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Mercedes' first electric SUV concept is part of its plans to produce a lot more electric vehicles.

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By Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) - Toyota decided to drop diesel engines from its new C-HR compact in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal and would do the same for future model renewals, the carmaker's second-ranking global executive said on Thursday. The Japanese automaker decided "within the last six to 12 months" not to offer a diesel version of the car, unveiled at the Paris auto show, because demand for the powertrain technology is falling sharply, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy told Reuters in an interview. If faced with a renewal decision today for other models up to and including the larger Auris compact, a Toyota staple, "we would probably do the same thing", Leroy added.

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Sorry, folks, it's all oversized hatchbacks from here on out.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The books that gave us "Game of Thrones" are getting an enhancement for the digital age.

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BMW's motorcycle division is bringing the updated version of its C evolution electric scooter to the United States. The new C Evolution uses the same battery technology that's going into the new BMW i3, and that helps give it more power and a much longer range. The scooter can produce a continuous 26 horsepower and a peak of 48 horsepower, enough to give it a maximum speed of 80 mph and a 0-31 time similar to 600cc scooters with internal combustion engines.

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It may be a concept, but it shouldn't stay that way for too much longer.

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BMW will be filling out its ever-expanding product line with a coupe-like X2 SUV, with the Concept X2 debuting this week at the Paris Auto Show. In pictures at least, it's pleasing to look at, with BMW's iconic kidney grille and aggressive aero components at the front and a sporty look all around. It should make a fine entry to the BMW lineup when the final version arrives, though BMW gave no word on when that might be.

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The company claims it's production ready, but it's not slated to appear in any production car just yet.

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Pacemaker, the DJ app that allows you to stream and beat-match songs from Spotify, is attempting to resurrect the mixtape. Today the company is introducing the Digital Mixtape, a new feature in version 2.0 of the app that will allow you to use its beat-matching capabilities to create mixtapes that can be shared with friends. Mixtapes are still popular on sites like SoundCloud and Mixcloud, so Pacemaker isn't exactly breaking new ground, but it is making them dramatically easier to create and quickly share.

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Food-tracking app Lose It lets users snap photos to log their meals and overcome dieting drudgery.

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By Julia Fioretti BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - The European Commission wants to reduce national restrictions on where some types of commercial and health data can be stored, Vice-President Andrus Ansip said on Thursday. Ansip is in charge of creating a digital single market in the European Union to boost growth in the 28-nation bloc. "Barriers like data localization not only prevent economies of scale.

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Apple will be the largest tenant in the redeveloped Battersea Power Station by the banks of the river Thames.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has more than 1 million people globally using Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with batteries that are not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire, said a statement on the firm's Chinese website on Thursday. The South Korean firm in the statement also apologized to its consumers for failing to explain why the smartphones on sale in China were safe, as they used batteries that came from a different supplier to those that could overheat. (Reporting by Paul Carsten and Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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By Edward Taylor and Eric Auchard PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Alarmed by the threat posed by Silicon Valley firms to their businesses in developing autonomous driving systems, it was evident at the Paris Motor Show this week that carmakers are seeking to fighting back by cooperating in areas of technology development where previously they might have tried to compete. Three big carmakers - BMW , Daimler and VW's Audi - announced earlier this week they would launch new traffic monitoring services next year which give drivers a view of road conditions along their entire route, based on video data collected by their jointly-owned navigation mapping services firm, HERE from sensors incorporated in other cars (http://reut.rs/2dabC1B). Meanwhile HERE's Dutch rival TomTom NV , on Thursday announced traffic data deals for truck maker Volvo and carmaker Skoda, a VW subsidiary.

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Keeping the internet cool isn't easy, and the energy consumption of data centers always been a headache for tech companies. Different firms have tried to solve this problem in different way, with Google using its AI expertise to trim costs, while Microsoft has even been exploring the possibility of underwater data centers. For Facebook, though, the solution was simpler: move to a cold country.

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Microsoft appears to be readying a Bluetooth-powered keyboard with the Surface branding attached. WinFuture discovered a listing for a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), and the naming appears to suggest it's designed for desktop PCs. Microsoft has typically designed Surface accessories for its line of tablet and laptop hybrids, but a desktop keyboard would signal a new area for the brand. The software maker could simply be rebranding its line of existing desktop keyboards over to the Surface brand in an effort to unify its hardware efforts.

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The Paris Motor Show is on today, and Mercedes-Benz is using the big gathering as a platform to present its vision for the future of electric mobility. Introducing a new EQ brand, standing for "Electric Intelligence," the German automaker has revealed a new concept car that embodies its ideas about designing vehicles "based on an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models." It's called Generation EQ and it's a streamlined, all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV in its Paris form, but Mercedes says the underlying architecture is versatile enough to also be used for saloons, coupes, cabriolets, and other models, thanks to a modular component system. The Generation EQ car joins in the current trend among concept vehicles of replacing side mirrors with cameras and disguising door handles and windshield wipers in order to emphasize a clean aerodynamic shape.

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The country's music business is worth over $2.5 billion, but it may be tough for Spotify to get a big piece of that pie.

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Online music giant Spotify said Thursday it is launching a streaming service in Japan with a karaoke twist, the world's second-biggest music market but one still dominated by compact discs. In a nod to Japan's love for karaoke, it will feature lyrics to go along with its soundtracks. Last year, Google launched its music streaming service in Japan, featuring more than 35 million tunes available at a cost of 980 yen a month, while Apple and Line have also stepped into the country.

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Global automakers are showing off new electric vehicles at the Paris auto show as they look forward to a world of tighter emissions standards. Volkswagen on Thursday displayed the I.D, a battery-powered ...

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Four-time Oscar-winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has an intriguing new side project: a short film shot in virtual reality about immigration between Mexico and the US. The director of Best Picture nominee The Revenant — a grim, frontier Western starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and a bear — will be working on the short with frequent collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki, the winner of three Academy Awards for best cinematography. Details about the project are scarce, but according to Variety it will "explore the intense and excruciating experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the United States." The film is being produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment, with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB division (creators of the Star Wars virtual reality projects) providing technical expertise.

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After several years of rumors suggesting an imminent launch, Spotify is now available in Japan, one of the biggest music markets in the world. The service will compete against the likes of Apple Music and Google Play Music, as well as local apps like Line Music and Awa, in a country that hasn't taken to streaming music as much as the rest of the world. Sony is launching its PlayStation Music service, which uses Spotify for content, on the PS4 and PS3 in Japan today as well.

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MUMBAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks to buy a minority stake in India's largest e-commerce firm Flipkart, two people familiar with the matter said, as the world's biggest retailer aims to break into a fast growing but highly competitive online retail market. A deal would pit Wal-Mart against U.S. rival Amazon.com Inc, which has been expanding rapidly in a market that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has forecast will surge to $220 billion in value of goods sold by 2025 from about $11 billion last year. Wal-Mart operates 21 wholesale stores in the South Asian country, but is discouraged from setting up its own bricks-and-mortar shops by rules that limit foreign ownership for multi-brand retailers to 51 percent and the cost of setting up shops in a country as large as India.

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Apple is moving its UK headquarters to Battersea power station — an iconic building in South West London in the middle of a $10 billion regeneration project. The iPhone-maker will be moving into the former boiler house in what was previously a functioning coal-fired power station, decommissioned in 1983. The decision has been greeted with enthusiasm by the UK government, as a vote of confidence in London after the political and economic fallout of Brexit.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home.

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