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Tech billionaire Michael Dell says 'big data' is the next trillion-dollar tech industry

Why would he be willing to do that?<p>Because he's convinced that EMC holds the keys to the IT industry's monstrous market: data.<p>He told The Irish Examiner's Sophie Curtis:<p>It used to be PCs and smartphones; now you have tablets and sensors and cars spinning out all kinds of telemetry data, and all …

Pfizer plans to close site in UK, 120 jobs could go

Surprise move comes just a year after Pfizer chief executive Ian Read praised UK science<p>US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer is planning to close a facility in Britain, with the loss of 120 jobs.<p>The company said on Thursday that the move is in response to a decision to cut investment in research and …

San Bernardino Shooting, The Day After: Pictures

Student-Created 'Snowstorm' Flying Machine Takes a Passenger Aloft

Jetpacks may be cool, but they're not exactly practical. This flying machine called "Snowstorm," created by engineering students at the National University of Singapore, isn't as flashy — but it's a whole lot safer.<p>"Snowstorm shows that a personal flying machine is a very real possibility, …

Tiger Woods 40th Birthday Interview

Turning 40, the golfer talks about his highs and lows on and off the course<p>By Lorne Rubenstein<p>Tiger Woods was raised to be a champion. Groomed by a …

Fed's Yellen Testifies Economy Strong Enough to Handle Rate Hike

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Thursday that economic conditions appear to be improving enough for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks — as long as there are no major shocks that undermine confidence.<p>Yellen said that even after the first …

Stocks slammed by ECB; euro jumps most since 2009 | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. and European stocks closed down sharply on Thursday and the euro enjoyed its biggest one-day percentage rise in well over six years as investors reacted to the European Central Bank’s latest policy easing measures.<p>U.S. one-hundred dollar bills are seen in this photo …

Standard & Poor's lowers ratings on major U.S. banks

Standard & Poor's slashed the credit ratings of the holding companies for eight major global banks amid growing evidence that the U.S. government would not bail them out in the event of another financial crisis.<p>The move comes after the Federal Reserve on Monday adopted a rule that would limit …

Yahoo Messenger wants you back

You may know Snapchat, WhatsApp and Google's Gchat. But do you remember Yahoo Messenger?<p>It's the venerable chat service from the bygone era of buddy lists and screen names, much like AOL's Instant Messenger. Introduced in 1998, Yahoo's service has languished in recent years as new chat apps have …

Apps

Uber reportedly raising even more cash for an eye-popping $62.5 billion valuation

Money, it's a gas<p><i>Bloomberg</i> is reporting that Uber is seeking $2.1 billion in financing that would value the ride-hailing company at a whopping $62.5 billion. This would cement Uber's status as the most valuable technology startup in the world, as it seeks a Facebook-level valuation before …

New A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone Expected to Launch Early 2016 With Apple Pay and Colorful Metal Casing

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note corroborating rumors that Apple will release a new 4-inch iPhone next year, which he believes will resemble an upgraded iPhone 5s and launch in early 2016.<p><b>While new model may not generate huge sales, Apple still has good reasons to</b> …

Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder as appeals court overturns earlier conviction

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp after South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the previous conviction of culpable homicide.<p>Judge Eric Leach ruled Thursday that the Paralympic gold medalist should have foreseen that his firing of a gun would …

South Africa

Pentagon Says Women Can Now Serve In Front-Line Ground Combat Positions

Saying America's military must draw from "the broadest possible pool of talent," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that women in the U.S. military — including the Army and Marines — can now serve in combat posts.<p>The formal process to open combat jobs to women began in January of 2013; in …

Military

Feds probe possible terrorism links in San Bernardino massacre

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the heavily armed couple who authorities say unleashed volleys of gunfire on a holiday party in San Bernardino, had amassed an armory of weapons and explosives in their Redlands home, including a dozen pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition, …

California