Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. Facebook to drop on-site support for political campaigns Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. Google staff discussed tweaking search results to counter travel ban: WSJ Google employees brainstormed ways to alter search functions to counter the Trump administration's controversial 2017 travel ban, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing internal emails. Uber in talks to buy food delivery firm Deliveroo: Bloomberg Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is in early talks to buy food delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. White House pledges to step up cyber offense on hackers The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. Cryptocurrency has hit bottom, bitcoin due for renaissance: Novogratz Michael Novogratz, former macro hedge fund manager and founder of cryptocurrency asset management firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, on Thursday said that the bottom in cryptocurrency prices has been reached and bitcoin is due to bounce back. NY court overturns $115 million patent judgment against Samsung The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over television patents. Amazon adds Echo devices for home and car in bid to dominate voice gadgets Amazon.com Inc on Thursday introduced a dozen new Echo speakers and related gadgets in a bid to stay ahead of rivals Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google in the nascent category for voice-controlled devices. Britain preparing to set up internet regulator: Buzzfeed The UK government is working on plans to set up an internet regulator, Buzzfeed News reported on Thursday. Vodafone to roll out 1,000 5G sites in UK by 2020 Vodafone said it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020, delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times that it demonstrated by making Britain's first holographic mobile call on Thursday. Peugeot urges France to revive incentives for hybrids PSA Group is pressing the French government to revive sales incentives on rechargeable hybrid vehicles as it rolls out plug-in versions of its larger models to meet tightening European emissions rules, the carmaker said on Thursday. Automakers are rushing to deploy electric cars and hybrids, which combine battery power with a combustion engine, to meet EU carbon dioxide limits and avoid hefty fines. Samsung plans to lower memory chip growth as demand slowdown looms: Bloomberg Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to curb growth in memory chip output next year to keep supplies tight amid an expected slowdown in demand, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. S&P sector reshuffle may do little for telecom stocks The S&P 500's three-company telecommunications services index is about to be folded into a much higher-profile group, but a brighter spotlight may not be enough to boost the stocks as investors continue to favor growth sectors. Turkey fines Google for violating competition law Turkey's competition authority said on Thursday it had fined Google some 93 million Turkish lira ($15 million) for violating competition laws with its mobile software sales. Facebook expands fake election news fight, but falsehoods still rampant Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections, acknowledging that fake news sites were still read by millions. Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star rating from U.S. safety agency Tesla Inc's Model 3 sedan has been awarded a five-star rating by the U.S. auto safety agency NHTSA in tests that are standard for cars in the United States. Vodafone UK boss sees no changes to UK network assets under new CEO The new chief executive of Vodafone is not considering making any changes to the mobile phone group's CTIL Tower Infrastructure joint venture with Telefonica, Vodafone UK boss Nick Jeffery told reporters on Thursday. Tencent-backed Meituan climbs 5 percent on debut, brightens outlook for HK IPOs Meituan Dianping rose 5 percent on debut in Hong Kong on Thursday, valuing the Chinese online food delivery-to-ticketing services firm at about $55 billion and sending a positive signal to companies lining up to list in the financial hub. Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. Cboe exchange turns to machines to police its 'fear gauge' Hard pressed to quash allegations that its popular "fear gauge" is being manipulated, Cboe Global Markets is turning to artificial intelligence to help put those concerns to rest.