Thai junta pressures Facebook, Line to censor online posts

Thailand's military government will try to persuade media companies Facebook and Line to comply with court orders to remove content it considers harmful to peace and order, a senior official said Sunday. The junta-appointed NRSA advisory council plans to meet executives from the two companies in the next three months, council member Major General Pisit Paoin told Reuters. The government has been granted court orders for the removal of content that damages the country and the monarchy and affects peace and order, which companies have rarely complied with.

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Nokia-Samsung patent verdict expected within days

Nokia and Samsung are expected to settle their two-year patent dispute within days, with analysts forecasting a one-time payment of hundreds of millions of euros for the Finnish company. Nokia entered into a binding arbitration with South Korea's Samsung in 2013 to settle additional compensations for a five-year period starting from early 2014. The International Chamber of Commerce's arbitration court is due to make its ruling on the issue imminently.

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Facebook to prohibit private firearm transactions on its service

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc prohibited global users from coordinating person-to-person private sales of firearms on its online social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service on Friday, countering concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background checks on gun purchases. U.S. President Barack Obama has urged social media companies to clamp down on gun sales organized on their platforms. It updates Facebook's regulated goods policy, introduced in March 2014, that banned people from selling marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs.

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Amazon shares plunge as record profit still misses estimates

Amazon.com Inc posted its most profitable quarter ever on Thursday but the world's No. 1 online retailer still managed to disappoint Wall Street by badly missing estimates, sending its shares down more than 13 percent in after-hours trading. “By comparative retail standards, Amazon's level of profitability is still painfully weak,” said Neil Saunders, head of retail analyst firm Conlumino, who is still positive on Amazon's prospects. “For every dollar the company takes, it makes just 0.75 of a cent in profit.” Amazon's net profit for the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season, rose to $482 million, or $1.00 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $214 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Yahoo to shut Argentina and Mexico offices

(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc plans to close its offices in Argentina and Mexico, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday. The company will maintain its Latin American operations through its teams in Brazil and Coral Gables, Florida. Yahoo declined to specify how many jobs were affected, but said the offices were “small sales-focused”. Technology news website TechCrunch first reported the closures. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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Facebook’s market value surges $38 billion as mobile ad sales soar

Facebook Inc's market value soared by $38 billion in morning trading on Thursday, vaulting the company ahead of Amazon.com Inc , after the social networking service's quarterly results blew away expectations on every key measure. Facebook's stock jumped more than 14 percent to $107.95 after the company reported a blockbuster quarter on Wednesday, pushing the company's market capitalization over $300 billion. At least 22 brokerages raised price targets on Facebook's stock, with most analysts focusing on a far better-than-expected the 81 percent jump in revenue from mobile ads.

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Google files patent for drone ‘delivery receptacle’

By Deborah M. Todd SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google's secretive drone delivery project could include a component designed to store packages securely. A patent filed Tuesday in the United States by the company, a unit of Alphabet Inc, describes a “delivery receptacle” designed to take packages from an “aerial delivery device” for deposit to a secure location. The receptacle would use infrared beacons to connect with drones in the air and then guide them for delivery.

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Apple sees first sales dip in more than a decade as super-growth era falters

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of weakening, suggesting the technology company's period of exponential growth may be ending. The slowdown comes as Wall Street analysts worry the company does not have another blockbuster product to replace the iPhone. Apple does not report Watch sales, but it does not appear to have the makings of being a hit on the same level as the iPhone a year after launch.

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Alibaba revenue growth seen slowest on record; to intensify fight with JD.com

By John Ruwitch and Paul Carsten SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is expected to post its weakest quarterly revenue growth on record, Thomson Reuters data shows, a slowdown analysts say will heat up the battle with smaller rival JD.com Inc in a tougher economy. Alibaba's revenue for the quarter ending December is projected to grow at 26.6 percent, according to a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate survey of 28 analysts, which would be the slowest rate since the company started publishing such data 3-1/2 years ago. The pace also lags the 47-51 percent revenue growth JD.com projected for the same period, which is also the slowest expansion since the company started releasing records.

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Top Twitter executives to leave company, CEO Dorsey tweets

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four senior Twitter executives are leaving the media company, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted late Sunday night, the biggest leadership changes since Dorsey returned as chief executive as he struggles to revive the company's growth. Media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, product head Kevin Weil, the head of the engineering division, Alex Roetter, and HR head Brian “Skip” Schipper will all leave the company, he said. Addressing what he called inaccurate press rumors, Dorsey praised the four executives and said he was sad to announce their departures.

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