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China's Tencent releases test version of Game of Thrones smartphone game

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has released a test version of a smartphone game based on U.S. hit television show Games of Thrones, in a move likely to spice up a pipeline hit by heightened government scrutiny of online gaming....

U.S. bill seeks to give Americans more control over online data

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at giving Americans more control over information that online companies like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google collect on their location, financial data, job history or biometric data like fingerprints....

Yelp investor SQN says shares could surge to $55-$65

SQN Investors LP said on Wednesday Yelp Inc's shares could surge to between $55 and $65, up to 80 percent above its current price, if the customer review company appoints new board members and considers selling itself....

Netflix, local rival Hotstar to censor content in India - sources

Netflix Inc and home-grown rival Hotstar plan to adopt self-regulation guidelines for content streamed on their platforms in India in an effort to prevent potential government censorship, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters....

Exclusive: India's e-commerce curbs could hit online sales by $46 billion by 2022 - PwC draft analysis

India's new foreign investment restrictions for its e-commerce sector, which includes giants such as Amazon.com Inc and Walmart-owned Flipkart, could reduce online sales by $46 billion by 2022, according to a draft analysis from global consultants PwC seen by Reuters....

Global blockchain unicorn Bitfury launches music business

Global blockchain company The Bitfury Group, valued recently at $1 billion, announced on Wednesday the launch of a music and entertainment division that will create an open-source music platform secured by the bitcoin blockchain....

Marriott looks to reboot loyalty plan after cyber attack

Marriott International Inc will relaunch its loyalty program under a new brand name, the company said on Wednesday, as it seeks to undo the damage to its name from a massive cyber attack that led to millions of customer records being stolen....

Chevron, Total and Reliance join oil blockchain platform Vakt

Oil majors Chevron and Total , along with major Indian refiner Reliance Industries , have joined the blockchain-based platform Vakt, London-based Vakt said on Tuesday....

Zimbabwe's Econet suspends internet services on government order: statement

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country's largest mobile operator, said on Wednesday its internet services had been cut off following an order from the government amid deadly protests in the country....

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months....

Netflix raises prices for U.S. subscribers

Netflix Inc is raising monthly fees for its U.S. subscribers by between 13 percent and 18 percent, the video streaming pioneer's first price increase since 2017 as it spends heavily on original content and international expansion....

U.S. Justice Dept broadens restrictions on internet gambling

The U.S. Justice Department will effectively prohibit online gambling and lottery businesses, experts said on Tuesday, after it decided to broaden its interpretation of rules governing interstate sports gambling to other forms of betting....

U.S. charges hackers, traders with stealing SEC filings

U.S. authorities on Tuesday charged a suspected Ukrainian computer hacker and several traders with scheming to trade on market-moving corporate earnings news stolen from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission database....

U.S. to delay implementation of new restrictions on online gambling for 90 days

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it would delay implementation of new restrictions on online gambling for 90 days to allow businesses to adjust their operations....

UK gambling stocks drop after U.S. DOJ reverses opinion on internet betting

Shares of British betting companies, which have been pushing into the United States market because of tighter regulations at home, fell after the U.S. Department of Justice called for wider restrictions on all gambling on the internet....

NBCUniversal to launch streaming service in 2020

Comcast's NBCUniversal will launch a streaming media service in early 2020 under a pricing model that seeks to mollify traditional pay TV providers while going after a market dominated by Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc....

India's top court seeks govt response on plans to snoop on citizens' computers

India's Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to respond in six weeks on pleas challenging a recent home ministry order that allowed some agencies to monitor personal computers of citizens....

German antitrust watchdog to act against Facebook: report

Germany's antitrust watchdog plans to order Facebook to stop gathering some user data, a newspaper reported on Sunday....

India's online sellers to appeal against competition commission's Flipkart ruling

A group representing online sellers in India will appeal against the Competition Commision of India's (CCI's) ruling in favour of Walmart-owned Flipkart, the group's lawyer Chanakya Basa said in a release on Saturday....

German hacker spread right-wing, anti-Muslim views on Internet

A 20-year-old student who disclosed the private data of nearly 1,000 politicians and others in one of Germany's biggest data breaches had expressed rightwing and anti-Muslim views on the Internet, German media reported on Friday....

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