Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's takeover bid; this could be the start of an epic Wall Street battle

As expected, Qualcomm this morning said no to the largest tech takeover bid in history. Fellow chipmaker Broadcom had offered $60 in cash and $10 in stock for each Qualcomm share, a transaction valued at $105 billion. Qualcomm told stockholders to reject the tender offer, stating that it amounts to Broadcom trying to buy it on the cheap. Despite the rejection, there are still ways that Broadcom can execute an end around past its target’s board.

Broadcom is said to be considering a proxy contest, asking Qualcomm stockholders to vote on replacing the latter’s current board with a slate of …


Lost dog rescued from an abandoned mine shaft turns out to be a total superstar

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There are two types of “lost pet” stories: The happy ones, where good Samaritans lend a helping hand and everything works out in the end, and the unhappy ones, which we don’t talk about.

Well. Here we are, talking. I’ll let Portia Scovern, the non-canine hero of this story, explain (via her Facebook post):

A subsequent update on Ms. Scovern’s post confirms that the owner was located within a day. The little pup — whose name is Cheyenne — had been missing for just over two weeks, but her human caught wind of the Facebook post and stepped up to recover his furry friend.

In comments on Ms. Scovern’s Facebook post, owner Michael Captain expressed confusion over the idea that Cheyenne could have fallen down the abandoned mine shaft. As it turns out, she’s an extreme hiking dog! Read more…

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Google turns phone numbers, contacts and addresses in Gmail and Inbox into clickable links

Most email clients for Android and iOS allow users to copy/paste contacts, addresses and phone numbers from other apps like Messenger and WhatsApp. Gmail and Inbox are no exceptions, as Google added these features since their release.

However, the Mountain View company announced today that it has improved on that feature to save Gmail and Inbox users a lot of time by skipping the whole copy/paste procedure.

Starting today, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail, on both the Android and iOS platforms, will convert text into hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses …

Beached whale in Paris turns out to be an art piece

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On Saturday morning in Paris, a sperm whale appeared on the banks of the Seine river in Paris.

Whales, which thrive in the salty waters of the oceans, don’t tend to end up 100 miles inland, washed up on the banks of fresh water rivers. Yet there it was: a whale in Paris.

Cachalot Paris ! Rien de plus normal #captainboomer pic.twitter.com/89PUNJMGAX

— Stéphanie Basquin (@ba_stephe) July 22, 2017

Just arrived in Paris and found a stranded whale! 🐳🌊#captainboomercollective #whale #paris #whaleparis #notredame pic.twitter.com/JOY5pK2tfy

— Julien Kerduff (@julienkerduff) July 23, 2017 Read more…

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The Trippy Clip Pryzm clip-on lens turns ordinary photos into psychedelic rock cover-art

Clip-on lens attachments are an easy and affordable way to experiment with your smartphone’s camera and make it do things that may not always be possible with software. And Pryzm Lens has a clever idea about its – by applying artful lens distortion to any smartphone’s camera, interesting creative results can be obtained.

In this case, the outcome looks downright trippy, ready for instant psychedelic rock cover art. With the Trippy Clip Pryzm lens, you will be seeing scenes from life in ways not possible even with strong mind-altering substances. Thankfully, no LSD is needed, and the experience …

'Kingdom Hearts III' trailer turns out to be a trailer for another trailer

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Here’s the good news: Kingdom Hearts III still looks great.

The long-awaited major sequel in Square Enix’s Disney-meets-Final Fantasy series got a new trailer on the eve of E3, and we still can’t wait to play it — just like we did when it was first revealed at E3 2013. 

Unfortunately, while this trailer (or something like it) may pop up during one of the E3 2017 press conferences — Sony is the most likely contender — we don’t have any appointments scheduled for it, nor did we receive an email about there being any. Trailer or not, Kingdom Hearts III won’t have much of an E3 presence.

But hey, this isn’t a trailer for a game. It’s a trailer for a trailer. As you learn at the end of this two-minute peek, another trailer is coming at the D23 Expo on July 15, 2017. I know it’s been a long wait, but take heart: this sudden appearance of a gameplay-heavy trailer, with another one to come a month later, bodes well for the possibility of a 2018 release. Read more…

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Turns out Michael Fassbender is really good at breakdancing

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Michael Fassbender may be a fine actor, but that’s not all he is. He’s got other skills hiding up his sleeve too.

Breakdancing, for one. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Jessica Chastain managed to talk Fassbender into an impromptu performance of one of his signature moves: the flick swan dive, followed by the worm.

Needless to say, he nailed it. Read more…

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'SNL' agrees with the internet, turns Harry Styles into a perfect Mick Jagger

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The latest “Celebrity Family Feud” on Saturday Night Live is wall to wall with epic impersonations. Cecily Strong as Liza. Kate McKinnon as Kristen Stewart. Jimmy Fallon double-dipping as two different versions of John Travolta.

But Harry Styles is the winner because SNL accepted what the internet already knew: he’s basically Mick Jagger. I mean… this might not be the most accurate picture of the Rolling Stones frontman circa 1977, but it’s funny.

Even when the camera’s not directly on Styles, he’s owning the sketch. Look at this. Just look at it. What is he doing??

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AT&T's handset lineup is shrinking as the carrier turns to selling services

According to a report from Bay Street Research, AT&T has drastically reduced the number of handsets that it is offering to its subscribers. In 2015, the nation’s second largest carrier had 42 Android powered handsets in its lineup. That has been cut in half. BayStreet Research’s Cliff Maldonado says that AT&T’s new strategy is based on the concept that consumers will buy either an Apple iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy handset.

Madonado points out that Verizon added the Google Pixel series, and three different Moto Z models. He also notes that alone among the big four, AT&T hasn’t …

Google Play turns 5 today, reveals all-time top five download lists in the U.S.

One this day five years ago, Google opened its digital store that would become one of the largest places to shop for mobile games, apps, movies, TV shows, music, and books. Since March 2012, Google Play Store has grown to more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries.

The store now lists millions of apps, 40 million songs, 5 million books, as well as movies. In celebration of the 5th birthday, Google has decided to reveal the top five most downloaded books, games, apps, songs, albums and films in the United States since the Play Store was launched.

These tops only list installed …