SoftBank Vision Fund, Alibaba Lead $1.1 Billion Tokopedia Round

SoftBank Ventures Korea and other existing backers joined the round, Tokopedia said in a statement without detailing its valuation. The funding, which Bloomberg first reported last month, underscores the Jakarta-based company’s ambition to broaden its business by investing in logistics, fulfillment, payments and financial services.
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PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 85 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The cause of the blaze has remained offic...
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'Planet of the chickens': How the bird took over the world

With around 23 billion chickens on the planet, the bird is a symbol of our times, say scientists.
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Notable deaths in 2018

Paris (AFP) - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:
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Weeding out foreigners: strains over Thailand's legalization of marijuana

With parliament set to approve the legislation as early as next month, Thai businesses and activists have raised concerns that a raft of patent requests filed by foreign firms could allow them to dominate the market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. "Granting these patents is scary because it blocks innovation and stops other businesses and researchers from doing anything related with cannabis," said Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, an activist with Highlands Network, a can...
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Steve King Demands List of Google Staff So He Can Check If They're God-Fearing Patriots

Google CEO Sundar Pichai finally swung by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for a real clown show of a hearing which—including a denial that the company is planning to launch a censored Chinese search engine “right now”—contained little useful information. Instead, it was mostly Republican members of the…Read more...
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Virgin Galactic gets set for SpaceShipTwo flights that aim for space — but how high?

Virgin Galactic says it’s beginning a series of SpaceShipTwo test flights that could cross the edge of the space frontier as early as Thursday — amid a debate over where exactly that edge kicks in. The company has been flight-testing its VSS Unity rocket plane for more than two years, with its most recent rocket-powered flight rising to a height of 32 miles (52 kilometers) in July. The plan for the next stage of testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port was laid out in a statement issued...
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Tencent Music Sets $1.1 Billion IPO at Bottom as Markets Gyrate

China’s largest music-streaming service, which is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd., and current holders sold 82 million American depositary shares at $13 apiece, according to a statement. Tencent Music opted to price lower after initially guiding fund managers that orders were coming in around the midpoint of the marketed range. Tencent Music will debut at a valuation of about $21.3 billion, falling short of the $23.3 billion of Spotify Technology SA, the Swedish peer that’s also an investor in...
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People Are Already Dying By The Thousands Because We Ignored Earlier Climate Change Warnings

Why are we not looking to experience to convince ourselves as a people and as
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Russian spacewalkers carve away at Soyuz spaceship to inspect plugged hole

During an extraordinary spacewalk, two Russian cosmonauts used sharp objects today to cut away layers of protective insulation on a Soyuz capsule and take samples of sealant plugging up a mysterious drill hole. The hole, measuring just a tenth of an inch wide, was the source of an alarming air leak detected on the International Space Station in August. Soon after discovering the breach, the station’s crew managed to plug the hole in the Soyuz’s habitation module with epoxy and gauze, and the Soy...
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Plans Are Underway to Build a New Ultraman Legacy in the West

Ultraman is one of Japan’s most iconic superheroes. And while each generation of size-changing defenders of the Earth has been enchanting Japanese audiences for over half a century, Ultraman’s impact around the wider world has been in fits and starts. But it may not be for much longer.Read more...
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Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Using knives and shears, a pair of Russian spacewalkers Tuesday cut samples of material around a mysterious hole in a Soyuz spacecraft docked on the International Space Station that a Moscow official suggested could have been deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos space agency said the aim was to discover whether the "small but dangerous" hole had been made on Earth or in space. The two-millimetre cavity on the Soyuz spaceship docked at the ISS caused an air leak detected in August, two months after t...
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Detained Huawei Exec Gets Bail, But Must Hire 24/7 Security and Wear Tracking Bracelet

The Huawei executive detained in Canada for extradition to the U.S. over allegations of financial fraud and sanctions violations, Meng Wanzhou, has been released on $7.5 million bail, CNN reported on Tuesday.Read more...
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Tencent Music IPO Raises $1.1 Billion After Low-End Pricing

The company, which is backed by billionaire Pony Ma, and current holders sold 82 million American depositary shares at $13 apiece, according to a statement. Tencent Music opted to price lower after initially guiding fund managers that orders were coming in around the midpoint of the marketed range. Tencent Music’s final pricing implies a valuation of about $21.3 billion for the company.
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Netflix Says Its Marvel Shows Really Weren't That Binge-Worthy This Year

Last week, in the wake of Netflix’s recent decision to cancel both Daredevil and Iron Fist (not to mention Luke Cage) just when both series seemed to be hitting their respective strides, a big fuss was made over a report that Daredevil was also the fourth-most popular series on the platform when it began streaming,…Read more...
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Protestors mock Trump official promoting fossil fuels at climate conference

At a UN climate summit in Poland, a Trump administration representative spoke in front of a room about the value of expanding fossil fuel production. Wells Griffith is the senior director for energy at the National Security Council. At the panel, Mr Griffith talked about the value of economic growth and harvesting coal in the United States.
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Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Bomb Threat; All Staff Safe

