Exclusive: Qualcomm set to win conditional Japanese antitrust okay for NXP deal – source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said.

China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push

BEIJING (Reuters) – China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalize on China’s rapidly growing fintech sector.

Verizon close to announcing digital streaming deal with NFL: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Brazil speaker wants city rules for Uber, other car-hailing apps

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The head of Brazil’s lower house of Congress said on Friday he hopes that the chamber will undo amendments by the Senate to a bill regulating ride-hailing apps such as Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

Canadian grocery chain Loblaw says has ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian grocery chain Loblaw Cos has placed an order for 25 of Tesla Inc’s new electric heavy duty trucks, a Loblaw spokeswoman said in a statement sent by email.

Fork talk lifts bitcoin to all-time high near $8,000

LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit an all-time high just below $8,000 on Friday, on talk that a software upgrade whose suspension sent the cryptocurrency into a tailspin at the end of last week was, after all, going ahead within hours.

Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 billion spending plan

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.

Tesla’s unfettered ambition will drain finances: analysts

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc shares rose on Friday as analysts questioned how soon Chief Executive Elon Musk will have to ask creditors and shareholders for more capital to fund development of an electric semi truck, a new roadster and accelerated production of a high-volume electric sedan.