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Viacom shares tumble 10 percent on affiliate sale woes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) fell 10 percent on Friday, a day after the owner of MTV and Comedy Central forecast lower sales to U.S. pay-TV companies and streaming video services this quarter. In early trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Viacom shares were down $3.72 at $31.35. For the latest quarter, Viacom said U.S. sales to pay-TV affiliates and online video firms such as Netflix Inc NFL...

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Google to work with Indonesia to tackle content deemed offensive

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is working with Indonesia to tackle video content deemed to be offensive, including material that might incite violence or hate speech, a senior official of the search giant said on Friday. Google plans to implement its "Trusted Flagger" program in Indonesia over the next two to three months, Ann Lavin, Google's director for public policy and government affairs in Southeast A...

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Uber knowingly rented out faulty cars, WSJ says; firm says it's fixed the problem

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc 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 fire. The Journal cited internal emails and documents showing Uber's Singapore unit bought more than 1,000 Vezel sport-utility vehicles that maker Honda Motor Co Ltd ...

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Chinese rebel robots apparently re-educated after rogue rants

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has taken down two online robots that appeared to go rogue, responding to users' questions with one saying its dream was to travel to the United States and the other admitting it wasn't a huge fan of the Chinese Communist Party. The two "chatbots", BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out online with humans. Both had been ins...

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China holds drill to shut down 'harmful' websites

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China held a drill on Thursday with internet service providers to practice taking down websites deemed harmful, as the country's censors tighten control ahead of a sensitive five-yearly political reshuffle set to take place later this year. Internet data centers (IDC) and cloud companies - which host website servers - were ordered to participate in a three-hour drill to hone their "emergency res...

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Uber takes action to fix unsafe cars rented to Singapore drivers

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday it has taken action to fix defective cars that it had rented to drivers in Singapore and was coordinating with regulators in the city state to resolve any concerns. The Wall Street Journal earlier quoted internal Uber emails and documents showing the ride-hailing firm had rented more than 1,000 defective Vezel sport-utility vehicles, manufactured by Honda Mot...

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Cyber expert who stopped 'WannaCry' attack arrested in U.S. on hacking charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A cyber security researcher widely credited with helping to neutralize the global "WannaCry" ransomware attack earlier this year has been arrested on unrelated hacking charges, according to court documents unsealed on Thursday. Marcus Hutchins, a British-based malware researcher who gained attention for detecting a "kill switch" that effectively disabled the WannaCry worm in May, was detaine...

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Tesla shares rise as investors bet on Model 3 success

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) shares rose 6 percent on Thursday as investors continued to bet on CEO Elon Musk's ability to successfully take the company out of "manufacturing hell" as it ramps up production of its mass-market Model 3 sedans. Gains in the high-flying stock, which has already risen 52 percent this year, were set to add about $3.2 billion to Tesla's market value. The stock had taken a hit on Monday ...

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Facebook to step up fact-checking in fight against fake news

BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world's largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news. The company said in a statement on its website it will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes and send them to fact checkers, potentially show...

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Amazon’s Hollywood spending soars, returns unclear

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is quickly ramping up the billions of dollars a year it spends on creating and licensing TV shows and films, signaling the retailer plans to be in show business for the long haul. The issue came to the forefront of investors' attention last week, when Amazon said a step up in its spending on video projects could be one of several reasons it might report a loss this qu...

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