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Dell sweetens VMware tracking stock offer with higher price, board seat

(Reuters) – Dell Technologies on Thursday raised its offer to buy back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMware (DVMT.N) to $120 per share, sweetening the deal for shareholders with an additional $5 billion in cash. A logo of Dell Technologies is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman The revised terms, announced ahead of a scheduled vote on the deal on Dec. 11, cap 1-1/2 weeks of negotiations between Dell and its private owners, and several large shareholders such as…

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Dell sweetens VMware offer with higher price, board seat

(Reuters) – Dell Technologies on Thursday raised its offer to buy back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMware (DVMT.N) to $120 per share, still way short of the $300 price suggested by activist investor Carl Icahn. A logo of Dell Technologies is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman The computer maker in July offered to pay $21.7 billion, or $109 per share, in cash and stock to buy back shares tied to its interest in VMware, returning the computer…

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Brazil homebuilder to offer Renault electric cars in buildings

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Latin America’s largest homebuilder, MRV Engenharia e Participacoes SA (MRVE3.SA), is partnering with the Brazilian unit of French automaker Renault SA (RENA.PA) to offer electric car sharing in its buildings. Co-Chief Executive Officer Rafael Menin said in a Thursday statement that the pilot program was part of the Brazilian homebuilder’s energy efficiency initiatives. The homebuilder aims to offer solar energy panels included in all of its new housing by 2022. In the first phase of the electric car program, two Renault Zoe vehicles will be offered…

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Toy maker to offer shares in Portugal tech-led IPO revival

LISBON (Reuters) – Portuguese educational toymaker Science4You plans to float shares worth up to 15 million euros ($17 million) next year to stoke further expansion in a fresh sign that small technology firms may revive the country’s anemic IPO scene. FILE PHOTO: General view of the centre stage of Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo Science4You, which sells most of its products abroad, said on Thursday it wants to list shares amounting to up to 45 percent of its capital –…

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Giants offer team president job to Dodgers’ GM: report

The San Francisco Giants have offered Farhan Zaidi — the general manager of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers — their president of baseball operations job, MLB.com’ Jon Paul Morosi reported Tuesday. His decision is expected by Wednesday afternoon. The Giants are seeking a replacement for general manager Bobby Evans, whom the Giants said in September would be assigned to a different job with the club. At the time of that announcement, team officials said they were looking to take a more analytical approach to their baseball operations. “I think we’re…

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MLB notebook: Harper rejected Nationals’ offer

On the last day of the 2018 season, star outfielder Bryce Harper turned down a long-term “aggressive offer” by the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post. Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) prepares to bat against the Miami Marlins in the first inning in what may be his last game in Washington as a National at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn’t include any opt-outs and was less than the $400…

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NBA notebook: Wolves lack interest in Rockets’ offer for Butler

The Minnesota Timberwolves are showing “no inclination” to accept Houston’s offer of four first-round draft picks and two players for disgruntled All-Star guard Jimmy Butler, according to a report. Oct 19, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports Shams Charania of Stadium said Friday that the Rockets have included players Marquese Chriss, 21, and Brandon Knight, 26, in the trade package. Neither has played yet this season, and…

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Wealthfront to offer automated financial planning tool for free

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Wealthfront, one of the largest digital wealth management startups known as “robo-advisers,” will offer its automated financial planning tool for free by the end of the year as it seeks to grow its customer base, it said on Tuesday. Individuals in the United States who do not have money managed by Wealthfront will be able to connect their various financial accounts to the company’s Path tool, which will calculate their saving and spending rates and help them create a plan for retirement. Wealthfront launched Path for…

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A-League club confirm offer to Olympic champion Bolt

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a professional contract by Australian A-League outfit the Central Coast Mariners but a deal is unlikely without an external third party financial contribution, the club said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Central Coast Mariners v Central Coast Select – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, Australia – August 31, 2018 Central Coast Mariners’ Usain Bolt in action REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo The 32-year-old Jamaican, a passionate football fan, has been on trial at the club since August as he attempts…

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Hi-tech glasses offer alternative to bifocals

Prescription lenses that can change focus from far to near and back again have been developed in Japan by TouchFocus. When a sensor on the frame is activated the liquid crystals set into the lower half of the glasses change positions, altering the focus in that area and allowing the wearer to see objects closer to them. Touching the sensor again returns the lens to your regular prescription. Bifocal, trifocal or varifocal lenses already allow the wearer to use one pair of glasses to see at different distances but they…

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