Major Qualcomm shareholder says he opposed Broadcom bid in hopes of settlement with Apple

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The head of a mutual fund with 8.3 million shares in Qualcomm says he opposed Broadcom’s now-aborted $ 117 billion takeover bid, thinking Qualcomm can do better — so long as it settles its legal battles with Apple.
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Twitter and Fox Sports have high hopes for their World Cup live show

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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia just around the corner, right holders to the event are starting to share more details about their coverage plans. And, to no surprise to anyone, social media will play a major role in that. Fox Sports, FIFA's En…
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Twitter says it eventually hopes to reopen its verification to everyone, but with some changes

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After closing down its verification program last year, Twitter seems to be working on redefining what exactly that blue check mark means. CEO Jack Dorsey said during a Periscope live stream today that the intention eventually is to reopen the verification process to everyone, but with some changes…

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Alexa spontaneously laughing at customers, Amazon hopes there’s a fix

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HomePod may leave a lot to be desired in its current state (and the occasional wood-stained ring), but we’ve seen no reports of Siri spontaneously laughing for no apparent reason. The same can no longer be said for Amazon Echo’s Alexa…

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The Morning After: Cheaper MacBook hopes and dreams

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Hey, good morning! Welcome back. MWC has wrapped up, but now Engadget is already preparing for what's next: a trip from Spain to Switzerland for the Geneva Auto Show. Insert obligatory engine noises, then replace with the hum of far too many electri…
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FCC hopes opening up communication airwaves will boost innovation

Today, the FCC voted to move forward with a proposal to open up communications spectrum beyond 95 GHz. In a statement, it said that spectrum above this range has been thought to be at the edge of what's usable, but now it wants to provide different l…
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Trump administration hopes to privatize ISS after 2024

If the US government plans to stop funding the International Space Station at the end of 2024, there's a big question: what happens next? Hand the keys over to the private sector, apparently. The Washington Post has obtained a NASA document outlining…
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FDA Says Kratom Is An Opioid, Damaging Hopes for Addiction Treatment

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Depending on who you ask, kratom is either a wonder drug that can safely treat opioid addiction and pain relief, or a significant threat to public health. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement arguing that this alternative medicine is an opioid, which could have a major impact on future research.

The FDA used its proprietary Public Health Assessment via Structural Evaluation computer modeling platform to analyze 25 of kratom’s ingredients, and found similarities between these molecules and those found in controlled opioids. The simulation suggested that 22 of the 25 compounds in the substance would bind to the body’s opioid receptors, which is said to indicate that kratom could affect humans in the same way as opioids.

Deaths linked to kratom were also taken into account. The FDA has now received reports of 44 deaths that have been associated with the drug, and released documentation on 36 of those cases today.

Many point to instances where kratom was mixed with other substances. Advocates would likely argue that this points to the dangers of drug interaction, rather than kratom itself. Still, the FDA reports one case where the individual had no known historical or toxicological evidence of opioid use outside of kratom.

The statement released today by the administration declares that:

The FDA stands ready to evaluate evidence that could demonstrate a medicinal purpose for kratom. However, to date, we have received no such submissions and are not aware of any evidence that would meet the agency’s standard for approval.

It remains to be seen how easy it will be for researchers to gather such evidence. The FDA’s drug development process requires proof that substances won’t cause serious harm before clinical trials can get underway.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about kratom. But if we jump the gun and classify it as an opioid prematurely, we might harm people who can benefit from its effects.

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Broadcom hopes to woo Qualcomm with a higher takeover bid

Broadcom clearly isn't taking Qualcomm's "no" for an answer. Reuters sources have claimed that the wireless chip giant is about to raise its takeover bid for Qualcomm from $ 70 per share to between $ 80 and $ 82 per share — a huge increase for a deal t…
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