Christopher Nicholas Spanos

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Pepper the robot is going to staff an entire phone store

Kicking off an event that showcases Softbank's Pepper robot working in a business environment, the Japanese phone carrier says it's going to test it out for itself, announcing a Pepper phone shop staffed entirely by its robots. According to the company, you'll be able to sign up to a phone contract …

Shazam

US-Based Medtronic Is Buying Covidien And Moving To Ireland In A $43 Billion Mega-Deal

The purchase values Covidien at $93.22 per Covidien share.<p>Covidien closed at $72.02 on Friday.<p>"We are excited to reach this agreement with Covidien, which further advances our mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for patients around the world," said Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak. …

Income Tax

The Man Allegedly Responsible For The Fall Of MtGox Is Tweeting Again

His @magicaltux account had been silent since January. A month later, he announced the exchange had lost nearly half a billion dollars' worth of Bitcoins under mysterious circumstances.<p>Early last month, Karpeles began responding in French to Tweets directed at him concerning an email server, though …

Investing

The Weekend Is Over And Stocks Are Falling

U.S. futures are down 0.3%<p>Australia's S&P/ASX 200 is off 0.4%.<p>Japan's Nikkei opened 0.3% lower.<p>Sunday evening saw bad news crop up across the world: The U.S. has ordered embassy workers out of Iraq, Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a gas deal, and Israel and Gaza militants are back at it. As …

Natural Gas

This Lawyer Quit His Job, Moved To China, And Started A Wildly Successful Sex Toy Business

He and his collaborators at Very Intelligent E-Commerce, Inc. have skipped the usual distribution methods, focusing solely on internet sales. The company's most recent product, a sex toy for men (NSFW), launched as an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It turned heads and raised over $260,000 — far …

Selling