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Exclusive: Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership

(Reuters) – Walmart Inc and logistics firm Deliv pulled the plug on a key same-day grocery delivery partnership, dealing a setback in the retailer’s race against rival Amazon.com Inc to deliver groceries to customers’ homes. FILE PHOTO: Walmart’s logo is seen outside one of the stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo The world’s largest retailer began bolstering its partnerships with third-party courier firms to reach consumers in 100 U.S. cities last year, after failing to use Uber and Lyft to deliver groceries, and struggling in…

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Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned U.S. allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more difficult for Washington to “partner alongside them”. “We want to make sure we identify (to) them…

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Sports 

Rolex backs Ellison’s SailGP with long-term partnership

LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss watchmaker Rolex raised its aquatic profile on Monday in a long-term partnership with SailGP, a new $1 million winner-takes-all series backed by Oracle (ORCL.N) boss Larry Ellison. The logo of Swiss watch manufacturer Rolex is seen at a plant in Biel, Switzerland, July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann “Rolex timepieces and clocks will be visible throughout all SailGP events, and featured on each of the six supercharged F50 catamarans – the world’s fastest race boat,” SailGP said. SailGP, which was launched last year, will make its debut…

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Take-Two, NBA extend global partnership

(Reuters) – Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s 2K label, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on Tuesday announced a multi-year global partnership extension. The agreement allows Take-Two’s 2K studio to continue making its NBA 2K videogame franchise and other NBA-branded games, including smartphone apps. NBA 2K recently launched NBA 2K19 after setting a series record for NBA 2K18 with 10 million units sold. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the video game franchise. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the…

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McLaren announces Bahrain Merida pro cycling partnership

Vincenzo Nibali is part of the Bahrain Merida team The McLaren Group says the aim is “to be the best in professional cycling” after signing a deal to become a 50% partner in the Bahrain Merida team. McLaren has a team in Formula 1 and are one of the most famous names in motorsport. The announcement comes on the same day broadcaster Sky said it is to withdraw backing Team Sky at the end of 2019. Bahrain Merida was founded in 2017 and has 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo…

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Sports 

MLB notebook: MLB, MGM enter gambling partnership

Add Major League Baseball to the list of professional sports leagues partnering up with gaming operators. FILE PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays’ Chris Archer pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Blacker The league announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership with MGM Resorts International, the same company with whom the NHL struck a similar deal in June and the NBA partnered with in October. The deal, which designates MGM Resorts as the first “Official Gaming Partner…

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Queen looks to ‘new partnership’ with Europe after Brexit

Image copyright PA The UK is looking toward a “new partnership” with Europe after Brexit, the Queen has said. Speaking at a state banquet for the King of the Netherlands, the Queen said the “enduring alliance” between the UK and Holland remained strong. “As innovators, traders and internationalists we look with confidence to the future,” she added. Earlier, King Willem-Alexander said it “saddens us” to see the UK leave the EU but “Brexit does not mean farewell”. The king and his wife Queen Maxima are taking part in a state…

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Science 

Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year

MUNICH (Reuters) – German drugmaker Merck KGaA might agree partnership deals to jointly develop two of its most promising experimental medicines with a rival as early as this year, but more likely in 2019, its drug research and development chief said on Sunday. A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in Darmstadt, Germany January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski “It’s possible even as early as the end of the year but that’s really a stretch – or sometime in 2019,” Luciano Rossetti told Reuters at the annual…

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Motor racing: McLaren sign short-term partnership with Coca-Cola

(Reuters) – McLaren have signed a partnership with Coca-Cola until the end of the season that will see the soft drinks company’s brand appear on a Formula One car for the first time, the team announced on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Formula One – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 5, 2018 McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne during practice REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo McLaren added that Coke’s sub-brands Dasani Sparkling and SmartWater would also feature on their two cars in the three remaining Grand Prix races in the U.S., Brazil and Abu…

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Ubisoft shares climb on Google game streaming partnership deal

PARIS (Reuters) – Ubisoft (UBIP.PA) shares rose on Tuesday, outperforming weaker European markets, after Google said it had partnered with the French video games maker to test its video game streaming service. FILE PHOTO: The UBISOFT logo is shown at E3, the world’s largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake Ubisoft’s shares were up 2.4 percent in mid-session trading at 98.94 euros, making the stock the best performer on Paris’ SBF-120 index .SBF120, which was down 0.9 percent on concerns over Italy’s…

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