• Russia’s crusade to banish McDonald’s

    Russia’s crusade to banish McDonald’s

    This McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square in Moscow was the first to open in the city at the end of the Cold War, but it has been shuttered by Russian authorities since August. Big Macs...
  • IBM pays $1.5bn to offload chip unit

    IBM pays $1.5bn to offload chip unit

    20 October 2014 Last updated at 12:25 IBM is to pay $1.5bn (£930m) in cash to offload its loss-making chip manufacturing division to Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund GlobalFoundries. IBM, which wanted to avoid the...
  • Cell architecture: Finding common ground

    When it comes to cellular architecture, function follows form. Plant cells contain a dynamic cytoskeleton which is responsible for directing cell growth, development, movement, and division. So over time, changes in the cytoskeleton form the...
  • Spotify Family plans: Separate accounts, one bill

    Spotify Family plans: Separate accounts, one bill

    Spotify Spotify users who currently share a premium subscription among family members are used to having their playlists and listening history mixed up. As of today, Spotify has introduced a feature called Family to help...
  • Mark Begich Targeted on ANWR in New GOP TV Ad

    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Begich is being targeted on ANWR in a new TV ad. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican-aligned outside group is hitting Alaska Sen....

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  • IBM pays $1.5bn to offload chip unit


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 12:25 IBM is to pay $1.5bn (£930m) in cash to offload its loss-making chip manufacturing division to Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund GlobalFoundries. IBM, which wanted to avoid the cost of upgrading the unit’s technology, said it would now focus on cloud computing, mobile and big data analytics. IBM will take a $4.7bn charge in the third quarter as a result of the sale. GlobalFoundries said it would offer jobs to all IBM employees affected. “This acquisition enables IBM to focus on fundamental semiconductor and material science research, development capabilities and commitment to delivering future semiconductor technologies,” said IBM senior vice president and director of research Dr John Kelly. IBM will spread the $1.5bn payment to GlobalFoundries over the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, GlobalFoundries will get intellectual property and technologies related to the chip business. IBM’s shares rose slightly in pre-market trading. IBM is …

    October 20, 2014 7:15 am
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Politics

  • Mark Begich Targeted on ANWR in New GOP TV Ad


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Begich is being targeted on ANWR in a new TV ad. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) A Republican-aligned outside group is hitting Alaska Sen. Mark Begich for failing to persuade his party to support opening drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Utilizing a theme of broken campaign promises from 2008, when Begich defeated Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, the new TV ad from American Crossroads hammers the Democrat for both the percentage of votes on which he agreed with the president last year and the fact that Congress has not approved ANWR oil exploration. “We’ve had six years of Begich’s broken politics,” the ad’s announcer says. “Alaska needs a change.” Begich is being challenged by Republican Dan Sullivan in a GOP-leaning state and in the second midterm of an unpopular Democratic president. As one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country and a …

    October 20, 2014 6:32 am
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Stocks

  • Russia’s crusade to banish McDonald’s


    This McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square in Moscow was the first to open in the city at the end of the Cold War, but it has been shuttered by Russian authorities since August. Big Macs are becoming a big ‘nyet’ in Russia. Officials are continuing their crackdown on McDonald’s (MCD) by forcing the closure of nine restaurants and investigating roughly half of the country’s 446 locations. The string of closures began in late August when authorities shut down four McDonald’s locations in Moscow, including the city’s first that opened nearly 25 years ago. As many as a dozen McDonald’s locations were closed, but some have recently reopened. It’s widely believed the shutdowns are part of a retaliatory plan to punish American businesses after the U.S. and Europe issued harsh sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Local media had previously reported that “sanitary violations” were the reason behind the closures. “We disagree with the court’s …

    October 20, 2014 7:37 am
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Sports

  • Tour Finals chiefs keep anxious eye on Murray and Nadal


    LONDON (Reuters) – Organizers of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month will be keeping a keen eye on Andy Murray’s results and Rafa Nadal’s health over the next couple of weeks. Home favorite Murray is one of several players scrambling to accumulate enough ATP Race points to grab one of the three remaining spots while already-qualified Nadal has been diagnosed with appendicitis and question marks remain over his appearance. Murray, an ever-present at the season-ender since it came to London’s cavernous O2 Arena alongside the River Thames in 2009, apart from last year when he was recovering from back surgery, guarantees a spike in ticket sales at the hugely popular event. Likewise, 14-times grand slam champion Nadal boasts an army of fans worldwide and should he succumb to ill health the event would be down-valued, whatever the quality of the eight men who do line up for the ATP’s showpiece tournament. A …

    October 20, 2014 7:15 am
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World News

  • WHO: Nigeria is free of Ebola but must remain vigilant for new cases


    The World Health Organisation declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the disease. Nigeria’s containment of Ebola is a “spectacular success story”, WHO country director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths. One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after. The WHO announcement came after 42 days had passed since the last case in Nigeria tested negative – 42 days is twice the disease’s maximum incubation period. “The outbreak in Nigeria has been contained,” Vaz said. “But we must be clear that we only won a battle. The war will only end when west Africa is also declared free of Ebola.” WHO said Nigeria had traced nearly all of the contacts of the Ebola patients in the country, all of whom were …

