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No alcohol sales permitted at Qatar’s World Cup stadium sites

DOHA Nov 18 (Reuters) – Alcoholic beer will not be sold at Qatar’s World Cup stadiums, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday, a last minute reversal which raised questions among some supporters about the host country’s ability to deliver on promises to fans. The announcement comes two days before Sunday’s kickoff of the …

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Democratic US senators accuse Musk of undermining Twitter, urge FTC probe

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Seven Democratic senators sent a letter on Thursday to the Federal Trade Commission, warning that Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, was acting in disregard of users and urging the agency to investigate any breach of a consent decree that the FTC inked with Twitter. The lawmakers, including Senators Richard …

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Google struck $360-mln Activision deal to block rival app store, argument says

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov 17 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google has struck at least 24 deals with big app developers to stop them from competing with its Play Store, including an agreement to pay Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI. O) about $360 million over three years, according to a court filing on Thursday. Google also agreed …

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Exclusive: How FTX bought its way to become the ‘most regulated’ crypto exchange

FTX bought a 10% stake in IEX with an option to acquire 100% FTX spent $2 billion on ‘acquisitions for regulatory purposes’ Documents show FTX saw its regulatory status as a way of luring new capital from major investors Nov 18 (Reuters) – Before it collapsed this month, FTX stood apart from many rivals in …

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Intel hit with $949 mln US verdict in VLSI computer chip patent trial

Nov 15 (Reuters) – A federal jury in Texas on Tuesday said Intel Corp (INTC.O) must pay VLSI Technology LLC $948.8 million for infringing a VLSI patent for computer chips. VLSI, a patent-holding company affiliated with the SoftBank Group Corp-owned private equity firm Fortress Investment Group, argued during the six-day trial that Intel’s Cascade Lake …

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Oil flows on Druzhba pipeline suspended in parts of Eastern Europe

BUDAPEST/PRAGUE, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Oil supply to parts of Eastern and Central Europe via a section of the Druzhba pipeline has been temporarily suspended, according to oil pipeline operators in Hungary and Slovakia. The extent of the disruption was not immediately clear, and came concurrent with an explosion in a village in eastern Poland …

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Tesla EVs ranked worst in annual reliability survey by Consumer Reports

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Electric vehicles (EVs) from Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and other brands were among the least reliable vehicles in the United States, Consumer Reports magazine’s annual reliability survey showed on Tuesday. Although EVs and full-size pick up trucks enjoy the hottest demand in the market, they are the “most problematic”, the nonprofit organization …

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Google to pay nearly $400 million to settle US location-tracking probe

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) will share $391.5 million to settle by 40 states that the search and advertising giant illegally tracked users’ locations, the Michigan attorney general’s office said Monday. The investigation and settlement, which was led by Oregon and Nebraska, is a sign of mounting legal headaches for the tech …

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Roche’s Alzheimer’s drug fails to meet goal in long awaited trial

Trials show small benefit, but without statistical validity Roche’s setback leaves Biogen, Eisai as leaders in the field Onus on Roche CEO-designate to revive development fortunes Roche shares down 3.4%, development partner Morphosys down 29% Nov 14 (Reuters) – Roche’s (ROG.S) Alzheimer’s drug candidate could not be shown to slow dementia progression in two drug …

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Hedge fund Galois Capital says half its capital stuck on FTX exchange -FT

Nov 12 (Reuters) – Galois Capital is the latest hedge fund caught off guard after close to half its assets were trapped on collapsed crypto exchange FTX, the Financial Times said on Saturday, estimating the amount to be around $100 million. Galois co-founder Kevin Zhou wrote to investors in recent days that while the fund …

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