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As downloaded music fades away, Apple discontinues older iPods

Apple Inc said Thursday that it will discontinue the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano, the last two music players in the company's lineup that cannot play songs from Apple Music, its streaming service that competes with Spotify and Pandora Media Inc .

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Exclusive: Not Made in America - Wal-Mart looks overseas for online vendors

CHICAGO Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com Inc in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart's Made-in-America campaign.

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Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources

SAN FRANCISCO Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. | Video

EU gives initial OK to more Russia sanctions over Siemens, no final decision

BRUSSELS European Union states have given initial backing to a German proposal to blacklist several more Russian nationals and companies over the delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Crimea, but made no final decision, diplomats said.

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Digital rights groups pressure Blackstone on reported NSO Group deal

Digital rights group Access Now on Thursday began circulating a petition urging Blackstone Group to abandon any plan to invest in Israeli firm NSO Group, a maker of spyware for mobile devices, following a report that such a deal may be imminent.

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Euroclear's blockchain gold settlement venture with Paxos dissolved

NEW YORK A partnership between Euroclear and U.S. startup Paxos to develop a blockchain-based service for the London gold market has been dissolved, a spokeswoman for the Belgium-based settlement house said on Thursday.

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