Apple’s macOS Mojave update for Macs is available now — here’s how to install it

Apple’s new Mac software, macOS Mojave, is available now. The software was first announced in June and brings a lot of changes to the Mac experience. Users will find a new « dark mode » available on all of the Mac’s built-in apps. Instead of having a bright gray user interface, everything is a darker color, which some people find more pleasing to use. Mojave also lets you set a dynamic desktop that adjusts to the time of day. The stock background, a scene in the Mojave desert, gets darker…

Apple completes deal to buy Shazam

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has completed the acquisition of music discovery app Shazam, it said on Monday, weeks after the European Union approved the deal. FILE PHOTO: Illustration photo of the Shazam application on a mobile phone December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File PhotoThe deal, announced in December last year, is expected to help the iPhone maker better compete with Spotify, the industry leader in music streaming services. Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin RavikumarOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters

Sirius XM to buy Pandora in $3.5 billion streaming push

(Reuters) – Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc will buy online music service Pandora Media Inc in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal that will help it battle growing competition from streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music. Sirius XM, controlled by media mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp, has built a name supplying more than 175 channels to car drivers, but has largely trailed Pandora, Spotify Technology SA and Apple in mobile and streaming content. Monday’s deal gives the pair a market value of about $34 billion, topping Spotify’s $31.2…

Snapchat will add Amazon product search, so you can buy products directly from the app

Snap on Monday announced a new visual search tool for the company’s Snapchat app in partnership with Amazon. The visual search will allow Snapchat users to point the app’s camera at an item and quickly find it on Amazon and buy it straight from the social-messaging app, the company said in a blog post on Monday. The new feature will be first made available to a small percentage of Snapchat users, the company said. « It’s super easy to use. Simply point your Snapchat camera at a physical product or…

Special Report: Juul copycats flood e-cig market, despite FDA rule

(Reuters) – The sleek Juul electronic cigarettes have become a phenomenon at U.S. high schools, vexing educators and drawing regulatory scrutiny over their sweet flavors and high nicotine content. Now, a new wave of lower-priced Juul knock-offs is showing up at convenience stores, vape shops and online – despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule banning the sale of new e-cigarette products after August 2016 without regulatory approval. Start-ups and major tobacco firms have launched more than a dozen new high-nicotine devices with Juul-like designs since the FDA imposed…

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein heads to White House amid reports he will resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, headed to the White House on Monday amid reports he has offered to resign in anticipation of being fired by President Donald Trump, media reports said. FILE PHOTO: Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s rollout for the « Fentanyl: The Real Deal » training video in Washington, U.S., August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Chris WattieRosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, verbally…

Time is running out for Sears, CEO warns

Chicago says « so long Sears » on Sunday Sears is running out of time to fix its problems, the CEO says. Eddie Lampert, who controls most of the company’s shares through his hedge fund, told the board on Monday that it must address « significant near-term constraints » in its cash position. He cited $134 million in debt payments due October 15. Lampert has proposed that Sears sell its Kenmore appliance brand, as well as real estate and other assets, to pay down what it owes. In the letter,…

Wall Street, venture capitalists and crypto companies descend on Capitol Hill to debate regulation

Nearly 50 representatives from U.S. financial giants and cryptocurrency startups are set to meet with Washington lawmakers this week to talk through what some say is an incomplete, and murky regulatory landscape. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, is hosting the roundtable, « Legislating Certainty for Cryptocurrencies » on Tuesday, and asking industry experts to weigh in how to police the new asset class ahead of a House bill he plans to introduce this fall. « Your input is critical to helping us preempt a heavy-handed regulatory approach that could stall innovation…

Celebrities gather on Milan’s ‘Green Carpet’ to promote sustainability

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s fashion elite and celebrities such as film stars Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Colin Firth gathered at a “green-carpet” event on Sunday at Milan’s fashion week to urge greater environmental sustainability in the global fashion industry. The black-tie gathering was the closing event to the city’s six-day fashion extravaganza, a week after London’s fashion week declared itself fur-free for the first time. Fashion brands have begun paying more attention to their companies’ impact on the environment and their production methods as customers are becoming increasingly ecologically…

Apple and Salesforce are teaming up to launch Siri into enterprise

Apple and Salesforce are entering a partnership in which the iPhone maker will help Salesforce build the iPhone maker’s features such as its Siri voice assistant deeper into Salesforce’s own mobile apps, which are widely used in the sales and marketing industries. In exchange, Salesforce will make software tools so that the big businesses that use its back-end technology to power their own apps can build better products with features specific to iPhones and iPads. Apple and Salesforce both have huge ecosystems of third-party software developers. About 20 million developers…

