Elon Musk-backed company launches a website to poke fun at DNA testing — and it’s hilarious

DNA Friend is a new consumer genetics company that aims to rival 23andMe with its « fastest and freest DNA testing service. » div > div.group > p:first-child »> The only difference? It’s a total parody. DNA Friend, which has both a website and social media presence, is a creation of Thud, a new media project run by former Onion staffers and originally backed by Elon Musk. According to the Atlantic, Tesla’s CEO originally owned the business but sold it to former editors at the Onion — Ben Berkley and…

Bill Gates talked with Google employees about using A.I. to analyze ultrasound images

Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, says he talked to Google researchers on Monday about the application of artificial-intelligence technology in health care. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The intersection of AI and health care is a longtime area of interest for Google. Researchers there have explored the use of AI algorithms for making predictions based onmedical records. And Verily, another subsidiary of Alphabet alongside Google, is solely focused on health care. While Microsoft and Google are arch-competitors in many areas, including cloud computing and artificial intelligence…

‘We’re preparing’ an antitrust case against Google similar to Microsoft, Mississippi AG says

Google controls a « pipeline » of data and « we’re preparing » an antitrust case against them akin to the federal case against Microsoft in the 1990s, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told CNBC on Monday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The privacy practices of the Alphabet unit will also be called into question, added Hood, who is one of several state attorneys general turning up the heat on powerful tech companies. « We attorneys general have authority under consumer protection acts to do both, » Hood said…

Beto O’Rourke received backing from big tech in 2018 – that could be a blessing and a curse for 2020

Beto O’Rourke enjoyed strong support from tech industry workers and executives during his ultimately unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign last year in Texas, which could give the breakout Democratic star a fundraising edge over his primary opponents as he seeks to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Yet, it will likely be a point of contention for the new campaign. O’Rourke – who announced Monday that he raked in a record $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his 2020 campaign – and several…

Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara resigns as AT&T probes ‘mistakes’

(Reuters) – Kevin Tsujihara has resigned as the head of Warner Bros as one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios investigates a report that he improperly helped an actress obtain roles at the studio. FILE PHOTO: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara arrives at the premiere of « King Arthur: Legend of the Sword » at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, in Hollywood, California, U.S., May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokHe is the latest in a line of executives to lose their jobs in the media business following accusations…

May’s Brexit deal in chaos as Speaker sparks ‘constitutional crisis’

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different form. In comments that blindsided May’s office, Speaker John Bercow said the government could not bring forward proposals for a vote in parliament that were substantially the same as had been defeated twice before, in January and last week. Brexiteers seeking a complete break from the European Union saw…

EU leaders could avoid final call on Brexit delay this week: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders could hold off making any final decision on any Brexit delay when they meet in Brussels later this week, senior diplomats in the bloc said, depending on what exactly British Prime Minister Theresa May asks them for. Pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit protesters stand outside of the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleThe senior national diplomats in Brussels spoke on Monday afternoon after the UK’s speaker of parliament seemed to have dashed May’s hopes for a third House of Commons vote…

CEO steps down as Warner Bros probes his role in helping actress

(Reuters) – Kevin Tsujihara has resigned as the head of Warner Bros as one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios investigates a report that he improperly helped an actress obtain roles at the studio. FILE PHOTO: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara arrives at the premiere of « King Arthur: Legend of the Sword » at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, in Hollywood, California, U.S., May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokHe is the latest in a line of executives to lose their jobs in the media business following accusations…

How to set up emergency location sharing on Android and iOS

Smartphones are spectacular for snapping photos, scanning the news, and sending messages, but they can also be literal lifesavers if you take the time to set them up before the need arises. Both Android and iOS have easy-to-use systems for sharing your location with a friend, family member, or other trusted contact in an emergency. You can even create connections that’ll allow you to check up on loved ones to see if their phone has detected movement lately and then request an automated location update if you’re unable to reach…

Super fast travel using outer space could be $20 billion market, disrupting airlines, UBS predicts

