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Former U.S. Ambassador throws support behind embattled Toshiba board chair
TOKYO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on Saturday endorsed the continued leadership of Toshiba Corp Board Chairman Osamu Nagayama, who has come under intense pressure to resign amid a deepening crisis at the Japanese conglomerate.
Exclusive: Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google told Reuters this week it is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of color.
Ex-Tesla president sold stocks worth $247 million since June 10 - SEC filing
BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Long-time Tesla Inc executive and president Jerome Guillen, who left the company earlier in June, has sold an estimated $274 million worth of shares after exercising stock options since June 10, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Bitcoin falls 7% to $35,431.15
(Reuters) - Bitcoin dropped 7% to $35,431.15 at 20:02 GMT on Friday, losing $2,666.53 from its previous close.
PayPal overhauls U.S. rates as payments rivalry heats up
NEW YORK (Reuters) -PayPal Holdings Inc will lift merchant costs for its branded payment products while cutting those for behind-the-scenes processing of some Visa and Mastercard transactions, a bold move in an increasingly competitive digital payments sector.
Exclusive: Google's adtech business set to face formal EU probe by year-end - sources
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet unit Google could face its biggest regulatory threat, with EU antitrust regulators set to open a formal investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business before the end of the year, said people familiar with the matter.
California launches digital COVID-19 vaccine pass but won't require it
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) -California officials on Friday unveiled a website to access or download a digital copy of COVID-19 immunization records, though they stressed the state would not make it mandatory to carry the vaccine credentials.
UPDATE 3-U.S. companies rush to change their calendars for new Juneteenth holiday
June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. companies scrambled to put in place policies that would allow employees to take a day off after President Joe Biden signed a bill late on Thursday to recognize June 19, or "Juneteenth," as a federal holiday.
EU reaches technical deal on Belarus economic sanctions, diplomats say
BRUSSELS/VIENNA, June 18 (Reuters) - The European Union reached on Friday a technical agreement on economic sanctions on Belarus after Austria lifted its objections, including a ban on new loans to Belarus, two diplomats told Reuters.
Nigeria could launch pilot digital currency by year-end - central bank
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's Central Bank is preparing a digital currency pilot that could launch as early as the end of this year, its director of information technology said in a recording heard by Reuters on Friday.
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