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India's Infosys appoints outsider Parekh as CEO

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and making peace between its founders and board. [Source]

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BT and Sky strike deal to carry each other's channels

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading pay-TV companies Sky and BT have agreed to supply their most popular channels to each other's platforms in a thawing of a once difficult relationship.

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Uber Eats to offer couriers insurance in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Uber's [UBER.UL] food-delivery business will begin offering an insurance package to its couriers in Europe, a move to address the conditions of "gig economy" workers.

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Indonesia's Go-Jek acquires three companies to boost payment services

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Go-Jek has acquired three financial technology businesses, as it expands from ride-hailing and other mobile on-demand offerings into payments and other services.

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Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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South Korea blockchain association announces virtual currency transparency measures

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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Prosecutors say Long Island woman tried to use bitcoin to aid Islamic State

(Reuters) - A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant group Islamic State was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday.

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U.S. panel urges regulators to monitor financial innovation risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. regulatory panel on Thursday called for watchdogs to closely monitor risks created by financial innovation, warning that "fintech" and virtual currencies such as bitcoin threaten to disrupt the traditional financial services industry.

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Amazon to start selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will start selling Google Chromecast and Apple TV, which compete against its Fire TV, on its online store, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

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U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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German court rules against foreign intelligence mass communication surveillance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) must not store the metadata - such as phone numbers - of international phone calls for the purpose of intelligence analysis, a court rules on Thursday.

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Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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Hackers halt plant operations in watershed cyber attack

(Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently invaded the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in a watershed attack that halted plant operations, according to cyber investigators and the firm whose software was targeted.

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Protesters gather as U.S. regulators meet to end net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gathered to oppose the change.

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Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian lender Sberbank's talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have finished in their current form, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Alexander Morozov said on Thursday.

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Malaysia issues draft regulations for crypto currency businesses

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's central bank on Thursday said it had issued draft regulations for digital currency businesses, but said that such currencies were still not legal tender in the country.

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Hackers shut down infrastructure safety system in attack: FireEye

(Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently penetrated the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in an attack that caused operations to shut down, according to cyber security firm FireEye Inc, which said it investigated the incident.

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Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

(Reuters) - Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc -owned Google's most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor.

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Online shopping won't grow forever, says Unibail boss creating malls giant

SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant.

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Denmark considers using cryptocurrencies for humanitarian aid

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark sees potential for blockchain technology in humanitarian aid and said on Thursday it is considering becoming the first donor country to move money using cryptocurrencies.

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Gibraltar launches financial services license for blockchain

LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar's financial services watchdog will introduce the world's first bespoke license for "fintech" firms using blockchain distributed ledger technology from next month in a bid to attract start-ups to the British overseas territory as it prepares for Brexit.

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Tech firm raises $118 million in virtual coin offer to fund blockchain phone

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone.

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Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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Atos shares fall 2.8 percent after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell as much as 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) takeover bid.

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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

* UBS GROUP AG-MARTIN BLESSING, CURRENTLY PRESIDENT PERSONAL & CORPORATE BANKING AND PRESIDENT UBS SWITZERLAND, WILL BECOME PRESIDENT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

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In major shift, Rakuten plots to become Japan's No. 4 wireless carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it would apply for a 4G mobile license, aiming to become the country's fourth major wireless carrier in a strategic shift that had analysts warning of an uphill battle to gain customers.

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Airbus executive says considering cuts to A380 production, still undecided

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Airbus SE is considering cutting production of its A380 superjumbo to six or seven planes a year, but has made no final decision on the matter, a top executive said on Thursday amid growing question marks over the future of the double-decker jet.

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Rakuten seeks license to become Japan's fourth major mobile carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc said on Thursday it will apply for a fourth generation mobile carrier license, a move that if successful would see it become the country's fourth major wireless carrier.

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Finisar deal helps Apple block rivals' path to AR features

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's $390 million deal with chip supplier Finisar Corp announced on Wednesday helps lock in the supply of a component that Apple believes will play a big role in its future products by bolstering augmented reality features.