UBS believes there will be very lucrative ramifications from the space flight efforts currently led by Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin. div > div.group > p:first-child »> A lengthy UBS report published on Sunday found that, in a decade, high speed travel via outer space will represent an annual market of at least $20 billion and compete with long-distance airline flights. Space tourism will be a $3 billion market by 2030, UBS estimates. « While space tourism is still at a nascent phase, we think that as technology becomes…

Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara steps down

FILE PHOTO: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara arrives at the premiere of « King Arthur: Legend of the Sword » at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, in Hollywood, California, U.S., May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok(Reuters) – Warner Bros Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara has resigned from one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios following a report that he improperly helped an actress obtain roles at the studio. “It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros, our employees and our partners for Kevin to step…

Lyft’s co-founder took a subtle dig at Uber’s business model and culture

Lyft is not pulling any punches as it seeks to raise $2 billion at a $23 billion valuation in its initial public offering ahead of its larger rival, Uber. div > div.group > p:first-child »> In its roadshow video ahead of its March 29 Nasdaq debut, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer says, « There are five key reasons why Lyft wins. » (Presumably against Uber.) Uber plays the « Goliath » to Lyft’s « David » as it reportedly seeks a valuation as high as $120 billion. Among those reasons, Zimmer…

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara ousted after sexual misconduct allegations

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara has been ousted after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him, » John Stankey, WarnerMedia CEO, said in a statement Monday. « Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership expectations and could impact the company’s ability to execute going forward. » Tsujihara was being investigated for allegedly promising acting roles in exchange for sex.…

Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority. FILE PHOTO: Flares are seen in the sky during fighting in the Islamic State’s final enclave, in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File PhotoThe Iranian and Syrian military chiefs were speaking after a meeting in Damascus that also included their Iraqi counterpart,…

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said. FILE PHOTO: Injured Islamic state militants are seen in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah/File PhotoSmoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another witness said the jihadists had earlier mounted a counter attack. “Several positions captured and an…

Space startup adds $1.25 billion from SoftBank and others to mass produce internet satellites

OneWeb announced $1.25 billion in additional funding from investors on Monday as the internet satellite start-up begins to rapidly increase production, aiming to launch 650 satellites into orbit over the next two years. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « OneWeb is moving from the planning and development stage to deployment of our full constellation. » OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel said in a statement. This latest influx of cash represents OneWeb’s largest single round of fundraising. The round was led by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm and…

Cboe to stop listing bitcoin futures as interest in crypto trading cools

The major U.S. exchange company that paved the way for bitcoin futures has had a change of heart. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Cboe Global Markets, which rolled out the first bitcoin futures contracts in December 2017, has decided to stop adding new ones, according to a statement from the exchange last week. The Cboe Futures Exchange, or CFE, said it will not add new bitcoin futures in March. It did not rule out the possibility of other cryptocurrency derivatives, though, and « is assessing its approach » for…

Third Brexit vote must be different – Speaker

John Bercow has ruled out another vote on the government’s previously rejected Brexit agreement if the motion remains « substantially the same ». He told the Commons that parliamentary conventions dating back to 1604 meant MPs could not be asked to vote on precisely the same subject twice. MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU by 149 votes last week. Mr Bercow’s ruling came as the government considers a third attempt to get the deal through Parliament. He said the second vote on the prime minister’s deal was…

Here’s who stands to get rich from Lyft’s IPO

Lyft is poised to rake in as much as $2 billion when it debuts on the public markets later this month, and its major stakeholders are set to get rich. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The company plans to sell roughly 30 million class A shares at between $62 and $68 a piece, valuing the ride-hailing firm at up to $19.3 billion based on an outstanding share count of roughly 284 million class A and class B shares. Lyft’s co-founders, Logan Green and John Zimmer, will be the sole…

Utrecht shooting: ‘Three dead’ after attack on tram

Three people have been killed following a shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, the city’s mayor says. Nine others were injured in the incident which police say appears to be a terrorist attack. Police are looking for a 37-year-old Turkish man named as Gokmen Tanis and have warned people not to approach him. Schools have closed and security has been increased while counter-terrorism police work to find the gunman. « We cannot exclude a terrorist motive, » Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news…

