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Meet Wish, the $3 Billion App That Could Be the Next Walmart

“We think we’re going to be the second or third trillion-dollar-a-year marketplace,” Wish's CEO says.<p>As the words poured out of Peter Szulczewski’s mouth, I thought <i>he must be pulling my leg</i>.<p>“We think we’re going to be the second or third trillion-dollar-a-year marketplace,” Szulczewski, the CEO of …

20 Expensive Cars You Can Now Buy for Less Than $20,000

We won't pretend they'll be reliable, but they sure are a lot cheaper than they used to be.<p>We won't pretend they'll be reliable, but they sure are a lot cheaper than they used to be.

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Audi just unveiled a new electric car that should worry Tesla

At its Tuesday press event at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the Volkswagen subsidiary finally revealed a ton of details about its all-electric concept car, the e-tron quattro, and it looks like Tesla could be getting some serious competition.<p>With its long range, fast-charging …

SpaceX joins Boeing in planning first private manned launches to International Space Station, provisionally set to take place before the end of 2017<p>Manned commercial space flight took a giant leap forward as Nasa signed its first mission orders with California-based private spaceflight company …

Space Exploration

GM, U.S. Army Build Chevrolet Colorado Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Midsize pickup to endure a year of extreme testing.<p>While a new 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel I-4 has been added to the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in their sophomore year, GM is now working with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) to …

Fed Leaves Record-Low Interest Rates Unchanged

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve again decided not to raise interest rates.<p>While Chair Janet Yellen has suggested she'd like to raise rates this year, policymakers decided now is not the time, NPR's John Ydstie reports:<p>"Their statement shows that their concern about the job market has risen …

Federal Reserve

Senate Approves Cybersecurity Bill: What You Need To Know

The latest clash in the cybersecurity vs. privacy debate played itself out in Congress on Tuesday when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. Supporters say the bill, approved 74-21, will help stop hackers by getting companies that have been breached to share information about …

Anki's new robot car racing game totally blew me away by bridging the digital and real world

Try as I might, it’s hard to keep up with <i>every single</i> gadget/device/connected toy released, and Anki’s Drive racing game totally passed me by first time around.<p>However, the company has just released its second robot racing game in the form of Anki Overdrive, which is partially compatible with the …

Setup

Wall Street is cashing in on Silicon Valley's biggest problem

Lately, it seems to be a big source of agitation for top venture capitalists and CEOs. Venture capitalist Mark Suster, recently called "BS on 50 new billion-dollar US companies in just 18 months," but later admits he thinks "there is nobody to blame for this abandonment of common sense."<p>But there …

Central bank cavalry can no longer save the world

LIMA (Reuters) - In 2008 central banks, led by the Federal Reserve, rode to the rescue of the global financial system. Seven years on and trillions of dollars later they no longer have the answers and may even represent a major risk for the global economy.<p>Former European Central Bank (ECB) …

AP INVESTIGATION: Nuclear black market seeks IS extremists

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for …

Deflation is coming to Europe

As well as cutting growth forecasts for Europe and warning about big risks from emerging markets, Draghi warned that Europe could fall into deflation in the coming months.<p>He said: "We may see negative numbers of inflation in the coming months, but this will be a transitory phenomena due to low oil …

We just got our most extensive picture yet of ISIS' mysterious and reclusive leader

McCants, director of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, wrote an upcoming book on the Islamic State— aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh — and researched Baghdadi's life to explain his rise to become one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.<p>Since Baghdadi …

John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve …

Silicon Valley

Food fight in Russia as government bulldozes, burns illegal produce, meat imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest show of defiance against Western adversaries has deployed bulldozers, steamrollers and tractors to destroy hundreds of tons of illegally imported food in televised spectacles that some of his own countrymen are calling absurd and grotesque.<p>In a country …

Russia

ISIS seen building capacity for mass casualty attacks

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Some in the U.S. intelligence community warn that ISIS may be working to build the capability to carry out mass casualty attacks, a significant departure from the terror group's current focus on encouraging lone wolf attacks, a senior U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Friday.<p>…

A serial entrepreneur has created a 'tiny home' just for the super-rich

At least, they will be if retail entrepreneur Christopher Burch's latest venture, Cocoon9, catches on.<p>Along with his lifelong friend Edwin Mahoney, Burch is elevating the way we think about prefab, tiny houses.<p>"The goal was to create a thoughtfully designed product that is simple and elegant and …

Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke 'end of the world'

An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.”<p>The 32-page …

National Security

In address to African Union, US president criticises corrupt leaders and makes plea for sexual equality and end to FGM<p>Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George Washington and Nelson Mandela by …

Africa

NATO holding rare emergency meeting on threat of Islamic State at Turkey's request

NATO declared its "strong solidarity" with Turkey on Tuesday as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member.<p>Turkey requested the extraordinary meeting to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities …

Middle East

Apple is reportedly considering teaming up with BMW to build an electric car

Since February, there has been a slew of reports about Apple's interest in the automotive industry. It reportedly has hundreds of employees working on the project, codenamed "Project Titan." There's no guarantee that we will ever see a commercial release, but the Cupertino company is clearly …

Russian Bombers Delivered Up Close And Personal July 4th Message to U.S.

In a scene straight out of a bizarro <i>Top Gun</i> sequel, Russian bomber pilots tried their hand at keeping up foreign relations when they flew just 40 …

Almost nine out of 10 Russians approve of their president, according to survey that also highlights support for Ukraine strategy<p>Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is at record levels, with nine out of 10 Russians saying they have a positive view of their president. Putin had an approval of 87% in …

Russia

U.S. Stocks Drop, Weighed Down by Apple, Microsoft

Apple shares tumble after iPhone sales disappoint<p>Investors poured out of technology stocks Wednesday, spooked by disappointing results from Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.<p>The retreat pushed the Nasdaq Composite Index down 36.35 points, or 0.7%, to 5171.77 and added to a dour mood in markets as the …

Stock Markets

This is Tesla's plan for a cheaper car

Tesla’s road to a cheaper electric car has always appeared to lead straight to Reno, where the electric automaker is building a $5 billion …

What Will Become Of China's Ghost Cities?

Little did we know that most of that iron ore being shipped to Guangzhou from Rio de Janeiro and Port Hedland, Australia was going to build Chinese cities; cities that would remain vacant for years. China single-handedly topped the phrase “bridge to nowhere” and made ghost cities a euphemism for …

China

Why US savers shouldn’t get too excited about higher interest rates

US Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen has made it clear the central bank will probably raise its target interest rate later this year. While some economists and the IMF may question that decision, US savers would welcome any change after five years of piddly returns.<p>The last few weeks have …

There's no denying that the housing market is on fire

The US housing market is exploding.<p>On Friday morning, Census Bureau data showed that housing starts surged 9.8% to an annualized pace of 1.174 million, a level not seen since July 2007.<p>Building permits, which indicate the pace of future construction, climbed 7.4% to an annualized pace of 1.343 …

Great cities all have one thing in common — and size has nothing to do with it

Copenhagen at night. Flickr/Luca Moglia<p>You might think great cities are great because they're big, both in population and geography.<p>You would be wrong.<p>"The fundamental unit that you count to gauge how good a city is not the number of people," says Michael Stumpf, professor of theoretical systems …

A petition to remove Ellen Pao as Reddit CEO has added more than 100,000 signatures in 3 days

On Friday, Reddit users speculated that the employee, talent director Victoria Taylor, was fired. Taylor posted a comment that seemed to support that viewpoint, saying she was "dazed" by the news.<p>Taylor helped run the popular "Ask Me Anything" or iAMA feature, which has featured guests such as Bill …