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Rakuten eying entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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Rakuten eyeing entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday that it would launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount.

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Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks.

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Apple grants $390 million to Finisar to boost laser chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it had awarded $390 million to optical components maker Finisar Corp to boost production of laser chips that power iPhone X's features such as Face ID, Animoji and portrait mode photos.

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Mexican authorities warn cryptocurrency offerings could be a crime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday that cryptocurrencies were risky investments and said fundraising programs known as initial coin offerings (ICOs) could potentially violate Mexican financial law.

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Three men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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Mexico authorities warn of risks of cryptocurrencies

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday of the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and investment schemes known as initial coin offerings.

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Finisar gets $390 million from Apple to make more iPhone X chips

(Reuters) - Finisar Corp is getting a $390 million investment from Apple Inc to revive a plant in Texas, which will boost production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID and portrait mode photos.

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T-Mobile to launch new television service in 2018, acquire Layer3 TV

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. No. 3 wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc will launch a new television service in 2018 and acquire television technology company Layer3 TV Inc for an undisclosed amount as part of its plans, it said on Wednesday.

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France proposes age-of-consent rule for Facebook users

PARIS (Reuters) - All French children under the age of 16 will have to seek parental approval to open an account on Facebook or any other social network under draft legislation presented on Wednesday.

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U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

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Greek top court clears way for U.S. extradition of Russian cybercrime suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian man, also wanted in Moscow, suspected of having laundered billions of dollars in the digital currency bitcoin.

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Germany monitoring bitcoin market impact: FinMin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is carefully monitoring the impact of cryptocurrencies on markets, a finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as bitcoin surged and the futures of the best known cryptocurrency made their world debut on a U.S. stock exchange.

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Greek top court paves way for U.S. extradition of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for the extradition to the United States of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik.

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Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will give Finisar Corp $390 million to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID, Animojis and portrait-mode photos.

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Deutsche Telekom, EWE to invest 2 billion euros in German fiber buildout

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is partnering with EWE AG [LANDWE.UL] to invest 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in building out a superfast glass-fiber broadband network in northwestern Germany, the companies said on Wednesday.

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Apple to invest $390 million in chipmaker Finisar

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it would invest $390 million in Finisar Corp, which it will use to build out a plant in Texas to make chips that power popular iPhone features such as face ID, animojis and portrait-mode selfies.

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China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's HNA Group [HNAIRC.UL] said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

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British city of Sheffield gives Uber a welcome boost

LONDON (Reuters) - The northern English city of Sheffield has lifted a suspension on Uber's operating license after it provided satisfactory answers to questions about the taxi app's management, in a welcome boost to the firm's British operations.

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp said on Wednesday they are considering jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), a partnership that could help Panasonic extend its market lead in automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrecy trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

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Toyota, Panasonic to hold news conference at 1.30 a.m. ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Wednesday said they would hold a joint news conference in Tokyo at 3:30 pm (0630 GMT).

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South Korea to hold emergency meeting on cryptocurrencies, measures expected Friday

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday, a central bank official said on Wednesday.

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Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

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Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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Electric vehicle battery prices to steady by 2020: Hyundai Motor

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co believes electric vehicle battery prices will level off by 2020 due to supply constraints of key ingredients, ending years of sharp declines that have helped stimulate activity in the booming sector.

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Toshiba, Western Digital end chip dispute; joint investment to resume

(Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and its chip business partner Western Digital Corp agreed to settle a long-running dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its chip unit, the companies said in a statement, removing a key obstacle to the deal.

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UK city of York refuses to renew Uber's license in new regulatory setback

(Reuters) - The English city of York refused to renew Uber's [UBER.UL] license to operate there on Tuesday, the city council said, the latest regulatory setback suffered by the ride-hailing app.

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Bitcoin euphoria puts other retail bets in shade

(Reuters) - If you wondered why 18-year old twitterati and seasoned speculative traders alike have bet on bitcoin's surge toward $20,000 this week, look no further than the comparison with the past year's new stock exchange floatations.

