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Bayer, J&J settle U.S. Xarelto litigation for $775 million

Bayer and J&J do not admit liability under the agreement. The settlement will resolve all pending U.S. lawsuits over Xarelto, which plaintiffs claimed causes uncontrollable and irreversible bleeding leading to severe injuries and even death among thousands of plaintiffs. Bayer in a statement on Monday said it continues to believe the claims are without merit.


Lyft Tells Investors It Will Rein in Spending in 2020

On Thursday, Lyft told a roomful of potential shareholders to expect expenses to decline next year, according to people who were present. Lyft executives answered questions at an event for investors in New York.


SoftBank Vision Fund to Join $300 Million Round in Robot Startup

Cloudminds, which last raised money in 2017 at a $440 million valuation, aims to sell half a million of its robots this year to Chinese customers from banks and malls to hospitals, Chief Financial Officer Richard Tang said in an interview. The latest funds will bankroll, among other things, the expansion of a $20 million production line it’s building in Shanghai that should kick off output in June or July, he said during the Credit Suisse Asian Investment conference. Its signature machine is t...


Emilia Clarke Reveals She Suffered 2 Brain Aneurysms While Filming Game Of Thrones: “I Wasn’t Going to Live”

The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress experienced her first one at age 24 while doing a plank.


Pompeo urges Moscow in phone call to cease 'unconstructive behavior' in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to "cease its unconstructive behavior" by supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, the State Department said on Monday. Spokesman Robert Palladino said Pompeo had spoken to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Venezuela on Monday.


The Audi R8 V12 TDi Is A Diesel Supercar From A Parallel Universe

After the Volkswagen diesel scandal was unearthed back in 2015, the fuel has been under increasing scrutiny, subject to bans, and additional taxes in some cities. The tide turned very quickly on diesel cars, so quickly that Audi were considering a diesel supercar only a handful of years ago. The forgotten Audi R8 V12 TDi Le Mans concept car was to be the first of its kind.


France seals multi-billion dollar deals with China, but questions Belt and Road project

President Emmanuel Macron wants to forge a united European front to confront Chinese advances in trade and technology. Xi's visit also provided a stage for protesters seeking more European action over the alleged mistreatment of minorities in China. After Macron and Xi meet on Monday, the two will hold further talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Union executive.


Second blackout in a month hits Venezuela, cutting power to Caracas

Power was out in much of eastern Caracas as well as downtown, where the Miraflores presidential palace and most government ministries are located. Authorities said the Caracas subway was shutting down due to the lack of power. Shops across the country closed early to protect against possible looting.


Naspers CEO Bets Dutch Listing Will Fix Tencent Stake Discount

“This will be the largest consumer internet business,” in Europe and the third-largest company on the Amsterdam exchange, van Dijk said in a phone interview, noting that he expects to attract 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) of investment just from index funds. The move makes sense, and might narrow the gap between Naspers’ 1.42 trillion rand ($100 billion) market capitalization and the Tencent stake, said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst John Davies.


Apple's Powerbeats Looks to Be Going Wire-Free, and Its AirPods 2 Charging Case Has AirPower on It

9to5Mac reported on Monday that it has dug up imagery hidden in the freshly released iOS 12.2 update of what appears to be a new version of Apple’s Beats Powerbeats headphones, dubbed Powerbeats Pro, that really are wireless. It also seems to have once again teased its AirPower charging mat on packaging for…Read more...
Tags: Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats, Headphones, Airpods, Airpods 2, Audio, Iphone, Wireless, Wireless Headphones, Airpower, Technology, Gadgets, Apple


Pick From Two Discounted, Eye-Popping BenQ Curved Monitors

Curved TVs might be a on their way out, but curved computer monitors actually make some sense, because you actually sit close enough to them for the curve to wrap around your periphery. Read more...
Tags: Monitors, Computers Accessories, Kinja Deals, Amazon Deals


1 Surprising Reason Alzheimer's Drugs Remain So Elusive

Most biotech drugs focus on clearing plaques from brain cells, but restoring patients' sleep quality is also proving to be necessary.


Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time

Late last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm over the course of several years, offering new insights into these enigmatic and ephemeral weather features.Read more...
Tags: Planetary Science, Neptune, Dark Vortex, Ice Giants, Astronomy, Science


Sad Stealth: Was the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk Retired Too Soon?

Or was it too old to be a threat?


Attack of the Middlemen

Today, Apple is set to unveil its new subscription news service, which will charge a monthly fee to access hundreds of major publications. A possible revival for the struggling news business? My friends, it’s quite the opposite. Read more...
Tags: Media, Apple, Journalismism, How Things Work, Technology, The Future, News


WeWork’s Revenue Doubled Last Year. So Did Its Losses

(Bloomberg) -- Co-working company WeWork Cos. is continuing to expand, especially overseas. But its losses are growing in lockstep with its sales, the company said Monday.


