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  • Dell agrees $67bn EMC takeover

    Image copyright Getty Images US computer giant Dell has agreed a deal to buy data storage company EMC for $67bn (£44bn). EMC shareholders will receive $33.15 per share, $24.05 of which will be in cash. If approved by regulators, the deal would be the biggest in history between two technology companies. Falling demand for PCs means Dell is looking to expand into more lucrative businesses, and it has identified data storage as a key growth area. “Our new company will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next-generation IT ,” said Dell boss Michael Dell. EMC boss Joe Tucci said: “The waves of change we now see in our industry are unprecedented and, to navigate this change, we must create a new company for a new era”. Mr Dell will be chairman and chief executive of the combined group that, Dell said, would be the world’s “largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company”. …

    October 13, 2015 1:50 am


  • Jeb Bush to lay out healthcare plan in New Hampshire

    MANCHESTER, N.H. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday will lay out proposals to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare law and replace it with a system that provides a tax credit for the purchase of health plans and shifts power to the states. Bush will detail his plan at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester to start a three-day campaign swing through the state, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary election on Feb. 9 on the road to the November 2016 election. By offering the latest in a series of policy proposals, the former Florida governor is seeking to position himself as the most substantive of the 15 candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The Obamacare law, known as the Affordable Care Act, is one of the most politically divisive in the United States. Republicans have repeatedly sought its elimination, with efforts to repeal the law in Congress and multiple legal …

    October 12, 2015 10:48 pm


  • Did the NFL kill Twitter accounts for Deadspin, SB Nation?

    Twitter accounts for two sports websites were suspended Monday after the NFL and other groups filed a number of complaints under a copyright law. The complaints, sent to Twitter, alleged certain tweets by @Deadspin and @SBNationGIF violated copyright infringement protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a review of documents provided by the social media company. They also requested specific tweets to be removed. The 33 pages of notices were filed by NetResult, an Internet copyright monitoring company, acting on behalf of the NFL and Ultimate Fighting Championship. “The NFL sent routine notices as part of its copyright enforcement program requesting that Twitter disable links to more than a dozen pirated NFL game videos and highlights that violate the NFL’s copyrights,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. While @Deadspin was reinstated later in the day, clicking on links of select tweets mentioned in the notices led to an error message: “Tweet withheld: This Tweet …

    October 13, 2015 1:29 am


  • Who’s next at USC? Possible candidates to be Trojans coach

    For the third time in five years, Southern California is searching for a coach. Since Pete Carroll left for the NFL after the 2009 season, USC has hired and fired two of his former assistants, Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian. It is safe to say that it is time for the Trojans to try something different and go outside the family. Where they land is hard to say in part because at this point there is at least some question about whether Pat Haden will be the athletic director making the hire. More from FoxSports Here’s a potential wish list for USC, with why each person could or could not be the Trojans’ next coach (in no particular order): Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles. The former Oregon coach might be the most scrutinized person in the NFL. One thing is clear: Kelly left college because he wanted to coach men, run an organization and draw up …

    October 13, 2015 2:09 am

World News

  • Israeli stabbed in latest attack

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The attacks have put Israel on a heightened security alert An Israeli has been injured in a stabbing in the north of the country – the latest in a spate of such attacks. Police say the Palestinian attacker was captured by bystanders at the scene in Raanana, 12 miles (20km) from Tel Aviv. The attacker was seriously injured. Many Israelis have been hurt in near-daily stabbings by Palestinians. Several attackers have been killed. Four Israelis and at least 17 other Palestinians have been killed in the recent upsurge of violence. Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have escalated since last month, fuelled by clashes at a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and across the Gaza border, as well as the wave of stabbings. What is happening between Israelis and Palestinians? There has been a spate of stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians since early October, and one apparent …

    October 13, 2015 1:49 am


  • The tech making seawater drinkable

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN predicts that 1.9 billion people will live in “water-scarce” areas in 10 years Producing fresh drinking water from the sea – desalination – has always seemed to be the most obvious answer to water shortages. Our oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and contain 97% of its water. But the energy needed to achieve this seemingly simple process has been costly. Now, thanks to new technologies, costs have been halved and huge desalination plants are opening around the world. Big, bigger, biggest The largest seawater desalination plant ever, Israel’s Sorek plant near Tel Aviv, just ramped up to full production. It will make 624 million litres of drinkable water daily, and sell 1,000 litres – equivalent to a Brit’s weekly consumption – for 45p. Nearby in Saudi Arabia, the Ras al-Khair plant reaches full production in December. Image copyright AP Image caption San Diego’s …

