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American tech giants are making life tough for startups

Finance
IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, with the goal of using algorithms to predict the reply to an e-mail. In May they were fundraising for their startup, EasyEmail, when Google held its annual conference for software developers and announced a tool similar to EasyEmail’s. Filip Twarowski, its boss, sees Google’s incursion as “incredible confirmation” they are working on something worthwhile. But he also admits that it came as “a little bit of a shock”. The giant has scared off at least one prospective backer of EasyEmail, because venture capitalists try to dodge spaces where the tech giants might step.The behemoths’ annual confer...
American Cancer Society advises colorectal screens at 45, not 50

American Cancer Society advises colorectal screens at 45, not 50

Health
May 30 (UPI) -- The American Cancer Society changed its recommendation Wednesday for colorectal cancer screenings, saying adults should begin them at age 45 -- not 50, as previously advised. Colorectal cancer is the fourth-most commonly diagnosed cancer among adults and the second-leading cause of cancer death, in the United States. Prior recommendations to catch slow-moving malignancies advised the start of regular checks at age 50, but a paper published by the ACS Wednesday said Americans should jump on it sooner. "There is compelling evidence that the optimum age to start is now 45," Dr. Richard Wender of the ACS told NPR, noting a sharp increase in deaths from colon and rectal cancers among men and women under age 50. "People born in the eighties and nineties are at higher risk of de...
American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay

American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay

Finance
[unable to retrieve full-text content]HOW much should company bosses be paid relative to their employees? It depends who you ask. Plato argued that the richest members of society should earn no more than four times the pay of the poorest. John Pierpont Morgan, a banker from America’s gilded age, reckoned that bosses should earn at most 20 times the pay of their underlings. Investors today hold chief executives in vastly higher esteem. According to new filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), America’s largest publicly listed firms (those worth at least $ 1bn) on average paid their chief executives 130 times more than their typical workers in 2017. The figures are being disclosed by firms in their financial filings for the first time this year.The SEC’s new require
'A Quiet Place' tops the North American box office with $22M

'A Quiet Place' tops the North American box office with $22M

Entertainment
April 22 (UPI) -- The suspense thriller A Quiet Place is No. 1 at the North American box office, earning $ 22 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.Coming in at No. 2 is Rampage with $ 21 million, followed by I Feel Pretty at No. 3 with $ 16.2 million, Super Troopers 2 at No. 4 with $ 14.7 million and Truth or Dare at No. 5 with $ 7.9 million.Rounding out the top tier are Ready Player One at No. 6 with $ 7.5 million, Blockers at No. 7 with $ 7 million, Black Panther at No. 8 with $ 4.6 million, Traffik at No. 9 with $ 3.9 million and Isle of Dogs at No. 10 with $ 3.4 million.[embedded content]Let's block ads! (Why?) Entertainment News - UPI.com
American woman wins Boston Marathon, first in 33 years

American woman wins Boston Marathon, first in 33 years

Sports
April 16 (UPI) -- American Desiree Linden was the women's champion and Japan's Yuki Kawauchi led the men Monday at the 2018 Boston Marathon.Runners packed the streets for the coldest Boston Marathon in 30 years. A field of 30,000 braved temperatures in the mid-30s and wind gusts of up to 32 mph, while dodging harsh rainfall.Linden is the first American woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach claimed first place in 1985. She navigated the Boston asphalt in 2:39:54. Fellow American Sarah Sellers crossed the finish line in second place.Kawauchi also ended a long drought for Japan. He finished the marathon in 2:15:58, winning the country's first Boston Marathon since 1987. He passed 2017 champion -- Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya -- down the stretch."I never gave up,'' Kawauchi told report...