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No joke... 'Impossible' meatless patty gets Burger King Whopper test

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Burger King began Monday test-marketing its Impossible Whopper , made with plant-based patties but touted as identical in taste to a regular Whopper. To mark the launch on April Fool's day, the burger giant released a hidden-camera-style promo video showing the serving of plant-based Whoppers instead of meat to customers who marvel that they can not tell the difference. Read More »

Erdogan's AKP will appeal election results in Ankara

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The opposition vote was at 48.8% support to the ruling party's 48.5% support. An official with Turkey's ruling party says they will challenge the vote count for the mayoral election in the capital city, Ankara . Imamoglu said he had a lead of 28,000. He argued, however, that a pause in elections until 2023 would benefit Erdogan. With Turkey's economic downturn apparently weighing heavily on voters, the AK Party lost control of Ankara. Read More »

Google Maps Celebrates April Fool's With Twist on Classic 'Snake' Game

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If that's too much of a hassle to you, we've got you covered: just visit snake .googlemaps.com on your mobile or desktop browser. Users are also presented with a world option, where you can pick up passengers from all over the map. To start the game in the Google Maps app, head to the hamburger menu and tap Play Snake . Google will allow users to play the game inside Google Maps. Read More »

Huawei posts increase in 2018 earnings despite criticisms

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Revenue rose by a fifth to £76.6 billion, it was announced yesterday, receiving a significant boost from smartphone sales. While Huawei's smartphone revenues increased by 45% to 348.9 billion yuan, sales of telecom equipment to carriers fell 1.3% in 2018. Read More »

Facebook to reveal News Feed algorithm secrets

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Facebook is adding a feature to its News Feed in an effort to be more transparent. After a series of privacy scandals, Facebook needs to regain users' trust as it prepares to roll out a single messaging service combining Facebook messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram that could make it even more central to users' communications. Read More »

Labour and SNP MPs to back 'softest Brexit' alternative

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The Norway-plus proposal, put forward by Conservative Nick Boles, was defeated by 94 in the first round of indicative votes last week, when Labour MPs were "encouraged" to support it but the SNP abstained. And new general elections would also mean that Britain would need to remain in the European Union through its May 23 European Parliament elections - as long as Britain is in the European Union, it needs to participate in the elections to remain in good standing and have a say. Read More »

Multiple airlines experience system-wide outages across several USA airports

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American Airlines said: "AeroData is now experiencing a technical issue that is impacting multiple carriers, including a few of our regional carriers". What was described to some Southwest passengers Monday as "tech-related issues" were causing major problems at Hobby Airport. The airlines say flights have resumed but are experiencing residual delays. Read More »

Trade talks with China going 'very well': Donald Trump

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But the governments of the world's two largest economies have remained at odds over what Washington calls Beijing's "unfair" trade practices like alleged intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers. One person with knowledge of the talks said "translation is definitely an issue", referring to discrepancies between the Chinese- and English-language versions. Read More »

Astrazeneca signs $6.9bn cancer drug deal with Daiichi Sankyo

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AstraZeneca will pay Daiichi Sankyo $1.35 billion, plus another $5.6 billion if it meets regulatory and sales milestones. "In addition, [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan has the potential to redefine breast cancer treatment as the first therapy for HER2 low expressing tumors". Read More »

USA economy revises down Q4 growth rate to 2.2 per cent

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The U.S. economy slowed more than initially thought in the fourth quarter, keeping growth in 2018 below the Trump administration's 3 per cent annual target, and corporate profits fell by the most in a year. The economy in 2019 is not expected to help the White House fulfill its pledge for three percent growth this year, as most economists, including those at the Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund, project a slowdown. Read More »

Lyft Prices Shares At $72, Gets Valued At $24 Billion Before IPO

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That equates to a market valuation of $ 24 billion for the company . The initial public offering ( IPO ) has made multi-millionaires of the seven year old company's founders, Logan Green and John Zimmer . Lyft's IPO raised more than $ 2 billion for it to use in its heated rivalry with Uber to woo riders. That was just behind last year's US$2.42 billion listing by the Chinese video service iQIYI Inc. Read More »

McDonald's Just Spent $300 Million on New Drive-Thru Tech

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Essentially, when you pop something in your shopping cart, it's the system that gently suggests other items you might like based on what other customers have purchased. "Technology is a critical element of our Velocity Growth Plan , enhancing the experience for our customers by providing greater convenience on their terms", said Steve Easterbrook, president and chief executive of McDonald's . Read More »

Erdogan says Turkey has to cut interest rates to fight inflation

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In light of these concerns, the United States has repeatedly called on Turkey to drop the S-400 deal and to buy the more expensive Patriot systems, which are only capable of downing ballistic missiles, as opposed to the Russian S-400, which is capable of downing enemy jets, drones, and missiles. Read More »

Security at risk, Chinese firm seeks to sell Grindr dating app

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Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has told Kunlun that it considers its ownership of Grindr to be a national security risk. Elliott Zaagman, a tech writer partly based in Beijing, said that apps like Grindr hold sensitive information about its users which could be exploited. Read More »

Activating your Apple Card will be insanely simple

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This means you can use it anywhere that takes Apple Pay , and there are some pretty big incentives to do so. "However, what's mentioned is that tech magazines did run ads for the 'Apple Business Credit Card " and a consumer credit card, both with each worth $2500 in instant credit. Read More »

Lyft IPO Priced At $72 Per Share, Top Of Range

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It also indicates many investors are willing to overlook uncertainty over Lyft's path to profitability and its strategy for autonomous driving, for fear of missing out on such a high-profile technology IPO. In its S-1 filing earlier this month, Lyft said it controlled 39 percent of the US ridehailing market in 2018, up 17 percent since 2016. Lyft's co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer have structured the shares so that together they will hold 49 per cent of the voting power, enough to ... Read More »

Ocado inks partnership deal with Australian grocery chain Coles | 26 March 2019

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In a statement it released today Coles said the partnership provides a unique opportunity for the company to deliver a best-in-class customer experience. " Ocado's ongoing investment and retail partnerships around the world will help us continue to improve our offer into the future", he said. "Our flexible, scalable and modular solution will help them bring new levels of convenience, choice and value to Australian consumers". Read More »

WOW Air has ceased operation - cancelling all flights with immediate effect

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It specialized in ultra-cheap flights between North America and Europe, with flights from 27 airports, including Boston, Washington, D.C, New York, Paris, London and its Reykjavik hub. "I will never be able to forgive myself for not taking action sooner", he added. The airline served 3.5 million passengers in 2018. But the advice offers little solace, telling passengers to check with other airlines to find a new ticket. Read More »

Crude Oil Prices May Resume Their Advance

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Globally, the West Texas Intermediate ( WTI ) crude oil was down by 0.45 per cent at $59.14 while the global benchmark Brent too shed 0.45 per cent to $67.59 a barrel. "It will work itself out". Amid oil prices reaching some sort of temporary equilibrium and trading volatility being significantly lower than in the previous weeks, the oil market now expects new impulses that would indicate future direction. Read More »

Winning Numbers For Historical $768 Million Powerball Jackpot

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Since then, there have been 25 drawings in a row without a jackpot victor. In 2016, Powerball set a world record jackpot of $1.586 billion. "A lot like the flowers in the southwest, this $625 million Powerball jackpot is a spectacular super bloom", said David Barden, Powerball Product Group Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO said in a statement at the time. Read More »

What UK fintechs have to say about the Apple Card

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So every day you spend, cash is added to your Apple Cash card, which is also in the Wallet app . As with all Apple product announcements (and, really, all credit cards ), the important question to ask is: Is this product right for you? Apple could also receive some of the interest generated from the program, as well as referral fees, if consumers start using other services from Goldman Sachs as a result of the Apple Card . Read More »

‘Get off in Thailand’: AirAsia blasted for sexist ad, forced to apologise

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Apart from sandy beaches and majestic temples, Thailand is also know for its sex tourism . A spokesperson from AirAsia has confirmed that the company has officially ended the campaign and all ads have been removed. " AirAsia takes community feedback extremely seriously and the airline sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused from recent concerns raised ", a spokeswoman for AirAsia told the BBC . Read More »

10-Year vs 1-Month Inversion Persists

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Calm returned to global markets on Tuesday as a steadier day for Europe and Asia's bourses and a tick higher in benchmark bond yields helped ease nerves after a jarring few days dominated by recession worries. So, in normal circumstances, yields of 10-year treasury papers should be more than three-month yields of Treasury bills . Unlike its USA counterpart, signals from the Canadian bond market have an uneven track record in predicting trouble ahead. Read More »

Apple facing USA import ban on some iPhones in tech dispute

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While symbolically significant, Tuesday's rulings relate to just two of the dozens of intellectual property lawsuits the two United States companies are fighting around the world . "We appreciate Judge McNamara's recognition of Apple's infringement of our hardware patent and that she will be recommending an import ban and cease and desist order", Qualcomm General Counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement when the earlier notice came out. Read More »

Avocados Recalled Over Listeria Concern

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Henry Avocado also distributes avocados imported from Mexico, but those are considered safe for sale and consumption. The company says there are no known cases of customers getting sick and issued the recall out of an abundance of caution after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria . Read More »

Uber acquires Mideast rival Careem in $3.1-billion deal

The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2020. Careem was valued at about $1 billion in a 2016 funding round, making it one of the most valuable technology startups in the Middle East. "Working closely with Careem's founders, I'm confident we will deliver exceptional outcomes for riders, drivers and cities, in the fast-moving part of the world". Read More »

Avocado Company Recalls Fruits Sold In 6 States For Potential Listeria Contamination

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Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the "Bravocado" label on the sticker. Avocados packed there went to Florida , California , North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. The company is also fully cooperating with federal and California health officials to facilitate an efficient and complete recall of the avocados. Henry Avocado did not begin packing there until late January 2019. Read More »

China's Xi, European leaders form trade policy partnership

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On the first leg of his five-day Europe trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to the "Belt and Road" initiative . The EU is anxious about unfair competition from Chinese companies. The French and Chinese leaders, who also held a private dinner with their wives on Sunday, nodded to the protests. "Macron is not happy to see China win so many prizes in Rome, so he has invented a freaky European format by inviting Merkel and Juncker as a counterbalance to show ... Read More »

British Airways passengers mistakenly flown to Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf

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British Airways said the aircraft was wet-leased from German firm WDL Aviation . British Airways had hired German charter airline WDL Aviation for their services in a leasing deal. The British Airways flight had flown for an hour and ten minutes in the wrong direction before landing at completely the wrong airport - apparently unaware of their passengers' expectations. Read More »