Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail, source says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a person briefed on the company's probe told Reuters on Monday.

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U.S. governors, hackers, academics team up to secure elections

(Reuters) - Ethical hackers will team up with U.S. governors, academics and others to help prevent election results from being hacked, according to a person familiar with the plan.

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Qualcomm offers EU concessions over $38 billion NXP takeover bid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry.

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Alphabet launches U.S. ad campaign to promote driverless car safety

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit Waymo and several groups are launching a campaign aimed at convincing skeptical Americans of what they say is the value and safety of driverless cars, as Congress considers how it will regulate the technology.

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Credit monitor TransUnion hires new Washington lobbyists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Credit monitoring firm TransUnion added to its lobbying roster in Washington in early October after news of a hack at its competitor Equifax brought more government scrutiny to the industry.

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Ford taps Silicon Valley startup to build transportation software

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has begun to develop new transportation service applications using a software platform developed by Autonomic Inc, a small Silicon Valley startup.

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Apple praises French iPhone work before talking tax with Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - Apple boss Tim Cook went out of his way on Monday to single out a small French firm involved with innovative features in the latest iPhones ahead of meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for a tougher line on technology company taxes.

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Uber suspends unlicensed service in Norway in change of tack

(Reuters) - Uber said on Monday it would suspend its unlicensed service UberPOP in Oslo until Norway introduces new rules, as the U.S. ride-hailing app adopts a more conciliatory tone with national authorities.

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GM to buy sensor-tech firm Strobe to speed up self-driving car push

DETROIT (Reuters) - No. 1 U.S. automaker General Motors Co said on Monday it would buy Strobe Inc, which uses LIDAR technology to help self-driving cars identify objects at a distance, to speed up development of autonomous vehicles and slash sensor costs.

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EU investigates possible Dutch and Polish blocking of fintech services

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust authorities are investigating Dutch and Polish banking associations and their members to determine whether financial technology services are being blocked from accessing customer account data.

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Source: Reuters