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U.S. economy still hog-tied by lack of small-business credit

Economists disagree on a lot of things, but here is one that everybody pretty much knows for sure: Credit is the lifeline to an economy, and when it dries up you can count on economic growth following suit. That's why a new analysis on small-business lending in the United States is so …

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.<p>What happened to the company’s most …

3 Signs You're In The Wrong Job

My husband and I just returned from a vacation that didn’t live up to our expectations. Don’t get me wrong: it was great <i>being</i> on vacation – I got more sleep in those 10 days than in the preceding two months, and we both really love simply spending time in each other’s company. It was just that our …

No tapering yet for global central banks | Financial Times

In the past decade, the world’s central banks – first in the emerging and then in the developed world – have embarked on a Great Expansion in their …

The 15 Most Ridiculous College Application Questions

While Tufts and the University of Chicago may be the two schools most well known for their unorthodox essays, many colleges have slipped in quirky questions to shake up potential applicants. Topics have ranged from autobiographical to flat out insane, but all the prompts — in theory — should tell a …

Microsoft questioned despite profit return

Microsoft is expected to announce $7.64bn (£5bn) of fourth-quarter operating profits when it unveils its results on Thursday but will still face questions on how the reorganisation it announced last week will spur growth.<p>The return to profit will come as a much-needed boost to morale at the Seattle …

The Ten Richest Sporting Events In The World

Ever doubt that soccer is king in the sporting world? Here’s a simple way to prove it: follow the money.<p>In this the second annual <i>Forbes</i> list of the 10 highest-paying sporting events in the world, four of the top ten spots are occupied by soccer tournaments. No other sport comes close to its …

Brazil’s new richest man is building his empire on beer, burgers and ketchup

While Brazil’s once-richest man fumbles away tens of millions of dollars a day, his successor to the title is amassing a fortune.<p>Jorge Paulo Lemann is now Brazil’s richest man, having earned the distinction late last year amidst the precipitous fall of the country’s ruthless oil baron Eike Batista, …

Location, Location, Location!

This screen shot is from a villa in France. It probably costs a few million euros to own that living room. But when it comes to real estate values around the world, this villa might be in a great part of the planet, but France's overall real estate values have fallen by 1.6% in the 12 months ending …

China’s exuberant space program will make you feel excited about space travel again

Say what you will about China’s space ambitions—they are real, they are exciting, and they have come a long way.<p>It was only some 10 odd years ago that China sent its first astronaut, Yang Liwei, into space. After orbiting the earth 14 times, and landing safely the following morning, Yang expressed …

The secret to Finland’s success in education, employment, parenting—basically everything

It’s hard not to get jealous when I talk to my extended family.<p>My cousin’s husband gets 36 vacation days per year, not including holidays. If he wants, he can leave his job for a brief hiatus and come back to a guaranteed position months later.<p>Tuition at his daughter’s university is free, though …

Amazon shares surpass the $300 mark and could climb even higher

How high can Amazon’s stock stock go? The shares temporarily passed the $300 mark today for the first time, after e-commerce researcher ChannelAdvisor reported that Amazon’s June sales rose by more than 30%. Amazon’s business has been on a tear, but even those results were surprising given that …

Japan Is Heading Higher

It's a pretty quiet night after major gains in the US, but Japan is heading higher in the early going.<p>Nothing too special, but the main point is that the old "Abenomics trade" where the Nikkei just trends higher is back in action.

The History Of Stock Market Corrections

There have been three corrections in the S&P 500 so far during the current bull market, in 2010 (-16.0% lasting 69 days), in 2011 (-19.4% lasting 154 days), and in 2012 (-9.9% lasting 59 days). That means that since the start of the bull market, there have been four relief rallies that more than …

New Uses For Old Things

Inevitably, we all get stuck in a rut. Things feel bland and stale internally. Customers aren’t coming in droves like they used to. Our ideas are washed out. Of course, the longer we remain in a rut, the harder it is to bring ourselves out of it, so the question becomes how to break the cycle …

Phani Kumar V. on Twitter: "A detailed, blow-by-blow account of the #China liquidity crisis, and its implications for the economy http://t.co/HeFXqWwPLf"

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MarketWatch on Twitter: "The top U.S. banks deemed to pose a risk to the economy could soon be forced to raise billions in additional capital http://t.co/I8JxO0AB6V"

The Wall Street Journal on Twitter: ".@WarrenBuffett continues to give his wealth away. Since 2006, he has donated more than $17 billion in shares. http://t.co/F32wX6KSDV"

The secret to making meetings useful? More discussions and fewer presentations

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Jeff Weiner here</i><p>Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and their meeting schedules.<p>I’ll tackle the former in a future post. For now, I’d like …

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Philippines Jumps On Distributed Energy Bandwagon

The Philippines joined the rapidly growing list of countries allowing consumers who generate their own electric power to sell excess supplies back to the electric grid for a reasonable price.<p>Last week, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the principal government agency responsible for …

Never Give Stores Your ZIP Code. Here's Why

Why do merchants sometimes ask us for our ZIP code when we buy something?<p>I recently visited the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, an interesting addition to Sin City’s attractions. I paid my admission with a credit card, prompting the museum ticket seller to ask me: “What’s your ZIP code?”<p>When I paused for …

China stocks tumble, weigh on Asia

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Chinese stocks tumbled Monday on concerns Beijing won’t ease policies despite slowing growth, with the losses also dragging …

Billionaire Carlos Slim Invests $40 Million In App Developer Shazam

The move is surprising for 73-year-old Slim, who built his company America Movil in a more staid sector, namely the highly regulated telecommunications and TV business in Latin America.<p>Before Shazam, Slim's only forays into Europe were to plough 4.8 billion euros ($6.1 billion) into stakes in Dutch …

There Was No Conductor On-Board When The Quebec Train Derailed And Exploded

"All we'll find will be their teeth," lamented one firefighter mobilized to battle the inferno that erupted, of the scores of people still reportedly missing.<p>Four bodies were found Sunday morning, bringing the official death toll from the disaster to five.<p>At a press conference announcing the …

4 Issues Will Dominate The Week Ahead, Including A Big Speech By Bernanke

This week should be quieter, but there are some big stories coming up.<p>SocGen's Kit Juckes has the quick preview:<p>The weekend has been dominated by sport and weather. Four issues stand out for the week ahead: Ben Bernanke's speech on Wednesday, the UK fall-out from the MPC; China's teetering economy; …

Is Gold Really Worth $40,000 Per Ounce?

My mom – who is going on 95 years old – grew up on a farm in rural California. Her home did not have electricity and she studied by kerosene lantern. An uncle who lived in the city came for a visit and gave my mom and her two siblings a rectangular piece of paper measuring about 3 inches by 6 …

The Digital Realities Of Work Life Blending

I’ve been in Maine for the past week on a so-called digital vacation. Yes, the craggy coastline, salt air and lobster rolls are great, but as for “getting away from it all”, it just ain’t happening as I imagined it could. I’ve got my iPhone, my tablet, my laptop, my Twitter, my FB, my Instagram, my …

How To Work A Room Like You Own The Place

<i>This is a guest post by Nisa Chitakasem, co-author of the book</i> 135 Networking Career Tips.<p>Increasingly, we network by e-mail or through social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. That’s a godsend for shy people. You can listen to conversations and chime in on your own terms.<p>But sometimes …