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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The city council of Sao Paulo, South America's largest metropolis, voted to ban the U.S.-based Uber ride-sharing service late Tuesday, the latest setback for the company after several countries took similar steps in recent months.

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UK's Playtech expands online trading with Ava Trade buy

Playtech Plc, founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, said it had agreed to buy currency trading platform Ava Trade for $105 million to expand its online trading platform.

Millions in losses from the sudden removal of a long-held ceiling on the Swiss franc in January have spurred on a merger and acquisition boom that many major players in the market in online currency trading had long predicted.

Playtech, which provides software used in sports betting and online casino games, is aiming to carve a niche in currency trading using its technology, as the gambling industry comes under pressure from higher taxes and tougher regulation.

The company said on Wednesday the acquisition was undertaken through its subsidiary, TradeFX, which it acquired in April.

TradeFX is a trading platform and payment services provider, while Ava Trade is a contract-for-difference (CFD) broker.

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Why the internet is giving us worse games, books and music

Digital distribution was supposed to bring artists and audiences closer and cut out the middlemen. It hasn't worked out like that

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UNPUTDOWNABLE! This go-to accolade for book reviewers takes on a new meaning this week, when some authors will be paid by the number of pages read. But is it a good thing?

On 1 July, Amazon introduced a payment plan in which authors enrolled in its Kindle Direct Publishing Select scheme are paid royalties according to the number of pages read when their ebooks are borrowed from ebook "library" Kindle Unlimited. But critics claim this pay-per-page system could change the type of books written, favouring easy-to-read page-turners over difficult, literary works.

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Google's YouTube loses appeal in German copyright case

Sao Paulo city council takes first step to ban Uber

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