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After mass shooting, German police focus on "dark net" crime

An investigator of the Cybercrime Intelligence Unit of Germany's Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Federal Crime Office is pictured during a media day in WiesbadenBy Frank Siebelt WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) - German police will do more to fight crime committed on the "dark net", they said on Wednesday, days after a gunman killed nine people with a weapon bought on that hidden part of the internet. "We see that the dark net is a growing trading place and therefore we need to prioritize our investigations here," Holger Muench, head of Germany's Federal Police (BKA), told journalists as he presented the latest annual report on cyber crime. The dark net, which is only accessible via special web browsers, is increasingly used to procure drugs, weapons and counterfeit money, allowing users to trade anonymously and pay with digital currencies such as Bitcoin, the BKA said.



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Comcast profit drops on film sales, beats Wall Street estimates

The NBC and Comcast logo are displayed on top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the GE building, in midtown Manhattan in New YorkBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, hurt by lower film division sales, but managed to beat Wall Street expectations due to growth in its business services and high-speed internet units. Shares of the largest U.S. cable operator and high-speed internet provider were up 2.7 percent at $69 in premarket trading. Second-quarter revenue rose 2.8 percent to $19.27 billion from a year earlier and slightly exceeded the analysts' average estimate of $18.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net income fell to $2. ...



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Twitter's video push seen unlikely to fast-forward revenue growth

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made in ZenicaTwitter on Tuesday reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013 as it managed to increase its user base by just 1 percent from the preceding quarter, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading. The company has made it clear it sees video as the way ahead. Video is now the number one ad format in terms of revenue on Twitter," Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain said on a conference call.



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AccorHotels buys concierge group to counter Airbnb challenge

The logo of French hotel operator AccorHotels is seen on top of the company's headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near ParisBy Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - AccorHotels said on Wednesday it had entered exclusive talks to buy concierge service provider John Paul, as it pushes further into new hospitality services and beefs up its response to the challenges of Airbnb. Under the terms of the deal, AccorHotels - the world's fifth-largest hotel group - will acquire 80 percent of John Paul for about $150 million in equity and debt, with the company's chief executive and founder David Amsellem keeping the remaining 20 percent, AccorHotels said in a statement. "With John Paul we will be able to provide services to people who never came to AccorHotels," AccorHotels Chief Executive Sebastien Bazin told a conference call.



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China targets $5.7 trillion in e-commerce by 2020: government

An employee works at a JD.com logistic centre in LangfangBEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government is targeting 38 trillion yuan ($5.7 trillion) in e-commerce per year by 2020, and a near doubling that again to 67 trillion yuan by 2025, according to a document issued on Wednesday. E-commerce sales grew 21.2 percent in China last year to 16.2 trillion yuan, the state news agency Xinhua has previously reported, citing the consultancy iResearch. (Reporting by Jake Spring; Writing by John Ruwitch; Editing by Kim Coghill)



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Ahead of Olympics, Brazilians map neglected favelas to boost business

The lights of Vidigal favela are seen with the Dois Irmaos (Two brothers) peaks in Rio de JaneiroBy Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a reputation for being "no go" areas, Rio de Janeiro's favelas are an unlikely attraction for visitors but a project to map the city's slums aims to draw in business from some of the thousands of spectators expected at the Olympic Games. Rio's sprawling shanty towns are home to about a fifth of the city's population, yet many favelas do not appear on digital maps which adds to the sense of neglect felt by communities living there, activists say. "People say they feel like they're part of the city when their communities are included on the map," said Ronan Ramos Jr., coordinator of the On the Map project with the Brazilian charity group Afro-Reggae.



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Tinder-owner Match Group users 'swipe left' on paid accounts

Photo illustration of dating app Tinder shown on an Apple iPhone(Reuters) - Match Group Inc's dating services such as Tinder, Match.com and OkCupid attracted fewer-than-expected users for paid services in the second quarter, which hit the company's revenue forecast for the current quarter. Match Group's average paid-member count grew 30 percent to 5.3 million in the second quarter, but missed analysts estimates of 5.4 million members, according to FactSet StreetAccount. The increase in the company's paid-user count was driven mainly by sign-ups for Tinder, a popular mobile app on which people 'swipe right' or 'swipe left' to signal their willingness ? or not ? to meet prospective partners.



