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Rubbing along with robots tackles Abe's double dilemma

By Leika Kihara and Kaori Kaneko TOKYO (Reuters) – Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new co-workers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan's most pressing concerns – a shortage of labor and a need for growth. 69 more words

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Minecraft celebrities draw record crowd to gaming

Not for them the rock stars or sporting heroes, but video gamers who have won millions of global followers piling up blocks in the Minecraft virtual world and who came to London for the Minecon convention on July 4 and 5. 33 more words

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Canadian judge rejects request for injunction against Uber

An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto’s request for an injunction to halt Uber’s operations in Canada’s largest city. Judge Sean Dunphy dismissed the application and said there was no evidence the company operates as a taxi broker, according to a copy of the ruling provided by Uber. 34 more words

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UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) – Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. 50 more words

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Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire

DropTag Drive, from development firm Cambridge Consultants, is a small tag that is fixed to the inside of a car’s windshield and continually monitors all vehicle accelerations and impacts during the hire period. 33 more words

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Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

(Reuters) – A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. 43 more words

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On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way

VIENNA (AP) — Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war.

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