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Lucid Software raises $36 million to grow its enterprise-focused design and diagramming tools

Visual design software startup Lucid Software has raised $36 million in a Series B round from Spectrum Equity.<p>Founded in 2010, Salt Lake City-based Lucid serves up two core cloud-based enterprise products — Lucidchart, a Microsoft Visio-style diagramming app that’s used for wireframing, UI …

Amazon accidentally outs new, cheaper Echo Dot on Twitter

Amazon Echo's official Twitter account made a blunder that may have given hope to followers waiting for new Echo Dot stocks with bated breath. It sent out a tweet introducing an all-new and cheaper Echo Dot, according to <i>Recode</i>, but it deleted the post as quickly as it went out. If the company's …

Social Media

Stephen Harris's fish soup recipe

I give a recipe to make vegetable stock because it may be hard to get hold of fish trimmings. By all means use fish stock if you can.<p>SERVES<p>Four<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the stock:</b><p>1 medium onion, roughly chopped<br>• 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped<br>• 1 large carrot, roughly chopped<br>• 1 medium bulb fennel, roughly …

France's DCNS, builder of Australia's new submarines, suffers huge data leak

The French shipbuilder which earlier this year won a A$50 billion ($38.06 billion) contract to build Australia’s next generation submarines has …

Microsoft is allegedly creating a Slack competitor

If you can't buy them, compete with them.<p>That seems to be Microsoft's motto, since recent reports from MSPowerUser speculate that the company is …

New York investigates EpiPen maker Mylan after price hike of medication

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the maker of EpiPens, after the company was revealed to have increased the price of its life-saving allergy medication and device by 471% since acquiring it in 2007.<p>EpiPen CEO hiked prices on two …

Pharma

Top Bayer Investor Comes Out in Opposition of New Monsanto Offer

A top-30 investor in German chemicals and crop pesticides firm Bayer (bayzf) said revised terms aimed at securing a deal to buy U.S. rival Monsanto …

Google might be readying a successor to the Nexus 7 tablet

Android tablets over the years have typically been hit or miss, but Google found a place in the crowded market with the Nexus 7, particularly the 2013 model. The combo of a low price, great display, solid hardware and a form factor that stood out as distinctly different than the iPad made it a …

Mobile Technology

Divido raises £2.5M to let you spread cost of purchases while retailers get paid immediately

The UK’s Divido is one of a number of startups and tech companies operating in the point of sale consumer finance sector. Its alternative payment option lets customers spread the cost of any purchase over a period of time while the retailer gets paid in full right away.<p>Today the London-based …

Lydia launches a good old plastic card to go beyond the peer-to-peer payment space

French startup Lydia is launching a card so that you can spend your Lydia balance in every retailer that accepts MasterCard. You can trigger a lot of features in the app. In other words, you remain in control of your card, and not your bank.<p>Lydia started off as a peer-to-peer payment app so that …

Samsung and Oppo dominate Southeast Asia

When discussing emerging smartphone markets, a lot of the conversation turns towards Brazil, Russia, India and Africa. One market that often falls under the radar is Southeast Asia, comprised of 11 counties and over 600 million people -- nearly double the population of the United States.<p>Perhaps …

Asia

Shell upgrades savings from BG deal

Shell added $1bn (£690m) to its estimate of gains from the takeover of BG Group as it set out a plan to support its dividend in an era of low oil prices.<p>In a presentation to investors, the Anglo-Dutch company said it expected cost savings from the £35bn takeover of BG to be $4.5bn, up from an …

Oil & Gas Industry

Valeant 1Q Profit Misses Estimates, Cuts Forecast

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which has been under scrutiny for its business and accounting practices, missed quarterly profit estimates on weakness in its dermatology business and cut its full-year earnings and revenue forecast.<p>The embattled Canadian drugmaker's U.S.-listed shares tumbled nearly 11 …

Shell is cutting $4.5 billion in costs after its BG takeover

Presenting its strategy following the close of that deal in February, the Anglo-Dutch company outlined plans to target annual spending of $25 billion to $30 billion until the end of the decade.<p>It lowered its planned 2016 capex to $29 billion in a third cut from an initial $35 billion.<p>Shell also …