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UK city York refuses to renew Uber's licence

(Reuters) - The English city of York rejected Uber's licence renewal on Tuesday, citing concerns about the ride-hailing app's data breach and the number of complaints received, a city council spokesperson said.

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Lyft starts Canada service in first international foray

(Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing firm Lyft Inc on Tuesday launched its service in Toronto, the first international market for the rival of much larger Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

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Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Bitfinex down

(Reuters) - Digital currency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex reported problems with service through their websites on Tuesday, frustrating traders seeking to cash in on the latest surge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

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AIG launches new cyber threat analysis to gauge companies' risks

(Reuters) - American International Group Inc has ramped up its analysis for insuring against cyber attacks, using a system that scores a company's risk of having a breach along with safeguards it has in place, the insurer said on Tuesday.

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Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb has agreed to withdraw a controversial payment system in France after government officials, including finance minister Bruno Le Maire, met with its managers on Monday.

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Taiwan's Far Eastern International fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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BRIEF-India's Mukesh Ambani Considers IPO Of Jio Wireless Carrier- Bloomberg,Citing Sources

* INDIA'S MUKESH AMBANI CONSIDERS IPO OF JIO WIRELESS CARRIER- BLOOMBERG,CITING SOURCES

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BRIEF-Steve Laut To Become Executive Vice Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources

* DARREN FICHTER, CURRENTLY EVP OF CANADIAN CONVENTIONAL TO BE PROMOTED TO COO, E&P

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Taiwan's Far Eastern Int'l fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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Rolls-Royce creates cross-business data unit to drive efficiency

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce has created a data unit, named R2 Data Labs, that uses analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve efficiency across its civil and defense aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems businesses.

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Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

BEIJING (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

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Moore: Don't let outsiders control Alabama election

Republican Roy Moore cast the sexual allegations he faces as an outside effort to tank his Senate candidacy Monday night at his final rally before Tuesday's special election.

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Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist 'cover-up'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka's monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a "scapegoat."

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

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'More to come' after bitcoin futures launch: Cboe CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The generally smooth launch of bitcoin futures on Cboe Global Markets could pave the way for other cryptocurrency-related products like options and ETFs, the head of the exchange operator said in an interview on Monday.

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Angelo, Gordon promotes top executives amid succession planning

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Investment firm Angelo, Gordon is promoting two senior executives to co-chief investment officers to work alongside the firm's co-founder, Michael Gordon, as the firm prepares for an eventual generational change.

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Apple removes app after MyEtherWallet complaint

(Reuters) - IPhone maker Apple Inc said on Monday it had removed a paid iOS application from its App Store after MyEtherWallet, a free service for storing digital currencies, complained that the program was improperly using its name.

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SEC halts initial coin offering from restaurant review app

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped in to stop an "initial coin offering" (ICO) from a restaurant review app, after the company failed to register it as a security.

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U.S. tech firm settles probe of Russian work on defense project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Netcracker Technology Corp will not face criminal charges for allowing Russian nationals without security clearance to work on a U.S. defense project after it agreed to adopt enhanced cyber security measures, authorities said on Monday.

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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

SAN FRANSICO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc's $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker.

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U.S. videogame makers may trounce sales estimates again

(Reuters) - Tepid holiday sales forecasts from two of the three major U.S. videogame producers have not dampened investors' confidence in one of the past decade's major stock market success stories for a simple reason: they almost always beat them.

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday that NXP Semiconductors NV is worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, more than the $110 Qualcomm Inc has offered to buy the company.

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Chinese electric car maker to put 'Weltmeister' on road next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - WM Motor Technology Co, one of a new breed of Chinese electric car companies, will use its company name "Weltmeister" as its brand and plans to start taking orders for its first product, a sport-utility vehicle, from April.

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EU must look at regulating bitcoin, ECB's Nowotny says

VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union needs to consider regulating bitcoin, European Central Bank ratesetter Ewald Nowotny said on Monday, citing the risk of money laundering.

