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A Northern Ireland court rules on a challenge to the Brexit vote. Plaintiffs allege that the Northern Irish regional assembly should have had the chance to vote on the exit from the EU. The case is the first in a series of closely-watched Brexit legal cases.
Trade and housing fuel US GDP growth. Analysts expect the economy to post third-quarter growth of 3% or more on stronger exports and consumer spending. That would be the strongest performance since 2014.
Pirates conquer Iceland. The Pirate Party, founded less than four years ago by a group of activists, anarchists, and hackers, is poised to upend Icelandic politics with an Oct. 29 general-election victory. It is led by Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former Wikileaks contributor who describes herself as a “poetician.”
Diverging fortunes at Alphabet and Amazon. Google’s parent company beat revenue and profit expectations on the strength of its core search and YouTube businesses, sending shares up modestly. Amazon, on the other hand, fell short of what analysts were expecting, despite growth in its cloud computing unit, sending shares down 5%.
MacBooks got a makeover. The new laptop line has an OLED touchscreen called “Touch bar,” which shows different buttons for different apps. Apple also announced a new app called “TV,” which aggregates shows and films from different streaming apps in one place.
Twitter fired employees and impressed investors. The social media site beat analyst estimates as it logged $616 million in revenue and 317 million monthly active users. In a bid to restructure its struggling platform, it cut 9% of its workforce, shuttered video-sharing platform Vine and said it would announce measures to counter hate speech by November.
A giant US newspaper merger hit the wall… Gannett’s deal to buy Tronc, which would unite papers including USA Today and the Chicago Tribune, was called into doubt after the banks financing the deal reportedly pulled out. Shares of each company plunged by as much as 30%.
…As the biggest-ever semiconductor acquisition was announced. Qualcomm is buying NXP for $39 billion in cash as it seeks a foothold in making chips for the automotive industry. With mobile phone growth slowing, autonomous cars could be the next big source of tech industry growth.
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Chase Purdy on why farming is no longer “meaningful” work for US prison inmates. “Supporters of the program argued that work outdoors promoted the health and wellbeing of inmates, since many facilities lived largely off the food. But the programs lost favor as the agricultural industry consolidated and became more mechanized.” Read more here.
Search engines are distorting our perception, says Angela Merkel. The German chancellor says the lack of algorithm transparency is troubling.
Bitcoin is only good for one thing: Getting money out of China. The cryptocurrency is a near-perfect proxy for capital outflow—and it’s surging.
Twitter needs a full-time CEO. Multitasking Jack Dorsey is not doing justice to a difficult job.
The first-ever fossilized dinosaur brain turned up in England. Its existence is “so unbelievably unlikely that it just shouldn’t have happened.”
China has a reality TV show featuring allegedly corrupt officials. Contestants explain how they accepted bribes, including cash, booze, and real estate.
Colombia’s third largest city is ditching “Dr.” and “Sir.” The mayor of Cali wants to close the gap between the poor and the rich by eliminating hierarchical titles.
Marijuana may help you see in the dark. New research suggests that it makes specialized cells in your retina more sensitive to light.
Uber is exploring the use of flying cars. It predicts that “vertical take-off and landing” vehicles “will be an affordable form of daily transportation for the masses.”
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