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Empire Recap: Cookie Takes on Elle Dallas, a Drug-Addicted Has-Been

The client roster of misfit toys belonging to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) has grown ever larger.<p>In “Out, Damned Spot,” we meet Elle Dallas (Courtney …

6 Classic Sketches to Get You Hooked on the New S.N.L. App

It’s easier than ever to find the old stuff you love—and discover weird gems you never knew existed.<p><i>Saturday Night Live</i> may have embraced the online era—long live Digital Shorts—but for years fans have been frustrated by how hard, or sometimes impossible, it can be to find their favorite sketches …

Comedy

Impossible Celebrity Interviews: Mel Brooks Speaks with Angelina Jolie

With a surprise cameo by the New York Times.<p><b>BROOKS:</b> Angie—Angelah. What you should’ve done is made a movie called <i>Unchosen.</i> About a Jew who only grows to five foot five. And ends up with <i>this</i> voice! “Chosen people,” my <i>tuchis!</i><p><b>JOLIE:</b> Mel, I have nothing but respect for your track record, but the story …

Angelina Jolie

Microsoft reportedly acquires N-trig, makers of the Surface Pro 3 pen

Microsoft has reportedly acquired the company that provides the technology behind the Surface Pro 3 stylus. Israeli publication <i>Calcalist</i> reports that Microsoft is paying at least $200 million for N-trig, and that its 190 employees will be integrated into Microsoft’s base in Israel. Microsoft …

Surface Pro

Two days after AAPL hits highest market cap ever, billionaire investor Carl Icahn values it at $1.3 trillion

Two days after Apple set a new record for the highest market capitalization of any company, valuing it at more than $700B, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has suggested the true value of the company is close to double this, at $1.3T.<p>Icahn, who is one of the company’s ten biggest shareholders with …

Kaybus Brings Knowledge Automation To The Enterprise

As organizations are awash in an ever-increasing sea of information and data, one of the big problem spaces to be tackled in the surfacing of relevant data for particular individuals. While the first phase of enterprise file sharing was around the enabling of different employees to share and …

Employment

Scanadu: The medical Tricorder from Star Trek is here

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2013, an Illinois man convinced several investors to fund a revolutionary medical device, to the tune of over $25 million.<p>He called it the "McCoy Home Health Tablet", and promised it would instantly deliver patient data to doctors.<p>In other words, he was pitching the legendary Tricorder …

Star Trek

Dell is launching a new Chromebook 11 alongside a $299 Windows-based counterpart

Dell's education-focused Chromebook 11 was surprisingly one of the best Chromebooks we've ever used, even though it was notoriously difficult to actually purchase for much of last year. Now, Dell is taking what it learned from last year's launch and releasing a new, upgraded Chromebook 11 that …

Mobile Technology

Google is working on a new Bluetooth-based payment service

Luz Bratcher<p>If Google has its way, you will one day be able to pay for your pizza at Papa John’s by simply saying your initials to the cashier.<p>That’s the gist of a report from <i>The Information</i> about a new mobile payment service that Google is working on, called Plaso (pronounced play-so.) Details are …

FinTech

UK Album Charts to Incorporate Spotify and Other Music Streaming Data

The UK’s official album charts will finally begin to reflect plays on streaming music services like Spotify and Deezer from the start of next month. The Official Singles Streaming Chart was introduced in 2012.<p>As of February 23, online album streams will be counted. The first Official Album Chart to …

New Pinterest “App Pins” Allow Installing iOS Apps Directly From Pinterest App

Pinterest has announced a new “App Pins” partnership with Apple that will allow users to install iOS app on their devices without needing to leave …

Wedding dresses women want, backed by data

Pinterest-style wedding site Loverly is turning its data into dresses.<p>On Thursday, the three-year old startup unveiled the first Loverly Collection: 35 unique wedding and bridesmaid dresses.<p>Using the most popular content on the site, Loverly determined the styles, fabrics and colors for the …

