Pininfarina gives glimpse at 1,877-horsepower Battista’s development, including Nardo testing

Italian design house and coachbuilder Pininfarina in 2018 launched its own car brand specializing in high-performance, ultra-luxury vehicles with electric powertrains.

The first model is the Battista, a hypercar to rival the Bugatti Chiron and which 150 customers around the world will get to call their own.

Pininfarina rolled out a prototype of the Battista at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show and since then the car has undergone rigorous testing, including extensive sessions in the wind tunnel and at racetracks around Europe. The most recent track session was at Italy’s Nardo high-speed oval, and behind the wheel was Georgios Syropoulos, Pininfarina’s official test driver and head of vehicle dynamics.

“The phenomenal performance potential of the Battista is clear,” Syropoulos said in a statement. “Our clients will never have experienced acceleration like this before.”

Pininfarina Battista prototype

Pininfarina Battista prototype

Pininfarina’s specs for the Battista include a 0-60 mph of less than 2.0

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Apple sued in Europe over software update that slowed old iPhones

A consumer advocacy group is suing Apple for about €180m in four European countries for allegedly duping users into downloading updates that deliberately slowed down their iPhones.

The legal actions mirror a class action in the US that led to a proposed settlement there worth up to $500m, following allegations that Apple engineered the software updates to induce users to buy newer models. Apple agreed to the US settlement in March, admitting no wrongdoing but saying it wanted to avoid protracted litigation.

“Apple pushed updates to mask problems with the battery, knowing it would slow down phones,” said Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, the consumer advocacy group behind the new lawsuits.

European consumers, she said, “just want to be treated with the same respect that was given to consumers in the United States”.

Euroconsumers-affiliated groups are filing class action lawsuits in Belgium and Spain on Wednesday,

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Salesforce to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion

Other firms focused on workplace collaboration products, including Airtable, Asana, Box, DocuSign, Dropbox, and Smartsheet, may also be potential targets as highly valued software companies look to roll up the fragmented market for collaboration tools.

The Salesforce deal for Slack shows how competitive the software market has become, said Logan Purk, a senior analyst with financial advisory firm Edward Jones. Without a “game-changing product” and a lot of capital, he said, “you’re going to get swallowed up or you’re going to fail.”

Slack, which was founded in 2010 by Stewart Butterfield, its chief executive, grew quickly and has attracted — and rejected — takeover offers from the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Its valuation was about $19.5 billion when it went public last year, but its shares later sank.

Demand for Slack’s products, which allow people to communicate and collaborate with one another, has increased as people work from

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Slack sold to business software giant for $27.7bn



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Salesforce has agreed to buy workplace messaging app Slack for $27.7bn (£20bn) in what would be one of the biggest tech mergers in recent years.

Marc Benioff, boss of the business software giant, called the deal a “match made in heaven”.

He has been pushing to expand the company’s software offerings and fend off rivals such as Microsoft.

The acquisition comes as the pandemic has increased the focus on remote work and tools, like Slack, which enable it.

Tech analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities called it a “now or never” purchase for Mr Benioff.

“If Salesforce wants to expand beyond its core gold mine of sales and marketing departments … this was the moment and thus represents a major shot across the bow against Microsoft,” he wrote in a note to investors after the deal was announced.

Slack, founded in 2009, has won a following with its

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Trump advocate Sidney Powell cites Ron Watkins, a central QAnon figure

Powell has claimed that a diabolical scheme backed by global communists had invisibly shifted votes with help from a mysterious computer algorithm pioneered by the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez — a wild story debunked by fact-checkers as a “fantasy parade” and devoid of actual proof.

No real evidence was included in Watkins’ affidavit, either. But Watkins, who said in the affidavit that he lives in Japan, nevertheless speculated that — based on his recent reading of the Dominion software’s online user guide — it may be “within the realm of possibility” for a biased poll worker to fraudulently switch votes.

