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Shoemaker boots China, sets up U.S. factory

Doug Clark is a shoe veteran. During his 30-year career, the New England-based footwear maker has scoured Asia for affordable labor to make outdoor adventure shoes. He's been to China more than 75 times.<p>But Clark is tired of training a steady stream of new workers. Even laborers earning about …

Clothing

Home loans become a little easier to get

Mortgage lenders are starting to accept lower credit scores and smaller down payments.<p>More people are getting home loans with lower credit scores and smaller down payments.<p>Last month, the average FICO score for a closed home loan was 732, down from 750 a year ago, shows data from mortgage tracker …

Real Estate

Chinese Manufacturing Hits Seven-Month High Of 50.9

This beat expectations for a rise to 50.4, and was up from September's reading of 50.2.<p>"October's HSBC Flash China Manufacturing PMI rose to a seven-month high of 50.9 on the back of broad- based modest improvements," said Hongbin Qu, chief economist, China at HSBC.<p>"This implies that China's growth …

China

Profit reports to shed light on autos, housing

NEW YORK — Earnings season rolls on Thursday with key reports from automaker Ford, homebuilder PulteGroup, sofware giant Microsoft and online retailer Amazon.com.<p>The latest profit reports will provide a glimpse into the impact of higher interest rates on auto sales and home purchases. How much …

Samsung paid commenters to kick HTC while it was down

You wouldn’t think that Samsung would need any illicit assistance in competing against HTC: Samsung is the 800 lb. gorilla of the smartphone industry, controlling nearly a third of the global market, while HTC has suffered a dramatic plunge in its market share and stock price.<p>But Samsung executives …

Mobile

Social scrapbooking site Pinterest valued at $3.8bn

<b>Social networking site Pinterest has seen its value jump by more than 50% to $3.8bn (£2.3bn) following its latest round of fundraising.</b><p>The three-year old company, which has yet to generate revenue, said it had raised $225m from a group of investors led by Fidelity Investments.<p>Earlier this year it …

Ben Silbermann

S&P 500 Recedes from Record Highs

<b>FOX Business: Capitalism Lives Here</b><p>The broad S&P 500 fell from a record closing high Wednesday as traders fretted about financial markets in China and parsed through a slew of corporate earnings reports.<p><b>Today's Markets</b><p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 54.3 points, or 0.35%, to 15413, the S&P …

Spying row: Merkel urges US to restore trust at EU summit

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1022000/1022334_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518211904_971c4cba7bdc6bd558951dd314324320<p><b>Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "really not on" for friends to spy on each other, after allegations of US snooping on her phone</b> …

Europe

YouTube's Music Streaming Service and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.<p>Today, we're …

In more homes, the roof overhead is rented

Many metro areas have seen significant increases in rented single-family homes since 2006, Census Bureau data shows.<p>In the aftermath of a historic housing bust, rented single-family homes are on the rise in communities from coast to coast.<p>At least a fifth of all occupied single-family homes were …

Alan Greenspan backs UK ‘austerity’

Former chairman of the US Federal Reserve says Britain's deficit cutting programme is working out much better than he thought it would.<p>The Government’s economic recovery and austerity programme has won the backing of Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve.<p>Mr Greenspan said the …

Economics

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How Twitter's patent policy could be an IPO issue

Profits aren't the only thing lacking at Twitter ahead of its planned initial public offering. It's got a dearth of patents, too.<p>The microblogging service said in its prospectus last week that it has nine issued U.S. patents. That compares with 774 cited by Facebook before its initial public …

New Microsoft tablets reach beyond Surface appeal

NEW YORK — Microsoft took a colossal $900 million inventory adjustment on Surface RT in July that left people questioning the very future of Microsoft-branded tablets.<p>Surface RT was the first personal computer that Microsoft produced itself and it ran the flavor of Windows designed mainly for the …

Student loan borrowers face 'payment processing pitfalls'

Repaying a student loan should be simple, but a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that it's often just the opposite.<p>The companies hired by lenders to collect payment for private loans don’t always act in the borrowers’ best interest. Sometimes, these loan …

What Will End The Wall Street Bubble?

Anyone who has been around Wall Street long enough cannot help but be concerned about the blowing of a new bubble. The S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is hitting one new high after another; NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is racing towards the elusive pre-dot.com crash mark; and a number of hot stocks are trading at …

Those Creeped Out By Retailers Tracking Their Movements Using Their Phones Will Be Able To Opt Out

A number of companies have cropped up that are in the business of bringing online tracking techniques to the offline world. Rather than tracking your clicks and movements from site to site, they specialize in tracking your movement through the real world using that convenient tracking device that …

College & University

We Are Working Less And Sleeping Less Due To The Internet

We are working less and sleeping less, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.<p>According to the study conducted by Scott Wallsten of the Technology PolicyInstitute, we spend sixteen fewer seconds working for every minute we spend online. Similarly, we spend seven fewer …

Relaxation Drinks; Bad Restaurant Food Photography

· Tasty Trends: Chefs Incorporate Octopus, Soda in Recipes [BH]<br>· The Fish You Can't Eat Anywhere Else [Esquire]<br>· What Are the World's Greatest Chefs Talking About? Seeds. [EM]<br>· Relaxation Drinks: The Opposite of Energy Drinks [WSJ]<br>· The Art of Bad Restaurant Food Photography [Blackbook]<br>· Government …

9 Exeter Street Sold for Under Original $7M Asking Price

9 exeter<p>It's been almost an eternity (in the Hub's real estate market, that is), since we brought 9 Exeter Street to your attention. Remember the fabulous <b>wine cellar</b> and an unheard of two street parking spaces (plus one garage space)? After 112 days on the market it is finally closing on a deal, …

This Week's Top Restaurant and Food News

No Alcohol Means No Tasty Burger for Central Square

<b>Tasty Burger's</b> plan to open a new location in the space of the recently shuttered <b>Lyndell's Bakery</b> by Central Square has been thwarted, Cambridge Day reports. Although it's barely two blocks from the heart of the square, the Prospect St. spot is fairly residential, and the licensing commission was …

Big Reveal: the South End Condo w/ 20-Foot Ceilings

<i>And, now, the answer to this week's asking-price guessing game.</i><p>21 Francis Gilday, #307<p><b>Address:</b> 21 Father Francis Gilday Street, #307<b><br>Price:</b> $2,150,000<b><br>The Skinny:</b> All hail the wise and mighty Curbed Boston reader! Nearly half of you guessed the correct asking price for this 3-BR, 5-BA duplex carved …

Check out this year’s Best of Boston winner, plus more top picks from years past.

Allston<p>A great diner isn’t built on food alone. Atmosphere counts, and this diner car has it in spades. There’s a black-and-white checkered floor and …

South Boston

6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

Students from around the world are getting after it to complete construction on their solar-powered, sustainable, prefab homes for the 2013 Solar …

Sustainability

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

As this year's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon gets rolling in Irvine, California, the Austrian team gives new meaning to the term …

Architecture