Japanese billionaire Maezawa chooses K-pop star TOP, DJ Steve Aoki for SpaceX moon trip

TOKYO, Dec. 9 (Reuters) – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa revealed on Friday that K-pop star TOP and DJ Steve Aoki are among eight crew members he plans to take on a trip around the moon next year. ride on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets. Maezawa bought every seat on the first lunar voyage, which … Read more

Microsoft’s gaming ambitions faltered when the US tried to block the Activision deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday decided to block Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) $69 billion bid to buy “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard, posing a stumbling block for the tech giant’s plans to quickly expand its portfolio of popular games and catch up with bigger rivals. Microsoft, which owns the Xbox console … Read more

Chinese services activity shrinks to 6-month low – Caixin PMI

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Reuters) – China’s services activity contracted to a six-month low in November as mounting COVID containment measures weighed on demand and activity, a private sector business survey found on Monday, pointing to a further blow to economic growth. The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) of Caixin/S&P Global services fell from 48.4 to 46.7, … Read more

India plans federal oversight of all real money online games

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – India’s planned regulation of online gambling will apply to all real money games after the Prime Minister’s office rejected a proposal to regulate only games of skill and omit gambling, according to a government document and three sources. The much-anticipated regulations are seen as defining the future of India’s … Read more

Exclusive: Twitter exec says to move fast with moderation as malicious content increases

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Twitter is leaning heavily on automation to moderate content, doing away with certain manual reviews and favoring distribution restrictions rather than removing certain speech outright, the new head of trust and security told Reuters. Twitter is also more aggressively restricting abusive hashtags and search results on topics such as … Read more

Adidas launches investigation into allegations of misconduct against Kanye West

Nov 24 (Reuters) – Adidas AG (ADSGn.DE) said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kanye West after the German sporting goods manufacturer ended its partnership with the rapper and fashion designer last month. Adidas said it initiated the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter containing several allegations against … Read more

In Mexico, the Aztec excavation sets new records as the royal mystery deepens

MEXICO CITY, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An extensive cache of Aztec ritual offerings found beneath the center of Mexico City, near the steps of what would have been the empire’s holiest shrine, provides new insight into pre-Hispanic religious rituals and political propaganda. Sealed in stone boxes at the base of the temple five centuries ago, … Read more

Foxconn’s huge iPhone factory in China rocked by new worker unrest

Images on the internet show hundreds of workers protesting Surveillance cameras and windows smashed by men with sticks Workers complain about unpaid wages and insufficient food Foxconn says it is working to prevent a recurrence of violence SHANGHAI/TAIPEI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Hundreds of workers took part in protests at Foxconn’s (2317.TW) flagship iPhone factory … Read more

Beijing closes parks and museums as COVID cases rise in China

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Beijing closed parks, malls and museums on Tuesday as more Chinese cities resume massive testing for COVID-19 as China battles a spike in cases, raising concerns about its economy and raising hopes for a speedy recovery. post is tempered -coronavirus reopening. China reported 28,127 new local cases nationally on Monday, … Read more

Analysis: China’s grand reopening may come too late for many businesses

SHANGHAI, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The culinary tourism business of Brian Bergey and his wife Ruixi Hu has held up in China during three years of severe COVID-19 restrictions. But just as excitement in global financial markets mounts that the world’s second-largest economy can finally emerge from its isolation next year, the two pack their … Read more