    October 12, 2015 11:08 pm


  • Tiny terahertz accelerator could rival huge free-electron lasers

    Thumbnail accelerator: the new terahertz module is tiny Physicists in the US, Germany and Canada have built a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio waves to create pulses of high-energy electrons. A single accelerator module of the prototype is just 1.5 cm long and 1 mm thick, and the technology has the potential to create facilities that are much smaller than current radio-frequency (RF) accelerators. Potential applications include free-electron lasers, whereby the electrons are used to create coherent pulses of X-rays. However, the team cautions that much more work is needed to develop the technology so it can be used in medicine, particle physics and material science. Terahertz radiation falls between the microwave and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (300 GHz–3 THz), and its production and detection are not without significant technical challenges. However, terahertz technologies have been improving steadily and some physicists are keen on using the radiation in much the same way …

    October 13, 2015 1:49 am


  • NZ police arrest man over infant formula contamination threat

    WELLINGTON New Zealand police said on Tuesday they had arrested a 60-year-old businessman suspected of threatening to contaminate infant formula in New Zealand, the world’s largest dairy exporter, and charged the man with two counts of criminal blackmail. The man was charged in an Auckland court after an 11-month investigation, police told reporters. Police and New Zealand’s agricultural industry have stressed that the country’s dairy products and infant formula are safe. Letters sent to the national farmers’ group and dairy giant Fonterra last November, accompanied by packages of infant formula laced with the pesticide 1080, demanded that the use of the toxic pesticide be stopped by the end of March. China is the biggest buyer of New Zealand dairy products, and the head of a New Zealand exporters’ group said in March there had been a fall in Chinese demand after the threat to infant formula, which is prized among China’s middle class. “We’ve done …

    October 12, 2015 10:28 pm


  • Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Are Expecting Their First Child

    Posted on Mon Oct 12th, 2015 7:01pm PDT       By X17 Staff Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend are expecting their first child together. “John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant,” she captioned the above shot on Instagram. “As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching!” Teigen, 29, has been pretty vocal about her desire to have children over the last year. “I want a huge family,” she previously told Us Weekly. “We want a lot of kids. When it happens, it happens. For us it’s hard because he’s on the road so much and I’m …

    October 12, 2015 11:29 pm


  • Today’s GOP needs Nancy Pelosi (yes, you read that correctly)

    House Republicans are in a panic because Speaker John Boehner’s chosen successor, Kevin McCarthy, was unable to cope with demands from conservative members. This tempest will pass — a new speaker will emerge — but the GOP faces bigger challenges that impair its ability to govern. The party’s commanding majority in the House owes much to the success of the Tea Party in recent elections. Now organized into the Freedom Caucus, disaffected conservatives are frustrated by their inability to repeal ObamaCare, stop the nuclear deal with Iran and defund Planned Parenthood. The Constitution provided the majority in Congress with a trump card: primary authority for taxing and spending, a lever colonial legislatures used to discipline imperious royal governors. These days, however, if the Congress seeks to pressure a president by not passing a budget, the Supreme Court has permitted the chief executive to declare so many government activities essential that a government shutdown becomes his …

    October 13, 2015 1:09 am

Odd News

  • I never sprayed Putin, says Hamilton

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed as wide of the mark reports that he sprayed Russian President Vladimir Putin with the winner’s champagne after Sunday’s grand prix in Sochi. “I actually didn’t. I didn’t actually spray him. I think there’s a weird picture but I didn’t spray him. I definitely don’t want anything (to happen),” the Mercedes driver told Sky Sports television on Monday with a smile. Hamilton, who flew back home to Britain to join the team’s celebrations after they won their second successive constructors’ championship in Russia, has got into trouble previously for his champagne-spraying antics on the podium. He was criticized and accused of sexist bullying in April for aiming a spray of champagne directly in the face of a Chinese Grand Prix hostess in Shanghai. That incident, highlighted in photographs that showed the woman flinching, triggered condemnation in Britain and Germany as well as on Chinese social media but …

    October 12, 2015 10:07 am