Photo storage service SmugMug acquires Flickr

(Reuters) - Photo management platform SmugMug said on Friday it has agreed to buy image and video-hosting website Flickr for an undisclosed amount.

United States

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney

(Reuters) - Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney and federal officials said.


Rakuten weighs $1.8 billion bond issue to launch mobile service: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc will issue as much as 200 billion yen ($1.86 billion) to prepare for its entry into the country's mobile phone service market, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.


Lyft to offset emissions from rides with projects combating climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said.


Facebook says users must accept targeted ads even under new EU law

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would continue requiring people to accept targeted ads as a condition of using its service, a stance that may help keep its business model largely intact despite a new European Union privacy


Ford expands U.S. medical ride business built around its vans

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday that it was expanding a medical transport service called GoRide in Southeast Michigan, one of several efforts by the U.S. automaker to build new ride service businesses around its Transit commercial van


Russia blocks Google, Amazon IP addresses in bid to ban Telegram

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state communications regulator on Tuesday said it had blocked IP addresses owned by Google and Amazon, saying they were being used by the Telegram messaging service which Moscow moved to ban this week.


Netflix shares surge 7 percent on subscriber gains

(Reuters) - Shares in Netflix Inc neared a record high on Tuesday after the online video streaming service reported a rise in subscriber additions for the fourth straight quarter.


Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday it had sent requests to Google and Apple asking them to remove the Telegram messenger service from their application stores, the Interfax news agency reported.


Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger: regulator

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court.

United States

Trump orders review of U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump late on Thursday ordered creation of a task force to study the U.S. Postal Service and its business model.


ESPN+ streaming service launches Disney's digital drive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co on Thursday debuted its new ESPN+ digital subscription service, the first consumer offering in the traditional media company's push to become a leader in streaming entertainment.

United States

Syracuse, N.Y. must face water shutdown lawsuit: U.S. appeals court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit accusing Syracuse, New York of violating the constitutional rights of residential tenants by shutting off water service when landlords failed to pay their water bills.


Uber loses EU case against French criminal charges

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - France is entitled to bring criminal proceedings against local managers of ride-hailing app Uber for running an illegal taxi service, the EU top court ruled on Tuesday, dealing the Silicon Valley start-up another legal setback.


Earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude strikes Papua New Guinea: EMSC

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the European earthquake monitoring service reported.


Uber rival Didi makes Mexico launch official, recruits drivers

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has publicly launched in Mexico with a website advertising its service to drivers and passengers and setting the stage for a potentially expensive showdown with rival Uber.


Uber to suspend service in Greece after new legislation

ATHENS (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber said on Thursday it would suspend its licensed service in Greece after the approval of local legislation which imposes stricter regulation on the sector.

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