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UK space company OneWeb blames coronavirus for collapse

OneWeb, the high-profile London-based satellite start-up, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The firm, which has been building a network to deliver broadband across the globe, blamed the Covid-19 crisis for its inability to secure new investment. OneWeb issued a statement saying it was laying off most of its staff while it sought a buyer for the company.The ...

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Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

Google on Friday pledged $800 million worth of support in response to the coronavirus pandemic for health organisations, researchers and businesses impacted by the crisis. The aid will come in the form of cash, ad credits, and cloud services from the California-based internet colossus, according to chief executive Sundar Pichai. Google will provide $250 million in ad grants to the ...

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Google doodle celebrating Bangladesh’s Independence Day

Search engine giant Google is marking Bangladesh’s 50th Independence and National Day by replacing its regular home page graphic with a special doodle. The new doodle features five water lilies floating in the water. Google marks many special occasions with customised doodles, changing its logo on the homepage to reflect the occasion.Google in its message said, “Home to the Sundarbans ...

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Crowdsourced virtual supercomputer revs up virus research

Gamers, bitcoin “miners” and companies large and small have teamed up for an unprecedented data-crunching effort that aims to harness idle computing power to accelerate research for a coronavirus treatment. The project led by computational biologists has effectively created the world’s most powerful supercomputer that can handle trillions of calculations needed to understand the structure of the virus. More than ...

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Nasa delays work on Moon rocket during coronavirus

NASA is shutting down two of its space centres to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The US space agency said it will suspend work at its Michoud facility in New Orleans, where a Moon rocket, or Space Launch System, is being built. Its Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where the rocket booster is being tested, will also temporarily ...

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Facebook acknowledges a bug that blocked coronavirus news

Facebook says a bug in its anti-spam system is blocking the publication of links to news stories about the coronavirus. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said on Twitter Tuesday that the company is working on fixing the problem. Users are complaining that links to news stories about school closings and other information related to the virus outbreak being ...

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Bill Gates says he is stepping down from Microsoft board

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Friday he is stepping down from the company’s board to focus on philanthropy. Gates was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the ...

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NASA to reveal name of latest Mars rover

After a months-long contest among U.S. students to name NASA’s latest Mars rover, the agency will reveal the name of the rover Thursday, according to a release of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Tuesday. The Mars 2020 rover was the subject of a nationwide naming contest in 2019, which drew more than 28,000 essays by K-12 students from across ...

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Walton begins exporting smartphone, AC to USA, India

Walton, a local electronics and ICT product manufacturer, has begun exporting  ‘Made-in-Bangladesh’ smartphones to the United States (US) and air-conditioner to India. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal inaugurated the export process on Sunday while visiting factories of Walton Hi-Tech Industries Ltd at Chandra of Gazipur. Five other projects, including an elevator factory, were launched in his presence. “Countrymen are happy ...

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