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'Microsoft is paying a fair price for a unique asset': Here's what Wall Street is saying about the massive Microsoft-LinkedIn deal

The move had wide-ranging impact, from the tech world to Wall Street.<p>Wall Street analysts were quick to break down the deal and what it means for the broader investing environment.<p>With a day of perspective behind them, analysts seem split on the move. While LinkedIn provides some good strategic …

Senate approves defense bill, defies White House veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate voted decisively Tuesday to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 …

National Security

17 Signs You'll Be Running Your Own Business By 2017

It's only a matter of time before you ditch your day job and pursue the ultimate dream of working for yourself. Are you truly ready to make the leap? Here's how you'll know.<p>There are plenty of would-be entrepreneurs (myself included!) who've tried to convince ourselves that we feel happy and …

A condom brand has signed up Charlie Sheen as its spokesman

Lelo, a London-based sex-toy company, has signed up actor Charlie Sheen as the brand ambassador for its new condom product, Lelo Hex.<p>Sheen, who revealed in a TV interview last year that he was HIV-positive, stars in a video for the condom.<p>In it, the "Two and a Half Men" star talks about an issue …

Charlie Sheen

Why Microsoft Is Spending $26 Billion on LinkedIn

A key to understanding the massive and unexpected $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft can be found in the letter LinkedIn CEO Jeff …

China's economy is heading toward the train wreck Japan experienced in the late '80s

Like clockwork, economic growth in the March quarter increased by 6.7% compared to a year earlier, smack in line with forecasts and continuing a trend seen in the previous five GDP reports — in which the figure either met or exceeded expectations by 0.1%.<p>This regularity is an irregularity in …

China

China to greatly expand GM crops

China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in the coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM …

US stocks edge mostly lower in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower in early trading as investors look over the latest batch of earnings reports.<p>Asset manager BlackRock …

Stock Markets

The Answer to This One Question Will Skyrocket Your Sales | Inc.com

<i>Dr. Karl Blanks is an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member from London. He is the co-founder of Conversion Rate Experts, a consultancy that scientifically grows many of the world's most successful web business, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. We asked Karl for tips on growing</i> …

Business Strategy

Apple is close to selling its billionth iPhone

McDonald's hamburgers are getting some illustrious company. "Billions sold" will soon apply to the iPhone as well.<p>Between June 29, 2007 -- when the iPhone first went on sale -- and the end of 2015, Apple has sold 896 million iPhones. If Wall Street analysts' forecasts are accurate, Apple will sell …

Selling

Tumbling Oil Prices Have Given Birth to Two Massive, Dueling Blimps

Imagine three gigantic wieners.<p>Lay them side-by-side, to form a rectangle.<p>Fill them with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium (about 6.5 times what you’d …

Budget grocers Aldi and Lidl are killing the competition by introducing premium products

"Premium own label sales grew by 6.6% in the past 12 weeks," according to consumer research group Kantar, "well ahead of the overall grocery market.<p>"Aldi and Lidl are leading the way, growing their premium lines more than twice as quickly as the rest of their ranges."<p>The report added that shoppers …

10 most important things in advertising

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images<p>Good morning. Here's everything you need to know in the world of advertising today.<p><b>1. Yahoo's big media hires have complained that they have to compete against "Kim Kardashian's ass."</b> Yahoo's content strategy is frustrating a lot of its own writers …

Iraq's food business grows despite war, economic slump

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi businessman Zaid Nazo has always been sure of his nation's deep passion for food and wasn't afraid to dream big when he …

Baghdad

Target is investing billions of dollars in a losing game — but a mysterious startup could turn that around

Target will likely spend the money, in part, to hire 20 engineers and product managers to join a mysterious technology-focused start-up called "Goldfish," reports the Star Tribune.<p>While details about the "new franchise" are still murky, it's clear the Goldfish is attempting to crack the ecommerce …

eCommerce

Amazon Erasing Borders in the Video Game World

For most gamers, the cornucopia of options at their fingertips is more than enough. But for hardcore players, there’s something tantalizing about the …

Is binge-watching bad for your mental health?

Our research shows that binge-watchers are more likely to report higher stress, anxiety and depression. What we don’t know yet is whether the link is causal<p>With the release of the fourth season of House of Cards, all 13 episodes are available for Netflix subscribers. Some fans might space each …

Binge-Watching

Japan manufacturing output up in January, retail sales fall

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production rose in January from the month before, beating forecasts, while retail sales fell, suggesting the recovery …

Economics

A Canadian corporation is busting insurance fraud with social media

Last month, Digital Journal reported the ICBC's top insurance frauds of 2015 or its 2015 Hall of Shame.<p>These consisted of false or exaggerated claims as well as staged motor vehicle accidents.<p>Although some were quite humorous, the ICBC pointed out the cost of these fraudulent claims are paid for by …

6 special Valentine's Day customs from around the world

The origins of Saint Valentine and Valentine's Day are a bit murky, but we know it started in the ancient Roman days. Since then, cultures all over …