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Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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India's Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's main opposition party Congress on Monday appointed Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country's most fabled political dynasty, as its president, the party announced.

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Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts so it can expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, but the government is unlikely to accede, people familiar with the matter said.

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Nokia's COO quits after eight months in the job

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia said its chief operating officer will leave the telecom network equipment maker, which is struggling in the face of a shrinking market and tough competition, after just eight months in the job.

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China Telecom earmarked as Philippines' 3rd telecoms player: Manila officials

MANILA (Reuters) - State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines' third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services.

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Mubadala has done 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of the Softbank fund

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's state investor, Mubadala [MUDEV.UL], has made 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of a partnership with Softbank Group, deputy group CEO, Waleed al-Muhairi, told a conference in Abu Dhabi.

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world's largest cryptocurrency even as critics warn of the risk of a bubble and price collapse.

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China Telecom earmarked as the Philippines' third telecoms player

MANILA (Reuters) - State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines' third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services.

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VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany: Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany - Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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France to allow blockchain for trading unlisted securities

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government opened the way on Friday for trading unlisted securities using blockchain digital ledgers with the adoption of new rules aimed at improving Paris' image as a center for financial innovation.

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BRIEF-Toyota Announces Executive Leadership Appointments In North America

* TOYOTA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS IN NORTH AMERICA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Spotify and Tencent Music to buy stakes in each other

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify and the music arm of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy minority stakes in each other ahead of the Swedish firm's expected stock market listing next year, the companies said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Westmoreland Resource Partners Appoints Michael Hutchinson As Interim Chief Executive Officer

* WESTMORELAND RESOURCE PARTNERS LP SAYS ON DEC 5, BOARD APPOINTED MICHAEL HUTCHINSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2kChp5Y Further company coverage:

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NiceHash says attacked probably from non-EU IP address

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash, which lost about $64 million worth of bitcoin in a hack on its payment system on Wednesday, said the attack was probably made from a non-EU IP address.

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Ericsson may make Digital goodwill impairment after revamp

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Ericsson said on Friday it may have to book a goodwill impairment in its struggling digital services and media businesses, potentially hitting the Swedish mobile network equipment maker's operating income but not its cashflow.

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BRIEF-India's City Union Bank Says Mastercard Reported Improper Debit Card Transactions To Co

* SAYS MASTERCARD RECENTLY REPORTED TO CO CERTAIN SET OF IMPROPER DEBIT CARD TRANSACTIONS

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SoftBank to invest $300 million in food delivery firm DoorDash: Recode

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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YouTube to launch music subscription service next year: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Spark NZ expects to roll out 5G in next few years

(Reuters) - New Zealand telecommunications company Spark New Zealand said on Friday its plans for a fifth-generation network (5G) are progressing well and it expects to roll it out within the "next few years."

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France's Ubisoft delays three releases, back catalog sales remain strong

(Reuters) - French video game producer Ubisoft said on Thursday it was delaying the release of three games and lowering its 2017/18 sales goals while raising its targeted profit margin.

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Deutsche Bank says more regulation of cryptocurrencies needed

BERLIN (Reuters) - More regulation and some degree of security are needed to make cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin a serious new asset class for investors, Deutsche Bank Chief Investment Officer Christian Nolting said.

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Chinese investor further raises stake in Dialog Semi to 8.15 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has further raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor, buying into share price weakness triggered by fears the Anglo-German firm could lose its top customer Apple Inc.

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Ubisoft delays three releases, lowers 2017/2018 sales outlook

(Reuters) - French video game producer Ubisoft said on Thursday it was delaying the release of three games and lowering its 2017/18 sales outlook.

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Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside its hugely popular WhatsApp and Messenger.

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Silicon Valley meets 'Flash Boys' on new corporate listings program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new would-be stock exchange based in Silicon Valley is teaming up with IEX Group, the newest U.S. stock exchange and focus of author Michael Lewis's book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," on a corporate listings program, the company said on Thursday.