Gannett to continue pursuit of Tribune Publishing into August

Gannett is keeping its $15-per-share offer for Tribune Publishing on the table into August, the company said Tuesday.<p>In a news release, Gannett said the offer will remain open while it evaluates "various near-term developments," including Tribune Publishing's second-quarter financial results, which …

U.S. Lawmakers Scrutinize China's Bid To Buy Agrichemical Giant Syngenta

Glenn Brunkow is a fifth-generation corn and soybean farmer. He and his dad run a small farm about 30 miles from Topeka, Kan.<p>For more than a decade they've been using seeds and chemicals from Syngenta. The Swiss company is a leader in pesticides and genetically modified seeds.<p>Recently, Brunkow got …

Agriculture

Verizon, which recently purchased AOL, reportedly began preparing a first-round bid to acquire Yahoo, its search engine, email and more, back in April<p>Verizon is reportedly preparing a $3bn bid for Yahoo’s internet business, which will include the core search site, Yahoo Mail and what remains of …

Advertising

6 quick and easy ways to connect with anyone

I wondered why some people seemed to always have a steady stream of new prospects.<p>I wondered what they did that I didn't do or what they knew that I didn't know.<p>After studying some of the best salespeople I knew, I discovered they all had one thing in common.<p>They all had the ability to connect with …

The city of 187 different countries

Home to more international organisations than any other place in the world, Geneva has a decidedly global feel, with more than 40% of residents coming from outside Switzerland.<p>A haven for expats and loved by locals, Geneva attracts people from around the world for its economic opportunity, lakeside …

12 quotes to inspire you to travel now

If you haven't yet made your travel plans for 2016, one magazine is on a mission to get you out there exploring the world — now.<p>For its March issue,</i> …

Barbara Bush

Three books that detail the biology of love

"I think I can stop taking my antidepressant," a friend told me. She recently started dating someone whom she refers to as her "human drug." It turns out there may be science to prove that. In honor of Valentine's Day, we rounded up some insights from recent books into the biology of love.<p><b>The</b> …

Psychiatric Hospitals

5 apps for exploring a new city like a local

There are some things everybody knows about New Yorkers. They pay exorbitant rents, they worship pizza and they never hang out in Times Square.<p>But …

Apps

12 Fictional Journeys Any World Traveler Will Envy

Visit Marfa, Mallorca, and Paris -- all without canceling your Seamless order.<p>A shift in perspective, or at least a quick, cool dip into the mind of another person, is the objective of travel, and also of reading great books.<p>So if you’re both knowledge-hungry and couch-bound, pick up a road trip …

Best Actress Oscar-Winners Since 2000, Ranked Worst to Best

Unlike the Best Actor champs of the past 18 years, where Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis have both won twice, the Best Actress field features no …

Golden Globes

The Best Cities for Expats

Maybe it's time for a relocation.<p>As an expat, it can be difficult to adjust to a new city and make an unfamiliar place feel like home. Some cities are easier than others, though, and thankfully, some people have crunched the numbers to tell us where exactly they are: Mercer, a global consulting …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Three Cup Chicken

The eponymous “cups” in this recipe’s name denote equal parts soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine. It’s a potent, salty and savory braised chicken …

How to Make Quick and Easy Thai-Style Beef With Basil and Chilies

<i>Phat ka-phrao</i> is a ubiquitous street dish in Thailand, where cooks wielding woks will rapidly stir-fry sliced or minced meat flavored with garlic, shallots, fish sauce, and fiery Thai bird chilies, finish it off with a big handful of holy basil, and serve it with rice and perhaps a fried egg on …

Spices

The best street food in 40 countries around the world

<i>If it's only food porn you seek, go here. Otherwise, if you enjoy elaborate threads linking travel satisfaction and street eats, read on.</i><p>Food and travel, one of life's great experience intersections. Although we enjoy our share of refined cuisine and elaborate meals at restaurants, it's often our …