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Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

INTUTO, Peru — Amadeo García García rushed upriver in his canoe, slipping into the hidden, booby-trapped camp where his brother Juan lay dying.<p>Juan writhed in pain and shook uncontrollably as his fever rose, battling malaria. As Amadeo consoled him, the sick man muttered back in words that no one …

University of California

Vanguard declares monthly distribution on ETF Funds

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Common blood pressure drug tied to increased risk of skin cancer

(Reuters Health) - People who take a certain water pill prescribed to control fluid retention and treat high blood pressure may be more likely to get skin cancer than other individuals, a Danish study suggests.<p>While the drug, hydrochlorothiazide, has long been linked to an increased risk of …

Head of House intelligence panel finds evidence of abuse in US government surveillance

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News on Friday that his investigators have already uncovered evidence of "abuse" in the U.S. government's surveillance practices.<p>“I believe there's evidence that abuses have occurred," Nunes said in his first interview since the …

Earliest evidence of wine found in giant, 8,000-year-old jars

At the next holiday dinner, when the discussion turns to politics and you reach for a second glass of merlot, consider this: Your social lubricant has 8,000-year-old roots. People were fermenting grapes and storing wine in massive jugs as long ago as 6000 B.C., according to a study published Monday …

Archaeology

New kids on the block: tech giants turning Sydney's CBD into 'Silicon Place' | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Global technology titans including Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), LinkedIn (MSFT.O) and Expedia (EXPE.O) are moving into Sydney’s central business district, providing a commercial property fillip just as Australia’s record housing boom starts to tire.<p>Cranes and heavy machinery are seen …

Ubisoft Entertainment Tries to Fend Off Takeover

Vivendi has its sights set on the game maker but Ubisoft management wants no part of it.<p>French media conglomerate <b>Vivendi</b> (NASDAQOTH:VIVHY) has …

One Hot Week For China Venture Dealmaking

China venture and tech has never seemed so hot as now. This past week was loaded with news of deals, financings and IPOs, all with a China angle.<p>Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd flagged video games and ad sales as areas where it could help Snap after upping its stake in …

Venture Capital

Banks are making it harder to get a car loan — and it spells trouble for the auto industry

Banks have started to tighten lending standards for prime and subprime borrowers, and it shows.<p>Banks are further tightening their lending standards for prime and subprime auto loans. This process started in Q2 2016, when auto lending had reached the apogee of loosey-goosey underwriting that had …

Loans

2 Residential Solar Giants Take Diverging Paths

As Vivint Solar is betting on loans as the future financing tool of the residential solar industry, Sunrun is doubling down on the solar lease.<p><b>Sunrun</b> …

SuperDividend Report: Q3 2017

The Global X research team has posted the SuperDividend® Report for Q3, highlighting yield comparisons, performance, historical distributions, and …

California Could Tax the Daylights out of Marijuana Consumers

You'll have to pardon the apropos pun, but the marijuana industry is truly budding. <i>Marijuana Business Daily</i>'s newest annual report, "Marijuana Business Factbook 2017," predicts annual legal weed growth in the U.S. of 30% in 2017, another 45% in 2018, and an aggregate of 300% between 2016 and 2021, …

Hawaii Is Proving Renewable Energy’s Bright Future

Hawaii already generates more solar power per person than any other state, and it's betting heavily on solar and energy storage for the future.<p>I've …

Departing NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors

With a newly minted PhD in "pure math" in 2004 (it was actually a dual degree in math and machine learning), Ellison Anne Williams saw her work going in one of three directions: the National Security Agency, IBM or academic research.<p>She chose classified government intelligence work and spent the …

Intel Corp. CEO Says Nervana AI Chip Revenue Comes Next Year

Intel's bet on this small AI chip startup might start paying off next year if it can convince customers to adopt its new platform.<p>In summer 2016, …

Kindle, schmindle: Chinese e-books stock pops 100% after IPO

China's answer to Amazon's Kindle just made a spectacular stock market debut.<p>Shares in China Literature soared as much as 100% in Hong Kong on Wednesday as investors lined up to bet on an e-books boom in the world's second-biggest economy.<p>The company raised about $1.1 billion from the initial …

