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Alaska oil companies settle dispute over Trans-Alaska Pipeline tariff charges

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The state of Alaska will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement with oil companies over the value of North Slope crude oil shipped through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAP), officials announced.

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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.

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Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A network of electric aircraft Uber Technologies Inc is developing with Embraer SA is likely to launch commercially in 2024, the Brazilian planemaker's chief executive said on Friday, adding a year to the latest forecast from the ride-hailing company.

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U.S. lawmaker probed on sex reports, second congressman denies charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it had begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, and a second lawmaker denied a former aide's allegations of sexual misconduct.

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Closings Of Senior Secured Notes Offering And Term Loan Facility

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CLOSINGS OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND TERM LOAN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.

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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Attorney General Sessions notes FBI bias charges, defends agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday the Justice Department "will take seriously concerns that have been expressed" about bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but defended the agency against suggestions it was dysfunctional.

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Blockchain consortium Hyperledger loses members, funding: documents

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 15 members of blockchain consortium Hyperledger have either cut their financial support for the project or quit the group over the past few months, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.

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BRIEF-Verifone Systems Unit Enters Asset Purchase Agreement With Curb Technologies

* VERIFONE SYSTEMS SAYS ON DEC 11, UNIT ENTERED INTO ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CURB TECHNOLOGIES - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Maxar Technologies Says Unit Signed 4 Contracts With Canadian Space Agency

* MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UNIT SIGNED 4 CONTRACTS WITH CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY WITH A TOTAL VALUE AT ABOUT C$53.75 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EU agrees stricter bitcoin rules against money laundering, terrorist financing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing on bitcoin platforms on Friday.

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After U.S. decision, France says will continue to defend net neutrality

PARIS (Reuters) - France will continue to defend "net neutrality" irrespective of what other countries may do, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, after a United States commission voted to ditch rules on the issue.

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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business.

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Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 bln

LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business. ($1 = 0.8498 euros) (Reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy Corp Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering; Size Not Disclosed

* ALLIANT ENERGY CORP FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF OFFERING; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: [ID: http://bit.ly/2jYvF5S Further company coverage:

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Amazon to pay 100 million euros to settle Italy tax dispute

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's tax authority said on Friday it had reached an agreement with e-commerce giant Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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Battery suppliers struggle to keep up with demand for Porsche's Panamera

LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) - Battery suppliers are struggling to cope with buoyant demand for Porsche's Panamera hybrid sedan, the sports car maker told Reuters, in a sign parent Volkswagen's shift to cleaner vehicles may be paying off, but also of the challenges involved.

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BRIEF-Kingold Jewelry Inc's Unit Enters Trust Loan Agreement

* SAYS ON DEC 1, CO'S UNIT ENTERED INTO A TRUST LOAN AGREEMENT OF RMB 1 BILLION WITH ZHESHANG JINHUI TRUST

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UK watchdog to take closer look at initial coin offerings

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will step up its scrutiny of the initial coin offering (ICO) market to see if new rules are needed to protect investors after issuing an alert in September.

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Suspected North Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities.

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Suspected N. Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers

FRANKFURT, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities.

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Regulator slaps conditions on D.Telekom all-you-can-watch video product

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's regulator ordered Deutsche Telekom on Friday to offer an all-you-can-watch video product on the same terms throughout the European Union, in a decision the company slammed as "incomprehensible", saying it would appeal.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares limp toward third week of gains, Bitcoin roars to new high

* Wall Street set to rebound after concerns about U.S. tax reforms

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Amazon to pay 100 million euros to settle Italy tax dispute: statement

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's inland revenue service said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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Danish central bank says 'no' to e-crown

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Introducing a digital version of the Danish crown currency would pose risks to financial stability without improving payment solutions for Danes, the central bank said on Friday.

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Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

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Siemens buys Fast Track Diagnostics to boost molecular offering

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens said it has agreed to buy Luxembourg-based Fast Track Diagnostics to boost its molecular-testing offering, one of the areas it is keen to expand as it prepares to float its healthcare unit, Healthineers.

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SAP says one-off item to reduce 2017 tax bill

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software group SAP SE said on Friday lowered the forecast for its expected effective tax rate in 2017 to reflect the impact of an intra-group transfer of intellectual property rights.

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Luxembourg challenges EU order to recover tax from Amazon

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg is challenging a European Union order to recover about 250 million euros ($295 million) in back taxes from Amazon, saying it disagreed with EU state aid regulators' decision that the U.S. online retailer had received special treatment.

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Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of just over $17,750 on Friday, up 8 percent on the day, as concerns grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.

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BRIEF-Jeld-Wen Says Co, Units Entered Into Amendment To Term Loan Credit Agreement

* JELD-WEN SAYS ON DEC 14, CO, UNITS ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO TERM LOAN CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Trovagene Prices $4.5 Million Public Offering

* PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF 15 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK, COMMON WARRANTS TO PURCHASE UP TO 15 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

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Siemens partners with Amazon as it ramps up industrial software platform

MUNICH (Reuters) - Siemens is partnering with Amazon as it accelerates the rollout of its MindSphere industrial software platform, the core of its bid to dominate the market in digital factory automation.

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Transneft says its computers were used for mining cryptocurrency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Computers at Transneft have been used for the unauthorized manufacture, or "mining", of the cryptocurrency Monero, a vice-president of the Russian pipeline operator said.

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Banco do Brasil unit keeps Neoenergia stake after failed IPO

SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - BB Banco de Investimento SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of state-run Banco do Brasil, will keep its 9.35 percent ownership of electricity company Neoenergia SA after the utility canceled plans for an initial public offering, the bank said in a securities filing late on Thursday.

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South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.

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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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UPDATE 1-China regulators start antitrust review of Toshiba chip unit sale -report

* Formal anti-trust review process in China can take 180 days

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BRIEF-Byte Power Group's ‍Unit Enters Into Heads Of Agreement With Synstream Energy

* ‍ UNIT ENTERS INTO HEADS OF AGREEMENT WITH SYNSTREAM ENERGY CORP TO BE ICO ADVISOR TO SYNSTREAM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Humana Prices $800 Million Debt Offering

* ‍SENIOR NOTES ARE COMPRISED OF $400 MILLION OF COMPANY'S 2.900 PERCENT SENIOR NOTES, DUE 2022, AT 99.830 PERCENT OF PRINCIPAL AMOUNT​

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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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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Pricing Of Private $70 Mln Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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Argentina's YPF to sell 25 pct of electricity unit to GE -source

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Argentina's state-owned oil company YPF SA will sell a 25 percent stake in its electricity generation unit to U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co, a source close to the deal told Reuters on Thursday.

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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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BRIEF-CBOE Data Shop Plans To Add FX Offerings, Spot & Futures Bitcoin Data

* CBOE DATA SHOP PLANS TO ADD FX OFFERINGS, SPOT AND FUTURES BITCOIN DATA

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U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas

GENEVA (Reuters) - A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad's government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

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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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Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

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Trump supports deal for Disney to acquire Fox film, TV units -White House

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump backs the deal that Walt Disney Co has struck to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

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UPDATE 1-Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit -sources

* Perrigo to submit non-binding offer for Merck KGaA's OTC unit

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DaVita unit to pay $63.7 million to resolve U.S. billing probe

Dec 14 (Reuters) - A pharmacy services unit of DaVita Inc has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed federal healthcare programs for medications and paid illegal financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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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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BRIEF-Lonestar Resources US Announces Offering Of Senior Unsecured Notes

* LONESTAR RESOURCES US INC. ANNOUNCES OFFERING OF SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES

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Perrigo preparing non-binding bid for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters on Thursday, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

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Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world's largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

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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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BRIEF-Dicerna Announces Pricing Of Follow-On Public Offering Of Common Stock

* DICERNA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF FOLLOW-ON PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-SunCoke Energy Partners Announces Commencement Of Private $70 Million Debt Offering

* SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF PRIVATE $70 MILLION DEBT OFFERING

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A poor Kentucky community remains hopeful

One year into Trump's presidency, CNN's Poppy Harlow returns to Beattyville, Kentucky, where more than half of the residents live in poverty. They're still hopeful the President will help their Appalachian community, but are not waiting on Washington to bring change.

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BRIEF-Vuzix Announces $12,500,000 Registered Direct Offering

* VUZIX CORP- ENTRY INTO AGREEMENTS RELATING TO SALE OF 2.1 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK AT AN OFFERING PRICE OF $6.05 PER SHARE

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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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BRIEF-OneMain Holdings Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK BY AN AFFILIATE OF FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC

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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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BRIEF-Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd Announces 6.75 Pct Senior Unsecured Note Offering

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd:

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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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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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BRIEF-Bristow Group Announces Pricing Of Convertible Senior Notes Offering

* BRISTOW GROUP ANNOUNCES PRICING OF CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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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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BRIEF-Independent Bank Group, Inc. Announces Pricing Of Subordinated Notes Offering

* INDEPENDENT BANK GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SUBORDINATED NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Proteostasis Therapeutics Prices Public Offering Of 8 Mln Shares At $5/Share

* PROTEOSTASIS THERAPEUTICS PRICES PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision plans to list unit's shares in Shanghai

TAIPEI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it planned to list shares of a subsidiary in Shanghai.

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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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BRIEF-Vornado Announces Public Offering Of $450 Mln 3.5 Pct 7-Year Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2025

* VORNADO ANNOUNCES PUBLIC OFFERING OF $450 MILLION 3.5% 7-YEAR SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION ITS $450 MILLION 2.5% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2019 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION THE REMAINING $120 MILLION OF ITS 6.625% SERIES I CUMULAT

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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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CORRECTED-BRIEF-Hines Global REIT II Makes Second Public Offering Of Up To $2.50 Bln In Shares Of Its Stock

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Hines Global Reit II: HINES GLOBAL REIT II SAYS MAKING A SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF UP TO $2.50 BILLION IN SHARES OF ITS STOCK- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Chesapeake Utilities Says Unit Filed With FERC Uncontested Settlement Agreement

* CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES - UNIT FILED WITH FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION UNCONTESTED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT RATE CASE PROCEEDING

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BRIEF-First Industrial Realty Trust To Issue $300 Mln Notes In Private Offering

* FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST TO ISSUE $300 MILLION OF UNSECURED NOTES IN A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Fed chair warns: You could 'lose a lot of money' on bitcoin

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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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Senior justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers' charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.

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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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Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, face official secrets charges

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

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BRIEF-Interactive Brokers to Accept Orders For Short Sales Of CFE Bitcoin Futures

* WILL NOW ACCEPT ORDERS FOR SHORT SALES OF CBOE FUTURES EXCHANGE BITCOIN FUTURES

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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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Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds.

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PDVSA bonds initially valued at 19.25 cents at CDS auction

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (IFR) - Bonds of Venezuela's PDVSA were valued at 19.25 cents on the dollar in the first stage of an auction Wednesday to determine the payout on credit default swaps tied to the state-owned oil company.

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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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Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

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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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Nigerian court drops most asset declaration charges against Senate president

(This version of the December 12th story corrects headline and paragraph one to remove references to corruption)

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Motor racing: Concerned Formula One drivers put on united front

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One drivers, including Britain's four times world champion Lewis Hamilton, have shown rare unanimity by all signing up for their union amid concern for the sport's future direction.

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Announces Pricing Of $60 Mln Public Offering

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $60 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-TD Ameritrade Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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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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UPDATE 1-Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco, helping it cut its debt by 41.4 million pounds.

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Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco for about 47.7 million pounds ($63.55 million).

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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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Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in

* Japanese traders said to account for up to half of bitcoin trade

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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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BRIEF-Blueprint Medicines Prices Public Offering Of 3.70 Mln Shares At $81.00/Share

* BLUEPRINT MEDICINES ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

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Terror Suspects Become Ammunition in War Over Immigration

Two men accused of recent attacks in New York both came to the country through visa programs that the Trump administration wants to end.

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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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Shareholders in Brazil´s Sanepar raise $302 mln with share offering

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian water and sanitation utility Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná priced its secondary share offering at 55.20 reais per unit, the company said in a securities filing late on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Bluebird Bio Prices Public Offering Of 3.2 Mln Shares At $185/Share

* BLUEBIRD BIO ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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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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BRIEF-Iron Mountain Incorporated Prices Debt Offering

* IRON MOUNTAIN- ‍PRICED AN OFFERING BY WAY OF A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF A TOTAL OF $825 MILLION IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF ITS 5.25% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028​

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Says Net Proceeds Of Increased Public Offering Will Be About $48.5 Mln

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION PRICES AN INCREASED PUBLIC OFFERING OF $50,000,000 - 5.95% NOTES DUE 2022

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BRIEF-Iron Mountain Says Public Offering Of 14.5 Mln Common Shares Priced At $37 Per Share

* SAYS PUBLIC OFFERING OF 14.5 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $37.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-SmartFinancial Inc To Acquire Southern Community Bank

* SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. TO ACQUIRE TULLAHOMA, TN-BASED SOUTHERN COMMUNITY BANK

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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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BRIEF-ESSA Pharma announces overnight marketed equity offering

* ESSA PHARMA - TO USE NET PROCEEDS OF OFFERING PRIMARILY TO CONTINUE ONGOING PRECLINICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CO'S ANITEN COMPOUNDS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Td Ameritrade Announces Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE HOLDING CORP - UNDERWRITTEN SECONDARY OFFERING A TOTAL OF 27.7 MILLION SHARES OF COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Hines Global Makes Second Public Offering Of Up To $2.50 Bln In Shares Of Its Stock

* HINES GLOBAL REIT SAYS MAKING A SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF UP TO $2.50 BILLION IN SHARES OF ITS STOCK- SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AeIqiE] Further company coverage:

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Looking to sell bitcoin? It's complicated

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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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The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

Our columnist predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin, then a new digital currency, would soon die. He points to five assumptions he got wrong.

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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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Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.

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BRIEF-Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

* MASON GRAPHITE ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces First Offerings Of Multi Pcs Backed By Tax-Exempt Loans

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES FIRST OFFERINGS OF MULTI PCS BACKED BY TAX-EXEMPT LOANS

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BRIEF-Par Pacific Holdings Announces Pricing Of Senior Secured Notes Offering

* PAR PACIFIC HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING

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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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U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

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BRIEF-Sistema says it Received Legal Claim Filed By Rosneft, Pjsoc Bashneft Seeking Damages From Co, Units for Rub 131.64 Bln‍​

* SISTEMA -RECEIVED LEGAL CLAIM FILED BY ROSNEFT AND PJSOC BASHNEFT SEEKING DAMAGES FROM CO, UNITS JSC SISTEMA-INVEST IN THE AMOUNT OF RUB 131.64 BLN‍​

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GRAPHIC-Bitcoin euphoria puts other retail bets in shade

Dec 12 (Reuters) - If you wondered why 18-year old twitterati and seasoned speculative traders alike have bet on bitcoin's surge towards $20,000 this week, look no further than the comparison with the past year's new stock exchange floatations.

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Mexico government bans Odebrecht unit from public contracts for 4 yrs

MEXICO CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Mexican government has banned an affiliate of construction company Odebrecht from bidding for federal public contracts for four years, in an investigation stemming from the bribery scandal that has engulfed the Brazil-based builder.

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Louis Dreyfus to sell Australian fertiliser unit to Agrium

PARIS/WINNIPEG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Global commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Company has agreed to sell its fertiliser business to Canada's Agrium Inc. as it continues an overhaul in response to tough agricultural markets.

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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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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Announces Offering Of Notes

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP- TO USE NET PROCEEDS FROM OFFERING TO REPAY OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS UNDER EXISTING CREDIT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife.

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BRIEF-Transeastern Power Trust Announces $40 Mln Private Placement Offering, Debt Recapitalization

* TRANSEASTERN POWER TRUST ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING, DEBT RECAPITALIZATION AND PROPOSED CHANGE OF NAME TO BLOCKCHAIN POWER TRUST

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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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Bitcoin exchange Bithumb says 'right' regulations in South Korea would boost market

SEOUL (Reuters) - The Seoul-based operator of the world's busiest virtual currency exchange Bithumb said on Tuesday it will fully comply with potential regulations from the South Korean government and adequately capitalize itself to protect its clients.

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North Korea may be making a fortune from bitcoin mania

Speculators aren't the only ones cheering the runaway bitcoin boom -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may also be celebrating a windfall.

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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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Bitcoin slips to around $16,300, futures volumes drop

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin dipped slightly from the previous session's record highs on Tuesday, after a month of whirlwind and volatile gains leading up to the launch of bitcoin futures on the weekend.

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

BEIJING, Dec 12 (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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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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BRIEF-Cowen Prices Offering Of $120 Million 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2022

* COWEN PRICES OFFERING OF $120 MILLION 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2022

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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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BRIEF-GMS Announces Pricing Of Secondary Public Offering Of Common Stock

* GMS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Oasis Petroleum Inc Announces Pricing Of Public Offering Of Common Stock

* ‍ TOTAL GROSS PROCEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY $321.9 MILLION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Atos offers to buy Gemalto for 4.3 billion euros to boost cyber security services

PARIS (Reuters) - French technology consulting firm Atos offered to buy Gemalto for 4.3 billion euros ($5.06 billion) on Monday to boost its cyber security services as states and big corporations seek to cope with a growing number of attacks on the Internet worldwide.

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BRIEF-NCI Building Systems Announces Secondary Offering

* NCI BUILDING SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES SECONDARY OFFERING BY INVESTMENT FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH CLAYTON DUBILIER & RICE, LLC

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BRIEF-Santander Holdings Announces Pricing Of Private Offering Of Senior Notes

* SANTANDER HOLDINGS USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PRIVATE OFFERING OF SENIOR NOTES

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Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Jemima Kelly and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

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BRIEF-Bookrunner Says Detsky Mir Final Deal Size Expected To Be 46.5mm Shares in accelerated bookbuilt offering

* BLOCK TRADE - DETSKY MIR: BOOKRUNNER SAYS TRANSACTION EXPECTED TO PRICE AT RUB 90 PER SHARE; FINAL DEAL SIZE EXPECTED TO BE 46.5MM SHARES AT THIS PRICE‍​ Further company coverage:

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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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California wildfire rages, threatens communities

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 1,000 buildings and charred an area larger than New York City on Monday struggled to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.

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New bitcoin futures suggest breakneck price gains to slow

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Jemima Kelly and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

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UPDATE 7-New bitcoin futures suggest breakneck price gains to slow

* Futures indicate less heady growth to come (Adds comments, updates prices)

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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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U.S. fund firms make new push for bitcoin ETFs as futures debut

(Reuters) - Fund managers are racing to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on bitcoin after futures contracts based on the high-flying digital currency began trading on Sunday.

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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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Interactive Brokers launches bitcoin futures trading

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Electronic brokerage firm Interactive Brokers Group Inc said on Monday it has started allowing clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange.

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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.