Verizon Communications is to buy Yahoo’s search and advertising operations for $5bn

•July 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36879831

The two firms were reported on Friday to be in exclusive talks over a possible deal.

US internet firm Yahoo announced in February that it was looking at “strategic alternatives” for its core internet business.

Verizon declined to comment on the reports.

A formal announcement is expected on Monday before US markets open for trading.

Over the last few years Yahoo has struggled to keep up with the changing internet advertising landscape, with some analysts arguing that it has failed to remain relevant in many of its core markets.

Chief executive Marissa Mayer, who took the helm in 2012, has made little progress in returning the company to profit.

Last week the firm reported a $440m loss in the second quarter, but said the board had made “great progress on strategic alternatives”.

The reported price tag for the deal is well below the firm’s $125bn market value at the height of the dot.com boom.

But BGC analyst Colin Gillis wrote recently: “We expect any offer in the range of $5-plus billion should be accepted by the Yahoo board to bring the process to a close.”

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mayer would be smiling..she needed this badly..

verizon is a behemoth..

“The reported price tag for the deal is well below the firm’s $125bn market value at the height of the dot.com boom.”

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Tens of thousands in “pro-democracy” rally in Turkey

•July 26, 2016 • 4 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36879075

Tens of thousands of people have joined a pro-democracy rally in Istanbul, condemning the nation’s attempted coup.

The rally was organised by the opposition party CHP but was backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party, in a rare show of unity.

Amid a sea of red flags, banners bore slogans such as “We defend the republic!”

The CHP’s leader said “democracy won!” but he also warned against the dangers of authoritarianism.

One banner read: “No to the coup, no to dictatorship”.

Many of the CHP supporters gathered in Taksim Square waved flags with a picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Despite Turkey’s political divisions, Istanbul’s mayor and other AK party leaders joined the opposition demonstrators.

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“democracy”..please..your democracy is pictured above..

“The rally was organised by the opposition party CHP but was backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party, in a rare show of unity.”

rounding up school kids now..this is a purge..never waste a crisis..especially if you may have let the crisis occur..

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Malik Obama to vote for Trump..oh the lolz..

•July 26, 2016 • 2 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/usa/353000-obama-brother-voting-trump/

Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik, once a longtime Democrat, says he is now a Republican who will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election because “he speaks from the heart.”

Speaking to the NY Post from Kenya, he said the final straw came when the FBI announced they would not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, forcing him to side with “the party of Lincoln.”

“Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him,” Malik said, praising Donald Trump. “I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.

If Malik Obama does get his wish and meets Trump, he’ll have to ask him what the Republican Party’s views are on polygamy. In 2010, Malik was reported to have married his third wife, a 19-year-old.

Trump tweeted his delight at Malik Obama’s announcement, saying he was “probably treated badly by president-like everybody else!”

According to the NY Post, public records show Malik as eligible to vote in Maryland, where he worked for several years. He claims he will travel to the US to cast his ballot.

The 58-year-old said he felt “deep disappointment” in his brother’s administration after Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power in Libya. He called Gaddafi one of his best friends and dedicated his 2012 biography of Barak Obama Sr to him for “making this world a better place.”

Ties were once close between the siblings after they first met in 1985. Once best men at each other’s weddings their relationship now seems to have gone sour, with Malik claiming he hasn’t spoken to his presidential brother for a year.

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“Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik, once a longtime Democrat, says he is now a Republican who will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election because “he speaks from the heart.”

awkward..

“The 58-year-old said he felt “deep disappointment” in his brother’s administration after Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power in Libya. He called Gaddafi one of his best friends and dedicated his 2012 biography of Barak Obama Sr to him for “making this world a better place.”

hillarys war..”we came, we saw..he died”..

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Russia to sell nuclear fuel to US

•July 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/business/352026-russia-us-nuclear-fuel/

A subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed its first contract with a US nuclear power plant operator to supply Russian nuclear fuel.