Utrecht shooting: ‘Three dead’ in tram shooting

Three people have been killed following a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the city’s mayor says. Nine others were injured in the incident which police say appears to be a terrorist attack. Police are looking for a 37-year-old Turkish man named as Gokmen Tanis and have warned people not to approach him. Schools have closed and security has been increased while counter-terrorism police work to find the gunman. « We cannot exclude a terrorist motive, » Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news conference…

‘Three dead’ in Utrecht tram shooting

Death toll in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht rises to three, mayor says – police hunt Turkish-born suspect 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

Yellow vest protests: France to tighten Paris security

Media playback is unsupported on your device The French government is expected to announce extra security measures shortly to protect central Paris from further vandalism during violent gilets jaunes (« yellow vest ») protests. French media say police could in future cordon off the famous Champs-Elysées avenue. Chic boutiques and a restaurant were vandalised there on Saturday. During the clashes, a policeman was filmed apparently stuffing Paris Saint-Germain football shirts into a bag. Police are probing that incident. A PSG store was among those damaged during Saturday’s unrest, which involved…

Dutch police hunt for Turkish man after tram shooting

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people, one of them possibly fatally, on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack. Authorities raised the terrorism threat to its highest level in Utrecht province, schools were told to shut their doors and paramilitary police increased security at airports and other vital infrastructure, and also at mosques. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte convened crisis talks, saying he was…

Brexit boost for May as rebel ranks waver, but will it be enough?

LONDON (Reuters) – Cracks appeared in the ranks of rebel Conservative lawmakers opposed to Prime Minister Theresa’s May’s Brexit plans on Monday but she had yet to win over enough hardliners to get her EU departure deal through parliament. FILE PHOTO: Brexit supporting Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is interviewed by a television channel in a temporary studio opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoOne of the most influential Brexit-backing lawmakers in May’s party, Jacob Rees-Mogg, gave the strongest hint to date that rebels…

Desperate to get through to execs, some cybersecurity vendors are resorting to lies and blackmail

The cybersecurity vendor marketplace is growing so crowded that some companies have been resorting to extreme tactics to get security executives on the phone to pitch their products, including lying about security emergencies and threatening to expose insignificant breaches to the media. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The aggressive tactics come as the cybersecurity market expands dramatically, with « long tail » of thousands of vendors with niche specialties. These sales tactics can make it harder for overworked cybersecurity execs to find and stop real threats. It can also…

Esports just made its way onto ‘The Simpsons’ — here’s why that matters

He has discovered a comet. He has performed in a boy band. Now Bart Simpson has found himself at the heart of what could be a billion-dollar industry this year: esports. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The perennial Springfield Elementary School student became an electronic sports athlete — esports athlete, for short — in Sunday’s episode of « The Simpsons » titled « E My Sports. » Bart essentially gets a new computer and finds himself glued to « Conflict of Enemies, » based on Tencent-owned publisher Riot Games’…

Taxi-hailing firm Gett will reportedly file for IPO this year

The boss of ride-hailing firm Gett said Monday that he plans to publicly list the company at some point in 2019. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Speaking to the Financial Times Monday, founder and chief executive Dave Waiser said the initial public offering (IPO) would take place on either the London Stock Exchange or in Israel. Waiser said the expected listing of rival taxi firm Lyft would be instructive for Gett’s strategy to raise public cash. « We will see how Lyft goes, we believe there’s a lot of…

$60-$70 oil is the ‘pain threshold’ for the US and OPEC, JPMorgan says

An oil price of between $60 and $70 per barrel is both a « sweet spot » and « pain threshold » that rival oil producers in the U.S. and OPEC can tolerate when it comes to the price of oil and production, according to the head of EMEA Oil & Gas Research at JPMorgan. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « $60-70 is the pain threshold that works both for the U.S. (and OPEC) » JPMorgan’s Christyan Malek told CNBC on Monday. « Above $65 and you saw oil…

OPEC cancels April meeting, leaving price-boosting oil output cuts in place through June

OPEC and other major oil producers on Monday canceled a meeting planned for April, a move that leaves the alliance’s price-boosting production cuts in place until at least June. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The group is delaying its decision because it expects the oil market to remain oversupplied through the first half of the year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said at a committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. The delay also allows the producers to assess how U.S. sanctions on OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela will affect the oil…