Endangered mouse nears ‘zero’ in southern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking for an independent investigation into U.S. Forest Service practices in southern New Mexico, saying hundreds of grazing violations on the Lincoln National Forest have pushed an endangered mouse closer to extinction.

The Center for Biological Diversity in its request pointed to a November report that looked at the condition of the habitat used by the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, the connectivity between those patches of habitat and how long the tiny rodent has been missing from those areas. The report indicated that the mouse’s population in one stretch of southern New Mexico was near zero.

Robin Silver, a cofounder of the group, wrote in a letter sent last week to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen that local and regional forest officials have failed to issue any noncompliance letters to ranchers who graze in the area despite more than 330 instances in which

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Facebook Nears $1B Purchase of Chatbot Company Kustomer

Facebook (FB) – Get Report is close to sealing a deal to buy Kustomer, a startup specializing n chatbots and customer-service platforms, for more than $1 billion, according to media reports.

The deal could be completed Monday, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

New York-based Kustomer is already working with Facebook to help companies respond to customer inquiries that come through Facebook Messenger. Kustomer began integrating with Facebook’s Instagram messaging in October.

The deal could push forward Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to promote “social commerce” on the social-media platform, according to the Journal. 

In efforts to further this plan, the Menlo Park, Calif., social media giant launched Facebook shops in May, enabling companies to create online stores through Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook and Google May Face 4 New Antitrust Lawsuits

The purchase of Kustomer would be one of more than 100 Facebook

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S&P Nears $44 Billion IHS Markit Deal to Build Data Giant

(Bloomberg) — S&P Global Inc. is in advanced talks to buy IHS Markit Ltd. for about $44 billion, a deal that would accelerate the wave of consolidation among Wall Street’s biggest data providers.

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An announcement could come as early as Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter, who declined to be identified because the information isn’t public. IHS Markit was valued at $36.9 billion at the close of New York trading on Friday, after climbing to a record earlier in the week. S&P has a market capitalization of $82 billion after climbing 25% in New York this year.

The proposed tie-up of S&P with IHS Markit, a research firm with more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists, is part of a race for scale as the industry’s largest players try to capitalize on surging demand for data and analytics in increasingly computerized

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Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft is nearing Earth after a yearlong journey home from a distant asteroid with soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, a space agency official said Friday.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft left the asteroid Ryugu, about 300 million kilometers (180 million miles) from Earth, a year ago and is expected to reach Earth and drop a capsule containing the precious samples in southern Australia on Dec. 6.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency believe the samples, especially those taken from under the asteroid’s surface, contain valuable data unaffected by space radiation and other environmental factors.

Makoto Yoshikawa, a Hayabusa2 project mission manager, said scientists are especially interested in analyzing organic materials in the Ryugu soil samples.

“Organic materials are origins of life on Earth, but we still don(asterisk)t know where they came from,” Yoshikawa said. “We are

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Micron Technology (MU) Nears Major Breakout

Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) stock has woken up from the dead and is now challenging 2018’s multi-decade high in the mid-$60s. Accumulation has already risen above its 2018 peak, setting the stage for a breakout that clears the last major hurdle before July 2000’s all-time high in the upper $90s comes into view. However, a rally into that lofty level will require another 50% upside, taking as long as two to four years depending on market conditions.

Key Takeaways

  • Micron stock is testing 2018 resistance in the mid-$60s.
  • The company has underperformed semiconductor benchmarks in 2020.
  • A breakout predicts a rapid advance into the upper $70s.
  • The stock is still trading more than 30 points below the 2000 internet bubble high.

The stock has underperformed PHLX Semiconductor Index (SOX) by a wide margin in 2020, gaining around 15% compared to SOX’s 39% year-to-date return. Micron is also one of the

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Alibaba boasts over $70 billion sales as first post-virus Singles’ Day nears end

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – China’s Alibaba said orders on its e-commerce platforms during the Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza had exceeded $70 billion by Wednesday evening, as lockdown-weary consumers splashed out on as many as 16 million discounted goods.

The world’s biggest sales event – eclipsing Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States – spans four main days this year, and so far has brought sellers 20 times as many orders by value than Amazon.com Inc’s two-day global Prime Day last month.

Such is its size that its performance is widely considered indicative of China’s post-virus economic recovery.

“Because of COVID-19, many Chinese cannot go overseas,” Vice President Liu Bo told reporters. “This actually stimulates online consumption.”

So far, the performance is likely a relief for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd after losing about 10% of its market value last week when regulators scuppered the listing of fintech affiliate Ant

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As Border Wall Nears 400 Miles, Twitter Locks Out Border Patrol Chief For Hailing Barrier

KEY POINTS

  • The CBP Commissioner’s Twitter account allegedly violated the platform’s policies
  • Morgan celebrated the 400th mile of the completed wall in Texas
  • The ban came as senators question the social media platform’s content moderation policies

A Trump administration border official has been locked out of Twitter after promoting the 400 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan tweeted a photo of the construction of the wall with the caption, “Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work,” The Federalist reported. 

The border wall is one the most notable and divisive projects of the Trump administration. In 2016, the president unveiled plans to build the 450-mile wall by the end of 2020. 

Morgan’s Twitter account was suspended for violating the platform’s policies on hate speech

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Marvell Nears Deal to Acquire Inphi for $10 Billion

(Bloomberg) — Marvell Technology Group Ltd. is nearing a deal to acquire Inphi Corp. for about $10 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding to an already record year for chip industry deals.



a large room: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. signage is displayed in the lobby of the company's headquarters building in Santa Clara, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.


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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. signage is displayed in the lobby of the company’s headquarters building in Santa Clara, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.

Marvell will pay 60% of the acquisition in stock, with the rest in cash, the person said. An announcement could come as soon as Thursday, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.

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Dow Jones reported the acquisition earlier Wednesday. A representative for Inphi declined to comment, while a representative for Marvell didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Inphi is a maker of chips that act as the interface in gear that helps speed the flow of

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As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science

“The real issue at play is the National Climate Assessment,” said Judith Curry, a former chairwoman of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who said she has been in contact with Dr. Maue, the new chief scientist. “That’s what the powers that be are trying to influence.”

In addition to Dr. Curry, the strategy was described by Myron Ebell, a director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former member of Mr. Trump’s transition team, and John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabamain Huntsville.

Dr. Christy, a critic of past National Climate Assessments, said he was asked by the White House this summer to take on a senior role at NOAA, according to E&E News, but declined the offer. He said he understood the role to include changing the agency’s approach to the climate assessment.

Ms. Curry and

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JPMorgan creates blockchain unit, says the technology nears profits

A man is reflected in a sign outside of the JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York City.

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After years of hype with little to show for it, blockchain technology is on the cusp of a breakthrough: making money in actual business applications.

At JPMorgan Chase, the firm’s digital currency JPM Coin is being used commercially for the first time this week by a large technology client to send payments around the world, said Takis Georgakopoulos, the bank’s global head of wholesale payments.

That development, along with other behind-the-scene moves, persuaded JPMorgan to create a new business to house its blockchain and digital currency efforts called Onyx, Georgakopoulos said last week in a phone interview. The unit has more than 100 dedicated staffers, he said.

“We are launching Onyx because we believe we are shifting to a period of commercialization of those technologies, moving from research and development to

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