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Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated) – TechCrunch

Google’s engineers aren’t having a good day today. This afternoon, a number of Google services went offline or are barely reachable. These services include Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar, for example. While Google’s own status dashboards don’t show any issues, we’re seeing reports from around the world from people who aren’t able to reach any of these services. Best we can tell, these issues started around 6pm PT. ... Full story

Brazil reports 32,817 new coronavirus cases, 831 deaths

FILE PHOTO: People walk at a popular shopping street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes. BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil recorded 32,817 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 831 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. South America’s largest country has registered more than 4.6 million cases of the ... Full story

Magawa the mine-detecting rat wins PDSA Gold Medal News

Image caption Magawa has won a gold medal for detecting mines in Cambodia. An African giant pouched rat has been awarded a prestigious gold medal for his work detecting land mines. Magawa has sniffed out 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in his career. The UK veterinary charity PDSA has presented him with its Gold Medal for "life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia". There are thought to ... Full story

UK expresses deep concern over arrest of HK activist Joshua Wong

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville. LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday he was deeply concerned about the arrest of Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, describing it in a tweet as another example of Hong Kong authorities targeting activists. “Chinese and HK authorities must respect ... Full story

Australian public debt blows out on virus-driven welfare payment boost

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian government debt has jumped to nearly 25% of gross domestic product (GDP), Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday, after Canberra drastically increased welfare payments as unemployment surged due to COVID-19 business closures. FILE PHOTO: The new Treasurer Josh Frydenberg attends the swearing-in ceremony in Canberra, Australia August 24, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray. Government debt for the year-ended June 30 totalled ... Full story

U.N. aviation agency ICAO advises Pakistan to suspend issuance of new pilot licenses

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has advised Pakistan to undertake “immediate corrective actions” and suspend the issuance of any new pilot licenses in the wake of a scandal over falsified licenses, according to an official and a document seen by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane arrives at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, ... Full story

Tyler Technologies says it was hacked with ransomware, election programs safe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tyler Technologies TYL.N said the hacking attack against it disclosed Wednesday used ransomware, which encrypts company files and demands payment to decrypt them again. FILE PHOTO: Instructions are posted inside a voting booth at an early voting site in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago. In a statement to Reuters, the vendor of software to counties and municipalities said the hacker only ... Full story

Dollar off two-month peak, yuan gains on bond benchmark inclusion

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar dipped from a two-month peak early on Friday as renewed hopes of U.S. stimulus eased investors’ concerns about economic recovery, while the Chinese yuan gained after the country was added to a global bond benchmark. FILE PHOTO: Saudi riyal, yuan, Turkish lira, pound, U.S. dollar, euro and Jordanian dinar banknotes are seen in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration. The dollar ... Full story

Colombia's Rappi raises over $300 million in funding round

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Colombian on-demand delivery company Rappi is seen in Bogota, Colombia, September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez. BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian all-purpose delivery app Rappi has raised over $300 million (£235.3 million) in a funding round that saw interest from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc, among others, the company said on Thursday. “We are happy to work with this team of investors who trust our growth model, who ... Full story

Electrified by Tesla, Chinese startups are on the charge

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s electric vehicle startups are on the charge again, thanks to Tesla. An Aiways U5 electric car is displayed at a company store in Shanghai, China September 22, 2020. Picture taken September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song. The country's growing fascination with the U.S. pioneer's sleek designs and cutting-edge technology is giving a string of second-wave home-grown Tesla TSLA.O wannabes the traction to raise more funding, ... Full story