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Mozilla is testing the first Firefox OS tablet prototype

The US might not see it immediately, but the world will soon get its first Firefox OS tablet. Mozilla has begun testing its browser-based operating system on tablets and has developed its own tablet prototype. Currently Firefox OS runs on smartphones and may eventually power smart television …

Dropbox Closes Roughly $250M Round At $10B Valuation, WSJ Says

Dropbox has raised a massive $250 million funding round, valuing the company at $10 billion according to the Wall Street Journal. The new funding round is led by a BlackRock fund, according to the WSJ, which cites “two people familiar with the deal” as the source of the report.<p>This is actually the …

After ABC’s cord-cutting block, pirate downloads shoots up 300%

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>ABC may have pulled the plug on cord-cutters by imposing an eight-day delay on non-cable or Hulu subscribers, but the …

Silver nanowire sensors could be the flexible foundation for new wearables

A clear, bandage-like sensor could eventually make everything from fabrics to our fingers smart. Dr. Yong Zhu and a team of North Carolina State University researchers created an ultra-thin, flexible sensor that could be used in clothing, on the body, any in other ordinary objects to track things …

Oslo’s rapid growth redefines Nordic identity

<b>Oslo's image is one of Viking history, snowy forests and fish and oil industries.</b><p>But Norway's largest city is Europe's fastest-growing capital and it is undergoing its biggest and most controversial makeover since the 17th Century.<p>Nowhere is Oslo's redevelopment more obvious than from the top of …

European Travel

My Bitcoin Bummer — World’s Virtual Currency Plummets in Price (Again)

So, I bought a bitcoin a few weeks ago — just a single one, <i>for fun!</i> — at around $800, after having listened to a bunch of Internet nerds wax on about …

Cryptocurrency

Could subscription services help curb book piracy?

Book streaming services that allow readers to access as many books as they want for a monthly subscription fee could provide a legal alternative to piracy in developing markets<p>Imagine a Spotify for books, which would allow you to pay a monthly subscription to access an unlimited number of texts …

Low minimum wage a global worry, not just in U.S.

Last week 3.5 million Bangladeshi garment workers got their minimum pay raised to $67 a month, an 80 percent increase. It was one of the Bangladeshi government's responses to April's collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building that killed 1,100 mostly female garment workers, prompting an …

Income Inequality

Amazon Turned a Flaw into Gold with Advanced Problem-Solving

<i>“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”</i><p>— Albert Einstein<p>Several years ago, Amazon was struggling with scaling its e-commerce infrastructure and realizing that many of its internal software projects took too long to implement, a major pain point from a competitive …

Brian White's Preliminary November Sales Point To Record Apple Performance

Brian White, Cantor Fitzgerald’s Apple analyst, monitors Taiwan based suppliers that generate a significant amount of their business from Apple. His November Barometer analysis estimates that the supplier’s November sales rose 19%-20% month over month vs. an average of 6% for the previous eight …

Growth in job vacancies hits '15-year high'

<b>The growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November, according to the latest survey from the body that represents recruitment firms.</b><p>Its job vacancies index, which uses data from 400 recruitment firms, rose to the highest level since July 1998.<p>The strongest demand was for …

Labor Economics

The Major Problem With Cheap Electric Cars

Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model …

Supermarket sells discounted products to low-income families

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1035000/1035203_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524694015_42d62a357506edc3cc64a0c561d5e70c<p><b>The UK's first 'social supermarket' has opened for business, selling cheap products to people on welfare support.</b><p>The Community Shop will sell items …

Selling

Ontario won’t step in if BlackBerry sold in pieces

Ontario's Economic Development Minister is bullish on the future of BlackBerry Ltd. but indicated Monday that the provincial government will not intervene if the company is broken up and sold in pieces.<p>"I don't think we are going to intervene in a business decision taken by the company," Eric …

Canada

Government is all talk when it comes to wireless policy

A man stands in a mobile phone store, puzzled by the options.<p>A woman opens her cellphone bill, her eyes widen.<p>Apparently lost, a hockey mom is parked at the side of the road in her minivan, trying to pull up a map on her smartphone. Her kids look on, worried.<p>"It's time to talk about what's best for …

Why is our EU trade better than our internal trade?

A coalition of business groups says it's a national "embarrassment" that European countries are poised to gain better access to markets in Canada than the provinces enjoy.<p>In a letter to Industry Minister James Moore, the groups called on Ottawa and the provinces to extend the same commitments to …

Canada

Amazon's Drones Haven't Spooked Delivery Workers -- At Least Not Yet

Having grown up in the package delivery business, Julie Thomas used to have an old saying about her industry. Whenever someone debated its longevity, Thomas would crack, "One thing you can't do is beam me a package."<p>Thomas, who's now the vice-president of her family business, Cincinnati-based …

Samsung and Philips among tech firms raided by EU

<b>Samsung and Philips have revealed that they were among several consumer electronics companies raided recently by European Commission inspectors.</b><p>Thursday's raid focused on companies making and selling consumer electronics products and small domestic appliances.<p>The Commission said it was concerned …

Interest Rates

Associated Press News

Gun Sales Exploded In The Year After Newtown Shooting

American gun sales have been climbing for nearly a decade, but they have surged under President Barack Obama -- particularly after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December 2012. According to FBI data, the number of firearm background checks has risen dramatically during the Obama era.<p>In …

Don't Let The Door Slam Behind You: 2013's Biggest CEO Departures

One CEO was ousted after a failed retail revival strategy and an activist investor’s push. Another left a post he’d been in so long it was tough to imagine the company without him. A third finally departed after actions widely viewed as destructive and unethical. As in previous years, there is …

More jobs, yes, but wage growth holds up recovery

The job market may be gradually improving, but the gains aren't showing up in worker's paychecks.<p>And the resulting belt-tightening continues to weigh on an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending.<p>Randolph McKinney, 62, with an undergraduate degree in finance and a master's degree in …

Income Inequality

Amazon, Applebee’s and Google’s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They’re coming for your job next

It’s inescapable: We’ll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?<p>Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. Bleary-eyed after three hours of fitful sleep, unready for the dawn, I did not know what …

American and US Airways to close merger Monday

It will take many months to turn the two carriers into a single airline.<p>The merger that will unite American and US Airways and create the largest carrier in the world is expected to close on Monday. But it will take many months to put in place all the nuts and bolts that will truly transform the …

Can software be patented? Supreme Court to decide

People walk outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Dec. 3. Jonathan Ernst<p>WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on the divisive issue of what kinds of software are eligible for patent protection in a case being closely watched by the technology industry.<p>The court's decision …

U.S. Supreme Court