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Asia stocks, Mexico peso bounce as markets score debate for Clinton
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:07:57 -0400 -

Men are refelcted in a screen displaying market indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares recovered from an early bout of nerves while the Mexican peso surged on Tuesday as investors awarded the first U.S. presidential debate to Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. Markets have tended to see Clinton as the candidate of the status quo, while few are sure what a Trump presidency might mean for U.S. foreign policy, international trade deals or the domestic economy. Opinion polls have shown the two candidates in a very tight race, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters.


Iran downplays chances of oil deal, UAE keen on freeze
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:30:34 -0400 -

The OPEC logo is pictured at its headquarters in ViennaBy Alex Lawler and Rania El Gamal ALGIERS (Reuters) - Iran downplayed on Monday the chances of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers clinching an output-restraint deal in Algeria this week even though several other members of the group said they still hoped for steps to tackle a price-eroding glut of crude. Oil prices have more than halved from 2014 levels due to oversupply, prompting OPEC producers and rival Russia to seek a market rebalancing that would boost revenues from oil exports and help their crippled budgets. The predominant idea since early 2016 among producers has been to agree to freeze output levels, although market watchers have said such a move would fail to reduce unwanted barrels.


U.S. new home sales fall in August but trend still positive
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:58:29 -0400 -

Roofers work on new homes at a residential construction site in the west side of the Las Vegas Valley in Las VegasJuly's sales pace was revised up 5,000 units to 659,000 units. Analysts said the level of sales generally supported their view of a strong underlying trend in new home sales and of a quickening pace of overall economic growth in the second half of the year. Following the new home sales release, analysts at Macroeconomic Advisers kept their estimate of third-quarter economic growth at 3 percent, a marked pickup from the first half of the year.


Oil prices slip on profit-taking as investors await U.S. stockpile data
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:10:37 -0400 -

A pumpjack drills for oil in the Monterey ShaleCrude futures slipped in Asian trade on Tuesday as investors took profits after prices climbed more than 3 percent in the previous session. The dollar was also weighing on oil prices after rising against a basket of currencies, suggesting markets were judging Democrat Hillary Clinton as the winner in the first U.S. presidential debate with Republican candidate Donald Trump. Major oil producers are gathering in Algeria for a three-day meeting that could see moves to cut or freeze oil output in an effort to support oil prices.


Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:21:21 -0400 -

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustrationWith speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.


Wells Fargo hit with class action lawsuit over sales practices
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:26:39 -0400 -

Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston Illinois(Reuters) - A shareholder class action lawsuit was filed against Wells Fargo & Co on Monday that alleged the firm misled investors about its financial performance and the success of its sales practices. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced the lawsuit and is seeking class action status on behalf of buyers of the company's shares between Feb. 26, 2014 and Sept. 15, 2016. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, comes nearly a week after Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf faced U.S. Senate lawmakers about his oversight at the bank.


SolarCity sued by Cogenra Solar and Khosla Ventures
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:04:14 -0400 -

Elon Musk, Chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity?s Inside Energy Summit in Midtown, New York(Reuters) - Elon Musk's SolarCity has been accused of intellectual property theft by Cogenra Solar Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SunPower Corporation , and Khosla Ventures. In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday, the parties accused SolarCity of gaining undue advantage of Cogenra's Shingling technology that helps in manufacturing high-efficiency commercially viable solar panels. SolarCity and its subsidiary Silevo misappropriated Cogenra's trade secrets, manufacturing processes, and other intellectual property to give themselves a competitive advantage and head start in developing shingled-cell solar modules, Cogenra said in the lawsuit.


When deals go bad: China state firm managers spooked by new liability rules
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:07:09 -0400 -

Security personnel stand next to snowmen at the entrance of China National Offshore Oil Corp office tower in BeijingBusiness development managers at Chinese state-owned firms have been put on notice: mess up on M&A deals and you can be held personally liable - for life. Under new rules unveiled by China's State Council, or cabinet, last month, managers will be held accountable if they "fail to, or incorrectly, perform their duties" with respect to deals that result in a loss of state assets. A lack of specifics has prompted bankers and lawyers to say this is a draconian catch-all clause that is already slowing deal-making at Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs).


