All posts on May, 2018


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U.S. hits allies with tariffs as risk of trade war rises

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday said it will impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war as Washington’s allies took steps to retali…

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Combining experts and automation in 3D printing

Researchers have developed a novel approach to optimizing soft material 3D printing. The researchers’ Expert-Guided Optimization method combines expert judgment with an optimization algorithm that efficiently searches combinations of parameters relevan…

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Wall St. falls on fresh trade war fears; posts gains for May

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after the United States moved to impose tariffs on metal imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, prompting retaliatory measures from some of its trading partners.

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Icahn sells 10.5 million Herbalife shares back to company

BOSTON (Reuters) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who sparred for years with short-seller William Ackman over the future of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd , on Thursday said he sold roughly $552 million worth of Herbalife stock back to the company, trimming…

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AT&T in talks with FTC to resolve complaint on deceptive data plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said on Thursday that it is negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to resolve a 2014 complaint that claimed the company offered deceptive “unlimited” mobile phone data plans.

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Goldman says market activity ebbs in second quarter

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc President David Solomon said on Thursday that second-quarter market activity had decreased from the first quarter, when heightened volatility helped Wall Street banks record huge profits.

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Facebook says all directors elected, shareholder proposals rejected

BOSTON (Reuters) – All eight of Facebook Inc’s director nominees were elected at its annual meeting on Thursday, and all six shareholder proposals urging reforms, including to its voting structure and content oversight, were rejected, company executiv…

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Facebook says all directors elected, shareholder proposals rejected

BOSTON (Reuters) – All eight of Facebook Inc’s director nominees were elected at its annual meeting on Thursday, and all six shareholder proposals urging reforms, including to its voting structure and content oversight, were rejected, company executiv…

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Walmart launches order-by-text service to challenge Amazon Prime

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Reuters) – Walmart Inc is starting a new same-day delivery service where customers can place orders using a text message, another step in its effort to scale up its e-commerce offerings and compete with rival Amazon.com Inc .

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Redis 5.0 introduces streams for in-memory abstract types

Redis 5.0, an upgrade to the Redis open source in-memory database, is now available as a release candidate, featuring a streams data type and new APIs. General availability of Version 5.0 is expected by 2019.Anchoring the new version is streams. Red…

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SoftBank joins GM in self-driving car race; GM shares soar

(Reuters) – Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co’s autonomous vehicle unit Cruise, the companies said on Thursday, a deal that validates the venerable Detroit automaker’s leadership in self-driving cars and sent …

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Goldman says second-quarter market activity decreased vs first quarter

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc President David Solomon said second-quarter market activity has decreased compared to the first quarter, when heightened volatility helped Wall Street banks record huge profits.

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An artificial nerve system gives prosthetic devices and robots a sense of touch

Researchers have developed an artificial nervous system that could give prosthetic limbs or robots reflexes and the ability to sense touch.

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Price competition for generic drugs linked to increase in manufacturing-related recalls

Researchers have found that extreme price competition in the generic pharmaceutical market — designed to make medications more affordable — may be putting more patients at serious health risk, as evidenced by a higher number of product recalls caused…

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Synthetic ’tissues’ build themselves

How do complex biological structures — an eye, a hand, a brain — emerge from a single fertilized egg? This is the fundamental question of developmental biology, and a mystery still being grappled with by scientists who hope to one day apply the same …

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Secrets behind Pluto’s dunes revealed

Scientists have discovered dunes on Pluto, and say they are likely to have been formed of methane ice grains released into its rarefied atmosphere.

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Wall St. slips as U.S. tariffs spark trade war fears

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after the United States moved to impose metal tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, prompting a tit-for-tat response from some of its trading partners.

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Walmart launches order-by-text service to challenge Amazon Prime

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Reuters) – Walmart Inc is starting a new same-day delivery service where customers can place orders using a text message, another step in its effort to scale up its e-commerce offerings and compete with rival Amazon.com Inc .

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Goldman: NAFTA deal is now less likely after Trump’s tariffs on Mexico, Canada

The Trump administration’s decision to slap tariffs on Canada and Mexico makes it less likely there will be a new NAFTA deal in the near term and sends a modestly negative signal on U.S. trade policy, according to Goldman Sachs economists.

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Canada announces retaliatory tariffs on steel and aluminum

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada plans to slap dollar-for-dollar tariffs on the U.S.

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Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

What’s better than platinum? In hydrogen fuel cells, the answer may be cofacial cobalt porphyrins. These self-assembled molecules — which are great at facilitating a chemical reaction needed to produce power from hydrogen and oxygen — could be the ne…

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Sintering solutions aboard the International Space Station

A centuries-old materials bonding process is being tested aboard the International Space Station in an experiment that could pave the way for more materials research of its kind aboard the orbiting laboratory. Sintering is the process of heating differ…

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Apple cuts smartphone power chip orders from Dialog Semiconductor

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Dialog Semiconductor said Apple now planned to source the main power management chips (PMICs) for one of its three new iPhone models from two suppliers instead of just from the German chipmaker.

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Wall Street slips as U.S. tariffs spark trade war fears

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after the United States moved to impose metal tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, prompting a tit-for-tat response from some of its trading partners.

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Deutsche Bank’s U.S. ops deemed “troubled” by Fed a year ago: WSJ

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The United States Federal Reserve last year designated Deutsche Bank AG’s U.S. operations to be in “troubled condition”, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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From face recognition to phase recognition

Scientists use approach analogous to facial-recognition technology to track atomic-scale rearrangements relevant to phase changes, catalytic reactions, and more.

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Desktop Consolidation Gives SparkyLinux a Clearer Focus

SparkyLinux is experiencing growing pains. You could say that this very capable Linux distribution was just too much of a great thing to last. Users previously had access to a continuously updated list of more than a dozen different download options. Depending on which variety you selected, you could choose from a wide range of desktop environments.

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SoftBank joins GM in self-driving car push; GM shares soar

(Reuters) – Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co’s autonomous vehicle unit Cruise, the companies said on Thursday, a deal that validates the venerable Detroit automaker’s leadership in self-driving cars and sent …

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BNP Paribas to cut international retail banking posts in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s BNP Paribas plans to cut 91 posts in Paris that deal with retail banking activities outside its key European markets, such as Poland, Turkey or on behalf of its U.S. subsidiary BancWest, the bank said on Thursday.

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Give Chrome for Android an ultra-modern makeover

Google is slowly but surely bringing a whole new look to Android, Chrome OS, and all of its apps and services (hi, Gmail!). Part of that shift is strictly aesthetic, thanks to the implementation of the newly updated Material Design standards. And pa…

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