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Activist hedge fund Elliott Management said it bought 8.1 percent stake in Mentor Graphics Corp , calling on the company to increase shareholder value and pursue "strategic opportunities." Mentor Graphics is the latest technology firm the hedge fund has targeted, following successful campaigns at Qlik Technologies, Riverbed, Informatica and Compuware, which all sold to private equity firms after Elliott invested. Elliott said in a filing Thursday it had initiated a dialogue with the board of directors after taking a roughly $200 million stake in the company.

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The advent of low-fee stock trading platforms like E-Trade brought a rush new money into the market. For better or worse, online self-service equity trading platforms opened up the stock market to droves of new investors. These services have only grown more accessible over time, with many such as TD Ameritrade and E-Trade advertising entry-level commissions of $10 per trade. $10 per trade is a tremendous value compared to traditional services, but now there's a newer service that offers an even better value for budding investors. MUST SEE:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding We first covered an app called Robinhood back in May . The first-of-its-kind service allows investors to place unlimited stock trades for free. Yes, it's really, truly free and people are taking advantage. Robinhood says its 1 million users have rung up more than $12 billion in transactions so far, and have saved $200 million in commission fees. Robinhood doesn't provide the same level of support as the larger firms, nor does it provide investors with as many tools or capabilities. The company's free product is geared toward young investors looking to make basic trades. On Thursday, however, Robinhood addressed a number of key shortcomings with a new product called Robinhood Gold . For $10 per month, Robinhood Gold subscribers will gain three new features. First, they will be able to buy and sell stocks during the morning and evening after-hours sessions. Second, Robinhood will double Gold subscribers' buying power by issuing short-term lines of credit. Finally, users will be able to invest funds instantly when making a deposit from an outside account, rather than having to wait up to three days for the money to clear. The new Robinhood Gold product is a great option for investors looking to get a bit more bang for their buck than they might with other firms, but it's still not an option for more seasoned investors. While the new features available with Robinhood Gold will be welcomed by many users, Robinhood still doesn't support short selling, OTC market stocks, or many other features that more advanced investors might want to utilize. The company did tell BGR that additional features will be added to Robinhood Gold down the road, though no specifics were provided. Robinhood Gold is rolling out beginning Thursday, and there is a free trial period available. Users will need at least $2,000 in their Robinhood accounts in order to subscribe to Gold.

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FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Tesla Motors Inc car operating under Autopilot collided with a bus in northern Germany, but the electric car maker said a collision was unavoidable because the bus swerved into the vehicle's lane. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the town of Ratzeburg, German police said. The car's driver told Tesla following the crash that he was using Autopilot when the incident occurred but that it was unrelated to the accident, a Tesla spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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Back in the day, if a car reached 100,000 miles it was probably a reliable sign that it was time to trade it in and get a new vehicle. These days, the 100,000 mile threshold is much less of an issue thanks to numerous advances in engineering, automotive technologies and materials. In fact, these days it’s not unheard of to see cars with 200,000 miles still chugging along. While that may hold true for gas-powered vehicles, a lot less is known about what happens when electric cars put on hundreds of thousands of miles. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that mass-market EVs are a relatively new phenomenon given that the Tesla Model S wasn’t even available until June of 2012. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding There is, however, a Model S unit that has impressively amassed more than 200,000 miles, all in less than 2 years, believe it or not. As it turns out, there's a company called Tesloop that takes passengers back and forth between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in a Tesla Model S. And not too long ago, the first car in its fleet finally reached the 200,000 milestone. Curious as to how a Model S holds up after 200,000 miles, Kristen Hall-Geisler of TechCrunch called up the company to get the lowdown on how well Tesla's primary money-maker withstands thousands of miles of hard road driving. What’s particularly interesting, according to Tesloop, is that the Model S' battery didn’t experience the type of degradation one commonly associates or expects with lithium ion batteries. In fact, Rahul Sonnad of Tesloop said that the battery on the company’s Model S workhorse only degraded by 6%. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t any problems. Then, just as the car hit 200,000 miles, the range estimator became inaccurate. Though the car didn’t actually lose any range, the estimator would say it could go another ten miles—and then power down. Tesla looked into the issue, and told Tesloop that there’s a battery chemistry state that high-mileage cars go into, and the software isn’t properly compensating for that change. There will be a firmware update in three months that will take care of the discrepancy, but Tesla just replaced the battery to solve the problem. “We got our 6% range back with the new battery,” Sonnad said with a laugh. “But had the firmware been updated, we’d be fine and plugging along.” Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown of what happens to a Tesla Model S once it hits 200,000 miles on the odometer. Again, because electric vehicles are still relatively new, we're essentially in uncharted waters when it comes to seeing how well they hold up to either aggressive or prolonged usage.

