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The 2 key reasons behind the $1.1 billion Google-HTC smartphone deal

The California-based technology giant is spending $1.1 billion, or £820 million, to acquire a significant portion of the struggling Taiwanese firm's engineers, as it doubles down on its hardware plans.<p>There are two key reasons for the deal, analysts say.<p>First, it offers a lifeline to HTC — helping …

Fox News drops legal analyst Andrew Napolitano over GCHQ Donald Trump spying claims

A legal analyst who claimed British intelligence could have helped spy on Donald Trump during his bid to become US president has been taken off the …

Goldman to add 'hundreds' of jobs in Europe ahead of Brexit as it starts to move staff out of London

Goldman Sachs has fired the starting gun on its Brexit contingency plans, confirming that jobs will be moved out of London while "hundreds" of roles will be added across Europe.<p>Richard Gnodde, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs International, the bank's international arm, said that the bank is …

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Why Dublin may be heaven for bankers after Brexit

Cantillon: Start-ups may not be so happy here says an online relocations agency<p>Tue, Mar 21, 2017, 05:39<p>Dublin is the city where bankers are likely to …

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Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin leaders help carry coffin home in Derry

Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill among mourners accompanying coffin through Derry, a city riven by sectarian division<p>As sleet began to fall on the funeral procession, an Irish tricolour at half-mast fluttered in the bitingly cold wind. Another was draped over Martin McGuinness’s coffin.<p>Related: …

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Labour membership expected to fall below half a million

Party unsure if those leaving are Jeremy Corbyn supporters, who joined just to back him, or opponents of his reign<p>Labour membership is expected to fall below half a million for the first time since its peak under Jeremy Corbyn because about 40,000 people are in arrears.<p>The unusual number of lapsed …

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA's long-term future — but a critical element is missing

For the first time in nearly seven years, the US government has passed a new long-term vision for NASA's future.<p>President Donald Trump signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, a bill also known as S.442, into law in the Oval Office on March 21.<p>The Senate and House had collaborated on …

Labour MPs to reject roles in Corbyn shadow cabinet

Many prominent MPs say if incumbent wins leadership vote they will not accept top jobs unless cabinet elections are held<p>Prominent Labour MPs are set to reject a return to the frontbench if Jeremy Corbyn wins Saturday’s leadership battle and fails to accept elections to the shadow cabinet.<p>Related: …

iPhone 7 demand predicted to be ‘remarkably high’

Forget about the “peak iPhone” problem: Goldman Sachs thinks this year’s iPhone 7 is going to be a big one for Apple.<p>Coming off the back of Apple selling its billionth iPhone sometime this summer, the bank’s senior equity research analyst Simona Jankowski says the number of people clamoring to get …

David Cameron to face down MPs over 'hurtful and untrue' allegations over father's offshore trust

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Labour’s shadow defence secretary 'does not understand what Defcon One means'

<b>Labour</b>’s shadow defence secretary has admitted she does not understand what ‘Defcon One’ means, it has been claimed.<p>Emily Thornberry, who was appointed by <b>Jeremy Corbyn</b> in January, said she had only seen the term for imminent nuclear attack “in films” during a private discussion about her defence …

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Google's Android Pay is coming to the UK 'in the next few months'

Google is lagging behind Apple in rolling out its mobile wallet<p>Hoping to curtail Apple's head start in the region, Google has just announced that Android Pay is coming to the UK. The company's mobile wallet will roll out "in the next few months" — that's as specific as the blog post gets — with …

Boris Johnson: I'm at odds with Londoners over Brexit

London mayor Boris Johnson says he's at odds with Londoners about Brexit as he is quizzed by the treasury committee on Britain's membership of the EU<p>Boris Johnson was challenged over claims the City of London will be better off outside of the European Union when he was grilled by MPs in his biggest …

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Supersonic jet startup vows 'affordable' travel – if you have $5,000 to spare

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin will partner with Boom to build and test plane to succeed where Concorde failed – ‘this lets you commute’ across oceans<p>Sir Richard Branson is hoping to bring back supersonic transatlantic passenger flights, and this time they will be “affordable”.<p>Branson, who has …

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5 best iOS keyboards to supercharge your emoji game

Let's admit it: emoji is one of the best things that has ever happened to the iPhone.<p>Seriously, what would life be like without the ability to …

