Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, wielding online might in brick-and-mortar world

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in an embrace of brick-and-mortar stores that could turn the high-end grocer into a mass-market merchant and upend the already struggling U.S. retail industry.

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Apple poaches top Sony TV executives to boost video content

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc has hired two long-time Sony Pictures Television executives to expand the iPhone maker's push into original television programming, plunging deeper into a field crowded by Hollywood studios and online streaming services.

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Apparel retailer Buckle says some credit card information compromised

(Reuters) - Apparel retailer Buckle Inc said on Friday that credit card information of some of its customers may have been compromised after its payment system was breached by a "criminal entity" following purchases made at some of its stores.

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Alleged Canadian hacker may not fight U.S. extradition: lawyer

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian accused of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts may waive his right to fight a U.S. extradition request, his lawyer said on Friday.

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U.S. tech firm in blockchain tie-up with insurance advisory firm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. technology company The Bitfury Group said on Friday it had formed a strategic partnership with advisory firm Risk Cooperative to use the blockchain digital ledger in the $60 billion insurance broking market.

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Canada cyber-spy agency expects hacktivist attacks in 2019 vote

OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's electronic spy agency said on Friday it was "very likely" that hackers will try to influence Canada's 2019 elections and it planned to advise political parties next week on how to guard against cyber threats.

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Angry Birds maker Rovio says IPO possible in future

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game and animation studio Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds game, said it could list on the stock exchange in the future, while declining comment on a media report that China's Tencent Holdings was looking to acquire the company.

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U.S. states could not set self-driving car rules under Republican plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday.

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Not yet Amazon Prime time: Australia retail sell-off overblown?

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Since Amazon.com Inc said in late April it would bring its Marketplace for third-party sellers to Australia, shares of leading bricks-and-mortar retailers have tumbled on fears their growth prospects would be hit.

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Orange says SFR lawsuit over fiber optics network coverage dismissed

PARIS (Reuters) - French telecom operator Orange said on Friday that rival telecom group SFR had lost a lawsuit against it over fiber optic network coverage, confirming a report on the website of newspaper Le Parisien.

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