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Don’t Do As the Romans Did…

It's not just the Islamic State. Obama must wage a two-front war for civilization, just like Ancient Rome.<p>For many years, the world’s greatest power faced two grave external threats: from irregular groups of non-state actors and from large, newly empowered, rising states that wanted to displace it. …

Print, Assemble, Drive: The 3-D Printed Plastic Car

Its makers are hoping to have it assembled and ready to roll by the end of the week.<p>In a convention center in Chicago, there's a living-room-sized 3-D printer that's just finished printing the parts for a driveable plastic car. The engineers working on the car -- including those involved in …

3D Printing

Exclusive: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.<p>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) reviews Japanese …

Just How Likely Is Another World War?

Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014<p>A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years …

U.S. regulators looking into UBS, Deutsche Bank speed trading operations | Reuters

FRANKFURT/ZURICH (Reuters) - Germany’s Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) and Switzerland’s UBS UBSN.VX said they were caught up in an inquiry by U.S. regulators, who are looking into whether broker-run stock exchanges gave an unfair advantage to high-frequency traders.<p>The investment banks, which said on …

When China stops copying Western tech giants is when they should start worrying

Why do some of China’s biggest tech companies engage in the sincerest form of flattery? This week Lei Jun, the chief executive of Xiaomi—recently rebranded internationally as Mi—stood on stage in a black T-shirt and jeans and announced a new smartphone with a notable resemblance to the iPhone in …

China

China's Baidu Is Working On A Self-Driving Car Concept That Sounds Less Terrifying Than Google's

Baidu, a Chinese search giant, revealed to The Next Web that it's working on its own concept that sounds like it will make a lot more sense than Google's version.<p>Baidu's car would be highly autonomous, instead of fully driverless. The idea is that it could operate by itself, but that the driver …

Autonomous Cars

The EU Should Beware Of Russian Interest In Balkan Banks

A short while ago I wrote about the nationalized Austrian bank Hypo Alpe Adria and the Austrian government’s attempts to bail in its creditors. HAA is in the process of being wound up and its assets transferred to a government-owned “bad bank”. Bailing in creditors limits the cost to the state of …

Germany to reject EU-Canada trade deal: Sueddeutsche newspaper | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is to reject a multi-billion free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday.<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question …

Russian oil may be facing a bear market

BP and Shell's results this week will be full of detail, but investors only have one question. How is the Ukraine crisis affecting business?<p>There may be loads of worthy developments contained in the second-quarter results statements of BP and Shell this week, but there's a chance nobody will be …

Yukos investors expect multibillion payout in expropriation of assets case

Investors in former Russian oil firm claiming £61bn in landmark case that could embarrass both Kremlin and BP<p>Investors in the former Russian oil company Yukos are confident they will receive a multi-billion pound financial settlement on Monday in a landmark case that threatens maximum embarrassment …