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Here's why Ant Group is about to shatter IPO records

Over a billion people in China use Alipay, a digital wallet, to do everything from making payments to online and offline stores, splitting restaurant bills with their friends, and managing their investments
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In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, photo, the figure of the Ant Group's mascot is displayed at the office in Hong Kong. The world's largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 27

Insider Q&A: Google's Annie Jean-Baptiste on inclusion

As the head of product inclusion at Google, Annie Jean-Baptiste works to help ensure that the company’s products -- from photos to search to everything else -- are built with everyone in mind
October 27
This photo provided by Mercury Public Affairs shows Annie Jean-Baptist. (Mercury Public Affairs via AP)
October 27

Europe to send modules, astronauts to NASA moon station

The European Space Agency says it has agreed to provide several modules for NASA’s planned outpost around the moon
October 27
October 27

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending October 24th
October 27
October 27

Cloud growth helps Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations

Microsoft reported quarterly earnings Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations, as it continued to weather the coronavirus pandemic amid increased demand for its flagship software software and services
October 27
FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage. The company said the outage, which affected users’ ability to log into Office 365 applications, began early evening Monday Eastern time. Microsoft did not reply to questions Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 about what caused the outage, but said on its service-status Twitter account that it had identified a “recent change” that caused problems. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 27

Video app TikTok leans into e-commerce with Shopify deal

The popular short-form video app TikTok is moving closer to becoming a marketplace for buying stuff
October 27
FILE - This Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, shows as logo of a smartphone app TikTok on a user post on a smartphone screen in Tokyo. Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it’s made a deal with TikTok enabling merchants to create “shoppable” video ads that drive customers to online stores. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
October 27

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store for week ending 10/25/20
October 27
October 27

The top 10 movies on the Apple Store

US-Apple-Movies-Top-10 for week ending 10/25/20
October 27
October 27

Apple Books-Top-10

Apple Books-Top-10 for week ending 10/25/2020
October 27
October 27

Online shopping scams on the rise

Many shoppers complain about being scammed through purchases made from Facebook.
October 27
VIDEO:  Online shopping scams on the rise
October 27

AMD acquires Xilinx in $35 billion deal to create massive Silicon Valley chip maker

AMD acquires Xilinx in $35 billion deal to create massive Silicon Valley chip maker
October 27
October 27

Scientists continue search for murder hornet nests

Scientists removed 98 so-called murder hornets from a nest discovered near the Canadian border in Washington state over the weekend, including 13 that were captured live in a net
October 27
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, walks with a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 27

Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

Southern California Edison says its equipment may have sparked a Southern California wildfire that has prompted evacuation orders for more than 90,000 people and critically injured two firefighters
October 27
A roadside sign warns motorists of extreme fire danger on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Due to high winds and dry conditions PG&E will turn off the power to over 361,000 customers in 36 counties to protect them from possible wildfires caused by downed power lines. The National Weather Service predicts offshore winds from the north peaking at higher elevations up to 70 mph. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)
October 26

Lilly antibody drug fails in a COVID-19 study; others go on

U.S. government officials are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it doesn’t seem to help
October 26
FILE - In this May 2020 file photo provided by Eli Lilly, a researcher tests possible COVID-19 antibodies in a laboratory in Indianapolis. On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, U.S. government officials announced they are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it doesn’t seem to help. (David Morrison/Eli Lilly via AP, File)
October 26

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

Scientists say the moon's shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected
October 26
FILE - In this early Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, a waning moon is seen at the sky over Frankfurt, Germany. The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected, good news for astronauts at future lunar bases who could tap into these resources for drinking and making rocket fuel, scientists reported Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
October 26

Chinese fintech could shatter records with $35B share offer

The world’s largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a public offering of stock that would be the biggest ever
October 26
A news-stand vendor, wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus, sits near QR codes for Alipay and WeChat, two popular online payment system in Beijing, China on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Ant Group, the financial technology arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, filed for a dual-listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in what would likely be the world’s largest initial public stock offering since the coronavirus pandemic began. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 26

