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Signage is seen at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.

U.S. agency finalizing rules for new $3.2 billion low-income internet subsidy

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it is moving to finalize rules for a temporary $3.2 billion program funded by Congress to provide lower-income Americans with discounts on monthly internet service and on purchasing a laptop or tablet computer. Internet access has become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic as …

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FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is seen at an Apple Store in Brooklyn

Nasal swab firm ships 15 million kits after Apple lends hand

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Monday nasal swab maker COPAN Diagnostics has shipped 15 million COVID-19 sample collection kits to hospitals in California, Texas and other U.S. states, bolstered by manufacturing help from the tech giant. Apple awarded $10 million https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-apple-copan/apple-awards-10-million-to-nasal-swab-maker-copan-diagnostics-to-help-boost-factory-output-idUSKBN22J1RV to the Murrieta, California-based company in May last year and sent engineers to …

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White House says U.S. communicating with Iran over detained Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country’s detention of American citizens, calling the matter a “complete and utter outrage”. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights …

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Payments firm Square adds to bitcoin rush with $170 million purchase

(Reuters) – Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc has bought around 3,318 bitcoins for $170 million, the payments firm said, raising the bets on the world’s biggest cryptocurrency that is gaining mainstream acceptance with support from big investors. Dorsey, who is also the chief executive of social media firm Twitter Inc, is a bitcoin enthusiast and has …

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FILE PHOTO: Logo of Tencent is seen at its booth at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing

Italy OKs Dorsey’s Square Inc, China’s Tencent to invest in startup Satispay: source

ROME (Reuters) – Italy has given Square Inc, the mobile payments firm of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and China’s Tencent a conditional green light to invest in Italian start-up Satispay, a source close to the matter told Reuters. Satispay said in November that new investors would provide fresh funds by subscribing to a 68 million-euro …

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Bharti Airtel partners with Qualcomm to drive 5G services in India

  BENGALURU (Reuters) – Bharti Airtel Ltd said on Tuesday it will work with U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for 5G services in India, as telecom firms in the world’s second-largest wireless market gear up to usher in the latest generation of wireless networks. Airtel, placed second to Reliance Industries-owned Jio by subscribers, said in a statement …

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The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera

Mars rover sends home movie of daredevil descent to landing on red planet

  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NASA scientists on Monday unveiled first-of-a-kind home movies of last week’s’ daredevil Mars rover landing, vividly showing its supersonic parachute inflation over the red planet and a rocket-powered hovercraft lowering the science lab on wheels to the surface. The footage was recorded on Thursday by a series of cameras mounted …

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Logo of German tyre company Continental  is seen before the annual news conference in Hanover

Continental invests in object recognition start-up

BERLIN (Reuters) – German automotive parts maker Continental AG said on Tuesday it had acquired a minority stake in German-U.S. start-up Recogni, as it deepens its expertise in autonomous driving technology. The start-up is working on a new chip architecture for object recognition in real-time based on artificial intelligence, Continental said, adding that it expects …

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Chairman Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) responds to a question after attending a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing in Washington

U.S. lawmakers ask video providers to address misinformation by TV channels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers on Monday sent letters to a dozen cable, satellite and streaming video companies urging them to address their “disseminating misinformation to millions” of users from some channels. Democratic U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney wrote companies including Alphabet, AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Roku, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, …

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President and CEO of Discovery David Zaslav speaks during the Discovery portion of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills

Discovery expects 12 million paid streaming subscribers by February-end

  (Reuters) – Discovery Inc said on Monday it expects to have 12 million global paid streaming subscribers by the end of this month, as coronavirus-led restrictions kept people home and fueled subscriber growth. Launched in January, discovery+ houses 55,000 episodes from channels in the Discovery portfolio, which includes HGTV, Food Network and Animal Planet. …

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