cosmetics retailer Birchbox has discussed a potential sale with several retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, tech news website Recode reported on Wednesday.

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German police find migrants hiding on train near Austrian border

RAUBLING, Germany (Reuters) - German police found a group of 12 shivering migrants hiding on a freight train near the Austrian border on Wednesday and an officer said the number caught trying to enter Germany illegally was on the rise in the region.

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Mass market hopes for battery-free cell phone technology

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Researchers in the United States have unveiled a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone, using technology they hope will eventually come to be integrated into mass-market products.

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RingCentral working with adviser after takeover interest: BBG

(Reuters) - RingCentral Inc, a cloud-based business communications services provider, is working with an adviser after receiving takeover interest, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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Disney's stock dips as streaming push unnerves some investors

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's shares fell 5 percent on Wednesday to their lowest in eight months as investors doubted whether the world's biggest entertainment company can succeed with its plan to launch its own streaming services rather than rely on Netflix Inc to reach online viewers.

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Greater China cyber insurance demand to soar after WannaCry attack: AIG

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Demand for cyber insurance from firms in Greater China and elsewhere in Asia is poised to soar, based on enquiries received after the "WannaCry ransomware" attack earlier this year, executives at American International Group Inc said.

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Hitachi says KKR puts on hold tender offer in planned $2.3 billion takeover of unit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hitachi Ltd said on Wednesday that U.S. buyout firm KKR has put on hold a planned tender offer for its chip-making equipment and video solution unit, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, that had been scheduled for early August.

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Russia's Yandex sets up e-commerce venture with Sberbank

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's biggest search engine Yandex said on Wednesday it would set up an e-commerce joint venture with Russia's biggest bank Sberbank on the Yandex.Market platform.

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U.S. card firm Vantiv clinches $10 billion deal to buy Worldpay

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. credit card processing company Vantiv moved closer to creating a $29 billion global payments powerhouse on Wednesday with a formal offer to buy Britain's Worldpay for 8 billion pounds ($10 billion).

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Japan Display to save $455 million a year from structural reforms

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc on Wednesday said it would reduce 50 billion yen ($455 million) in annual fixed costs through restructuring steps, including consolidating production sites and cutting jobs.

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VW workers want new model for Germany to boost flagging output

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top labor representative has urged the carmaker's management board to assign a new vehicle model to Germany to boost flagging capacity utilization or risk missing hard-fought productivity goals.

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German helicopter lost rotors before Mali crash: report

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defense ministry report seen by Reuters.

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Fired Google memo writer draws jeers, cheers and a job offer

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The male Google engineer fired for circulating a memo decrying the company's diversity hiring program became the center of a heated debate on sexism, drawing scorn, cheers and even a job offer on Tuesday from WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

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Artist targets Twitter with offline hate tweets

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German-Israeli artist who accuses Twitter of failing to delete hate speech tweets has taken matters into his own hands - by stencilling the offending messages on the road in front of the company's Hamburg headquarters.

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Arraignment of UK security researcher Hutchins delayed to Monday

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have postponed the arraignment of a British security researcher Marcus Hutchins, credited with neutralizing the global "WannaCry" ransomware attack, in an unrelated hacking case, the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee said on Tuesday.

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Factbox: Germany, carmakers agree steps to cut diesel pollution

(Reuters) - German ministers, regional politicians and car executives have agreed a package of measures aimed at cutting inner-city air pollution and averting bans on diesel cars.

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Merkel rival wants to stay SPD leader if loses election

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's rival Martin Schulz, has said he wants to stay on as leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) even if his party loses in a federal election next month.

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Self-driving car technology firm Oryx Vision raises $50 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Oryx Vision, which is developing object sensors for self-driving cars, said on Tuesday it raised $50 million in a second funding round led by Third Point Ventures and Walden Riverwood Ventures (WRV).

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Let them play: kids glued to phones could save UK, ex-spy chief says

LONDON (Reuters) - Parents who think they are being responsible by limiting their children's time online should think again: they could be putting their kids and Britain's security at a disadvantage, according to a former British spy chief.

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Toshiba auditor to split opinion on finances, governance: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - The auditor for Toshiba Corp is likely to sign off on the conglomerate's annual results while giving a thumbs down on the corporate governance behind a series of crises for the group, people with direct knowledge of the discussions said on Tuesday. PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC will give a "qualified opinion" endorsing Toshiba's finances in the financial statement for the year ended in March, the two sources told Reuters. That will end a limbo in which the auditor withhe

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Online retailer ASOS to open second U.S. distribution center

LONDON (Reuters) - British online fashion retailer ASOS is spending $40 million on a second U.S. distribution center to support strong sales growth in what it hopes will become a major market.

