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'Black Panther' Smashes Records With $218 Million at Holiday Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther" is heading for a super-heroic $218 million debut over the four-day President's Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday.

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Australia's PM in damage control as scandal undermines deputy

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brushed aside suggestions of a rift in his coalition government on Sunday, saying there were "no issues" between the Liberal and National parties in the wake of a sex scandal that has swamped Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

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Venezuela cryptocurrency to draw investment from Turkey, Qatar: official

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new "petro" cryptocurrency will attract investment from Turkey, Qatar, the United States and Europe, the country's cryptocurrency regulator, Carlos Vargas, told reporters on Friday.

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Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine of up to $125 million

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court threatened Facebook on Friday with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third-party websites.

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Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.

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WhatsApp to go ahead with 'full feature' money transfer service in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) - WhatsApp will launch a "full feature" inter-bank money transfer service in India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users, National Payments Corp of India said.

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Citigroup raises CEO Corbat's pay 48 percent to $23 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc raised Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat's annual compensation by 48 percent to $23 million for 2017, a year in which the bank made more money from operations but still fell short of earlier targets.

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BRIEF-Moleculin Announces Pricing Of $9 Million Registered Direct Offering

* MOLECULIN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $9 MILLION REGISTERED DIRECT OFFERING

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Hackers stole $6 million from Russian bank via SWIFT system: central bank

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - Unknown hackers stole 339.5 million roubles ($6 million) from a Russian bank last year in an attack using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the Russian central bank said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2- Under investor pressure, Danone eyes more profit growth in 2018

* Shares rise (Adds share reaction, analyst comment, details)

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Hackers stole $6 million in attack on SWIFT system, Russian central bank says

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - Unknown hackers stole 339.5 million rubles ($6 million) in an attack on the SWIFT international payments messaging system in Russia last year, the Russian central bank said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Avante announces quarterly ‍total revenues of $6.02 million

* AVANTE ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017

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White House blames Russia for 'reckless' NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.

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U.S. probe finds bitcoin mining operation interfered with broadband network

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday an investigation had found that a Brooklyn bitcoin mining operation interfered with T-Mobile US Inc's broadband network.

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Apple says working to fix Telugu script bug causing device crash

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday a bug in some versions of its operating systems is causing its devices to crash when a single character in Telugu, an Indian language, is sent to the device or typed in text editor.

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White House blames Russia for 'NotPetya cyber attack

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.

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BRIEF-Piper Jaffray Forms Middle-Market Debt Underwriting Vehicle

* PIPER JAFFRAY COMPANIES FORMS MIDDLE-MARKET DEBT UNDERWRITING VEHICLE WITH $1.0 BILLION OF EQUITY COMMITMENTS

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Amazon to pay $1.2 million in settlement over pesticide sales, U.S. says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will pay a $1.2 million penalty to settle nearly 4,000 alleged violations of U.S. law in a move to prevent harmful exposure to pesticides through illegal sales, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

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U.S. official: 'Would be surprised' if Russia doesn't face sanctions under new law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday she would be surprised if the United States doesn't at some point impose sanctions on Russian firms or entities covered by a U.S. sanctions law that went into effect in late January.

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U.S. regulator warns of cryptocurrency 'pump-and-dump' schemes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. derivatives regulator warned investors on Thursday about cryptocurrency "pump-and-dump" scams that aim to rip off investors by inflating the price of volatile virtual tokens through spreading bogus information.

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Trump inaugural committee pays $26 million to firm founded by first lady's friend

A firm founded by a senior adviser to first lady Melania Trump was paid close to $26 million to plan events around President Donald Trump's first inauguration, tax documents provided to CNN revealed Thursday.

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Some Apple iPhones crash on Telugu script bug: report

(Reuters) - A bug in some versions of Apple Inc's operating systems is causing iPhones to crash when a single character in Telugu, an Indian language, is sent to the device or even typed in text editor, the Verge reported on Thursday.

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U.S. Bancorp to pay $613 million for money-laundering violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has reached a $613 million settlement with U.S. Bancorp over charges that it willfully failed to have an adequate anti-money-laundering program, the department said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Convergeone Signs Agreement To Buy Arrow Electronics' Systems Integration Business For $36 Million​

* FORUM MERGER SAYS‍ CONVERGEONE SIGNED AGREEMENT TO BUY ARROW ELECTRONICS' SYSTEMS INTEGRATION BUSINESS FOR CASH CONSIDERATION OF $36 MILLION​ - SEC FILING Source text : [http://bit.ly/2BvNFhp] Further company coverage:

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UK blames Russia for cyber attack, Moscow decries Western campaign

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which swept across Europe and beyond, hitting companies and other users after initially targeting Ukraine.

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Hiding under a desk as a gunman roamed the halls, he live-tweeted a school shooting

The first tweet came at 2:59 p.m., sober and startling.