Paradise Papers reveal schemes used to avoid tax on UK property deals

Leaked advice shows how private equity firm was able to buy and sell without paying stamp duty or capital gains tax<p>The lengths to which companies will go to avoid paying substantial amounts of UK tax are laid bare in the Paradise Papers, which reveal in detail for the first time how some of the …

Paradise Papers

Chinese, US companies sign deals the 2 sides say are worth $9 billion during Trump visit

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese, US companies sign deals the 2 sides say are worth $9 billion during Trump visit.

America’s oldest auto association wants consumers to overcome their fear of driverless cars

The American Automobile Association doesn’t want the future to leave it behind.<p>On Nov. 8, the association, in partnership with French transportation company Keolis, launched an all-electric, self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas, geared at familiarizing consumers with the nascent technology. …

Carsharing

ConocoPhillips aims to spend $5.5B per year for rest of decade

NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) - ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. independent oil and natural gas producer, said on Wednesday it will spend an average of $5.5 billion annually for the rest of the decade on capital projects as long as oil prices stay above $50 per barrel.<p>The spending forecast, an …

Qatar Airways plane forced to land after wife discovers husband's affair midflight

Woman reportedly made ‘such a ruckus’ after discovery that plane had no other choice but to make unscheduled landing<p>A Qatar Airways plane has been forced to land midflight after a woman who used her sleeping husband’s thumb to unlock his smartphone discovered he was having an affair.<p>The couple and …

Qatar Airways

'Accidental' bug froze $280 million worth of ether in Parity wallet

Parity said on Tuesday it had discovered a "vulnerability" in its cryptocurrency wallet.

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

<i>Editor's note: The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria as a "biopesticide" in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The bacteria keep mosquitoes from spreading diseases like dengue and Zika. Back in 2012, NPR's Joe Palca wrote about</i> …

Public Health

Meet Tencent, the Chinese tech behemoth that just upped its stake in Snap

Shares of Snap, the parent company behind the social media app Snapchat, sank nearly 15 percent Wednesday, continuing a slide that has dogged the firm since it went public earlier this year. The latest drop was triggered by weak financial results, but <b></b>those invested in Snap — financially or …

Almost Two-Thirds of Apple's $900 Billion Market Cap Came After Steve Jobs Died

Apple (AAPL) saw its market capitalization top $900 billion Wednesday for the first time. The milestone appears to be just one more step on the path …

Rise of the machines: Philippine outsourcing industry braces for AI

(This version of the Nov 9 story corrects to clarify companies are not clients, but outsourcing service providers or have offshoring operations in paragraph 9)<p>FILE PHOTO: Call center agents wait for calls from their United States clients as they work overnight in Manila's Makati financial district …

Artificial Intelligence

South Korea Hopes to Woo Chinese Consumers on Singles Day

South Korean companies, after all but giving up on marketing in China during a diplomatic spat this year, are rolling out major promotions for …

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett Now Have More Money Than Literally Half of America Combined

A new report says the top 3 have greater wealth than the bottom 160 million. Here's how they calculate it.<p>Every once in a while we write about the paper wealth chase between Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other super rich people, as fluctuations in share prices puts one or the other of them at the top …

Jeff Bezos

Black Friday has already begun (at least according to these retailers)

Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, but Black Friday has already begun — at least for some retailers.<p>Best Buy on Wednesday began offering “Black Friday” discounts on hundreds of items, including big-screen TVs, Apple Watches and tablets. Walmart followed a day later, with $6 pajamas and $998 …

This AI Startup Wants To Automate Every Store Like Amazon Go

San Francisco-based Poly launched a camera and AI system with the aim of turning convenience stores into automated-checkout mini-marts.<p>When Amazon teased its automated convenience store, Amazon Go, late last year, reactions ranged from fascination with the new technology to mortification at AI’s …

eCommerce