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Turkey agrees to German lawmaker visit to troops, says Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey has agreed to let German lawmakers visit soldiers serving at an air base in Turkey next month as part of a NATO trip, a letter from the German foreign minister showed on Tuesday, after Ankara refused a visit there in July.

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Three Hungarian banks targeted by phishing attempts: central bank

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Three major banks in Hungary have experienced a series of targeted phishing attempts in recent months, the central bank said on Tuesday, without naming the lenders involved.

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Contamination of eggs clearly caused by criminals: German agriculture minister

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's agriculture minister said on Tuesday that the contamination of millions of eggs with a potentially harmful insecticide was caused by criminal activity.

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MidEast ride-hailing firm Careem partners with China's Didi Chuxing

DUBAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing has invested in Middle East ride-hailing firm Careem as part of a new partnership agreement between the two companies.

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Erdogan: Germany is 'abetting terrorists'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of "abetting terrorists" amid a widening spat between Ankara and Berlin.

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German state conservatives seek tougher VW oversight

BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservatives in Germany's Lower Saxony state called on Tuesday for tougher oversight of carmaker Volkswagen, in which the state owns a fifth of the shares.

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Japan Display may seek outside investor for turnaround: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc is considering seeking funds from an outside investor to help finance an overhaul of its ailing smartphone screen-making business, including 3,500 job cuts, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday.

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IBM to appeal judge's order to pay $78 million to Indiana

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said on Monday it will appeal an Indiana judge's ruling that calls for the technology company to pay more than $78 million in damages to the state for failing to modernize the government's welfare system.

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Military can destroy drones over domestic U.S. bases: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has given more than 130 U.S. military bases across the United States the green light to shoot down private and commercial drones that could endanger aviation safety or pose other threats.

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Turkey's Erdogan claims Germany abetting terrorists

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities.

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GM is selling a $5,300 electric car in China

General Motors will start selling a tiny electric car in China this week that will cost about $5,300 after national and local electric vehicle incentives, according to GM.

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Vivendi says does not control Telecom Italia under Italian law

PARIS (Reuters) - French media giant Vivendi said on Monday it considered it had no "de facto control" over Telecom Italia under Italian law.

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CBS signs with AT&T to stream networks on DirecTV Now

(Reuters) - CBS Corp said on Monday it signed a deal for its shows to feature on AT&T Inc's DirecTV Now online streaming service.

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Tesla seeks $1.5 billion in junk bonds to fund Model 3 production

DETROIT (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Monday it would raise about $1.5 billion through its first-ever high-yield junk bond offering, as the U.S. luxury electric car maker ramps up the production of its new the Model 3 sedan.

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German state of Lower Saxony sets Oct. 15 date for new election

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - The German state of Lower Saxony will hold new elections on Oct. 15, after a Greens party member defected to the conservatives on Friday, costing the current coalition government its one-seat majority, Premier Stephan Weil told reporters on Monday.

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BRIEF-Baillie Gifford & Co reports a 3.50 pct passive stake in Lincoln Electric Holdings as of July 31 - SEC filing

* Baillie Gifford & Co reports a 3.50 pct passive stake in Lincoln Electric Holdings as of July 31 - SEC filing

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Hearst invests in emerging markets streaming video provider

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media company Hearst Communications Inc led a $133 million investment in iflix, the Malaysian provider of streaming video said on Monday.

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SoftBank mulls Uber or Lyft investment

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp , a prolific investor in global technology startups, reported a sharp rise in quarterly profits and said it would be interested in parking funds in ride-hailing firms Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] or Lyft Inc in the future.

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German regulator probes VW, Daimler for disclosure violations

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German markets regulator BaFin said it was probing whether Volkswagen and Daimler had violated disclosure rules, following media reports that both carmakers made use of whistleblower provisions to regulators.

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Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

LONDON (Reuters) - Producers of processed lithium - an essential element for batteries used in electric cars - are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall.

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Open Fiber head says well-placed to buy Telecom Italia's network

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's new telecoms network company Open Fiber would be in a good position to buy Telecom Italia's (TIM) network, it said on Monday, adding to a growing debate on whether the former phone monopoly should sell its most prized asset.

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Fire at German shelter for asylum seekers kills two: police

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two people were killed on Monday in a fire that engulfed a building housing the homeless and asylum seekers in southern Germany, police said.