(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. buildings in the Silicon Valley town of Menlo Park were evacuated after a bomb threat.
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The U.S. Air Force Could Fall Behind Russia and China by 2025

The Air Force has laid out a detailed request to grow the service from 312 operational squadrons up to 386.
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Cosmonauts brought a knife to a spacewalk

Let's be honest, spacewalks, as a whole, can be pretty boring to watch.  Yes, it's one of the most dangerous things an astronaut or cosmonaut can do in space: floating out into the void with just a relatively thin spacesuit to protect them. But at the end of the day, these spacewalks usually amount to some pretty tedious tasks performed in the name of routine maintenance on the International Space Station. However, this week, things got a little more interesting. On Tuesday, Russian co...
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Age of the chicken: why the Anthropocene will be geologically egg-ceptional

The age of man will not be defined by space flight, medical innovation or the rise of the internet but instead by the humble chicken, according to scientists. Broiler chickens are now so ubiquitous on the planet that their bones will be written into the fossil record as a delineating species marking out the Anthropocene - the proposed new period in which humans started to have a lasting impact on the planet dating from around the 1950s. Previous epochs, such as the Pleistocene, Jurassic or Devon...
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2000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god found in Roman settlement 

A rare 2,000-year-old figurine of a horned Celtic fertility god has been discovered in a Roman settlement in Cambridgeshire showing how the continental invaders allowed the ancient British beliefs to continue during their occupation. The two inch metal charm, dating from the second century AD, depicts a faceless individual, holding a ‘torc’ or neck ring, and is thought to represent ‘Cernunnos’, the Celtic god of nature, life and the underworld. It was found by archaeologists in farmland at the N...
Tags: England, Science, London, Britain, Celtic, Jesus, Cambridgeshire, Roman, Celts, Marc Antony, Oxford Archaeology East, National Trust 's Wimpole Estate, Ermine Street, Lincoln and York, Stephen Macaulay, Shannon Hogan National Trust Archaeologist

U.S. Planning Actions Targeting Chinese Hackers, Spies, Sources Say

The Justice Department is set to indict a number of alleged hackers it believes work for Chinese intelligence agencies and attacked U.S. technology companies, according to the people. The Justice Department had planned to make one or more announcements related to Chinese espionage, including the indictments, but the plans have been put on hold, according to one of the people. Some of the expected actions include declassifying some U.S. intelligence concerning Chinese espionage activities, acco...
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Men at risk of prostate cancer could be spared needless surgery 

Men at risk of prostate cancer will be spared needless biopsies and surgery under new guidance for the NHS. Instead, those with suspected disease will be asked to undergo MRI scans, which could allow one quarter of cases to be given the all-clear without further tests. Research suggests that the technique could be twice as effective at spotting the most deadly tumours, ensuring treatment is better targeted, boosting survival. The new guidance also says men whose disease is classed as “low risk” ...
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Dracula ant's killer jaws are nature's fastest mover at 200mph

Tropical insect uses lethal speed of its spring-loaded mandibles to stun or kill preyMove aside cheetah and peregrine falcon, there is a new contender for the title of fastest animal on Earth: the Dracula ant. Scientists have discovered that the small tropical insect can snap its mandibles at up to 90 metres a second (more than 200mph), the fastest animal movement on record.The ants use the explosive motion to attack, stun and kill prey, which is then fed to their larvae. Continue reading...
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Google's Digital Dragnet Is Exposed in Congressional Hearing

(Bloomberg) -- Midway through Tuesday’s congressional hearing on Google, Representative Ted Poe, a Texas Republican, held up his iPhone. He asked Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai what would happen if Poe walked over to the Democrats sitting across the aisle.
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Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Cut Into Soyuz Spacecraft to Inspect Patched Hole

Two Russian cosmonauts ventured outside the International Space Station today (Dec. 11) to cut into a spacecraft and inspect the source of a pressurization leak that briefly plagued the outpost earlier this year. Expedition 57 flight engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos conducted the 7-hour and 45-minute spacewalk. The two cosmonauts worked on the exterior of the Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, where the space station’s crew had earlier fo...
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Once Upon a Deadpool Is Basically the Best DVD Special Feature Ever, But That's It

Here’s the question you came here to have answered: Is the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2, retitled Once Upon a Deadpool, worth seeing in the theater? The answer is “Yes!” But also “No.” It depends. Read on.Read more...
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Joe Manchin Named To Key Senate Energy Post Despite Opposition From Left

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will be the new top Democrat on the chamber's
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The NIH Is MRI-ing Kid's Brains While They Instagram to Study the Effects of Screen Time

The NIH Is MRI-ing Kid's Brains While They Instagram to Study the Effects of Screen Time
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Huawei CFO Gains Bail in Canada as U.S. Seeks Extradition

Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court agreed to release Meng on the condition she post bail of C$10 million ($7.5 million), including at least C$7 million in cash, and submit five people who would act as “sureties” -- guarantors to ensure she complies with the bail terms who would lose the cash or other assets they put up if she were to flee. Meng broke into tears and wiped her eyes upon on the announcement from the judge.
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