Google to invest more than $3bn in European data centers

Tech giant’s multibillion-dollar investment will support 13,000 full-time jobs in the EU every year, Google CEO says. Google’s top boss has announced that the United States-based technology giant is planning to invest three billion euros ($3.3bn) to expand its data centres across Europe in the next two years. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said on Friday it will bring the company’s total investments in the continent’s internet infrastructure to 15 billion euros ($16.6bn) since 2007. Pichai’s comments came as he met Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Helsinki. Pichai said the investments will…

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‘Rare’ cancers are common, so why the lack of research funding?

The term ‘rare cancer’ encompasses 198 different diseases, according to the European Information Network. When Eleftherios Stavropoulos plays with his 11-year-old son, George, he tries not to wonder whether he will live long enough to see his boy graduate from high school, earn his college degree or get married. Stavropoulos, who started treatment for his rare stage four cancer on his 49th birthday in June, isn’t sure what life will hold. But he’s determined to do everything he can to beat his illness –  and to help others facing diseases…

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Trump defends himself against whistle-blower complaint

Trump calls whistle-blower ‘partisan’, even though he said he doesn’t know the identity or precise allegations. President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters a whistle-blower complaint that has roiled Washington relates to a “totally appropriate conversation” he had. “It’s a partisan whistle-blower,” Trump said, even though he said he did not know the identity of the whistle-blower or the precise allegations but that all of his conversations with foreign leaders were always appropriate. “It’s just another political hack job. That’s all it is,” the Republican president told reporters in the White…

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‘Birds in crisis’: N America loses 3 billion birds in 50 years

Disappearance of meadows and prairies, expansion of farmlands, use of pesticide blamed for 29 percent drop since 1970. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has dropped by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists said on Thursday, saying their findings signalled a widespread ecological crisis. Grassland birds were the most affected, because of the disappearance of meadows and prairies and the extension of farmlands, as well as the growing use of pesticides that kill insects that affects the entire food chain. “Birds…

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‘Storm Area 51’: Possible crowds worry Nevada desert towns

Residents prepare for influx of people near restricted US military site after online joke received millions of responses. The visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. “It’s happening. We already have people from all over the world,” Little A’Le’Inn proprietor Connie West said Wednesday from her bustling…

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Benefits of Hiring an SEO Specialist

Running a business is not easy. You have to have the right marketing campaign and be in touch with all the latest trends. These days having a robust online presence contributes significantly on how many potential and current customers, you will be able to reach. When creating an online presence, the first thing you need to ensure is that your website is well-designed with the right content and should be well-optimized. If you don’t make use of proper search engine optimization (SEO), whenever people conduct searches with your keywords, your…

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This female in tech is changing the way businesses view workplace communication

Females in the tech industry are still a minority, but for one woman, she is paving the way with solutions for workplace communication and standing up for women in tech. Although “females in tech” is a phrase commonly used to reference the low number of women in STEM fields, “males in tech” is rarely used as they make up the majority. Females will no longer be pushed aside in board meetings — instead they show up to have their opinions heard and valued. For Saumya Bhutnager, she’s the epitome of…

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Arrests made in theft of 18k gold toilet in England

Yesterday, Thames Valley Police said they had arrested a second man in connection with the theft of a gold toilet. The toilet, an artwork, was stolen on Saturday from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. Another man, who was was arrested on the day of the theft, was released on bail. The toilet has not been recovered. Blenheim Palace seen from the water terraces in 2016 Image: DeFacto. Police arrested a 36-year-old Cheltenham man on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle. They subsequently released him pending investigation. On Saturday they arrested a…

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Strategies for handling back-to-school stress

With the start of a new academic year come increased appointments, chaotic schedules and new environments. Millions of high schoolers and college students are already back in classrooms. With the start of a new academic year come increased appointments, chaotic schedules and new environments. Helpful strategies minimize stress and frustration build-up. Real Simple’s tips include: ‒ Get enough sleep. High schoolers need a solid eight to 10 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation. ‒ Plan ahead. A whiteboard in a prominent place, featuring a week’s worth of appointments, practices,…

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The beef with beef: Fake meat market growing rapidly

Research firm Jefferies says alternative meat could account for 9 percent of the global meat market by 2040. The alternative meat market is poised to rise to $240 billion over the next two decades as new technologies gain ground and consumers change their diets, according to Jefferies. The great “protein shake-up” could see faux meat reach 9% share of the estimated $2.7 trillion global meat market by 2040, analyst Simon Powell forecasts, from less than 1% now. The size of the plant-based meat market has been one of the biggest…

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Fun new tabletop games for families, couples

Five new tabletop games that are both fun and have a broad appeal to players of all ages and interests. Last century I made my living writing for and designing tabletop games, and Gen Con was the center of my professional life. As I moved into developing video games, I stopped going, so I haven’t been to the self-proclaimed “Best Four Days in Gaming” in over 20 years. Since then it’s moved from Milwaukee to Indianapolis and more than tripled in size. This year saw 70,000 gamers come together and…

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Lewandowski defends Trump at chaotic impeachment hearing

Corey Lewandowski assails ‘angry Democrats’, repeatedly refuses to answer questions about his conversations with Trump. Washington, DC – US President Donald Trump‘s former 2016 campaign manager, appearing before a US House of Representatives committee, struck a combative tone and defended the president against Democrat allegations of abuse of power. Corey Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist who is considering a possible run as a Republican for US Senate, was a figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “As for actual ‘collusion’, or ‘conspiracy’, there…

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Walmart likely discriminated against female employees: WSJ

Memos from the EEOC, a federal regulator, show 178 women were likely paid less than men and were also denied promotions. United States retail giant Walmart likely discriminated against scores of female employees because of their gender, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing memos by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seen by the newspaper. The report quoted the EEOC memos as saying there was reasonable cause to believe Walmart denied 178 women promotions, paid them less than their male counterparts, or both. The charges involve workers…

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WeWork parent considers delaying stock market debut

Following pushback from investors, office space-sharing company reportedly could postpone its initial public offering. WeWork owner The We Company is considering delaying its initial public offering until October at the earliest, concerned that its stock market debut would be snubbed by many investors, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The office-sharing startup based in the United States was making preparations to launch an investor roadshow for its IPO as early as this week. It is under pressure to proceed with the stock market flotation to secure funding for…

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