• Xiaomi weathers China smartphone slowdown but growth worries hit shares
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    Xiaomi weathers China smartphone slowdown but growth worries hit shares

    Xiaomi's quarterly results - the third set since its IPO in Hong Kong - show the company is weathering fairly well a slowdown in demand in China by increasing its focus on international markets. Xiaomi is cutting its dependence on China, where the economy in 2018 expanded the least in nearly three

  • Plant protein startups vie to tap China’s hungry market
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    Plant protein startups vie to tap China’s hungry market

    Start-ups specialising in alternative protein, from eggless eggs to pea-stuffed burgers and cell-grown fish products, are piling into the Chinese territory of Hong Kong to tap the mainland's booming multi-billion dollar food market. At a time when traditional meat farmers have seen profits hurt

  • Google unveils search changes to placate EU
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    Google unveils search changes to placate EU

    Google on Tuesday unveiled a series of tweaks to its European search engine results in an effort to avoid further fines from the EU's top anti-trust regulator. The effort to placate the Europan Commission comes as the EU executive is set to slap the tech giant with a fresh fine over unfair competition

  • Instagram moves into e-commerce with shopping button
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    Instagram moves into e-commerce with shopping button

    Facebook-owned Instagram on Tuesday made a move into potentially lucrative e-commerce by adding an option to buy products shown off in posts by selected brands. "We're introducing Checkout on Instagram," the Silicon Valley based division of Facebook said in an online post. Tapping the

  • Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets
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    Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

    Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," ''The Simpsons," ''Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof.

  • What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes
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    What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes

    It's finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets on Wednesday, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed . Disney gets far ranging properties ranging from Fox's film studios, including "Avatar" and X-Men, to its TV productions

  • Samsung Elec sees green shoots in China smartphone business: co-CEO
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    Samsung Elec sees green shoots in China smartphone business: co-CEO

    Samsung's market share has plunged from about 20 percent in 2013 to less than 1 percent currently as fast-growing Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd proved more agile in responding to the latest trends. "It has been tough in China in the last two years. "I think our flagship

  • China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times - state media
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    China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times - state media

    Scientists in southwest China's Yunnan province have cloned what they called the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a programme they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs, state media reported on Wednesday. The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer

  • Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits
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    Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits

    Under the agreement, Facebook will create a new advertising portal for ads linked to housing, employment and credit ads that will limit targeting options for those ads across all of its services, including Instagram and Messenger, the rights groups said in a joint statement. "There is a long history

  • Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter
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    Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — International journalists' organizations are criticizing the status of press freedom in South Korea after the country's ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over what it claimed was a "borderline traitorous" article insulting

  • FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device
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    FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, meet the Triggerfish.

  • U.S. lawmaker says tech companies must quickly remove violent content after New Zealand
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    U.S. lawmaker says tech companies must quickly remove violent content after New Zealand

    In a letter dated Monday and released on Tuesday, Representative Bennie Thompson urged the chief executives of Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc's Google, which owns YouTube, Twitter Inc and Microsoft Corp to more swiftly remove content that would spawn political extremism. The shooter, a suspected white

  • Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer
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    Second U.S. jury finds Bayer's Roundup caused cancer

    Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court, which came after five days of deliberation, was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cause cancer, in a statement on Tuesday

  • Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform
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    Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.

  • US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River
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    US official declares drought plan done for Colorado River

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday.

  • Over 200 dead in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai, millions hit
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    Over 200 dead in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai, millions hit

    MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) - The number of people killed in a powerful cyclone and flooding in Mozambique has risen above 200, more than doubling the country's death toll from a storm that could rank as one of the worst weather-related disasters in the southern hemisphere. Mozambique's President

  • Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns
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    Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

    The European Commission last year handed Google a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine for using the market power of its mobile software to block rivals in areas such as internet browsing. By pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android devices, Google had an unfair advantage

  • Franco-German startup Doctolib gets unicorn status with 150 million-euro fundraising
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    Franco-German startup Doctolib gets unicorn status with 150 million-euro fundraising

    Franco-German start-up Doctolib, an online booking platform for doctors, has raised 150 million euros from a pool of investors led by U.S. venture capital giant General Atlantic, it said on Tuesday. General Atlantic, which has $31 billion in assets under management, which has notably invested in China

  • Lyft's IPO oversubscribed on road show's second day: sources
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    Lyft's IPO oversubscribed on road show's second day: sources

    The development indicates that many investors are willing to overlook uncertainty over Lyft's path to profitability and its strategy for autonomous driving, for fear of missing out on the biggest and most high-profile technology IPO since Snap Inc in 2017. Lyft started its IPO road show on Monday

  • Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits
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    Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits

    Under the agreement, Facebook will create a new advertising portal for ads linked to housing, employment and credit ads that will limit targeting options for those ads across all of its services, including Instagram and Messenger, the rights groups said in a joint statement. "There is a long history

  • Google announces browser-based streaming game service
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    Google announces browser-based streaming game service

    The technology allows users to play games through their internet browser or YouTube without waiting for content to be downloaded to a device, making access to games potentially as easy as watching a video from YouTube. Google declined to say how it would price its technology to consumers or game makers

  • Trump: Social media sites discriminate against conservatives
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    Trump: Social media sites discriminate against conservatives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his ire Tuesday at the nation's major social media companies, claiming they're biased against Republicans and attacking them with the same gusto he uses for much of the rest of the media world.

  • In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood
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    In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Century City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its current, and still huge, 53 acres.

  • Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination
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    Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

    Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement. The changes to Facebook's advertising methods —which generate most of the company's enormous profits — are unprecedented. The social network says it

  • Beleaguered Chinese Tech Firm Huawei Seeks Content for Expansion Into Southeast Asia
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    Beleaguered Chinese Tech Firm Huawei Seeks Content for Expansion Into Southeast Asia

    One of the most surprising first-time attendees at FilMart is Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has come to Hong Kong to acquire the video content it needs to support its strategy of expansion into Southeast Asia. The company is currently embroiled in a PR nightmare as it defends itself against accusations