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Canada watchdog to seek court order to force Facebook to follow privacy laws

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Read More


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New capital for Tesla will come at a cost

(Reuters) - A capital raise for Tesla Inc will not come cheap and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk must finally prove to investors that he can produce and deliver Model 3s and higher margin electric cars on time, Wall Street analysts said on Thursday. More »


Microsoft market cap touches $1 trillion, pulls above Apple

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's market value vaulted above the $1 trillion mark for the first time in regular session trade on Thursday, pulling ahead of Apple Inc and making it the most valuable U.S. publicly traded company after quarterly earnings and revenue beat Wall Street expectations. More »


U.S. adds another Chinese e-commerce site to 'notorious' IP blacklist

(Reuters) - The United States on Thursday added China's third-largest e-commerce platform to its list of "notorious markets" for violations of intellectual property rights and kept China on its priority watch list for piracy and counterfeiting concerns. More »


Irish regulator opens inquiry into Facebook over password storage

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook's lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, on Thursday said it had launched an inquiry into whether the company violated EU data rules by saving user passwords in plain text format on internal servers. More »


Comcast in talks to sell its stake in Hulu to Disney: CNBC

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp is in talks to sell its stake in Hulu to Walt Disney Co, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. More »


UK minister: Huawei leaks 'unacceptable', criminal investigation possible

LONDON (Reuters) - British culture minister Jeremy Wright said on Thursday he could not rule out a criminal investigation over the "unacceptable" disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of China's Huawei Technologies in 5G network supply chains. More »


Verizon opens pre-orders for Samsung 5G phone, adds 20 more cities

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc started taking preorders for Samsung's first 5G smartphone in the United States on Thursday, and said it would launch the high-speed wireless service in 20 more cities after Chicago and Minneapolis. More »


Snap hires McDonald's executive as first marketing head

(Reuters) - Snapchat parent Snap Inc on Thursday named McDonald's marketing head Kenny Mitchell as its first chief marketing officer, as the company seeks to attract new users to its platform. More »


Less to lose: Germany's poorer East embraces tech revolution

JENA, Germany (Reuters) - From the 12th floor of Jenoptik's headquarters, chief executive Stefan Traeger points to his laser factory and the university that provides it with talent. Welcome to "Optics Valley" - a role model for Germany's East in a big year for the region. More »


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