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DMG's Backdoor Listing Turns Peter Xiao Into China's Latest Billionaire

The backdoor listing of Yinji Entertainment and Media, also known as DMG Media, has turned company chairman Peter Xiao into China’s latest billionaire.<p>Sichuan Gaojin Food, previously a meat processor, said on Friday it had issued 897.5 million new shares to owners of Yinji Entertainment and Media …

48 members of Congress (or their families) are Apple investors

Here’s a nifty piece of research from MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization based in Berkeley, Calif.<p>Drawing from the personal financial …

Japan drops into recession

The Japanese economy has dropped into a recession after a second straight quarter of contraction, in a huge blow to Shinzo Abe’s bid to turn around years of laggard growth.<p>The country’s gross domestic product shrank 0.4% in the July-September quarter, official data showed on Monday, or an …

Facebook Is Secretly Working On A New Professional Website

"Facebook is secretly working on a new website called 'Facebook at Work'" that would allow users to "chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents", it said.<p>Facebook last month reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled to $802 million (640 million euros) …

Mark Zuckerberg

Opinion: China Stock Connect opens up risky currency bet

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Starting today, Hong Kong residents can get their wheelbarrows out and switch unlimited piles of their currency into yuan, …

The best view of the Perseid meteor shower is from space

This week is a doozy for night sky watchers, with arguably the best meteor shower of the year in the Perseids (peaking tonight) and a concurrent supermoon to boot. While there's plenty of opportunity to play the role of bug-eyed meteor paparazzo here on Earth, some of the best views of the …

Space

100th Anniversary of Panama Canal: Pictures

Can drones help tackle Africa's wildlife poaching crisis?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1093000/1093120_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524637987_f52220c76969bf6dab76d8a86238d034<p><b>An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of …

'Simpsons' writers give epic marathon survival guide

On Thursday at the strike of 10 a.m. ET, FXX will drop an absurdly daunting challenge into the laps of channel surfers by airing all 552 episodes of</i> …

The 55 Essential Movies Your Child Must See (Before Turning 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Watching TV Together Is Good For Your Relationship

Well, that's what "the Companionator" says, anyway.<p><b>You know those times</b> you just want to sit around and watch TV, but your significant other hounds you to get off the couch? Well, here's some ammo for the next battle: it turns out that watching TV together may actually good for you. <i>Awww</i>.<p><i>The</i> …

How An Emmy Statuette Is Made

Last year, the organization behind the Emmys gave the brand a facelift. But the Emmy statuette itself? Like the Oscar, it’s meant to be timeless. The manufacturing process is explained in this video posted by the Television Academy.<p>To construct the hundreds of statuettes of atom-hefting angels …

Iconic Monuments Magnificently Photographed From Sunrise Till Sunset

The world's most iconic monuments and buildings often have two very different qualities, depending on which time of day you visit them.<p>You might …

Beach Crowds Are Beautiful From 5,000 Feet In The Air

Going to the beach this Labor Day weekend? You could become part of a work of art.<p>This Labor Day Weekend, thousands of Americans will begin one final migration to the local beach, in what will doubtless be their last chance to enjoy some sun and surf before a gray half-year of winter sets in.<p>On …

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks transfer ideas from paper to screen

Stationery brand Moleskine has created a series of notebooks for use with a Livescribe smartpen to turn notes written on the pages into digital files …

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

First arrivals kept to themselves for thousands of years.<p>The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's …

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

Edward Snowden Reveals NSA's MonsterMind Program

It's a cyberwar robot that always hits back.<p>In the high desert near Bluffdale, Utah, there lurks a creature made entirely of zeroes and ones. Called "MonsterMind", the project is an automated cyber weapon, perched atop the data flows into the National Security Agency's Mission Data Repository. …

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Costa Rica

This Is How the Potato-Salad Kickstarter Guy Plans to Spend the Money

The guy who raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to make potato salad has big (and charitable) plans for the funds 6,911 people helped him raise.<p>On …

Ryosuke Fukusada designs wooden lightbulb for Ledon

Kyoto designer Ryosuke Fukusada has created a ultra-thin wooden lightbulb using traditional Japanese lathe turning.<p>Shaped like a traditional …

Despite risk, most Californians don't have earthquake insurance

Despite living in a state known for its active fault lines, most Californians don't buy earthquake insurance.<p>The 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Northern California early Sunday morning shocked a populated area, damaging buildings, sparking fires, rupturing utility lines and injuring at least …

Resurgence of Canadian exports adds to optimism ahead of GDP data

Canada's economy almost certainly accelerated in the second quarter of this year, but most observers don't expect the growth figure coming out this week will change the hard-to-impress minds at the Bank of Canada.<p>Statistics Canada will publish gross domestic product data for both June and the …

Israel increases bombardment of Gaza as huge bombs destroy buildings

The Israeli army pledged to escalate their pounding of Gaza as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Palestinian civilians to vacate where militants operate<p>The Israeli army delivered on its pledge to escalate its bombardment of Gaza on Sunday by destroying an office block and a shopping …

Israel

Michael Brown's Father Asks For Pause In Protests On Day Of Son's Funeral

Michael Brown Sr., the father of the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month, asked Sunday for protests to pause on the day of his son's funeral.<p>In an interview with St. Louis' Hot 104.1, Brown asked for "respect" on Monday as the family …