Fed's Kashkari says no U.S. rate hike was right move
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:24:41 -0400 -

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks during an interview at Reuters in New YorkThe Federal Reserve made the "right move" in deciding last week to leave interest rates unchanged, a top Fed official said on Monday, because inflation remains low and more workers are returning to the labor force. "That to me suggests we have time before we need to adjust rates," Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari told reporters after a symposium on banking regulation at his bank's headquarters. Kashkari currently participates in Fed policy discussions as a non-voter, but rotates next year into a voting role.


Tesla and supplier Hoerbiger settle in court over Falcon Wing doors
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:30:22 -0400 -

A Tesla logo hang on a building outside of a Tesla dealership in New YorkTesla Motors Co and a U.S. subsidiary of Swiss auto supplier Hoerbiger have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the electric car maker over problems with a proposed hydraulics system for the luxury Model X's "falcon wing" doors, court records show. Tesla and Hoerbiger have delayed filing for a dismissal because certain conditions of the settlement will not be fulfilled until Oct. 4, according to an Aug. 18 filing by the companies. Tesla claimed that a hydraulic system developed by Hoerbiger in 2014-2015 for use in the Model X doors, which open upwards rather than to the side, was riddled with deficiencies, making it an "unworkable engineering solution" that added costs and "more than a year of wasted efforts." It sued the company in January.


Trumped-up sniffles and other presidential debate memes
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:37:23 -0400 -

Trumped-up sniffles and other presidential debate memesDuring what was expected to be the most watched debate ever, a case of the sniffles and alternate candidates ranging from berries to quarterbacks dominated the discussion online.


Lester Holt gets social media sympathy, sarcasm as debate moderator
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:37:51 -0400 -

Lester Holt gets social media sympathy, sarcasm as debate moderatorJournalist Lester Holt let the presidential candidates have their say in Monday's debate, and social media had its say about Holt's moderation as well.


Trump's debate sniffles spark Twitter parody accounts
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:35:11 -0400 -

Trump's debate sniffles spark Twitter parody accountsNeed a tissue? Monday's presidential-candidate slugfest brought out the social-media satire.


No, Trump didn't delete global-warming tweet during debate
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:05 -0400 -

No, Trump didn't delete global-warming tweet during debateTwitter goes aflutter with an accusation the candidate was deleting damning tweets during the debate. Problem is, he didn't.


Russia vs. the 400-pound hacker: Clinton and Trump go toe-to-toe on cybersecurity
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:51:51 -0400 -

Russia vs. the 400-pound hacker: Clinton and Trump go toe-to-toe on cybersecurityCyber warfare has a new face, but the presidential candidates can't quite agree on what that face looks like.


Wee Mercury is getting even smaller
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:38:55 -0400 -

Wee Mercury is getting even smallerThe solar system's smallest planet is still tectonically active.


How to use EncryptPad for cross-platform file encryption
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:45:28 -0400 -

How to use EncryptPad for cross-platform file encryptionIf you're looking for an incredibly simple solution for file encryption, stop searching and check out EncryptPad.


Are these the new Pixel Phone and Chromecast coming next week?
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:43:02 -0400 -

Are these the new Pixel Phone and Chromecast coming next week?Venture Beat publishes photos that may just be a new 4K Chromecast and Google's new flagship phone.


First impressions of working with macOS Sierra
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:16:27 -0400 -

First impressions of working with macOS SierraErik Eckel describes his experiences of using macOS Sierra in production. One of his favorite enhancements is the new file management feature.


No More Ransom takes a bite out of ransomware
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:05:00 -0400 -

No More Ransom takes a bite out of ransomwareNo More Ransom is a project with Kaspersky Lab, Intel Security, and two law enforcement agencies to help victims of ransomware understand their options when facing a digital extortion attempt.


Journalists hit with $200 Wi-Fi bill for presidential debates
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:45:11 -0400 -

Journalists hit with $200 Wi-Fi bill for presidential debatesHofstra University is so keen on reporters using its own wireless service that it is reportedly searching reporters for personal hotspots and shutting them down.


This is your first look at the far more modern 2017 Jeep Compass
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:40:31 -0400 -

This is your first look at the far more modern 2017 Jeep CompassThe Patriot and Compass of old are gone, swallowed up by a single SUV that takes the Compass name.