“We believe in this project. We know how to make nuclear fuel; it has successfully operated in Western European nuclear power plants. We are not entering the American market with empty hands,” said Rosatom CEO Sergey Kirienko.

He added Rosatom is working in collaboration with GE-Hitachi and has already signed a contract to send a pilot batch of Russian nuclear fuel to the US.

According to Kirienko, Rosatom sees the importance of the alliance and will provide all the necessary technical details to successfully complete the licensing process with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

It has been reported the two countries had agreed to create a joint company to promote Russian nuclear fuel at US nuclear power plants.

Rosatom’s nuclear fuel subsidiary TVEL and Global Nuclear Fuel Americas will jointly deal with licensing and production of fuel assemblies that will run American nuclear power plants with pressurized water reactors. The fuel assemblies will be produced at the plant in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In May, Rosatom said it plans to enter the US nuclear fuel market by 2020 and have 10 percent market share.

Russia has a 17 percent share in the global market of nuclear fuel. It fully covers the needs of Russian reactors and also works in 14 other countries, including Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Armenia and China. The value of Russia’s annual nuclear fuel exports exceeds $1 billion.

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“A subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed its first contract with a US nuclear power plant operator to supply Russian nuclear fuel.”

i thought russia was the enemy?!:)

“Russia has a 17 percent share in the global market of nuclear fuel. It fully covers the needs of Russian reactors and also works in 14 other countries, including Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Armenia and China. The value of Russia’s annual nuclear fuel exports exceeds $1 billion.”

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France descending into militarized state ruled by fear

•July 26, 2016 • 2 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/op-edge/352041-france-militarized-dystopia-state/

In the wake of the mass murder in French city of Nice, President Francois Hollande and his Prime Minister Manuel Valls have reiterated dire warnings that France is in a permanent state of war.

Valls quoted by Le Journal du Dimanche said: “I have always told the truth about terrorism: a war is underway, there will be more attacks. It’s hard to say, but other lives will be lost.”

Nine months ago, Hollande made similar grim forebodings of “France at war” following the Paris gun attacks in which 130 people were killed by five jihadist suicide attackers.

The State of Emergency declared after the November 13 atrocity was extended at the weekend by a further three months after 84 people were killed in Nice on Thursday night. In that attack a man plowed a 20-ton articulated truck into thousands of pedestrians watching the Bastille Day fireworks display in the French Riviera resort.

Some 120,000 police and troops are now reportedly deployed across France, up from the already record high level of 115,000 security personnel on alert during the Euro 16 football championship. A further 12,000 police reservists are being called called up.

It is now routine to see armed soldiers patrolling among shoppers and cafe goers along French city streets. Citizens have to submit to random checks on their bags, body pat downs and metal detector arches as they enter public buildings.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is urging“all French patriots” to join the police or army reserves.

There are even demands from Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, for the return of compulsory national service.

Over the past year, thousands of French citizens have been arrested or had their homes raided by police without warrants. Some 20,000 people are said to be under surveillance by French authorities.

The State of Emergency has also seen the government banning public demonstrations against unpopular legislation to curtail workers’ rights. That unprecedented infringement on civil liberties has been justified as a necessary “national security” measure to combat terror threats.

France has thus entered a permanent emergency state, marked by high levels of police powers and militarization of society, and the suspension of democratic rights and freedoms. This is merely a few degrees away from outright dictatorship.

Ironically, the latest atrocity in Nice occurred on the national July 14 Bastille Day holiday celebrating the French Revolution and its historic proclamation of “liberty, equality and fraternity”. It is a moot question as to how much “liberty”French citizens are allowed to avail of by the authorities in the purported war against terrorism.

Not in dispute here is the fact of terror attacks on France. The mass shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and the Paris massacre in November were clearly carried out by individuals with links to jihadist terror groups.

