News highlights – July 20

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News highlights from Wednesday, July 20

Passersby walk past a McDonald's store in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Passersby walk past a McDonald’s store in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato

McDonald’s Japan shares soar after news that it will collaborate on Pokemon Go

Shares of Japan’s McDonald’s Holdings Co jumped to their highest level since 2001 in early trade after the company said it would collaborate on the Pokemon GO game “soon”.

Electronics retailers see jump in mobile charger sales on back of Pokemon Go craze

Electronics and smart-phone retailers are seeing a jump in sales of mobile charging equipment since Pokemon GO was released in the United States two weeks ago and are now looking for more ways to drive potential customers into stores through the wildly popular game.

And Apple will make billions from Pokemon Go, too

Apple Inc stands to rake in $3 billion in revenue from the Pokemon Go craze in the next one to two years as gamers buy “PokeCoins” from its app store, brokerage Needham & Co said.

Facebook’s Messenger hits 1 billion users

Facebook Inc’s Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world’s top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook’s main app, which is by far and away the most popular.

Data collection by Tesla may help it deflect Autopilot liability

The large volume of data Tesla Motors Inc collects from its cars on the road has armed it with information to publicly counter, and possibly legally defend, claims about the safety of its Autopilot driving-assist software, according to lawyers familiar with such cases.

France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data

The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft Corp to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.

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