Exclusive: Advent in the lead to buy inVentiv for close to $4 billion – sources

(Reuters) – Private equity firm Advent International is in advanced talks to acquire inVentiv Group Holdings in a deal that could value the U.S. pharmaceutical research firm at close to $4 billion,…

Gillmor Gang: Not Insane

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 29, 2016. In 1972, the Firesign Theatre documented the National Surrealist Light Peoples Party convention for president. George Papoon’s campaign rallying cry, Not Insane, has never been more appropriate. Plus, G3 w/ Kristie Wells, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway,… Read More

Here’s what your boring app would look like as a conversation

speech bubble vector background In years to come, conversations will breathe new life into software — particularly the boring enterprise tools millions of knowledge workers begrudgingly use every day. Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) work because of our familiarity with messaging. Even the most technically complex interactions can look as simple as getting an SMS text when presented as a conversation. Read More

BBC: And then we strapped a helicopter rig to an elephant

20160726-Elephant Rig Imagine being part of the BBC’s natural history unit, traveling the world to create some of the world’s most beautiful documentaries. Sounds like a dream job, right? I sat down with Huw Cordey, the producer on a ton of the Beeb’s best-loved shows, to find out more about the technology and gadgets the team deploys to capture the beasties in action. Read More

The other pipeline

other-pipeline-main Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal never thought he would end up in prison, let alone the tech industry. What he did envision, he tells me, was dying before the age of 25 or 30. “I saw so many people around me dying at such a young age that my long-term vision just wasn’t in focus,” Leal tells me. “I was just focused on what was right in front me.” Read More

Dubai billionaire businessman Alabbar behind Aramex stake buys: source

DUBAI (Reuters) – Billionaire Dubai businessman Mohamed Alabbar led two investor groups that recently bought a combined 16.45 percent stake in Dubai-based courier Aramex , a source familiar with the…

UK interest rates set to be cut by Bank of England on Thursday

Bank will publish latest inflation report and growth forecasts this week, as downgrade of Britain’s economic prospects is expected

The Bank of England is expected to cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis this week and lower its UK growth forecasts by the biggest margin on record in response to the uncertainty caused by the EU referendum result.

The Bank’s monetary policy committee will announce a decision on Thursday, when the latest inflation report and growth forecasts will be published. If interest rates are cut, it will be the first time they have changed since being set at 0.5% in 2009.

Related: Interest rate cut: what will it mean for the UK economy?

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Trump rebuts criticism by Army father at Democratic convention

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump rejected criticism from the father of a soldier killed in Iraq who said the Republican presidential nominee had “sacrificed nothing and no one” and questioned whether the mother was allowed to speak during the couple’s appearance at the Democratic convention.