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Game that tune: Apple snaps up Shazam for reported $400m

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

Apple has bought Shazam, a London-based app that allows smartphone users to identify music, for a reported $400m (£300m).

Neither side would officially say how much Apple had paid, but a figure of about $400m has been reported, less than half the $1bn the app was last valued at when it tapped investors for cash in 2015. A spokesman for Shazam, which was founded in 1999, said: “ Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”

Source: Common Domain

Google Searches for Path Back to China With Artificial-Intelligence Lab

Today 12:44 GMT

Alphabet Inc.’s Google opened an artificial-intelligence lab in Beijing in a bid to attract China’s tech prodigies and strengthen its standing in the restrictive market.

Last month, Chinese policy makers singled out four companies to lead China’s AI ramp up—Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings, Baidu Inc. and Iflytek Co., all of which either have or are planning research labs in the U.S.. AI China Center in Beijing will host engineers and seek to attract top young researchers

Source: Common Domain

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and, after long wait, Moody Blues are newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Today 12:44 GMT

New Jersey rock group Bon Jovi and its fans can stop living on a prayer: the band is headed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and pioneering gospel singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Bon Jovi topped the fan balloting with 1.16 million votes, followed by the Moody Blues (947,000 votes), Dire Straits (613,000), the Cars (552,000) and the only fan favorite that didn’t make the final cut, heavy metal band Judas Priest, which collected 538,000 fan votes.

Source: Common Domain

Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

Tuesday 22:50 GMT

“We are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many fold,” Trump said in signing “Space Policy Directive 1” that establishes a foundation for a mission to the moon with an eye on going to Mars. “This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” Trump said.

At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

Source: DW

Representing workers, the German way

Today 08:06 GMT

This week at the old German parliament building in Bonn, works councils ("Betriebsräte" in German) representing workers from across Germany are meeting for the three-day conference.

The system may need some kind of an upgrade, but its essence — that German workers should have a meaningful stake in their companies' decision making processes — is surely here to stay.

Source: CBS News

You can still do crucial year-end tax planning

Today 12:44 GMT

If this provision becomes law, investors who are planning to sell stocks with significant gains might want to do so now, before year-end, because they'll still be allowed to select the shares with the highest cost and lowest unrealized gains to sell now.

Just a few weeks are left in 2017, but it's not too late to think about financial moves that can help trim your tax bill before year-end. This year, that means also taking into consideration how the GOP tax plan might also affect year-end financial planning.

Source: Washington Post

A singer spoke up about sexual harassment in country music. Now she’s being sued.

Today 12:44 GMT

As the impact of the Harvey Weinstein scandal was whipping like a wildfire through various industries over the last couple of months, former country music singer Katie Armiger sat down with Fox News to discuss her own uncomfortable experiences in the music business.

‘Top Chef’ cuts John Besh from episode due to sexual harassment allegations against him. Judge bars disgraced former House speaker Dennis Hastert from being alone with children. Private investigator tried to get Trump’s tax returns by using his Social Security number

Source: CBS News

Trump signs new space policy directive to send Americans to Moon, Mars

Tuesday 16:24 GMT

President Trump signed a new directive at the White House on Monday, aimed at furthering the administration's efforts in advancing space exploration for future missions to the Moon and Mars.

The order now directs the NASA Administrator to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars. During Monday's order signing, Mr. Trump said the action will "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery."

Source: NBC News

Trump directs NASA to return to the moon before aiming at Mars

Today 10:52 GMT

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation — a member organization for human spaceflight companies — released this statement from its president, Eric Stallmer: "CSF applauds President Trump for signing Space Policy Directive 1, which directs NASA to partner with the U.S. commercial space industry to return Americans to the Moon.

CSF recommends that the Administration direct NASA to leverage these capabilities to generate greater efficiency, as well as partner with industry through flexible, innovative contracting approaches, to accelerate progress towards achieving the goals set out in Space Policy Directive."

Source: Washington Post

Minnesota governor set to name Franken's Senate replacement

Today 09:58 GMT

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

She grew more political active in the 1990s, founding her own marketing and political consulting firm and eventually managing Walter Mondale’s unsuccessful 2002 Senate run as well as his son Ted Mondale’s 1998 governor for candidate — also unsuccessful.

Source: New York Times

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

Today 12:44 GMT

Critics doubt this and say the phenomenon sheds light not only on Belgium’s roads but also on a mutually profitable relationship among its politicians, electricity distributors and main energy supplier, Electrabel.

For now, most lights remain on, especially along local roads and Belgium remains visible from 250 miles above Earth.

Source: NBC News

Take a look inside Nate Berkus' stunning new home with his family

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

When designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent first laid eyes on their gorgeous new Los Angeles home, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

After years of making other families' home dreams come true, it's now time for Berkus and Brent to live happily ever after in their own dream home.

Source: Common Domain

Stop Talking About Bitcoin’s Market Cap

Tuesday 16:23 GMT

Bitcoin’s market cap is simply its current price in dollars, times the total number of Bitcoins currently in circulation.

That puts it ahead of Citigroup Inc. and Visa Inc. Bitcoin enthusiasts say the digital currency’s market cap has surpassed the gross domestic product of midsize countries such as Finland and Greece. Bitcoin’s market capitalization currently stands at around $278 billion, according to coinmarketcap.com.

Source: Common Domain

Dow industrials catch their breath with Fed meeting set to start

Today 08:06 GMT

U.S. stock futures on Tuesday pointed to little change at the open, putting the Dow industrials on track to stay near the prior session’s record close as the Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day meeting.

January bitcoin futures XBTF8, -4.39%  were trading just below $18,000 as their second full day of trading got underway, while bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.89%  itself changed hands not far from the $17,000 mark.

Source: Common Domain

Give mutual fund investors a voice in shareholder proxy voting

Today 08:06 GMT

Having managed mutual funds for a long time and voted hundreds of proxies globally, I believe there is a simple and direct way to reflect shareholder ESG preferences in the voting of proxies: Through the fund prospectus.

The structure of the mutual fund makes it difficult to reflect shareholder objectives and values related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The growth in individual shareholder ownership ironically has created a huge gap in corporate governance and accountability.

Source: NBC News

These Heisman Trophy finalists could make college football history

Saturday 16:22 GMT
Source: BBC

Avocado injuries a thing of the past?

Thursday 21:51 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Advertising Guidelines for Online Sponsored, Branded & Featured Content

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

Walmart cashier’s act of kindness leaves foster parent in tears

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

Anonymous customer buys 58 meals in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: NBC News

Raging on, Thomas Fire becomes fifth largest in California history

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Difficult terrain presents challenges for firefighters battling Thomas fire

Today 00:39 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Fire crews fighting to defend Carpinteria from reenergized Thomas fire

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Thomas fire leaves behind barren 'moonscape' as it threatens Montecito, Carpinteria

Today 01:33 GMT
Source: Common Domain

At 230,000 acres, Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: CBS News

Suspect's homeland Bangladesh reacts to NYC attack

Today 08:06 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Firefighters ready to protect homes in Montecito should the Thomas fire bear down

Today 01:33 GMT

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