White House draft order directs probes into tech giants: Bloomberg

The White House has drafted an executive order that would push federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to probe the business practices of social media and other internet companies, according to Bloomberg.

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The artist as an algorithm: robot-made Rembrandt for sale

Robots can do many of the jobs previously performed by humans, but could they ever replace artists?

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Chinese police arrest 21 over data theft at Alibaba's delivery arm: Xinhua

Chinese police on Friday arrested 21 suspects in connection with the theft of customer information from Alibaba Group Holding's logistics affiliate Cainiao Network, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai denies efforts to tweak search results: Axios

Google's Chief Executive Sundar Pichai denied reports of efforts to politically bias the company's internet search results, Axios reported on Friday citing a memo.

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FCC chairman ramps up defense of net neutrality repeal

With a federal appeals court preparing to consider the Trump administration's reversal of Obama-era U.S. net neutrality regulations, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is ramping up his defense of the decision.

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As new iPhones go on sale, studies reveal chips from Intel and Toshiba

Apple Inc's latest iPhones hit stores around the world on Friday, featuring components made by Intel Corp and Toshiba among others, according to two firms that cracked open the iPhone Xs and Xs Max models.

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Farfetch tops price range in IPO in boon to luxury market

Farfetch priced its shares above its targeted range on Friday in a New York flotation that values the online luxury retailer at over $5.8 billion and underscores how big a bet web sales have become for high-end brands.

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Comcast and Fox take $34 billion battle for Britain's Sky to the wire

Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox face a quick-fire auction for British broadcaster Sky on Saturday after neither side backed down in a drawn-out $34 billion battle.

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Uber in talks to buy food delivery firm Deliveroo: Bloomberg

Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is in early talks to buy food delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Switzerland tries to stem blockchain exodus by improving access to banks

In an effort to maintain its status as a cryptocurrency hub, Switzerland has taken steps to help blockchain companies access the traditional financial system by making it easier for them to open corporate bank accounts.

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Google tweaks privacy policy for Indian payment app after rival complaint

Google has tweaked the privacy policy of its Indian digital payments mobile application, days after local rival Paytm complained that the U.S. tech giant's platform allowed disclosure of customer data for advertising and other purposes.

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U.S. Justice Department may delay meeting on possible social media bias: source

The Justice Department is considering delaying a meeting with state attorneys general planned for next week to discuss concerns about conservative voices being stifled on social media, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

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Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules.

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Startup Picnic runs grocery delivery bus in Dutch online shopping boom

Coming to a stop outside yet another front door on Utrecht's narrow streets, 25-year-old Susann Huber gets out of her electric minivan, pulls out a crate of groceries and hands them over to a waiting customer.

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A call to the boss: Indonesia contends with aggressive Chinese online lenders

Indonesian authorities have generally opened their arms to fintech companies offering online loans in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, viewing them as a way of getting credit to tens of millions of people often unable to access bank lending.

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Facebook to drop on-site support for political campaigns

Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race.

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Google staff discussed tweaking search results to counter travel ban: WSJ

Google employees brainstormed ways to alter search functions to counter the Trump administration's controversial 2017 travel ban, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing internal emails.

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White House pledges to step up cyber offense on hackers

The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy.

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Cryptocurrency has hit bottom, bitcoin due for renaissance: Novogratz

Michael Novogratz, former macro hedge fund manager and founder of cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, on Thursday said that the bottom in cryptocurrency prices has been reached and bitcoin is due to bounce back.

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NY court overturns $115 million patent judgment against Samsung

The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over television patents.

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Source: Reuters