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Adobe can’t Photoshop out the fact its $20bn Figma deal is a naked land grab | John Naughton

The big tech news in a slow week was that the software giant Adobe is planning to pay the unconscionable sum of $20bn (£18bn) to acquire a small company called Figma. Why is this news? Well, first of all, there's the price – way above any rational valuation of Figma. Second, there's the question that we have finally learned to ask about tech mergers and acquisitions: is there a competition or antitrust issue here somewhere?We'll come to the price later, but at first sight, the answer to the second question would seem to be no: the two companies are not direct competitors. Adobe dominates the market in software for creating and publishing digital and printed material – graphics, photography, illustration, animation, multimedia/video, motion pictures and print. If you've ever used Pho...
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‘It’s extraordinary’: Liz Truss’s low-tax gamble has yet to convince Tory MPs | Conservatives

In the hyperbole-fuelled theatre of Westminster, where breathless rhetoric and implausible spin are so often the defining qualities, few events can truly be said to live up to a big billing. Yet when allies of the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, promised a “game-changing” address in the run-up to Friday’s economic announcement, for once the performance matched the promise.In fact, officials who had been billing the announcement as a mere “fiscal event” or “mini-budget” had been engaging in a rare piece of political understatement. What emerged was a package so large, bracingly expensive and unapologetically ideological that it looks certain to set the terms not just of the next election, but the country’s economic fortunes for years.The surprise abolition of the top rate of tax – saving tho...
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Elite sport crosses the border of 40

Roger Federer during the last match of his career. / EFEsports CenterFederer's retirement shows that professionals reach their prime later and stretch their careers more and moreOne of the phrases in self-help books is that age is a state of mind. There may be elderly people in their 30s and adolescents in their 60s or 70s. In the case of sports, especially professional and elite sports, this reality collides with physical exhaustion. Roger Federer has decided to hang up his racket for good. The Laver Cup has been the last tournament with the presence of the legendary Swiss tennis player, after more than a year fighting against a knee that underwent surgery three times. The other two served him to continue, but he has ended up giving up. «I stopped believing that he could continue ...
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Miedema doubles up as Arsenal rout Tottenham in front of record WSL crowd

Pioneers, record-breakers and title hunters. Arsenal, England’s most successful women’s team, hosted a new Women’s Super League record crowd of 47,367 at the Emirates Stadium as they powered to a 4-0 win over their north London rivals, Tottenham, to extend their early lead at the top of the table.There was a real buzz around north London. Tube trains were littered with red and white hours before kick-off as the crowd swarmed towards the ground. For those who had tasted England’s triumph at Wembley in July, there was hope and hushed whispers. Were they about to witness some more history?Just 10 minutes before kick-off there were nervous faces, with the stands still patchy, but the flow of fans trickling down the aisles didn’t stop.The gap between these two sides has been shrinking year-o...
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Ana de Armas stars in ‘Blonde’: «Before studies controlled your life and now social networks do»

The actress Ana de Armas at the San Sebastian Festival. / EphThe Spanish-Cuban actress transforms into Marilyn Monroe in a film by Andrew Dominik that Netflix will premiere on September 28Ana de Armas (Havana, 1988) was called Ana Celia de Armas when, in 2006, she came to Bilbao to promote 'Una rosa de Francia', a retro melodrama by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón set in Cuba in the 1950s. The camera loves her fascinating face”, wrote this journalist praising the work of that 16-year-old girl who was working for the first time as an actress. The following year came her series that made her popular, but at the same time became a small slab, 'El internado'. Later, Ana de Armas made the Americas and linked hits like 'Blade Runner 2049', 'Daggers in the back' and '007. No time to die'. 'Blonde...
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Russia shells cities; critics blast ‘farce’ vote

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions of Ukraine to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow.Ukraine's presidential office said the latest Russian shelling killed at least three people and wounded 19. Oleksandr Starukh, the Ukrainian governor of Zaporizhzhia, one of the regions where Moscow-installed officials organized referendums on joining Russia, said a Russian missile hit an apartment building in the city of Zaporizhzhia, killing one person and injuring seven others.Ukraine and its Western allies say the referendums underway in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south and the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions have no legal force. They alleged the votes were an illegitimate attempt ...
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The rise of the extreme right threatens to fragment the European Union

From left to right, the leader of the Lega, Matteo Salvini, the leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi, and the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni. / AFPNationalist and eurosceptic discourses gain strength in Sweden, Bulgaria and Germany, in the heat of the crisis caused by the warVox's 52 seats in Spain, the rise of Marine LePen in France... After the pandemic, in the midst of an energy crisis and with an increase in prices due to the war in Ukraine, populist formations and nationalist movements have gained strength and They threaten to spread across Europe. The extreme right already controls Hungary and Poland; and it is becoming strong in countries like Bulgaria, Sweden, Germany and Italy, against a European Union that is often seen as an elitist and denationaliz...
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Russia-Ukraine war sees Putin escalate for internal reasons

Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to greatly escalate his war on Ukraine — his announcement Wednesday of a partial mobilization of reserves, four sham referendums in partly occupied Ukrainian territories and a veiled nuclear threat — reflects his desperation to reverse the advances Ukraine has made in recent weeks . That desperation is likely to result from internal pressure.Until now, Putin has bent over backward to avoid a formal mobilization of the armed forces through calling up former military members and recruiting fresh troops (although informally, the military might have begun to do that as early as April or May). Putin has almost certainly obfuscated to avoid domestic backlash. Russians often say to themselves at times of hardship, “just so long as there is no war....
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Zelenskyy calls for ‘sabotage’ as thousands of Russians flee after mobilization call

As thousands of Russians try to flee the country to escape the partial mobilization of civilians into the military, Ukraine's president late Friday urged those who are conscripted to “sabotage any enemy activity.” Addressing Ukrainians in Russian-occupied regions, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address that his countrymen should “hide” from mobilization and “avoid summons” of military commanders.“If you get into the Russian army, then sabotage any enemy activity, interfere with any Russian operations, give us all important information about the occupiers: their bases, headquarters, ammunition depots,” he added. His comments came three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists. Russia's Defense Ministry said shortly afterward that he...
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Tears, hugs and glory as Roger Federer finally bows out from tennis | Roger Federer

Throughout the final week of Roger Federer's life as a professional tennis player, he handled his emotions far better than he had envisioned. But at the end of his final match alongside his rival Rafael Nadal, a tense 4-6, 7-6 11-9 loss representing Team Europe against Team World's Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe at the Laver Cup in London's O2 Arena, the 41- year-old finally succumbed.As the tears began to fall, alongside him Nadal wept, too. After 18 years of meeting each other on the court, contesting some of the fiercest battles in the biggest finals around the world, they spent the final moments of Federer's career on the same side.Before Federer's first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, men's tennis was at a crossroads. As the influence of top US players waned, some believed ...