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Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya

Nairobi : Alphabet Inc’s Loon said yesterday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon,

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Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Washington : President Donald Trump lashed out yesterday after Brussels hit US tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take “advantage” of the United States. “I told you so! The European Union just slapped

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50 years after Concorde, US start-up eyes supersonic

Weybridge : Luxury air travel faster than the speed of sound: A US start-up is aiming to revive commercial supersonic flight 50 years after the ill-fated Concorde first took to the skies. Blake Scholl, the former Amazon staffer who co-founded Boom Supersonic, delivered the pledge this wee

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Google breaks own record

Brussels : The European Union slapped Google with a huge 4.34-billion-euro fine for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system yesterday in the biggest antitrust penalty in the bloc’s history. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the US tech giant illegally

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NBB profit up 15.9pc at BD 36.79 m in first half

Manama : National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has reported a net profit of BD 36.79 million ($ 97.85 million) for the first half of 2018, an increase of 15.9pc as compared to the same period last year. In the year ago period, net income was BD 31.74m ($ 84.41m). Earnings per share (EPS) was 26.

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Uber faces Federal probe over alleged gender bias

San Francisco : Uber is facing a federal investigation on alleged discrimination against women working at the smartphone-summoned ride service, a source familiar with the matter said Monday. The US Equal Opportunity Commission began the probe in August of last year f

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Gulf states’ excise tax challenged at WTO

Dubai : The European Union, Switzerland and the United States have complained at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about an excise tax imposed by several Gulf Arab states on carbonated and energy drinks, according to notes of a WTO meeting and diplomatic sources. Sa

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Bahrain Airport Company exploring Indonesia air link

Manama : Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) is exploring the potential of operating a direct air route between Bahrain and Indonesia. BAC Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah held a meeting with Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary, Nur Syahrir Rahardjo in this regard. First Se

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Academic year begins at Beacon Private School

Manama : Beacon Private School, Al Hidd, has opened its doors to students for the next academic year after obtaining the Ministry of Education approval to register students from kindergarten level to the fourth grade, Mohammed Dadabhai, Chairman of Dadabhai Group, has announced.

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Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

Farnborough : British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. Rolls-Royce said yesterday it had drawn up plans for an elec