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Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Microsoft, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - (In this version of the Nov. 28 story IOTA corrects partners in the project to remove reference to Cisco in headline and first paragraph and Huawei in fifth paragraph, include Microsoft in headline and text. IOTA clarified that the error was due to the fact that it co-founded the Trusted IoT Alliance with Cisco.)

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Orange's boss Richard promises investors more of the same

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Orange's boss Stephane Richard told investors on Thursday he will stick with plans to invest heavily in upgrading networks rather than content as he bids for a third term to lead France's biggest telecoms operator.

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BlackBerry, Qualcomm expand partnership to connected automotive

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd and Qualcomm Inc are expanding their partnership to tap the fast-growing connected automotive market, the companies said on Thursday.

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Russia calls on OSCE states to ramp up cyber security efforts

VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister called on Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries to strengthen efforts to ensure the safety of the internet on Thursday.

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India's Modi fights to protect home base in election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the final phase of campaigning on Thursday to retain power in his home state and stave off the most serious challenge yet from a combined opposition.

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Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

(Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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VW executive gets seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-VW executive gets 7 years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Volkswagen Mexico executive sees scope to boost NAFTA auto content

LEON, Mexico, Dec 6 (Reuters) - An executive at carmaker Volkswagen's Mexico unit said on Wednesday there is room to boost regional tariff-free content for autos made in North America, a central plank of the Trump administration's plan to overhaul NAFTA.

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ASX selects distributed ledger technology to replace CHESS

(Reuters) - Australia's main bourse ASX Ltd on Thursday said it would replace its existing technology used to record shareholdings and manage the clearing and settlement of equity transactions in Australia, with blockchain developed by its technology partner Digital Asset (DA).

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Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us puts aside $16 million for executive bonuses

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Israeli firm's spyware used against Ethiopian dissidents: Canadian group

TORONTO/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Surveillance software from Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd was used in an espionage campaign targeting Ethiopian dissidents living outside the East African nation, a Canadian research institute said on Wednesday.

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Researchers say Ethiopia used Elbit products to spy on dissidents

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli defense company Elbit Systems' shares fell 1.7 percent in premarket Nasdaq trade after researchers claimed Ethiopia used products made by its Cyberbit unit to spy on dissidents.

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Volkswagen executive faces sentencing in U.S. emissions fraud case

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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High tech, high finance and high times for U.S. pot industry

(Reuters) - Two years ago, Alan Gertner was head of Google's Asia-Pacific sales team in Singapore, handling more than $100 million in business.

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Farming startup Indigo raises $203 million with help from Dubai fund

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Farming technology startup Indigo has raised more than $200 million from investors to fund its efforts to reform how crops including wheat, soybeans, cotton and corn are grown around the world.

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Ireland says yet to agree exact date for Apple to start transferring tax funds

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland expects Apple to start paying up to 13 billion euros ($15.36 billion) in back taxes into an escrow account once it is set up at the end of January, but an exact date has yet to be agreed.

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Singapore drone frees your fingers to take photos

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As more people shoot pictures and videos from consumer drones, researchers in Singapore have found a way round the frustrating task of framing and taking photos while manually piloting the craft. 

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Apple's Cook optimistic that apps pulled in China will be back

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U.S. tech giant's Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday.

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EU executive to propose deeper euro zone integration to unite EU on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose on Wednesday deeper euro zone integration that would help unite the broader European Union rather than just the single currency area.

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself: analysts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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BRIEF-American Media Says Dylan Howard Has "Full Support Of AMI And Its Executives"

* AMERICAN MEDIA SAYS DYLAN HOWARD HAS "FULL SUPPORT OF AMI AND ITS EXECUTIVES" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

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Xunlei tumbles as cryptocurrency worries swirl

(Reuters) - Shares in Chinese technology company Xunlei Ltd sank 12 percent on Tuesday, taking falls in the stock past 40 percent in two weeks as investors debated whether the company is set to benefit or suffer from a boom in cryptocurrency stock plays.

