Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, Trump says Saudi account credible

DUBAI/GLENDALE, Ariz./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Saturday a missing journalist had died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and it had fired two senior officials over his death, an account President Donald Trump said was credible but U.S. lawmakers found hard to believe. Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgement that Jamal Khashoggi died in the consulate came after two weeks of denials it had anything to do with his disappearance, and followed growing demands from Western allies for an explanation of what happened. His disappearance sparked a global outcry and…

Blast-off for BepiColombo on mission to Mercury

Media playback is unsupported on your device Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The joint endeavour, known as BepiColombo, left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America. It will take the probes seven years to reach their destination. But when they do finally arrive, it is hoped their parallel observations can finally resolve the many puzzles about the hot little world. One of the key ones concerns the object’s oversized iron core, which…

Russian woman charged with attempted US election meddling

The US government has charged a Russian woman for her role in a Kremlin-backed campaign to influence the US mid-term congressional elections next month. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, was revealed by the US Department of Justice on Friday. It marks the first foreign meddling case in the forthcoming US elections. Officials say she was the chief accountant for a project to « sow discord in the US political system ». What is the allegation? The charges allege Ms Khusyaynova – who lives in St Petersburg –…

Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

(Reuters) – The drawing for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, a cool $1 billion, was held on Friday as lotto fever gripped the U.S. A sign advertising tickets for the $1-billion Mega Millions lottery drawing is seen in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonThe lucky numbers 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 were drawn on Friday night. The winner can opt for an immediate cash payment of $565.6 million or receive the $1 billion prize over 29 years. If the $565.6…

Alaska’s independent governor ends re-election bid, endorses Democrat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign on Friday and endorsed his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way contest in which neither had appeared capable of defeating the Republican front-runner. With just 18 days left before the Nov. 6 election, Walker said he concluded that he could not win a second term in a race against both former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, and former state Senator Mike Dunleavy, a Republican. Walker, 67, said his decision to bow out was based entirely…

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, fires two senior officials

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia admitted on Friday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate and said it had fired two senior officials over the incident, which has sparked an international outcry and strained relations with the West. King Salman ordered the dismissal of Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court advisor seen as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, a statement on state media said. Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, went missing after entering the consulate on Oct.…

Migrant caravan streams out of Guatemala, halted by Mexican police

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Hundreds of members of a caravan of migrants who had crossed Guatemala tried to breach the Mexican border on Friday, as Mexico vowed to tackle the convoy that U.S. President Donald Trump says must be stopped before it reaches the United States. Central American migrants from the caravan that began in Honduras last weekend pushed through Guatemalan border posts and streamed onto a bridge connecting the two countries, only to be halted by dozens of Mexican police in riot gear. Some migrants violently shook fences…

Cramer Remix: It’s not a good time to be a company like United Rentals

CNBC’s Jim Cramer knew he had to explain the stark weakness in shares of United Rentals after the stock of the largest equipment rental company in the United States lost 15 percent on Thursday and hit another 52-week low Friday. « October has been a Freddy Krueger-esque nightmare for United Rentals. The darned thing is down 28 percent just since the beginning of the month, » the « Mad Money » host said. Part of the problem? United Rentals is « incredibly cyclical, » meaning that its success is tied…

Cramer’s memo to the Fed: Consider the jobs being wiped out by technology before hiking rates

The Federal Reserve isn’t paying enough attention to the jobs being wiped out by technological innovation, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. « Right at the moment when Silicon Valley is laying waste to white-collar jobs and many factory positions — that’s why companies love the cloud, it lets them fire people — the Fed is obsessed with the disaster that is full employment, » the « Mad Money » host said. « Never mind that we’re not at full employment, » he added. « The labor force participation rate is…

Jamal Khashoggi case: Journalist ‘died after fight’ – Saudi TV

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country’s state TV reported quoting an initial probe. It said deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair. The news bulletin said 18 Saudi nationals have now been detained as part of the continuing probe. This is the first time the kingdom has admitted Mr Khashoggi has died. Saudi King Salman has also reportedly ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by…

Google is using software to make the Pixel 3’s screen corners even rounder

Google is extending its design atheistic that favors subtle, rounded corners even further by manually adjusting the Pixel 3’s screen corners during start up, as first spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user earlier today. Material Theme, an updated version of the company’s software design philosophy, is the driving force behind the Gmail and Chrome redesigns of late, and you’ll notice it most prevalently in the new Chrome tab design that eschews rough and pronounced corners for software, rounded ones. Google isn’t going so far as to turn the edges of…

