Read Elon Musk’s email urging Tesla employees to help with deliveries

As Tesla rushed to make as many vehicle deliveries as possible by the end of March, CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to all employees urging them to volunteer to help out with deliveries, no matter their role. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The move is typical — Tesla usually calls for « all-hands on deck » to try to meet end-of-quarter goals. However, at Tesla’s factories and stores, the company is making do with fewer hands than it had to help at the fourth quarter of 2018. Tesla…

Cramer: Investors need a new playbook now that the Fed ended rate hikes this year

Investors need not worry that the Federal Reserve induced a market « sea change » by calling off interest rate increases this year and adjust their game plan to make money, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The major averages all rose higher during the session on the agency’s monetary policy reversal, he said. « This is a dramatic shift—we don’t need to worry about more rate hikes—and that’s why it’s causing a sea change in the stock market right now because we’re in a…

Child abuse charges against YouTube channel’s mom underscore lack of oversight for kids

The lighthearted videos appeared to be scripted, edited and neatly produced, and featured their young stars engaging in wholesome mischief as playful music hummed in the background. It was a recipe that worked for « Fantastic Adventures, » a hit YouTube family comedy series created by an Arizona family and shut down this week amid allegations of child abuse off-screen. Before YouTube terminated it, the family’s channel had attracted nearly 800,000 subscribers and amassed more than 2 million views — potentially netting upwards of $20,000 per sponsored video. But while…

Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until 22 May

The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM’s deal next week, the latest draft European Council document says. But if MPs vote the withdrawal deal down for a third time, EU leaders would back a shorter delay until 12 April. The draft conclusions seen by the PCF says the UK would then be expected to « indicate a way forward before this date ». But they are still subject to change as discussions continue. The UK is due to leave…

Libby Squire: Body in Humber confirmed as missing student

Police searching for Libby Squire have confirmed a body recovered from the Humber estuary is that of the missing student. Humberside Police said the body was discovered near Grimsby docks on Wednesday afternoon. The 21-year-old University of Hull student was last seen in the early hours of 1 February after a night out. A major police inquiry saw hundreds of officers searching for Ms Squire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Det Supt Martin Smalley said: « A post-mortem examination commenced this afternoon and is continuing to be carried out this evening,…

Apple’s stock is on a tear as it builds suspense for its upcoming event with a product launch spree

Apple’s stock is on a tear this week as it releases a string of products in the lead up to its highly-anticipated event on Monday. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The stock had its biggest rally Thursday since January, closing up 3.7 percent at $195.09 per share for its ninth positive day in the past 10 trading days. Apple fell just short of taking back the title of the world’s largest public company from Microsoft. Still, Apple is once again approaching $1 trillion in market value, adding about $33…

‘Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke reveals close brushes with death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke on Thursday revealed she suffered two brain aneurysms during her early years with the hit television show that left her convinced she would die. FILE PHOTO: 91st Academy Awards – Oscars Arrivals – Red Carpet – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 24, 2019. British actress Emilia Clarke from « Game of Thrones » wears Balmain. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File PhotoClarke, 32, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in the medieval fantasy series, spoke of her two brushes with death for…

House Democrats pressure White House on Kushner’s use of WhatsApp

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic head of a U.S. congressional investigative panel on Thursday pressed the White House for information on whether President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, used the unofficial WhatsApp messaging tool to communicate sensitive or classified information with foreign leaders. FILE PHOTO: White House adviser Jared Kushner looks on during the Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File PhotoU.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings made the request in a letter seen by Reuters to White House Counsel Pat…

EU offers Brexit delay to May, steps up pressure on London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will offer on Thursday to delay Brexit until May 22 at the latest — but only if Prime Minister Theresa May can turn around massive parliamentary opposition and win MPs’ backing next week for her withdrawal plan. Fail, and leaders expect to have to meet her again to decide whether to give her a much longer extension — or pull the plug and let Britain lurch out of the Union without a legal safety net at midnight next Friday, 11 p.m. London time on…

eBay is adding support for Google Pay

eBay is adding Google Pay as a payment option to its Android app, mobile web, and desktop site. The feature will begin rolling out in early April. The announcement post cites Millennials and Generation Z shoppers who increasingly make purchases from their phones and digital wallets as a reason for the new addition. eBay has shifted away from its reliance on PayPal since the companies split apart in 2015, and is focusing on offering customers more choices in their payment options. The post further details that “eBay’s managed payments experience…

Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May

The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM’s deal next week, a draft European Council document says. The draft says the EU is considering delaying Brexit beyond 29 March, but it says no extension is possible beyond the European elections. In Brussels, the PM spoke to leaders to try to get their backing for a delay. The BBC’s Katya Adler said these were draft decisions, and leaders were continuing discussions. And the BBC’s Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming said he had…

Italy bus attack thwarted by ‘hero’ teenager who contacted police

One of the children caught up in an attack on a school bus in Italy is being hailed by his classmates for saving everyone on board. The bus driver allegedly hijacked the vehicle and its 51 schoolchildren near Milan, then set it on fire. Children interviewed by Italian media said 13-year-old Ramy Shehata hid his mobile phone when the driver confiscated them from other students. The police were then phoned. « He is our hero », one classmate said. The driver, named as 47-year-old Ousseynou Sy, allegedly told the children:…

Google Stadia chief predicts the cloud will be the game console of the future

Google this week announced a bold vision for the future of gaming with Stadia, a new cloud gaming platform that promises to upend the industry by changing how games are played, distributed, sold, and even built. But during its Stadia reveal at Game Developers Conference, the company left out more details than it provided, in particular the business model of the service and the games that will be available when it inevitably launches. In an interview with The Verge on Tuesday, Stadia chief Phil Harrison, a longtime game industry executive…

Comcast has a new streaming box for cord cutters that you can get for $5 per month

Comcast is making it easier for its broadband-only customers to access streaming video without an outside set-top box. div > div.group > p:first-child »> For $5-per-month, Comcast will give its internet-only customers a connected box to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming applications, eschewing the need for a separately purchased device such as a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. Called Flex, the device and service will be available for Comcast customers on March 26.Flex will only be available to Comcast internet customers. It will come with a…

Brexit: Draft plans propose UK to get delay to 22 May

The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM’s deal next week, a draft European Council document says. The draft says the EU is considering delaying Brexit beyond 29 March, but it says no extension is possible beyond the European elections. In Brussels, the PM spoke to leaders to try to get their backing for a delay. The BBC’s Katya Adler said these were draft decisions, and leaders were continuing discussions. EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss Mrs May’s…

Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory

President Donald Trump says it is time the US recognises Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967. In a tweet, Mr Trump declared that the plateau was of « critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and regional stability ». Israel applied its administration and law to the Golan in 1981, but other governments did not recognise the act. Syria has consistently sought to regain sovereignty over the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has warned about the military…

Alesha MacPhail murder: Life sentence for Aaron Campbell after he admits guilt

The 16-year-old who raped and murdered Alesha MacPhail has been sentenced to a minimum of 27 years behind bars after he finally admitted his crime. During his trial, Aaron Campbell had repeatedly denied he abducted, raped and killed the six-year-old on the Isle of Bute last July. But he admitted his offences to a psychologist preparing a report to the court ahead of his sentencing. Judge Lord Matthews imposed a life sentence for the « brutal » murder. He set the punishment part of the sentence, before Campbell can apply…

Libby Squire police find woman’s body in water

Police searching for missing Hull student Libby Squire have confirmed a body recovered from the Humber estuary is that of a woman. Post-mortem tests on the body, which was found close to Spurn Point on Wednesday afternoon, are taking place. Humberside Police said there had been no formal identification but « we have been in contact and informed those that needed to be made aware of the recovery ». Ms Squire was last seen on 1 February. The 21-year-old University of Hull philosophy student, originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was…

Every school ‘needs dog as stress-buster’

Every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress in the classroom, says Sir Anthony Seldon. The University of Buckingham vice-chancellor says it is « a powerfully cost-effective way of helping children feel more secure at schools ». Sir Anthony was speaking at a conference about the need to improve young people’s sense of wellbeing. Education Secretary Damian Hinds says more schools seem to have « wellbeing dogs » and « the pets can really help ». ‘Perfect lives’ The University of Buckingham’s Ultimate Wellbeing in Education…

