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    India is the hottest place to be right if you are an e-commerce company. The online-shopping market in India is expected to grow to $8.5 billion in 2016 from $2 billion in 2013, according to Accel Partners. It therefore should come as no surprise that Alibaba (BABA) and Amazon (AMZN) are already plotting out their strategies in the area alongside startups like Flipkart and Snapdeal.

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    Cloud software company helps businesses with price quotes, contracts. A new tech company has joined the billion-dollar-valuation club. Apttus, a software company that helps businesses manage the sales process, has raised $108 million in series C funding at a valuation of more than $1 billion, the company announced Tuesday.

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    The following are mergers under. APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS. -- U.S. investment firm Apollo Global Management (APO) to acquire majority control of Slovenian bank Nova KBM. -- German retailer REWE to acquire some travel units from Swiss travel operator Kuoni Reisen. NEW LISTINGS. None. EXTENSIONS AND OTHER CHANGES. None. FIRST-STAGE REVIEWS BY DEADLINE.

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    The following bids, mergers, acquisitions. ** Online gambling firm 888 Holdings Plc stepped up the battle for Bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc on Tuesday, submitting a revised takeover proposal as it looks to see off rival interest from GVC Holdings Plc.

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    Bild tabloid publisher Axel Springer and Korean electronics group Samsung announced a partnership in mobile media including news. The two companies said on Tuesday they would collaborate to produce digital media exclusively for Samsung customers, beginning with a news platform in Germany and Poland that will be rolled out in other European markets next year.

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    (Repeats to format tables) MOSCOW, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Russian mobile phone subscriptions stood at 242.33 million at the end of the second quarter, up from 238.35 million in the previous quarter, data from market research group AC&M showed. Overall penetration in Russia rose to 169.6 percent by the end of June from 166.8 percent three months earlier. Russia's population stood at 146.3 million at the beginning of 2015, according to the state statistics office. AC&M provided the following data (millions of subscribers): - MTS numbers are for Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus; - Vimpelcom (VIP) numbers are for Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan; - Megafon numbers are for Russia, Tajikistan and Georgia's two breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that Russia recognises as independent states; - All of the subscribers with Tele2, Cellular Communications MOTIV and SMARTS Group are in Russia: Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) 105.33 104.24 of which in Russia 75.39 74.50 Vimpelcom (VIP) 109.27 107.86 of which in Russia 57.17 55.71 Megafon 73.85 71.97 of which in Russia 71.40 69.52 Tele2 Russia 34.70 34.90 Cellular Communications MOTIV 2.42 2.42 SMARTS Group 1.07 1.08 Russian market share breakdown by percentage as of June 30: MTS Megafon Vimpelcom Tele2 Others Russia 31 29 24 14 2 Moscow 34 32 34 0.3 - St Petersburg 28 37 18 17 - Regions 31 28 22 17 2 (Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva and Maria Kiselyova; editing by David Clarke)

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    Philippine electronic exports this year will probably be weaker than previously thought as demand from major trading partners remain sluggish, an electronics industry group said on Tuesday. The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines slashed its 2015 exports growth forecast to 0-4 percent from the 3-5 percent estimate made in July.

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    Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image.

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    LG, Samsung and Sony (SNE) all showed off new smartwatches Monday, taking their own approaches to the nascent category.LG went for full luxury, announcing that its new $1200 Urbane Luxe would be available starting at the end of October. The watch sports a round face, 23-karat gold body and an alligator strap, and is a more premium version of the LG Urbane the company released earlier this year.Sony (SNE), meanwhile, unveiled a Japanese crowdfunding campaign for its new watch that comes with a smart band. The company has raised more than $154,551 for a campaign for the watch, which has a normal face but houses its tracking and payment options in the clasp of the timepiece. It's currently only planned for a Japanese release, and will work with iOS devices rather than Sony's (SNE) own smartphones.[Some of the content in this entry could not be displayed on this device.]Samsung also showed off its new Gear S2 smartwatch ahead of the IFA tech conference in Berlin on Monday. The company had originally teased the product last month when it launched new smartphones, revealing a smartwatch with a round face and clean interface that, at least at first blush, seemed to be a great improvement on its predecessors. The company showed off two models of the watch. The base model is the Gear S2; a second "classic" model has more traditional jewelry details such as a leather band.There wasn't any information about pricing or availability, though AT&T (T) has said that it will carry the Samsung Gear S2.Analysis firm IDC estimated earlier this month that the wearables market grew 223.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year. That's in part thanks to the introduction of the Apple Watch, which put Apple in striking distance of the market leader, Fitbit (FIT). But the product category is poised to keep growing as more companies with different approaches to the wearable trend head to market.Consumers are set to be spoiled for choice. Google (GOOG) also announced Monday that it will start offering its Android Wear app on Apple devices, meaning that iPhone users have a whole new world of smartwatch options to pair with their phones.Well, eventually, at least. The Android Wear app is available Monday, but only for the LG Watch Urbane (the Urbane Luxe will have it at launch). But, Google (GOOG) promises, the system will be coming to more smartwatches soon. "All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawei, Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS, so stay tuned for more," the company said in a blog post.






