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Google drops $10bn battle for Pentagon data contract

Image copyright Getty Images/GoogleImage caption Google’s Cloud computing division had eyed up a lucrative US Department of Defense contract Google has abandoned efforts to win a $10bn (£7.7bn) Pentagon cloud computing contract. The firm said the work might have transgressed principles it published in June limiting its artificial-intelligence-related activities. Thousands of its staff had previously […]

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Facebook’s UK tax bill jumps as profits rise

Image copyright Getty/BBC Facebook’s UK tax bill has tripled to £15.8m – but the social media giant will see an immediate cut because of a tax credit. The final bill comes to £7.4m, since Facebook will see tax relief of £8.4m after awarding shares to employees. In 2016, Facebook’s tax bill rose to £5.1m, following […]

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket lights up California sky

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpaceX lights up the skies over California Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has successfully launched a satellite into space from California – wowing social media users in the process. The Falcon 9 rocket took Argentine satellite SAOCOM 1A into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, on the coast […]