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U.S. issues first government guide on responding to cyber attacks

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisBy Dustin Volz and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday issued the U.S. government's first emergency response manual for a major cyber attack, though some officials acknowledged it lacked clear guidance on possible retaliation against hacker adversaries. The Obama administration, which created a federal cyber chief position in February that has not yet been filled, published a "presidential policy directive" that includes a five-level grading system. A hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which the FBI is investigating, would likely earn a lower grade, depending on any foreign government involvement or intent to meddle in the presidential election.



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Wall St. mixed, Apple impresses and Twitter disappoints

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeChoppy stock trading followed a recent rally to consecutive record highs on the S&P 500 that has stretched price-to-earnings multiples to levels that some investors say presumes that companies will beat second-quarter estimates. Five of the 10 major S&P sectors rose, while a 1.49 percent drop in the telecom services index weighed heavily. The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting and while it is not expected to raise U.S. interest rates, investors will be watching for hints about when the U.S. central bank might make a move.



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Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since IPO

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made in ZenicaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rishika Sadam SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported its slowest growth in quarterly revenue since going public in 2013 and frustrated investors yet again with a disappointing outlook for the current quarter. The microblogging service operator's shares fell 10 percent in extended trading with investors concerned about its expansion and role in the social media landscape as it faces intense competition from fast-growing competitors like Snapchat and Instagram. The company's second quarter revenue missed Wall Street estimates and the revenue forecast for the current quarter of $590 million to $610 million was well below the average analyst estimate of $678.18 million.



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Kremlin says idea it hacked U.S. Democratic Party emails absurd

The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee is seen in WashingtonBy Andrew Osborn and Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed as absurd on Tuesday allegations it was behind the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party emails, saying unidentified individuals were trying to cynically exploit fear of Russia for electoral purposes. It responded after cyber security experts and U.S. officials said there was evidence Russia had engineered the release of sensitive Democratic Party emails in order to influence the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The emails, released by activist group WikiLeaks at the weekend, appeared to show favouritism within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for Hillary Clinton and prompted the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.



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Behind Democrats' email leak, U.S. experts see a Russian subplot

The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee is seen in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If the Russian government is behind the theft and release of embarrassing emails from the Democratic Party, as U.S. officials have suggested, it may reflect less a love of Donald Trump or enmity for Hillary Clinton than a desire to discredit the U.S. political system. A U.S. official who is taking part in the investigation said that intelligence collected on the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks on Friday "indicates beyond a reasonable doubt that it originated in Russia." The timing on the eve of Clinton's formal nomination this week for the Nov. 8 presidential election has raised questions about whether Russia may have been trying to hurt her, to help Trump, her Republican rival, or to fan populist sentiment against establishment politicians as it has sought to do across Europe in recent years.



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EU privacy watchdogs keep open mind on new U.S. data pact

Servers for data storage are seen at Advania's Thor Data Center in Hafnarfjordur, IcelandBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy watchdogs will let a new EU-U.S. commercial data pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic trade run for at least a year without any legal challenge, they said on Tuesday. The new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will allow companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States - from human resources information to individual browsing histories to hotel bookings. The chair of the group of 28 EU data protection authorities said on Tuesday that the regulators would not launch any challenges to the new Privacy Shield until it has gone through its first annual review, expected sometime next summer.



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Investment firm to fuse startup culture with U.S. intelligence complex

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Silicon Valley venture capitalist, an ex-Navy SEAL and a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officer have banded together to form a company to fund and incubate startups that can break ground on cyber security and intelligence gathering. The company, DataTribe, seeks to fuse aspects of a venture capital firm and startup incubator, with leaders who are well-connected to the nation's intelligence complex. It was launched on Tuesday, with offices in both Silicon Valley and Maryland, outside the nation's capital.
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Bangladesh says Philippines probe of cyber theft nearly complete