Weddings

As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

Anyone who has pulled up to a gas station this winter knows oil prices have fallen — down roughly 50 percent since June.<p>But it's not just oil. Prices for many commodities — grains, metals and other bulk products — have been plunging too.<p>Here are a few of the changes since many prices peaked in …

Commodities

BANK OF ENGLAND: DEFLATION IS COMING

They're saying UK inflation is more likely than not to turn negative in a few months time, and that no interest hike is on the horizon.<p>Since inflation is now below 1%, Governor Mark Carney also had to write a letter to Chancellor George Osborne explaining why that's the case.<p>Here's a breakdown of …

Economics

Ukraine Peace Deal Lifts Europe Stocks

News of Cease-Fire Cheers Markets Despite Lack of Agreement on Greece<p>A deal to halt the conflict in Ukraine gave European stocks a lift Thursday, despite the failure of eurozone finance ministers to hammer out an agreement on dealing with Greece’s finances.<p>The Stoxx Europe 600 index closed 0.8% …

Europe

Amex Shares Sink On End Of Costco Exclusivity

Costco and American Express will end their exclusive merchant agreement, the credit card issuer announced Thursday morning. The move comes less than six months after Costco’s Canadian arm made a similar decision, dropping its Amex partnership in favor of one with Mastercard and Capital One, and …

Personal Finance

Tesla Shares Fall After Earnings, Despite Musk’s Apple Comparison

By<p>Mike Ramsey<p>Tesla Motors’s shares fell 6% to $199.22 in morning trading Thursday after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday after the market closed.<p>Tesla’s $108 million loss and projection of “staggering” capital expenditures to fund growth efforts in 2015 and beyond shook …

Tesla

Bills would drop federal protections for wolves in 4 states

Gray wolves in Wyoming and three Great Lakes states would lose court-ordered protection under legislation proposed in Congress, the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield.<p>Two bills …

Wildlife

Reid released from hospital after 2nd eye surgery

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was released from The George Washington University Hospital on Wednesday evening following a second surgery on his injured right eye, though it remains unclear whether he will fully regain his vision.<p>Doctors performed a lengthy surgery on Reid to repair bones in …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

House Republicans Call on McConnell to Change Senate Rules to Block Obama’s Immigration Move

House con­ser­vat­ives are fed up with Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell’s ex­cuses.<p>It’s time, they say, for Mc­Con­nell to hold the line …

Large orange toxic cloud spreads over 5 towns after chemical blast in Spain

Spanish authorities ordered the residents of five northeastern towns to stay indoors for some two hours Thursday after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area.<p>A spokeswoman for Catalonia's regional firefighting department said the blast occurred when …

Amanda Knox to marry rock musician boyfriend

US student acquitted of murder of Briton Meredith Kercher<p>Amanda Knox, the American student who was convicted then acquitted of the murder of her British house-mate, Meredith Kercher, has reportedly got engaged.<p>Miss Knox, 27, who was accused of murdering the British student in 2007 in the hilltop …

Crime

Mohamed Fahmy released from Cairo jail on bail

A Canadian journalist imprisoned for more than a year has been released on bail – but there is no guarantee Mohamed Fahmy's freedom will be long-lived.<p>A Cairo courtroom erupted in applause on Thursday when a judge said Mr. Fahmy, the local bureau chief for Al Jazeera's English network, could be let …

Human Rights

Inside American Airlines' New Long-Haul Dreamliners

American Airlines has revealed the interiors of its new 787-8 Dreamliner, destined for international service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Beijing …

American Airlines

"Best New Restaurant" Episode 4: Tiny Mistakes and Why They Matter a Lot

What diners should know about why restaurants have off days, and what restaurants should know about preventing (and fixing) them.<p><i>Welcome to our weekly recap of</i> Bravo’s Best New Restaurant*, where we share our unapologetically opinionated musings on the ups and downs of dining out. This week, we’re …

Restaurants