Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Amazing Sports


Airbnb signs Olympics deal up to 2028

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbnb has struck a deal to support the Olympic Games up to 2028, the short-term home rental company announced on Monday. Airbnb said it had signed the partnership with the International Olympics Committee, making it an official Olympics partner for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the 2024 Games in Paris and the…



Bronte museum pays 780,000 euros at auction for miniature manuscript


Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, said on Monday it stood ready to offer legal assistance to a member of its flight crew named in a racism accusation by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on social media. The U.S. singer had taken a flight about 1-1/2-hours long to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, from…


Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Races to First Place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Collapses

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – “Ford v Ferrari” left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney’s historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America. Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers. However, those…


Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri arrested for suspected drug possession: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri, famous for her role in 2005 drama “1 Litre of Tears”, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, NHK reported on Saturday citing unnamed sources. The 33-year-old actress, who this year starred in a TV adaption of Toyoko Yamasaki’s hit novel “Shiroi Kyoto”, was arrested in Tokyo…



Close contacts of China plague patients released after showing no symptoms: official

BEIJING (Reuters) – Some people who had been in close contact with pneumonic plague patients from Inner Mongolia have been released from medical observation, China’s health authority said on Monday. Out of 46 close contacts of the two now-quarantined pneumonic plague patients, 42 were released from medical observation and four were still under monitoring, the…


Merck and Bayer’s heart drug meets main goal of late-stage study

(Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc


Novartis shifts Shanghai’s focus from research to early development

ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis is halting early-stage research in Shanghai and shifting the site’s focus to commercial development three years after the Swiss drugmaker christened the new $1 billion campus as its Chinese drug discovery hub. About 150 of some 1,300 Shanghai staffers will lose their research jobs, while Novartis plans to add 340 new…

New Technology


SoftBank to create $30 billion tech giant via Yahoo Japan, Line Corp deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Corp plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to compete more effectively with local rival Rakuten and U.S. tech powerhouses. The deal, which would combine the providers of two of Japan’s top QR code payment…


ByteDance CEO urges TikTok diversification as U.S. pressure mounts: internal note

BEIJING (Reuters) – The founder and CEO of TikTok owner ByteDance will focus on adding users of the popular video app in countries outside of its strongest markets, according to an internal staff note seen by Reuters, as it faces political pressure in the United States. The note from Zhang Yiming setting out company goals…


Amazon trims Fresh grocery delivery charges in Germany

(This Nov. 4 corrects to clarify reduction applies to Amazon Fresh service only, in headline and paragraphs 1,3,5) BERLIN (Reuters) – Amazon.com is lowering the fee it charges in Germany for delivering groceries through its Fresh service and allowing its Prime subscribers to pay per order instead of committing to monthly membership, the U.S. company…


Japan hosts first fully-fledged arms show looking for an edge in tech

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s first ever fully fledged arms show opened on Monday, creating a forum that Japan’s government hopes will help it tap technology it needs to counter threats posed by China and North Korean. Some 200 protesters gathered near the entrance of the convention centre near Tokyo, calling for the government-backed DSEI Japan…


Peter Thiel’s Palantir launches Japanese joint venture with insurer Sompo

SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley data analytics company Palantir Technologies Inc has established a joint venture with Japanese insurance holding company Sompo Holdings Inc that will initially focus on health and cybersecurity clients, Palantir said. The joint venture, owned 50-50 by Palantir and Sompo, will service Japanese government as well as commercial clients, according…



Spacecom’s Amos-17 satellite completes test, reaches final orbit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Space Communications said on Monday its Amos-17 communication satellite, which was launched into space in August, has completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final position. Spacecom has suffered some major setbacks in recent years, including the loss of a satellite in 2016 when a SpaceX rocket exploded, and its shares…


Japan space probe on its way back after asteroid mission

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life, Japan’s space agency said on Monday. Asteroids are believed to have formed at the dawn of the solar system and scientists…