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GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

Venezuela is now fighting claims of illegal asset seizures at a World Bank-sponsored arbitration panel from more than 25 companies. In recent years, Bridgestone, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Ford Motor Co. Like most carmakers in the oil-producing nation, it has seen production grind to a halt as the cash-strapped government chokes off its access to dollars needed to import parts and repatriate profits.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Which is best?

It's hard to reach the top of the phone with one hand, which was frustrating. We can think of no other consumer-oriented phone that does security so effortlessly and so well. It's taller, the fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and both sides of the so-called Infinity display are curved. And while you can turn up the visual fidelity on the S8 and S8+ easily, you just may find that you don't need all that; the display looks terrific either way.

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Google Settles Russian Android Antitrust Case For $7.8 Million

According to Reuters , the agreement also allows Android products in Russian Federation the freedom to pre-install rivals to Google's search engine. "Today is an important day for Russian consumers as Google has agreed to take significant steps that open up its Android platform in Russia", Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh wrote in a blog post .

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New York City to Uber: Let People Tip Your Drivers

But if New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has its way, Uber may be forced to change that. And Uber says users like that Uber is " hassle-free ", and not adding a tipping option helps keep it that way. In New York City, it may soon not have much of a choice. Lyft , the No. 2 service in the city, includes a tipping option, as does newcomer Juno, though it is only activated when a driver receives a five-star rating.

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Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S.

Speaking alongside Mr Tillerson at a news conference, Mr Lavrov said relations between the two nations "are not the most calm" and some issues were "time bombs" inherited from the Obama administration. "Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Mr Trump said flatly during a White House news conference with Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Apple secures permit to test self-driving vehicles

According to Business Insider , September 2015 is the period where documents reveal that Apple was in discussions with the state DMV to review self-driving vehicle regulations. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal about the permit, referring the paper to its letter to NHTSA. This could send Apple for a loop, as the company is notorious for keeping all of their testing info a secret prior to launching new products.

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Windows 10 Creators Update Brings Microsoft Cortana To Raspberry Pi 3

If you do want to install Windows 10 Creators Update soon, but would prefer to set exactly what time to download, there's also an option for that. According to a Forbes report, the Windows 10 Creators Update also allows users to pair their smartphones and enable remote locking capability.

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Prey demo lets you play the first hour of the game

Be prepared, as the game describes, "to have a very bad day". What began as a normal first day of work, soon will take a dark turn. The demo will only be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers, with PC being left out in the cold.

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There's a reckoning among companies that built themselves up around Apple

Apple (AAPL) is unlikely to develop its own radio frequency chips for iPhones , making it less likely Broadcom (AVGO), Qorvo (QRVO), or Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) could be displaced by the iPhone maker, says a Pacific Crest Securities analyst.

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Google Home could soon support multiple accounts

Home allows users to get real-time answers including the latest on weather, traffic, sports, finance, local businesses, and more . The accompanying Google Home app just displays a card notifying Google Home owners that multiple users are now supported , but the feature has not actually gone live yet.

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Ford says hybrid police car catches bad guys, saves gas too

Ford says it has a 63-percent share of the market for police vehicles in the USA and suggests that police departments could save nearly $3,900 a year in fuel costs with its hybrid pursuit vehicle. Don't miss another special section. . The automaker is spending $4.5 billion on its ambitious plan to electrify its lineup, even as President Donald Trump is considering easing fuel-economy regulations and consumers continue to give a cold shoulder to green vehicles.

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LG G6 to hit US market this week

The LG G6 comes with a few standout features - It comes with Google Assistant on board, has an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display (instead of the regular 16:9), come with Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support for enhanced video and has a striking near bezel-less design with a 90% screen to body ratio.

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Hands-On With Apple's New 'Clips' Video App

There's music in there, too, with dozens of tunes available to give your video a soundtrack, as well as a Live Titles feature that'll let you use your voice to add animated captions. The comic filter is cool, and it renders the effect on photos and videos as you're capturing them, not after the fact. These features are reminiscent of Snapchat.

