Amazon Web Services says will open data centers in Israel

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June 11, 2021 (Reuters) – Amazon Web Services said it will open data centers in Israel, with the announcement coming weeks after Israel signed a deal with AWS and Google for a more than $1 billion project to provide cloud services for its public sector and military. In April, AWS and Google won a tender for the...

SoftBank’s PayPay surges ahead in Japan’s digital payments race

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June 11, 2021 By Sam Nussey TOKYO (Reuters) – For six decades, shoppers at Mikawaya, a rice dealer in eastern Tokyo, paid in cash – until sales staff from payments app PayPay swept through the low-lying district, persuading the store to give their product a try. With customers clamouring to use the service and nearby stores signing up,...

Trump administration subpoenaed Apple for lawmakers’ data -New York Times

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June 11, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department under former President Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple Inc for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in an attempt to find out who was behind leaks of classified information, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The records...

China’s Huawei aims to reach driverless car technology in 2025

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June 11, 2021 BEIJING/SHENZHEN (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies aims to develop driverless passenger car technology by 2025, an executive said on Thursday, as the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker diversifies its business in the face of U.S. sanctions. “Our team’s goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025,” Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei’s...

Breaking up Big Tech in focus as new U.S. antitrust bills introduced

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June 11, 2021 By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced four bills on Friday aimed at reining in the power of the tech giants, with one potentially leading to their break-up. Two of the bills address the issue of giant companies, such as Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, creating a...

Tennis-Pavlyuchenkova or Krejcikova to write final act in tale of the unexpected

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June 11, 2021 PARIS (Reuters) – After one of the most wildly unpredictable women’s singles draws in French Open history, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stands on the threshold of finally delivering the title long predicted since she was a precocious teenager. It has been a protracted journey for the 29-year-old, who at the 52nd time of asking has...

Nearly two thirds of Brazilians oppose hosting Copa America amid pandemic – poll

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June 11, 2021 RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Nearly two thirds of Brazilians oppose the country hosting the upcoming Copa America soccer tournament, a poll showed on Friday, amid concerns over the country’s dire COVID-19 outbreak. The South American Football Confederation last week unexpectedly relocated the tournament, which kicks off on Sunday, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s...

MLB roundup: Twins overtake Yanks with 4-run ninth

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June 11, 2021 Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman and the Minnesota Twins stormed back for a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees to avert a three-game sweep on Thursday night in Minneapolis. Minnesota posted its third walk-off win of the season by rallying against Chapman (4-1), who blew his second save in...

Olympics-JOC executive says Tokyo Games should be held without spectators

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June 11, 2021 By Antoni Slodkowski and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO (Reuters) – One of Japan’s sporting legends and an executive of the country’s Olympic committee said on Friday the Tokyo Games should be held without spectators to ensure the safety of the public and accused the organisers of using a “double standard”. The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board...

UK PM Johnson backs Tokyo Olympics, Japan wants more G7 support

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June 11, 2021 By Guy Faulconbridge CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday gave the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support at a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can take place safely. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the...