More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed.

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Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Unicorn

Silicon Valley’s Forgotten Unicorn

Right now the tech world is abuzz with rumours, speculation, and anticipation for the graduating class of 2019 unicorns. Airbnb, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack, Uber, and a handful of other tech unicorns are all considering or preparing for 2019 IPOs. But there’s one unicorn that nobody is talking about, and it’s the most profitable one of them all.

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Office Depot rigged PC malware scans to sell unneeded $300 tech support

Office Depot rigged PC malware scans to sell unneeded $300 tech support

Office Depot and a partner company tricked customers into buying unneeded tech support services by offering PC scans that gave fake results, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Consumers paid up to $300 each for unnecessary services. The FTC yesterday announced that Office Depot and its software supplier, Support.com, have agreed to pay a total of $35 million in settlements with the agency.

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Lyft valued at $24.3 billion in first ride-hailing IPO

Lyft valued at $24.3 billion in first ride-hailing IPO

Lyft Inc was valued at $24.3 billion in the first initial public offering (IPO) of a ride-hailing startup on Thursday, raising more than it had set off to do as investors overlooked uncertainty over its path to becoming a profitable company.

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Here’s why Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other investors are pouring billions into clean-tech ventures

Here's why Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other investors are pouring billions into clean-tech ventures

As funding for coal- and gas-fired power generation continues to decline, investors long leery of so-called “clean tech” plays are taking a shine to renewable-energy start-ups and other carbon-reducing technologies.

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5 lessons for IT leaders from baseball execs

5 lessons for IT leaders from baseball execs

Enterprise computing isn't the only field in which digital disruption is changing the game. Baseball is affected by analytics, cross-team collaboration, and the continuing desire to hire superstars—not to mention the need for good old-fashioned management skills.

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Jury says Bayer must pay $80 million to man who alleged Roundup caused his cancer

Jury says Bayer must pay $80 million to man who alleged Roundup caused his cancer

A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million to a man who claimed his use of Bayer's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused his cancer, in the latest legal setback for the company facing thousands of similar lawsuits.

The jury in San Francisco federal court said the company was liable for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn’t Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn't Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

For months now we've all heard the refrain: Article 13 (now Article 17) of the EU Copyright Directive would not require filters. We all knew it was untrue. We pointed out many times that it was untrue, and that there was literally no way to…

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Facebook charged over targeted housing ads allegedly discriminating by race, gender, zip code and religion

Facebook charged over targeted housing ads allegedly discriminating by race, gender, zip code and religion

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it was charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination” through the company’s targeted advertising platform.

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Uber is paying $3.1BN to pick up Middle East rival Careem

Uber is paying $3.1BN to pick up Middle East rival Careem

After months and months of rumors it’s finally been confirmed that ride-hailing giant Uber is picking up its Middle East rival Careem in an acquisition deal worth $3.1 billion — with $1.7BN to be paid in convertible notes and $1.4BN in cash. Uber writes that it expects the transaction to close in Q1 2020, pending applicable regulatory approvals. It says it will acquire all of Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across the greater Middle East region, which it notes ranges from Morocco to Pakistan.

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