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Britons will get right to delete online past, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons will be able to make social media platforms like Facebook delete information, including content published in their childhood, under government proposals that will bring data laws into line with new European regulations.

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EU says no plans for electric cars quotas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday said it had no plans to introduce quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from the Volkswagen diesel scandal, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said.

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Germany should consider electric cars quotas, deputy economy minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should consider introducing binding quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from a diesel emissions scandal and keep its place as a leading producer, deputy economy minister Matthias Machnig said on Monday.

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Samsung scion Jay Y. Lee fights back tears as prosecutors seek 12-year jail term

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee fought back tears and denied wrongdoing on Monday as prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on charges that include bribing the former president to help cement control of the South Korean tech giant.

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Fintech firm Fiserv raises offer for Monitise to $98 million

(Reuters) - U.S. financial technology provider Fiserv made an improved offer for Monitise worth about 75 million pounds ($98 million) on Monday, hoping to secure backing from the British financial services technology group's investors.

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Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

LONDON (Reuters) - The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.

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UPDATE 1-Germany's FMC to buy U.S. home dialysis firm NxStage for $2 bln

* Wants to position itself as global leader in home dialysis (Adds details on offer, financing, NxStage finances, savings potential and integration cost)

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India's Eros in early talks with Apple, others to sell content library: source

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian movie production house Eros Group is in preliminary talks with Apple and other major content distributors to sell its entire content library of films and music, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

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Germany's FMC to buy U.S. home dialysis firm NxStage for $2 bln

FRANKFURT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - German dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) has agreed to buy U.S. home dialysis device maker NxStage for around $2 billion in cash, FMC said in a statement on Monday.

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WeWork to invest $500 million to expand in Southeast Asia, South Korea

HONG KONG (Reuters) - New York-based startup WeWork on Monday said it will invest $500 million in Southeast Asia and South Korea in its latest effort to tap growing demand for shared office space in Asia.

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Toshiba shares jump on report that auditor to sign off on results

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp's auditor will sign off on its annual financial results after months of being at odds with the embattled conglomerate - in a step that would lessen the risk of a delisting, the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday.

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Two Texas Boy Scouts killed after sailboat hits electric line

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two Texas Boy Scouts, aged 16 and 18, were killed and another was hospitalized after their sailboat collided with an overhead power line, likely sending a jolt of electricity through the boat, Texas officials said on Sunday.

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German state premier on defensive over close ties with VW

BERLIN (Reuters) - The government of Germany's Lower Saxony on Sunday denied a newspaper report that its premier softened speeches critical of Volkswagen in the diesel emissions scandal at the company's request.

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Nazi Salutes Land Chinese Tourists in Hot Water in Germany

The police in Berlin arrested the two tourists for snapping photos of each other doing a Hitler salute outside the Reichstag, the lower house of Parliament.

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UPDATE 1-BMW urges foreign carmakers to pay into German transport fund -FAS

FRANKFURT, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Foreign carmakers should contribute to a proposed German fund set up to improve urban transport infrastructure, BMW CEO Harald Krueger has said, just days after a deal was reached to cut pollution and avert a ban on diesel engines.

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UK government sets out tougher guidelines to protect smart cars from hackers

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government issued new guidelines on Sunday requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers.

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Germany's SPD rejects NATO 2 percent defense spending target

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats on Sunday rejected NATO's target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military, and blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives for kowtowing to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Trump proposal a good start on immigration

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Germany's FDP urges new approach to Russia's annexation of Crimea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany may have to accept Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine as a "permanent provisional arrangement," the head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) told a newspaper chain in comments published on Saturday.

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BMW urges foreign carmakers to pay into German transport fund -FAS

FRANKFURT, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Foreign carmakers should contribute to a proposed German fund set up to improve urban transport infrastructure, BMW CEO Harald Krueger has told a German newspaper, only days after a deal was reached to cut pollution and avert a ban on diesel engines.

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Swiss demand same treatment as Germans in diesel compensation

ZURICH, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Switzerland will demand that German automakers treat Swiss customers the same as German buyers of diesel cars being fixed to cut pollution, the head of the Swiss road transport agency said.

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German publisher complains to EU court over Turkey detention of journalist

BERLIN (Reuters) - The publisher of Germany's Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag newspapers has filed a formal complaint at the European Court of Justice about Turkey's detention of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel since February, the newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Germany needs tougher laws against cyber crime, top policeman tells paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top police official has called for tougher laws to fight cyber crime on the illegal internet - the Darknet - and other organized criminal structures, in an interview published on Saturday.