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Wal-Mart to integrate physical, online units in Brazil

(Reuters) - The Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to integrate its physical retail and e-commerce activities, as well as expand its so-called online marketplace operations, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.

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Dish Network founder steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Charlie Ergen has stepped down to devote more time to the company's emerging wireless business.

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Bitcoin hits new record high of $11,850

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin powered to a record high of $11,850 on Tuesday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the start of the year.

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International police operation shuts down 'Andromeda' malware system

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as "Andromeda" or "Gamarue" that infected more than 2 million computers globally, Europol said on Tuesday.

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'Smart bags' may not fly if battery cannot be removed

GENEVA (Reuters) - "Smart suitcases" may be able to charge mobile phones or be easily found if misplaced, but unless their battery can be removed they risk being sent packing by the world's airlines.

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Exclusive: More Chinese lenders plan to pursue RCom in insolvency court - sources

HONG KONG/MUMBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two major Chinese lenders plan to support a move by China Development Bank to put Indian wireless carrier Reliance Communications (RCom) into insolvency court as they seek to recover about $2 billion in debt, said three people with knowledge of the matter.

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iPhone market share slips in October-quarter: research firm

(Reuters) - The market share of Apple Inc's iPhone declined in key regions in the three months ended October, hurt by the unavailability of the iPhone X during that time, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said on Tuesday.

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Chinese investor increases stake in Dialog Semi to over 7 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's top state silicon chipmaker has indirectly raised its stake in Dialog Semiconductor , whose share price has plummeted on signs it could lose its top customer Apple Inc .

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Chinese investor lifts stake in Dialog Semi to over 7 percent

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An investment vehicle owned by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd, China's top state silicon chipmaker, has raised its stake in Anglo-German Dialog Semiconductor to 7.15 percent, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

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Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm took its first orders on Tuesday, ending the suspense over its opening date and sending retail stocks higher amid complaints of limited product range and uncompetitive prices on the U.S. e-commerce platform.

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Nissan, DeNA schedule public tests of self-driving car service in Japan next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co and Japanese gaming software maker DeNA Co said on Tuesday they would begin public tests of their self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year.

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UPDATE 4-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc said on Monday their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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U.S. SEC's cyber unit files charges in alleged initial coin offering fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday its newly created cyber unit had filed its first charges against an "initial coin offering" (ICO), alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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Toyota will decide on new U.S. plant location in early 2018: executive

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp should decide by the first quarter of 2018 on a location for a new U.S. vehicle assembly plant it will build with Mazda Motor Corp , the head of Toyota's North American operations said on Monday.

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NY attorney general asks for net neutrality vote to be put off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York's attorney general urged the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote rolling back net neutrality rules because of the large number of fake comments submitted to the agency on the issue.

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Siemens, Brazilian prosecutors eyeing settlement over bribery lawsuit: newspaper

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German industrial group Siemens AG is negotiating a settlement worth more than 1 billion reais ($307 million) with Brazilian state prosecutors over a civil case related to probes into whether bribes were paid to win train contracts, according to a Monday newspaper report.

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BRIEF-Vital Therapies Appoints Russell J. Cox As Chief Executive Officer And Board Member

* VITAL THERAPIES APPOINTS RUSSELL J. COX AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND BOARD MEMBER EFFECTIVE JANUARY 3, 2018

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Amid rising discounts, Nissan seeks 'fair share' of pie in U.S.: executive

DETROIT (Reuters) - Facing a glut of late-model 2017 vehicles and rising consumer discounts by competitors, Nissan Motor Co Ltd will continue to target a "fair share of the pie" with big discounts of its own, the automaker's U.S. sales chief said on Monday.

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UPDATE 3-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc on Monday said their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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Self-driving costs could drop 90 percent by 2025, Delphi CEO says

DETROIT (Reuters) - Delphi Automotive Plc, which is changing its name to Aptiv Inc, wants to cut the cost of self-driving cars by more than 90 percent to around $5,000 by 2025, according to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Clark.