Watkins’ affidavit marks one of the first official connections between a notable player in the QAnon conspiracy universe and Trump’s muddled multistate legal campaign, which some of the president’s allies have labeled, in the words of Chris Christie, a “national embarrassment.”

But many similar Trump-QAnon overtures have already played

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Rotational Action Accelerates but Stimulus Hopes Provide Support

The indexes managed to stay in positive territory all day, but selling picked up later and there was some stronger rotation out of the recent momentum favorites and back into the big-cap growth names.

Special purpose acquisition companies, electric vehicles, cannabis, bitcoin, oil, solar, and other recent leaders were choppy, while the FATMAAN tech names, semiconductors, and software experienced some positive rotation.

This constant rotation allows individual stocks to correct, while the indexes continue to trend higher. It requires more active trading, but it is good for stock pickers that stay focused on which sectors are performing best.

Much of the market could use a rest and a rotation is a good way to do it. It can be deceptive as it is easy to be caught in the wrong names when it takes place, but if you stay focused on managing trades, it won’t do too much damage.

With

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Salesforce To Buy Slack In $27.7 Bn Software Megadeal

Salesforce on Tuesday announced a $27.7 billion deal to buy online collaboration firm Slack, giving the business software giant a broader array of tools as the pandemic fuels a remote work trend.

San Francisco-based Salesforce will mesh Slack messaging technology with its platform for managing marketing and sales teams.

“Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world,” Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff said in a release.

The deal gives Salesforce the popular workplace messaging software developed by Slack which has faced increased challenges during the coronavirus pandemic from video-based services such as Zoom.

Slack co-founder and chief executive Stewart Butterfield said: “As software plays a more and more critical role in the performance of every organization, we share a vision of reduced complexity, increased power and flexibility, and ultimately a greater degree of alignment and organizational

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HBO Max will stream Wonder Woman 1984 in 4K HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

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Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first HBO Max title available in 4K HDR. 


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AT&T’s WarnerMedia is betting big on Wonder Woman 1984 drawing in subscribers to the HBO Max platform, releasing the film theatrically and on the streaming platform simultaneously on Dec. 25. Now, it’s ensuring that those looking to watch the sequel to the 2017 hit will be able to do so at home in 4K HDR. 

On Tuesday, WarnerMedia announced that Wonder Woman 1984 will be its first title available in the higher resolution 4K format, with the film also supporting HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Those interested in watching in 4K HDR will need a compatible TV (and sound system in the case of Atmos) as well as a “supported” device. 

At the moment, the list of supported devices includes:

It’s unclear if the app will work on

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GM and Nikola’s split isn’t the disaster it appears to be

  • GM and Nikola announced a new deal this week, with GM no longer taking an equity stake and the collaboration to build an all-electric pickup truck dropped.
  • GM will now supply Nikola with fuel-cell technology to power semi-trucks.
  • The original partnership hit the rocks when Nikola founder Trevor Milton stepped aside amid fraud claims.
  • Nikola has rocketed to an elevated stock-market valuation after a June IPO, but it’s now fallen back to Earth.
  • The new GM-Nikola deal actually looks good for both companies, although it lacks the ambition and sweep of the earlier arrangement.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When General Motors and Nikola announced this week that they had scaled back a flashy strategic partnership they announced in September, it became hard not to see the resulting agreement as the deal they should have struck in the first place.

The original deal had GM taking a $2

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Global Computer Aided Detection System Market 2020 Ecosystem Player Profiles, Value Chain and Industry Strategies to 2025

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Dec 01, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Computer Aided Detection System Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 published on MarketQuest.biz provides an in-depth analysis of industry- and economy-wide database for businesses that could offer profitable development for players in this market. The report gives a detailed study of global Computer Aided Detection System market size, share, and dynamics. In this research, analysts have illustrated market trends. The report has covered major key players of the market which are also profiled on the basis of business strategies, financial weaknesses, and strengths, and recent development. The report analyzes rapidly changing market scenarios and initial and future assessment of the market. The document offers a special assessment of collaboration, partnership, acquisition, and new product launch of the major key players.

The report focuses

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