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Work on China’s mission to Mars ‘well underway’

China’s programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is “well underway”, its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme.

The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Work on China’s mission to Mars ‘well underway’
Work on China’s mission to Mars ‘well underway’

Work on China’s mission to Mars ‘well underway’

China’s programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is “well underway”, its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme.

‘Overwatch’ eSports league to debut in December
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‘Overwatch’ eSports league to debut in December

Activision Blizzard announced Wednesday its “Overwatch” eSports league — cashing in on the rise of video gaming as a spectator sport — would make its debut in December.
Durant sorry for ‘idiotic’ tweets
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Durant sorry for ‘idiotic’ tweets

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant apologised on Tuesday for exchanges with fans on Twitter about his departure from Oklahoma City Thunder, branding his comments “childish” and “idiotic.”
Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
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Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps

Saudi Arabia will lift its ban on internet calling applications on Wednesday, authorities said, easing restrictions online as the conservative kingdom faces new criticism over censorship.
Equifax says 100,000 Canadians’ data hacked
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Equifax says 100,000 Canadians’ data hacked

The personal information of 100,000 Canadians may have been compromised in a hack of Equifax revealed earlier in the month, the credit data company said Tuesday.
New Asian eSports chief aims for Olympic future
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New Asian eSports chief aims for Olympic future

Newly elected Asian eSports Federation president Kenneth Fok said Tuesday his organisation was committed to pursuing Olympic status for computer gaming while also adopting the regulatory trappings of more traditional sports.
Twitter touts victories in war on extremist content
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Twitter touts victories in war on extremist content

Twitter on Tuesday touted victories in the battle against tweets promoting extremist violence, saying it has been vanquishing those kinds of accounts before governments even ask.
EU to launch cybersecurity ‘safety labels’
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EU to launch cybersecurity ‘safety labels’

The European Union unveiled plans Tuesday to step up its response to cyber attacks, including a new intelligence-sharing agency, cyber war games and product safety labels.
‘Car nation’ Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles
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‘Car nation’ Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles

German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology.
Startup Pi out to slice the charging cord
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Startup Pi out to slice the charging cord

Silicon Valley youngster Pi on Monday claimed it had developed the world’s first wireless charger that does away with cords or mats to charge devices.
US state grants $3 billion in tax incentives to Foxconn
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US state grants $3 billion in tax incentives to Foxconn

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill on Monday granting $3 billion in tax incentives to Foxconn, paving the way for the Taiwan electronics giant to build a manufacturing plant in the state.
EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giants
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EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giants

Europe’s top antitrust regulator Magrethe Vestager on Monday defended her agency’s investigations of Google and other US tech giants, arguing that dominant companies have a “special responsibility” to avoid abusing their market power.
Equifax executives step down after major hack
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Equifax executives step down after major hack

Equifax has replaced two senior executives entrusted with watching over its computers, after the credit reporting agency revealed it suffered a major hack that led to one of the worst-ever breaches of personal data.
Intel chips loaded in Waymo self-driving minivans
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Intel chips loaded in Waymo self-driving minivans

Intel on Monday announced its computing tech is being loaded into Waymo self-driving minivans as the chip giant seeks a leading position on the road to autonomous vehicles.
Snapchat blocks Jazeera in Saudi Arabia as Qatar tensions simmer
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Snapchat blocks Jazeera in Saudi Arabia as Qatar tensions simmer

Snapchat has blocked Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the image sharing service said Monday, as tensions simmer between the Gulf states.
EU Commission calls for ‘Airbus of batteries’
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EU Commission calls for ‘Airbus of batteries’

Europe must produce its own batteries for electric cars to avoid crashing out of the race with the United States and China, a senior member of the European Commission warned Monday.
Nike’s ‘connected jersey’ aims to put NBA fans front and center
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Nike’s ‘connected jersey’ aims to put NBA fans front and center

Sporting a favorite player’s number can now be more than a declaration of faith, thanks to smart jerseys unveiled this weekend by Nike as part of its new partnership with the NBA.
Apple, Dell join bid to buy Toshiba’s chip business: US fund
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Apple, Dell join bid to buy Toshiba’s chip business: US fund

US tech titans Apple and Dell have joined a bid to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business, a deal seen as key to the survival of the cash-stripped Japanese industrial conglomerate, the US investor leading the consortium has said.
Facebook opens AI lab in Canada, with Trudeau on hand
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Facebook opens AI lab in Canada, with Trudeau on hand

Facebook opened its first artificial intelligence lab in Canada on Friday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to praise the impact of such cutting-edge research.
France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe
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France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue.
Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting
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Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent ‘discriminatory’ targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as “Jew haters.”
Pakistan Christian sentenced to die over blasphemous WhatsApp text
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Pakistan Christian sentenced to die over blasphemous WhatsApp text

A Pakistani Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy after he sent a Muslim friend a poem on WhatsApp that insulted Islam, a lawyer said Friday.
Lawsuit accuses Google of paying women less than men
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Lawsuit accuses Google of paying women less than men

A trio of former Google employees on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing the technology giant of paying women less than men for the same work.
New Google Pixel smartphone debut expected October 4
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New Google Pixel smartphone debut expected October 4

Google on Thursday fired off invitations to an October 4 event at which the US tech giant is expected to field a second-generation Pixel as its new champion in the competitive smartphone market.
Tesla sets semi-truck debut for October 26
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Tesla sets semi-truck debut for October 26

Tesla plans to unveil a heavy transport truck next month, in a further broadening of the product lineup for the electric vehicle maker.
US watchdog confirms probe of huge Equifax data breach
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US watchdog confirms probe of huge Equifax data breach

A US consumer protection watchdog agency said Thursday it has begun an investigation into a massive data breach at credit bureau Equifax that may have leaked sensitive information on 143 million people.

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