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Micro-lender China Rapid Finance spots opportunity in new rules

BEIJING (Reuters) - China Rapid Finance will make any adjustments needed to its business practices and the fees it charges in response to Bejing's new requirements to clean up fast-growing online micro-lenders, its chief executive Zane Wang said on Monday.

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Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday rolled out Messenger Kids, an app that lets the world's biggest social media company expand into a so-far untapped market of kids under 13 while also giving parents complete control over what their children see.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal to skeptical Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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UPDATE 2-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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Chipmaker Dialog plunges further on fears Apple could go it alone

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Shares in Dialog Semiconductor dropped as much as 23 percent on Monday after the company acknowledged for the first time that top customer Apple could develop its own battery-saving chips used in iPhones.

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SEC's cyber unit files charges in alleged initial coin offering fraud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday its newly created cyber unit had filed its first charges against an "initial coin offering" (ICO), alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal with eye on savings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company.

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Direct Line offers 5-percent Tesla 'auto-pilot' incentive

(Reuters) - Britain's largest motor insurer Direct Line is offering Tesla Inc drivers in Britain a 5-percent discount for switching on the car's autopilot system, seeking to encourage use of a system it hopes will cut down on accidents.

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CVS, Aetna executives expect to save by reducing redundancy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the merits of the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company as well as benefits for consumers.

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SEC's Cyber Unit files first charges, alleges fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said its new Cyber Unit has filed its first charges, alleging that a privately held company called PlexCorps and its top two officials had defrauded investors.

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Facebook opens new London hub, to create 800 UK jobs

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook opened its new London office on Monday and said it would add another 800 jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

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UPDATE 1-Growth, healing: New CEO faces twin tests at India's Infosys

MUMBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Investors on Monday cheered the appointment of Infosys Ltd's new chief executive, in hopes the Indian IT services firm can move past a costly boardroom spat, though questions remain over how the new boss will navigate strained corporate ties internally.

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China think tank calls for 'democratic' internet governance

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China ranks fifth among 38 nations globally in standards of cyber governance, a top state-backed internet think tank said on Monday, calling for a 'democratic' internet governance system to eradicate inequalities it said marginalized developing nations.

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Growth, healing: New CEO faces twin tests at India's Infosys

MUMBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - After well over a decade with Capgemini, Salil Parekh is returning home to head unsettled Indian software services firm Infosys, where he will seek to replicate his success in notching up record growth at the divisions he ran.

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TIM's board to discuss network options this week: source

MILAN (Reuters) - The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) will this week discuss options for its fixed-line network, including possibly splitting it off, although no decision is expected to be made, a source close to the company said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Volkswagen 'misused' me, accused executive tells judge

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt, who is due to be sentenced this week in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, has written to the judge to say he feels "misused" by the German company.

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Volkswagen 'misused' me, accused executive tells judge

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt, who is due to be sentenced this week in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, has written to the judge to say he feels "misused" by the German company, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings.

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For security agencies, blockchain goes from suspect to potential solution

(Reuters) - Police and security agencies have so far only taken an interest in blockchain - the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin - for tracking criminals hiding illegal money from banks.

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China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key to the development of the internet.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO says in talks with Hyundai on tech partnership

ARESE, Italy (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with South Korea's Hyundai about a technical partnership, but there are no merger talks between the two, FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday.

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India's Infosys taps Capgemini executive Parekh as CEO

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job for a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and forging peace between its founders and board following a public spat.

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India's Infosys appoints outsider Parekh as CEO

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys, India's No.2 IT services company, named Salil S Parekh as chief executive on Saturday, picking an outsider for the job a second time and handing him the twin challenges of reviving growth and making peace between its founders and board.

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After Firing Matt Lauer, NBC Executives Move to Control the Damage

As competitors raised questions, the NBC News chairman and the news division president worked to reassure staff members about the handling of the scandal.

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UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian software

(Reuters) - Britain's main cyber security agency on Friday warned British government agencies to avoid using anti-virus software from Russian companies, the latest in a series of moves targeting Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab.

