Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesign

You can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights� feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.� That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.

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Nokia files more patent suits against Apple

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish telecoms networks equipment maker Nokia said on Thursday it had filed a new set of patent lawsuits against Apple Inc in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday. The S-band satellite had been scheduled to launch with technology billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX but Inmarsat said setbacks to SpaceX's launch schedule prompted it to turn to Arianespace instead. Inmarsat said on Thursday that European-owned Arianespace will launch the S-band satellite in mid-2017.

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Exclusive: Viacom board expected to meet tonight to discuss settlement with Redstone

NEW YORK (Reuters) – – Viacom Inc's board of directors is expected to meet on Thursday night to discuss a settlement with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone that would result in the departure of Chief Executive Philippe Dauman, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. A settlement would end the legal battle between Dauman and Redstone in Massachusetts over the CEO's removal from National Amusements Inc, the privately held company that holds Redstone's Viacom and CBS Corp voting shares, as well as the trust that will determine the fate of both media companies when the 93-year-old dies or is deemed mentally incapacitated. Spokesmen for Viacom and National Amusements declined to comment.

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Twitter suspended 360,000 accounts for ‘promotion of terrorism’

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc has shut down 360,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts since the middle of 2015, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. The microblogging platform has previously come under fire from Washington and third-party groups for not doing enough to stop accounts linked to Islamic State militants. But, since February, it has suspended an additional 235,000 accounts, after halting 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were related to Islamic State. …

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Apple unveils new store design in San Francisco

Apple Inc unveiled a new vision for its hugely successful retail stores on Thursday, aiming to give shoppers the experience of setting foot in the headquarters of the company credited with inventing the smartphone. Speaking at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday, Apple executives offered a sneak peak of a new store that features design elements that will later roll out to more locations worldwide, including new spaces for socialization and collaboration. The makeover follows Apple's first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years in an increasingly saturated market.

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Facebook launches investigation into report of political bias

Facebook Inc, the social networking powerhouse, is conducting a full investigation into allegations of political bias, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement late Thursday. The accusation sparked an outcry on social media and prompted a U.S. Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices. Facebook has “found no evidence that this report is true,” Zuckerberg said in a post published on his Facebook page, but added that the company would continue to investigate.

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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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Fiat Chrysler recalling 570,000 SUVs for fire risks

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Thursday it will recall 570,000 SUVs for fire risks in two campaigns linked to problems with vanity mirror wiring and a low-pressure hose. Fiat Chrysler made the recalls at a time when its safety efforts are under scrutiny from U.S. regulators. The Italian American automaker said on Thursday it is recalling 477,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May to determine if vehicles serviced in a prior related recall were at risk for fires.

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