Nintendo’s prime-time AAA exclusive for the Wii U has finally launched. Super Smash Bros. has landed on retail shelves for Nintendo’s home console. Not only has the game launched but it launched with glowing reviews.
Is it just me, or has this season of The Walking Dead completely flown by? It feels like the season just started, and we’re already staring down the barrel of the mid-season hiatus. If you’re not caught up on The Walking Dead, you may want to before reading a little about the epic showdown happening soon.
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Sophia Money-Coutts (centre) will be starring in TV show Posh People: Inside Tatler. Her father, the ninth Baron Latymer, warned her against taking part in reality TV.
Starring in The Green Bay Tree marked a sexual watershed in the turbulent life of Laurence Olivier, who appeared in the 1933 Broadway production opposite his lesbian first wife, Jill Esmond (right).
Bethany Mackie, 18, pictured, from Herne Bay, Kent, was warned that she faces a prison sentence after admitting causing the death by dangerous driving while drunk of Christian Smith on March 22.
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Pension savers could receive compensation after they were sold inappropriate deals by insurance firms, including leading provider Aviva.
The photojournalist, who was captured last year while working in Syria, is seen addressing the camera as he blames David Cameron for ‘lying to the public’ and the families of ISIS prisoners.
David Cameron must scrap his commitment to spending £12billion a year on foreign aid, advance the date of the promised EU referendum, and stop sneering at Ukip supporters.
The Duke of Cambridge was mistakenly introduced using Prince Philip’s title during a ceremony in Whitehall, central London, before handing a philanthropic award to the wife of Bill Gates.
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Higher consumption of carbohydrates, not saturated fat, was associated with changes linked to diabetes and heart disease, scientists found.
Nick Clegg was humiliated as his party came in fifth place – only 300 votes ahead of Charlotte Rose, a former ‘sex worker of the year’ who stood as an independent.
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Eye specialists claim an unlicensed cancer drug that prevents blindness could save the NHS £100 million a year, according to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
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Haulage firms have told truckers that taking a break close to the port risks stowaways sneaking on to their vehicles before they cross the Channel.
Del Boy’s friend Boycie, Parker from Thunderbirds or Aleksandr the meerkat: So who does UKIP leader…
The Ukip leader’s side-splitting poses have seen him compared to a dog, turtle, muppet, chicken and even a tree.
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One of science fiction TV’s biggest names is about to get into business with one of the biggest names in comic books and one of the biggest producers in the industry. Big things are happening, I tell ya!
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Netflix is becoming kind of known for swooping in and rescuing cancelled series, but the situation involving Tina Fey’s new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a bit different, as this half-hour comedy about a doomsday cult escapee wasn’t technically cancelled by NBC and hasn’t even aired yet.
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We may never be able to web-swing across New York City or lift cars with the proportionate strength of a spider, but thanks to science, It’s possible to crawl up walls like Marvel’s infamous web-slinger Spider-Man.
OK AG on mulling suing Obama
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Rep. Aaron Schock on GOP ObamaCare suit
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Slack an app that lets coworkers chat with one another has been taking the enterprise world by storm.
Launched to the public in February, Slack has nabbed more 300,000 people as users, 73,000 of them paid users, and recently raised $120 million in investment, making the startup worth $1.12 billion.
You’d think that its popularity would be validating to the man responsible for it, Stewart Butterfield who, prior to Slack, was best known as a cofounder of Flickr.
In an interview with MIT Technology Review, when asked about if he was working to improve Slack, he answered with refreshing honesty:
Oh, God, yeah. I try to instill this into the rest of the team but certainly I feel that what we have right now is just a giant piece of shit. Like, it’s just terrible and we should be humiliated that we offer this to the public. Not everyone finds that motivational, though.
Disclosure: The Business Insider tech team uses Slack every day. We probably wouldn’t describe the app in quite so salty of terms, but he’s right that it’s just a basic chat room that could be improved a lot. We have to warn him, though, the basic-ness of it is what we like. Too many layers would turn Slack into something like a Yammer (in other words, spoil it).
Still, Butterfield tells MIT the Slack folks are working on some things that could be awesome: the ability to “favorite” comments, and something that helps you manage chat overload (too many comments and missing the important ones).
The fact that Slack emerged almost by accident might protect it. Butterfield and his then-company Tiny Speck invented Slack when they were working on a game called Glitch. Glitch was a flop, but the tool the team built to talk to each other became winner.
So if the team continues to use Slack to communicate about building Slack, that would be a winning combination.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has responded to critics of his plans to build a battery “gigafactory” in Nevada.
Musk defended his company’s plans in a blog post entitled “The House Always Wins,” a reference to casino gambling.
“There have been several articles recently implying that Tesla, through clever machinations, maneuvered Nevada into providing an overly large incentive package for the Gigafactory,” said Musk. “I love backhanded compliments as much as the next person, but this is untrue.”
Musk was presumably referring to an investigative report in Fortune that detailed how several states competed to build the factory by offering various incentives.
Musk noted that the state incentives for Tesla’s factory were approved unanimously by Nevada’s legislature.
“The deal is not merely slightly good for the people of Nevada, it is extremely good,” said Musk.
The Tesla CEO denied receiving any cash from the state, but did acknowledge that his company had recieved a parcel of land from the deal.
“If you have been to Nevada, you will notice that there is quite a lot of extra land with nobody on it,” he said. “This is not in short supply.”
Musk said Nevada’s contributions would only cover a small portion of the Gigafactory’s cost.
“Of the $5 billion investment needed to bring the Gigafactory to full production in five years, state incentives will cover about 5%,” he said.
That would value Nevada’s contribution at about $250 million. The Fortune article said the “tally” for Nevada was $1.4 billion.
Musk also revealed that Nevada didn’t write Tesla a blank check, so to speak.
“All of the incentives approved by the legislature are performance based,” he said. “We must execute according to plan to receive them, meaning that, while the state and Tesla both share the upside, only Tesla suffers the downside.”
Tina Fey’s newest show has a new home before it even moved into the old one. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was canceled from NBC and shortly after, picked up by Netflix, according to Deadline Hollywood.
It is set to debut in March on Netflix, which is around the same time it was supposed to happen on NBC.
“The very construct of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix told Deadline Hollywood. “Tina and Robert’s unique comic voice and sensibility come through in this series and we could not be more excited to present Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively to Netflix members around the world.”
Deadline Hollywood describes the series:
“After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess, 30 Rock), and a new beginning. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Emmy winner Carol Kane (Taxi, The Princess Bride).”
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created the series.
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The European parliament is thinking about making a ruling that Google split off its search engine from other parts of its business, according to a report today in the Financial Times.
But we were wondering: how can Europe order an American company to break apart? How would that even work?
“I don’t know,” answered Herbert Hovenkamp, a law professor at the University of Iowa who is considered one of the leading American experts on European antitrust law.
“I think it’d be very difficult for Google to disaggregate all its own assets and interests from Google Search just in Europe. I’m not saying it couldn’t do it, but it would be costly. You’d get a lot of squawking from European consumers because it would deteriorate the quality of Google search quite a bit.”
That’s because Google uses its own products to provide quick answers to certain kinds of queries.
(It must be noted that Hovenkamp did some work for Google in 2010 during its dispute with the American Federal Trade Commission, but hasn’t worked for them since.)
Keith Hylton, an law professor at Boston University, agrees. “The European Parliament has no authority to break up Google – and I’m surprised that this sort of legislation isn’t considered unfair, since it targets one entity for punishment.”
However, Hylton thinks Google would be wise to take the threat seriously.
“Expect a much harsher deal than Google worked out earlier with the previous EC competition commissioner Almunia. That earlier deal was a laughable outcome in which Google was poised to make more money from the remedy than it would have made without EC intervention.”
Regulators in Europe have been looking at Google closely for a few years now, concerned that the company is using its search dominance to guide users to its own products and away from competing products, as well as generally playing unfair in the advertising market.
But both professors think that the American Federal Trade Commission had the right idea when it looked at Google, found no wrongdoing, and closed its investigation.
The reason? Unlike the case with Microsoft in the 1990s, where consumers paid for Windows on new PCs and faced some technical barriers in switching to a new operating system, using Google search is free and it’s easy for people to switch search engines.
“If a customer doesn’t like a particular search engine they can switch to different one,” says Hovenkamp. “The thing about bias with respect to Google assets or interests, that problem can be addressed by requiring Google to post a note or symbol” — for instance, YouTube results could be clearly marked as coming from Google.
“My view is this is problem that can be addressed with something much more modest and less reactionary,” he added.
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Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill
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