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By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the run-up to its initial public offering, cloud computing company Nutanix scrambled to avoid a situation that has increasingly marred technology IPOs: a price that is below the most recent private funding round. After initially pricing shares at $11 to $13, a range that set the company up for a valuation nosedive, Nutanix on Thursday priced shares at $16 apiece. The higher-than-expected price values Nutanix at $2.2 billion, a boost from the $2 billion valuation it received in a 2014 private funding round.

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Nutanix Inc said on Thursday it sold a more than expected 14.87 million shares priced at $16, valuing the company at more than $2 billion. San Jose, California-based Nutanix's share price exceeds the $13.40 value last placed on its shares in a 2014 funding round, an upgrade encouraging for the many unprofitable technology companies that, like Nutanix, have been weary of testing public market valuations. Its $16 IPO price was above its indicated range of $13 and $15.

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The talking bear from your 1980s dreams (or nightmares) is all spiffed up and will be back for 2017.

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A cybersecurity company claims it wasn't state-sponsored hackers who breached Yahoo user data. Yah-who knows?

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The Web giant is marshaling the aid of home audio heavy-hitters to challenge the Amazon Echo virtual assistant, Variety reports.

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Technically Incorrect: A new study reveals some stunning statistics about texting behind the wheel and a parent's role in making it worse.

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It's all a part of the social network's effort to get regular people to start live streaming more, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

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U.S. software company Salesforce called on EU regulators on Thursday to investigate antitrust issues related to Microsoft's $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn. Microsoft is expected to seek EU antitrust approval in the coming weeks for its largest ever deal. Salesforce , which lost out on the bidding for LinkedIn , urged competition authorities to go beyond a simple review, saying the deal threatens innovation and competition.

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The iPhone 7 is already a massive hit with consumers -- even if it’s boring, and even if it lacks a headphone jack. However, some buyers aren’t happy about Apple’s decision to kill the headphone jack. There are fixes for it, including the adapter that Apple put in every iPhone 7 box. But there is still one audio jack issue that some iPhone 7 owners may complain about: There's no easy way to charge the phone and use wired headphones at the same time. If aesthetics don't matter to you, then there is one solution to fix your iPhone 7 headphone hack problem, a new case that brings back the 3.5mm port back from the dead. DON’T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding The Fuze case, now raising money on Indiegogo , is anything but pretty. Or better said, the bulky case will make the iPhone thick again. And that’s not a good thing. The case has to be bulky to accommodate that 3.5mm headphone jack, of course. Thankfully, the case at least packs a battery that gets you an additional 2,400 mAh of life on the iPhone 7 and 3,600 mAh on the iPhone 7 Plus. Fuze does make the case — pun intended — that it’s not only headphones that use the headphone jack. If you have some accessories that need the port, then you’ll need to find a way to make them work on the iPhone 7. Fuze is an option. The alternative is getting a second dongle that would let you connect two Lightning cables to the iPhone so that you can charge it and listen to music at the same time. But that doesn't address the issue with accessories like Square card readers. The campaign has a $60,000 flexible goal, and so far it collected more than $9,500 from 174 backers. The cheapest Fuze case costs $49 on Indiegogo (super early bird) and ships at some point in December. Maybe. The following video will tell you more about the Fuze case if you can make it past the annoying introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIvFrO5tajE

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Japanese gamers wondering why the rest of the world gets all of the fun of the NES Mini in November can rest easy —Nintendo just announced a similar retro console based on the Famicom, the original Japanese version of the NES released two years earlier in 1983.

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Google's Waze Rider service, which lets people carpool to and from work with drivers using the Waze app, has come out of its pilot program and is now widely available in the San Francisco area. It's been rolling out to users over the last several weeks, the company confirmed to The Wall Street Journal today. Waze Rider is different from ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft in that it's meant to pair two people headed in the same direction.