Palantir alleged to have discriminated against Asian job seekers
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:20:40 -0400 -

Palantir alleged to have discriminated against Asian job seekersThe data mining giant might lose its government contracts if it doesn't comply.


Google doesn't even know its own birthday (but it's celebrating today)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:05:53 -0400 -

Google doesn't even know its own birthday (but it's celebrating today)Our little internet behemoth is all grown up!


BlackBerry's unannounced DTEK60 shows up on FCC's website
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:54:34 -0400 -

BlackBerry's unannounced DTEK60 shows up on FCC's websiteFilings appear to confirm information about the new Android handset that the company briefly published last week.


Google shields security reporter targeted by massive cyberattack
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:44:43 -0400 -

Google shields security reporter targeted by massive cyberattackBrian Krebs' website had been largely unreachable for the past week, the victim of a "record" flood of fake requests for traffic.


Disney reportedly eyes Twitter for potential buyout
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:29:12 -0400 -

Disney reportedly eyes Twitter for potential buyoutThe media powerhouse may be the latest company to go after Twitter, Bloomberg News reports. That could pit Disney against Google and Salesforce.


Lego bricks flushed by Brits alone could build a world-record tower
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:25:50 -0400 -

Legos flushed by Brits alone could build a world-record towerYou don't even want to know how many Barbie dolls were turned into Sewer Swim Mermaids.


Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor is now in prototype testing (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 56)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:18:49 -0400 -

Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor is now in prototype testing (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 56)Apple's working on its own home assistant, HealthKit wants to do more for you on the Apple Watch, and Apple patents a paper bag.


Who's your daddy, Tony Stark? Maybe not who you think
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:00:27 -0400 -

Who's your daddy, Tony Stark? Maybe not who you thinkA newly issued comic book shakes up Iron Man's family tree. Warning, spoilers ahead.


Want to avoid the presidential debate? Here are four alternatives
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:47:33 -0400 -

Want to avoid the presidential debate? Here are four alternativesIf you just can't watch, you may want to turn your channel (or mobile phone) to football, or maybe move to "Zootopia."


Why you shouldn't get excited about 4K and HDR gaming, at least not yet
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:26:51 -0400 -

Why you shouldn't get excited about 4K and HDR gaming, at least not yetThe new PS4 Pro and Xbox One S game consoles finally bring us into the era of high-resolution 4K and high dynamic range gaming. But just barely.


Snapchat Spectacles have what Google Glass was sorely missing: Fun
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:53 -0400 -

Snapchat Spectacles have what Google Glass was sorely missing: FunCommentary: The company's new video camera-equipped sunglasses are tacky, colorful and look like crappy $8 shades from a souvenir stand. That's their genius.


Researchers put urine in a backpack, ride rollercoaster for science
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:16 -0400 -

Researchers put urine in a backpack, ride rollercoaster for scienceWeeeeee!!!


How to create a bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:01:00 -0400 -

How to create a bootable USB installer for macOS SierraFollow these steps to take to create a bootable USB installer drive for macOS Sierra to deploy version 10.12 of Apple's OS on supported devices.


Feed the hungry by deleting a photo from your Instagram? No, really
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:59:05 -0400 -

Feed the hungry by deleting a photo from your Instagram? No, reallyYou've already enjoyed those burgers and fries, so why not send a picture of them to the recycle bin for a good cause?


Microsoft Ignite: Nadella outlines 4 pillars for democratizing AI
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:40:12 -0400 -

Microsoft Ignite: Nadella outlines 4 pillars for democratizing AIAt the 2016 Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella led the Innovation keynote, and explained the four pillars to the company's approach to AI.


Gorgeous Mars valley was 'once a potentially habitable place'
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:18:28 -0400 -

Gorgeous Mars valley was 'once a potentially habitable place'See a fresh view of the ancient Mars valley that intrigues scientists and could be the landing site for a new Mars mission.


Cops pull over blood-spattered 'zombies' on the highway
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:17:02 -0400 -

Cops pull over blood-spattered 'zombies' on the highwayConcerned cops end up having a good laugh over a traffic stop after responding to a call about a potential assault happening inside a moving car.


How to set up auto rsync backups using ssh
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:42:21 -0400 -

How to set up auto rsync backups using sshIf you need to create an rsync backup over ssh, Jack Wallen walks you through the quick and easy process.




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