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Columbia Banking to buy Pacific Continental for $644M Columbia Banking to buy Pacific Continental for $644M
- January 12, 2017

The Stock now has a Weekly Volatility of 2.62% and Monthly Volatility of 1.99%. Pacific Continental Corporation (Ore) has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $20.00. Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) comments on Columbia Banking System, Inc. (more...)
Amazon writes to Sushma, regrets hurting Indian sensibilities Amazon writes to Sushma, regrets hurting Indian sensibilities
- January 12, 2017

In a series of tweets, Swaraj had expressed her anger at the sale of such an offensive doormat by Amazon, which is seeking a big presence in India. "It this not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian visa to any Amazon official. Swaraj had also ordered the embassy in Canada to take up the matter with Amazon "at the highest level". Sushma Swaraj who is active on the microblogging website wrote, "Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable". (more...)
New York AG Pushes Free Birth Control in Trump Era
- January 12, 2017

Require state-governed health insurance policies to provide cost-free coverage for all federally approved methods of birth control, including emergency contraception . "With an incoming Administration in Washington that is so hostile to women and reproductive healthcare, it is critical that NY reaffirm its commitment to gender equality and quality healthcare for all ", Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, who represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan, said in a statement. (more...)
Researchers unearth infection evidence in 13th-century Troy bones Researchers unearth infection evidence in 13th-century Troy bones
- January 12, 2017

This genus includes the highly pathogenic species, S. aureus . Usually, only 1 percent of the DNA survives after this period of time, but the DNA are 38 percent to 58 percent intact, the Fox News says . But the bacterium can cause serious and even fatal infection if it penetrates deeper into the body. "The strain from Troy belongs to a lineage that is not commonly associated with human disease in the modern world", Explained Pepperell. (more...)
Snow warning extended to Lincoln Snow warning extended to Lincoln
- January 12, 2017

Rotherham Borough Council said gritters will be out on more than 338 miles of roads across the borough with temperatures expected to drop as a low as -3 °C overnight. "The most likely scenario is for 2 to 4 cm to fall above about 100m elevation across parts of southeast England with 1 to 2 cm to low levels in places". (more...)
Vampire bats in Brazil are feeding on humans Vampire bats in Brazil are feeding on humans
- January 12, 2017

The bats typically target large birds at night-time, sucking a spoonful of blood from a single animal as a meal. As intimidating as they might sound, vampire bats aren't usually in the business of bothering humans for their blood. More information about how vampire bats bite humans will help evaluate the public health risk. Now the hairy-legged bat and the white-winged one have also started to feed on humans. (more...)
Apple reportedly wants hit TV dramas of its own Apple reportedly wants hit TV dramas of its own
- January 12, 2017

It's no secret that Apple has had its eye on original programming for a while. In that report we noted that Apple was actually considering a direct run a Netflix and Amazon Prime by creating their own original content for Apple TV. According to today's report, one ace that Apple potentially has up its sleeve is a willingness to "share data on how many people watch its original content and some demographic data on them". (more...)
Amazon Sees Rapid Job Growth, Plans 100K New US Jobs Amazon Sees Rapid Job Growth, Plans 100K New US Jobs
- January 12, 2017

Amazon.com (AMZN) on Thursday said it would expand its full-time US -based workforce to 280,000 by mid-2018, from 180,000 previous year. Amazon said in a statement Thursday morning that the new "full-time, full-benefit" positions "are for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels-from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training". (more...)
Windows 10 will soon lock your PC when you walk away Windows 10 will soon lock your PC when you walk away
- January 12, 2017

Now all users running Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15002 can hit that pause button, however, there is a caveat. Microsoft says in a blog on its website that it is committed to protecting consumers' privacy with the product. We'll close out the event with a live Q&A panel to answer your burning questions. Microsoft is launching a web-based account privacy dashboard which will give users control over their data and lets them monitor the information Microsoft services use. (more...)
Study assesses if dogs listen to 'puppy-talk' Study assesses if dogs listen to 'puppy-talk'
- January 12, 2017

Come here sweetie pie! In other words, we employ this type of speech when talking to listeners who can't talk back (and not just babies), or listeners who have difficulty reciprocating conversation (infant-directed speech sometimes happens when we talk to the elderly). (more...)
Huawei MWC 2017 event: Company might launch P10 flagship smartphone
- January 12, 2017

