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Mobile World Congress: What to expect from Barcelona

<b>If you are interested in portable tech, the place to be this week is the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.</b><p>It is the annual bean feast and trade show for the mobile sector, with a brief that roams from smartphones and tablets to fast-emerging new areas such as wearable technology and the internet …

Mobile

First look at the Desire 8: HTC’s next best chance to boost sales

HTC isn’t waiting until next week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event to build buzz. The company posted images of its upcoming Desire 8 handset on …

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Verizon completes $130 billion buyout of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless

Verizon has completed its $130 billion purchase to take complete control of Verizon Wireless. The deal, announced back in September, sees Verizon take back the 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless that European carrier Vodafone has owned since 1999. The sale, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>, is the largest …

Samsung's next Galaxy will be wet, fit, and alive

To the power of 5<p>Mere days away from its big Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress, Samsung has issued the first video teaser for the major product it'll announce in Barcelona: the next Galaxy. Anticipated to be the Korean company's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5 still remains a mystery, but …

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.<p>In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps …

Huawei's Media Pad X1 leaks with calling capabilities and smart cover

A few cats have escaped from Huawei's bag ahead of Mobile World Conference, namely images of its 7-inch MediaPad X1 and mid-range Ascend G6 handset. A Chinese Weibo site nabbed live pics of the MediaPad X1, and thanks to a previous visit through China's FAA, we know its specs: quad-core 1.6GHz …

Jolla's Sailfish OS And Devices Are Ready For Commercial Release

Finnish startup Jolla, which launched its first smartphone with a new Sailfish mobile operating system last year, announced today that its OS is now ready for global distribution after reaching release 1.0. Sailfish will also soon be available for download on Android devices.<p>The first batch of …

How CFOs took over the boardroom

From back-office accountant to front-line executive, the rapid rise of the chief financial officer is unrivalled by any other corporate role. With access to every facet of the business, CFOs now wield a level of influence matched only by chief executives. From the pervasive influence of financial …

CFOs

H-P, Groupon, Priceline.com: Friday’s stocks to watch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday’s session are Hewlett-Packard Co., Groupon …

Amazon merges Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime

Amazon is replacing Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime with Prime Instant Video, increasing its investment in exclusive content<p>Amazon is to merge Lovefilm Instant and Amazon Prime to create Prime Instant Video, a new streaming service from February 26.<p>Amazon Prime currently offers members …

Associated Press News

Retail forecast good despite greatest monthly sales fall since April 2012

Retail sales fell at the fastest pace for more than a year in January, led by a slowdown at supermarkets, though economists said the outlook for consumer spending was improving.<p>A slowdown had been expected after a strong Christmas and as wet weather dented spending in some areas. But the January …

Google deal is no 'gentlemen's agreement', says EU antitrust chief

PARIS (Reuters) - The EU antitrust chief defended a deal with Google over how it displays web search results, following criticism from rival firms and his own colleagues, saying there had been no gentlemen's agreement to close the case.<p>The world's most popular search engine has been under …

Antitrust Laws

January surplus of £4.7bn smallest in four years

The chancellor, George Osborne, will have no room for major tax or spending give-aways in next month's budget after figures showed a smaller than expected tax windfall in January.<p>The latest data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK is on course to meet its full-year borrowing …

New York Might Be First to Regulate Bitcoin

Bit­coin may be emer­ging from a few weeks of neg­at­ive head­lines, but one of the most out­spoken fin­an­cial reg­u­lat­ors says he still sees …

Bitcoin

Tesla’s most disruptive product may not be its cars

“We believe the days when Tesla was known as purely an auto company are numbered,” declared Morgan Stanley analysts in a note this week, after the electric car maker reported another set of stellar results.<p>Endless column inches have chronicled how Elon Musk’s electric car company is disrupting the …

Tesla

Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal: More Spending, Less Pretending

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Next month, President Obama will release his 2015 budget, proposing an increase in spending and tax …

The Zombie Numbers That Rule the U.S. Economy

Figures like gross domestic product were appropriate for their own time. But today, they paint a consistently misleading portrait of America.<p>This Thursday the Conference Board, a global business association, released its monthly index of “leading economic indicators.” Like the unemployment and …

The CEO of Exxon Stands Up for Homeowners Against Frackers (When He's the Homeowner)

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who bought his house with money made from oil drilling and fracking, filed …

Markets Are Going Nowhere After Another Huge Move In Japan

Meanwhile, everything else is quiet.<p>European stocks are a shade in the red while the US is a little bit in the green.<p>After a fairly busy day for economic data, today will be quiet, with just existing home sales coming up on the docket for the US.<p>Even then, all economic data right now seems to have …

Economic Data

Target Shoppers Shrug Off Massive Credit Card Data Breach

It’s understandable that many consumers were shocked and outraged to learn that the credit card info of tens of millions of Target customers was …

With friends like these … Shinzo Abe's tactless colleagues cause consternation

Imprudent remarks by ministers cost Shinzo Abe his job just 12 months into his first term as prime minister. Seven years later, a new cast of gaffe-prone colleagues is again making life uncomfortable for Japan's leader.<p>In recent weeks, Abe's advisers have angered Japan's closest ally, the US, while …

Unpaid Thai farmers call off airport tractor protest

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai farmers, angry at not being paid under a rice subsidy scheme, called off a protest tractor drive to Bangkok’s main airport on Friday after an assurance they would get their money, some welcome news for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.<p>The subsidy program was among the …

What Happens to Sochi After the Olympics?

Find out what happens to Olympic stadiums after the Games end and what Sochi hopes will come from the near $50 billion spent to construct these facilitates.<p>Read more here.

Winter Olympics

11 die in attack by militants on Somali president's compound

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed when Islamist militants attacked the Somali presidential compound on Friday, blasting through a gate with a car bomb and fighting a gunbattle with guards.<p>A Somali government soldier secures the scene of a suicide attack next to the gate of the …

Polish minister tells Ukrainian opposition: agree to a deal or 'you will all be dead' - video

Polish minister Radoslaw Sikorski is filmed telling a Ukrainian opposition leader: 'You will all be dead' if they do not agree to a deal. Sikorski, apparently unaware of the cameras, warned of the imposition of martial law with deadly consequences as he emerged from a meeting. He and other EU …