Memoir Prince was writing before death to be released in October

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An unfinished memoir that Prince was writing before his 2016 death will be released in October, with previously unseen photos and other material rounding out the book, the publisher Penguin Random House said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Singer Prince performs in a surprise appearance on the « American Idol » television show finale at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in this May 24, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/FilesThe Grammy Award-winning artist, known for his androgynous style and sexually-charged songs, announced in March 2016 at a…

Oil surges as US ends Iran sanction waivers—four experts forecast what’s next

Things are heating up in the energy market. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The Trump administration announced Monday that it would end exemptions to its sanctions on Iran, a move meant to significantly curb Iran’s oil output. Crude prices surged after the announcement, with the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate crude, gaining nearly 3 percent. Here’s what experts say higher oil prices could mean for the broader market: Savita Subramanian, head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said a significant uptick in the…

Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training: FBI

LAS CRUCES, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – The head of an armed group that stops migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally allegedly boasted of training volunteers to kill former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an FBI agent said in court papers. FILE PHOTO: U.S. soldiers walk next to the border fence between Mexico and the United States, as migrants are seen walking behind the fence, after crossing illegally into the U.S. to turn themselves in, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., in this picture taken from…

Cain withdraws from Fed consideration, citing lower pay, influence

(Reuters) – Herman Cain, facing resistance from his own political party as U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick to fill a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, withdrew Monday from consideration for the post, citing what he said would be a decrease in influence and pay. FILE PHOTO: Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain gives the Tea Party Express response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, at the National Press Club in Washington January 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoFour Republican U.S. senators have expressed reservations about seating…

Elon Musk says Tesla robotaxis will hit the market next year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company should have robotaxis on the roads in 2020. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « I feel very confident predicting autonomous robotaxis for Tesla next year, » Musk said on stage at the Tesla Autonomy Investor Day in Palo Alto, California. They won’t be « in all jurisdictions, because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere, but I am confident we will have at least regulatory approval somewhere, literally next year, » he said. Musk’s optimism is based on the amount of data…

Facebook hires top State Department lawyer as general counsel

Facebook announced on Monday that it’s bringing in a new general counsel and vice president of communications as it tries to rebuild its image following a year filled with scandals. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The company said Jennifer Newstead, the legal adviser to the U.S. State Department, is joining the company as its general counsel, replacing Colin Stretch, who said last year that he would be departing. Facebook also named John Pinette as vice president of global communications, succeeding Caryn Marooney, who announced her plans to leave in…

Sri Lanka attacks: Authorities face scrutiny over advance warnings

Scrutiny fell on rifts in Sri Lanka’s leadership on Monday after it emerged that authorities were warned about the group accused in Sunday’s bombings. Attacks on churches and hotels killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500. Security agencies had been watching the National Thowheed Jamath jihadist group, reports said, and had notified police about a possible attack. But the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the cabinet were not informed, ministers said. A ‘colossal intelligence failure’ The prime minister had been kept from security briefings following a rift last year with…

Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Media playback is unsupported on your device A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. A quarter of patients have difficulty walking as the disease wears on, often freezing on the spot and falling. Parkinson’s UK hailed its potential impact on an aspect of the disease where there is currently no treatment. Prof Mandar Jog, of Western University in London,…

UK weather: Hottest Easter Monday on record

It has been the hottest Easter Monday on record in all four nations of the UK, the Met Office has said. England reached the highest temperature with 25C (77F) recorded at Heathrow, Northolt and Wisley. Temperatures hit 24.2C (75.6F) in Kinlochewe in the Highlands, 23.6C (74.4F) in Cardiff and 21.4C (70.5F) in Armagh. Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far with 25.5C (77.9F) recorded in Gosport, Hampshire. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also enjoyed their warmest Easter Sunday on record, with temperatures hitting 23.4C (74.1F) in Edinburgh…

Extinction Rebellion: Climate change protesters at Natural History Museum

Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum as the climate change protest entered its second week. About 100 people lay down under the blue whale skeleton at about 14:15 BST. It comes as more than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in central London a week ago. The climate change group are now based in Marble Arch, after police moved protesters from Oxford Street, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. Extinction Rebellion said it hoped the protest at the museum, which it called a…

‘Dark kitchens’: Are they the future of takeaways?

