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Source: Kobe wants another title

Kobe Bryant set off a mild panic among Los Angeles Lakers fans Friday afternoon when he selected "The Last Chapter" as the slogan that best …

Lakers Rumors: Comparing Dwight Howard Sign-and-Trade to Clippers and Rockets

If Dwight Howard is determined to leave the Los Angeles Lakers, they must succumb to sign-and-trade rumors to avoid being left empty-handed.<p>ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on Friday that Howard and Chris Paul want to be teammates. Both are unrestricted free agents this summer. They could connect on …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

Trash to cash: Norway leads the way in turning waste into energy

For a country blessed with bountiful oil supplies, it may appear incongruous. But Norway is importing as much rubbish as it can get its hands on, in …

Thanks, EU, but Iceland isn’t so keen on joining any more

Iceland is rethinking its desire to become a member of the European Union, putting talks with the European bloc on hold for the time being. Although it had completed about a third of the accession negotiations, polls indicate the Icelandic people don’t want their country to become part of the EU.<p>In …

Europe

Obama Rewards Wall Street Again, Thwarts Reform By Sacking Gensler

The latest outrage by the White House on behalf of Wall Street and the titans of finance was the firing of Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler for his absolutely necessary aggressive tactics to police the exploding international derivatives marketplace. The gent Obama fired …

US Oil Demand Has Peaked And Oil Markets Don't Care [CHART]

There are lots of reasons for Americans to use less oil.<p>They'll improve the environment.<p>If it involves driving less, they'll save lives.<p>And in the long run, they'll save money.<p>But a collective reduction in fuel use is not yet enough to put a long-term dent in global oil prices.<p>Here's a chart from …

Why Amazon is like the cable company of the future

This week, Amazon announced plans to bring online grocery shopping to Los Angeles with a new service called Amazon Prime Fresh. For $79, Amazon Prime already gives customers two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. But for a $299 annual fee, Prime Fresh members can …

Jeff Bezos

STOCKS TUMBLE AS YEN SURGES: Here's What You Need To Know

Stocks tumble again to cap volatile losing week

Stocks tumbled again Friday and capped off a volatile week of trading as investors were torn between a mixed batch of economic reports and fears about when the Federal Reserve would begin tapering off its market-friendly stimulus policies.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average fell 105.90 points, or 0.7% …

Housing Market Watchers Edgy As Mortgage Rates Keep Climbing

Mortgage rates have seen a relatively sharp rise this month. The average 30-year fixed-rate loan hit 4 percent earlier in June — a big jump from the record lows of recent years. Some investors are now concerned that the housing recovery could be stifled if rates continue to rise quickly.<p>Notes<p>June …

BMW debuts its wide, elegant new 4 Series

The coupe arrives in showrooms late this summer<p>The BMW 4 Series coupe was one of the better done concept cars at this year's big auto show in Detroit. Now it's a real car.<p>The midsize coupe, arriving late this summer, is both wider and longer than the outgoing 3 Series coupe. Its width -- 1.7 inches …

The end of the ‘Golden Age’ for university graduates

Some 500,000 students have just graduated from Canada's postsecondary education system, and the great majority will be hoping to find a decent job and to embark upon a meaningful career.<p>Unfortunately, the employment prospects for many graduates are pretty dismal, for reasons that deserve serious …

Has Amazon Really Figured Out How To Screw Small Businesses Out Of Their Google Rankings?

The news site describes the process as "black hat" search engine optimization (SEO) that places Amazon search results above legitimate results for the actual businesses people are searching for.<p>That's a serious charge. But that's not quite what is going on.<p>In fact, we're not sure that the Dot has …

How hedge funds can help Detroit avoid bankruptcy

The city of Detroit owes its creditors $15 billion. Today it offered them a pretty raw deal. Kevyn Orr, the lawyer tasked by the Michigan state government with sorting out the mess, said it would default on some of that debt and offer creditors a mere ten cents on the dollar for other parts. If …

Finance

Apple announces iOS 7, 'biggest change' since the introduction of the iPhone, coming this fall

Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the …

Apple’s new operating system presages the fusion of desktop and mobile software

“Trendsetter” isn’t a word often used to describe Microsoft these days, but for once it’s apt. First Google, and now Apple, have revealed that they are following Microsoft’s “Windows Everywhere” vision into a future of personal computing where desktop operating systems look and function like, and …

Software

What we learned from Zach Sobiech’s death: The emotional side of big data

Zach Sobiech used his songs to say goodbye to the world. The world, it seems, is still not quite ready to let go.<p>A few years ago, Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. Last year, around his 17th birthday, doctors told him that he didn’t have long to live. His …

Cancer

Nestlé introduces bottled water for “trendy, high-income” women

Finally, H2O made specifically for the ladies<p>Ladies, if you're lucky enough to live somewhere with access to clean drinking water, then you know that the stuff coming straight from your tap is enough to keep you alive in a purely physiological sense. But can you "live your best life" while drinking …

Earning Half A College Degree Is Better Than None

College graduates may have $27,000 worth of student loans to worry about, but at least they have this small source of comfort: bigger paychecks for life.<p>But what about college dropouts? They're another story: Is it worth spending thousands of dollars on a degree you never actually finish?<p>In fact, …

With $1.2M In Funding, TapCommerce Aims To Bring Ad Retargeting To Smartphones

Retargeting, everyone’s favorite web advertising technology, is coming to smartphones thanks to a startup called TapCommerce. The company isn’t exactly launching today, but it has been relatively quiet, and now it’s announcing some initial advertisers, as well as disclosing a $1.2 million round …

Home sales hit three-year high as housing revival continues

Home sales have hit a three-and-a-half-year peak, surveyors have reported, confirming the housing market revival.<p>Chartered surveyors polled by industry body Rics handled an average of 17.9 sales during the three months to May, the highest figure reported since January 2010. While still low by …

Apple's Latest Ad Is A Manifesto About The Reason For Its Existence

Over a montage of "every day life" videos that feature its products — often partially obscured or not as the focal point of the shot — a thoughtful voiceover talks about product invention and design, concluding "This is our signature, and it means everything." The closing shot shows the motto, …

Report: Kevin Durant Is Signing With Jay-Z's New Sports Agency

A source told NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski that Durant "doesn't want a traditional NBA agent anymore" and that "KD wants Jay Z to handle his branding. He had a chance to be with his idol and couldn't say no."<p>Durant joins Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, and Victor Cruz as some of Jay-Z's first …

Robinson Cano

Charles Barkley Changes NBA Finals Prediction: 'I Think They Can Sweep Miami'

Charles Barkley was a guest on <i>The Dan Patrick Show</i> on Friday, and he used the time to show just how impressed he was with the San Antonio Spurs, saying he thought they could sweep the Miami Heat.<p>In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, San Antonio held LeBron James to 18 points in a 92-88 road victory (even …

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French Open 2013: Rafael Nadal Will Dominate David Ferrer in Men's Final

Rafael Nadal will easily win his eighth French Open title on Sunday against David Ferrer.<p>Nadal's superiority on clay will render the men's final at Roland Garros anticlimactic compared to his epic five-set match against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.<p>Ferrer is a good player. He's No. 5 in the …

LeBron: Do what's best for team

MIAMI -- With six simple words, LeBron James explained the philosophy behind the way he now plays the game.<p>"I've done more and lost before."<p>Such was …

David Ferrer has unenviable task to stop Rafael Nadal in French Open final | Kevin Mitchell

Only a sadist would not feel sympathy for David Ferrer on his biggest day. By almost unanimous agreement, he will be the Spaniard who suffers most on …