1 in 4 Venmo users’ actions on the app can be monetized, PayPal CFO says

A quarter of Venmo users are currently using PayPal’s millennial-friendly payments app in a way that the financial technology company can monetize, PayPal Chief Financial Officer John Rainey told CNBC on Friday. « If we look at the most recent quarter, roughly one in four Venmo customers are using Venmo in a way today that we’re able to monetize, » Rainey told « Mad Money » host Jim Cramer in an exclusive interview. « That could be with using Venmo to shop online, it could be using our physical card…

Khashoggi ‘died after fight’ – Saudis

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after fight in consulate, initial results of probe suggest – Saudi state TV This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Source: BBC

How to view your notification history on Android

If you’ve used Android for quite some time, it’s likely you’ve mistakenly swiped away a notification or two for one reason or another. Maybe you’re swiping in a hurry like my colleague Dieter Bohn, or you accidentally cleared everything in the notification drawer without meaning to, or maybe you just wonder where all your notifications go, and if there’s a historical list of them, after you’ve dismissed them. But don’t worry, as you can find everything from missed messages, emails, app updates, and even system messages in the stock Notification…

Elon Musk’s extreme micro-management has wasted time and money at Tesla, insiders say

It was late 2016. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had confidently told investors that his company would be cranking out 500,000 electric cars a year by 2018. To hit those mass-market volumes, the CEO ordered a team of engineers to figure out how to « automate everything » about Model 3 assembly. The Model 3 was the future of Tesla. At $35,000 for the base model, it was supposed to be an affordable electric car that would vault Tesla from a niche car maker for the wealthy to a company that…

Verizon temporarily unlocks all Pixel 3 phones after complaints

Verizon will allow all of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones to immediately be used on different carriers, a spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge by email. When the phone went on sale yesterday, buyers noticed that the Pixel 3 was locked to Verizon’s network until it was activated. Once activated with a Verizon SIM, the device would be unlocked overnight for use with other carriers. But now Verizon is lifting the lock fully and immediately — but maybe only temporarily. “At launch, there was an update related…

Top VC deals: Instacart hits a $7B valuation; Bill Gates raises an EU energy fund

LogicBio Therapeutics went public this week, raising $70 million. The genome editing company develops medicines to fight rare diseases. Its stock trades on the Nasdaq under the ticket symbol « LOGC. » LogicBio is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and had previously raised roughly $50 million in financing, led by Arix Bioscience and OrbiMed. Chinese scooter maker Niu raised $63 million in its U.S. IPO this week. The stock trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol « NIU. » The company was co-founded in 2014 by Baidu’s former chief technology…

The Pixel 3 removes the ability to unlock your phone with your voice

Google has quietly removed the Unlock with Voice Match function from its latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, as first reported by Piunikaweb. The feature, which was previously available on the past two Pixel devices, allowed for users to unlock their phones’ Assistant features with an, “OK Google” command. Google confirmed that the feature is no longer available on its support page, where it explains: “On Pixel 3 phones, you can’t unlock your phone by saying ‘Ok Google.’ Instead, you can use the Google Assistant on your lock…

Cloud software company Qualtrics plans to follow rival SurveyMonkey to the public markets

Less than a month after survey software company SurveyMonkey held its public market debut, one of its top rivals, Qualtrics, announced plans to follow suit. Qualtrics filed its IPO prospectus on Friday, and will soon join SurveyMonkey on the Nasdaq Stock Market, trading under the symbol XM, which refers to « experience management. » Qualtrics, whose technology captures sentiment among employees, customers, partners and others, is bigger than SurveyMonkey and growing much faster while also turning a profit last year. Most of its sales come from subscriptions, and the company…

Flying in a chopper over the water? See what it takes to escape if it goes down

1 Hour Ago In preparation for a helicopter ride out to Shell’s massive oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, CNBC first had to pass an extensive underwater drowning training course. Watch as Worldwide Exchange anchor Brian Sullivan escapes a helicopter crash simulation underwater – fully strapped in and upside down Source: CNBC

