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Europe Could See Another Brexit-Like RuptureBeyond Spain

Some of the great moments of history sneak up on businesspeople. Two years ago, Britain looked to be Europe’s most economically rational country; now its companies seem to be rolling from one economic earthquake to another, with keen to integrate the euro zone, and the national sovereignty. Later this month it looks likely the Czechs will have a formally investigating Law & Justice’s judicial “reforms,” which look like an attempt…

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The 3 things you need to get the most out of the masterpiece that is ‘Blade Runner 2049’

I like records.Image: Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi symphony. Everything works together, thoughtfully, intricately and beautifully. Story, script, score, characters, ideas, sound design, visuals — oh my stars, those visuals — all in perfect complement, sparking off showers of greatness to blind the sum of these parts. Denis Villeneuve has allowed himself a luxurious 2 hours, 44 minutes to revisit the Ridley Scott cult classic, but not…

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Fans call for McDonald’s ‘boycott’ following Szechuan sauce snafu

Common theme, I tried two in Delaware that @McDonalds website said had it, and they say they never got it. Seems like a bait and switch. — Kyle Grantham (@kylegrantham) October 7, 2017 However, McDonald’s failed to mention in any of their widespread promos that only 20 packets of the highly anticipated sauce would be available at the stores. The Huffington Post reported that some locations listed online as participating…

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Alibaba is leading a $27M investment in open source database startup MariaDB

Alibaba has spent 2017 pushing its cloud computing business and now it is preparing to make its first major investment in a Western startup in the space. The Chinese e-commerce giant has agreed to lead a €22.9 million ($27 million) investment in MariaDB, the European company behind one of the web’s most popular open source database servers, according to a source with knowledge of negotiations. The deal has not closed…

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An 8-bit Harrison Ford hunts for fugitives in this ‘Blade Runner’ recreation

Ryan Gosling's "I'm in another masterpiece" look.Image: warner bros. There’s something uncanny about the way Warner Bros. is handling critics and press for Blade Runner: 2049. I’ve seen this weirdness before — and reading the tea leaves, I’d say we may very well have a modern classic on our hands here. But there are also reasons to believe the sequel to the sci-fi touchstone is a replicant of the 1982…

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Elon Musk teases international travel with SpaceX: Anywhere on Earth in under an hour

Everyone agrees, the worst part of long-haul travel is the time it takes to get from one place to another. In Elon Musk’s update of SpaceX’s Mars plans at the International Astronautical Conference on Friday, he unveiled the company’s plans for the BFR — its largest vehicle yet. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk targets Mars by 2022, and using rockets for Earth travel While the BFR’s primary goal is to get…

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No U.S. Bailout for Puerto Rican Debt, Trumps Budget Chief Says

President Donald Trump’s budget chief said not to take literally the president’s suggestion that Puerto Rico’s debt would be “wiped out,” even as the territory’s bonds plunged to a record low on Wednesday: 32 cents on the dollar. "I think what you heard the president say is that Puerto Rico is going to have to figure out a way to solve its debt problem,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the White…

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This is why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is such a box-office flop

Blade Runner 2049 is a box office flop, partly because women aren’t interested in watching it. The film earned a disappointing $31.5 million in the U.S. this weekend, well below expectations. Its original production budget was around $150 million, plus advertising expenses. Jeff Goldstein, the Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, said he was “disappointed” at Blade Runner 2049‘s box office haul. Speaking to the New York Times, he explained,…

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Google moves big into mobile payments in Asia with launch of new app

Image: google tez/screenshot Google is going big into Asia’s mobile payment scene. The tech giant has launched a new mobile money app called Tez in India — a country with a smartphone user base of over 300 million, which has been named the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. SEE ALSO: Asia’s newest mobile wallet may actually get the region to go cashless, finally “Tez” which means fast in Hindi, lets…

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Microsoft Excel is about to get a lot smarter

Microsoft Excel users rejoice. Your favorite spreadsheet is about to get a lot smarter, thanks to the help of machine learning and a better connection to the outside world. As Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s general manager for Office, and Rob Howard, the company’s director of Office 365 ecosystem marketing, showed me during a briefing at the company’s Ignite conference today, Excel will soon be able to understand more about your inputs…

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Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

US ride-hailing company will appeal ruling but the new chief executive admits it is the cost of a bad reputation who was brought in to run the firm after a series of scandals, also tweeted an appeal to Londoners to work with us in solving the issue. Dear London: we r far from perfect but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us. Pls work w/us to…

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How Crazy Is Elon Musks Hypersonic Space Rocket Airline?

For whatever reason, some of the world’s smartest and most eccentric people tend to be drawn toward airlines. Elon Musk is the latest, but with a twist—rockets. Tacked onto a detailed explanation Friday of how SpaceX intends to land cargo on Mars five years from now—a farcical schedule that Musk conceded was “aspirational”—the space, car, solar, and battery entrepreneur segued into an audacious proposal to harness the speed of space-travel for faster…

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