The UK’s fast-food delivery market continues to grow at a record rate – and the takeaway industry is worth more than £4.9bn per year. But these days some takeaways come from places customers can’t go themselves: A so-called « dark kitchen, » which could well be tucked away on an industrial estate. « Deliveroo Editions » is one such venture. The PCF’s Colletta Smith has been to see inside. Produce: Rebecca Wearn Camera/editor: David Cheeseman Source: The Guardian

Today’s Earth Day Google Doodle focuses on some of the planet’s record-breaking creatures

It’s Earth Day, a day to appreciate the large chunk of rock that serves as our protective spaceship as it transports us through the Universe. Google is celebrating today by highlighting six strange creatures and organisms that also call this spaceship their home. Today’s Google Doodle animation takes people on a journey from the top of Earth’s atmosphere to our planet’s deepest caves where all kinds of diverse plants and organisms reside. The cartoon highlights creatures such as the wandering albatross, which sports the widest wingspan of any bird alive,…

Only Saudi Arabia could make up oil shortfall, says expert

2 Mins Ago The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices. Guest Host Savita Subramanian, head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and John Kilduff, founding partner of Again Capital, joins « Squawk Box » to discuss. Source: CNBC

End of ‘Avengers’ movies cloaked in high-level Hollywood secrecy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios went to great lengths to keep the plot of the movie “Avengers: Endgame” under wraps until its highly anticipated debut in theaters this week, the stars and directors said in interviews. FILE PHOTO: Directors Joe (L) and Anthony Russo pose for a portrait while promoting the film « Avengers: Endgame » in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni“Endgame” will offer the “grand conclusion” to a 22-movie story for six of Marvel’s Avengers — Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow,…

Microsoft workers pressure company to stand by embattled Chinese GitHub repo

Microsoft employees have put forward a petition in defense of a trending GitHub repository they believe could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The repository, called 996.ICU, was established in late March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork. The stories name some of the biggest companies in China, including Alibaba, Huawei, ByteDance, DJI, Tencent, Vivo, and others. The protest has enraged Chinese censors, and many local browsers are already blocking access to 996.ICU, including browsers from Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360. Still, the repository remains available…

U.S. to end all waivers Iran oil imports, crude price jumps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday said it will eliminate in May all waivers granted to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, as it ratcheted up pressure to choke off all oil revenues of the Islamic Republic. The decision, taken by President Donald Trump, has sent oil prices to their highest in 2019, even though the White House said the United States was working with top OPEC exporter Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure the oil market is “adequately…

Iran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz

FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) – Tehran is prepared for a U.S. decision to end waivers granted to buyers of Iranian crude, an Iranian oil ministry source said on Monday, as the Revolutionary Guards repeated their threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported. The United States will fail to cut Iranian oil exports to zero, the semi-official Tasnim news agency…

Leica says it wasn’t behind a controversial ad depicting Tiananmen Square protests

A promotional video for camera maker Leica showing photojournalists covering global conflicts — including the Tiananmen Square protests in China in 1989 — has resulted in the company’s name being banned on Chinese social media and the marketer denying responsibility for the video. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The five-minute film is called « The Hunt. » It depicts photographers covering conflicts, including one capturing images of the « Tank Man, » who stood in front of a convoy of Chinese military tanks the day after the Tiananmen Square…

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL start at $399 through Google Fi

In celebration of Google Fi’s birthday, Google is slashing the cost of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones for new and existing users. The Pixel 3 usually costs $799, but you can get it for as little as $399. Doubling the Pixel 3’s 64GB storage to 128GB only costs an extra $50. If you want the Pixel 3 XL, it starts at $449 for 64GB; the 128GB model is $50 more. This offer is valid today, April 22nd, until 11:59PM PT, and you’ll only be able to reap…