Wall Street’s biggest Apple bull: China sales are ‘fuel in the engine’

Strong Chinese demand and a growing services business are critical on Apple’s « yellow brick road » to a $1.5 trillion market cap, which Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said is more than possible. Ives initiated coverage of Apple with an outperform rating and a 12-month price target of $310, higher than any other analyst on Wall Street. His target is 40 percent higher than Apple’s closing price on Thursday. Services are the « linchpin » to the company’s growth, Ives said in an interview with CNBC’s « Power Lunch…

U.S. Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion hours before drawing

(Reuters) – The U.S. Mega Millions lottery jackpot jumped to a record $1 billion on Friday, hours before the drawing for what is also the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. A sign advertising tickets for the $1-billion Mega Millions lottery drawing is seen in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonNew Yorkers queuing up to buy tickets for Friday’s lottery said they would use the prize money to go on a shopping spree, quit their jobs and donate to charity. Still, anyone who becomes a Mega Millions…

Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct “information warfare” against the United States, including to influence next month’s congressional elections. The criminal complaint charging Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, with conspiracy to interfere with the U.S. political system was unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia. The complaint said Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, which it said was funded by Russian oligarch Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting…

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon makes his biggest bet on Silicon Valley with new ‘fintech campus’

Jamie Dimon has never been shy about his envy for Silicon Valley. The CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase frequently travels west to meet with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, touts his bank’s hefty investments in technology and famously warned in 2015 that « Silicon Valley is coming, » thanks to « hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking. » Dimon is now opening his wallet in the region like never before. Early next year, J.P. Morgan will start development of a…

Microsoft is now tying Satya Nadella’s pay to LinkedIn’s performance

Two years after Microsoft paid $27 billion for LinkedIn, its most expensive acquisition ever, the company is tying the professional networking site’s performance to CEO Satya Nadella’s compensation. Microsoft said in a regulatory filing earlier this week that activity on LinkedIn will be one factor in how much Nadella and four other top company executives, including Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, get paid. It’s the latest evidence that Microsoft considers LinkedIn a highly important asset as the company seeks new growth channels outside of its core software businesses. According to…

Rihanna turns down Super Bowl show, backs Kaepernick

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop superstar Rihanna declined an offer to perform at a Super Bowl halftime show because she supported former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice, according to media reports. FILE PHOTO: Cast member Rihanna poses for pictures on the red carpet for the European premiere of Ocean’s 8 in London, Britain June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoUS Weekly and other reports cited an unnamed source as saying that the NFL and broadcaster CBS Corp (CBS.N) “really wanted Rihanna to be next…

Apple’s Tim Cook calls for retraction on Chinese spy chip story: ‘There’s no truth to this’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling for Bloomberg to retract its story about Chinese spy chips embedded in the company’s server equipment, telling Buzzfeed News in an interview, « This did not happen. There’s no truth to this. » « I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning, » Cook said according to Buzzfeed. « I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all…

Rihanna turns down Super Bowl show in support of Kaepernick

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop superstar Rihanna declined an offer to perform at a Super Bowl halftime show because she supported former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice, according to media reports. FILE PHOTO: Cast member Rihanna poses for pictures on the red carpet for the European premiere of Ocean’s 8 in London, Britain June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoUS Weekly and other reports cited an unnamed source as saying that the NFL and broadcaster CBS “really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer.”…

Some Google Pixel owners’ camera photos aren’t saving

Some owners of the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are experiencing an issue in which taking a photo using Google Camera occasionally fails to save. Users on Reddit and Google’s support forums are sharing their experiences, and the issue appears to be widespread, affecting original Pixel phones as well as the Pixel 2 / 2 XL. Several members of The Verge’s staff who own Google Pixel phones have confirmed they’ve experienced the issue as well. The issue occurs specifically in cases when the user takes a photo with…

SolarWinds shares rise 3.2 percent in downsized market debut

(Reuters) – SolarWinds Corp’s shares SWI.N rose as much as 3.2 percent in their downsized U.S. market debut on Friday, giving the enterprise software maker a market value of about $4.80 billion. SolarWinds Corp. CEO Kevin Thompson and employees celebrate the company’s IPO during the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThe company’s shares opened at $15.41, about 2.7 percent above its initial public offering price of $15. The Austin, Texas-based company had initially filed to sell 42 million…