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UPDATE 3-Alphabet's CapitalG leads Lyft's $1 bln funding round

Lyft Inc has raised $1 billion in fresh financing, the ride-services company said on Thursday, in a round led by one of Alphabet Inc's investment funds, further complicating the convoluted world of ride-hailing alliances and dealing a blow to rival Uber Technologies Inc.

EU lawmakers agree to strengthen privacy rules for WhatsApp, Skype

European Union lawmakers voted on Thursday to bring online messaging and email services such as WhatsApp and Skype into the scope of tough telecoms privacy rules that will restrict how they can track users. The vote in the European Parliament's civil liberties committee was hailed as a step forward by privacy activists but heavily criticised by industry for being too restrictive and inconsistent with a separate data protection regulation.