Google has been using an obscure Chinese website it still owns to figure out which web sites get blocked by Chinese authorities, as part of an effort to return to China, The Intercept reported. The site, 265.com, which is owned by Google’s old China-based joint venture, is a news portal with links and advertisements, and is the 1,318th most visited site in China, according to Alexa.com. The...
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The Electric: Western Auto and Battery Makers’ Big Gamble on Indonesian Nickel
For much of the last century, metals companies have made stainless steel from nickel mined in Russia or the Philippines and smelted at temperatures up to 2,900 degrees. But demand for nickel is outstripping supplies because the metal is a key component in most electric vehicle batteries. So metals producers have turned to a new supplier—Indonesia, which possesses vast reserves of a previously...
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