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Walmart Planning E-Commerce Marketplace To Enter India, Challenge eBay, Amazon

India’s e-commerce industry is on fire. After eBay doubled down on its India play by investing $133 million in Snapdeal a week ago, the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is now looking to build a marketplace for tapping into the country’s e-commerce industry, which is expected to grow sevenfold to …

Microsoft’s Project Spark Beta Comes To Xbox One, Offering Cross-Platform Game Creation

Microsoft’s ambitious Project Spark open world game creator launched in beta on Windows 8.1 back in December, with the promise that it would make its way to the Xbox One eventually, too. Today is the day that it ships on the next-generation gaming console, making it possible for Spark creators to …

Why would Titan Aerospace sell to Facebook? Because investors weren't biting - http://trib.al/zI873yR

Google Publicly Debuts Its Late-Stage Growth Fund, Google Capital

Google is amping up its investing efforts, today announcing Google Capital, a “growth stage” investment effort that has already put money into SurveyMonkey, Renaissance Learning, and Lending Club.<p>Put simply, Google Ventures will invest in technology companies that are early or mid stage. Tech …

XP - the operating system that will not die

<b>On 8 April Microsoft will end support for the venerable Windows XP operating system. That means no more security patches, software updates or bug fixes for the software.</b><p>It's an event that Microsoft has been warning people and businesses about for months. And it is one that hi-tech thieves have been …

Software

How To Take An Email Sabbatical

Author and academic danah boyd takes an “email sabbatical” once a year. But she doesn’t just throw up her hands and set an out-of-office reply; getting to her annual inbox vacation takes preparation. Here’s how she does it.<p>We all need time off. Like serious time off.<p>Time when we feel like we’re …

Reduced jitters over Ukraine stabilize markets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World markets were calm on Wednesday after two days of wild swings, with the United States and Russia set to hold talks on easing East-West tension in Ukraine.<p>An index of global equity markets clung to modest gains, currency and bond markets stabilized and oil prices dipped …

The African Billionaires 2014

This year, a record 1,645 billionaires made it to FORBES’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people.<p>There are 29 African billionaires this year, up from 20 just a year ago. These are the 29 Africans who are worth $1 billion or more:<p><b>Aliko Dangote, $25 billion</b><p><i>Nigerian, Cement, Flour, Sugar</i><p>Aliko …

Virtual currency to remain, but is bitcoin the future?

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Virtual currencies have gained traction in the five years since the first bitcoin was created, but it’s less clear if …

Bitcoin

Facebook Follows Amazon, Google Into Drones With $60 Million Purchase

Time to hop on the drone bandwagon — before it flies off without you.<p>Facebook, in a deal first reported by TechCrunch and CNBC, is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. It may not be anywhere close to the $19 billion Mark Zuckerberg spent on messaging service WhatsApp, but it could be …

Google, Apple, And Facebook's Biggest Acquisitions Over The Last 15 Years: http://f-st.co/a7egXB1

Lehman Europe creditors in line for extra $8 billion payday

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds, asset managers and other creditors of Lehman Brothers’ European arm will next month be fully paid out from money recovered from the carcass of the bank and could get an extra 5 billion pounds.<p>PwC, the administrator of Lehman Brothers International Europe (LBIE), is …

Fumbled Fortunes: Meet The Ex-Billionaires Who Lost Their Riches

Eike Batista was the world’s seventh-richest man in 2012, worth an estimated $30 billion and proclaiming to be on his way to becoming the world’s richest. Instead he lost nearly all of it in just two years. Batista and the 99 others who dropped off our billionaires list this year are proof that …

Top 10 reasons to love Copenhagen

Surprising, artistic, experimental and cosmopolitan, the Danish capital overflows with cafés, culture and history. Here are 10 reasons to love the city.<p>1. The Danes know how to play<p>In contrast to the commercial clutter of most theme parks, Tivoli (tivoli.dk) has clung on to much of its 19th-century …

European Travel

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …