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

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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.) [Source]

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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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BRIEF-Alaska Airlines Says Begins Nonstop Service Between San Francisco Airport And Kailua-Kona Airport

* ALASKA AIRLINES SAYS BEGINS NONSTOP SERVICE BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND KAILUA-KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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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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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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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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BRIEF-Cheetah Mobile To Incorporate Microsoft's Ai-Based Technologies And Services Into Cheetah Mobile's Product Matrix

* CHEETAH MOBILE INC - ANNOUNCED A COLLABORATION TO INCORPORATE MICROSOFT'S AI-BASED TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES INTO CHEETAH MOBILE'S PRODUCT MATRIX Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea

It was only the latest example of a public rift between the president and his chief diplomat over North Korea.

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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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Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

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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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UPDATE 5-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said.

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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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BRIEF-Moody's Says Apple, Microsoft To Drive Robust Earnings Growth For Global Diversified Technology Sector In 2018

* MOODY'S SAYS APPLE, MICROSOFT TO DRIVE ROBUST EARNINGS GROWTH FOR GLOBAL DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN 2018

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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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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, the mayor's office said in a statement that did not cite the cause of death.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65: local media

(Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, local media reported.

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Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Dies at 65

Mr. Lee was a civil rights lawyer who, in 2011, became the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of the city.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee died early Tuesday morning at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according to a statement from his office.

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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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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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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-Trico Bancshares Enters San Francisco Bay Area With Acquisition Of FNB Bancorp

* ENTERS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WITH ACQUISITION OF FNB BANCORP

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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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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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From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year.

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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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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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Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

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CNN Corrects a Trump Story, Fueling Claims of ‘Fake News’

The erroneous report involving Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks came at a time when the media faces public skepticism and frequent criticism from the White House.

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CNN corrects story on email to Trumps about WikiLeaks

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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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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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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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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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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Microsoft, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) - IOTA, an open-source blockchain network, has teamed up with some of the biggest global corporate names led by Microsoft, Volkswagen and Samsung Group to launch what is aimed to be a secure marketplace for data, IOTA co-founder David Sønstebø said on Tuesday.

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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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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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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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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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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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Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Southwest, Microsoft, Apple could benefit from tax plan - Barron's

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Tax cuts that passed the Senate early on Saturday could bolster the shares of Southwest Airlines , Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet , according to a report in financial publication Barron's.

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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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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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Pope visits Bangladesh orphans on last day of trip headlined by Rohingya crisis

DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis visited a home in Dhaka founded by Mother Teresa for orphans, unwed mothers and destitute elderly on Saturday as he wrapped up his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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ABC News corrects bombshell report that rattled stock market

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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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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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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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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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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in San Francisco, Trump slams verdict

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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Mexican immigrant acquitted in shooting death of woman in San Francisco: local media

(Reuters) - A jury acquitted a Mexican immigrant of murder and manslaughter charges on Thursday in the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its Twitter page.

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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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BRIEF-Microsoft Sets Quarterly Dividend Of $0.42/Share

* SETS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.42 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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.

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Amazon adopts open cloud technology as competition heats up

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday announced its adoption of Kubernetes, a popular open-source technology, in a sign of increased competition in the cloud computing business, which Amazon Web Services has long dominated.

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U.S. high court justices raise privacy worries in major cellphone case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Wednesday they may impose limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data from wireless providers to track the location of criminal suspects in a major test of privacy rights in the digital age.

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Supreme Court justices raise privacy concerns in major cellphone case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices raised concerns on Wednesday about the ability of police to obtain information on the past locations of criminal suspects using cellphone data from wireless providers without a warrant in a major test of privacy rights in the digital age.

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Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

BATH, England (Reuters) - From a poodle's strut to a basset hound's lolloping gait, scientists plan to capture the movements of different breeds to make on-screen animated dogs played by humans more authentic.

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Nasdaq to launch bitcoin futures contract in 2018: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq Inc plans to launch a futures contract based on bitcoin in 2018, making it the third U.S.-based exchange operator to plan derivatives contracts off of the notoriously volatile digital currency, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

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Over half of public comments to FCC on net neutrality appear fake: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than half of the 21.7 million public comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about net neutrality this year used temporary or duplicate email addresses and appeared to include false or misleading information, the Pew Research Center said on Wednesday.

