Category: US News

TikTok owner ByteDance shuts down overseas news aggregator TopBuzz

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – ByteDance, owner of the global hit short-video app TikTok, has shut down its artificial-intelligence-based news aggregator TopBuzz, one of the company’s earliest products aimed at the global stage. “We’re proud of the work that we accomplished with TopBuzz, but (we) have determined that other areas of the business should be our priority […]

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After Pakistan's lockdown gamble, COVID-19 cases surge

ISLAMABAD/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Four weeks ago, with its most important festival coming up and millions of people facing starvation as economic activity dwindled, Pakistan lifted a two-month-long coronavirus lockdown.   Prime Minister Imran Khan has said despite rising infections and deaths, the country would need to learn to “live with” the virus to avert pushing […]

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Australia fines Sony $2.4 million for refusing refunds on faulty PlayStation games

(Reuters) – A court has ruled that a unit of Japan’s Sony Corp broke the consumer law by denying customers refunds for faulty PlayStation games and ordered the company to pay a A$3.5 million ($2.4 million) fine, Australia’s consumer watchdog said. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had filed a lawsuit against Sony Interactive […]

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Toshiba forecasts annual profit drop vs rise expected, limited virus impact

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp forecast on Friday a 15.7% drop in annual operating profit compared with expectations of a small rise in profit, even as a recent portfolio overhaul helps the industrial conglomerate limit the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. It forecast profit of 110 billion yen ($1 billion) for the year through March […]

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Hitachi, Toshiba, Miraca to set up factory for coronavirus antigen tests

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese industrial conglomerates Hitachi Ltd and Toshiba Corp will join with Miraca Holdings to increase production of antigen-based coronavirus tests, aiding in the country’s effort to screen more people for the new virus. The alliance will double production of Miraca subsidiary Fujirebio’s testing kits, which received government approval in May, to 400,000 […]

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Thailand reports one new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Friday reported one new coronavirus infection and no new deaths, taking its total confirmed cases to 3,102, of which 58 have been fatalities. The new case was a Thai man who had returned from Kuwait and was in quarantine, where most of Thailand’s recent cases have been detected, said Taweesin […]

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Twitter disables Trump video tribute to Floyd over copyright complaint

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc has disabled U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint. The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, has Trump speaking in the background. Floyd’s death last […]

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Video shows police in Buffalo, New York, shoving 75-year-old to ground

(Reuters) – Two Buffalo, New York, police officers were suspended without pay on Thursday after a video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground, as protests over the police killing of George Floyd continued into their tenth night. The video taken by a reporter from local public radio station WBFO and posted on […]

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Australia's CSL says to help fund, make vaccine candidate if it proves successful

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s biggest biotech firm CSL Ltd said it would help fund the development of a University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine candidate and if it was successful, could make up to one hundred million doses towards the end of next year. Early pre-clinical results for the vaccine candidate have shown it produced high […]

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