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Hong Kong braces for democracy showdown as electoral reform vote looms

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:36
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is gearing up for a vote this week on a contentious electoral reform package backed by Beijing, with a weekend poll showing public support has shifted against the proposal amid renewed street marches by pro-democracy protesters.

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Varoufakis rules out 'Grexit', deal possible if Merkel takes part

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:30
BERLIN (Reuters) - Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he could rule out a 'Grexit' because it would not be a sensible solution to the Greek debt crisis and in a German newspaper interview on Monday also said a debt restructuring was the only way forward.
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A First: CubeSat-Style Probes To Accompany InSight Mars Lander

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:10
Hundreds of CubeSats have been launched to Earth orbit since 2003. Now, though, two of the small-form-factor craft are set for a deeper space mission. According to Spaceflight Now, The twin CubeSat mission, known as Mars Cube One, will launch on an Atlas 5 rocket in March 2016 with NASA’s InSight lander. The CubeSats will relay status signals from InSight as the landing probe descends through the atmosphere, eliminating potential delays in verifying the success of the mission. ... Each Mars Cube One, or MarCO, CubeSat spacecraft measures 14.4 inches (36.6 centimeters) by 9.5 inches (24.3 centimeters) by 4.6 inches (11.8 centimeters) when closed up for launch, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which announced details of the mission Friday. The standardized and small CubeSat has made satellite design and launching accessible to schools and others; going to Mars costs a lot more (in this case it's a "$13 million secondary mission"), but it could conceivably put interplanetary probes possible for deep-pocketed universities or corporations.

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Taiwan incumbent adds to tech mix

The Register - Sun, 2015-06-14 23:55
Could launch as soon as September

Under pressure to accelerate Taiwan's broadband deployment, Chunghwa Telecom has announced it will start rolling out…

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Greece and creditors fail in 'last attempt' to reach deal

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-06-14 23:48
BRUSSELS/ATHENS (Reuters) - Talks on ending a deadlock between Greece and its international creditors broke up in failure on Sunday, with European leaders venting their frustration as Athens stumbled closer toward a debt default that threatens its future in the euro.

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Chuck chucks Cisco's China C-suite

The Register - Sun, 2015-06-14 22:55
More execs shown the door as Borg looks for Middle Kingdom kickstarter

Incoming Borg boss Chuck Robbins has sliced a bunch of executives from Cisco's operations in China, in a response to the territory's ongoing weak performance.…

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U.S. plans to store heavy arms in Baltic, Eastern Europe: source

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-06-14 22:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine and to deter further aggression, U.S. officials said.

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Exclusive: AirAsia eyes up to $300 million bond issuance, jet sales to raise funds - CEO Fernandes

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-06-14 22:28
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd is planning a convertible bond issue of as much as $150 million at each of its Philippines and Indonesian associates, and may sell and lease back up to 20 aircraft of the group's fleet this year, group chief executive Tony Fernandes said in a letter to investors.
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Snapchat slings SMS two-factor authentication

The Register - Sun, 2015-06-14 21:56
'Culture of security' shift gains ground

Snapchat has deployed two factor authentication as part of its push to increase security across the popular selfie slinging app.…

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