Predictions are such that the Chinese smartphone vendor might probably unveil the successor of Huawei P9 and the P9 Plus - Huawei P10 and P10 Plus . The Huawei P10 Plus according to GSMArena will have a built-in Android Nougat 7.0 paired with Huawei's in-house OS and might allow 7.1 Nougat update once it is officially launched, however, the date of release remains a mystery. (more...)
Watch The January Lunar Phenomenon Watch The January Lunar Phenomenon
- January 12, 2017

Each month's full moon has its name, like January's moon is called Wolf Moon, according to information by Farmers 'Almanac . For the best view, skywatchers can catch the moon when it reaches the highest point in the sky at midnight . The moon is full at exactly 6:35 a.m. Thursday morning , just before the moon sets Thursday morning at 7:16 a.m. However, more tribes used the nickname snow moon to describe the February full moon, since February was usually the snowiest time of the year, ... (more...)
2nd Scorpene submarine Khanderi launched in Mumbai 2nd Scorpene submarine Khanderi launched in Mumbai
- January 12, 2017

India had signed a deal for six Scorpene class submarines and INS Khanderi is the second to be built. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba was also present on the occasion. The submarine is created to operate in all tropics and theatres. It'll operate along with Naval Task Force with its stealth , that it is known for. (more...)
Apple removes app to help you find lost AirPods from app store Apple removes app to help you find lost AirPods from app store
- January 12, 2017

By and large, headphones continue to gain bluetooth connectivity, with Slice claiming that roughly 75 per cent of headphones online purchases made this holiday season were of the wireless variety. Between AirPods huge success and Beats still holding on to second place, Apple now has an impressive 40% of all wireless headphone sales since the AirPods launch. (more...)
Why a snow monkey attempting sex with deer is news Why a snow monkey attempting sex with deer is news
- January 12, 2017

While sex between different species of animals isn't unheard of, it's not exactly that common, and usually creatures stick to genetically similar other species, unless they are in captivity and don't have another choice. Is the monkey using valuable energy of its own? There are a few other possible explanations for this behaviour. What Was The Deer Thinking? Located about 60 kilometres (37.2 miles) south of Japan's southern island of Kyushu, Yakushima is now attracting worldwide ... (more...)
Scientists claim new gibbon species _ name it Skywalker Scientists claim new gibbon species _ name it Skywalker
- January 12, 2017

Gaoligong on the border between China and Myanmar". Scientists studying China's Mount Gaoligong hoolock gibbons came to their conclusions after studying the primate's distinctive brow and genetic analysis. The newfound species of gibbon is part of the Hylobatidae family of apes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, an organization that track species around the world, has stated that the so-called " Luke Skywalker " gibbons are endangered. (more...)
Android Sales Decline, iOS Gains During Holidays Android Sales Decline, iOS Gains During Holidays
- January 12, 2017

In the three months ending November, Android's smartphone sales were down by 5.1 percent to 55.3 percent year-over-year - that is the "sixth consecutive period of decline in the U.S". However, investors believe that Apple needs another breakthrough product launch in order to achieve a trillion dollar market cap. According to the same report, Android accounted for 55 per cent of smartphone sales in U.S., down from 60 per cent during the same period in 2015. (more...)
Volkswagen agrees to $4.3 billion U.S. diesel settlement
- January 12, 2017

The settlements and penalties emanate from Volkswagen's admission in September 2015 that it had installed secret software in vehicles to make them appear cleaner in emissions tests than they actually were. In addition, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the indictment of six Volkswagen employees. Schmidt worked as the general manager in charge of VW's environment and engineering Office, in Auburn Hills, Michigan, from 2012 until February 2015. (more...)
Russian Federation denies involvement in hacker attacks against US Russian Federation denies involvement in hacker attacks against US
- January 12, 2017

In a series of four posts on Twitter Wednesday, Trump denounced the report as "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE", adding: " Russia has never tried to use leverage over me". "You're attacking us, can you give us a question?" He said that once Mr Trump had been inaugurated on 20 January, work would begin on finding a date for a first meeting between the Russian and U.S. (more...)
VW employees' cheating concerns were ignored, say court papers VW employees' cheating concerns were ignored, say court papers
- January 12, 2017

Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts related to its use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, the Justice Department announced today. It is the largest penalty ever faced by an automaker in the USA, according to the AP . Those indicted include Heinz-Jakob Neusser, 56, Jens Hadler, 50, Richard Dorenkamp, 68, Bernd Gottweis, 69, Oliver Schmidt , 48, and Jürgen Peter, 59, all of Germany. (more...)

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