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Google extends chip-making efforts to design hub Bengaluru

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has hired more than a dozen microchip engineers in Bengaluru, India, in recent months and plans to rapidly add more, according to LinkedIn profiles, job postings and two industry executives, as the search firm expands its program to design the guts of its devices internally. A woman walks past the logo of Google during an event in New Delhi, India, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The Bengaluru site, which has not been previously reported, makes Google the first…

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Science 

Research body to fund humanitarian efforts

Image copyright Christina Mittermeier, Sealegacy Image caption The One Ocean Hub will work with local communities to empower fishers to be involved with more sustainable practices Britain’s new research agency has announced it will spend £279m on new non-EU international collaborations. The bulk of the money will go towards projects with scientists in developing countries to support humanitarian efforts. But critics say that political priorities may be being funded at the potential cost of “blue skies” study. The type of funding marks a new approach to increasing support for basic…

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Taiwan ‘bikini hiker’ dies on solo climb despite search efforts

Image copyright Facebook/Gigiwu.bgn Image caption The bikini shots from her successful summits had gained her many followers A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say. The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia. She was a popular figure on social media and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker. Ms Wu…

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EBay beats quarterly profit on cost cut efforts, shares rise

(Reuters) – EBay Inc (EBAY.O) beat analysts’ estimates for third-quarter profit by managing costs at a time when bigger rival Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) missed revenue estimates and forecast sales below expectations for the holiday quarter. FILE PHOTO: The eBay app is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration photo October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration Shares of EBay, which also expects fourth-quarter profit marginally above analysts’ estimates, rose as much as 6.0 percent in after-hours trading. The shares have fallen 27 percent so far in 2018. The San Jose, California-based…

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U.S. making serious efforts to comply with EU data rules: EU officials

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States is making serious efforts to comply with a landmark data transfer pact agreed two years ago, EU officials said on Thursday amidst criticism by some civil liberties groups and EU lawmakers that the U.S. is not living up to the accord. European Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Vera Jourova holds a news conference in Brussels, Belgium September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir The comments came as the European Commission launched its second review of the EU-U.S Privacy Shield which aims to better protect Europeans’…

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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Rescue efforts to end

Nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian city of Palu, major search and rescue operations are due to end. More than 2,000 people are known to have died and around 5,000 are still feared missing. The government says it has imposed the rescue deadline to stop the spread of diseases, and because it’s increasingly difficult to identify bodies. The BBC’s Howard Johnson reports from Balaroa, one of the worst hit districts of Palu. Video produced by Abdujalil Abdurasulov Source link

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai denies efforts to tweak search results: Axios

(Reuters) – Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai denied reports of efforts to politically bias the company’s internet search results, Axios reported on Friday citing a memo. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam The Wall Street Journal citing internal emails reported on Thursday that the company’s staff discussed ways to alter search functions to counter the Trump administration’s 2017 travel ban. Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers…

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Kerala floods: Rescue efforts step up as rains begin to ease

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Torrents of water have rushed through towns and villages in the southern Indian state of Kerala Rescue efforts are being stepped up in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala, where monsoon rains have eased for now. The India Meteorological Department has removed a red weather alert from all districts, though some areas are still under water. India’s air force and navy helicopters are airlifting stranded people from rooftops, and dropping food supplies to those they cannot yet reach. More than 350 people have died in…

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Facebook pledges tough U.S. election security efforts as critical memo surfaces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook officials on Tuesday said the company is using a range of techniques including artificial intelligence to counter Russian operatives or others who use deceptive tactics and false information to manipulate public opinion. The Facebook logo is reflected on a woman’s glasses in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration The officials told reporters in a telephone briefing they expected to find such efforts on the social network ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections in November, but declined to disclose whether they have already uncovered…

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Intel acquires small chipmaker to bolster efforts beyond CPUs

(Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Thursday that it plans to acquire eASIC, a small chipmaker that will help further Intel’s efforts to diversify away from CPU chips. FILE PHOTO: The Intel logo is shown at E3, the world’s largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake Intel did not disclose terms of the deal for eASIC, which is based in Intel’s hometown of Santa Clara, California. An Intel spokeswoman said the price was “not material,” but that about 120 people would…

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