May is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace at 12:30 p.m. London time, Downing Street confirmed after several media outlets reported that she'll attempt to form a government with the support of 10 elected lawmakers from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. With current projections pointing to May's Conservative Party gaining 318 seats, a tie-up with the DUP would give her the narrowest of majorities in the 650-seat chamber.
Germany's Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth told domestic television that "regardless of the question of who will form a government in Britain, time is ticking," adding that "we have less than two years to negotiate the exit, so we should not waste any time now."
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed.
SoftBank shares surged 7.43% in Tokyo on Friday.
The deal aligns with SoftBank's push into "paradigm-shifting technologies and its vision of catalyzing the next wave of smart robotics," the Tokyo-based company said.
Boston Dynamics' robots can run, jump and climb stairs, with the company's CEO Marc Raibert describing them as "nightmare inducting."
SoftBank is one of the companies behind a robot called Pepper, which is said to be the world's first robot to read human emotions.
"Today, there are many issues we still cannot solve by ourselves with human capabilities. Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the Information Revolution, and Marc and his team at Boston Dynamics are the clear technology leaders in advanced dynamic robots," SoftBank Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son said in a statement.
As part of the deal, SoftBank also is buying from Alphabet a company called Schaft that develops humanoids and came out of the University of Tokyo.
4. -- Ford (F - Get Report) has started offering buyouts to 15,000 salaried employees in North America and Asia as part of its effort to reduce its global workforce by 1,400, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Workers are being offered voluntary buyout packages that range from three months' pay to 18 months' pay, according to a Ford spokesman. The amount of the offer depends on how long the employee has worked for Ford, the person's salary, position and other benefits.
Under pressure from shareholders to boost its share price, Ford announced plans last month to trim its salaried workforce. Last month, Ford hired Jim Hackett as CEO to replace the retiring Mark Fields, who retired.
5. -- Taylor Swift's full catalog will return to all streaming platforms, including Spotify and Pandora (P) , on Friday.
Swift removed her music from Spotify in 2014 around the release of 1989. No streaming service besides Apple Music was able to stream it. Swift allowed Apple (AAPL - Get Report) to stream it after the music platform decided to pay artists royalties during its free three-month trial, the AP noted.
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