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  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Dec 17- Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.. "You have to do things differently in order to succeed here in China," Uber Chief Executive Travis...

  • BEIJING, Dec 17- Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc agreed to buy a stake in Uber as the online car-hailing service seeks to gain ground on rivals with powerful backers in one of the world's biggest transportation markets. Baidu is the latest big-name investor, joining the likes of Goldman Sachs and Google Inc, to place a bet on the fast-growing transportation...

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    3. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Scott Cawthon. 5. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon. 2. Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Inc..

  • Midday movers: Chevron, Crocs, JetBlue & more Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Some of Tuesday's midday movers:

  • LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland, Dec 16- TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday. We have done several partnerships and might also do acquisitions, "Biver, head of LVMH watches and TAG Heuer interim chief executive,...

  • Apple just got reinforcements in mobile pay battle Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    A worker demonstrates Apple Pay inside a mobile kiosk sponsored by Visa and Wells Fargo to demonstrate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system on October 20, 2014 in San Francisco City.

    Dozens more companies—including big banks, retailers and start-ups—have begun to adopt Apple's mobile payments platform, The New York Times reports.

  • Top apps of 2014, according to Apple and Google Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    The tech giants' favorite apps cover a wide area, including mobile photography, health and fitness, social and education.

  • Google’s Europe woes worsen with $19M fine threat Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET
    Google headquarters.

    Google faces fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million) unless it fixes its privacy breaches in the Netherlands, Dutch regulators said.

  • Spain: Google News vanishes amid 'Google Tax' spat Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 AM ET

    MADRID— Google on Tuesday followed through with a pledge to shut down Google News in Spain in reaction to a Spanish law requiring news publishers to receive payment for content even if they are willing to give it away. The company's Spanish Google News page, normally full of aggregated news content, vanished and was replaced by a message saying Google was "...

  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game "Flappy Bird," bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie "...

  • Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    The Kremlin has tried to shift blame for Russia's economic woes, accusing the West of inflicting economic pain on Russia in an attempt to force a regime change. The market plunge defied a whopping pre-dawn interest rate hike of 6.5 percentage points by Russia's Central Bank aimed at defending the currency. "Now is the exact time to make all the purchases you've...

  • Bitcoin: What to expect in 2015 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Bitcoin had a wild ride over the past two years, with prices driven by speculation, investment and government regulation, and investors should expect nothing less in 2015.

  • Facebook's top game aims to sweeten up China Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    "Cookie Jam" is among the top 20 grossing games on iOS and Android and was named Facebook's game of the year for 2014. Next up: China.

  • Google to retire Nexus 5 for bigger screens Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:24 PM ET
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    Google will retire the Nexus 5 gradually as it shifts focus to big screen phablets and tablets.

  • Brazil: Google fined in Petrobras probe Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— A Brazilian court says it has fined Google around $200,000 for refusing to intercept emails needed in a corruption investigation at state-run oil company Petrobras. The federal court in the southern state of Parana said in a statement Monday that Google eventually did share the emails with Brazilian police several months ago but had to pay the fine...

  • Dutch watchdog demands privacy changes from Google Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands— A Dutch privacy watchdog on Monday ordered Google to make changes to the way it handles users' personal data or face fines of up to 15 million euros. The College for the Protection of Personal Data announced it is giving the Internet giant until the end of February to comply with measures aimed at giving consumers in the Netherlands more...

  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • Zumtobel to focus more on software, CEO says Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    VIENNA, Dec 15- Austrian lighting group Zumtobel will increasingly focus on providing packages of services rather than just hardware, Chief Executive Ulrich Schumacher told magazine Trend. "We will develop increasingly in future into a software supplier, a kind of Google of the lighting industry," he was quoted as saying in an interview published on Monday.

  • Lawyer: Free speech at stake in anti-Muslim film Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    A lawyer for Google argued that if a ruling stands allowing a bit player in "Innocence of Muslims" copyright privileges, it could extend to minor characters in blockbusters, shatter copyright law and ultimately restrict free speech because anyone unhappy with their performance could have it removed from the Internet. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas said the court...

  • *Court banned Xiaomi selling in India on Dec. 10. *Xiaomi was fastest growing vendor in India. MUMBAI/ BEIJING, Dec 14- The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges.