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Powerball jackpot surges to $750 million. If you win, don't count on remaining anonymous

Powerball jackpot surges to $750 million. If you win, don't count on remaining anonymous

Finance
It's starting to look like deja vu all over again. On the heels of the Mega Millions jackpot climbing for three months to $ 1.537 billion before someone nabbed the prize this week, Powerball's haul has surged to $ 750 million following no jackpot winners in Wednesday night's drawing. It marks the 21st straight drawing with no one picking all six winning numbers. The last time someone beat the astronomical odds against winning Powerball was Aug. 11, when the $ 245.6 million prize went to a man from Staten Island, New York. The current $ 750 million jackpot — up for grabs in Saturday night's drawing — marks the thir...
Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead

Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead

Technology
The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures.Close to half of all adults said they had watched Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime Video or a similar internet-based service over the past three months.That compares to less than a third of respondents in 2016, the last time the figure was given.The data is contained in the Office for National Statistics' annual Internet Access and Use report.The study also indicates that the percentage of households with some kind of internet access has not changed since last year, remaining at 90%.But it does suggest that usage has increased, with 86% of over-16s reporting that they use the net daily or almost every day. The prior year, ...
S. Korea unemployment surges to 17-year-high after minimum wage hike

S. Korea unemployment surges to 17-year-high after minimum wage hike

World
SEOUL, April 11 (UPI) -- South Korea's unemployment rate rose to a 17-year-high in March, after the country raised its minimum wage by the highest increase in 17 years in January.Statistics Korea on Wednesday announced the number of unemployed Koreans hit 1.25 million last month, recording a 4.5 percent unemployment rate, and marking the third straight month that the number of jobless people topped the one million mark.The situation was considerably worse for young people, aged between 15 and 29, with youth unemployment hitting 11.6 percent, a two-year high for that month.The number of employed people last month stood at 26.6 million, up 112,000 from a year earlier. It marked the second straight month of growth confined to the 100,000 range.Experts say the sluggish growth in jobs is likely...
Travelport surges 17% after Paul Singer's hedge fund reportedly in talks to get financing for bid

Travelport surges 17% after Paul Singer's hedge fund reportedly in talks to get financing for bid

Finance
Shares of Travelport Worldwide soared 17 percent on Monday after a report said activist hedge fund Elliott Associates is in talks to make a bid for the company. Reuters reported that Elliott, the New York-based hedge fund founded by Paul Singer, has held talks with banks about financing a potential bid for Travelport. The report, citing sources, comes after Elliott said in a regulatory filing it owns 11.8 percent of Travelport's outstanding shares. The hedge fund also said in the filing it would talk to Travelport about exploring a potential sale.The news sent Travelport's stock surging to its biggest one-day gain ever. Matthew Broome, an analyst at Cowen, said Elliott's involvement could bring further gains to the stock."Activist interest in TVPT is understandable, given its positioning, ...
US job growth surges in February

US job growth surges in February

Business
Job creation in the US economy surged last month, but the annual rate of wage growth slowed.The economy created 313,000 jobs in February, official figures show, far in excess of analysts' expectations.However, the unemployment rate remained at 4.1%, while the annual earnings growth rate slowed to 2.6% last month.January's annual wage growth rate - which had triggered fears over inflationary pressures - was also revised down from 2.9% to 2.8%.The strong wage growth figure for January prompted sharp volatility on the stock market, as investors worried the US Federal Reserve would quicken the pace at which it increased interest rates.'Firing on all cylinders'Despite a lower-than-expected wage increase in February, many economists said longer term trends still point to higher wages.The US econ...