With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

The U.S. embassy in Oman said in a statement that the agreement governed U.S. access to facilities and ports in Duqm as well as in Salalah and "reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals." The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was significant by improving a...


The Animators Behind Into the Spider-Verse Got Together To Create Their Own Fantastic Audio Commentary

The real star of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wasn’t any incarnation of Spider-Man: it was the art. The distinctive art style earned Spider-Verse justified mountains of praise, and now the animators of the film have banded together to create a real treat for fans. Read more...
Tags: Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Spider Man, Sony Pictures, Marvel, Audio Commentary


The Mega Sg Is the Only Sega Clone You Should Buy

It’s a great time to be a nostalgic retro gamer with countless ways to replay all the 8 and 16-bit games you loved as a kid—assuming you are a Nintendo fan. The NES and SNES Classic Editions, as well as several third-party console clones that work with original carts, do a lovely job of putting retro Nintendo games on…Read more...
Tags: Mega Sg, Gadgets, Tech, Consumer Tech, Gaming, Sega, Retro, Consoles, Video Games, Analogue, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear


Hackers attacked one million-plus Asus users through malicious update

Hackers were able to deliver malware to the more one million-plus Asus computer owners last year by hijacking the company's software update system, security researchers said on Monday. Moscow-based cyber security provider Kaspersky Lab said the attack took place between June and November last year and was used to deliver a software update with a "backdoor" that would give hackers access to infected machines. Researchers at cyber security company Symantec were also able to identify the attack a...


Why Twisted Graphene Is One of the Most Exciting Physics Stories of the Year

Just a year ago, scientists presented results that seemed almost too good to be true: Carbon sheets only a single atom thick, called graphene, took on a pair of important physical properties when they were twisted at just the right “magic” angle relative to one another. If the atmosphere this month at the world’s…Read more...
Tags: Graphene, Condensed Matter, Aps March, Physics, Science


Climate Setback as Carbon Emissions Hit a Record High

The report also indicated the strength of the global economic expansion last year, with gains in electricity consumption and more notably in the U.S. “We have seen spectacular growth of the economy in the U.S.,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the Paris-based institution advising nations on energy policy.


Uber to Seal $3.1 Billion Deal to Buy Careem This Week

The U.S. ride-hailing giant will pay $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes for Careem, the people said, asking not to identified because the talks are private. The notes will be convertible into Uber shares at a price equal to $55 per share, according to the term-sheet seen by Bloomberg. Shareholders in Careem, whose backers include Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment firm and Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc., have been asked to agree to the terms of the t...


What a Secret: The U.S. Used Super Fast Mach 3 Drones to Spy on China's Nuclear Weapons

Between 1969 and 1971, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office deployed super-fast spy drones over China in an abortive attempt to spy on Beijing's nuclear program.


After a Sex Scandal, 500 Startups and Its Former CEO Plan Their Next Acts

Now, both McClure and the VC firm he co-founded are taking steps to rebuild themselves, this time without one another.It was 2017, when McClure abruptly resigned from 500 Startups, retreating from the spotlight amid allegations from women that he’d behaved inappropriately. No legal action was taken against McClure or the firm.Today, McClure is working on a second act, albeit a lower-profile one.


Apple's New Genre Shows Are Still Mysterious, But Here's What We Learned Today

You know what people say—always leave them wanting more. Well, in Apple’s case, the much-anticipated announcement of its first crop of original TV shows for Apple TV+ left us wanting to know what the hell was going on.Read more...
Tags: Apple Streaming, See, Amazing Stories, Steven Spielberg, Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Joel Kinnaman, For All Mankind, Apple, Streaming, Sci Fi, Fantasy


Apple Could Reportedly Discuss Its Rumored Subscription Gaming Service at Monday Event

Apple’s highly anticipated Monday event will likely see an unveiling of Apple’s forthcoming TV streaming and subscription news services. But there’s a possibility that Apple may also touch on its rumored subscription game service, Bloomberg reported Saturday.Read more...
Tags: All Of The Things, Apple, Gaming, Streaming, News


Report: Nintendo Is Releasing Two New Switch Models

Expanding on a rumour they first published last year, The Wall Street Journal now that Nintendo is planning on releasing two new models of the Switch, and both may be out in 2019.Read more...
Tags: Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, News, Kotaku Core


China agrees to buy 290 Airbus A320 planes, 10 A350s: French presidency

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus signed a deal on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, including 290 A320 planes and 10 A350, the French presidency said in a statement.


Report: String of Massive Blazes at Sea Worrying Shipping Industry

International shipping concerns are worried about a wave of major nautical blazes that have resulted in death and injury among crew as well as damage to ships and cargo running in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Fires, Shipping, Grande America, Maritime, Mega Ships, Disasters, Technology



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