U.S. cable firms embrace former foe Netflix as TV viewing shifts

(Reuters) - A growing number of U.S. cable operators are forming alliances with Netflix Inc NFLX.O, a shift that is helping the streaming pioneer add customers as its largest single market matures.

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UK government sets out tougher guidelines to protect smart cars from hackers

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government issued new guidelines on Sunday requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers.

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Tesla lowers price of Model X, saying margins improved

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Friday lowered the base price of its Model X SUV to $79,500 and said improving margins were behind the move, which came as the automaker is ramping up production of its new lower-priced Model 3.

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Google tests publishing tech similar to Snapchat: source

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is developing technology that media companies could use to create stories similar to those found on Snapchat's "Discover" platform, a person familiar with the plans said on Friday.

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Apple to launch watches that can make calls: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Germany needs tougher laws against cyber crime, top policeman tells paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top police official has called for tougher laws to fight cyber crime on the illegal internet - the Darknet - and other organized criminal structures, in an interview published on Saturday.

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Elliott discloses NXP stake, to push for higher price in Qualcomm deal

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp on Friday disclosed a 6 percent stake in chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV and indicated it was pushing for a higher price tag in NXP's pending sale to Qualcomm Inc for $38 billion in cash.

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Volkswagen brand CEO says Tesla has abilities Volkswagen lacks

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen the world's largest carmaker by sales, is looking to loss-making startup Tesla for inspiration on how to improve its core business, the VW brand's chief executive Herbert Diess said in an interview published on VW's website.

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Viacom's weak forecast shows need for merger: analysts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc could gain a leg up in negotiations with distributors and ward off declines in U.S. ad revenue and sales by finding a merger partner, analysts said on Friday.

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Uber knowingly rented out faulty cars, WSJ says; firm says problem fixed

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] knowingly rented its drivers defective cars at risk of catching fire, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, and the ride-hailing firm said it moved to fix the problem after one of the vehicles suffered a blaze.

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