    October 20, 2014 7:15 am
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Technology

  • Spotify Family plans: Separate accounts, one bill


    Spotify Spotify users who currently share a premium subscription among family members are used to having their playlists and listening history mixed up. As of today, Spotify has introduced a feature called Family to help give each user separate access to the music streaming service, but still be billed to one account. “This is one of the most asked for features from our audience,” said Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer at Spotify. Spotify Family gives each member a Premium subscription: unlimited ad-free streaming across devices, as well as offline listening. A regular Premium subscription costs $9.99 in the US, £9.99 in the UK or AU$11.99 in Australia, per month. Each Family account can add up to four extra members to the plan at a discounted rate. The full pricing tier per member is as follows: The company said that the feature will roll out globally in the next few weeks. Other music streaming services that …

    October 20, 2014 6:33 am
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Science

  • Cell architecture: Finding common ground


    When it comes to cellular architecture, function follows form. Plant cells contain a dynamic cytoskeleton which is responsible for directing cell growth, development, movement, and division. So over time, changes in the cytoskeleton form the shape and behavior of cells and, ultimately, the structure and function of the organism as a whole. New work led by Carnegie’s David Ehrhardt hones in on how one particular organizational protein influences cytoskeletal and cellular structure in plants, findings that may also have implications for cytoskeletal organization in animals. It is published in Current Biology. A cell’s cytoskeleton features microtubules, which consist of the protein tubulin assembled into long tubular polymers. Tubulin and tubulin-like proteins are highly conserved evolutionarily, found in some bacteria, fungi, higher plants, and animals. They play critical roles in how cells of these organisms grow and divide. The work from Ehrhardt’s team — which includes Carnegie’s Ankit Walia (the lead author), Masayoshi Nakamura, and Dorianne …

    October 20, 2014 6:53 am
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Health

  • China’s companies, billionaires must step up to fight Ebola: WFP


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst on record, has killed more than 4,000 people. China has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme. “Where are the Chinese billionaires and their potential impact? Because this is the time that they could really have such a huge impact,” said Brett Rierson, the organization’s representative in China, at a briefing. “You can ask the same thing of the corporate sector, being the largest investors in West Africa right now.” Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd., a Chinese drug maker with military ties, has sent several thousand doses of an experimental Ebola drug to Africa and is planning clinical trials there. China has …

    October 20, 2014 6:32 am
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Entertainment

  • EXCLUSIVE: Lionel Richie isn’t Khloé Kardashian’s dad, Elvis is


    Photo credit Adriana M. Barraza/WENN, WENN Lionel Richie InTouch magazine, known for its “inside sources,” has recently pinned the Khloé Kardashian paternity tail on the Lionel Richie donkey. An unnamed source told the mag that Khloé’s mom, Kris Jenner, had an affair with Richie in the ’80s (because he’s easy like Sunday morning — sorry, couldn’t resist). Says the source, “They had a sexual affair — he bragged about it. He said he was on the outs with his wife at the time. Everyone was sleeping around with everyone else back then, and Kris was hot in those days.” That’s pretty compelling proof, but we think our photo above provides irrefutable evidence that Richie is not Khloé’s dad. There is zero resemblance between these two. Lionel Richie wrote his hit track “Lady” on the loo Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza, Lee Celano/Wire Image/Getty Images Robert Kardashian Speaking of zero resemblance, Khloé doesn’t look a thing like the …

    October 20, 2014 6:12 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola threat: Our military must be on front line of US fight, not on the sidelines


    As Americans grow increasingly concerned about Ebola both here and around the world, I’ve been speaking with respected doctors who have spent most of their lives working for our government.  The concern they have about the Ebola threat to the American people is very real.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They have spent their lives making sure America has the right systems and technologies in place to prevent potentially catastrophic medical events, such as hemorrhagic fevers.  These doctors are not alarmists; they are patriots who have dedicated most of their lives to making sure that our nation was adequately prepared for an event such as this.  The U.S. military is best prepared to deal with Ebola. They have a much better understanding of medical logistics and proper protocols to be taken when dealing with deadly biological threats. As one physician told me, “This is a civilizational challenge, but I’m afraid our government is treating it as a political …

    October 18, 2014 1:40 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington teacher told not to use disciplinary ‘Wheel of Misfortune’


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school teacher has been warned not to have students spin a disciplinary “Wheel of Misfortune” to assign punishments for misbehavior that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, school officials said. The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read wrote in a letter to parents on Thursday. Results from a third-party investigation on Wednesday showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate or harm any student,” Read said. “Poor judgment by any teacher is concerning and we plan to work with the teacher on more positive and productive classroom management skills going forward,” he added. The school, in Skamania County near the Washington-Oregon border, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the teacher. …

    October 17, 2014 9:43 pm
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