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The woman making money from food porn

Blogger Kimberly Espinel earns a living by showing people how to photograph their food for social media. She charges about $270 a session. She says most of her clients don’t work in the food industry but want to show off their meals on Instagram. Video journalist: Patrick Clahane

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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation. FILE PHOTO – A man looks at the screen of his mobile phone …

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Apple's Ive returns to helm of design teams

(Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is returning to day-to-day management of the company’s design teams after handing off managerial duties two years ago to focus on other projects, Apple told Reuters on Friday. FILE PHOTO – Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) plays with an iPhone as …

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France to allow blockchain for trading unlisted securities

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government opened the way on Friday for trading unlisted securities using blockchain digital ledgers with the adoption of new rules aimed at improving Paris’ image as a center for financial innovation. A city view shows the French flag above the skyline of the French capital …

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#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter 'bots' boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

MOSCOW (Reuters) – What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olympics – backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Twitter logo …

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Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Two of the world’s most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another. Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment will buy minority stakes in each other for cash, the companies announced on Friday. Neither the value of the deal nor the size of the new shareholdings were …

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Spotify and Tencent Music to buy stakes in each other

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Music streaming company Spotify and the music arm of China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy minority stakes in each other ahead of the Swedish firm’s expected stock market listing next year, the companies said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Headphones are seen in front of a logo of …

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NI town 'has UK's fastest runners'

A town in Northern Ireland with a population of just 21,000 has the fastest runners in the UK, according to data collected by a fitness app. Strava’s annual report showed the average speed of athletes using the GPS mapping app in Omagh, County Tyrone, was 5.03 min/km. Omagh’s athletes ran …

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NiceHash says attacked probably from non-EU IP address

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – A Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash, which lost about $64 million worth of bitcoin in a hack on its payment system on Wednesday, said the attack was probably made from a non-EU IP address. A notice announcing that service is unavailable is displayed on the website of …

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Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system that could have let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights. The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and could have let criminals unlock internet-connected doors. A researcher …