The Bangladesh central bank said on Tuesday its Philippine counterpart had nearly completed an investigation into how $81 million of its money wound up in a Manila bank, and that it hoped for the swift return of the stolen funds. Governor Fazle Kabir told reporters he hoped the Philippine authorities would fix responsibility on the Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp for disbursing the stolen funds that landed in accounts there. Hackers broke into Bangladesh Bank's computer systems in February and transferred $81 million from its deposit at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York into four RCBC accounts in a Manila branch.
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Hong Kong launch of Pokemon GO spotlights democracy protest landmarks

People play "Pokemon Go" on a street after the augmented reality mobile game launched in the city in Hong KongYoung people thronged the streets of Hong Kong this week, keen to test Pokemon GO, a new smartphone game backed by Japan's Nintendo, capturing monsters at sites of the city's 2014 democracy protest, known as the Umbrella Revolution. The game launched in the Asian financial hub this week after becoming an unexpected hit in countries from Spain to New Zealand, helping to double Nintendo?s value since its debut in the United States this month. Created by Nintendo, Niantic and Pokemon, the game plays out in what is known as augmented reality, by tapping users? GPS applications to spawn Pokemon, or pocket monsters, against the backdrop of the real environment.



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Female photographer gives voice to Nigeria's Boko Haram victims - with Instagram

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with nothing more than a camera and a notepad, 30-year-old Fati Abubakar wanders around Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, Boko Haram's former stronghold, snapping portraits of people whose lives have been affected by the Islamist militants. "I was unhappy that no one was documenting the everyday life of Nigerians - I wanted to show that people were still thriving despite the Boko Haram insurgency," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
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China internet regulator fines websites over reporting: media

Customers use computers at an internet cafe in TaiyuanChina's internet regulator has fined several websites for violating internet publication rules and ordered them to "rectify" pages that ran news stories based on their own reporting, state media has reported. Government rules restricting the publication online of "self-edited" news and information have been widely ignored, with many websites running robust reporting operations. The enforcement of the rules appeared to be the latest move by President Xi Jinping's administration to strengthen the ruling Communist Party's grip on the flow of news and information.



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Amazon gets permission from UK to explore drone deliveries

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has entered into a partnership with the British government to speed up the process for allowing small drones to makes deliveries. The world's biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process. Amazon unveiled a video last year showcasing how an unmanned drone could deliver packages, narrated by former Top Gear TV host Jeremy Clarkson.



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Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," Representative Ron Sandack, House Republican floor leader, said in a resignation letter dated Sunday and provided on Monday by the Republican Caucus. Sandack, known as an adamant defender of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's initiatives on the floor of the Democratic-dominated House, was up for re-election in November against Democrat Greg Hose.
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Baidu says offer to buy its stake in online video unit withdrawn

Baidu's company logo is seen at its headquarters in Beijing(Reuters) - Chinese internet search company Baidu Inc said on Monday an offer it received in February to buy its stake in online video unit iQiyi has been withdrawn. Baidu said that the buyer group had not been able to reach an agreement on a purchase price even after rounds of discussions and negotiations. The company in February received an offer for its 80.5 percent stake in Qiyi.com Inc from Robin Yanhong Li, head of Baidu, and Yu Gong, chief executive officer of Qiyi.com.



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Europe's first regulated bitcoin product launches in Gibraltar

An illustration photo shows a Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coinBy Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's first regulated bitcoin product - an asset-backed exchange-traded instrument that will invest exclusively in the digital currency - begins trading this week on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse. Its value has been highly volatile, peaking at more than$1,200 in late 2013 before crashing after the collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. BitcoinETI will be available through regulated brokerages across Europe, and settlement will be handled through Clearstream and Euroclear, the Gibraltar Stock Exchange said, rather than via bitcoin's shared ledger system - the blockchain.



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E*Trade to buy online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million

A sign is seen outside the E*Trade offices can be seen in New York(Reuters) - E*Trade Financial Corp said it would buy the parent of online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million in cash, as the company looks to better compete in derivatives trading. OptionsHouse executed 27,000 daily average revenue trades for the twelve months ended June 30, of which 63 percent were in options, E*Trade said on Monday. Chicago-based OptionsHouse currently operates 154,000 customer accounts and has $3.6 billion in customer assets, including $1.4 billion in cash.



