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tesla passes $100 billion, teeing up big payout for musk

The meteoric rise of Tesla shares that recently pushed the company’s value over $100 billion could turn into a supercharged payday for CEO Elon Musk. Stock in Tesla Inc. rose another 4.1% Wednesday, pushing the market value of the electric vehicle and solar panel maker past a critical milestone in Musk’s pay package. He could get a stock options package worth over $371 million. Tesla shares closed at $569.56 on Wednesday, giving the company a market capitalization of $102.7 billion. Shares have tripled in value since May, meaning Tesla’s market capitalization now exceeds the value of Ford and General Motors, combined. For Musk, hitting $100 billion in market value triggers an option to buy 1.69 million shares of Tesla stock for $350.02 per share. If he sells the shares, he would make just over…

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oklahoma city-based paycom software being added to s&p 500

Oklahoma City-based information technology company Paycom Software Inc., is being added to the S&P 500. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday that Paycom will replace Wellcare Health Plans on Jan. 28 as Wellcare is being purchased by fellow S&P 500 member Centene Corp. Paycom Software provides cloud-based human capital management software services and becomes the fifth Oklahoma-based company on the index that includes most of the largest U.S. publicly traded companies. Paycom will join Oklahoma companies Helmerich & Payne, ONEOK, Williams Cos., and Devon Energy on the S&P index.…

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sale ending soon? how online stores trick you into buying

Sale ending soon! Only two left! This is a hot item! If you’ve shopped online, you’ve probably seen those messages. What you may not realize: They’re designed to make you spend more. Online stores have adopted tricks used for years by infomercials and home shopping networks. The only difference now: online stores are trying to get you to click the buy button. After reviewing 200 of the top shopping sites, including Amazon, eBay and Macys.com, a study by the University of Michigan’s School of Information found that all the sites had an average of 19 features that could encourage impulse buying, such as limited-time discounts and wording that made an item seem like it was almost out of stock. The best way to combat them? Being aware of the tactics retailers use. “The onus is…

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us official: china steals ‘massive amounts’ of data in west

China is stealing “massive amounts” of data from Western companies and Iran has stolen data from some 200 universities, the top U.S. cybersecurity diplomat said Wednesday . Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications, said in Paris that the data theft “happens on a regular basis.” Over the last few years, the Chinese “compromised the largest of the global service providers and cloud providers ... and they use that to gain access to the corporate databases of major, large companies,” he told reporters. The stolen data is “in some cases” given to private industry within China “to compete against” the companies they stole from, Strayer said. “So that happens on a regular basis,” he added. Strayer was in Paris along with a Justice Department official to convince France not…

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next stop, brexit: britain’s eu divorce bill becomes law

Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. The U.K. is finally leaving the 28-nation bloc more than 3 1/2 years after voters narrowly opted to do so in a June 2016 referendum — and after interminable rounds of political wrangling. Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans announced in the House of Commons that the Withdrawal Agreement Act had received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II, the final formality in its legislative journey. The brief announcement, which drew cheers of “Hear! Hear!” from some Conservative lawmakers in the Commons, came hours after the bill completed its passage through Parliament by getting approval from the House of Lords. “At times, it felt like we would never cross…

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first space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes. And how do they taste? No one knows. Still sealed in individual baking pouches and packed in their spaceflight container, the cookies remain frozen in a Houston-area lab after splashing down two weeks ago in a SpaceX capsule. They were the first food baked in space from raw ingredients. The makers of the oven expected a difference in baking time in space, but not that big. “There’s still a lot to look into to figure out really what’s driving that difference, but definitely a cool result,” Mary Murphy,…