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Beats ends HTC partnership, buys back $265 million of shares

Popular headphone maker Beats is buying back HTC's 25 percent stake in the company. HTC originally bought a $300 million, 50.1 percent stake in Beats back in 2011, and the headphone maker then paid $150 million to buy back half of that investment last year. Today's announcement means the close …

Microsoft will build 'next big thing', tearful Ballmer vows

Microsoft will create the 'next big thing', outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has said, in a reportedly emotional farewell speech to employees.<p>The eccentric …

McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

Fast-food giant McDonald's has made a commitment to stop marketing sodas as a beverage option in kids' Happy Meals.<p>Instead, the chain has committed to market and promote only milk, water and juice with the children's meals.<p>Now, if parents order a Coke or Sprite with their child's Happy Meal, they …

Digital Reading Company Kobo 'On Pace To Be A Billion Dollar Company'

Where Barnes and Noble is waffling about tablet manufacturing, has recently shed a CEO and is in some financial distress, the Canadian-founded, Japanese-owned digital e-reading company, Kobo, seems to be flourishing. They are growing in revenue, launched several new e-reader and tablet devices that …

Raghuram Rajan alone cannot save India’s economy

KOLKATA, India—A couple of weeks ago, the ubiquitous socialite Shobhaa De wrote an entire column in a leading business paper gushing over India’s new central banker. She delved deep into the “unbearable hotness of being Raghuram Rajan,” albeit without apology to Milan Kundera.<p>To be sure, she was …

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Light Stalking

"A photograph is always about two things. It is about what is being shown, and it is about the response to what is seen." --Tom Bentkowski

Bill Gates Admits That 'Control-Alt-Delete' Was A Mistake

We are confident that Bill Gates is a brilliant guy, but he <i>just</i> admitted to something that the entire world has known for decades.<p>Forcing early computer owners to simultaneously press the difficult key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to log on to their machines was a mistake, the Microsoft …

Goldfinger 2: Asian Site Leaks Rumored Gold iPad Mini 2 With TouchID Sensor

It’s not that much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that Apple might unveil gold, or “space gray,” iPads in the upcoming month(s). That’s why it’s quite interesting that Chinese tech site DoNews has posted photos of a champagne iPad mini 2, complete with TouchID sensor.<p>Not enough …

Google unveils major upgrade to search algorithm

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1014000/1014088_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524618260_cf6428e91915c55802ff02167fcd1326<p><b>Google has unveiled an upgrade to the way it interprets users' search requests.</b><p>The new algorithm, codenamed Hummingbird, is the first major upgrade …

JPMorgan Chase could face $11 billion settlement

September 26, 2013 | 3:21 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/09/26/business/jpmorgan-chase-could-face-11-billion-settlement/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

iOS 7.0.2: Apple rolls out fix for lockscreen bypass bug

Apple has released an update for its iOS 7 software to close a security flaw in its lockscreen which had allowed people to bypass the protection and hack into the owner's content.<p>The iOS 7.0.2 version began showing up as an update for phones on Thursday night, six days after the flaw was …

H2 oh my: NASA's Curiosity rover finds water in Mars dirt

Future Mars explorers may be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests.<p>NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight. That means astronaut pioneers could extract roughly 2 …

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router review: A cutting-edge Wi-Fi router that has it all - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router</b> features powerful hardware, faster Wi-Fi technology, and useful features. The router delivers in all categories.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Asus RT-AC68U is expensive, not wall-mountable, and not everyone will immediately benefit from its new and …

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Toyota, Nissan recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in U.S.

Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States due to a problem with the shift lever that could result in unexpected rollaways.<p>Meanwhile, Nissan is recalling about 100,000 Infiniti M luxury sedans in the U.S. because of accelerator sensor problems that could cause stalls.<p>The …

BOOKMARC Tokyo by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs has announced that its latest BOOKMARC store will be opening in Tokyo. When it opens in<p>Marc Jacobs has announced that its latest BOOKMARC store will be opening in Tokyo. When it opens in October this year, BOOKMARC Tokyo offer a curated selection art, fashion, culture and music-related …

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Beats Electronics unplugs HTC with $265 million share buyback

Looks like the rumors were true. HTC announced today that Beats Electronics will buy back the remaining 25 percent stake it had in the headphone maker for $265 million, all but bringing to an end a two-year partnership that has never really worked out. It's quite a bit of cash for HTC, after it …

All the Reasons Why JP Morgan May Be Facing the Biggest Bank Fine Ever

Regulators want the bank to pay $11 billion to possibly settle investigations touching on everything from mortgage fraud to the Madoff scandal.<p>On Tuesday (Sept. 24), the Wall Street Journal reported that JP Morgan was offering the government $3 billion to settle (paywall) an unspecified number of …

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent on water, obesity

By David Brancaccio and Janelle Bitker<p>September 27, 2013 | 10:35 AM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/09/27/business/coca-cola-ceo-muhtar-kent-water-obesity/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The Story<p>…

Miso Ramen With Crispy Pork and Burnt Garlic-Sesame Oil Recipe

<b>Read more: The Food Lab: Miso Ramen With Crispy Shredded Pork and Burnt Garlic Sesame Oil</b><p>Ingredients3 pounds pig trotters, split lengthwise or cut crosswise into 1-inch disks (as your butcher to do this for you)2 pounds chicken backs and carcasses, skin and excess fat removed2 tablespoons vegetable …

China says it will lift ban on video game consoles

Companies in Shanghai free trade zone can sell devices, but only with government approval<p>The Chinese government announced today that it will lift a longtime ban on sales of video game consoles, opening up the market to foreign companies in Shanghai's new free trade zone. China's State Council …

EU wants all companies, ahem Apple, to use standard charger

The European Union has been pushing for a universal cell phone charger for years, and on Thursday it took another step forward in this process.<p>The European Parliament's internal market and consumer protection committee unanimously voted on a legislative resolution to create a law requiring all …