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U.S. cyber security startup StackPath raises $150 million, says CEO

By Heather Somerville and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas-based StackPath has raised $150 million in fresh funding from private equity firm ABRY Partners, the CEO of the cyber security startup said on Monday, in what is among the largest single financing rounds for a private cyber security firm. Chief Executive Officer Lance Crosby told Reuters StackPath is a security platform that houses a suite of services to tackle a spectrum of cyber threats. The company has spent "tens of millions of dollars" to acquire several companies that provide different types of cloud security services for businesses, Crosby said.
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China internet regulator fines websites over reporting

Customers use computers at an internet cafe in TaiyuanChina's internet regulator has fined several websites for violating internet publication rules and ordered them to "rectify" pages that ran news stories based on their own reporting, state media reported on Monday. Government rules prohibiting the publication of "self-edited" news and information by websites that were not set up by news entities have been widely ignored, with many websites running robust reporting operations. Websites run by Sina Corp, Sohu.com Inc, Netease Inc, Phoenix New Media Ltd's iFeng and others had engaged in "actions that seriously violated regulations and had a completely vile effect", state media reported, quoting the Beijing municipal arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).



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Thai students use social media to stoke opposition to draft charter

Thai student activists, Than Rittiphan, Rangsiman Rome, and activist Pakorn Areekul pose for photographs before an interview with Reuters in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. The students rank among the most vocal critics of Thailand's military government ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution that critics fear could cement military control over civilian politics for years. The activists told Reuters social media campaigns offer an edge over street action, such as a protest on Sunday in the capital by 43 civil and student groups hemmed in by government limits on public assembly and campaigning.



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Pokemon Go gets big Comic-Con stage, creator talks success and future

Niantic, game developer of Nintendo's smash hit Pokemon GO, Chief Executive Hanke speaks during an interview with Reuters in TokyoBy Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - The creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go gaming app received the celebrity treatment on Sunday at the final day of San Diego's annual Comic-Con, as he discussed the viral popularity and future of the game. John Hanke, founder of Niantic Labs and developer of Pokemon Go, was welcomed with loud applause from more than 6,500 fans on a stage usually reserved for star-studded presentations from movie studios and TV networks. Hanke said the global popularity of the game, which incorporates colorful animated creatures from Nintendo's Pokemon universe into the real world using augmented reality (AR) and Google mapping technology, had been "mind-blowing." The game, released July 6, was evolved from an earlier Niantic Labs AR app game called Ingress, which Hanke said has also gained in popularity after the release of Pokemon Go.



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Verizon to announce $5 billion deal to buy Yahoo on Monday: source

A combination photo of Yahoo logo in Rolle Switzerland and a Verizon sign in San Diego California(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo's future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in February. Yahoo and Verizon both declined to comment.



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U.S. accuses three more of multimillion-dollar text message scam

U.S. prosecutors on Friday unveiled an indictment against three men for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging unsuspecting mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan charged Fraser Thompson, an ex-executive at mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger, as well as Eugeni Tsvetnenko and Francis Assifuah, who authorities say ran digital content providers. The trio were added to a pre-existing case against five other people and accused of participating in an "auto-subscribing" scheme to charge cell phone customers monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages without their consent.
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Turkey asking Turks abroad to report Gulen supporters whereabouts: Swedish Radio

Turkey is asking its nationals living abroad to report people and organizations that support a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is accused of masterminding a failed military coup to Turkish authorities, Swedish Radio reported on Friday. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accuses Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric and former ally, of being behind the plot, which crumbled early on Saturday. In a crackdown on Gulen's suspected followers, more than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and educators have been suspended, detained or placed under investigation.
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China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

A WeChat logo is displayed on a mobile phone as a woman walks past as she talks on her mobile phone at a taxi rank in this picture illustrationBy Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market. The move is leading the South Africa-China joint venture down a fiercely competitive path as Facebook's WhatsApp is already part of the social media fabric in most African countries. Africa is not often the scene of battles between tech giants, but the outcome could help determine who can turn the exponential growth in online messaging services into profits.



