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Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

TOKYO - Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said.

BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

TORONTO - BlackBerry Ltd shares have been plunging from their more than two-year high hit in June after lackluster earnings and competitive threats have raised doubts about prospects for a turnaround at the business software maker.

U.S. formally launches probe of China's intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a widely expected move following a call from President Donald Trump earlier this week to determine whether a probe was needed.

NuTonomy hopes for second-quarter 2018 launch of paid Singapore self-driving car rides

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. self-driving car startup NuTonomy and southeast Asian ride services partner Grab hope to turn a test pilot in Singapore into a paid, commercial service as soon as the second quarter of next year, NuTonomy Chief Executive Karl Iagnemma said on Friday.

China's Lenovo warns of cost challenges as it sinks to Q1 loss

HONG KONG - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd warned of higher costs and margin pressure due to shortages of components like memory chips, as it posted its first quarterly loss in almost two years on Friday.

Former Uber CEO says investor lawsuit a 'public and personal attack'

SAN FRANCISCO - The ousted chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company's top investors a "public and personal attack" without merit, according to court documents filed late on Thursday.

U.S. digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis

SAN FRANCISCO - A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were "dangerous" and threatened free expression online.

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns, cites recent "drumbeat of distractions"

- Infosys Ltd, in a surprise announcement, said Vishal Sikka has resigned as CEO citing a stream of distractions and disruptions in recent months, pushing down shares of the second-largest Indian IT services firm almost 8 percent on Friday.

YouTube TV expands to 14 new markets, partners with Sinclair stations

- Alphabet Inc's Google has expanded its YouTube TV streaming service into 14 new U.S. markets to reach half of American households, with an additional 17 markets to launch in the next few weeks, the company said on Thursday.

Facebook tests adding news stories customized to users' interests

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc is testing a feature in the Facebook News Feed that provides customized links to news on topics of interest to individual users, as the company continues to search for ways to increase the amount of time that people spend using the world's largest social media network.

Lenovo says more confident it can achieve mobile turnaround goal

HONG KONG - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd is more confident it can achieve its turnaround goal for its mobile business in the second half of fiscal year 2018, Chairman and Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing told Reuters on Friday.

China's Lenovo sinks to loss on higher costs, sluggish PC market; outlook challenging

HONG KONG - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd posted a first-quarter loss on Friday citing higher costs and slower growth in the personal computer market, and said the outlook was challenging due to supply constraints.

Pershing Square's Ackman says ADP needs to streamline

BOSTON/NEW YORK - Activist investor William Ackman laid out his case for changes at Automatic Data Processing Inc on Thursday, saying the payroll processor needs to improve its profit margins and integrate its business lines.

Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

- Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.

Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler

FRANKFURT - German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted on Thursday.

U.S. appeals court rules for Uber in arbitration dispute

NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of Uber Technologies Inc in a lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its taxi-hailing service,

Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler

FRANKFURT - German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, Sixt chief executive Erich Sixt, whose company owns part of DriveNow, hinted on Thursday.

China's Alibaba outstrips revenue estimates with online sales growth

- Alibaba, China's top e-commerce firm, beat analyst's estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by growth in online sales which make up most of its business.

China targets Alibaba's Taobao, other e-commerce sites, in VPN crackdown

BEIJING - Chinese authorities have issued a warning to the country's top e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba Holding Group Ltd's Taobao.com, over the sale of illegal virtual private networks that allow users to skirt state censorship controls.

Ericsson could shed 25,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive: report

STOCKHOLM - Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson may lay off around 25,000 employees outside Sweden as part of its savings program, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources at the company.

Sonova plays catch up with Danish rivals on hearing-aid tech

ZURICH - Sonova on Thursday launched a new hearing aid microchip capable of streaming audio directly from wireless mobile devices as the Swiss company aims to close the gap to Danish competitors that pioneered similar technology years ago.

Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists

SAN FRANCISCO - Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

NAFTA talks must include discussion on fintech: Mexican negotiator

WASHINGTON - Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement must include a discussion of new financial services, a Mexican negotiator said on Wednesday, singling out so-called fintech companies rapidly gaining ground in the region.

Sonova plays catch up with Danish rivals on hearing-aid tech

ZURICH - Sonova on Thursday launched a new hearing aid that streams audio directly from wireless mobile devices as the Swiss company closes the gap to Danish competitors who pioneered similar technology.

China's Tencent set to open 5.3 percent up after strong second-quarter

HONG KONG - Shares of China's Tencent Holdings are set to open 5.3 percent higher on Thursday after the world's largest gaming company reported a forecast-beating quarterly profit.

Slim's America Movil wins telecom battle in top Mexico court

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled billionaire Carlos Slim's telecommunications company America Movil should not be barred by law from charging competitors certain fees, prompting fears of a rollback of a sweeping antitrust reform.

Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

Samsung, Foxconn to back cable-free phone tech

- A startup backed by Tony Fadell, one of the fathers of the Apple iPod, plans to announce Wednesday it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and others on a new way for mobile phones to transfer large amounts of data without using wires or ...

Tencent to boost AI after profit jumps on mobile games, WeChat

HONG KONG - Tencent Holdings Ltd , China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, trumped forecasts to post its best-ever quarterly results, driven by higher income from smartphone games, payments and online advertising.

Uber sorry for Philippines 'misunderstanding', but suspension stands

MANILA - The Philippine transport regulator stood by its one-month suspension of Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday, despite its apology for a "misunderstanding" in failing to heed a directive to stop accepting new driver applications.

Trump, in tweet, again blasts Amazon over taxes, jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Amazon.com on Twitter over taxes and jobs and accused the global retailer, without evidence, of hurting U.S. localities and causing job losses.

Fiat Chrysler joins autonomous driving team of BMW, Intel, Mobileye

SAN FRANCISCO - Fiat Chrysler is joining the self-driving alliance led by BMW Group, Intel Corp and its Mobileye subsidiary, becoming the second automaker in the year-old group to opt to partner in developing an autonomous driving platform.

Amazon adds 'Instant Pickup' in U.S. brick-and-mortar push

BERKELEY, Calif - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail.

Mobile language app Babbel, Cambridge team up for English tests

OXFORD - Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday.

Tech companies urge Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

WASHINGTON - More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc , have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data.

China e-car newcomer Future Mobility raises $200M in new financing

BEIJING - A Chinese-funded electric-car startup Future Mobility Corp, led by former BMW and Nissan Motor Co sales executive as president and co-founder, has raised $200 million in its latest round of financing.

Lawsuit over false online data revived after U.S. top court review

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a California man's lawsuit accusing Spokeo Inc of publishing an online profile about him that was filled with mistakes.

Uber resumes services in Philippines in defiance of suspension order

MANILA - Uber Technologies Inc resumed its services in the Philippines on Tuesday, defying a regulator's order that had suspended the ride-hailing firm's services for a month in the Southeast Asian nation.

Tech companies in the crosshairs on white supremacy and free speech

TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO - The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online ...

Uber says appeals one-month Philippine suspension, resuming services

MANILA - Uber said on Tuesday it had appealed to the Philippine authorities to reconsider a one-month suspension handed out to the ride-hailing firm a day earlier, and was resuming services as it waits for a decision.

Angry Birds maker Rovio's sales jump on movie boost

HELSINKI - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd said on Tuesday its sales in the first half of the year almost doubled following the success of "The Angry Birds Movie."

Uber improves conditions for British drivers, adds tips

LONDON - Taxi app Uber will improve conditions for its British drivers with changes including in-app tipping, after criticism from lawmakers and unions for not giving them more rights.