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Qualcomm rejects $121 bn hostile Broadcom bid, again

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:45

US mobile chipmaking giant Qualcomm on Friday rejected for a second time a hostile $121 billion takeover bid from Singapore's Broadcom, but said it was open to "further discussions" on a tie-up. Two days after a meeting of top executives of the two computer chipmakers, Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs said the recently revised bid remained unacceptable. "Our board is open to further discussions with Broadcom to see if a proposal that appropriately reflects the true value of Qualcomm shares, and ensures an appropriate level of deal certainty, can be obtained," Jacobs said in an open letter to Broadcom chief executive Hock Tan.

Tesla now makes almost 1,000 Model 3s a week, Bloomberg tracker estimates

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:00

Production numbers for Tesla electric cars have always been slightly murky. The Tesla Model 3 has endured a long, painful, and somewhat public "production hell" as the company struggles to get it into steady, automated, high-volume production at the necessary levels of quality. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3 choke point: automated battery line equipment still in Germany?

Olympics Commentator Explains 'They All Look The Same' Remark About Chinese Skiers

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:40

An Australian TV commentator caused controversy at the Winter Olympics on Thursday with a remark about Chinese athletes all looking “the same.”

3 ways tech can improve travel

Macworld - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:00

Traveling is a great chance to put technology through the wringer. It’s a time when you have to be economical about the gear you carry, when your environments challenge you, and when you start seeing places where your devices could go further and do more than they already do.

Last week, my girlfriend and I spent nine days in Iceland (it was supposed to be seven, but a blizzard stranded us for an extra forty-eight hours). During that time we covered roughly half the country, from snowy lava fields in the west to black sand beaches—also with their share of snow—in the south. We carried more than a few pieces of tech with us, which gave us ample time to see what worked well and where we could use some improvement over the status quo.

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Meet the Americans skating for South Korea

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:39

Just making it to the Olympics is an achievement for these two American ice dancers who got South Korean citizenship for their shot at the games.

U.S. Figure Skater Nathan Chen Is A Total Mess Again At Winter Olympics

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:09

U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen is falling short of the hype ― and just plain falling at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There's A New IRS Tax Scam That Comes With A Twist

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:45

With so many Social Security numbers hacked last year, most taxpayers are on high alert to make sure cyber-crooks don’t misdirect their tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.

16 Skeleton Helmets From The Winter Olympics That Are Pure Fire On Ice

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:39

Skeleton athletes are bringing fire to the Winter Olympics with their epic helmet designs.

Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Trump For Doing ‘Worse Than Nothing’ To Stop Gun Violence

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:16

Jimmy Kimmel pleaded with President Donald Trump to take action on gun control after Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Trump again emphasizes 'mental health' over gun control after Florida shooting

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:24

It has been observed that there are two Donald Trumps: Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump. Early on Thursday, Twitter Trump came dangerously close to blaming the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

What Does A Sick Bear Really Need? How About A Big Ole Bear Hug

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:01

Jim Kowalczik and his 1,400-pound Kodiak bear Jimbo go way back so he thought nothing of giving the creature a bear hug when the big guy was feeling under the weather.

'President Trump, do something!' Grief turns to anger as Florida victims' relatives plead for gun control measures

