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As downloaded music fades away, Apple discontinues older iPods

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said Thursday that it will discontinue the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, the last two music players in the company's lineup that cannot play songs from Apple Music, its streaming service that competes with Spotify and Pandora Media Inc . Read More

 

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House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential U.S. House committee on Thursday approved a revised bipartisan bill on a 54-0 vote that would speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. More »

 

Exclusive: Not Made in America - Wal-Mart looks overseas for online vendors

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com Inc in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart's Made-in-America campaign. More »

 

Twitter shares tumble as user growth stalls

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc shares plunged more than 14 percent on Thursday after the social media platform disappointed investors with stagnant monthly active user growth in the second quarter. More »

 

Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. More »

 

EU gives initial OK to more Russia sanctions over Siemens, no final decision

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states have given initial backing to a German proposal to blacklist several more Russian nationals and companies over the delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Crimea, but made no final decision, diplomats said. More »

 

Amazon's Jeff Bezos becomes world's richest: Forbes

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has unseated fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, profiting from the e-commerce company's meteoric stock rise to reach a fortune of $90.6 billion, Forbes reported. More »

 

Digital rights groups pressure Blackstone on reported NSO Group deal

(Reuters) - Digital rights group Access Now on Thursday began circulating a petition urging Blackstone Group to abandon any plan to invest in Israeli firm NSO Group, a maker of spyware for mobile devices, following a report that such a deal may be imminent. More »

 

Euroclear's blockchain gold settlement venture with Paxos dissolved

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A partnership between Euroclear and U.S. startup Paxos to develop a blockchain-based service for the London gold market has been dissolved, a spokeswoman for the Belgium-based settlement house said on Thursday. More »

 

Facebook shares surge as results quash fears of slowing growth

(Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc touched a record high on Thursday on the back of overwhelmingly positive quarterly results, adding more than $27 billion to its market value. More »

 

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