Comcast tanks 8% after Sky win, on pace for worst day in nearly a decade

Shares of Comcast tanked 8 percent Monday after the company beat out Twenty-First Century Fox to acquire British broadcaster Sky. The stock fell as low as $34.75 in morning trading, on pace for its worst day since January 2009. Comcast outbid rival Fox on Saturday with a $40 billion takeover offer in a rare three-round auction that pitted two of America’s largest media companies against one another. Sky earlier Monday advised its shareholders to accept the offer « immediately. » But at least one analyst was bearish on the bid.…

S&P just made a historic change to its benchmark index and Goldman Sachs has a way to profit from it

Goldman Sachs is a big believer the reconstituted S&P communication services sector will outperform. The new S&P 500 communication services sector, which now includes Facebook, Alphabet and Netflix, started trading Monday as a part of the largest reshuffling ever for the stock market’s sector classifications. « The historical risk-adjusted return profile of Comm Services will be among the best in the S&P 500 … The new Comm Services sector will also offer growth at a reasonable valuation, » Goldman chief U.S. equity strategist David Kostin said in a note to…

Google criticized for Chrome change that logs users in without telling them

Security experts are up in arms about an update to Google’s Chrome browser that they say undermines users’ privacy. The issue is complex, but it revolves around how and when people choose to log in to the Chrome browser (which is different than logging in to Google services like Gmail). In past versions of the browser, this was a voluntary step. Doing so means users can sync information like bookmarks, passwords, and browsing history between devices, a feature Google calls “Chrome Sync.” It also means that their user data is…

Cosby sentencing begins, capping fall from ‘America’s Dad’ to convicted felon

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s downfall from “America’s Dad” to convicted felon reached its final chapter in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday, as a judge began deciding whether to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to prison for sexual assault. Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields. Cosby, who once had a family-friendly reputation as the 1980s…

Swedish TV satire on Chinese tourists sparks Beijing protest

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – China complained to Sweden on Monday over a satirical news show on Swedish state television that advised Chinese tourists how to avoid culture clashes in a way that Beijing said insulted the Chinese people. FILE PHOTO: A general view of Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, Sweden, May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoThe satire program Svenska Nyheter (Swedish News), was aired a week after police removed three Chinese citizens from a Stockholm hotel which, local media reported, they had refused to leave although they were not…

Dating app Bumble sets sights on IPO as it presses its $400 million lawsuit against Match

Bumble, the dating app, is pressing ahead with its $400 million countersuit on its larger rival Match and is pursuing an initial public offering. Designed as a social and dating app that allows women to make the first move, 4-year-old Bumble now has over 40 million registered users. It has expanded to include friend-finding and business networking. Match, the owner of Tinder, sued Bumble in March, claiming it violated its patents and trademarks and alleging a misuse of trade secrets. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd was a co-founder of Tinder.…

Italy migrant crisis: Government passes tough bill

The Italian government has passed a decree which will make it easier to deport migrants and strip them of Italian citizenship. Migrants could now be expelled if they are found guilty of serious crimes such as rape and assault. Previously, this was only possible at the end of a lengthy appeals process. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini described the measure as « a step forward to make Italy safer ». The measure needs the backing of lawmakers. The decree also envisages that asylum seekers accused of drug dealing will have their…

Landmark deal will create the world’s biggest gold miner, worth $18 billion

The gold industry has a new king. Canada’s Barrick Gold (ABX) is buying rival Randgold (GOLD) to create the world’s biggest gold miner, the two companies announced Monday. The combined entity will have a market value of more than $18 billion. Barrick shareholders will end up owning about 67% of the new company. John Thornton, Barrick’s executive chairman will hold the same role at the merged group, while Randgold chief Mark Bristow will be president and CEO. The new company will control five of the world’s top ten gold mines…

Weight Watchers is changing its name to WW

CEO: Weight Watchers name now a misnomer Weight Watchers really wants to let you know that it’s not just a diet company — so much so that it’s changing its name to WW. The company announced Monday that the new WW (WTW) name reflects its focus on overall health and wellness, and not just shedding pounds. CEO Mindy Grossman said in a statement that the company remains « committed to always being the best weight management program on the planet » but that it wants people to also focus on…

SiriusXM is buying Pandora in a $3.5 billion deal

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 12: General view of SiriusXM Studios on June 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM) SiriusXM is buying Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. The deal will create the world’s largest audio entertainment company, the companies said early Monday. SiriusXM (SIRI) has 36 million subscribers in North America. It was formed with the merger of the Sirius and XM satellite radio services in 2008. Sirius had paid Howard Stern hundreds of millions of dollars to lure him from…