New York Times reports Google pays Apple up to $12 billion for search deal

The Justice Department's anti-trust lawsuit against Google is reportedly targeting a deal the company has struck with Apple.
October 26
VIDEO: New York Times reports Google pays Apple up to $12 billion for search deal
October 25

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

The Trump administration is drawing criticism for an election-year push to portray itself as a champion of a cleaner environment in disadvantaged communities
October 25
October 25

This is how scientists potentially could turn discarded plastic into consumer goods

Chemicals from waste plastic could be used in detergent, paint or medicine.
October 25
October 24

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Facebook demands NYU halt collection of data on political ads targeting site.
October 24
October 24

Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

Heavily protected crews in Washington state have worked to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States
October 24
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 23

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week's grab that it's jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space
October 23
October 23

First 'murder hornet' nest discovered in US

Scientists in Washington state have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees
October 23
In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device before being released near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, that an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into the forest. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)
October 23

Huawei sales up, but growth slows under virus, US pressure

Chinese tech giant Huawei says its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth slowed due to U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic
October 23
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a billboard advertising Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth slowed due to U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 23

Legal setback for Uber and Lyft

The rideshare companies must now classify drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.
October 23
VIDEO: Legal setback for Uber and Lyft
October 22

Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves

A small group of Tesla owners is testing the company's “full self-driving” system on public roads
October 22
FILE - This Oct. 18, 2019, photo shows a Tesla logo in Salt Lake City. A small group of Tesla owners is testing the company's “full self driving” system on public roads. But in fine print the company says the $8,000 system doesn't make the vehicles autonomous and they still have to be supervised by humans. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 22

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire has persisted for much of September and October
October 22
Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
October 22

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

A group of scientific advisers say they're concerned that the U.S. government's plans to expedite COVID-19 vaccines could damage public confidence in the shots
October 22
October 22

Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic
October 22
Deployment Manager Jason Peres prepares to close the doors on the Relay, an electric autonomous vehicle, in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that can seat six and drive itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the Dunn Loring Metrorail stop to the bustling Mosaic District in Fairfax County, Va.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 22

Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic Virginia spot

The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that seats six and drives itself through the region’s notorious traffic
October 22
Deployment Manager Jason Peres prepares to close the doors on the Relay, an electric autonomous vehicle, in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The future of transportation arrived in northern Virginia, looking like a big blue toaster on wheels that can seat six and drive itself through the region’s notorious traffic. State and local officials debuted the Relay system Thursday, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that will provide free shuttle rides back and forth from the Dunn Loring Metrorail stop to the bustling Mosaic District in Fairfax County, Va.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 22

Pandemic hurts AT&T in 3rd quarter; wireless unit stable

The pandemic continued to hit AT&T in the third quarter as closed theaters, wary U.S. moviegoers and the Hollywood shutdown hurt its WarnerMedia movie and TV business
October 22
October 22

New Huawei phone comes at crucial time for Chinese company

Huawei’s new smartphone has an upgraded camera, its latest advanced chipset and a better battery
October 22
The new Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone is held for a photo, in London, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Huawei, has unveiled its Mate 40 line of phones, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, a product release that comes at a crucial moment for the company. (AP Photo/James Brooks)
October 22

Quibi calls it quits

Video streaming service Quibi shuts down six months after launching.
October 22
VIDEO:  Quibi calls it quits
October 22

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

A trio of space travelers has safely returned to Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station
October 22
In this handout photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with Soyuz MS-17 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. A trio of space travelers has launched successfully to the International Spce Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. NASA's Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled at 10:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m. EDT, 5:45 a.m. GMT) Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. (Andrey Shelepin/Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)
October 21

Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station

Russian-US crew has landed safely after six-month mission on International Space Station
October 21
October 21