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Trump’s Inaugural Committee Paid $26 Million to Firm of First Lady’s Adviser

The committee, which raised a record $107 million, detailed its finances in a tax filing, revealing that it donated less than expected to charity.

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BBVA-backed U.S. digital banking startup Azlo readies for launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Azlo, a U.S. digital banking startup that is majority-owned by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., will open for business this week, marking the latest effort by the Spanish lender to attract a new generation of digital-savvy customers.

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Hyperinflation meets tech: Cash-scarce Venezuela sees boom in payment apps

CARACAS (Reuters) - Widerven Villegas and his brother wash some 30 cars a day at a parking lot in Caracas. Despite charging less than 50 cents, nobody pays them in cash.

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Aster DM Healthcare $153 million IPO subscribed 1.3 times

(Reuters) - United Arab Emirates-based Aster DM Healthcare Ltd's initial public offering (IPO) of shares on the Indian exchanges to raise 9.80 billion rupees ($153.34 million) was subscribed 1.3 times on the last day of the sale on Thursday.

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Number of crypto hedge funds soars amid bitcoin volatility

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies more than doubled in the four months to Feb. 15, despite sharp falls in the value of the virtual coins in recent weeks, data from fintech research house Autonomous NEXT showed on Thursday.

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EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more for users

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's justice commissioner told Facebook , Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, ramping up pressure on the tech giants after their efforts were deemed too little.

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Israeli startup CommonSense Robotics raises $20 million

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's CommonSense Robotics, whose technology enables retailers to offer quick and affordable grocery deliveries, said on Thursday it has raised $20 million in an early-stage investment round, bringing its total funding to $26 million.

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UK blames Russia for cyber attack, says won't tolerate disruption

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser.

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Oxford BioMedica wins second $100 million gene therapy contract

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Oxford BioMedica has won a second $100 million contract to supply gene therapy material, this time from Bioverativ, which agreed last month to be acquired by Sanofi for $11.6 billion.

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Coincheck hit by lawsuit as investors seek restart of cryptocurrency withdrawals

TOKYO (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency investors launched a lawsuit against Coincheck Inc on Thursday, seeking to force the Tokyo-based exchange to allow them to withdraw assets worth $183,000 frozen after last month's $530 million heist of digital money.

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French start-up Sigfox faces 5G juggernaut in Internet of Things

PARIS (Reuters) - French start-up Sigfox, which builds networks to connect washing machines and other objects to the internet, says it is struggling to meet its growth targets due to high expectations for alternative, forthcoming 5G services.

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Applied Materials first-quarter results, current-quarter forecast beat on chip demand

(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc reported first-quarter profit and revenue above Wall Street estimates as the world's largest semiconductor equipment maker benefited from higher demand for flat panel displays and chips used in electronic items.

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IBM lawsuit casts diversity in starkly competitive terms

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's insistence in a new lawsuit that its efforts to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce are trade secrets bucks a trend towards transparency and highlights how companies can see the issue in competitive terms, business and legal experts said.

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Trump's military parade could cost up to $30 million: budget chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The military parade that President Donald Trump wants to stage, likely in Washington, would cost U.S. taxpayers up to $30 million, the White House budget chief said on Wednesday in remarks on the administration's fiscal 2019 spending plan.

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The rights of disabled Americans are under attack

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been law for 28 years now -- and I can honestly say that rights for Americans with disabilities, including accessibility to public spaces, are now facing more uncertainty and outright hostility than at any time in recent memory.

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BRIEF-Greenlight Capital Takes Share Stake In Michael Kors, Under Armour Class A Shares

* GREENLIGHT CAPITAL INC TAKES SHARE STAKE OF 48,250 SHARES IN MICHAEL KORS HOLDINGS LTD - SEC FILING

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Applied Materials profit, revenue top estimates on higher chip demand

(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc , the world's largest supplier of tools for chipmakers, reported first-quarter profit and revenue above Wall Street estimates, driven by higher demand for flat panel displays and chips used in electronic items.

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Charlie Munger urges regulators to ease off Wells Fargo, blasts bitcoin

(Reuters) - Charlie Munger, the longtime business partner of fellow billionaire Warren Buffett, said on Wednesday it is time for regulators to "let up" on Wells Fargo & Co , which will end up "better off" as it corrects a series of mistakes in how it treated banking customers.

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A photo of a rose just sold for $1 million

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Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost $30 Million

President Trump wants a military parade. His budget director says it could cost the United States $30 million at a time of rising deficits.

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Mosaic network will reward researchers with its own cryptocurrency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of academics and technology experts will soon launch a blockchain-powered network that will reward quality research with its own cryptocurrency called Mosaic.

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SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX, fresh off the successful launch this month of the world's most powerful rocket, won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top U.S. communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

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Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.

