UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Britain’s biggest-ever warship has arrived at its base in Portsmouth for the first time. Hundreds of people lined Portsmouth Harbour to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier which cost more than £3bn to build. The 280m (918ft) vessel set sail in June from the Rosyth dockyard where it was built, and since then has been undergoing tests at sea. Technically, it remains a civilian rather than a military ship until it is commissioned later…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

My first introduction to the awe-inspiring power of the Royal Navy’s carrier force came aged just 10 years old, on a visit to see HMS Ark Royal R09 in Edinburgh. It was the very last of Britain’s more traditional carriers, those that use catapults to launch fixed-wing aircraft and arrester wires to catch them on landing – the model still adopted today by the US and France. For a young lad, spending the day on…

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Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge

Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge

Bill Gates made his largest gift since the turn of the century, giving away Microsoft Corp. shares that accounted for 5 percent of his fortune, the world’s biggest. The billionaire donated 64 million of the software maker’s shares valued at $4.6 billion on June 6, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing released Monday. While the recipient of the gift wasn’t specified, Gates has made the majority of his donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates…

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Uber’s CEO sued for fraud

Uber’s  CEO sued for fraud

Travis Kalanick, the former Uber chief executive who was ousted in June, is being sued by one of the company’s biggest investors. Benchmark Capital, which owns 13% of the ride-sharing firm, has accused Mr Kalanick of fraudulently attempting to fill board seats with loyal allies. They said that Mr Kalanick was paving the way for his potential return as chief executive. A spokesman for Mr Kalanick called the lawsuit “completely without merit”. ‘Clearing a path’…

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Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook takes on rivals with Watch video platform

Facebook is launching a new platform which will see the social network giant take on the likes of YouTube as well as TV networks. The launch will see users of the site given a “Watch” tab on their feeds enabling them to view a range of shows from comedy or reality to live sport. They will also be able to create “watchlists”, see what friends are watching and communicate with other people interested in the…

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Customers ‘furious’ with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

Customers ‘furious’ with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

When Leah Charpentier ordered a vintage coffee table, on 8 June – a birthday present for her brother – she didn’t think it would take more than six weeks to be delivered. She also didn’t expect for the furniture to arrive with one of its casters broken off. This particular coffee table was just one of hundreds of thousands of items caught up in an extraordinary meltdown at courier TNT, which was badly affected by…

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Google fires diversity memo author

Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our…

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Bitcoin soars to record high value

Bitcoin soars to record high value

Bitcoin’s value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached $3,434.02 (£2,636) per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the $3,000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $56bn (£43bn). The surge followed the creation of a spin-off crypto-currency, Bitcoin Cash, last week. The new asset is trading well below the…

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The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl. The nuclear physicist, who’d been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn’t ready to have a baby. So the Swede set about using her data skills to find an alternative. “Like many women I had tried many different contraception options since my teenage…

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Amazon profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

Amazon sales rose in the second quarter but profits plunged, as the e-commerce giant spent heavily in a bid to become the go-to shop globally for everything from food to television. The Seattle firm earned $197m (£151m) in profit in the three months to the end of June, down 77%. The fall came as the company pursues expansion overseas and invests in new products and services, including video. Expenses increased to $37.3bn, up 28% year-on-year….

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