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In a brightly lit corner of a showroom in Hong Kong, a 300kg black robot disappears under a stack of shelves. The rack levitates and glides towards a warehouse picker, who removes an item before the shelf is spirited away by algorithms guiding it to find the most strategic place to park based on the popularity of the goods on the shelves. The choreographed shelving dance is orchestrated by Geek+, a Beijing-based robotics start-up that has, despite international concern over Chinese technology policies, secured foreign backers, including Intel Capital and Warburg Pincus.Following a bruising regulatory onslaught by Beijing on its…

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Hindustan Unilever’s chief executive said he believes India, the consumer group’s biggest market by volume, will overtake the US to become the largest by value. “I clearly see a day when HUL will become the largest Unilever business,” said Sanjiv Mehta, adding that he could not give a timeframe. The Indian subsidiary currently accounts for about 10.7 per cent of Unilever group sales, according to company data, and is one of its best-performing units.Unilever’s portfolio is tilted towards emerging markets, with only the US exceeding the Indian market as a percentage of sales revenue. Together with China, the US and…

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Japan is ready to exploit a sharp decline in China’s overseas lending by helping Asia-Pacific countries address the $40tn cost of combating climate change.Asia accounts for roughly half of global carbon emissions and is home to the world’s youngest generation of coal power plants. Rich nations have been accused of not providing enough financial support to help developing countries make a green energy transition.Tokyo’s efforts to take the lead in rulemaking for green financing in Asia come amid a global debate about how quickly countries should shift to cleaner forms of energy in the wake of the war in Ukraine…

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While the more recent Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6A all come with a promised five years of security updates, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL launched in 2019 with three years of guaranteed security updates. This isn’t necessarily the very end of the road for the Pixel 4 since Google tends to issue one final security patch for end-of-life devices a bit after the official support window has closed. More than anything, it’s kind of symbolic: closing one chapter for an earlier Pixel device as a new one arrives.The Pixel 4 was the first in the series to…

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China has demanded the floor plans of all properties rented by foreign missions in Hong Kong, in a move diplomats believe reflects Beijing’s paranoia about overseas interference in the Asian financial hub’s turbulent politics.The order has brought the city in line with how China treats embassies and consulates on the mainland and sparked fears in the diplomatic community that Beijing could use the information to plant listening devices, according to three people familiar with the matter. China has claimed that foreign powers, particularly the US, were behind the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one of the greatest challenges to Chinese…

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Hulu’s raising its prices on October 10th. First announced in August, the price increase means you’ll have to pay $7.99 / month instead of $6.99 / month (or $79.99 / year) for the ad-supported version of Hulu and $14.99 / month instead of $12.99 / month for the ad-free plan.The prices for Hulu’s bundled plans with ESPN Plus and Disney Plus aren’t changing just yet, but Hulu has a price hike planned for later this year. Once Disney Plus rolls out its ad-supported tier on December 8th, the bundle with ad-free Disney Plus, Hulu with ads, and ESPN Plus will…

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Japan prime minister condemns ‘barbaric’ North Korea missile testKana Inagaki in TokyoNorth Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time since 2017, prompting emergency alerts to the public amid a sharp rise in provocations by Pyongyang. Officials in Seoul and Tokyo said the missile was launched off North Korea’s east coast early on Tuesday and fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone – which stretches from the coast for 200 nautical miles. Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister, condemned the recent series of missile launches as “barbaric”. Government officials said no damage had been reported, while trains were briefly suspended. North…

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Depending on where you are in the world, your Overwatch 2 launch time may vary from the 12PM PT / 3PM ET start time. London and Paris will get their game late on October 4th, while Seoul and Sydney will get access early on October 5th. If you’re an Overwatch prime player or purchased an Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack, you have the ability to preload Overwatch 2 on your PC right now. Unfortunately, console players will have to wait until 9AM PT on October 4th for that privilege. Developers, Overwatch League pros, and Overwatch prime diehards took the opportunity of…

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John Curtius, a partner at Tiger Global who oversaw a flurry of venture capital investments in software and business service companies over the past five years, is preparing to leave the firm, a high-profile departure that deepens the turmoil at the once high-flying hedge fund.Curtius oversaw some of Tiger Global’s prominent software investments such as Databricks, Toast and Snowflake. He will leave the firm in 2023, said two people familiar with the matter. Curtius, Tiger Global’s founder Chase Coleman and partner Scott Shleifer had begun discussing Curtius’s exit over the summer, according to two people familiar with the matter. Curtius…

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Things got dark on House of the Dragon last night as characters stole dragons and other characters made super incestuous life choices. And all of it was done under the cover of darkness, leading many viewers wondering if their TVs were busted. But your TV is not busted. Your TV is a victim of the episode’s director, Miguel Sapochnik. The man can presumably see in the dark because this is the second time he’s directed an episode in the Game of Thrones franchise cast in such darkness people questioned their own eyes.Back in 2019, Sapochnik directed “The Long Night,” a…

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