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Google should not be in business of war, say employees

Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter asking the internet giant to stop working on a project for the US military. Project Maven involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes. Employees fear Google’s involvement will “irreparably damage” its brand. “We believe that Google …

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Meet the gargantuan air freighter that looks like a whale

Passenger aircraft are built in sections around the world then assembled in various locations, so how do you transport huge parts like wings and fuselages? Meet the super-transporters – giant planes for giant jobs. The aircraft being assembled in Hangar L34 at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters is, to put it mildly, …

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Trump threatens further $100bn in tariffs against China

US President Donald Trump has instructed officials to consider a further $100bn (£71.3bn) of tariffs against China, in an escalation of a tense trade stand-off. These would be in addition to the $50bn worth of US tariffs already proposed on hundreds of Chinese imports. China’s Ministry of Commerce responded, saying …

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US trade deficit widens in February

America’s trade deficit widened in February as its international trade hit a monthly record. The deficit was $57.6bn – the largest monthly gap between exports and imports of goods and services since 2008, the US Commerce Department said. The figures come as President Donald Trump tries a variety of tactics …

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Facebook boss apologises in UK and US newspaper ads

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page adverts in several UK and US Sunday newspapers to apologise for the firm’s recent data privacy scandal. He said Facebook could have done more to stop millions of users having their data exploited by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in 2014. “This was …

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How a poorly puppy inspired a pet food success story

There were times when Henrietta Morrison felt like giving up when trying to get her pet food idea off the ground. She knew the type of products she wanted to sell, but finding a factory prepared to make them her way proved far more difficult than expected. Unlike most mass-produced …

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Gay wedding ban sparks cruise boycott call

Carnival Corporation, the cruise firm that owns P&O and Cunard, is facing a boycott from LGBT travellers after halting gay weddings on some ships. The company was forced to stop allowing same-sex unions on its ships that are registered in Bermuda. The British Overseas Territory legalised gay weddings in May …

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When Goliath stands to lose every time

First China, then Russia, now South East Asia. It is starting to sound like a familiar story. Global taxi-hailing giant Uber enters a new market, with all the brashness and bravado of a bigger, more powerful invader, only to find itself waging a fierce battle on the streets with a …

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