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AT&T Will Offer HBO Free To "Unlimited Plus" Wireless Customers

We're starting to see why AT&T plans to acquire Time Warner. Additionally, Unlimited Plus customers will receive a $25 monthly credit that can be used towards DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW , or AT&T U-verse. But a word to the wise; subscribers consuming more than 22GB of data each month could end up with their data speed throttled. The move would marry a telecom giant with a media powerhouse and potentially pave the way toward more content and service bundles like the combination of AT&T's ...

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Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news

In the comments on his new proposal, Maas acknowledged that freedom of expression " has huge significance in our democracy ", adding at the same time that " freedom of expression ends where criminal law begins " and stressing that the new bill would be only the beginning.

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New MMO - Marvel Heroes Omega - Revealed For Consoles

Naturally there are going to be some differences between this and the current Marvel Heroes 2016 PC experience, including the interface, items, and heroes , at least initially. The game makes use of an isometric camera angle reminiscent of Marvel Ultimate Alliance , though its power-based combat is more similar to massively multiplayer online games.

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YouTube's Live TV Streaming Service Is Officially Available for Subscription

The YouTube TV app is simple, with just three tabs for you to choose from: Library, Home, and Live. So for now, YouTube TV is only available in the following five markets: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lynch visits Raiders' facility; deal could reportedly happen if coach approves

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the visit wasn't announced by the team. If Oakland wants him, they may have to send something back - a good deal in Seattle since the Seahawks thought they weren't going to see him again anyway, and now they could get some return.

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Bombardier execs to defer payment of part of their 2016 compensation

The company sparked widespread scorn in Quebec with a plan filed with regulators last Wednesday to increase 2016 compensation for its senior executives by almost 50 per cent to a total of $32.6-million (U.S.) It was the most the plane maker has collectively paid senior management in at least three years.

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FCA leads Canada auto sales in March, GM sales jump 27 percent

GM sees the the industry's annualized sales pace, adjusted for seasonal trends, at 16.7 million vehicles for the month, according to Jim Cain, a company spokesman. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales were up marginally in March , with 26,531 cars and trucks sold during the month, compared with 26,469 a year ago. Two years ago, he boldly predicted that Tesla could one day be worth as much as Apple.

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Beyonce's mother shares wedding photo to celebrate superstar's anniversary

Beyonce has taken to Instagram to post an emotional video made up of personal moments between her and husband, Jay Z . In addition to the new clip, she's also shared a new studio version of the track, which is also streaming exclusively through her hubby's Tidal service.

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Texas cheerleading coach accused of sex with student

Katherine Harper Texas teacher accused of having sex with a 15 year old teen student and becoming pregnant. His phone was seized by police. Katherine Harper Texas teacher. Harper is now 8 months pregnant, though the affidavit does not explicitly state whether the boy is the baby's father. "So we're not sure what that leads to", Trophy Club Police Chief Patrick Arata said.

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Trump to sign executive orders targeting trade abuses

Ross said . China has been at the center of Trump's ire on trade, especially on the deficit, which decreased $20.1 billion previous year to $347 billion. Navarro said such duties have been under-collected by a cumulative US$2.8 billion since 2001. "Imports also provide high quality inputs for American businesses helping companies and their US employees become or remain highly competitive in both domestic and foreign markets".

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Inflation reaches Fed target for first time in almost five years

The Commerce Department said consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent in February following a 0.2 percent increase in January. The figures are consistent with projections of softer consumer spending in the first quarter, partly due to smaller outlays for household utilities amid milder weather.

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Historic SpaceX rocket launch could transform spaceflight

If successful it will mark the first time a reusable rocket has been sent into space. With each Falcon 9 launch carrying a $61 million price tag, the reused rockets are expected to decrease expenses by about 30 percent , according to Agence French-Presse.