However, in the Nice atrocity it is far from clear what the motives of the killer were. Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel (31) was said to be have deep psychological problems of depression and violence. Divorced and separated from his three children, his family said he was no “Islamist radical”. He reportedly drank alcohol and smoked during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and friends say he had never been inside a mosque during his entire life.

Islamist terror group Daesh (Islamic State) may have claimed Bouhlel was “a soldier of the caliphate” following the killings in Nice. But there is no evidence of an organizational connection, even according to French investigators. The terror group made similar claims about the shooter in the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub massacre last month. It turned out that the Orlando attacker, too, suffered from psychological troubles totally unrelated to terrorism.

On the Nice attack, French police sources have even speculated that Bouhlel may have been motivated by a desire to commit suicide than by Islamist ideology, and decided to make his suicide look like a terror plot, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Despite the ambiguity, the French authorities are asserting that Nice was a terrorist event. Interior Minister Cazeneuve claims that the attacker was “quickly radicalized” even though he wasn’t on any terror watch list, albeit known to French police as a petty criminal.

Manuel Valls, the premier, makes the rather stilted assertion: “The claim on Saturday morning by Islamic State and the fact [sic] of the radicalization of the killer confirm the Islamist nature of the attack.”

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“Some 120,000 police and troops are now reportedly deployed across France, up from the already record high level of 115,000 security personnel on alert during the Euro 16 football championship. A further 12,000 police reservists are being called called up.”

and the fear is spreading..germany next..

wait for the new laws coming to western countries in the very near future..1984 is becoming reality..

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Scientists create “world’s smallest hard disk”

•July 25, 2016 • 1 Comment

https://www.rt.com/news/352100-atomic-data-storage-drive/

Dutch scientists have created the world’s smallest hard disk by manipulating chlorine atoms in order to store a kilobyte of data on a microscopic storage drive. The invention means every book ever written could be stored on an itty-bitty device.

The team at Delft University’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience wrote 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall. The tiny hard disk proved to be 500 times better than the best hard drives currently on the market.

“In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp,” lead researcher Sander Otte said in a statement.

But creating such a remarkable device was anything but easy. Instead, it involved the rearranging of tiny chlorine atoms on a copper surface, resulting in a square grid.

When an atom was missing, a hole appeared. Using a tactic known as binary switching, the team used the sharp needle of a scanning tunneling microscope, making it possible to probe the atoms individually and drag individual atoms towards the holes.

It’s a concept similar to that of a sliding puzzle.

“Multiple holes can be dragged into a specific arrangement to form bits, letters, words, all the way to an entire text. Holes can also be combined to form markers indicating, for example, if a sector is broken due to an atomic defect,” a YouTube video posted by Otte explains.

“Using these procedures, the Delft team managed to construct a full kilobyte, comprising 8,000 atomic bits. This is by far the largest atomic structure ever built by humans,” the video continues.

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“The team at Delft University’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience wrote 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall.”

how small can you go?

stronger, faster..smaller..

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Clinton picks Tim Kaine as VP

•July 25, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/07/23/clinton-picks-tim-kaine-as-vp.html

Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has picked Virginian senator Tim Kaineto be her running mate.

Kaine was considered a safe pick and is fluent in Hispanic.

The move comes after a new poll, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled nearly even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May following the Republican National Convention.

The national online poll found that 41 per cent of likely voters support Clinton, while 38 per cent support Trump.

Before the convention, Trump trailed Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Kaine

Kaine was a Coro Foundation fellow in Kansas City in 1978. He then attended Harvard Law School, taking a break during law school to work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Honduras. Kaine worked in Honduras for nine months from 1980 to 1981, helping Jesuit missionaries who ran a Catholic school in El Progreso. Kaine is fluent in Spanish as a result of his year in Honduras.

Kaine graduated from Harvard Law School with a law degree in 1983, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1984.

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would have got good odds on this guy as the pick 6 months ago..harvard eh?..im shocked!😉

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