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     Applied Materials (AMAT) stock closed Monday's trading session up by 0.59% to $16.08 on Monday, after analysts at Pacific Crest said that the company will outperform, Barron's.com reports. Applied Materials (AMAT) is one of the semiconductor companies with "high dividend yields and ongoing cost-reduction initiatives," analysts noted.

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     Science Applications shares closed trading down by 0.93% to $48.77 on Monday, ahead of the release of the company's second quarter earnings, due out before the opening bell tomorrow. The McLean, VA-based technology integrator is expected to report 48 cents per share on revenue of $1.1 billion for the most recent quarter.

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    The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2030 GMT on Monday: ** It would be "unconscionable" for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles not to pursue a merger with rival General Motors and create a company that can generate $30 billion a year in cash, FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said in a newspaper interview.

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    Actor Ashton Kutcher was one of the first celebrities to embrace social media as a way to build his fan base. But outside the spotlight, he's also been a prolific investor in tech startups including Uber. Kutcher is among a growing number of Hollywood actors and musicians who have turn their attention up north in recent years, pouring their personal wealth into some of Silicon Valley's hottest startups.The trend isn't new. Actor Ashton Kutcher and U2 frontman Bono have been heavily investing in tech for years and have even set up their own venture capital firms. One thing to keep in mind about this trend: it has coincided with what tech financiers are calling an investment bubble in tech.CB Insights, crunched the numbers and came up with a list of the most active celebrity investors and their portfolio companies. Just because they put money into lots of companies doesn't mean they are the most successful investors, or course. But here are the top 5 Hollywood financiers of Silicon Valley:1. Ashton Kutcher is by far the most prolific tech investor in Hollywood, with seed and venture capital investments in a total of 70 startups, according to CB Insights. His investments include AirBnB, FourSquare, and Zenefits. The 37-year-old began investing in tech in 2009 and has gained deep connections in the industry. He holds the title of engineer for laptop maker Lenovo (LNVGF) and introduced a tablet with the firm that was poorly received by consumers. (He played Steve Jobs in the movie biopic in 2013, which also flopped). He co-founded venture firm Sound Ventures -- which also counts Madonna and U2 manager Guy Oseary as partners -- seed investment firm A-Grade.2. Nasir "Nas" Jones counts more than 30 portfolio companies including DropBox and Lyft. The rapper has made his investments through a Los Angeles-based venture fund Queensbridge Ventures, where he serves as a partner. Nas, who has 8 Platinum albums, has made some entertainment related investments, including in live broadcasting app Meerkat. But his investments are diverse, including in BitCoin firm CoinBase and financial services firm Robinhood.3. Troy Carter has managed the careers of musicians including Lady Gaga but his tech investments -- all personal seed investments -- have been very much behind the scenes. Carter has been an early investor in Uber, wireless power firm uBeam, and streaming music firm Songza, which was purchased by Google (GOOG) in 2014. According to CrunchBase database, Carter has made personal investments in 27 firms since 2011.4. Bono has long been a close partner to tech firms -- though his latest venture with Apple didn't go so well (if you recall, U2's 2014 album automatically downloaded onto new Apple iPhones, annoying a number of consumers who didn't want the band's music). He's had more success as managing partner of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm with $1.9 billion in assets under management. Elevation's investments include Facebook (FB), Yelp and Sonos.5. When Jared Leto isn't acting or performing with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, he is playing tech financier. The 43-year-old has made about 13 personal seed investments into firms such as Reddit, marketing software firm Radius and Zenefits, according to database CrunchBase.Want to know more? Here's CB's list of 13 most active investors:






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     EMC shares are slumping by 0.38% to $24.87 on Monday afternoon, as the data storage company has been facing pressure to change its business due to a shift from traditional storage products to cloud computing, Fortune reports. Cloud computing refers to storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet rather than on a personal computer.

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    By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Jack Marshall. Move could damage rival Google, leader in online advertising revenue. Apple Inc.' s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors.

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    The following are mergers under. APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS. -- British engineering company GKN to acquire Dutch company Fokker Technologies. NEW LISTINGS.

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    Shares of Twitter are gaining by 3.99% to $27.90 in pre-market trading on Monday morning, as analysts at SunTrust upgraded their rating on the stock to "Buy" from "Neutral" this morning. The firm upped its rating on the social networking site based on a series of positive catalysts.

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    Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has won a contract valued at almost $109 million to provide cloud services to the U.S. CSC has partnered with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to consolidate FAA data centers and migrate its existing data systems to the cloud. CSC said the deal has an "indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity" contingency, with the potential to reach $1 billion over 10 years.