Spotify makes confidential filing for U.S. IPO: source

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify has filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018 that would allow some longtime investors to cash out, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Uber is sued over payment for mobile ads it called fraudulent

(Reuters) - A British mobile advertising agency has sued Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to force the ride-hailing company to pay millions of dollars of bills that Uber had refused to pay after claiming that ads being generated were fraudulent.

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Apple's battery replacement offer to reduce 2018 iPhone sales: Barclays

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's offer to replace flagging batteries at a slashed rate could be a hurdle for iPhone unit sales in 2018 if more users take the deal over upgrading to a new device, Barclays analysts write in a note.

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SEC mixes message on Apple shareholder proposals, activists say

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc was allowed to disregard one activist shareholder proposal on greenhouse gas emissions but told to hold a vote on another concerning human rights issues, in closely watched securities rulings that tested new guidance from U.S regulators.

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Alphabet's Google explores sale of restaurant reviewer Zagat: sources

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is exploring a potential sale of Zagat, the U.S. restaurant review guide which the search giant bought for $151 million in 2011, people familiar with the matter said.

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Brazilian agency requires Apple to inform consumers on batteries

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian state agency responsible for consumer issues notified Apple Inc on Wednesday that it must explain how Brazilian owners of iPhones will be able to buy battery replacements at lower prices.

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Security flaws put virtually all phones, computers at risk

FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp , Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings.

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Amazon, Google cut speaker prices in market share contest: analysts

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google both discounted their virtual assistant speakers so deeply over the holiday shopping season that they likely lost a few dollars per unit, highlighting a sharply different strategy from Apple Inc as it prepares its HomePod speaker, analysts said.

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Bitcoin may be king, but Ripple dark horse in crypto race

(Reuters) - Bitcoin was the star of the white-knuckle ride that cryptocurrencies offered in 2017 but lesser-known names, such as Ripple and Ethereum, are seen gaining prominence in 2018.

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Norway powers ahead (electrically): over half new car sales now electric or hybrid

OSLO (Reuters) - Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines, data showed on Wednesday.

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Source: Reuters