Google tries to ease tensions on eve of new EU privacy law

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google sought to ease online publisher concerns on Thursday about the effects European data privacy rules going into effect in just a few hours will have on their ad business. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google
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U.S. jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

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(Reuters) – After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) should pay $539 million to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages. Silhouette of mobile user is seen next
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Mexico says will not renegotiate NAFTA under pressure, but makes new offer

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MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico will not buckle to pressure to conclude the long-stalled renegotiation of NAFTA, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s spokesman said on Thursday, but a source said the country made a new offer after the United States launched a probe exploring auto tariffs. FILE PHOTO: The flags of Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
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How kidnapping insurance keeps a lid on ransom inflation

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IN THE early 1970s, leftist guerrillas in Argentina discovered a lucrative new way to make money: kidnap millionaires. Panicking firms would agree to huge ransoms, more concerned with freeing their executives than driving down the fee. That was not just bad for businesses. It also became a textbook case of how poor negotiating can send
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American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay

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HOW much should company bosses be paid relative to their employees? It depends who you ask. Plato argued that the richest members of society should earn no more than four times the pay of the poorest. John Pierpont Morgan, a banker from America’s gilded age, reckoned that bosses should earn at most 20 times the
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As Tesla’s share price falls, it becomes an inviting takeover target

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A RECENT tweet from Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, an electric-car firm, shows footage of a Model X undergoing rollover testing. The SUV is propelled rapidly sideways on a trolley before encountering a sand trap that stops it suddenly, tipping the car. The Tesla teeters between ending up on its roof or settling back
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Why it makes sense to invest in Treasury bonds

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JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH, a quotable economist, observed that one of the deeper mysteries is why, in a falling market, there is still a buyer for every seller. It is a conundrum that bond investors must now contemplate. Since January the yield on a ten-year Treasury bond has risen (and thus bond prices have fallen) with
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Dear oil helps some emerging economies and harms others

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When they are not fretting about the American dollar or Chinese debt, policymakers in emerging economies keep a close eye on the oil market. The price of Brent crude has risen by nearly 50% in the past year to around $80 a barrel. It ranks as the 11th-biggest spike in the past 70 years (adjusted
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