The Same Microbe That Led to Black Death Also Caused a Huge Plague Centuries Before 

Submitted by Gizmodo on August 30, 2016 - 5:05pm

Centuries before the Black Death decimated the population of Western Europe, an earlier plague epidemic took out over 50 million people (about 15 percent of the population) in the Byzantime empire. A team of German scientists has confirmed that the two plagues were caused by the same bacterium, albeit genetically different strains.

Investors are worried about Salesforce's $4 billion buying binge — and are looking for answers (CRM)

Submitted by Tech Insider on August 30, 2016 - 5:03pm

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Salesforce has spent over $4 billion on acquisitions in the past year alone, and it's making some investors grow concerned about the company's spending strategy.

According to a note by Macquarie Research on Tuesday, Salesforce may have some explaining to do during its earnings call on Wednesday to ease the investors worried about the company's record-high buying spree over the past year. It writes:

The end of Nest as we know it is a sign of a new beginning for Android (GOOG, GOOGL)

Submitted by Tech Insider on August 30, 2016 - 5:02pm

marwan fawaz

Alphabet is breaking up Nest, its standalone smart-home gadgets company, and moving Nest's software group back into Google

Nest Labs will continue to exist as a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, but it will be limited to selling Nest-branded hardware such as its internet-connected thermostat.


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