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Disney will pay billions for 21st Century Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Disney pays billions for Fox’s big names

The Walt Disney Co. wants Bart Simpson, the “X-Men” and the National Geographic Channel, and on Thursday confirmed that it will pay $52.4 billion to buy them and other big-name brands and programming from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is hoping to own as much entertainment and sports as it can, and then deliver it on television channels, in movie theaters and, most important, on its direct-to-consumer streaming video system. Consumers are watching less live television and more programming through the internet. Disney is trying to make sure that…

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Science 

Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopoly

Monsanto’s latest genetically-modified, herbicide-resistant seed has reignited concerns that the company has a stranglehold over farming, which will only become more pronounced with the merger with global rival Bayer (AFP Photo/EMMANUEL DUNAND) More New York (AFP) – The rapid growth of Monsanto’s new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company’s stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off,…

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Putin’s Syria victory lap is premature. Here’s why.

Standing under clear skies at an airbase in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his troops the good news: They had all but secured victory in the Middle East country’s six-year civil war. “The task of combating armed gangs here in Syria … has been largely resolved — brilliantly resolved,” he said during the surprise announcement Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the troops at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria on Monday. Mikhail Klimentyev / AP But many experts say Putin’s victory lap is premature with huge swaths of…

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Why Trump’s provocative Jerusalem move hasn’t sparked an intifada

Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out. Trump’s move broke with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace. Protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday. Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA The announcement prompted the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas to call for a new intifada — or uprising — against Israel….

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Trump’s Jerusalem move sparks outrage — but not much more

Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out. Trump’s move broke with with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders, and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace. Protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday. Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA The announcement was followed by the top leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas calling for a new intifada — or uprising…

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Technology 

Hey Joe Lawrence, how did you get to be the COO of Porsche? – Roadshow

If you look at Joe Lawrence’s resume you’ll see an eclectic mix of automotive jobs. Car salesman? Yep. Product Training Specialist at Nissan? Yeah, that’s on there too. You’ll even find 6 Series Communications Manager as well as Director of Marketing at BMW. At the top of the page is his current job, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Porsche Cars, North America. So how does a guy from El Paso, Texas go from selling cars at a Ford dealership to being the head honcho at Porsche? It started…

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Trump plan to choke Kim’s oil supply could trigger famine, experts warn

The Trump administration’s primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country’s nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts. After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un’s regime and the 25 million people he rules. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, summed up Washington’s thinking Sunday: “You cannot shoot a missile without fuel.” Many analysts say such a move would have minimal impact on North Korea’s nuclear…

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Trump’s North Korea policy could lead to famine, experts warn

The Trump administration’s primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country’s nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts. After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un’s regime and the 25 million people he rules. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, summed up Washington’s thinking Sunday: “You cannot shoot a missile without fuel.” Many analysts say such a move would have minimal impact on North Korea’s nuclear…

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T-Mobile rips Verizon’s 5G broadband plan as ‘unrealistic’ – CNET

T-Mobile is getting into the holiday spirit — by laying into rival Verizon. On Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere used Twitter to call out Verizon for its plan to speed up wireless broadband service, using a next-generation cellular technology called 5G. Specifically, he criticized the rival for missing a self-imposed deadline of deploying commercial service by 2017 (which CNET first reported).   Verizon said last week that the planned rollout of its 5G broadband service would instead happen in the second half of next year, starting with Sacramento, California, and expanding…

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