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U.K. to create big tech watchdog to counter market dominance

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses.The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “Digital Markets Unit” next year to enforce
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Egyptian inventor trials robot that can test for COVID-19

TANTA, Egypt – With Egypt facing a second coronavirus wave, an inventor is trialing a remote-control robot which can test for COVID-19, take the temperature of patients and warn them if they don’t wear masks at a private hospital north of Cairo. Mahmoud el-Komy, who designed the robot, called Cira-03, says it can help limit exposure to infection and prevent the
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European Space Agency signs $102 million deal to bring space trash home

BERLIN — The European Space Agency says it is signing a 86 million-euro ($102 million) contract with a Swiss start-up company to bring a large piece of orbital trash back to Earth. The agency said Thursday that the deal with ClearSpace SA will lead to the “first active debris removal mission” in 2025, in which a custom-made spacecraft will capture and bring down part of a
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Amazon’s cloud service experiencing widespread outage

Amazon’s widely used cloud service, Amazon Web Services, is experiencing a large-scale outage, the company said Wednesday, affecting users ranging from websites to software providers. It has also affected the ability to post updates to its service health dashboard, the company said. “Kinesis has been experiencing increased error rates this morning in our US-East-1 Region
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Salesforce reportedly in talks to buy Slack — despite CEO denial

Cloud-based software giant Salesforce reportedly is in advance talks to buy messaging app Slack — just months after Salesforce’s billionaire boss Marc Benioff denied he was interested in making any acquisitions. San Francisco-based Salesforce sees Slack as a logical extension of its enterprise offerings, a source told Reuters on Wednesday, adding there is no certainty of a
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Sony promises more PS5 consoles ‘before the end of the year’

Sony promised frustrated gamers on Wednesday that more units of its impossible-to-find PlayStation5 console will arrive at stores by year’s end. “We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever,” the official PlayStation Twitter account posted Wednesday morning. “Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more
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VanMoof X3 ebike review: At $2,000, it’s automatic for (some of) the people

The VanMoof X3, as posed in Seattle's Carkeek Park. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] For some people, a review of the VanMoof S3 electric bicycle can begin and end with its stunning design. The same goes for its eyebrow-raising $1,999 price tag. Both seem to go hand in hand: this is a pricey electric bike, and it sure looks like one. Honestly, I've never tested a bike that has