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Blankfein: Economy is higher under Trump than if Clinton won

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CFTC Commissioner urges crypto companies to self-regulate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top official for a U.S. financial regulator is urging players in the burgeoning cryptocurrency sector to boost their self-policing.

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Sky investor Polygon says Fox offer undervalues broadcaster

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge fund Polygon Global Partners, which is an investor in Sky , said the outcome of the English Premier League soccer rights auction supported its view that the takeover by Twenty-First Century Fox undervalues the British company.

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Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.

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Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Big brother is watching. But in the future he may no longer be so all-knowing.

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The Shortlist: 3 Books to Help You Understand Millennials and Beyond

Whether it’s the modern labor market, a selfie obsession or loneliness brought on by cellphone addiction, here’s what’s wrong with young people.

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Mi mi mi: super fans of China's Xiaomi stoke IPO ambitions

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Wang Bin, 29, is a serious "mi fan", one of the ardent followers of Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd, the maker of smartphones and other electronic products that looks headed for a big initial public offering, perhaps as early as this year.

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Japan Display books fourth straight quarterly loss, no partner yet

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc reported a fourth straight quarter of loss and said its search for a global partnership was taking more time than expected, showing its growing struggles as customers shift to a newer display technology.

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U.S. regulators probe Credit Suisse hiring in Asia

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are investigating whether Credit Suisse hired referrals from government agencies and state entities in Asia in exchange for investment banking business and regulatory approvals, the Swiss bank said on Wednesday.

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The Rob Porter scandal has undermined the credibility of top officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly

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Chinese online retailer JD.com raises $2.5 billion for logistics arm

BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc said on Wednesday it had raised $2.5 billion for its logistics arm, as the second-largest Chinese e-commerce firm seeks to further bolster its position in online retail in its home country and beyond.

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Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix in Deal Said to Be Worth Up to $300 Million

A five-year agreement with the producer behind “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” whose Fox contract expires this summer, leaves Disney and Amazon in the lurch.

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India's $230 million plan to stop crop burning that pollutes Delhi falls short of estimates

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government's plan to spend $230 million over two years to prevent crop residue burning is below the spending estimates of its policy advisors for the task and may do little to cut the air pollution that envelops the capital region of Delhi.

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Baidu earnings beat forecasts, eyes U.S. listing for video unit iQiyi

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese internet search firm Baidu Inc posted a forecast-beating quarterly revenue increase and unveiled a U.S. listing plan for its Netflix-like video platform iQiyi as it looks to rev up new drivers for growth.

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Couple who lost home in wildfire wins million-dollar lotto

Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lotto.

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Airbnb's 'Experiences' business on track for 1 million bookings, profitability

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc's year-old tours and activities business is booking tens of thousands of travelers every month and is likely to be profitable late next year, the company said on Tuesday, highlighting success in its efforts to grow beyond renting rooms and homes.

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Graffiti artists whose work was destroyed for condos awarded $6.7 million

A federal judge has awarded $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists after their works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Queens, New York, to make room for luxury condominiums.

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U.S. 2018 elections 'under attack' by Russia: U.S. intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign.

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How Much Is Your Privacy Worth? A Lot, if You’ve Won $560 Million

As a court considers whether to let the winner of a huge lottery jackpot remain anonymous, people are offering to change their names to help her claim her prize — for a cut.

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China's Baidu tops revenue and profit estimates, shares rise

(Reuters) - China's Baidu Inc reported on Tuesday quarterly profit and revenue that beat analysts' estimates, powered by strong performances of its search and newsfeed services.

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Shareholder Deason sues Xerox in U.S. to block Fujifilm deal

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholder Darwin Deason asked a court on Tuesday to block the company's merger with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp , claiming the U.S. photocopier maker's board failed shareholders by approving a deal that undervalues the company.

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BRIEF-Ecobalt Announces C$26 Million Bought Deal Financing

* ECOBALT SOLUTIONS - ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH UNDERWRITERS, WHO AGREED TO PURCHASE, ON A BOUGHT DEAL BASIS, 20 MILLION UNITS OF CO AT C$1.30 PER UNIT

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Automakers to provide up to $130 million for Takata's U.S. settlement

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A group of 13 automakers will contribute as much as $130 million to compensate those injured by faulty Takata Corp air bag inflators as part of a deal to resolve the Japanese company's bankruptcy, a U.S. plaintiffs' attorney told Reuters.

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NY top court says 'private' Facebook photos can be disclosed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook users may be required to turn over photos and other information that are relevant to litigation, even if they are shielded by "privacy" settings.

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WikiLeaks founder Assange loses bid to halt UK legal action against him

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost a legal bid on Tuesday to persuade British authorities to drop further action against him for breaching his bail conditions when he walked into the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

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U.S. senators voice concern over Chinese access to intellectual property

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they were concerned about what they described as China's efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual property through Chinese companies with government ties.

