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Instagram Is Being Used To Sell Stuff In Kuwait

Instead of being just a photo sharing service, it's also being used a storefront with people posting pictures of things they're selling.<p>Jason Kottke highlighted this excerpt from an interview with artist Fatima Al Qadiri, who grew up in Kuwait:<p>BR: Kuwait is a crazy mix: a super-affluent country, …

Selling

Soaring tax rates feeding Europe's booming black markets, study says

Punitive tax regimes, increased labor market regulation and a growing lack of trust in governments are causing many Europeans to abandon formal employment and enter into the murky, illicit world of shadow economies worth billions of dollars, according to a pan-European study published on …

Economics

Amazon plans major move into grocery business

Amazon.com Inc is planning a major roll-out of an online grocery business that it has been quietly developing for years, targeting one of the largest retail sectors yet to be upended by e-commerce, according to two people familiar with the situation.<p>While food is a low-margin business, Amazon could …

eCommerce

Businesses slow job creation, raising specter of summer slowdown

Private-sector job creation was weaker than expected in May, as the economy struggled to break free of what appears to be a summer slowdown on the horizon.<p>ADP and Moody's Analytics reported just 135,000 new positions for the month, below expectations of 165,000.<p>Services were responsible for all the …

Stock Markets

The Fastest Growing Business In Wells Fargo's Earnings May Surprise You

Wells Fargohad another record quarter thanks to a drop in expenses and improved credit quality, but the real sweet spot comes from its smallest business segment.<p>Record profits aren’t what they appear to be in the world of banking these days. The bottom line doesn’t always reflect what’s happening …

New E-Commerce Strategies Threaten UPS, FedEx

By Alistair Barr<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - UPS and FedEx might be worried about international shipments to slowing economies like China, but perhaps they should be more concerned about what's going on in their own back yards.<p>Major U.S. retailers are experimenting with new e-commerce strategies that …

Target plans reality show for back-to-college

The annual back-to-college marketing blitz will be kicked off on Monday by Target with a reality-themed digital campaign by Target that lets online shoppers interact with YouTube personalities who are spending four days in dorm rooms filled with Target merchandise.<p>It's Target's idea for something …

Big U.S. banks snag profits but anticipate big pain

The big gains JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. notched up in the second quarter mask potential banking pain down the road. Both beat analysts' estimates despite the violent interest-rate spike in the second half of the quarter. Now investors seem confident the two firms will soon profit …

Citigroup reports surge in second quarter profits

<b>Citigroup has continued a strong second quarter for the biggest US banks.</b><p>It reported a net income of $4.2bn (£2.8bn) for the three months to the end of June, that's up 42% on the same period last year.<p>That comparison is flattered by a big, one-off charge taken by Citigroup in the second quarter of …

Citigroup

Samsung breaks ground on new campus, launches start-up accelerator

Last week was a big one for Samsung's Silicon Valley invasion plan.<p>On Wednesday, Samsung broke ground on its new Silicon Valley headquarters for its U.S. semiconductor business. A group of Samsung execs and San Jose city officials gathered on a ceremonial stage in north San Jose armed with shovels …

Silicon Valley

Brazil's precarious new middle class demands more

<b>Brazil's so-called "new middle class" gained recognition worldwide as a symbol of upward mobility. But the wave of demonstrations that brought millions out on to the streets in June has exposed the thin line that separates this group from slipping back into poverty.</b><p>They had been planning the …

Brazil

Timeless Portrait Photography Tips by Wayne Radford

TIMELESS PORTRAITS is a supplement to NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAITURE and contains more images of recommended setups and diagrams that will help you create …

Photography Tips

Create An Intimate Map Of Your Life, Using Just Your Email Inbox

A new tool from MIT mines your personal data to visualize personal connections. Try it–then realize that your iPhone and any email client can actually see a whole lot more.<p>We rarely think twice when sending an email, or adding a few CCs just for good measure. But these small interactions add up, …

How Did Dropbox Scale To 175M Users? A Former Engineer Details The Early Days

Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our normal programming about crazy entrepreneurs and even crazier VCs to bring you a little learning from the world of Engineering. Remember that? Recently Dropbox was in the news for revealing they’d hit 175 million users, and daring to say they could replace the …

What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced

Smart watches! I sure hope you like them, because literally everyone is developing one. And yet, given the vanishingly small proportion of watches that are “smart,” clearly, something is holding them back. Here are the trends that jumped out when I undertook a more or less comprehensive catalog of …

Smartwatches