Google to invest more than $3bn in European data centers

Tech giant’s multibillion-dollar investment will support 13,000 full-time jobs in the EU every year, Google CEO says. Google’s top boss has announced that the United States-based technology giant is planning to invest three billion euros ($3.3bn) to expand its data centres across Europe in the next two years. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said on Friday it will bring the company’s total investments in the continent’s internet infrastructure to 15 billion euros ($16.6bn) since 2007. Pichai’s comments came as he met Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Helsinki. Pichai said the investments will…

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‘Rare’ cancers are common, so why the lack of research funding?

The term ‘rare cancer’ encompasses 198 different diseases, according to the European Information Network. When Eleftherios Stavropoulos plays with his 11-year-old son, George, he tries not to wonder whether he will live long enough to see his boy graduate from high school, earn his college degree or get married. Stavropoulos, who started treatment for his rare stage four cancer on his 49th birthday in June, isn’t sure what life will hold. But he’s determined to do everything he can to beat his illness –  and to help others facing diseases…

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Trump defends himself against whistle-blower complaint

Trump calls whistle-blower ‘partisan’, even though he said he doesn’t know the identity or precise allegations. President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters a whistle-blower complaint that has roiled Washington relates to a “totally appropriate conversation” he had. “It’s a partisan whistle-blower,” Trump said, even though he said he did not know the identity of the whistle-blower or the precise allegations but that all of his conversations with foreign leaders were always appropriate. “It’s just another political hack job. That’s all it is,” the Republican president told reporters in the White…

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‘Birds in crisis’: N America loses 3 billion birds in 50 years

Disappearance of meadows and prairies, expansion of farmlands, use of pesticide blamed for 29 percent drop since 1970. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has dropped by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists said on Thursday, saying their findings signalled a widespread ecological crisis. Grassland birds were the most affected, because of the disappearance of meadows and prairies and the extension of farmlands, as well as the growing use of pesticides that kill insects that affects the entire food chain. “Birds…

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‘Storm Area 51’: Possible crowds worry Nevada desert towns

Residents prepare for influx of people near restricted US military site after online joke received millions of responses. The visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. “It’s happening. We already have people from all over the world,” Little A’Le’Inn proprietor Connie West said Wednesday from her bustling…

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