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Toyota invests in U.S. car-sharing service

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp on Friday said it has invested in U.S. car-sharing company Getaround, a move that comes as global automakers seek to shore up their presence in new technology sectors amid growing competition from transport startups. Read More


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EU privacy watchdogs warn WhatsApp on privacy policy, Yahoo on breach

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy watchdogs said on Friday they had sent letters to WhatsApp over its sharing of information with parent company Facebook and Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and its scanning of customer emails for U.S. intelligence purposes. More »


NHTSA urges U.S. self-driving startup to delay sale of device

(Reuters) - San Francisco-based startup is canceling development of a planned aftermarket self-driving device called Comma One after receiving a warning letter from U.S. safety regulators, the company said Friday on Twitter. More »


Amazon targets Chinese demand for overseas shopping with Prime launch

BEIJING (Reuters) - Inc has launched a tailored version of its Prime service in China to tap consumer demand for overseas goods, putting the U.S. online retail firm in closer competition with local rivals Alibaba Group and More »


UK tribunal rules Uber drivers deserve workers' rights

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber should no longer treat its drivers as self-employed, a British tribunal ruled on Friday, in a decision which threatens the taxi app's business model by forcing it to pay the minimum wage and offer holiday entitlement. More »


Swiss rail operator to sell bitcoins at its ticket machines

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's national railways firm SBB is branching out next month with the launch of a new service on its ticket machines to sell bitcoins, the web-based digital currency. More »


Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network's executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication. More »


After third-quarter revenue drop, Baidu warns China ad curbs to hit fourth-quarter harder

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc warned investors fourth-quarter revenue will slide, hitting shares, as a government crackdown on healthcare advertising that tipped the firm into its first-ever quarterly sales drop bites even harder. More »


Amazon delivery contractor settles on New York back wages

New York (Reuters) - An Inc delivery contractor in New York City has agreed to pay $100,000 in back wages to drivers after making deductions for lunch breaks that the workers never took, the state attorney general's office said on Friday. More »


Amazon forecast for holiday season disappoints as investment rises

(Reuters) - Inc on Thursday said high spending on warehouses and video production would drag on profits in the holiday quarter, disappointing investors who are weary of roller coaster results from the e-commerce giant and sending its shares down 6 percent. More »


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