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European and Asian stock markets rose solidly Wednesday following a rally in Tokyo, as investors reacted to indications that U.S. interest rates could climb as early as March.
 
Facebook on Tuesday announced it was rolling out apps to allow people to view videos posted on the social network on connected televisions.
 
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei managed to gain ground on Samsung and Apple in terms of market share last year, following the problems encountered by the two sector giants, the Gartner consultancy group said on Wednesday.
 
A federal judge in San Francisco granted initial approval Tuesday to a deal worth at least US$1.2 billion that aims to compensate the owners of roughly 78,000 Volkswagens with 3-liter engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
 
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A woman uses social networking website Facebook's new in-app camera, which allows users to put filters over their faces. Launched in eight countries including Taiwan on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the new format introduces Snapchat-style features such as sharing photos or personal stories that disappear after 24 hours and won't be posted to a user's regular newsfeed. The in-app camera can be activated by swiping right when using Facebook.
 
Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars
In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two senators said Monday they're launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation's roads.
 
4 GOP senators on the fence over Puzder for labor secretary
Four Republicans on the Senate committee considering President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of labor aren't saying publicly if they will vote for him.
 
Divided Senate confirms  Mnuchin as Treasury boss
A bitterly divided Senate on Monday confirmed Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary despite strong objections by Democrats that the former banker ran a "foreclosure machine" when he headed OneWest Bank.
 
HTC smartphone and connected devices president, Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨), revealed on Tuesday that the company would post a smaller loss this quarter than it did during the previous.
 
Asian markets dipped Tuesday after a three-day rally but analysts said there was likely room for further gains as traders bet President Donald Trump will help fire up the U.S. economy.
 
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