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I’m old enough to remember a time when Google wasn’t the only search engine in town. You say, way back in the day, the search engine landscape was littered with a seemingly endless number of options, from Altavista to Webcrawler. In the late 90s,  Google came along and quickly implanted itself as the de-facto search engine. Thanks to its clever page-rank algorithm, Google managed to deliver more accurate and helpful search results than the competition. Google’s rise to search engine dominance was well-chronicled in Steven Levy's In the Plex , but one of the more interesting aspects of Google’s ascension was its penetration of the mainstream vernacular. Google didn’t just change the way we used the web, it changed the way we talked . After a few years of dominance on the web, the word Google  eventually morphed into a verb. DON'T MISS:  See how Google’s new Pixel phones stack up to last year’s Nexus phones These days, you ask someone a question and they might hit you back with, “I don’t know, why don’t you Google it.” On a related note, medical professionals will often bemoan the use of Dr. Google , a reference to patients who put more faith in the search engine than in anything else. Today, the phrase “Google it” is just a part of the everyday vernacular. And while it’s impossible to pinpoint when it became commonplace, it is possible to pinpoint the first time the phrase was used on national TV. According to Charles Arthur, author of Digital Wars , the first reference to Google as a verb took place on October 15, 2002 during an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer .  The character Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) asks the following in reference to a girl, “Have you Googled her yet?” The response? “She’s 17!” Clearly not catching the reference, Willow clarifies, “It’s a search engine.” Arthur writes: You can view the clip in question below at about the 2:40 mark. https://youtu.be/8HWINFQ3TZI?t=2m40s Shortly after Google's debut on Buffy , the word would soon resurface during an episode of ER  in early 2003 .  When a doctor notices two of his colleagues on a computer and asks what they're doing, they respond with "Googling your blind date."

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By Andreas Cremer PARIS (Reuters) - Volkswagen's Czech division Skoda said it will assess the possibility of building cars in the United States as it considers selling in the world's second largest auto market where its parent continues to grapple with an emissions scandal. Skoda, Volkswagen's (VW) mass-market brand, will start deliveries in Iran, South Korea and Singapore next year and will take time until the end of 2017 or later to decide whether to enter the United States, Skoda's chief executive, Bernhard Maier, said.

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A bill signed into law on Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road, a key step enabling a private business park outside San Francisco to test driverless shuttles. Self-driving cars are already allowed to test on California public roads by 15 automakers, technology companies and startups, including Alphabet's Google , Ford , Honda and Tesla . The bill introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla allows testing in Contra Costa County northeast of San Francisco of the first full-autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel, brakes, accelerator or operator.

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Google, which is hoping to beam the internet to remote areas of the world via balloon, went before the UN's aviation agency to ask member states to let it ply their airspace. The company's X Lab, which was created to pursue big-vision projects, said it hopes to establish a network of helium balloons floating in the stratosphere that will emit a powerful 4G signal to rural and difficult-to-access areas. The new initiative -- launched in 2013 and dubbed "Project Loon" -- saw its first balloon take off from South America in February only to crash at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, where it was discovered by villagers.

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(Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Elliott Management said it picked up an 8.1 percent stake in electronics hardware supplier Mentor Graphics Corp , a few months after Carl Icahn exited the company. Elliott, founded by billionaire Paul Singer, said Mentor Graphics' shares were undervalued and that it was in talks with the company's board. Mentor Graphics shares should be valued at $29.07, according to StarMine data.

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Technically Incorrect: A man mocks Europe's professionals about a 12-foot putt they keep missing. So they invite him to try it. Guess what happens next.

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The world's second-largest music market is worth over $2.5 billion. But Spotify will still have to fight for a big piece of the pie.

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The effort is designed to save journalists, activists and others from "botnets" of hacked DVRs and security cameras used to swamp websites with data.

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Governor Jerry Brown signs a new law that will fine ride-hailing companies up to $5,000 per driver if those drivers are found to have criminal histories.

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Earlier today, we received a tip from the staff of foreign news site  Letem světem Applem about a concerning issue that some of the site's readers were encountering. Several iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners have taken to the site's forums to complain about the display on their new phone appearing yellow. They hadn't accidentally turned on Night Mode — their displays just didn't look right. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding A quick Google search turned up dozens of similar results, indicating that this is a rather widespread problem. Thankfully, the results also included several solutions, the most comprehensive of which we found on OS X Daily . But before we get to the fix, it's worth noting that this isn't the first time iPhone buyers have reported seeing yellow . Previous reports on the issue claim that, in some instances, the adhesive on the screen simply hasn't dried yet, which can create a yellow hue on the display. Before you attempt any fixes or run to your nearest Apple Store, wait a few days to see if the issue takes care of itself. No luck? Alright, let's move on to the fix: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility From there, head to  Display Accommodations > Color Filters Tap the switch next to Color Filters below the colored pencils Tap Color Tint , the last option in the menu Scroll down and you should see two sliders: Intensity and Hue . Adjust the two sliders until your display begins to look normal again. It is possible to overcorrect the tint, so you might have to fiddle around for a few minutes until you hit the sweet spot. This might not be a perfect solution, but if the yellow hue is driving you crazy, it's a reasonable stopgap.

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