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Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country. Read More


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Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. More »


Greek top court clears way for U.S. extradition of Russian cybercrime suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian man, also wanted in Moscow, suspected of having laundered billions of dollars in the digital currency bitcoin. More »


Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will give Finisar Corp $390 million to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID, Animojis and portrait-mode photos. More »


U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers. More »


South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. More »


Deutsche Telekom, EWE to invest 2 billion euros in German fiber buildout

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is partnering with EWE AG [LANDWE.UL] to invest 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in building out a superfast glass-fiber broadband network in northwestern Germany, the companies said on Wednesday. More »


AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers. More »


Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is considering making batteries for electric vehicles (EV) with Panasonic Corp <6752.T>, as it ramps up battery development to help meet its goal for green cars to comprise half of global sales by 2030. More »


Germany monitoring bitcoin market impact: FinMin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is carefully monitoring the impact of cryptocurrencies on markets, a finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as bitcoin surged and the futures of the best known cryptocurrency made their world debut on a U.S. stock exchange. More »


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