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Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware, Kaspersky Lab says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Previously undetected malware directed at users of the desktop version of the messaging app Telegram has been discovered by the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, Kaspersky said on Tuesday.

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Daimler warns of supply chain risk from switch to electric cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler AG, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, warned that a fall in demand for diesel cars and a switch to electric vehicles could force it to prop up its supplier base.

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Announces Pricing Of $105 Million Public Offering

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $105 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING

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Under Armour revenue beats estimates, shares jump

(Reuters) - Under Armour Inc beat analysts' estimates for fourth-quarter revenue on Tuesday, as it sold more footwear and apparel through its own stores and online.

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Russia accuses United States of undermining Syria integrity: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that in Syria the United States has been acting unilaterally in a "dangerous way", undermining the country's integrity, RIA news agency said.

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Russia says hackers stole more than $17 million from its banks in 2017

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - Hackers stole more than 1 billion roubles ($17 million) from Russian banks using the Cobalt Strike security-testing tool in 2017, a central bank official said on Tuesday.

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Japan's Coincheck reports to regulators over $530 million cryptocurrency heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, under pressure to better safeguard investors after the daring theft of $530 million of digital money last month, filed on Tuesday a report with regulators on the hacking, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Few Americans reporting cryptocurrency trading to IRS for now: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Less than 100 people out of the 250,000 individuals who have already filed federal taxes this year through company Credit Karma reported a cryptocurrency transaction to U.S. tax authorities, the company said on Tuesday.

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Critics of India's ID card project say they have been harassed, put under surveillance

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Researchers and journalists who have identified loopholes in India's massive national identity card project have said they have been slapped with criminal cases or harassed by government agencies because of their work.

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South Korea's Samsung Elec extends gains to more than 5 percent

SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics jumped more than 5 percent on Tuesday amid strong buying by foreign investors.

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Google hires former Samsung executive to coordinate Internet of Things projects

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google this month hired Injong Rhee, who recently resigned as Samsung Electronics Co's chief technology officer, to lead its Internet of Things business, he said in a LinkedIn post Monday.

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Cryptocurrency traders to launch lawsuit against Coincheck on Thursday: lawyer

TOKYO (Reuters) - A group of cryptocurrency traders will file a lawsuit against Coincheck Inc on Thursday over last month's theft of $530 million in digital money from the Tokyo-based exchange, a lawyer representing the claimants said.

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Japan's Coincheck set to report to regulators over $530 million cryptocurrency heist

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc, stung by the theft of $530 million of digital money last month, is expected on Tuesday to file a report with regulators on the hacking.

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Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: U.S. Senate report

(Reuters) - Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said on Monday.

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Cryptocurrency investors flock to Puerto Rico Investment Summit

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico’s annual investment summit, a two-day conference to woo investors to the bankrupt U.S. territory and the first since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, sported some new faces, particularly from the fast-growing cryptocurrency world.

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BRIEF-Waddell & Reed Financial Announces January 31, 2018 Assets Under Management

* WADDELL & REED FINANCIAL, INC. ANNOUNCES JANUARY 31, 2018 ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

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Grocery delivery startup Instacart raises $200 million and prepares to battle Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Grocery delivery service Instacart has raised $200 million in fresh funding, the company said on Monday, boosting its valuation and providing new resources for the startup to compete against heavyweight Amazon.com Inc.

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Amazon cutting hundreds of jobs: Seattle Times

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is cutting hundreds of jobs in its headquarters at Seattle and in its global operations, the Seattle Times reported, citing one person familiar with the matter.

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British watchdog tells algorithmic traders to tighten controls

LONDON (Reuters) - Some firms using computers to trade at ultra-fast speeds are not applying safeguards required to avert market meltdowns, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Monday.

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Uber tests cheaper 'Hurry Hurry' service for errands in Nairobi

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Uber is testing a service in Nairobi that was inspired by residents' use of the platform for errands and aims to tap into a new segment of the city's active ride-hailing market, a regional executive said on Monday.

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Group Reports Preliminary Month-End Assets Under Management For January 2018

* T. ROWE PRICE GROUP REPORTS PRELIMINARY MONTH-END ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT FOR JANUARY 2018

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Oxfam warned it could lose millions in funding over sex crimes scandal

The British charity Oxfam will fight to keep millions of pounds in public funding in a meeting with UK officials Monday over allegations that its aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti.

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Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.

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British watchdog tells computer traders to tighten controls

LONDON (Reuters) - Some firms using computers to trade at ultra-fast speeds are not applying safeguards required to avert market meltdowns, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said on Monday.

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France's Thales sees more cybersecurity sales after strong 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - French defense electronics group Thales enjoyed a jump in sales at its cybersecurity business in 2017 and expects further strong growth in the coming years, said executive Laurent Maury.

