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Hell in a Handbasket: Sidewalk "Phone Lanes" for People Who Can't Stop Walking and Texting

As Louis C.K. sits in a coffee shop, a millennial staring into a smartphone bumps into him. Instead of looking up or apologizing, the kid keeps his …

How Can Adding Bike Lanes Actually Improve the Flow of Car Traffic, While Increasing Overall Safety? In Two Words, Clever Design

As someone recently introduced to regular bicycling by Citi Bike, New York's bicycle share program, I love bike lanes. I just wish there were more of …

Adam Michaels & Anna Rieger of Project Projects on Designing Core77's First Book, 'Designing Here/Now'

<i>Core77 was delighted to work with New York-based studio Project Projects to design the Designing Here/Now, published by Thames and Hudson. Headed by</i> …

IKEA's New Tool-less Connectors and a Potential End to Particle Board?

What you see above are the new, no-tools-required connectors Ikea's designers have developed for their new Regissör line of furniture. Rather than …

Death to Cam Lock Nuts: Flatpack Hardware That Will Hopefully Become Obsolete

If you've ever assembled a piece of IKEA furniture, you've undoubtedly seen the two items up above, and you understand how they fit together:<p>For the …

Hong Kong Protests Offer A Revelation To Mainland Chinese

The government of China has described the protests that have gripped Hong Kong for the past five days as illegal and chaotic. Any mention of the demonstrations is quickly erased from the Internet. At the same time, many mainland Chinese, in the territory for business or tourism, are observing the …

Asia consumers shun McDonald's after food scare

A collapse in McDonald's sales in Asia sparked by a food scare will take a bite out of company profits this quarter.<p>Sales at existing McDonald's locations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East plummeted by 14.5% in August, driven by the concerns over tainted meat at a supplier for the chain's …

Early Apple Designer: Apple Is Now a Marketing-Driven Company

As expected, Apple’s upgraded iPhones – finally rounded again for nice touch – and the Apple Watch are meticulously designed and continue Apple’s …

California employers must provide sick days under new law

Millions of workers gain chance to earn time off<p><b>Sacramento</b> --<p>Millions of Californians will begin earning paid sick days under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown that makes the Golden State the second in the nation to require the benefit.<p>The law takes effect in July and will help 40 percent …

Health Care

McDonald's trademarks the term 'McBrunch'

McDonald's is trademarking the term "McBrunch."<p>It’s unclear what the company plans to do with the trademark. A McDonald's spokesperson confirmed the application but cautioned, "We routinely file intent to use trademark applications as a regular course of business. We can't share details at this …

With new CEO, Target ready to move forward

MINNEAPOLIS — It took a changing of the guard at Target for the company to openly and widely acknowledge for the first time that it has made mistakes in recent years. Now, with its first CEO in company history to be hired from outside at the helm, Target has taken a refreshingly candid position …

Apple hopes secret sauce can reshape markets

With its ambitious series of product announcements, Apple has returned to its familiar formula -- without creating any new product categories, it seeks to refine and perfect them to make them a must-have for consumers.<p>"Innovation is back at Apple after a three-year pause," said Trip Chowdhry at …

Apple Pay

Senators urge Burger King to ditch move to Canada

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators wants Burger King Worldwide BKW.N to scrap its plans to invert, or move its tax domicile to Canada, as part of a deal to buy coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons Inc THI.TO.<p>The Burger King logo is seen through a Tim Horton's doughnut hole in a photo …

Does China's Railway Merger Signal Reform Has Stopped?

China’s two largest train manufacturers, CSR Corp and China CNR Corp, may soon be merged. With the government continually promising to reduce the hand of the government in the economy by reforming its state-owned enterprises (SOEs), this seems like a step backwards. Is it time to conclude that …

Apple in talks to bring pay technology to Europe | Financial Times

Banks and credit card organisations are in talks to bring Apple’s mobile payment technology to Europe but there is still uncertainty over the …

Ahead of the Bell: US Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. The report will be …

Apple payments service may boost sales of larger iPhones

(Reuters) - The addition of a mobile payments service to Apple Inc’s next iPhone could help to boost sales of the larger-screen phones and claw back market share lost to mobiles running on Google Inc’s Android platform.<p>Apple shares rose as much as 1.3 percent on Wednesday, a day after the launch of …

Meet the NEW most powerful woman in banking

Last year, when Ana Patricia Botín was named by BBC Woman’s Hour the third most powerful woman in Britain—just behind Queen Elizabeth and British …

Lululemon stock rockets on positive results

Lululemon Athletica (LULU) shares rocketed about 14% on Thursday after the yogawear maker reported second-quarter profits that beat expectations -- thanks in part to higher-than-expected online sales -- and raised its forecast for the year.<p>Shares closed up $5.39 at $43.73.<p>For the Vancouver-based …

Yahoo Sued for Alleged Corruption in $2.7B Judgment

Yahoo and its law firm are the target of a lawsuit brought by two Mexican companies that claim the company used a judge to “intimidate” an appellate judge into reducing $2.7 billion in damages to $172,500, according to Reuters.<p>Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas sued Yahoo for breach of …

Kia's electric Soul will cost you a semi-reasonable $33,700

Kia's reputation for low-cost cars is extending into the electric realm... well, sort of. The company has announced that the Soul EV will start at $33,700 when it reaches the US this fall. That's more expensive than the Nissan Leaf ($28,980) and well outside of budget car territory, so it's not …

How Chevron's Scientists Misled Courts and Public About Death and Disease in Ecuador

"Scientists ... involved in developing public health and environmental protections recognize we do not need (and we almost never obtain) proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Waiting for absolute certainty is a recipe for failure: People will die, and the environment will be damaged if we wait for …

In This Country Entrepreneurship Literally Runs On Chocolate And Coffee

In one of the most war-weary regions of the world, a new initiative is attempting to change a country’s brand from ‘conflict’ to ‘cocoa and coffee’.<p>The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been the site of umpteen bloody conflicts and continues to face widespread security, poverty and …

Three Reasons Why Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer May Be Wasting $2 Billion On The Los Angeles Clippers - And Three Why He May Not

Steve Ballmer, the recently-retired former chief executive of Microsoft, is spending $2bn on buying the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise – a record for a professional basketball team. The purchase follows an unsuccessful tilt at the Sacramento Kings basketball outfit last year and cements a …

Is Singapore the Silicon Valley of Asia, and how @Gametize has survived

My talk at Vienna meets Silicon Valley (Spirit of Vienna 2014) about Singapore's best startups and ecosystem, and briefly Gametize's journey and 10 takeaways from it. Cheers!

Silicon Valley

Yes We Can Still Market: Why U.S. Brands Remain World’s Most Valuable

American brands dominate the ranks of global consumers’ favorites. Why? Because no one has our competition.<p>America is in terminal decline. The …