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Salesforce Grabs Quote To Cash Vendor SteelBrick for $360 Million

They say there’s not supposed to be much M&A action the week of Christmas, but Salesforce apparently didn’t get the memo, picking up quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick today for $360 million.<p>According to the 8-K form Salesforce filed with the SEC, the deal is for $360 million in stock, less the $60 …

Salesforce

Thom Yorke Compares Google and YouTube to Nazi Germany In New Interview

<i>Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel</i><p>Thom Yorke recently conducted an interview with the Italian newspaper <i>La Repubblica</i>. During the chat, the <i>Guardian</i> reports, the Radiohead frontman said YouTube and parent company Google had "seized control" of art, then compared their commercial paradigms to Nazi Germany's …

The richest 10% of people generate half the world’s carbon emissions

Central to the global climate talks currently underway in Paris is the concept of fairness.<p>Most world leaders agree on the goal to limit future global warming to below 2ºC, but there are serious disagreements about who should bear the burden. Poorer countries argue that they haven’t yet gained the …

Fossil Fuels

Scientists Create Electronic Circuits In Living Roses

A circuit by any other name would smell as sweet<p>Fusing machines and animals is a fairly common theme in both science and science fiction. You've heard of cyborg cockroaches, DIY cyborgs, and the Borg.<p>But what about melding plants and machines? That's something that hasn't been attempted as much. In …

Breakthroughs

China punishes university chiefs for driving 'fancy cars' and partying

Three Beijing academics accused of ‘hedonism’ and breaching party discipline to become latest victims of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive<p>Three Chinese university chiefs have been “named and shamed” for allegedly engaging in illicit acts of “hedonism and dishonesty”.<p>The punishments – the latest …

The words you never thought you would hear from a big bank CEO

Out of crisis comes opportunity. For Deutsche Bank, that opportunity is the chance to finally call a spade a spade when it comes to how bankers are paid.<p>“Many people in the sector still believe they should be paid entrepreneurial wages for turning up to work with a regular salary, a pension and …

Judges are using brain science to help babies caught in the court system

No one is happy to end up in family court. But the new Miami-Dade County Children’s Courthouse is surprisingly soothing. Light streams through multicolored windows, and children can climb on a bear statue in the building’s atrium.<p>A peaceful atmosphere also prevails in the courtroom of Judge Cindy …

Parenting

London's insane housing crisis is going to drive out 26,000 families EVERY YEAR

In a report titled "Future of Sub-Market Housing" circulated to media on Monday, Savills estimates that an extra 70,000 households a year will be unable to rent or buy property at the market rate nationwide. That equates to an extra 350,000 people who will need government assistance just to find a …

What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

Diomedes Kastanis Contributor<p>Diomedes Kastanis is VP of the Chief Innovation Office at Ericsson, supporting advancement of the company’s technology vision and innovation.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Productive mobility is poised to give business a virtual boost<p>As a driver of technical innovation …

Virtual Reality

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies – and the role our father played

The quiet hero at the heart of a cold war story that is now a hit film has finally achieved the recognition he deserves, say his children<p>It is unusual for a woman of 66 to go to the cinema nine times to watch the latest Hollywood spy thriller, even if it stars Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance and is …

In the oil price war, it’s hard to tell who’s losing—OPEC or US shale

By appearances, OPEC has the tell-tale signs of an aging prizefighter. It still technically possesses a knockout punch, but it’s unable to land one against younger, more agile opponents, amid doubts as to whether it has the legs to go the distance.<p>IMF<p>The last few days have bolstered this view. As …

Oil

Facebook Will Beam Internet From Satellites To Africa In 2016

Bringing Internet.org's mission to fruition<p>Until now, Facebook’s mission to beam internet connectivity to the world through its Internet.org philanthropic organization has been largely limited to piggy-backing on existing wireless networks on the ground. Sure, Facebook has tested Aquila, its …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

The Brain

5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

The Intern has been panned by film critics. Why am I not surprised?

Nancy Meyers, director of The Intern, has a string of commercially successfully films about women to her name. But critics have always given her a raw deal<p>Having always thought of cinema as a safe space, I was ready to cry about five minutes into Nancy Meyers’ The Intern, and then continued wailing …

Profound changes in China are straining its economic ties with the U.S.

After decades of ideologically based hostility, the United States and China found common ground on an economic relationship that, while bumpy, served the larger interests of both countries.<p>But now, China is undergoing a rough transition, both economic and political. And that means difficult …

China

The 25 hottest under-the-radar startups in America

We've compiled a list of 25 of the hottest startups in cities across the US, with a focus on companies growing in flyover states. To do so, we spoke with investors and members on the tech scene.<p>Though our list includes some big names, it also features fledgling startups, some of which you may not …

Startups

The job market in India is so bad that the government received 75,000 applications for 30 low level jobs

The Chhattisgarh state government's directorate of economics and statistics was left stunned after the wave of applications for 30 "peon" or servant jobs whose duties include fetching tea for 14,000 rupees ($220) a month in wages.<p>Directorate head Amitabh Panda said he has cancelled an exam planned …

Employment

Why is China's stock market falling and how might it affect the global economy?

Concerns about inflation, shares and interest rates are raised after ‘Black Monday’ chaos sees billions wiped off markets around the globe<p>China’s stock market has fallen sharply over recent weeks despite measures by officials in Beijing aimed at calming investors’ jitters and shoring up global …

Stock Markets

Greece agrees draft deal with creditors - but waits for Germany to say yes

Draft deal struck with Athens includes sale of ports and overhaul of healthcare industry<p>The Greek government on Wednesday agreed to a €6bn privatisation of ports, regional airports and the national grid as part of a package of reforms designed to unlock a third bail-out.<p>The country’s Prime …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is in talks to launch an MVNO service in the US and Europe.</b> The company wants customers to pay it directly for data, and it will then lease capacity from carriers.<p><b>2. Twitter shares closed at a record low yesterday.</b> Stock was down 5.6%, continuing the slide that started after the company's …

The man with the toughest job in the world | Janine di Giovanni

When Staffan de Mistura became UN special envoy, his past successes brought hope for peace. A year later, with no solution in sight, he faces heavy criticism. Has his innovative diplomacy failed or is it simply mission impossible?<p>In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish …

Middle East

Father's Day: 20 uplifting quotes

The Surprising Reason So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare

The Supreme Court could issue a ruling in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit threatening to undermine a key part of the Affordable Care Act, as early as Thursday. But the debate over President Barack Obama's controversial health care law is likely to continue no matter how the justices rule. And one …

Health Care

10 things you need to know before European markets open

<b>Greece is on the brink, and the eurozone governments are having an emergency summit.</b> After Thursday's Eurogroup ended with no progress, European heads of government will gather on Monday to try and resolve the Greek crisis, according to the FT. At that point it will be barely a week until Greece's …

Hong Kong

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …