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Swatch Group denies working with Apple on smartwatch

Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch, a wearable device with interactive functions.

Europe

ECB says website hacked, no sensitive data affecte

The European Central Bank said on Thursday its website had been hacked and some email addresses and other contact information stolen but insisted no market-sensitive data were affected.

Netflix profit doubles on U.S., foreign subscriber growth

Netflix Inc said on Monday its quarterly profit more than doubled, boosted by strong growth in U.S. and international subscribers as a price increase for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan did not deter new users.

Nokia's fortunes brighten on heavy network spending

Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterlyearnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic.

Sony invests in image sensor production amid 'selfie' boom

Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies.

TalkTalk attracts 185,000 new customers to its family TV offer

British broadband provider TalkTalk added 185,000 subscribers to its TV service in its first quarter, taking its base to more than 1.1 million and helping revenue rise 3.1 percent to 434 million pounds ($741 million).

EBay plans to expand in Russia despite sanctions

Internet auction site eBay Inc said it planned to expand in Russia, still its top priority among emerging marketseven though the country faces increasing Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

StubHub was victim of cyber fraud ring; arrests to be announced

eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

Apple margin concerns fade, focus shifts to iPhone launch

A rise in margins has raised hopes that Apple Inc may be able to hold the line on pricing ahead of the launch of new iPhones later this year.

Yahoo to buy analytics startup Flurry to bolster mobile ad business

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) will buy mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertisingbusiness that still lags Google Inc's (GOOG.O) and FacebookInc's (FB.O) in scale.

China says to crack down on pornography in mobile apps

China will crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government said on Tuesday, the latest move in an official campaign to 'clean the Internet'.

Wall Street slips with Ukraine, Gaza in focus

U.S. stocks fell on Monday, following the sharpest moves in indexes in the past three months during the two previous sessions, as developments in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip continue to garner investor focus.

Fighting flares in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive

Fighting flared in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday as investigators began to inspect the bodies of victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week.

Production halted at Samsung China supplier amid child labor probe

Production has been indefinitely halted at a Chinese supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) after the factory was suspected of using child workers.

Ze Germans - 10 points to PR success in Germany

After successfully developing an innovative start-up on home soil, the next step for many American companies is setting a course for the great leap across the pond. In case a start-up aims at expanding to the German market, 10 points in regards to PR strategies need to be kept in mind.

Amazon starts Netflix-style book service amid publisher spat

Amazon.com Inc launched a $9.99-per-month subscription service on Friday that lets customers read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 digital books.

Wall Street Week Ahead: One volatile day does not a correction make

Volatility spiked on Thursday after the tragedy of a downed civilian jetliner in Ukraine and the mounting death toll in Gaza and Israel interrupted the summer trading slumber.

Smartphone suit against Google plays into rivals' hands

A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court.

Further sanctions would have 'chilling effect' on Russia: IIF

The Institute of International Finance warned on Friday that further sanctions on Russia would have a "broader chilling effect on Russia" and its companies who are already largely excluded from raising foreign capital.

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