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NEC to provide coating service on PCs to combat COVID

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NEC Corp will start providing a coating service for business operators from late February to counteract the coronavirus on personal computers. The new service will reduce users' burden of sanitizing the devices, as the glass coating will remain effective for around five years, according to the major Japanese technology company.… Read

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U.S. unveils changes to attract foreign science, tech students

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The Biden administration has announced policy changes to attract international students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math — part of the broader effort to make the U.S. economy more competitive. The State Department will let eligible visiting students in those fields, known as STEM, complete up to 36 months of academic training, according… Read

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New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel

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Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favoring their own goods and services over those of rivals. It could, for example, prevent Amazon from steering consumers to its… Read

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In Texas, driverless trucks are set to take over roads

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A giant 18-wheel transport truck is barreling down a multi-lane Texas highway, and there is no one behind the wheel. The futuristic idea may seem surreal, but it is being tested in this vast southern U.S. state, which has become the epicenter of a rapidly developing self-driving vehicle industry. Before… Read

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Texas sues Google over local radio ads for its smartphones

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Texas' attorney general has sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio DJs to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn't used or been provided. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Montgomery County, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said Google engaged in false and misleading practices in violation of… Read

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How sweeping EU rules would curb tech companies

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Online companies would have to ramp up efforts to keep harmful content off their platforms and take other steps to protect users under rules that European Union lawmakers are set to vote on Thursday. The 27-nation bloc has gained a reputation as a trendsetter in the growing global push to… Read

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Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming

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Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced this week it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo. Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, said acquiring the owner of Candy Crush, Call of Duty,… Read

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Airbus, NTT, Docomo and SKY Perfect JSAT study connectivity services from High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS)

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Airbus, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT Docomo Inc and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation have jointly announced that they have begun studying the feasibility of collaborating on future high-altitude platform stations (HAPS)-based connectivity services as part of a future space-based wireless connectivity ecosystem. Photo: Communication via satellites and HAPS… Read

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AT&T, Verizon agree to delay 5G implementation at some airports

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AT&T and Verizon agreed Tuesday to a partial delay in activating their 5G networks following an outcry from U.S. airlines, who said the rollout could lead to travel chaos. The latest delay came one day after the chief executives of the largest airlines in the United States warned of a… Read

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Microsoft to buy gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $69 bil

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Microsoft on Tuesday announced a landmark $69 billion deal to buy U.S. gaming giant Activision Blizzard, betting big on the prospects of the video game market by scooping up the scandal-hit "Call of Duty" maker. Acquiring the troubled but highly successful Activision will make Microsoft the third-largest gaming company by… Read

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