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Double helping of delays for SpaceX as Starlink, ANASIS-II missions cling to terra firma

1 hour 21 min ago
Also: Hope Probe hopes for lift-off, Virgin teases SpaceShipTwo interior, Ariane 6 slips

In brief  SpaceX's 10th Starlink mission remained resolutely welded to the launchpad over the weekend as the company decided to stand down from a 11 July launch attempt in order to "allow more time for checkouts".…

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Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources

2 hours 21 min ago
Counterfeit and repurposed semiconductors still a problem

If you're looking for cheap electronic sensors, the internet has lots of possibilities, but buyer beware: they aren't always exactly legit.…

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Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

3 hours 4 min ago
From happy hour to happy power

As if a few volts were enough to get between a steaming Cornishman and his pint, a pub near the UK pirate haven of Penzance has run an electric fence along the bar to enforce social distancing. And yes, it can be turned on.…

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Singapore-sponsored finance blockchain ready to run international payments, say financial heavies

3 hours 44 min ago
'Project Ubin' might be faster and cheaper than current tools, even for central banks

Singapore’s experimental digital-ledger-powered payments service has proven itself ready to handle actual transactions in multiple currencies, according to the organisations involved in its final tests.…

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You've think you've heard it all about automation in technology? Get a load of this robot that plugs in cables

4 hours 19 min ago
You wanted an android butler? Well, first it's gotta learn to hold a wire, then we can talk about folding sheets

Video  An MIT team has built a robot that can plug cables into jacks.…

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Safety first: Our Continuous Lifecycle Online tech event this week puts infrastructure security front and centre

4 hours 48 min ago
Interested in Helm, service meshes and what’s next for DevOps? Grab your ticket now – there's still time

Event  Mid-July is almost here, and with it the first online edition of our excellent Continuous Lifecycle London conference.…

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Huawei growth weakens as COVID-19, politics bite to make carriers its slowest-growing segment

5 hours 21 min ago
13 percent growth ain’t bad, but the Chinese giant has previously done better

Huawei has posted its results for the first half of 2020 and the news is mixed.…

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It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

5 hours 45 min ago
Bags, soap, cosmetics covered, Trump admin backs away from President’s threatened wine levy

America is moving ahead with massive 25 per cent tariffs on French products in retaliation for the Euro nation approving a new digital tax aimed squarely at tech giants like Google and Facebook.…

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Japanese probe to land asteroid rock sample in Australia on December 6th

6 hours 50 min ago
Your order [Ref #RYUGU_REGOLITH | Picked up by probe #HAYABYUSA2] has shipped!

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that its attempt to bring a chunk of asteroid back to Earth will touch down in December.…

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Pakistan pitches ‘most relaxed tax structure’ in the world to tech investors

7 hours 33 min ago
Minister declares special economic zones are open to even China and Russian money so long as they do something digital or medical

Pakistan has become the latest Asian nation to declare it will roll out the welcome mat for foreign investors who want to do something to do with technology on its soil.…

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Google creates $10bn 'digitisation fund' for India

8 hours 20 min ago
Localisation and transformation plan wins prime ministerial approval, but as usual has as much upside for Google as for its generous hosts

Google has unveiled a plan to invest $10bn in India over the next five to seven years.…

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Collabera hacked: IT staffing'n'services giant hit by ransomware, employee personal data stolen

8 hours 59 min ago
Crooks made off with everything needed for ID theft

Hackers infiltrated Collabera, siphoned off at least some employees' personal information, and infected the US-based IT consultancy giant's systems with ransomware.…

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Big Tech backs colleges in war against Trump's ban on foreign students taking web-only classes mid-pandemic

9 hours 52 min ago
Microsoft, Google, Facebook and pals weigh in on F-1, M-1 visa lawsuit

Big Tech has thrown its support behind a legal challenge to a Trump administration rule that will force foreign students to leave the US if their university courses are online-only amid the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Guilty: Russian miscreant who hacked LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring, stole 200-million-plus account records

10 hours 40 min ago
Yevgeniy Nikulin faces up to 10 years in a US cooler

The Russian hacker accused of raiding LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, and obtaining data on 213 million user accounts, has been found guilty.…

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Top Ubisoft execs eject after staff complain of 'toxic' workplace environment for women at Montreal studios

12 hours 3 min ago
Trio quits immediately, workers under investigation

Three senior Ubisoft execs quit over the weekend amid claims of widespread sexual harassment within the video-games giant's Canadian studios.…

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You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 23:09
The only winning move is... not to play?

Verizon has turned to Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI to automate its customer-service phone calls and chatbot conversations.…

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When you see PWA, Microsoft and Google want you to think Programs With Attitude: Web app release tool tweaked

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 21:21
More native applications we smoke, yo, our rep gets bigger

Microsoft and Google have been working together to help make Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) easier to publish, in the hope that web apps will one day compete with native apps on mobile devices.…

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Pretend your holiday wasn't cancelled from next month: Microsoft Flight Simulator cleared for take-off

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 19:23
Plus: Teams goes Nationwide and gains new hardware, VS Code updates

In Brief  While many fleshbags won't trouble the inside of an aircraft this summer, Microsoft has thrown those on unplanned staycations a bone with the confirmed release date for its latest Flight Simulator: 18 August.…

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UK government marks 'at least' £115m for new Brexit systems against backdrop of chequered IT project history in customs and border control

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 18:31
CHIEF concerns for customs tech haven't gone away....

The UK government says it has earmarked £115m in spending for new IT systems to help with the management of customs arrangements and border data after the Brexit transition period comes to a close at year end.…

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Mixed signals? Yes and no: Analog Devices snaps up rival Maxim Integrated for $20.9bn

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 17:30
Still won't be as big as Texas Instruments

Analog Devices has confirmed an intent to buy rival Maxim Integrated, saying it'll fork out a whopping $20.9bn in an all-stock deal.…

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