Helen Wang

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Mini-apartments are the next big thing in U.S. cities

Could you live in a single-car garage? That's about the size of tiny apartments popping up in major U.S. cities where many residents live alone. Inhabitants say the key is keeping only stuff you use.<p>NEW YORK — When Gil Blattner hired a housekeeper for his elegant apartment with 12-foot ceilings, …

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How Google Is Quietly Taking Over

Earlier this month, Google announced disappointing earnings, and its stock immediately dropped 5% (Disclosure: I own Google stock through a fund). Most disturbingly, the company’s core revenue driver, the revenue it gets for each click on an ad, decreased 6% while traffic acquisition costs …

Here are the 11,868 devices—and counting—that every Android app has to work on

If you’ve ever compared an iPhone or iPad with a phone or tablet that runs Google’s Android, you may have noticed that the Apple gadget just seems to run more… well, <i>smoothly</i>. At Apple’s annual gathering of developers in San Francisco last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook gleefully displayed a pair of pie …

iPhone 5

Britain is playing catch-up to the US manufacturing boom

America, like Britain, is not having an easy recovery.<p>Both nations remain in denial about the magnitude of the task ahead, and will soon have to start weaning themselves from years of extreme monetary methadone. But in one key respect the US has done far better: it is becoming the first Western …

Twitter isn’t as big as everyone thinks it is

With Twitter’s supposed IPO coming up “by the end of year” its size and sustainability have become a point of much debate. Today a study from Columbia Business School and the University of Pittsburgh gives us a pseudo answer on the question, alleging that Twitter has 500 million users and therefore …

New York City

Solar Impulse ends journey early due to rip in wing

A fabric rip causes the solar-powered plane to complete the last leg of its historic flight three hours earlier than scheduled.<p>The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that made an unprecedented trip across America, finished the last leg of its flight early because of a rip in its wing.<p>Solar …

Solar Impulse

How the Secret FISA Court Justifies Spying

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court court at the center of the National Security …

Here’s the building where the PRISM of France is storing all its citizens’ data

Why didn’t French president François Hollande join the storm of criticism from EU member countries when it was revealed that the United States’ PRISM electronic surveillance program was spying on all internet traffic passing through the US? Perhaps because he knew that France has a similar program, …

Surveillance

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Former Vogue editor: The truth about size zero

One of the most controversial aspects of fashion magazines, and the fashion industry, is models. Specifically, how young they are and how thin they …

The Army Has Partially Blocked Access to The Guardian

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Army has responded to a series of stories from the <i>Guardian</i> revealing the extent of NSA …

Boston Marathon Suspect Indicted, New Details Revealed

A federal grand jury has issued a 30-count indictment against the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accusing him of using …

NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the …

Pay-what-you-want GoBank puts mobile users first

A new player has emerged at the forefront of mobile banking with the hopes of capturing the nation's youngest banking audience and setting the tone for what it means to bank virtually.<p>Launched to the public on Tuesday, GoBank is the first bank designed specifically for mobile use. All functionality …

Senate passes sweeping rewrite of immigration laws

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill Thursday that would allow the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to become U.S. citizens, overhaul the country's immigration system and spend billions to secure the southwest border with Mexico.<p>After years of failed attempts, …

Putin: NSA whistleblower Snowden is in Moscow airport

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has revealed that the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden is indeed in a Moscow airport, ending a global …

European Union Leaders Struggle To Decide Who Pays When Banks Fail

* EU talks end with no deal on rules to shut banks<p>* New law could impose losses on big savers, bondholders<p>* Germany's Schaeuble argues against flexibility in rules<p>* France's Moscovici, EU's Barnier say deal within reach<p>By John O'Donnell, Robin Emmott and Ingrid Melander<p>LUXEMBOURG, June 22 (Reuters) …

Liberal activists warm to Hillary Clinton for president

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hillary Clinton was absent from Netroots Nation, the largest gathering of liberal activists in the country, but when talking about 2016, no one was more present on the lips of attendees here than the former secretary of state.<p>“A lot of people are looking to Hillary Clinton right …

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

Africa

Behind the massive protests in Brazil: 40 million new taxpayers

<b>Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—</b>“The giant awakened’’ was a loud chant by over one million protesters who took to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities last night. They demanded everything from imprisoning corrupt politicians to better education and hospitals, to the cancellation of the 2014 World Cup …

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