Sky shareholders cheer Comcast’s $40 billion knockout bid

Comcast outbids 21st Century Fox for Sky A great day for Comcast is turning into an even better one for Sky shareholders. The American cable giant outbid 21st Century Fox (FOX) and its powerful backer, Disney (DIS), on Saturday in an auction for control of the European pay-TV broadcaster. Comcast’s (CMCSA) final bid was £17.28 ($22.65), valuing Sky at £30.6 billion ($40.1 billion). That was way up on its previous offer of £14.75, and Sky’s closing share price on Friday. The stock moved fast Monday to catch up, gaining over…

Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’

Emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis have been heard at the start of the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. The public inquiry is looking at how thousands of NHS patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s in what has been dubbed the worst-ever NHS treatment disaster. In a video played to the inquiry, one man described how he felt he lost his entire life after finding out at the age of 43 that he had been infected with hepatitis C when he…

Pret baguette inquest: Plea for help after allergic reaction

A 15-year-old girl who died after a severe allergic reaction to a baguette from an airport Pret a Manger said « Daddy, help me » as she struggled to breathe, an inquest has heard. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse became ill on a flight to Nice on 17 July 2016. Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha died in a hospital in Nice within hours, West London Coroner’s Court heard. Pret a Manger said it was « deeply saddened » by her death. Natasha from Fulham, west London, ate an artichoke, olive…

Trump says Brett Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’

US President Donald Trump says sexual misconduct claims against his Supreme Court nominee are « totally political », as a second woman came forward. Speaking at the United Nations in New York on Monday, Mr Trump said Brett Kavanaugh is « outstanding », adding: « I am with him all the way. » The latest allegation is that the nominee once exposed his genitals to a Yale University classmate at a party. The judge has denied both claims, labelling the latest « a smear ». The nomination battle is so…

Monthly rubbish bin collection launched

Media playback is unsupported on your device Controversial monthly bin collections will be rolled out across a county on Monday – the first area in the whole of England and in Wales to make the move. Waste destined for landfill will now only be collected once a month in Conwy county following a trial. It has been met with controversy, with residents and councillors calling it « unfair » and claiming the trial brought more rats, seagulls and flies. The council said it could save £390,000 a year and concerns…

Weight Watchers slims down in rebrand

Weight Watchers has unveiled a slimmed down version of its name, rebranding itself WW, in what it says marks « the next stage of the company’s evolution ». The company says the new name reflects its development from focusing on weight loss to overall health and wellness. But the chief executive was unable to explain what the letters WW stood for. Mindy Grossman said they did not stand for Weight Watchers or « Wellness that Works », a phrase the company has trade marked, but were simply « a marque…

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe team up to help companies solve a vexing problem

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe on Monday announced that their companies are working together on a new initiative to help customers do more with their own data. The move comes as their customers increasingly adopt cloud software and infrastructure, which can make it more difficult to draw conclusions based on all the data stuck in various disparate systems. There’s no clear road map for the Open Data Initiative, which was unveiled at the Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida. And it’s not clear if Microsoft’s competitors in the cloud, including Amazon…

Microsoft leapfrogs Amazon with a special-purpose A.I. box for cloud customers

Microsoft on Monday unveiled new hardware that businesses can use in factories and other sites and is designed to efficiently run artificial intelligence computations without requiring customers to install special processors. The introduction of the Azure Data Box Edge comes as Microsoft seeks to gain share from public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services and fend off smaller challengers like Google. Amazon pioneered the idea of blending special-purpose hardware with its cloud services in a product called Snowball. With Snowball, Amazon sends highly durable hardware to customers. They fill up…

Roku will soon let you control its devices and Roku TVs with Google Assistant

This is one example of interoperability that I didn’t expect to see anytime soon: Roku has announced that within the next few weeks, consumers will be able to control its streaming boxes, sticks, and Roku TVs by using Google Assistant voice commands. Users will be able to launch specific streaming apps, control playback (play/pause/etc.), search for content, and “go home” by talking to a nearby Google Home speaker or to Assistant on their mobile phone. For Roku TV owners, voice commands will also support powering their TV on or off,…

News site to investigate Big Tech, helped by Craigslist founder

When the investigative journalist Julia Angwin worked for ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization became known as « big tech’s scariest watchdog. » By partnering with programmers and data scientists, Ms. Angwin pioneered the work of studying big tech’s algorithms — the secret codes that have an enormous impact on everyday American life. Her findings shed light on how companies like Facebook were creating tools that could be used to promote racial bias, fraudulent schemes and extremist content. Now, with a $20 million gift from the Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, she…