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China looks to retain local subsidies for electric vehicles: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - The Chinese government is leaning towards retaining local subsidies for electric vehicles after eliminating a prior proposal to scrap the funding, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

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Exclusive: Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Foxconn to use proceeds from unit's Shanghai IPO to fund $4 billion projects

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it plans to use proceeds from a Shanghai listing of one if its subsidiaries to fund eight projects totaling 27.3 billion yuan ($4 billion).

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Coincheck heist sheds light on Japan's rush to create cryptocurrency rules

TOKYO (Reuters) - After the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange was stung by a half-billion dollar theft in 2014, Japanese regulators swung into action.

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The US role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is under fire since Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

US President Donald Trump declined to give a timeline for releasing the US plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, telling an Israeli newspaper that he is not convinced that either party is committed to the process.

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U.S., UK government websites infected with crypto-mining malware: report

(Reuters) - Thousands of websites, including ones run by U.S. and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies, technology news site The Register reported.

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'Fifty Shades Freed' Tops Box Office With $38.8 Million, 'Peter Rabbit' Hops to $25 Million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Universal's opening of "Fifty Shades Freed" is dominating North American moviegoing with a solid $38.8 million opening at 3,678 locations as the business awaits the arrival of "Black Panther."

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Games organizers confirm cyber attack, won't reveal source

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday's opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source.

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Yu Darvish and Cubs Said to Agree to $126 Million Deal

The deal, for six years, is the largest of the off-season. And it comes as the start of spring training draws closer and many free agents remain unsigned.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017) nytimes.com

News Analysis: Republicans Have an Election Message, but Trump’s Insensitive Remarks Undercut It

Tax cuts and economic growth appear to be improving the party’s political position, but President Trump can’t seem to stop antagonizing voters, especially women.

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Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Olympics organizers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday.

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Porsche, Audi to develop joint electric car platform to save costs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Porsche and Audi, Volkswagen's main luxury car divisions, plan to develop a joint platform for electric vehicles that will enable them significantly cut down on costs, German newspapers quoted their chief executives as saying.

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A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million

A group of Maine dairy delivery drivers will receive $5 million in a proposed settlement for unpaid overtime, according to court records filed on Thursday.

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Alibaba kicks off sponsor deal in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a project that will create a "smarter" and more connected athletes' village and stadia and make all Olympics stakeholders "more money", its executives said on Saturday.

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Trump holds up Schiff memo that seeks to undercut GOP claims of FBI misconduct because it contains 'numerous' classified passages, White House says

President Donald Trump won't release the Democratic rebuttal to the Republican intelligence memo alleging FBI abuses of its surveillance authority at this time, and has sent it back to the House Intelligence Committee for changes.

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Olympics: Norovirus outbreak tapers off as Games get underway

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers said on Saturday that 11 new cases of a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea had been confirmed at the Games, bringing the total to 139.

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SEC says releasing Tezos documents could hurt enforcement activities

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A top U.S. securities regulator says it cannot release documents related to the cryptocurrency project Tezos because doing so could interfere with an investigation or enforcement activities, according to a document seen by Reuters on Friday.

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Buffett's Business Wire now 'stable' after cyber attack

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Business Wire, the corporate news release distributor owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, on Friday said it had fended off a cyber attack designed to disable it, and that its system was now "stable."

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Guess forms committee to oversee investigation against co-founder

(Reuters) - Fashion retailer Guess Inc on Friday said its board had formed a special committee to oversee an ongoing investigation into allegations of improper conduct by co-founder Paul Marciano.

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Mobile data plans outnumber residents in developed nations: OECD

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Mobile broadband subscriptions outnumbered people in developed nations for the first time last year as access costs fell amid increased regulation and competition, an OECD report published on Friday said.

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Waymo accepts $245 million and Uber's 'regret' to settle self-driving car dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber's new chief executive to move past one of the company's most bruising public controversies.

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Waymo and Uber settle trade secrets dispute, Uber CEO expresses 'regret'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving vehicle unit and ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc settled a bitter legal dispute, allowing Uber's new chief executive to move past one of the company's many public controversies.

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Airbus agrees to $99 million penalty in Eurofighter Austria case

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus said on Friday it had agreed to pay a penalty of 81.25 million euros ($99 million) demanded by the Munich public prosecutors office to conclude an investigation into the sale of Eurofighter aircraft to Austria in 2003.

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U.S. transportation agency calls March 1 'summit' on autonomous cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.

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Kate Upton: Guess co-founder groped me

Model Kate Upton detailed her allegations that she was inappropriately touched and verbally harassed by Guess co-founder Paul Marciano when she was 18 years old.

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Porsche mulls production hike for electric cars as diesel sputters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sportscar maker Porsche AG may increase annual production capacity of its Mission E model beyond 20,000 cars and decide shortly about whether to electrify its Macan sports utility model, board member Detlev von Platen told Reuters.