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Taco truck halts GM autonomous car's cruise through city streets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A self-driving General Motors Co Bolt slowly drove more than two miles through crowded San Francisco streets in its media debut on Tuesday, but double-parked cars and orange traffic cones tripped up the computer driver, and a taco truck stumped the machine.

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Casino-Ocado deal could push Carrefour into Amazon's arms

PARIS (Reuters) - French supermarket chain Carrefour could be under pressure to do a deal with the likes of Amazon , after a deal between its French rival and a British online specialist threatened to leave it trailing behind in e-commerce.

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UK shipping firm Clarkson reports cyber attack

(Reuters) - British shipping services provider Clarkson Plc on Wednesday said it was the victim of a cyber security hack and warned that the person or persons behind the attack may release some data shortly.

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EU regulator spells out license guidelines to prevent patent wars

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission published patent licensing guidelines on Wednesday aimed at avoiding disputes such as those that have ensnared Qualcomm and Apple, while balancing the interests of patent holders and users.

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British shipping firm Clarkson reports cyber attack

(Reuters) - British shipping services provider Clarkson Plc said it was subject to a cyber security incident and warned that the person or persons behind the incident may release some data on Wednesday.

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U.S. Supreme Court weighs major digital privacy case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday takes up a major test of privacy rights in the digital age as it weighs whether police must obtain warrants to get data on the past locations of criminal suspects using cellphone data from wireless providers.

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Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case pleads guilty in U.S.

(Reuters) - A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts pleaded guilty on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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FCC's Pai, addressing net neutrality rules, calls Twitter biased

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, accused social media company Twitter Inc of being politically biased on Tuesday as he defended his plan to roll back rules intended to ensure a free and open internet.

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FCC's Pai, addressing internet rules, calls Twitter biased

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, accused social media company Twitter Inc of being politically biased on Tuesday as he defended his plan to roll back rules intended to ensure a free and open internet.

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U.S. regulator grants bitFlyer a virtual currency license

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) said on Tuesday it has granted a license to Tokyo-based bitFlyer, allowing the virtual currency exchange operator to launch in the United States.

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FCC Chairman Pai proposes rolling back net neutrality rules by three years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission's chairman said on Tuesday he is proposing rolling back "net neutrality" rules to where they were three years ago, a move he says will not damage online access, as critics have argued.

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Russian envoy to U.S. to inspect San Francisco consulate: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow's ambassador to the United States will inspect the Russian consulate in San Francisco, from which staff has been expelled, on a visit to California later this month, the Russian embassy to the United States said on Tuesday, according to the news agency RIA.

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Blockchain network IOTA teams up with Cisco, Volkswagen, others on data marketplace

NEW YORK (Reuters) - IOTA, an open-source blockchain network, has teamed up with some of the biggest global corporate names led by Cisco Systems Inc, Volkswagen AG, and Samsung Group to launch what is aimed to be a secure marketplace for data, IOTA co-founder David Sønstebø said on Tuesday.

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Kaspersky CEO says he would leave if Russia asked him to spy

LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has never been asked by Russian intelligence services to spy on targets in the West and the company's founder and the chief executive said he would move his company out of the country if he ever faced such a demand.

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Bitcoin exchange bitFlyer launches in U.S.

(Reuters) - Tokyo-based bitFlyer will launch a virtual currency exchange platform in the United States, the bitcoin exchange operator said on Tuesday.

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Dark web drug market growing rapidly in Europe: report

LISBON (Reuters) - The illegal drug trade on the dark web is growing rapidly, despite authorities shutting down major market sites like AlphaBay, as crime gangs diversify and seek new clients online, a report by two European Union agencies warned on Tuesday.

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ABB, HPE team up on industrial IT project

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss group ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have agreed a strategic partnership that combines their technologies to let customers harness industrial data to increase the efficiency and flexibility of operations.