Category Archives: Asia

Former SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive will leave Tesla

Former SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive will leave Tesla

SolarCity founder Lyndon Rive, who steered the dramatic growth of the biggest U.S. residential solar company before driving its sale to Tesla Inc , is leaving the electric vehicle maker in June, he said on Monday. In an interview, the former SolarCity chief executive said he wanted to start a new company next year and spend more time with his family. Rive had been serving as head of sales and services for Tesla’s energy division since last year.

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Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space agency said. The plumes have led scientists to infer that hydrothermal chemical reactions between the moon’s rocky core and its ocean — located under the ice crust — are likely occurring on Enceladus.

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Microsoft says U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance requests more than doubled

Microsoft says U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance requests more than doubled

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had received at least a thousand surveillance requests from the U.S. government that sought user content for foreign intelligence purposes during the first half of 2016. The amount, shared in Microsoft’s biannual transparency report, was more than double what the company said it received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the preceding six-month interval, and was the highest the company has listed since 2011, when it began tracking such government surveillance orders. The scope of spying authority granted to U.S. intelligence agencies …read more

Top US diplomat snubs launch of own rights report

Top US diplomat snubs launch of own rights report

Low-profile US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came under attack on Friday for failing to appear in public to launch his own department’s annual human rights report. President Donald Trump’s chief diplomat, who has all but dropped from public view since taking office a month ago, penned a brief preface to the survey of the rights record of 199 countries. The report itself paints a bleak picture of the situation in many countries, but there is no attempt to draw out a global theme or to say whether things are generally getting better or worse.

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After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP trade deal

FILE PHOTO - Obama attends the APEC Summit in Peru

WELLINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord. The TPP, which the United States had signed but not ratified, was a pillar of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy to pivot to Asia.

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Vietnam expanding South China Sea runway: U.S. think tank

A ship of Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea

Vietnam is extending a runway on an island it claims in the South China Sea in apparent response to China’s building of military facilities on artificial islands in the region, a U.S. think tank reported on Thursday. Satellite images taken this month showed Vietnam had lengthened its runway on Spratly Island from less than 2,500 feet (760 meters) to more than 3,300 feet (1 km), Washington’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said. AMTI, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, said continued reclamation work would likely mean the runway was extended to more than 4,000 feet …read more

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