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Fukushima Executives Charged With Negligence in Nuclear Meltdown

TOKYO — Three former executives with the operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant have been charged with negligence for failing to prevent multiple meltdowns at the tsunami-struck facility.<p>Court-appointed lawyers indicted Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) at …

Social Security Finally Explains Its New Claiming Rules

You may need to move fast, unless you're grandfathered into the old system.<p>After nearly four months of delay, Social Security has finally posted …

3 Dividends You Need To Buy And 3 To Dump Immediately

Stocks that raise their dividend meaningfully every year will make you a lot of money over the long haul… provided they continue to boost their payouts, of course.<p>Studies by two global investment heavyweights, BlackRock and GMO, have shown that 90% of U.S. equity returns over the past 100 years …

This week in patents: Google, LinkedIn and more

Google wants to use radar recognition to perform better searches.<p>The patented techniques enable improved computer-aided searches through additional information provided by radar-recognized gestures and physiological information.<p>For example, when someone’s watching TV on their computer, and they see …

Patents

Mike Baird attacks drug experts' vow to trial pill testing even if it breaks the law

The NSW premier, Mike Baird, has dismissed a planned trial of pill testing at music festivals as “ridiculous”.<p>“We are not going to be condoning in any way what illegal drug dealers are doing,” he told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.<p>His comments follow reports the Sydney doctor Alex Wodak, the …

The CEO of Blackstone took home $810.6 million in 2015

The hefty payout represented a 17 percent rise in Schwarzman's earnings compared with 2014, in line with a solid rise in Blackstone's cash earnings last year.<p>Blackstone's distributable earnings rose 25 percent on an annual basis in 2015 to $3.8 billion.<p>Schwarzman received $89.5 million in …

Pacific Northwest could become hub for methanol production

SEATTLE (AP) — The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River …

Natural Gas

Is it a bird? Is it a bat? No, it's the future of drone technology

Inspired by bats and birds, the wings of a new type of unmanned Micro Air Vehicle can respond to air currents and change shape during flight<p>It flies like a bird, it was inspired by a bat and it could in every sense take off: a new British unmanned Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) can skim over the waves, …

Music video service Vevo aims to launch paid service

DANA POINT, California (AP) — Vevo, the music video service owned by major labels Sony and Universal, is working on launching an ad-free subscription …

Music Videos

Walmart to Create Hundreds of Fresh Food Manager Roles

Feb 17 (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will create hundreds of management positions as part of a new program aimed at improving the fresh food …

Walmart

This app will help you avoid Iran's morality police

Gershad uses crowdsourcing to flag the locations of Tehran's notorious Gasht-e Ershad<p>A new smartphone app is helping young Iranians avoid Tehran's morality police, who have become notorious for harassing anyone whose dress or public behavior doesn't adhere to strict Islamic standards.<p>The app, …

Data transmission rates are hitting ludicrous speeds in the lab

Imagine a world without buffering, a world where downloading HD movies takes less than one second, a world where your favorite web pages load before …

SMS function could return to Facebook Messenger for Android

Facebook has been busy testing new versions of its Material-inspired Messenger in recent weeks. Three weeks ago, the Material Design refresh started showing up for a handful of users with an account-switching feature and new FAB (floating action button), while others last week reported a fresh new …

Chatbots

Indonesia plans "big bang" opening of economy to foreign investment

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled plans for a “big bang” loosening of restrictions on foreign investment in nearly 50 sectors to encourage competition in an economy long dominated by powerful vested interests.<p>Indonesian President Joko Widodo smiles during an …

Messaging app 'Wiper' launches streaming service for indie flicks

Wiper, the popular secure mobile messaging app, today announced an additional $2 million in funding, and the launch of its indie film streaming service.<p>Of thousands of films that are made each year only a handful (about 2 percent) secure distribution. With customers craving video content like …

Apps

ChemChina offers $43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever …

Big U.S. banks will roll out ATMs that take smartphones, not cards

To the long list of things you can do with your phone — including watch a movie, buy a latte and hail a ride — prepare to add one more: get cash.<p>Over the next few months, the nation's three biggest banks will start rolling out ATMs that will let customers withdraw currency using their smartphones …

Banking

This is why Alibaba thinks China's economy is going to be just fine

To put it mildly, it hasn't been pretty so far.<p>A centerpiece of this transition to the consumer-based "new China" has been online retail behemoth Alibaba.<p>The company reported earnings on Thursday and during the analyst call executives laid out their bullish argument for China and their …

China

Apple Could Leapfrog Amazon, Google And Alibaba With A Netflix Acquisition

To say that Apple results were looked upon as a disappointment this past week would be an understatement. The company reported good enough numbers for the December quarter but March guidance was lowered below Street estimates which disappointed investors.<p>Apple’s shares are down about 3% since the …

Smart TV