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Developers Seek $6 Million Tax Break for Trump-Managed Hotel

The president’s family business has teamed up with local developers on a Mississippi Delta hotel. The developers want financial relief from the state.

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BRIEF-Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Pricing Of $60 Mln Underwritten Public Offering Of Common Stock

* TANDEM DIABETES CARE ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $60 MILLION UNDERWRITTEN PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Awkward diplomacy on show as 'peace' Games get underway

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.

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Gibraltar moves ahead with world's first initial coin offering rules

LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar will introduce the world's first regulations for initial coin offerings with dedicated rules for the cryptocurrency sector whose fast growth has triggered concern among central bankers.

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Google to use Getty Images content for its services

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will begin using content from Getty Images within its products and services as part of a multi-year licensing partnership, the photo agency said on Friday.

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Facebook runs into lawsuit over Cambodian politics

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has filed a legal case in the United States to get Facebook to release information on Prime Minister Hun Sen's use of the social media platform, his legal team said.

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Facebook launches $10 million community leader awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create "meaningful" interactions.

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Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make "significant compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias.

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Barclays in U.S. set to join cryptocurrency credit card ban: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays is likely to follow other major lenders in the United States in stopping customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with its credit cards, according to an interview with a senior executive at its credit card unit.

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Japan to let Coincheck resume yen withdrawals Tuesday: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese regulators will allow cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc to resume yen withdrawals from Tuesday, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Facebook co-founder Saverin's VC firm raises $360 million fund

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook Inc co-founder Eduardo Saverin's venture capital firm, B Capital Group, said it has raised $360 million for its fund as it seeks to invest in technology start-ups.

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China's Tencent to invest $474 million in Shanda Games

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will invest 3 billion yuan ($474 million) in smaller peer Shanda Games, the target firm said in a statement to Reuters on Friday, a move that will boost Tencent's lead in the local video game market.

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China's Didi, SoftBank target Japan in taxi-hailing push

SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters) - China's Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Group Corp will roll out a venture in Japan later this year to provide ride-hailing services, amid a global battle to control the technology increasingly central to urban transport.

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China's Shanda Games says Tencent to invest $474 million

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd will invest 3 billion yuan ($474 million) in smaller peer Shanda Games, the target firm said in a statement to Reuters on Friday, a move that will boost Tencent's lead in the local video game market.

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SoftBank, Yahoo Japan, Aeon plan to launch online retail business: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp, Yahoo Japan Corp and Aeon Co Ltd plan to launch an online retail business, national broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.

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Mexico telecoms regulator says all can participate in spectrum auction

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's telecommunications regulator, IFT, said on Thursday that any operator could participate in a spectrum auction this year, opening the door for billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil to bid.

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China's Didi, SoftBank to roll out taxi venture in Japan

SHANGHAI/TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing said it will set up a venture with SoftBank Group Corp to provide ride-hailing and other services for the Japanese taxi industry.

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Undercover investigator able to smuggle blades, drugs into NYC jails: watchdog

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An undercover investigator dressed as a jail officer was able to smuggle scalpel blades and drugs into the main city jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn, a city watchdog said on Thursday, the latest sign of ongoing troubles in the city's jail system.

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Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, as U.S. tech firms head north

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. business software developer Salesforce.com Inc will pump $2 billion into its Canadian business over the next five years, it said on Thursday, the latest major U.S. technology investment across the border since early 2017.

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Nvidia's upbeat forecast powered by data center, cryptocurrency demand

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp's upbeat current-quarter revenue forecast on Thursday underscored surging demand for its graphics chips used in data centers, gaming devices and cryptocurrency mining, sending its shares up as much as 12 percent in extended trading.

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UPDATE 4-Nvidia's upbeat forecast powered by data center, cryptocurrency demand

Feb 8 (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp's upbeat current-quarter revenue forecast on Thursday underscored surging demand for its graphics chips used in data centers, gaming devices and cryptocurrency mining, sending its shares up as much as 12 percent in extended trading.

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Expedia shares tumble as quarterly profit misses on higher costs

(Reuters) - U.S. online travel services company Expedia Inc missed analysts' quarterly profit estimate on higher marketing expenses, sending its shares tumbling 15 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday.

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FireEye reports first-ever adjusted quarterly profit, shares jump

(Reuters) - Cyber security firm FireEye Inc on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly adjusted profit since going public in 2013, highlighting gains from the company's shift to a subscription model and its cost-cutting efforts.

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BRIEF-Artisan Partners Asset Management Reports January 2018 Assets Under Management

* ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. REPORTS JANUARY 2018 ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

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Salesforce investing $2 billion in Canada, in northward U.S. tech growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. business software developer Salesforce.com Inc will pump $2 billion into its Canadian business over the next five years, it said on Thursday, the latest major U.S. high technology investment across the border since early 2017.

