North Korea rejects U.S. accusation, says it is not linked to any cyber attacks

North Korea rejects U.S. accusation, says it is not linked to any cyber attacks

FILE PHOTO: A screenshot shows a WannaCry ransomware demand, provided by cyber security firm Symantec, in Mountain View, California, U.S. May 15, 2017. Courtesy of Symantec/Handout via REUTERS December 21, 2017 SEOUL (Reuters) – A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday Pyongyang is not linked to any cyber attacks, the North’s first response since the United States publicly blamed it for a massive worldwide cyber security breach. “As we have clearly stated…

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U.S. lawmakers seek temporary extension to internet spying program

U.S. lawmakers seek temporary extension to internet spying program

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Majority Leader, arrives for a Republican conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein December 21, 2017 By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are working to build support to temporarily extend the National Security Agency’s expiring internet surveillance program by tucking it into a stop-gap funding measure, lawmakers said. The month-long extension of the surveillance…

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Dollar steady near one-week high versus yen; BOJ stands pat

Dollar steady near one-week high versus yen; BOJ stands pat

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Dollar note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration/File Photo December 21, 2017 By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar traded near a one-week high against the yen on Thursday, supported by a rise in U.S. bond yields and showing limited reaction after the Bank of Japan kept interest rates steady as expected. The dollar held steady at 113.40 yen <JPY=>, clinging near Wednesday’s high of…

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Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing raises $4 billion: sources

Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing raises $4 billion: sources

FILE PHOTO: A woman works at the reception of ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing at its headquarters in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo December 21, 2017 BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing Technology Co, China’s rival to Uber Technologies Inc, has raised $4 billion in a new round of funding, two sources familiar with the deal told Reuters on Thursday. The round values the firm at close to $50 billion and…

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Peru VPs pledge loyalty to president on eve of vote to oust him

Peru VPs pledge loyalty to president on eve of vote to oust him

Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros and Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna leave the Government palace after a meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and cabinet in Lima, Peru, December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo December 21, 2017 By Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s two vice presidents pledged their loyalty to center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Wednesday, on the eve of a congressional vote that could remove him from…

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Asia stocks subdued as U.S. tax cuts batter bonds

Asia stocks subdued as U.S. tax cuts batter bonds

FILE PHOTO: People walk past an electronic stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo December 21, 2017 By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian markets offered a muted reaction on Thursday to the passage of U.S. tax cuts as benefits to company bottom lines were already baked into stock prices, while bonds were spooked by the blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways. MSCI’s broadest…

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Twitter seeks business ad dollars with live news, CEO tweets

Twitter seeks business ad dollars with live news, CEO tweets

FILE PHOTO: The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo December 21, 2017 By Sheila Dang and Jessica Toonkel (Reuters) – Twitter Inc is turning its spotlight onto a new demographic in its bid to lure more advertising dollars to its social media platform: deep-pocketed business users. The microblogging service has 330 million monthly active users but has struggled to turn its popularity into profit, losing out to…

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Republican U.S. tax bill deals biggest blow yet to Obamacare

Republican U.S. tax bill deals biggest blow yet to Obamacare

FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo December 21, 2017 By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans delivered their biggest blow yet to Obamacare in their tax overhaul that won final congressional approval on Wednesday, and delayed until 2018 consideration of legislation that could help mitigate some of the damage to the 2010 law. The $1.5 trillion tax bill,…

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Apple slows some older iPhones because of flagging batteries

Apple slows some older iPhones because of flagging batteries

A logo of Apple is seen in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic December 21, 2017 By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Apple Inc has addressed claims from an app company that says the maker of iPhones slows down the performance of older phones. On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone’s processor, published data that appeared to show slower performance…

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AT&T, two banks offer bonuses, pay hikes in wake of U.S. tax reform

AT&T, two banks offer bonuses, pay hikes in wake of U.S. tax reform

FILE PHOTO – The AT&T logo is pictured during the Forbes Forum 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido December 20, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc, Wells Fargo & Co and Boeing Co led the way on Wednesday in promising more pay for workers or more investment in training in the wake of the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years. The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives…

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