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Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight

Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crew member to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience.

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Huawei and Samsung reveal folding smartphones

China’s Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market’s dominant players, Apple and Samsung.

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• One of the US’ aircraft carriers will spend the next two years in dry dock for some maintenance and state-of-the-art upgrades.

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• Twitter said yesterday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google.

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.

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And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

And now for the weather on Mars: NASA’s newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet’s frigid winter.

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SpaceX to build Mars spaceship prototypes in Texas

SpaceX said last week that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs.

Spain: Taxi drivers threaten to take strike to French border

Taxi drivers striking to demand tighter regulations for companies using ride-hailing apps blocked traffic for another day in Spain’s two major cities yesterday, while threatening to take their protest to the French border.

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Driverless shuttle to make Utah debut at state Capitol

A driverless public shuttle is expected to make its Utah debut this year as state officials test the possibilities of autonomous vehicles.

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CES 2019: TV set maker LG makes its sets disappear

The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.

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Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.

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• Video review and goal-line technology are coming to water polo to help the oldest Olympic team sport keep pace.

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China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

China launched a ground-breaking mission on Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the US.

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Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.

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