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'Call of Duty' drives big holiday quarter for Activision Blizzard

(Reuters) - Activision Blizzard Inc beat analysts' expectations for revenue in the final quarter of 2017, helped by robust Christmas buying of its blockbuster "Call of Duty" videogame and higher digital sales.

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FireEye reports first-ever adjusted quarterly profit

(Reuters) - Cyber security firm FireEye Inc on Thursday reported its first-ever quarterly adjusted profit since going public in 2013, helped by cost cutting and shift to a subscription-based model.

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Novogratz's new fund, others invest $30 million in online encyclopedia

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund launched last month by former macro hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz and global blockchain company Block.One led a group of institutions that invested $30 million in online encyclopedia Everipedia, Everipedia President Sam Kazemian said.

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Twitter surprises with revenue turnaround, shares surge

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Thursday delivered its first quarterly profit and an unexpected return to revenue growth helped by expansion outside the United States, pushing shares in the social network to more than two-year highs.

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Trivago takes aim at smaller hotels as online partners cut spend

(Reuters) - Hotel-search company Trivago NV is looking to increase the share of its business that comes from independent hotels and alternative types of accommodation at a time when its two dominant customers have reduced what they pay per click.

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Kelly's latest blunder is protecting an accused abuser

White House chief of staff John Kelly's role in -- and the mayhem unleashed by -- Rob Porter's domestic abuse allegations is just the latest episode in a growing record of politically incorrect behavior by the decorated former general turned hardline West Wing fixer.

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YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in Brexit referendum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - YouTube found no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, a senior executive told a British parliamentary committee inquiry into fake news.

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Credit Suisse kept $300 million from brokers in closed U.S. unit: lawsuit

(Reuters) - A new lawsuit accuses Credit Suisse Group AG of withholding up to $300 million of pay from U.S.-based brokers who refused or were unable to move to Wells Fargo & Co after their private...

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India's antitrust watchdog fines Google for abusing dominant position

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's antitrust watchdog on Thursday imposed a 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google for "search bias" and abuse of its dominant position, in the latest regulatory setback for the world's most popular internet search engine.

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French labor court backs Uber in driver contract dispute

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] won a rare French victory on Thursday against attempts to force the ride-hailing operator to recognize its drivers as employees, a prospect that would undermine its entire business model.

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Virtual currencies may stay even if bubble is already deflating: ECB

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The market bubble of virtual currencies is already deflating but central banks should still pay attention as the innovation may be here to stay even if early market leaders die out, European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch said on Thursday.

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U.S., Israeli drone makers keep wary eye on rising Chinese

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cheaper Chinese military drones are chipping away at U.S. and Israeli domination of the industry, fuelling a new race as companies predict a rise in demand especially in regions such as Asia.

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Anti-China bill being softened after U.S. companies complain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Proposed legislation in Congress aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive technology is being softened after protests by big U.S. companies who fear a loss in sales, four people with knowledge of the matter said this week.

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Blockchain name-grabbing has echoes of dotcom bubble

LONDON (Reuters) - If you want a quick boost to your company's share price, adding "blockchain" to your name will work – at least for a while.

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Men's downhill under threat from high winds

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Race officials are considering alternative plans in case forecast high winds force the postponement of Sunday's men's downhill but the option of moving the race forward by a day has already been rebuffed by Olympic officials.

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Alibaba to take $486 mln stake in China retail data firm

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will invest $486 million for a stake in a domestic big- data firm focused on hotels and retail, as part of a push to deepen its offline presence.

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Merkel under fire from own ranks over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives on Thursday for making concessions to her center-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.

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Samsung chairman named as suspect in $7.5 million tax evasion case

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics' ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee, was named by South Korean police on Thursday as a suspect in an 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) tax evasion case that involved the use of bank accounts held by employees.

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Amazon to deliver Whole Foods groceries to Prime members

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would start delivering Whole Foods groceries via its fast-shipping Prime Now service in select U.S. cities, and plans to expand it across the country this year.

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Pence says U.S. wants peaceful solution to North Korea crisis, but warns not to underestimate U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday the United States wants to peacefully dismantle North Korea's nuclear program but warned Pyongyang not to underestimate U.S. military strength or resolve.

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UPDATE 2-Oil prices fall as U.S. output soars above 10 million bpd

* Brent crude falls to 2018 low before recovering some losses

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Japan regulator to inspect more cryptocurrency exchanges: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's financial regulator will this week launch on-site checks of several cryptocurrency exchange operators potentially vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and may widen its inspections, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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Oil prices fall as U.S. output soars above 10 million bpd

* Forties pipeline outage in North Sea provides some price-support

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Lyft hires Tesla executive Jon McNeill as COO

(Reuters) - Lyft announced on Wednesday that Jon McNeill, former president of global sales and service at Tesla, joined the ride-hailing company as chief operating officer.

