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Asteroid mining startup bought by blockchain firm hoping to democratise space

A blockchain startup is hoping to get a cut of a potentially trillion-dollar industry, after it took over a space company set up to mine near-Earth asteroids. ConsenSys announced its acquisition of Planetary Resources on Wednesday, 31 October, together with its intention of “democratising and decentralising space endeavours.” The space mining startup has had some high-profile backing since forming in ...

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Sri Lankan president backtracks on parliament suspension

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday lifted a suspension of parliament and called a meeting for Monday that could end an increasingly bitter power struggle between two rival prime ministers, officials said. The climbdown by Sirisena, who sparked the crisis by sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as…

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Google employees to walk out in protest over alleged sexual harassment payouts

More More than 200 Google engineers are expect to walk out of work on Thursday in protest over their company’s alleged protection of senior employees accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A post on Google’s internal social network suggesting a “women’s walk” gained hundreds of votes after an all-hands meeting failed to quench employees’ outrage. Meredith Whittacker, head of ...

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Oprah, Trump, Obama: Georgia’s star-studded closing act

ATLANTA: Oprah Winfrey is bringing her star power to one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races, even as President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama try to put their imprint on the Georgia election. Winfrey is joining Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams for two town hall-style events Thursday, the same day Vice President Mike Pence travels to the state for ...

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