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Android co-creator’s phone company Essential to close

Android co-creator’s phone company Essential to close

Technology
Essential, the phone company launched by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has announced its closure.Established in 2015, it had planned to release several phones, a smart home speaker and its own operating system.But it only ended up releasing one handset, the Essential Phone, and a few accessories for it.It had been working on an unusual super-slim smartphone called Gem but said in a statement that it had "no clear path forward" to deliver it. "Our vision was to invent a mobile computing paradigm that more seamlessly integrated with people's lifestyle needs," the company said in a statement."Despite our best efforts, we've now taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably ha...
34 states reported high flu activity as 2019 drew to a close

34 states reported high flu activity as 2019 drew to a close

Health
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Puerto Rico, New York City, Washington, D.C. and 34 states across the country reported "high" flu activity as 2019 came to a close, according to the latest report from the Centers Disease Control and Prevention. In all, the agency noted in its latest FluView data, released Friday, there have been at least 6.4 million Americans sickened so far during the current flu season. This has resulted in an estimated 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths, through December 28, the CDC added. The surge in cases during the most recent period -- through December 21, the CDC had estimated that 4.6 million Americans had contracted the influenza virus -- was likely fueled by high flu activity in nearly three dozen states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorad...
Everton close on Carlo Ancelotti but Duncan Ferguson to continue as caretaker against Arsenal

Everton close on Carlo Ancelotti but Duncan Ferguson to continue as caretaker against Arsenal

Sports
Everton are closing in on the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager - but caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson will remain in charge for Saturday's lunchtime game with Arsenal.Ancelotti, 60, is still to sign what would be a lucrative long-term contract following talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri in London this week.But it appears the major details are settled after the Italian cut his ties with Napoli following his sacking, and he could be at Goodison Park on Saturday. However, Everton are remaining guarded until they are in a position to make a formal announcement.Ferguson, 47, will be at the helm against an Arsenal side expected to have a new manager of their own by then, with...
Gabriel Jesus inspires impressive Man City victory at Burnley to close the gap on Liverpool

Gabriel Jesus inspires impressive Man City victory at Burnley to close the gap on Liverpool

Sports
Gabriel Jesus scored a stunning brace to guide Manchester City to a dominant 4-1 defeat of Burnley on Tuesday night.Despite a lack of light in their dressing room before the clash at Turf Moor, Jesus shone brightly in the absence of Sergio Aguero. Getty Images - Getty Jesus was in fine form at Turf Moor The Brazilian broke the deadlock with a sublime curling effort in the first-half before doubling his tally with a fantastic volley after the break. Rodri scored a stunner of his own to make it three and Riyad Mahrez came off the bench to score yet another superb solo goal as Man City returned to their very best. surely not? Jesus and Mahrez above Van Dijk? talkSPORT host n...
Zopa close to securing banking licence lifeline

Zopa close to securing banking licence lifeline

Business
The peer-to-peer lender Zopa Group is this weekend finalising a £130m capital injection that will allow it to cling onto its ambition of becoming a challenger to Britain's biggest banks.Sky News has learnt that Zopa is in advanced talks about securing the funding from an entity connected to IAG Capital Partners, a US-based private investment firm, and Silverstripe, its UK vehicle. Sources said on Saturday that a deal was expected to be signed at the beginning of next week.If completed, it would come just before Zopa's banking licence-with-restrictions expires a year after it was granted.The additional funding is essential to the company's ability to fulfil regulatory capital requirements overseen by the banking and City regulators.