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‘Star Trek’ actor Shatner poised for Blue Origin space jaunt

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Actor William Shatner performs at The Canyon Club in Agoura, California October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni VAN HORN, Texas, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Billionaire U.S. businessman Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin is set for its second suborbital tourism flight on Wednesday, with actor William Shatner – who embodied the promise......

Box Office: ‘No Time to Die’ Debuts Slightly Behind Expectations With $56 Million

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LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Variety.com) – “No Time to Die,” the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, debuted to $56 million at the domestic box office, a result that fell somewhat short of expectations and signals that even one of the most storied brands in film history is still......

Italy launches cultural rescue project at Dubai’s Expo 2020

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Grazia Tucci, Professor at the University of Florence and head of the Advanced Vocational Training Center for the Digitization and “Re-Construction” of Cultural Heritage, poses for a photo next to a 3-D replica of Michelangelo’s David statue in the Italy Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,......

Rewild your lands ma’am, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth urged before COP26

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LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Environmental campaigners urged Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other royals on Saturday to commit to rewilding their vast estates – from planting more trees to going organic – as Scotland prepares to host the COP26 global climate conference. Chris Packham, a well-known conservationist and broadcaster, along......

Kristen Stewart brings Princess Diana film ‘Spencer’ to London

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LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – American actress Kristen Stewart premiered drama “Spencer” at the London Film Festival on Thursday, saying she was excited to bring her portrayal of the late Princess Diana to British audiences. The 31-year-old has won rave reviews for her performance in the movie. Set over three......

And the 2021 Nobel Prizes go to men… so far

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct 7 (Reuters) – All eight winners of the 2021 Nobel Prizes in medicine, chemistry, physics and literature have been men, re-igniting a recurring debate about diversity in the highly coveted awards, particularly those in science. Ardem Patapoutian and David Julius received the Nobel for medicine on Monday.......

EXCLUSIVE Dutch watchdog finds Apple app store payment rules anti-competitive – sources

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Apple logo is seen on the Apple store at The Marche Saint Germain in Paris, France July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo AMSTERDAM, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Appleā€™s rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it......

Tanzania’s Gurnah, novelist of colonialism and refuge, wins 2021 Nobel

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, 72, won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee,” the award-giving body said on Thursday. Based in Britain, Gurnah is the first African writer to......

Twitter to sell mobile ad unit MoPub for $1 bln

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A Twitter logo is seen outside the company headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo Oct 6 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell mobile ad company MoPub to AppLovin Corp (APP.O) for $1.05 billion in cash, as the......

EXCLUSIVE Apple to face EU antitrust charge over NFC chip – sources

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BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) will be hit with an EU antitrust charge over its NFC chip technology, people familiar with the matter said, a move that puts it at risk of a possible hefty fine and could force it to open its mobile payment system to rivals.......

Facebook ‘operating in the shadows’ says whistleblower as U.S. lawmakers demand probes

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WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers pounded Facebook (FB.O) on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower accusations that the social media company harms children and stokes divisions. During a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing,......

Senator asks Facebook CEO to answer questions on teen safety

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WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Monday asked for answers from Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg after new research suggested the social media company failed to prevent display of harmful advertisements to teen Facebook users. Markey cited comments by a Facebook executive before Congress last week......

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by global outage

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as it worked on restoring its services. Reuters could not immediately confirm the issue affecting the services, but the error message on the webpage of Facebook Inc (FB.O)......

From soundstage to space: “Star Trek” actor Shatner on board for Blue Origin rocket launch

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William Shatner who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the original version of Star Trek arrives at the Destination Star Trek London event October 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – William Shatner, the “Star Trek” actor who found fame by pretending a Hollywood soundstage was a spaceship......

Spanish court backs Shakira’s tax claim, criminal case still pending

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MADRID, Oct 4 (Reuters) – A Spanish administrative court has ordered tax authorities to reimburse Colombian singer Shakira, court officials and lawyers said on Monday, while a separate criminal lawsuit she faces over a 14.5 million euros ($16.8 million) tax dispute continues. Shakira’s legal team did not specify how much......

Manila mayor files candidacy for Philippines presidency

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MANILA, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Manila City mayor Francisco Domagoso registered to run for the presidency of the Philippines on Monday, touting himself as a unifying candidate of humble beginnings who can heal an economy and livelihoods damaged by the pandemic. Domagoso, 46, a former actor, is the second contestant......

Eyes of the world will be on Scotland for climate summit, queen says

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LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The world’s attention will be focused on Scotland for next month’s climate summit, Queen Elizabeth told Scottish lawmakers on Saturday, adding that they would have an important role making a better, healthier world. The queen opened the Scottish parliament on Saturday with fond remarks, four......

Overcoming criticism, Japanese princess set to marry on October 26

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TOKYO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Japanese Princess Mako will marry her fiance, a former college classmate, on October 26, authorities said Friday, after years of intense scrutiny and criticism that cast her engagement in an unflattering light. The 29-year-old niece of Emperor Naruhito became engaged to Kei Komuro, 29, in......

Disney resolves dispute with Scarlett Johansson over ‘Black Widow’ movie

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Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and actress Scarlett Johansson have resolved their legal dispute stemming from the release......

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