Wijitta Koonmeang

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U.S. economic growth slows to 0.7% at the end of last year

The U.S. economy slowed sharply at the end of last year, expanding at an anemic 0.7% annual pace as business investment and exports fell, the Commerce Department said Friday.<p>Growth in the October-through-December period was weaker than the 0.9% figure analysts had forecast and could raise new …

Economics

Birchbox Lays Off 15% of Staff

Birchbox, like so many of us, apparently had New Year's resolutions to slim down heading into 2016. Pando reports that the company has laid off 15% of its staff and will no longer offer its service in Canada.<p>Pando cites Birchbox's reluctance to take on big investors and grow quickly as one of the …

The Unexpected Force Keeping NASA's Mars Rover Alive

12 years go, NASA landed the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars, with the intent of exploring the Red Planet for 90 days before the vehicle's solar panels became covered with dust. Fast forward to today, and Opportunity is still going strong, thanks to the unforeseen "dirt devils" present on …

There’s a Complete Leica Service Business for Sale on eBay for $138,000

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a Leica repair business, now’s your chance to do so. A complete Leica service business has popped up on eBay. It …

Police: Woman killed by cops was ‘armed with a three-ton vehicle’

Janet Wilson didn’t have a gun in her possession when she was fatally shot Wednesday by police in Dearborn, Mich., after a car chase.<p>But that doesn’t mean Wilson was unarmed, Michigan State Police First Lt. Michael Shaw told the Detroit Free Press.<p>“Armed or unarmed, what does that mean exactly?” …

Law Enforcement

Google finally launches an AdWords app for iPhone and iPad

Google has finally launched a full-fledged iOS app for users of its AdWords advertising service. The AdWords app arrives today as the first official iOS app for the service and it’s available for both iPhone and iPad users now.<p>The Google AdWords app helps you stay connected with your ad campaigns …

Syrian opposition to go to Geneva as peace talks open

GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s main opposition group agreed to travel to Geneva, where the United Nations on Friday opened peace talks to end the country’s five-year-old war, but said it wanted to discuss humanitarian issues before engaging in political negotiations.<p>On the ground, opponents of …

Middle East