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  • SYDNEY/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17- Apple Inc said on Friday no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts. Apple contacted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation when it became aware of the intrusion, The Age said,...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 17- Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc plans to open a 250 million-reais center in Brazil that will research technology to make it safer for its drivers to accept cash, a key payment method in its rapid expansion in Latin America, the company said Friday. Uber's Safety Product Director Sachin Kansal said in an interview that the investment...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Japan's Nikkei rose on Friday morning as trade tensions appeared to ease and gains in U.S. shares supported sentiment, but chip-related stocks fell after Applied Materials disappointed investors with worse-than-expected earnings forecasts overnight. "Investors have started to expect that there could be a sign of progress towards ending the...

  • *Meeting headed by China's president orders sackings. BEIJING, Aug 17- China has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. A meeting of the ruling Communist Party's Politburo, overseen by...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude heading for a seventh weekly decline amid increasing concerns about slowing global economic growth that could hit demand for petroleum products as inventories build. Brent crude oil futures were down 3 cents at $71.40 a barrel by 00229 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude futures dropped 1 cent to $65.45 a...

  • *Case at Zhengzhou slaughterhouse is second in China. Some 30 hogs died of the illness on Thursday at the slaughterhouse in Zhengzhou in Henan province, controlled by China's largest pork processor Henan Shuanghui Investment& Development, a subsidiary of WH Group. The infected pigs had travelled thousands of kilometres from a farm in Jiamusi city in China's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 16- Google is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive said at a companywide meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript seen by Reuters, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project. Whether the company could or would launch search in China "is all very unclear,"...

  • A former member of Tesla's internal investigations team, Karl Hansen, filed a tips, complaints and referrals form to the SEC about the Gigafactory on Aug. 9, Hansen's attorney Stuart Meissner said in a news release. Whistleblowers can receive 10 percent to 30 percent of penalties the SEC collects. Hansen alleges Tesla failed to disclose that it received written...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 17- London copper prices ticked lower on Friday, shedding last session's gains which were triggered by reports of Washington- Beijing trade talks and a recovery in Turkey's currency. *China and the United States will hold lower-level trade talks this month, the two governments said on Thursday, offering hope that they might resolve an escalating...

  • *Case at Zhengzhou slaughterhouse is second in China. Some 30 hogs died of the illness on Thursday at the slaughterhouse in Zhengzhou in Henan province, controlled by China's largest pork processor Henan Shuanghui Investment& Development, a subsidiary of WH Group. The infected pigs had travelled thousands of kilometres from a farm in Jiamusi city in China's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 16- Google is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive told staff on Thursday, the New York Times reported, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a company-wide meeting that though development is in an early stage,...

  • *China and the United States will hold lower-level trade talks this month, the two governments said on Thursday, offering hope that they might resolve an escalating tariff war that threatens to engulf all trade between the world's two largest economies. *China takes more than 60 percent of soybeans traded worldwide and last year bought shipments from the...

  • "For the next 18 to 24 months, it's very hard to envision anyone challenging Nvidia on training," said Jon Bathgate, analyst and tech sector co-lead at Janus Henderson Investors. Intel's chips can still work just fine there, especially when paired with huge amounts of memory, said Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, chief technology officer of Nexar Inc, an Israeli startup using...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter's contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize it but who...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Asian shares won a modest reprieve on Friday after China and the United States agreed to hold their first trade talks since June next week and as the Turkish lira extended gains from its record low earlier this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent in early trade, a day after it hit its lowest level in a year.

  • *China and the United States will hold lower-level trade talks this month, the two governments said on Thursday, offering hope that they might resolve an escalating tariff war that threatens to engulf all trade between the world's two largest economies. *The United States warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over...

  • LONDON, Aug 16- If the global economy starts to grow more slowly, the impact will show up first in the price of refined fuels such as road diesel, marine gasoil and jet fuel that play a central role in the freight transport system. Middle distillate fuels are principally burned in the high-powered engines used in trucks, railroads, ships, barges and aircraft to move...

  • TOKYO, Aug 17- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude heading for a seventh weekly decline amid increasing concerns about slowing global economic growth that could hit demand for petroleum products. Brent crude oil futures were down 5 cents at $71.38 a barrel by 0050 GMT. China and the United States have implemented several rounds of trade tariffs and...

  • *Focus on next week's U.S.- China trade meeting. TOKYO, Aug 17- The dollar was little changed against other major currencies on Friday after nudging away from 13-1/ 2- month highs amid easing risk aversion and as investors awaited the next developments in the U.S.- China trade saga. "Next week, the main focus will likely shift to U.S.- China trade issues from Turkey...

  • Aug 17- An ExxonMobil-operated gas project in Papua New Guinea has agreed a deal to supply liquefied natural gas to a unit of British oil giant BP, said Australia's Oil Search Ltd, a partner in the development. "takes the total contracted volumes from the Project to approximately 7.5 MTPA", said Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten. Earlier this month, Oil...