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One chart shows how Obama’s job performance compares with his predecessors

The economy today is far from perfect, but as Barack Obama leaves office, he is leaving it far better than he found it.<p>In fact, Obama ends his administration with the second-largest drop in the unemployment rate during a presidency since the New Deal helped pull the nation out of the Great …

Economics

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the broader financial services system is changing.<p>The fintech industry no longer stands clearly apart from financial services proper, and is increasingly growing embedded in mainstream …

ATMs

Donald Trump Makes War on Celebrities

As stars avoid inauguration bookings, the president-elect tries to divide America’s population from its popular culture.<p>The <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> president’s latest PR problem is celebrities. For weeks, reports have indicated that his inauguration team has had trouble booking any star performers: …

Donald Trump

The real reason why we have sex

Science may have just learned the real reason we have sex — and, no, it’s not just because it feels good.<p>Evolutionarily speaking, sexual reproduction …

President Obama bans future offshore oil drilling in Arctic

Soccer

Fitbit won't kill off Pebble services at least until 2018

Following the news from earlier this month that fitness wearable firm Fitbit had acquired Pebble, fans of the innovative smartwatch have been fretting about the fate of their beloved devices.<p>The parent company is hoping to put some of those fears to rest. In a blog post, it noted that it will keep …

Middle East

Silicon Valley CEOs didn't hide their distaste for Donald Trump. Now comes the reckoning

Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs made little effort over the last year to conceal their distaste for<p>Donald Trump, a candidate whose social media savvy belied what they saw as a staggering disregard for the innovation economy and the tech culture that has fostered it.<p>Now comes the reckoning.<p>Some of …

75 years after the Pearl Harbor attack, ceremonies and a push to capture survivors' stories

His teenage hand could grip a baseball and fire it from the hole in shortstop. Later, in his 50s, it would clutch a pen while grading college papers. But on this morning, looking down at the old scars, he remembered how his right hand helped pull dead bodies from the oily, fiery seawater at Pearl …

Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

The high-stakes fight over who invented a technology that could revolutionize medicine and agriculture heads to a courtroom Tuesday.<p>A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be worth billions of dollars. But it's not clear who owns the idea.<p>U.S. patent judges will hear oral arguments to …

Genetics

Alec Baldwin Blasted Donald Trump for Criticizing SNL

It's on.<p>When Donald Trump tweeted to complain about the most recent episode of <i>Saturday Night Live,</i> hardly anyone was surprised. After all, this is the man who has sent four tweets just to complain about the cast of <i>Hamilton</i> politely asking Mike Pence to protect their rights. And this is hardly the …

Airtime

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Luxe, a startup that valet parks your car when you can’t find a spot, just raised $50 million from Hertz

That's why rental-car company Hertz just made a $50 million strategic investment in Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup that makes it its job to handle the parking for you.<p>Luxe works as a valet on-demand. In a way similar to Uber, you tap on an app when you need your car parked, and it tracks you …

Startups

Super-Rare 'Dragon Eggs' Are About to Hatch in a Slovenian Cave

We’re watching a once-in-a-decade event unfold.<p>A rare amphibian is fiercely guarding a clutch of around 50-60 eggs in a water-logged cave near …

Eggs