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WhatsApp blocked yet again in Brazil after legal dispute
The hugely popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging service was briefly blocked by a Brazilian court Tuesday for the third time in less than a year after failing to surrender user data to police.
 
NY, Mass., Maryland sue VW over emissions
New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.
 
Microsoft said Tuesday it posted a profit of US$3.1 billion in the just-ended quarter, swinging into the black a year after hefty charges from writing off mobile phone assets.
 
Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products giant Unilever said Wednesday it had bought the Dollar Shave Club, a U.S. startup that has shaken up the market with its subscription model.
 
Eva Air named world's 8th best airline
EVA Air has been recognized as the world eighth best airline among the top 100 airlines in the world and named as the "Best Transpacific Airline" with the "Best Business Class Comfort Amenities" by SKYTRAX, at World Airline Awards 2016; the largest passenger satisfaction survey covering full-service and low-cost airlines across the globe, according to a press release from the airline.
 
Netflix facing tougher times as user growth slows in US
After years of spectacular success, Netflix is starting to hit some potholes. The high-flying internet video service added only 160,000 U.S.
 
Swiss giant Novartis' profit down 8% on declining cancer treatment sales
Loss of patent exclusivity on a key cancer drug eroded first half net profits, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Tuesday, as it said it would step up investments to market a new heart treatment.
 
SoftBank plunged more than 10 percent Tuesday as investors gave the thumbs down to the Japanese mobile giant's whopping US$32 billion purchase of British iPhone chip designer ARM Holdings.
 
Jiyuan Packaging Holdings Limited ("Jiyuan," Stock code: 8488) has applied for primary listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE). It is the fourth foreign company that has filed IPO application with the Taiwan Stock Exchange this year, according to a press release from the TWSE.
 
Facebook is to work with Nielsen Ratings to launch digital ratings in the second half of this year, Jayne Leung, head of Greater China at Facebook, said Tuesday.
 
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