Microsoft expands rural internet quest to reach 3 million Americans

Microsoft last summer promised to partner with small, rural ISPs to make broadband available to 2 million people who don’t have access. Background: The program, known as Airband, would use a mix of technologies, including vacant broadcast airwaves called TV White Spaces, to cobble together connectivity.  Today, Microsoft’s Brad Smith is in D.C. to announce…

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Marriott Says Starwood Data Breach Affects Up to 500 Million People

Marriott International Inc. on Friday disclosed one of the biggest data breaches in history, a hack in the reservation database for its Starwood properties that may have exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests. News of the attack—rivaled only by the theft of information in 2013 and 2014 from internet company Yahoo—roiled…

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Marriott says its database hacked affecting up to 500 million

The world’s largest hotel company, Marriott International, said on Friday that up to 500 million hotel guests may have had their personal details hacked in a massive four-year-long breach of a reservation database. Marriott said its Starwood Hotels & Resorts reservation database in the United States had suffered a “data security incident” involving unlawful access…

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Bright Health raises another $200 million

Bright Health, an insurance startup that sells Medicare Advantage and Affordable Care Act plans, has raised $200 million in a new funding round from 10 investment firms — bringing its total venture capital fundraising to about $440 million. The bottom line: The company had 23,000 ACA members and 2,100 MA enrollees through the first 9…

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Repurchases More Than $900 Million of Stock

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. repurchased $928 million of its stock in the third quarter, a rare move that indicates Chairman Warren Buffett sees a dearth of appealing investment options for his company’s large cash pile. Berkshire hasn’t made a major acquisition since it bought Precision Castparts Corp. for $32 billion in 2016. Mr. Buffett is a…

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Judge Reduces Jury Award Against Bayer’s Roundup to $78.5 Million

A California judge on Monday reduced by more than $200 million a jury verdict linking Bayer AG’s Roundup weedkiller to cancer but upheld the jury’s findings that the company acted with malice. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos said the $250 million in punitive damages awarded by the jury must be slimmed down…

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Banksy painting self-destructs after $1.4 million sale

A painting by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into pieces at the moment it was sold for more than one million pounds at a London auction. Onlookers gasped and laughed after the bottom half of “Girl with Balloon”, one of Banksy’s best-known works, was sucked into a shredder hidden in its frame as the…

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Why are humans killing 100 million sharks every year?

Humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually and experts have warned that certain species face extinction if the trend continues. Consumption of shark fin soup, primarily in China and Vietnam, is the biggest reason behind the massive figure, contributing directly to the killing of almost half of the sharks, according to reports. The soup…

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