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Jeff Bezos Briefly Tops Bill Gates as the World’s Richest Person

A surge in Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report briefly propelled founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.Shares of the online retailer fell 0.7 percent to $1,046 at 4 p.m. in New York, after climbing as high as $1,083.31 four hours earlier,

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

A shadowy operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign heavily influenced the result of the EU referendum. Is our electoral process still fit for purpose?The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to

Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for deathMicrosofts next Windows 10 update, called the list. Paint 3D. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape itAs a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, a bombshell of a deal that catapults the e-commerce giant into hundreds of physical stores and fulfills a long-held goal of selling more groceries.Amazon agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic-food chain, including debt, a roughly 27 percent premium to

Altice Is Considering Seeking Equity Funds for Charter Bid

Patrick Drahi’s Altice NV is considering asking Charter Communications Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter.Photographer: Eric Piermont/AFP via Getty ImagesConsiderations are at an early stage and it isn’t clear how much of an equity commitment Drahi may seek from the funds, the people said, asking not to

Vanishing app: Snapchat struggles as Facebook bites back

Losses are steep and user growth is anaemic leaving investors fearful the latest new Facebook has run out of steamIs Snapchat the social media app famous for its disappearing messages in danger of doing a vanishing act of its own? Its a question some are asking after investors turned on