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UK bans Kaspersky software from departments responsible for national security: FT

(Reuters) - The British government has banned its departments responsible for national security from using software made by Russia's Kaspersky Labs, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing a letter sent to government officials. http://on.ft.com/2BuuWPU

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

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UPDATE 2-Icahn steps up attack on SandRidge, seeks executive pay records

HOUSTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn has stepped up his attack on SandRidge Energy Inc's proposal to buy a rival oil-and-gas producer, taking aim at the company's top executives and calling for a release of records on the deal and executive pay, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.

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Samsung to chase big M&A deals on three fronts, says strategy chief

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics' $8 billion purchase of automotive and audio electronics company Harman has given the technology conglomerate confidence to chase more big deals, its strategy chief said on Friday.

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Intesa CEO warns of Bitcoin 'bubble', urges global regulation: TV

MILAN (Reuters) - The head of Italy's top retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo joined a growing chorus of Bitcoin critics, calling the wild gyrations in the price of the cryptocurrency a speculative bubble and saying global regulatory scrutiny was essential.

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Uber security executives depart after CEO criticizes practices

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two of Uber Technologies Inc's most senior remaining security executives resigned on Friday and another took medical leave after the company's new chief executive officer criticized past practices, a source familiar with the situation said.

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U.S. regulator to allow CME, CBOE to list bitcoin futures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives regulator said on Friday it would allow CME Group Inc and CBOE Global Markets Inc to list bitcoin futures, after the rival bourses showed their proposed contracts and trading arrangements met necessary requirements.

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'Clash of Clans' maker Supercell banks on few games

HELSINKI (Reuters) - "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell will focus on a few mobile games and kill off those which it does not expect to become a top-10 global hit, its chief executive said on Friday.

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India's Wipro faces lawsuit from National Grid US

(Reuters) - Wipro Ltd , India's No.3 software exporter, said on Friday that it would challenge a lawsuit filed by National Grid US seeking damages of over $140 million related to a project that dates back to 2009.

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Tencent Music, Spotify in talks to swap stakes: WSJ

(Reuters) - The music group of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd and Sweden's Spotify AB are in talks to swap stakes up to 10 percent in each other's businesses ahead of their expected public listings next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

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WhatsApp service resumes after worldwide outage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular messaging app WhatsApp said on Thursday that users around the world had been unable to access its service for a brief period, but that access for its 1 billion daily users had since resumed.

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'Bomb on board' wi-fi network causes Turkish Airlines flight to be diverted

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Istanbul was diverted after the detection of a wi-fi network called "bomb on board" that alarmed the passengers, the airline said on Thursday.

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Juniper shares drop after Nokia denies takeover chatter

(Reuters) - Shares of Juniper Networks Inc fell 8 percent in pre-market trade on Thursday after Finland's Nokia denied reports that it was in talks to buy the U.S. network gear maker.

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Spotify investor favors spring listing

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Venture Capital firm Northzone, one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify, would like to see the music streaming company's flotation in the spring, depending on market sentiment, one of its partners said on Thursday.

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Executive who drove Uber's international expansion leaves

LONDON (Reuters) - Jambu Palaniappan, a driving force in the rapid international expansion of ride-hailing pioneer Uber, said on Thursday he was leaving to join a venture capital firm, the latest in more than a dozen top executive departures this year.

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NATO mulls 'offensive defense' with cyber warfare rules

TARTU, Estonia (Reuters) - A group of NATO allies are considering a more muscular response to state-sponsored computer hackers that could involve using cyber attacks to bring down enemy networks, officials said.

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Europe draws in nearly half of funds raised via initial coin offerings: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly half of the cash that has poured into newly issued cryptocurrencies in recent years has been raised in Europe, research published on Thursday showed.

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Facebook to eliminate transaction fees on donations on its platform

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has eliminated transaction fees on donations made to non-profit organizations on its platform, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, a change that could help the world's largest social media network expand its presence in online fund raising.