Apple will release a 5G iPhone in 2020 with chips from Qualcomm and Samsung, top analyst says

Apple could release iPhones in 2020 equipped with 5G modems, according to research notes from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The modems could be provided by both Qualcomm and Samsung, according to the research. Access to 5G modem parts is one major reason why Apple settled a bitter legal battle withQualcomm last week. A 5G-equipped iPhone with a faster and more reliable cellular internet connection could give consumers a reason to upgrade from older models as iPhone sales growth stalls. Apple typically releases…

Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger’s $65.6 million total compensation ‘insane’

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s $65.6 million total compensation is « insane, » according to Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of the company’s co-founder. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The Disney heiress and philanthropist criticized the gap between Iger’s pay and that of his employees at the Fast Company Impact Council on Thursday. A recent Equilar study found Iger’s pay was 1,424 times that of the median Disney employee. It’s not the first time the Disney heiress and philanthropist has criticized CEO pay. In March, Disney stopped short of commenting on…

Social media was shut down after bombings in Sri Lanka, some warn that could make things worse

In an effort to prevent the spread of misinformation, Sri Lankan officials blocked social media in the country after a series of bombings at local churches and hotels on Easter Sunday killed nearly 300 people. But academics have raised concerns that the decision could do more harm than good. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Facebook and its Messenger service, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google-owned YouTube, Viber and Snapchat have all been blocked in the country, according to internet monitoring group NetBlocks. T he companies and the Sri Lankan embassy in the…

This homeowner avoided ‘energy-guzzlers’ for more efficient options and it’s paying off

When Bruce Sullivan set out to build his dream retirement home in 2015, his goal was to get his utilities costs as low as possible. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Today, the 900-square-foot Bend, Oregon, home that he shares with his wife has more than accomplished that, he said. The one-bedroom, one bathroom house is what Sullivan calls a « zero energy » home. « It actually generates more electricity, more energy overall, than it uses, » Sullivan said. « And it charges our electric car. » And that’s…

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, in which 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded. The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders, will go into effect at midnight on Monday, the president’s office said. Colombo, the seaside capital of the Indian Ocean island, was jittery on Monday. Police said 87 bomb detonators were…

U.S. will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to eliminate all waivers issued to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, the White House said on Monday, while vowing to ensure global oil market was well supplied. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to make an announcement on Monday detailing the decision. “The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates … along with our friends and allies, are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied,” the White House…

Apple spends more than $30 million on Amazon’s cloud every month, making it a top AWS customer

As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amazon’s cloud, according to people familiar with the arrangement. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Apple’s cloud expenditure reflects the company’s determination to deliver online services like iCloud quickly and reliably, even if it must depend on a rival to do so. As Apple’s top product, the iPhone, approaches market saturation, the company has begun pointing more to…

The OnePlus 7 will have a ‘breakthrough’ display and a beefed-up 5G version

Speaking exclusively with The Verge in the buildup to his company’s next flagship phone launch, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed some rumors and hinted at what we should expect from the next device. The big strategic change is that the OnePlus 7 will be arriving with a plus-one: a super flagship, rumored to be called the OnePlus 7 Pro, which will feature 5G and a few other niceties that the regular OnePlus 7 will miss out on. That model can probably be expected to land at a price near…

Trump expected to end Iran sanctions waivers, seeking to drive oil exports to zero

The Trump administration is expected to announce on Monday that it will no longer grant sanctions waivers to a handful of Iran’s oil customers, accelerating its mission of driving the Islamic Republic’s exports to zero. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The move threatens to wipe roughly 1 million barrels per day off the market at a time when analyst say oil supply is already tightening. Crude futures spiked to nearly six month highs on the surprise news, which was first reported Sunday by the Washington Post. President Donald Trump…

Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to bombings

Media playback is unsupported on your device A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Towheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight on Monday, the president’s office has said. Police have arrested 24 people in a series of…