Labour backbenchers to confront Corbyn over sex industry stance

MPs will challenge leader’s support for decriminalisation of sex workers and query approach to EU vote and local elections<p>Jeremy Corbyn and his allies are braced for a bruising meeting of Labour MPs on Monday as the leader prepares to be challenged on his support for decriminalisation of the sex …

How to eat: croissants

Tesco’s customers may prefer the straight version, but should you add butter and jam or ham and cheese? Are they best hot or cold, and should you eat one or three? How to Eat is going deep on the croissant<p>Trust us, this blog was scheduled long before the unpleasantness, but given the amount of …

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Government 1 Apple 0, Says Survey

A Pew survey says a majority of Americans support the government in its quest to get Apple to hack a terrorist's phone.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Have you taken sides yet?<p>In one corner is the government, an entity whose …

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Disney deploys drones to protect Star Wars Episode VII film set

The latest instalment of Star Wars has already started filming in Pinewood Studios in the UK and is due to relocate to Croatia next month, where it will be shooting on-location in a busy tourist area.<p>In order to protect the secrets of Star Wars Episode VIII, studio bosses have reportedly arranged …

Samsung and Deutsche Telekom showcase 60GHz 5G solution at MWC

While many consumers may still be pining for faster 4G LTE data speeds, the industry is already keenly testing out its early 5G implementations. At MWC 2016, Samsung and Deutsche Telekom put on a live demonstration using their 5G 60GHz millimeter wave small cell solution and compatible smartphones, …

Beijing defends deployments in South China Sea as no different to US defence of Hawaii

As foreign minister prepares to visit the United States, China says Washington must not ‘make a fuss’ over missile deployments to disputed islands<p>China’s South China Sea military deployments are no different from US deployments on Hawaii, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said, striking a combative …

EU referendum: David Cameron warns Brexit could make it harder to combat Russian aggression in Eastern Europe

PM says leaving EU would also drive up mobile phone bills and could prolong Ebola crisis. But critics call claims 'lurid'<p>Leaving the European Union would make it harder for Britain to combat Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, drive up mobile phone bills and could prolong the Ebola crisis, David …

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Royal Navy's most-decorated pilot dies aged 97

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, who held a number of world records, was one of most accomplished test pilots of all time<p>Tributes have been paid to the British pilot Eric “Winkle” Brown, the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, who has died at the age of 97.<p>Captain Brown holds the world record for the number of …

TTIP deal poses 'real and serious risk' to NHS, says leading QC

The controversial transatlantic trade deal set to be agreed this year would mean that privatisation of elements of the NHS could be made irreversible for future governments wanting to restore services to public hands, according to a new legal analysis.<p>The legal advice was prepared by one of the …

RAF fighters intercept two Russian bombers nearing UK airspace

Typhoon jets escort pair of Russian supersonic bombers across North Sea<p>RAF combat aircraft were scrambled after reports that Russian bombers were heading towards UK airspace. The Typhoon jets were dispatched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Wednesday afternoon following the security alert.<p>The …

A New Kind of Computer Chip Could Soon Make Your Smartphone Way More Powerful

And it could save you some battery too.<p>Your smartphone is already pretty smart. Chances are it has a GPU (for graphics) and a CPU (for everything else) packed into its tiny microchip brain. Those two parts alone make it more powerful than entire desktop PCs from only a decade or so ago, but a new …

Dublin boxing weigh-in shooting death linked to gangland feud

One man has been shot dead and at least one other was seriously injured after gunmen dressed as police officers opened fire during a weigh-in for a WBO European boxing match in Ireland on Friday afternoon.<p>The incident happened at the Regency hotel in north Dublin, which was packed at the time with …

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Spotify video is now on Android and iOS

Spotify's new video content section, dubbed Shows, hit Android devices this week. And though the feature wasn't supposed to make it to iOS devices until sometime next week, there is a way for you to access it right now. You won't be able to access it from the Browse page, as you would on an …

Islamist fanatics jailed for ‘handing out ISIS leaflets’ in London’s Oxford Circus

Two street preachers who ran a street stall in support of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in London’s Oxford Circus have been jailed for a total of five years.<p>Ibrahim Anderson, 38, was jailed for three years and Shah Jahan Khan, 62, sentenced to two after setting up a stall outside Topshop’s …

Uproar over decision to keep Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford College

Students say they will keep their fight to remove the statue as they say the decision shows "black lives are cheap at Oxford"<p>Angry students at Oxford University have vowed to keep campaigning for the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes after a college decision to keep it.<p>Oriel College has said it …