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:55

Thousands of people mourned the dead at a candlelight vigil following America's latest mass shooting, some chanting "No more guns!" and "Enough is enough!”. Many wept as the names of the 17 victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida were read out in a local park. In tears Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed, told the crowd of around 8,000 people: "I sent her to school yesterday and she was supposed to be safe. My job is to protect my children. What is unfathomable is that Jaime took a bullet and is dead. "Don't tell me there is no such thing as gun violence. My girl, my 14-year-old baby....for those of you who knew my Jaime, she was the life of the party, she was the energy in the room." Parkdale, an affluent suburb north of Miami, was shattered when Nikolas Cruz, 19, unleashed an attack on Valentine's Day, having previously been expelled from the high school. Thousands gathered for an evening vigil at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Florida to remember those where were killed and injured in the shooting Credit: Getty He has been charged with 17 counts of murder and is on suicide watch in a nearby jail. His lawyers have said he was mentally ill and had previously sought therapy, but he was still able to legally buy an AR-15-style rifle and numerous ammunition magazines. Before the vigil began one distraught mother demanded action by the White House. Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Alhadeff was among the dead,  screamed into the camera during an emotional plea to President Donald Trump during a live interview on CNN. She shouted: "President Trump, you say what can you do? You can do a lot! Do something! Action. We need it now. "How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How did they get through security? What security is there? The gunman, the crazy person, just walks right into the school, knocks down the window to my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her, and killing her. "This is not fair to our families and our children to go to school and have to get killed!” In a sign of the growing anger across the US, The New York Post - which has been supportive of Mr Trump - pleaded for action on its front page. In the park 17 statues of angels were placed in memory of the victims and mourners released 17 lanterns into the night sky. Others gathered and hugged around a white wooden cross. Julia Cordover, a class president at the school, read out the names of the dead, who included two members of its marching band. She said: "This is our home, and this is where we will not be intimidated by evil." Scott Israel, the local sheriff, added: "We are hurting, and hurting bad. No parent should bury their child." Marla Eveillard, age 14, grieves with friends before the start of the community prayer vigil Credit: Getty And Robert Runcie, the local schools superintendent Robert, said: "Now is the time for us to enact some common sense gun laws in this country." Signs held aloft by those in the crowd included "NRA stop killing our kids," aimed at the National Rifle Association. Anthony Rizzo, a Chicago Cubs baseball player who is the most famous alumnus of the school, gave an emotional address at the vigil. He said: "I studied in those classrooms - the same ones we saw in all those videos yesterday for all the wrong reasons. Read more | Florida school shooting "I'm a baseball player but I'm also an American. I'm a Floridian, and a Parklander for life. "While I don't have all the answers I know something has to change before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another community. "This is out of control, and our country is in desperate need of change." One teenage girl who survived the massacre by hiding in a closet for two hours hit back at a conservatives who have tried to argue gun control is not the answer. Carly Novell, 17, was responding to Tomi Lahren on Twitter after the Fox News pundit dismissed the tragedy as the actions of a "lunatic", rather than a sign of a gun problem.  I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns. https://t.co/XnzhvuN1zd— carly (@car_nove) February 15, 2018 Miss Novell shared the tweet, saying: "I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. "This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns."

How to Wish Someone a 'Happy Lunar New Year' in Chinese

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:00

And it’s not just "gong hei fat choy"

'I Can't Explain Witchcraft': Adam Rippon Has A Perfect Response After Killer Routine

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:38

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon nailed his routine in the men’s short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, landing four jumps.

School Massacre Survivor: Every Teacher Should Know 'That They're a Hero'

Top Stories - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00

Authorities said they'd received 20 calls about Nikolas Cruz over the last few years.

EPA Says Scott Pruitt Flies First Class Because Angry People Yell At Him Too Much

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:55

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt frequently flies in first and business class because he’s regularly confronted by angry members of the public during his travels, according to a report in Politico on Thursday.

The Latest: Hundreds at vigil mourn school shooting victims

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:13

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly school shooting at a Florida high school (all times local):

Paul Ryan's 3 Years Of Arguing Against 'Knee-Jerk' Reactions To Shootings

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:12

has been arguing against what he calls a “knee-jerk” political response to American mass shootings for years.

California lawmaker alleges racism may be behind suspension

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:42

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct investigation sued the state Senate on Thursday, seeking reinstatement and arguing he's been unfairly treated by his colleagues.

Sen. Chris Murphy: "There's zero evidence...that more guns leads to less gun crime."

Top Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:24

The Connecticut senator responds to Ed. Secretary Betsy DeVos's comment that schools have "option" to arm teachers


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