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Colony, state or independence: Puerto Rico's status anxiety adds to debt crisis

The island’s classification as a US territory complicates something as simple as bankruptcy filings, prompting many to wonder if statehood is the best option<p>The word “colony” conjures images of conquistadors and pilgrims, slavery and imperialism. But in Puerto Rico the supposed anachronism slips …

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New Jobs Figures Are Worth Celebrating

As you may have heard, the economy added three hundred and twenty-one thousand jobs in November. That was a much larger figure than analysts were expecting, and it prompted President Obama to take a lap of honor around the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Well, not quite, but he did bring up the …

Europe has good reasons to fear Google

With great power comes great scrutiny<p>What the European Parliament is proposing sounds like Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare. Let’s take Google, one of the best and most cohesive set of web services we have, and fragment it into smaller businesses. Let’s introduce friction and bureaucracy between the …

MIT looks back at Steve Jobs patents, including the 141 approved since his death

Steve Jobs may have passed away more than three years ago, but he is still having patents awarded today as applications work their way through the system and old patents are renewed with updates. <i>MIT Technology Review</i> notes that of the 458 patents credited to Jobs, almost a third of them have been …

How to become wealthy: It's simpler than most 'experts' say

Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they'll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock.<p>So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled "You Don't Get Wealthy from Savings." The article was so …

Sony Smartwatch 3 review: great design, good screen and decent battery

The Smartwatch 3 is Sony’s third attempt at a smartwatch, an attempt which first started back in 2010 with the Liveview. That makes Sony a veteran of the smartwatch world and it shows in the design: with features this advanced, it won’t be overtaken by its rivals in a hurry.<p>The Smartwatch 2 was …

Moldova goes to the polls torn between Europe and Russia

Sunday’s elections could decide whether former Soviet nation continues on westward path of last five years or turns back east<p>The small motorcade arrived along potted mud roads and past single-storey peasant homes and pulled up in the village of Parcani, near Moldova’s northern border with Ukraine. …

'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'

I am homeless. My worst days now are better than my best days working at Amazon.<p>According to Amazon’s metrics, I was one of their most productive order pickers – I was a machine, and my pace would accelerate throughout the course of a shift. What they didn’t know was that I stayed fast because if I …

North Korea brands US a human rights tundra after Ferguson protests

Moscow has already stuck the boot in, now it’s the turn of Pyongyang. Citing the protests in Ferguson, North Korea has described the US as a human rights tundra where racial discrimination flourishes.<p>The foreign ministry heaped scorn on the notion of rule of law in the US. “This is clear proof of …