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

Scientists are optimistic that a NASA spacecraft has collected samples at asteroid Bennu for return to Earth
October 21
October 21

Tesla posts net profit for fifth straight quarter

Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter
October 21
FILE - This March 18, 2020 photo shows a Tesla charging station for automobiles in Port Huron, Mich. Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter. The electric car and solar panel maker says Wednesday, Oct. 21, that it made $874 million, or 27 cents per share, for its fifth-straight profitable quarter.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
October 21

After explosive growth at Square, Chase launches own version

After watching the explosive growth at electronic payment start-ups like Jack Dorsey’s Square, JPMorgan Chase has launched its own version to lure small business owners increasingly relying on technology during the pandemic
October 21
FILE - This Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Chase bank logo in New York. JPMorgan Chase says profits improved marginally in the third quarter, a notable change after the nation’s largest bank had to set aside billions in the last two quarters to cover losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based bank said it earned a profit of $9.44 billion, or $2.92 a share, in the July to September period. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 21

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the Trump administration's assessment of how oil and gas activity could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico
October 21
FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2010, aerial file photo taken over the Gulf of Mexico, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig a week earlier. Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the government's assessment of oil and gas activity's likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, says the report doesn’t consider the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill like BP's Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
October 21

After years grappling with Google, Europe has tips for US

The U.S. antitrust crackdown on Google might seem like deja vu for European Union regulators
October 21
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 21

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voting Twitch stream becomes one of platform's most-viewed

The congresswoman turned to online gaming to encourage young people to vote.
October 21
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends a rally for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders in Queensbridge Park in New York, Oct. 19, 2019.
October 21

Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

Scientists say the armor of a seemingly indestructible beetle offers clues for designing stronger planes and buildings
October 21
This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant. (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)
October 21

NASA skims surface of asteroid to collect rock sample

NASA's plan, which had never been done before, was to touch an asteroid, break off a sample, and bring it back to Earth.
October 21
NASA's plan, which had never been done before, was to touch an asteroid, break off a sample, and bring it back to Earth.
October 21

‘Hummer’ to make an electric comeback

General Motors says the updated electric super truck will run on three motors and put out around 1,000 horsepower.
October 21
VIDEO: ‘Hummer’ to make an electric comeback
October 21

Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising
October 21
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past. The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
October 20

How Google evolved from 'cuddly' startup to antitrust target

Google once reviled Microsoft as a technological bully that ruthlessly abused its dominance of the PC software market to choke off competition, spurring Google to adopt “Don’t Be Evil” as a corporate motto
October 20
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google is in the crosshairs of U.S. antitrust regulators who accuse it of wrongdoing similar to charges Microsoft faced 22 years ago, when Google was starting out in a Silicon Valley garage. How Google grew from its idealistic roots into what regulators describe as a cutthroat behemoth is a story shaped by unbridled ambition, savvy decision making, technology’s networking effects, lax regulatory oversight and the pressure to pump up profits. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 20

Intel to sell NAND business to SKorean rival for $9 billion

Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK Hynix as it moves toward more diverse technologies while shedding a Chinese factory at a time of trade friction between Washington and Beijing
October 20
FILE - In this April 23, 2018 file photo, the logo of SK Hynix Inc. is seen at its office in Seongnam, South Korea. Intel has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK Hynix as it moves toward more diverse technologies while shedding a major Chinese factory at a time of deepening trade friction between Washington and Beijing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
October 20

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

A NASA spacecraft has descended to an asteroid and momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth
October 20
October 20

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.
October 20
October 20

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine
October 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID 19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. The British government on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 says it may take part in a study that tries to deliberately infect volunteers who have been given an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus in an effort to more quickly determine if the vaccine works. The approach, called a challenge study, is risky but proponents think it may produce results faster than typical studies, which wait to see if volunteers who have been given an experimental treatment or a dummy version get sick. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)