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Ford and Microsoft just invested $253 million into the $2.8 billion company at the heart of the cloud wars

This deal values three-year-old Pivotal at $2.8 billion, Business Insider has learned.<p>Microsoft is also joining the round as a new investor, joining returning investors VMware, EMC, and GE. GE bought its first 10% stake in Pivotal in 2013 for $105 million.<p>Basically, Pivotal sells a set of software …

Google Cloud Platform

How the modeling industry exploits young and vulnerable workers

Stolen pay. Sexual harassment.Months without a paycheck. Outrageous fees and expenses that eat away at earnings. And no one to turn to for help.<p>Models allege that labor abuses like these run rampant in the modeling industry -- leaving many workers feeling more like indentured servants than the …

CNN

Technology-Enabled Homes Set to Change the Home Care Industry

One less thing to worry about: a digitally-connected home can empower independent living for older generations.<p>Convenience drives the majority of our purchasing decisions. We want things on-demand and we want to be able to simplify our lives in every way possible. As consumers, we're not just …

Doctors Warn Climate Change Will Have "Devastating Effect" on Human Health

Climate change isn't just wrecking the planet; it's endangering everyone who lives on Earth, according to a new policy paper from the American …

Climate Change

Italy busts ISIS supporters cell mulling attacks on Vatican & Israeli embassy in Rome (VIDEO)

Italian authorities have arrested four suspects, who have seemingly had an “accentuated willingness” to carry out terrorist attacks in Rome and the …

Italy

One Weird Trick to Reduce Crime Across America: Pay People More Instead of Jailing Them

A report released yesterday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers offers up an unconventional idea for reducing crime in America: Raise the …

Demographics

Growth in Britain is slowing down, but it's not just because people are scared about Brexit

The UK economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2016, according to the first estimate of GDP from the ONS. That number met the forecasts of economists, but was down from the 0.6% in the final quarter of 2015.<p>The Office for National Statistics released its preliminary estimates of GDP for the …

Economics

Mundelein mayor says population growth is crucial for economic development

In 2015, Mayor Steve Lentz said a major component of economic redevelopment in Mundelein is a larger population, and one year later he says progress is being made.<p>That first declaration came during a Feb. 2015 meeting on economic development, when Lentz was fielding a heap of criticism.<p>"Once you …

The trade-off between economic development, heritage preservation in urban Southeast Asia -- by Aldrin B. Plaza

Urban planners should invest in heritage preservation as part of a city’s economic development strategy.

South-east Asia

Which cities have the oldest residents?

By 2020, the global population of people over 60 will outnumber children under five for the first time. How will our ageing communities affect urban life – and where is the phenomenon most noticeable?<p>One of Tokyo’s many grey-haired taxi drivers once challenged me to guess his age. Trying to be …

How Geography Shaped American History, Law and Politics

Many of the divisions today between “red” and “blue” states correlate sharply with geography, says author.<p>Most people understand the phrase “the law of the land” to mean the set of laws that apply in a given region or country. This seems to be the sense intended by the framers who used the phrase …

Robert E. Lee

Egypt looks to avert water crisis driven by demand, waste

KAFR HAMOUDA, Egypt (AP) — "For a thousand years," Abdullah Sheikh's family has been working the land the same way — flooding fields in Egypt's Nile Delta and planting seeds by hand.<p>But now a small, relatively cheap plow has changed all that, allowing him to nearly double the yields of his two …

Zimbabwe: Tobacco Farmers Unhappy With Prices

Tobacco auction floors in Zimbabwe (file photo).<p>FARMERS are unhappy over poor tobacco prices at auction floors despite the good quality crop and have …

Africa

Agriculture Secretary alerts residents of new invasive threat, stresses need for containment

×<p>Agriculture Secretary alerts residents of new invasive threat, stresses need for containment<p>Harrisburg, PA – An invasive pest new to the United …

Gardening

The US and 170 other nations signed a landmark deal to counter global warming

The world has taken a major step in the fight against climate change, as leaders from at least 171 nations signed the Paris Agreement — a deal that …

As demand dwindles, Korea’s dog meat farmers seek fresh start

SEOUL: More than 200 dogs were rescued from a farm in South Korea, the fifth such farm that has closed down since the launch of a project early this …