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Explosions heard at flooded Texas chemical plant after hurricane
Fires are expected at the flooded plantAPBy New Scientist Staff and Press AssociationTwo explosions have been heard at a flooded chemical plant in a small town outside Houston. The Arkema plant lies around...
Former CIA agent wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off
Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can't use it. Wilson launched the fundraiser last week, tweeting: "If @Twitter...
Three of Wednesday's hottest stocks are chipmakers
Chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia and Micron Technology posted strong gains on Wednesday, making up three of the top four gainers as of midday. Tech has been the best-performing sector this year,...
Cybersecurity stocks rally as ransomware attack targets thousands of companies
Cybersecurity stocks are soaring as a vicious new form of malware has left thousands of computers grounded. Many cybersecurity companies saw their stocks rally Wednesday as the "Petya" ransomware program...
Global cyberattack: where did it come from and is it under control?
The data-scrambling software epidemic that paralyzed computers globally is under control in Ukraine, where it likely originated, officials said Wednesday, as companies and governments around the world...
Goldman Sachs raises year-end S&P 500 forecast, but still sees benchmark lower from here
Goldman Sachs raised its official 2017 target for the S&P 500 on Wednesday, but still thinks a drop is in the cards for the market benchmark from here. Higher rates will ultimately keep the market in...
IBM is a legit alternative in A.I. to Google and Facebook, says top analyst
If you're looking into artificial intelligence, IBM might be a different pick from stocks you already own, Ark Invest analyst James Wang said Wednesday. "IBM we think is a legit differentiated pick,"...
HP shares jump as analysts say PCs are set to continue their comeback
HP shares climbed on Wednesday after the stock was upgraded to "buy" by Citi analyst Jim Suva, who expects the company to continue to gain PC market share. The stock was the top mover in the S&P 500 on...
BlackBerry awarded $815 million in arbitration case against Qualcomm
BlackBerry said Wednesday it has been awarded a preliminary $814.9 million in royalty overpayments made to Qualcomm. A final award, including interest and attorney fees, will be issued after a hearing...
Trump to meet with Intel CEO on Wednesday
President Donald Trump will meet with Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich on Wednesday afternoon, the White House said, offering no further details. Intel was one of more than 100 companies that joined...
Seattle may drop Wells Fargo; Beyoncé’s twins; #RiseUp
Seattle may drop Wells Fargo; Beyoncé’s twins; #RiseUp cemented her status as Queen Bee of social media Wednesday when she and husband announced Wednesday on Instagram that she is expecting twins. The...
Uber pulls self-driving cars off California roads
California slammed the brakes on Uber's self-driving car pilot program on Wednesday, only a week after the ride sharing giant debuted its technology in San Francisco. Uber pulled its fleet off the streets...
Winter solstice arrives: Here's what you need to know
Wednesday is the winter solstice — a date imbued with symbolism and significance since ancient times. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, while in the southern...
Tesla reports second quarterly profit ever
For just the second time in its 13-year history, Tesla Motors on Wednesday reported turning a profit in its most recent quarter, as production and deliveries of its luxury electric cars accelerated. The...
Divided fed holds rates steady, stocks jump
WASHINGTON — A divided Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday, pressing ahead with its economic stimulus campaign for at least a few more weeks in the face of growing pressure...
Elon Musk: 'Hoping to start' awaited Autopilot 8.0 next week
Elon Musk says he hopes Tesla will roll out the new update to it Autopilot feature on Wednesday. Responding to users on Twitter, Musk said, "Hoping to start WW rollout of 8.0 on Wednesday if no last minute...
Business News Roundup, Sept. 8
Tegna, the Virginia television station owner that acquired the car shopping website in 2014, announced the move Wednesday. Separating the digital company from its broadcast parent will position Cars.com...
Sick of rain? You ain’t seen nothing yet
It doesn’t look good on the east coast, with the threat of torrential rain and flash flooding. Picture: BoM IF YOU thought the commute to work was horrid this morning, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The afternoon...
East coast to cop battering as low looms
An east coast low is likely to develop east of Sydney, bringing torrential rain. Picture: John Grainger RESIDENTS along large parts of the nation’s east coast are likely to cop a drenching this week as...
A ‘Tesla Semi?’ Elon Musk’s Tesla master plan is trucking awesome
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday unveiled a far-reaching “master plan” for the electric automaker that envisions self-driving semis and buses — and a car-sharing service to rival Uber. Rather than...
Business News Roundup, June 23
Twilio, a San Francisco company that makes mobile and Web applications, raised $150 million Wednesday in its initial public offering, pricing the shares above the marketed range. The shares will start...
Business News Roundup, June 2
The oil-rich nation’s sovereign investment fund is putting $3.5 billion into the global transportation company, and will get a seat on Uber’s board of directors. Funding for new tech companies has been...
Business News Roundup, May 12
[...] it recently suffered a setback when a local driver was sentenced and fined by Sweden’s Svea Court of Appeal for illegal taxi trade and breaching related local laws. In 2015, Uber closed the same...
Authorities make determination in death on Apple campus
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Authorities say a young Apple employee took his own life at the company's headquarters this week.The 25-year-old Santa Clara, California, man was found dead Wednesday morning inside...
The FBI won’t tell Apple how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone
WASHINGTON – The FBI says it won’t publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.In a statement Wednesday, FBI official Amy Hess said...
Cities set to swelter as summer never ends
At Kirra, on the Gold Coast, Nicole Bofinger from Brisbane and her daughter Sophie chill out form the hot Autumn conditions. Picture: Glenn Hampson MANY of Australia’s capital cities are about to swelter...
Business News Roundup, March 31
Yahoo is making it harder for activist investors to launch proxy battles in the future. The Sunnyvale company said it is changing its bylaws so that at next year’s annual shareholder meeting, investors...
Business News Roundup, March 24
An integration with Facebook will allow small businesses that use Square to process payments to buy and personalize Facebook advertising using Square’s software. Square will make subscription fees off...
What happens when it rains in Dubai
Thunderstorms kept hoards of motorists off the roads in the United Arab Emirates - but one man wouldn't let the rain stop him. Courtesy: Twitter/@SultanAlQassemi This Dubai resident thought a shopping...
Join Us Wednesday In Barcelona For A Mini-Meetup And Pitch-Off During MWC
Hello startup friends! We’re less than a week away from our annual mini-meetup in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Needless to say that we’re very excited to meet you. So whether you’re...
Twitter launches GIF feature for tweets, direct messages
Comments By: Reuters | New York | Published:February 18, 2016 1:15 pm Twitter said on Wednesday in a blog post that users could search and browse a GIF library when composing a tweet or direct message....
Iran snubs Doha proposal, won’t freeze oil output
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran appeared Wednesday to back a plan laid out by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, though it offered no indication that it has any plans...
Evernote Will Shut Down Market, Its E-Commerce Effort, On Wednesday
Some more news from Evernote — the note-taking app and startup of the same name — that speaks to the company’s current rough patch: today it announced that as of Wednesday at 6pm...
Tech stocks rebound following early selloff
Technology stocks appeared to recover from a Wednesday morning pummeling, as fears over slow growth in China and the rest of the globe along with sinking oil prices weighed on the industry’s biggest names....
Netflix down more than 6% on subscriber questions
Netflix shares were down in early trading Wednesday, despite the streaming video giant beating most Wall Street expectations for its fourth quarter 2015 performance. Shares of Netflix (NFLX) were down...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 14
San Mateo wearable camera maker GoPro says it will eliminate about 100 jobs after its fourth-quarter sales fell far short of its expectations. The company lowered the price of its new Hero4 Session camera...
The latest on gadgets: This year's CES smaller—yet bigger (Update)
Workers install a monitor in preparation for the International CES gadget show Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. The show officially kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 6. (AP Photo/John Locher) The latest developments...
Oculus to take preorders on Rift Wednesday
Oculus Rift(Photo: Oculus) Virtual reality is one of the major themes at this latest CES. And few companies in the space are watched more closely than Oculus. The Facebook-owned company announced that...
Judge expands scope of Uber lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Wednesday increased the number of drivers eligible to join a lawsuit against ride-hailing company Uber alleging they were incorrectly classified as independent contractors...
Satellite Launch to Test Einstein's Idea on Space, Time Delayed
The launch of a European satellite that will test a technique to detect ripples in space that can be caused by merging black holes has been delayed because of a technical problem with its Vega rocket,...
Daily Briefing, Nov. 20
According to a company blog post, the optional tools mean you don’t have to see your ex’s face pop up in your news feed, but you also don’t have to block or unfriend them. Do the digital dumping gracefully,...
Square IPO set to price Wednesday in highly watched deal
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile payments company Square Inc is set to price shares for its initial public offering late Wednesday in what is expected to be a harbinger for how other highly valued tech...
Online iPad Pro orders start Wednesday, arrives in stores this week
Enlarge / Big iPads all in a row.Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingHands-on with the iPad Pro, its keyboard, and its pencilImagine an iPad. Now imagine that it's bigger.Apple has officially announced that...
TalkTalk customer data at risk after ‘significant’ hack
Police have launched a criminal investigation into a "significant and sustained cyberattack" on the website of British telecom group TalkTalk, the company said Wednesday. Information including names,...
Business News Roundup, Oct. 22
The European Union said Wednesday that the Netherlands gave Starbucks an illegal break on its tax bill, and it ordered the Dutch government to collect $23 million to $34 million from the coffee company....
Daily Briefing, Oct. 8
[...] time’s a charm? Not for SABMiller, which on Wednesday rejected Anheuser-Busch InBev’s latest takeover proposal, a $104 billion offer that would create a global beer giant controlling nearly a third...
The first-ever private mission to the moon just got a lot closer to reality
The Hopper, SpaceIL's moon lander. (Courtesy SpaceIL) An Israeli nonprofit that's competing to land the first private rover on the moon took a giant leap Wednesday when it said it's secured a spot on...
How much hotter will it get?
Above average conditions are forecasted and fire authorities are sending warnings of a difficult and dangerous bush fire season ahead Aussies are packing beaches along the country’s east coast as temperatures...
China and US need each other: McNamee
When it comes to the technology sector, the U.S. and China need to learn to get along, and the sooner, the better, a venture capitalist told CNBC's "Closing Bell" Wednesday. "Both sides need the other,"...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark