Business

French Finance Minister met Couche-Tard founder over Carrefour offer

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has met on Friday Alimentation Couche-Tard’s founder and executive chairman Alain Bouchard, a spokesman for the minister said. Le Maire expressed France’s stiff opposition to a possible near-$20 billion takeover of Carrefour by Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard.

Technology

Facebook tells WhatsApp users its data collection isn’t so bad

The pop-up notifications that Facebook used to inform users of the policy changes sounded like what many are calling “an ultimatum.” “By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms and privacy policy, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the notice reads. “After this date, you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp. […]

Sport

Portland center Jusuf Nurkic to have wrist surgery, miss eight weeks

It’s going to be a high-scoring but rough couple of months in Portland. Jusuf Nurkic — the team’s center and an anchor of their defense — fractured his wrist in a fall Thursday night against Indiana and that is going to require surgery, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Nurkic is expected to miss eight […]

Lifestyle

Raman spectroscopy shows promise for diagnosing oral cancer

In a new study, researchers show that a light-based analytical technique known as Raman spectroscopy could aid in early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). OSCC is the most prevalent type of oral cancer and ranks among the most common cancers diagnosed worldwide. Although effective treatments are available, the cancer is often not detected […]

Business

BMW aims to double fully-electric vehicle sales in 2021

BMW said on Friday that it aims to double its sales of fully-electric vehicles this year as the German carmaker and rivals race to release new models to comply with CO2 emissions targets and chase market leader Tesla Inc. BMW also said that including plug-in hybrids, it aims for a 50% increase in sales of […]

Technology

Bethesda is publishing an Indiana Jones game under the Lucasfilm Games banner

You read that right — one of Bethesda’s next big releases is an all-new, wholly original Indiana Jones game. Coming just a day after Disney announced the revival of the Lucasfilm Games brand, this reveal couldn’t have been timed any better. The Lucasfilm Games logo will be slapped onto the game’s branding, which proves that […]

Sport

Report: Wizards coach Scott Brooks on hot seat

The Wizards are trying to win now. But they’re just 3-8. Washington coach Scott Brooks is in the final year of his contract. Do the math. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: League sources say Brooks is sitting firmly on the hot seat. The Wizards’ on-court problems extend far beyond Brooks. Russell Westbrook has struggled through […]

Lifestyle

Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome

KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances. The study, carried out in mice and humans, was published in Nature. Up to 20% of the […]

Business

Wells Fargo records rare profit beat as credit costs fall

Wells Fargo & Co posted a small rise in quarterly profit on Friday that beat Wall Street estimates, as stabilizing credit costs helped buffer historic near-zero interest rates meant to prop up the ailing economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s fourth-largest bank, which has been plagued by hefty costs tied to litigation over the […]

Technology

Western Digital adds 4TB options to its portable SSD lines

Western Digital as CES 2021 this week introduced a quartet of high-capacity, portable solid-state drives across its consumer-facing brands. Collectively, the new 4TB drives focus on performance, durability and of course, capacity, catering to a variety of target users. It starts with the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, an NVMe solution that offers up to 1050MB/s […]