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Sweden's Kinnevik says Zalando can withstand Amazon threat

A Zalando label lies on an item of clothing in a showroom of the fashion retailer Zalando in BerlinSwedish investment firm Kinnevik, which backs Europe's biggest pure online fashion firm Zalando, is confident the retailer can withstand competition from Amazon because it caters to a different type of customer. Zalando's shares have tumbled 11 percent this year as investors have expressed fears it is more exposed to Amazon's foray into fashion than British rival ASOS, whose shares have rallied 30 percent since the start of 2016. Kinnevik is Zalando's biggest shareholder.



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Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing smash-hit game home

A man plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo on his mobile phone as he walks at a busy crossing in Shibuya district in TokyoBy Elaine Lies and Megumi Lim TOKYO (Reuters) - Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as Pokemon GO, the hit Nintendo-backed smartphone game, finally launched in Japan, home of the colorful cartoon characters. The game has been an unexpected, runaway success from Spain to Australia, doubling Nintendo's value since the game's launch in the United States earlier this month. Japan, however, had been made to wait, as Niantic, the developers behind the game, and Nintendo sought to ensure servers would withstand the game's popularity.



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Exclusive: Chinese group in advanced talks to buy Caesars' interactive games unit - sources

By Mike Stone and Liana B. Baker NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO(Reuters) - U.S. gaming holding company Caesars Acquisition Co (CAC) is in exclusive talks to sell the online games business of Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc to a Chinese consortium that includes Giant Interactive Group Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Caesars granted the consortium a short exclusivity period earlier this week, following an auction that also included U.S. toymaker Hasbro Inc and South Korean mobile game company Netmarble Games, the sources said.
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'Snowden' director Stone talks NSA, Pokemon GO at Comic Con

U.S. film director and screenwriter Stone speaks during a discussion with students at the University of Puerto Rico in San JuanBy Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - Pokemon GO may seem a long way from the spy networks of the U.S. National Security Agency, but for Oliver Stone, director of NSA whistleblower movie "Snowden," the gaming app represents "a new level of invasion" of our digital privacy. The Oscar-winning director made the comments at a panel discussion promoting his latest film "Snowden" at San Diego's Comic-Con pop culture event on Thursday. The movie follows the 2013 events that led former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to expose the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs.



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Facebook's solar-powered internet drone takes flight

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding a propeller pod of the solar-powered Aquila drone during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook's lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60,000 feet (18,290 meters) and communicate with each other to deliver internet access.



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Al Jazeera to launch English language digital streaming service in U.S.

A woman passes by the Al Jazeera America broadcast center in midtown Manhattan in New YorkAl Jazeera Media Network is preparing to make its English language international news channel video content digitally available to U.S. viewers again, according to a July 21 email sent to employees obtained by Reuters. The move comes almost three months after it shut down its U.S. cable television network, Al Jazeera America, citing economic challenges in the U.S. media market. Al Jazeera English reaches more than 305 million households in over 160 countries.



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PayPal announces Visa partnership; earnings rise

The PayPal logo is seen during an event at Terra Gallery in San FranciscoPayPal Holdings Inc on Thursday showed strong growth in its online payments business, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings and announcing a partnership with Visa Inc that is expected to bring a significant revenue increase. The company also unveiled a partnership with Visa - a deal for which investors had been eager - intended to make it easier for PayPal customers to use Visa credit cards in their transactions and allow shoppers to use PayPal in brick-and-mortar retail locations.



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Comcast to offer prepaid TV and internet service

The NBC and Comcast logo are displayed on top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the GE building, in midtown Manhattan in New YorkBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the No. 1 U.S. cable company, said on Thursday it will introduce prepaid TV and internet services to attract customers whose credit ratings do not quality them for postpaid services. The service will roll out later this year in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Indiana, and will extend to the entire country by the end of 2017, Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a statement. The new offering, which does away with credit checks and annual contracts, lets customers refill their service at any time for a period of seven or 30 days for $15 and $45 respectively, the company said.



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Not that RNC. Canadian police field angry, admiring Trump tweets

For all the fervor the Republican National Convention has generated on Twitter this week, some users have directed their anger and admiration of the events in Cleveland toward a very different organization - a provincial police service on the east coast of Canada. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's handle, @RNC_PoliceNL, is the first that comes up in a Twitter search for "RNC," a top search related to the Republican National Convention being held this week. The confusion has led to a barrage of tweets being directed at the police force in the Atlantic province.
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