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Uber rival Grab to raise $2.5 billion in new financing

SINGAPORE (Web Desk) Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab said Monday it expects to raise $2.5 billion in financing, mostly from China´s Didi Chuxing and Japan´s Softbank, as it strengthens its lead over rival Uber. Didi, China´s ride-hailing leader, and mobile giant SoftBank will invest up to $2.0 billion while $500 …

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Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

VIENNA: (Web Desk) Google’s Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world. The project, launched in 2007, lets computer users view panoramic street scenes …

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‘Mystery’ signal from space is solved. It’s not aliens

Miami (Web Desk) Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.It hasn’t. The signal, which has been formally named “Weird!” was interference from a distant satellite. Of …

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Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science

MIAMI (Web Desk) Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21.The entire country will fall into shadow as the “Great American Eclipse” passes, though the darkest …

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Bitcoin averts split as miners back new software upgrade

NEW YORK (Web Desk) Digital currency bitcoin on Friday averted a split into two currencies after its network supported an upgrade to its software that would enhance its ability to process an increasing number of Transactions.Bitcoin’s miners have signalled their support for the so-called Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 91, avoiding …

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Robot security guard ‘commits suicide’ in public fountain

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) A robot security guard met a tragic end when it drowned itself at a fountain of a shopping mall in Washington D.C.The Knightscope security robot was patrolling the Georgetown Waterfront shopping complex in Washington D.C. on Monday when it apparently drove itself into the pond. “Our D.C. …

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SCIENCETECHNOLOGY Facebook to launch news subscription product: TheStreet

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, and will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported on Tuesday, citing the social media company’s news partnerships head Campbell Brown at a conference. The feature is likely to allow publishers to create a paywall on Facebook’s Instant …

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Microsoft cloud to help Baidu self-driving car effort

SAN FRANCISCO (Web DesK)  Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will be used outside China for collaboration by members of a self-driving car alliance formed by Chinese internet search giant Baidu, the companies announced on Tuesday. The US software giant is one of more than 50 entities that have joined an Apollo …

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Amazon makes cloud contract more customer-friendly as rivals loom

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Amazon.com Inc has done away with a controversial clause in its cloud computing contracts that prohibited customers from suing the company over patent infringement, according to an updated version of the Amazon Web Services customer agreement released on Thursday. The so-called “non-assert” clause had been a point …

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Facebook to test news story paywalls: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Facebook will test limiting the number of published news stories that can be read for free on its Instant Articles platform for premium publishers, US media reported on Wednesday.The leading social network has become a major source of news for people, triggering complaints by publishers that …

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