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Take-Two raises forecast on boost from 'NBA 2K18', 'Grand Theft Auto'

(Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc lifted its full-year adjusted revenue forecast on Wednesday, as the videogame maker expects to benefit from the latest version of its popular basketball franchise and its iconic "Grand Theft Auto" series.

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BRIEF-Inphi Corp Announces Q4 Revenue $85.7 Million

* Q4 NON-GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.37 FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

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Senators propose bill to block U.S. from using Huawei, ZTE equipment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican Senators introduced legislation on Wednesday that would block the U.S. government from buying or leasing telecommunications equipment from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] or ZTE Corp, citing concern the Chinese companies would use their access to spy on U.S. officials.

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'Grand Theft Auto' maker Take-Two posts profit on tax gain

(Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc posted on Wednesday a profit for the holiday quarter as the videogame publisher benefited from a gain due to recent changes to the U.S. tax law.

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Alphabet shifts thermostat maker Nest into Google

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc merged smart thermostat maker Nest, which had operated as an independent unit, into its Google hardware group, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday.

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Venezuela government, opposition mediation talks flounder

CARACAS (Reuters) - Mediation talks between Venezuela's government and opposition have collapsed after their failure to reach agreement over conditions for a presidential election, host Danilo Medina, the president of the Dominican Republic, said on Wednesday.

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U.S. shuts down cyber crime ring launched by Ukrainian

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cyber crime ring on Wednesday, saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers.

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U.S. announces arrests in $530 million cyber identity fraud scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cyber crime ring on Wednesday, saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers.

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As cryptominers eye Quebec, forest companies see opportunity

MONTREAL (Reuters) - At least two Canadian forestry companies are reviewing offers by cryptocurrency miners who want to lease excess mill space in Quebec, a province where electricity prices are among the lowest in North America.

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UPDATE 1-Brazilian steelmaker CSN mulls asset sales, but 'not under pressure'

SAO PAULO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian steelmaker Cia Siderúrgica Nacional is considering selling assets to reduce debt but is not "under pressure" to do so as it expects to conclude talks to refinance its debt with state banks, a senior executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Tronc to sell LA Times, other newspapers for $500 million

(Reuters) - Tronc Inc said on Wednesday it agreed to sell the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some other newspapers to billionaire investor Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million cash.

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Canada's Trudeau to meet Amazon CEO Bezos during U.S. visit

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos on Thursday during a tour of three major U.S. cities this week to bolster support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is being renegotiated.

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Big Tech should pay more taxes: German coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - The two political parties seeking to form Germany's next government want big companies to pay more tax, according to a coalition agreement whose text singled out U.S. tech giants by name.

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Uber, Yandex complete ride services merger

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uber and Russia's Yandex have completed a deal to combine their ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries, Yandex said on Wednesday.

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Google eyes gaming with 'Yeti' streaming service: report

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console, which is still being developed, the Information website reported on Wednesday.

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Tronc to sell LA Times and other newspapers for $500 million

(Reuters) - Tronc Inc said on Wednesday it would sell the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and some other newspapers to billionaire investor Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million in cash.

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Planning for US military parade now underway

Initial planning for the military parade requested by President Donald Trump is now underway, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford has confirmed.

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Bangladesh to sue Manila bank over $81-million heist

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank will file a lawsuit against a Philippines bank over its role in one of the world's biggest cyber-heists two years ago, a deputy governor said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-SITO Mobile Prices $13 Million Public Offering

* SAYS PUBLIC OFFERING OF 2.60 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $5.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Finland and Estonia's undersea rail tunnel could cost $20 billion by 2040

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's longest undersea rail tunnel between Finland and Estonia could cost up to 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) and be opened for traffic by 2040, a feasibility study by the two countries said on Wednesday.

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Wien Energie to introduce blockchain-based energy products

ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Austrian utility Wien Energie, fresh from experimenting with blockchain applications in commodity trading, plans to market end-customer products soon in a new central Viennese urban development, it said on Wednesday.

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Enter the robots: automation fills gaps in east Europe's factories

PAPA, Hungary (Reuters) - Plant manager Gabor Kiraly remembers the meeting a couple of years ago when he and his Austrian bosses learnt how severe the worker shortage in Hungary was about to become - it was, he said, a "shocking realization".

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Goldman in talks with Apple to finance iPhone sales: WSJ

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is in talks to offer financing to shoppers buying Apple products including iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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Swisscom tightens security after sales partner breached

ZURICH (Reuters) - Data on around 800,000 Swisscom customers leaked when security at an external sales partner was breached, prompting the Swiss group to tighten access to its files, it said on Wednesday.

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UNICEF appeals for $17 million to rebuild Iraq health facilities

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF appealed on Wednesday for $17 million to help rebuild Iraq's health facilities, ahead of an international conference to support the country's reconstruction due to convene next week in Kuwait.