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Disney says its Fox takeover will take effect on March 20 | CNN

Disney’s $71 billion deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox will take effect on Wednesday, March 20, the companies said Tuesday morning.

It will be an epochal event in the entertainment business — the merging of two movie studios and the end of Fox as we all knew it.

Staffers at the 20th Century Fox studio are bracing for layoffs and other big changes.

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Business is ‘staring down the precipice’ over Brexit | CNN

Companies in the United Kingdom are suffering from a bad case of déjà vu after lawmakers rejected a second version of the Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

“Enough is enough,” said Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, a business lobby. “It’s time for parliament to stop this circus,” she added, stressing that “jobs and livelihoods depend on it.”

The stunning defeat increases the chances that Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal in just 17 days — doing big damage to the economy — or that Brexit will be delayed, prolonging the uncertainty for business.

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New Process Converts Unrecyclable Glass into Saleable Product | New Atlas

Although glass is recyclable, the recycling process is generally limited to large pieces that can be easily sorted by color. Because it’s not worth the effort to sort smaller fragments, they tend to simply be discarded. A new process, however, can convert them into a useful substance.

The proprietary technique was developed by PhD candidate Rhys Pirie and Prof. Damien Batstone, both of Australia’s University of Queensland. It incorporates what is described as “a chemical that most people would know as drain cleaner,” which is used to dissolve miscellaneous glass fragments into liquid silicate.

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Queensland, Australia is Allowing License Plates With Emojis | Digital Trends

Typically, the amount of personalization that you squeeze out of your license plate is entirely dependent on how clever you can get with seven or eight characters. That’s about to change for residents of Queensland, Australia. Starting March 1, the state will give people a wealth of new ways to customize their license plate, including the ability to add an emoji.

Personalised Plates Queensland, the official license plate vendor of Queensland, Australia, had decided to give the current license plate options a modern update that makes the plates reflect what you’d find in a person’s text messages. Drivers will be able to choose from five different emojis. The options include the face-with-tears-of-joy (or crying laughing) emoji, sunglasses emoji, winking emoji, smiling emoji, and heart-eyes emoji. If you were hoping to slap an eggplant or other potentially suggestive emoji on your license plate, you’re out of luck for the time being.

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PS4 Remote Play brings mobile PS4 gaming to iOS | Mashable

People with iPhones and iPads are finally able to use PS4 Remote Play thanks to the latest PlayStation 4 update that dropped on Thursday.

PS4 Remote Play, which first debuted in October 2014, allows PS4 owners to control their consoles with their smartphones and tablets, connect to voice chat, and input text with their device’s keyboard. The free app is now available to download on iTunes for the first time.

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YouTube starts to fact-check search results | Mashable

YouTube is dealing another blow to conspiracy theorists and disinformation peddlers.

The video platform has started rolling out text prompts, known as “information panels,” that provide fact checks when users search certain terms or phrases. The feature is currently being rolled out to a limited number of users in India, one country in particular where the spread of fake news has fatal consequences.

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Huawei is suing the US government to overturn ‘unlawful’ ban on its products | CNN

Embattled Chinese tech giant Huawei is suing the US government, challenging a law that bans federal agencies from buying the company’s products.

It’s Huawei’s most aggressive move yet to fight back against US claims that the Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker’s technologies pose a global security threat.

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What Makes the Newly Approved Drug for Depression So Different? | Live Science

On Tuesday (March 5), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a ketamine-like nasal spray for patients with depression who haven’t responded to other treatments.

But what makes this newly approved treatment so different?

The drug, called Spravato and made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, contains the active ingredient esketamine. This substance has the same molecular formula as ketamine but a different chemical structure. (In other words, it contains the same type and number of elements but in a different configuration.) Ketamine is typically used as an anesthetic, but it’s also been used as an illicit party drug.

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‘Project Zero’ Unveiled as Amazon’s Effort to Stop Counterfeits | Business News Daily

Amazon just announced an initiative that it hopes will curtail the long-running issue of third parties selling counterfeit products on the platform.

Dubbed Project Zero, the free program will reportedly draw on the corporation’s technological prowess to streamline its enforcement of existing anti-counterfeit policies.

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The Importance of Deep Sleep for Your Mind and Body and How to Get It | Life Hack

Do you want the secret to health and wellness?

Sure you do, everyone does. Everyone is looking for the miracle supplement, workout or tip that can change their lives seemingly overnight. Well such a thing does exist, is available to you anytime, and will cost you nothing.

It’s sleep — specifically deep sleep.

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