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U.S. Senate mulls $30 billion in funding to boost chipmaking sector, source says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is considering including in a new bill to boost competitiveness against China $30 billion in funding for previously-approved measures to supercharge the country's chipmaking industry, a congressional source said on Thursday. Read More


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Exclusive: Apple faces EU charges over Spotify complaint - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Apple could face an EU antitrust charge sheet in the coming weeks after a complaint by rival Spotify that it unfairly pushed its own music streaming service, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. More »


YouTube will lift ban on Trump channel when risk of violence decreases: CEO

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube will lift its suspension on former U.S. President Donald Trump's channel when it determines the risk of real-world violence has decreased, the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said on Thursday. More »


Exclusive: Amid shortage, U.S. suppliers to Chinese chip giant SMIC struggle to get export licenses

(Reuters) - The U.S. government has been slow to approve licenses for American companies like Lam Research Corp and Applied Materials Inc to sell chipmaking equipment to China semiconductor giant SMIC, sources said, as the impact of a global chip shortage spreads. More »


ByteDance developing Clubhouse-like app for China amid copycat rush: sources

(Reuters) - TikTok owner ByteDance is working on a Clubhouse-like app for China, sources familiar with the matter said, as the global success of the U.S.-based audio chat service inspires a rush of copycats in the country. More »


Global semiconductor shortage spurs run on vintage chipmaking tools

(Reuters) - Minnesota-based Polar Semiconductor makes chips for automakers and is booked beyond capacity. But expanding production lines to help solve a chip shortage that is shutting down car factories around the world is not feasible - in part due to the scarcity of older-style chipmaking machinery. More »


Honda's part self-driving Legend a big step for autonomous tech

TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled a partially self-driving Legend sedan in Japan, becoming the world's first carmaker to sell a vehicle equipped with new, certified level 3 automation technology. More »


Moderna, IBM team up on COVID-19 vaccine distribution data

(Reuters) - Vaccine maker Moderna Inc and IBM Corp said on Thursday they would work together on technologies to track COVID-19 vaccine administration. More »


SpaceX Starship rocket prototype nails landing... then blows up

(Reuters) - The third time appeared to be the charm for Elon Musk's Starship rocket - until it wasn't. More »


Qualcomm takes aim at Apple with line of wireless audio chips

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Thursday announced a new line of chips for connecting wireless speakers and headphones designed to help Android phones rival the ease-of-use of Apple Inc's headphones. More »


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