EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.
The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue.
Dallas hospital is holding a patient in “strict isolation” as that person is being evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said in a statement Monday that the patient’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.
The hospital said it is complying with all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of Health to ensure the safety of other patients and medical staff.
Ben Bradlee, the former top editor of The Washington Post who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, is in hospice care as his health has declined over the past six weeks, his wife said in a C-SPAN interview.
Bradlee, 93, began end-of-life care at his home last week after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for several years. Bradlee was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 during which time the paper covered the downfall of President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal.
Big Telecom Companies Band Together to Form Open-Source Project for Network Functions Virtualization
An interesting move here as technology giants band together to virtualize the functions and pieces of the network (router, firewall, session border controller, border gateway, etc, etc,) so that they can live on any server, and dynamically grow and shrink to meet demand.
Big-name telecom providers and networking manufacturers, like Brocade and Cisco, have joined together under the auspices of the Linux Foundation to help develop a standardized open-source framework for network functions virtualization (NFV). The new organization, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to bring a standard way of using NFV technology to the mainstream so that carriers and other companies can build new high-tech networking products faster.
As the OpenDaylight project, which just released the second version of its codebase, aims to bring a uniform standard to software defined networking (SDN) by creating a software controller that everyone can agree upon, OPNFV wants to take it a step further and try to standardize a way of virtualizing the entire network, not just one piece, explained Jim Zemlin, the executive director of Linux. This idea of virtualizing every part of the network, not just the software controller, is what separates NFV from SDN, said Prodip Sen, the board chair of OPNFV and a Hewlett-Packard CTO.
The U.S. falls behind East Asia, ranking somewhere in the middle, with the Nordic countries, in terms of broadband speed and penetration. Inside the U.S., Delaware appears to be the place to be — the Mid-Atlantic state ranked first in every category: average speed, peak speed, connectivity and even “4K readiness,” referring to the 15 megabit speed that can handle ultra high-def broadcasts. And the slowest? That dubious honor, once Alaska’s, now belongs to Arkansas.
Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, senior officers told AFP.
Troops struck before dawn against a town on the Syrian border, north of jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, the commanders said.
A senior source in the Kurdish peshmerga said troops had entered the town of Rabia on the border with Syria, after seizing the villages of As-Saudiyah and Mahmudiyah.
“Ground troops are now fighting in the centre of Rabia,” which lies about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Mosul.
Supervalu Inc. and the operator of the Albertsons supermarket chain, which both suffered data breaches this year, said they discovered additional attacks in the computer networks that process card payments.
A malicious software program was installed in late August or early September that was different from the intrusions that were previously announced last month, the companies said yesterday. Albertsons, operated by AB Acquisition LLC, said stores were affected in nine states including California, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
The retail industry is under increasing pressure to improve security of computer systems and credit cards following a wave of data breaches at companies including Home Depot Inc., Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd.
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Many, many health professionals have relationships with industry.
Payments to Doctors Are Widespread
Below are the approximate numbers of health professionals who received some payment from each company in 2013, excluding research. We based this on the number of unique names, cities and states per company.
Dollars for Docs now includes 3.4 million payments since 2009, totaling more than $4 billion, of which $2.5 billion was for research. For 2013 alone, there were 1.2 million payments valued at nearly $1.4 billion.
It’s not possible to calculate the exact number of physicians represented, because drug companies haven’t used unique identification numbers that cross company lines. But it’s clear that the figure is in the hundreds of thousands.
Excluding research payments, the drugmaker Pfizer appeared to have interactions with the most health care professionals last year — about 142,600. AstraZeneca came in second with about 111,200. Johnson & Johnson and Forest Labs each had nearly 100,000. There are an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 active doctors in the United States.
“Most physicians that are in private practice are touched in some way” by the industry, said George Dunston, co-founder of Obsidian HDS, the creator of Pharmashine. “You add that up and it’s a pretty significant number.”
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Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth Living
What is this project about?
Reporter Joanne Faryon and video journalist Brad Racino gained access to one of these units to chronicle daily life for residents and their families.
Faryon heard the term “vent farm” when she was investigating hospice care and the closure of San Diego Hospice in 2013. It was a term that haunted her and her editor, Lorie Hearn, for months. In 2014, Faryon finally had time to dig into this topic.
Rafaela, 55, is severely brain injured. For the past four years, she has been kept alive with a feeding tube in her stomach and a breathing tube in her throat. She can’t walk or talk. It’s unlikely she knows who or where she is.
She is one of 4,000 men, women and children kept alive with machines in special wards in California’s nursing homes. (SS - imagine the number across the country)
On the books they’re called subacute units. But among some doctors, they’re known as “vent farms,” shorthand for the ventilators that keep so many of the residents breathing.
It is a gripping moral subject.