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Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne gang used oxy-acetylene canisters to cause an explosion Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines – with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by ATM operator Cardtronics. It said one in five incidents in Europe occurred in the UK. Thieves are generally unsuccessful, with 41% of cases resulting in cash…

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Golf: Rai hits course record to surge clear in Hong Kong

(Reuters) – Aaron Rai fired a course-record nine-under-par 61 to surge into a four-shot lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Golf – European Tour – Scottish Open – Gullane GC, Gullane, Scotland, Britain – July 15, 2018 England’s Aaron Rai reacts during the final round Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough The 23-year-old Englishman took full advantage of perfect scoring conditions for the early starters in Fanling, sinking six birdies in his first nine holes. Three more birdies ensured he bettered the existing…

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Tesla third-quarter profit quiets critics, shares surge

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc shares jumped on Thursday as Wall Street analysts said the company had turned a corner with profitable third quarter results and might not now need to raise outside capital. Rising 12 percent at one point in early trading, the move in shares added as much as $6 billion to Tesla’s market value, capping a tumultuous few months for the company and its billionaire chief executive, Elon Musk. Tesla shares hit a record in August but sank back as Musk was sued by short-sellers and U.S. regulators…

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Twitter shares hit biggest one-day gain as ad sales surge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares jumped as much as 22 percent on Thursday, putting them on track for their biggest one-day gain, as the social media company easily beat Wall Street’s revenue and profit estimates by selling more ads even though it lost users after purging millions of fake accounts. People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo The surge in shares reversed a 19 percent fall three…

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Launch of new iPhones helps chipmaker AMS’s profit surge

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian chipmaker AMS AG (AMS.S) reported a 49 percent increase in its third-quarter core profit and gave an upbeat forecast for the next period, largely because Apple (AAPL.O) started mass production of new phones that include its sensors. AMS is highly exposed to the smartphone and tablet markets and investors hope that new products launched in the second half of 2018 will lead to higher sales next year. In particular they hope for good sales of Apple’s three new iPhones, which analysts think all include AMS’s face…

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Sweden’s Ericsson third-quarter sales, profits surge as savings kick in

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson on Thursday posted operating profits well above forecasts, boosted by rising sales for next-generation 5G gear in North America, and said it was making solid progress towards its long-term financial goals. FILE PHOTO: The Ericsson logo is seen at the Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Olof Swahnberg Marking its third consecutive quarter of substantial progress toward hitting its 2020 financial goals, the company said its mainstay networks segment showed strong sales growth in North America, Europe and Latin America.…

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Children ‘at risk of blackmail due to live-streaming surge’

Image copyright Getty Images A surge in the use of video chats and live-streaming among children is leaving them vulnerable to abuse, the NSPCC has warned, calling for a social network regulator to be introduced. A survey of 40,000 children aged seven to 16 found a quarter had used the services. On video chats, 10% had been asked to remove their clothes. The NSPCC says groomers can record the abuse and use it to blackmail victims. The home secretary has “demanded” tech giants take online abuse seriously. One child, “Ben”,…

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Netflix subscriber growth beats estimates, shares surge

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc added more subscribers than expected in the third quarter, as new seasons of original shows such as “Orange is The New Black” and “BoJack Horseman” pulled in users. FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, California, U.S., January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo The company’s shares were up 13.5 percent in after-market trading on Tuesday. The shares had a strong run until last week’s sharp slump, but remain about 80 percent up for the year, outperforming the…

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Tesla worried by China tariffs even as deliveries surge

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) announced record quarterly car production numbers on Tuesday but warned of major problems with selling cars in China due to new tariffs that would force it to accelerate investment in its factory in Shanghai. FILE PHOTO: A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S., June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo The California-based electric carmaker, emerging from several months of turmoil around its Chief Executive Elon Musk, confirmed numbers leaked to an industry news site…

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NFL season kicks off sports betting surge for DraftKings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The start of the National Football League season brought a rush of online betting for sports wagering provider DraftKings, where total bets in a single day equaled 10 percent of the number of bets placed over the previous five weeks, the company said. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to place bets after Super Bowl XLVIII proposition bets were posted at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Superbook in Las Vegas, Nevada January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus/File Photo It took DraftKings, which operates mainly…

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