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Europe’s own satnav Galileo goes live to rival GPS

BRUSSELS: After 17 years, numerous setbacks and three times over budget, Europe's Galileo satnav system went live Thursday, promising to outperform rivals and guarantee regional self-reliance. Initial services, free to users worldwide, are available only on smartphones and navigation units fitted with Galileo-compatible microchips. Some devices may need only a software update to start using the service, according to the European Commission, which funds the 10 billion euro ($11 billion) project. "After years of…