World wants answers from Indonesia and Ethiopia crashes

JAKARTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indonesian investigators described the panic of pilots grappling with airspeed and altitude problems in the last moments of their doomed Lion Air flight, as comparisons mounted to a disaster in Ethiopia and authorities queued up to question Boeing. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 11, 2019. REUTERS/David Ryder/File PhotoThe March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 on board has set off one of the widest inquiries in aviation history and cast…

Boeing to add extra safety alarm in 737 MAX jets: FT

A seal is seen on Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane parked at the Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia, at Soekarno-Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan (Reuters) – Boeing Co will install an extra safety alarm in the cockpits of all its 737 MAX aircraft after intense criticism in the wake of two fatal crashes, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The planemaker will include a warning light in the new 737 Max planes and retrofit all existing ones, according to the report. The light…

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook stored « hundreds of millions » of account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Facebook confirmed the report in a blog post. The incident could have affected as many as 600 million users, a significant portion of Facebook’s user base of 2.7 billion people. « As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in…

Oil price forecast: frothy with high likelihood of Trump tweet storm

Rising oil prices at the start of 2018 prompted President Donald Trump to unleash a barrage of abusive tweets at OPEC. This year, the oil market is giving the commander-in-chief plenty of ammunition. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The cost of Brent crude oil is now higher than it was at the same time last year. The international benchmark for oil prices hit a four-month high at $68.69 on Thursday, and big banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are warning Brent will soon rise toward $75 a barrel.…

Tesla is suing former employees and self-driving startup Zoox for allegedly taking secrets

Tesla is suing self-driving car startup Zoox and several former Tesla employees for allegedly stealing company information. div > div.group > p:first-child »> The electric car maker says former employees Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craig Emigh, « absconded with select proprietary Tesla documents useful to their new employer, and at least one of them used Tesla’s confidential information to target other Tesla employees for hiring by Zoox, » according to a suit filed in a U.S. District Court in Northern California. In doing so the defendants, including…

Victory over Islamic State to be announced after enclave searched: SDF

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Syrian forces were sweeping on Thursday through the final enclave that had been held by Islamic State fighters, and said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sit in the bucket of an excavator in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 20, 2019. Picture taken March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said“Our forces are still conducting combing and search operations and as soon as they are…

At least 40 killed as overloaded ferry sinks in Iraq’s Tigris river

MOSUL (Reuters) – At least 40 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq, police and medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul’s Civil Defence Authority, Husam Khalil. The rescue team is still retrieving survivors and has rescued 12 people so far, Khalil added. Reporting by Jamal Al-Badrani; Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source: Reuters

San Francisco could ban Amazon’s cashier-free stores

San Francisco is considering a ban on cashless Amazon stores as it weighs a bill that would make it one of a growing list of cities forbidding cashless retailers. div > div.group > p:first-child »> Just this week, New Jersey followed Philadelphia’s lead in signing into law a cashless store ban. Lawmakers argue that cashless stores can effectively discriminate against low-income consumers, who may not have a bank account or credit card. But businesses say going cashless is good for consumers and reduces the risk of robbery and the ability…

Cadillac banks on SUVs, electric vehicles to revive brand as sales languish

General Motors’ luxury brand Cadillac is rolling out a new vehicle every six months, including what the automaker is billing as a major new product set to debut at the New York International Auto Show next month. div > div.group > p:first-child »> While brand boss Steve Carlisle won’t say what’s coming to the Big Apple, Caddy is in the midst of shifting its emphasis from traditional sedans and coupes to a rapidly expanding lineup of crossover utility vehicles like the big XT6 model that debuted at the North American…

$35 million floating wind project gets green light

A 31 million euro ($35.32 million) floating wind project off the west coast of Ireland has been granted approval. In an announcement Wednesday, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) said that plans were in place for the deployment and testing of a « full-scale floating wind turbine. » The turbine will be located at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near the town of Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. EMEC is leading the project, and partnering with the SEAI, Italian business Saipem, and several other organisations in…

Apple is on a hardware-launching bonanza ahead of its big TV announcement

Apple has announced three new products so far this week, an unusual spree of releases for the technology giant which usually prefers to reveal new products as part of a flashy stage show. div > div.group > p:first-child »> But this week’s announcements, which include new versions of the iPad Mini, the iPad Air, the iMac and Apple’s AirPods, were made quietly, through press releases posted early in the morning. The new products announced by Apple aren’t the company’s major product lines. The new iPads are updated versions of previous…