• Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations
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    Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history.

  • Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health
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    Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health

    Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its people - including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. If the world followed the "Planetary Health" diet, the researchers said

  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage
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    Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage

    TOKYO (AP) — A small island volcano in southern Japan erupted Thursday, blasting rocks and ashes into the air but causing no damage or injuries.

  • Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references
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    Reuters

    Apple, Amazon called out for "incorrect" Taiwan, Hong Kong references

    TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  • Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight
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    Associated Press

    Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

    Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.

  • Apple, Amazon called out for 'incorrect' Taiwan, Hong Kong references
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    Reuters

    Apple, Amazon called out for 'incorrect' Taiwan, Hong Kong references

    TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE
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    Reuters

    U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], ZTE Corp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws. The proposed law was introduced

  • Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan
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    Associated Press

    Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China.

  • SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles
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    SpaceX to build Mars ships in Texas, not Los Angeles

    SpaceX said Wednesday that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs. SpaceX won approval last year to lease 19 acres at the port's Terminal

  • Northridge quake thrashed Los Angeles 25 years ago this week
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    Northridge quake thrashed Los Angeles 25 years ago this week

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage.

  • Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health
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    Reuters

    Scientists reveal 'ideal diet' for peoples' and planet's health

    Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its people - including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. If the world followed the "Planetary Health" diet, the researchers said

  • Boeing-Lockheed's Vulcan rocket design 'nearly fully mature'
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    Reuters

    Boeing-Lockheed's Vulcan rocket design 'nearly fully mature'

    A joint venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp will conduct the final design review for its new flagship Vulcan rocket within months, it said on Wednesday, as the aerospace company heads for a showdown with Elon Musk's SpaceX and others in the launch services market. The final design

  • Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction: report
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    Reuters

    Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction: report

    The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from a buildout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported. Handelsblatt, citing government sources, said government officials

  • U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE
    Finance
    Reuters

    U.S. lawmakers introduce bipartisan bills targeting China's Huawei and ZTE

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced bills on Wednesday that would ban the sale of U.S. chips or other components to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], ZTE Corp or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate U.S. sanctions or export control laws. The proposed law was introduced

  • Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg
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    Reuters

    Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will cut back on hiring for some divisions after lower-than-expected iPhone sales and missing its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

  • U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ
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    Reuters

    U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ

    Federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei Technologies[HWT.UL], the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. businesses and could soon issue an indictment, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Citing people familiar with the

  • Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stations
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    Associated Press

    Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast wants to "Stirr" up streaming.

  • Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature
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    Associated Press

    Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life.

  • IAC sues Tinder co-founder, escalating fight over valuation
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    Reuters

    IAC sues Tinder co-founder, escalating fight over valuation

    The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan late on Tuesday, comes six months after Rad and other co-founders, executives and early employees of Tinder sued IAC, accusing it of undervaluing Tinder to avoid paying them billions of dollars. The lawsuit claims at least $250 million in damages

  • Yelp investor SQN says shares could surge to $55-$65
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    Reuters

    Yelp investor SQN says shares could surge to $55-$65

    SQN, one of the biggest shareholders in Yelp with a more than 4 percent stake, said investors "must seize opportunity" to refresh board with three new directors, including stockholder representation. SQN said that Yelp should partner with companies like GrubHub Inc and ANGI Homeservices Inc

  • Mobile app spend soars with China a top market: report
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    Mobile app spend soars with China a top market: report

    Mobile app downloads are surging around the world with growth in smartphone use, with nearly half coming from China, a market tracker said Wednesday. Mobile research firm App Annie forecast that the amount of money spent on apps for smartphones or tablet computers this year will grow five times as fast

  • Many coffee species threatened with extinction, scientists warn
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    Reuters

    Many coffee species threatened with extinction, scientists warn

    Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world's wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including the popular commercial coffees Arabica and Robusta, scientists warned on Wednesday. Research published by experts at Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew found that

  • Snap to lose chief financial officer, its 2nd in a year
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    Associated Press

    Snap to lose chief financial officer, its 2nd in a year

    NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind Snapchat is losing its second financial chief in less than a year as the social media service confronts a declining user base and stiff competition from bigger rivals.

  • House Republicans question telecoms on location tracking
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    Associated Press

    House Republicans question telecoms on location tracking

    NEW YORK (AP) — Several House Republicans asked T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint how they share their users' cellphone location data, citing a recent report that telecoms are selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge.

  • From client to competitor: China's rise prompts German rethink
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    Reuters

    From client to competitor: China's rise prompts German rethink

    China has been crucial to Germany's recent expansion, sucking in German cars and industrial goods to create the infrastructure that has allowed it to grow into the world's second-largest economy. While German exports to China still grew by nearly 10 percent year-on-year from January to November