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China's Tencent Music applies to list in the US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tencent Music is seeking a valuation of about $25bn, according to reports China’s Tencent Music has filed a much-anticipated request to list its shares in the US, in what could be one of the biggest US initial public offerings by a Chinese company. Tencent Music’s parent firm is China’s […]

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Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play

In November, Americans will go to the polls to vote in the crucial mid-term elections. But as intelligence chiefs in the country continue to warn of Russian interference, there is great concern about how vulnerable the US voting infrastructure could be to cyber-attack. At the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, our North America […]

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US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption One version of a 3D printed gun A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday. The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration […]

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Google cars self-drive to Walmart supermarket in trial

Image copyright Waymo Image caption Waymo’s cars will deliver Walmart customers to their groceries Google’s sister-company Waymo has announced a trial in which its self-driving cars will ferry shoppers to and from a nearby Walmart store to pick up their groceries. For now, the pilot is being restricted to 400-plus members of its early rider […]

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Elon Musk's farting unicorn fight settled

Image copyright Elon Musk Image caption Elon Musk tweeted a picture of Tom Edwards’ mug in February 2017 Tesla boss Elon Musk has reached an agreement with a Colorado potter who accused the billionaire of using his farting unicorn without permission. Tom Edwards did not specify what exactly had been agreed – saying only that […]

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Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian banks have been hit several times by the MoneyTaker hacking gang A notorious hacking gang has struck again, stealing almost £700,000 ($910,000) from a Russian bank, reports a cyber-security company. Group-IB was called in to help Russia’s PIR Bank after it noticed the theft, said the firm. The […]

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Boomless speed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ever since Concorde’s retirement many have dreamed of reintroducing supersonic travel There have been proposals to return to faster-than-sound commercial flight ever since Concorde retired 15 years ago. But now those plans look closer to being realised. Three US aerospace firms – Boom Supersonic, Aerion Supersonic and Spike Aerospace […]