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Associated Press News

San Francisco takes the pain out of joining secure public WiFi

Security on public WiFi tends to be either non-existent or a bit of a hassle; it's not fun to track down passwords just so that you can get online from the street corner. If you frequently visit downtown San Francisco, though, it's now a relative breeze. The city has launched a new version of its …

Associated Press News

Help for student loan debtors

The president will issue an executive order Monday in the name of easing student borrowers’ debt loads by capping repayments at 10 percent of their monthly income, the White House confirmed to POLITICO.<p>President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that he would take action on student …

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Spanish wages depressed amid eurozone crisis

Wages have fallen across Spain in the past year as the government tries to cheapen labour for employers just as austerity measures cut back the …

STOCK MARKET RALLY FALTERS: Here's What You Need To Know

First the scoreboard:<p>Dow: 15,324, +21.7 pts, +0.1%<br>S&P 500: 1,654, +6.0 pts, +0.3%<br>NASDAQ: 3,491, +23.7 pts, +0.6%<p>And now the top stories:<p>The Dow was up by as much as 92 points earlier today. But much of that rally disappeared going into the closing bell.<br>• The Bureau of Economic Analysis published its …

Stock Markets

Philippines takes China's crown as region's fastest growing economy

A surprise surge in the Philippines economy in the first quarter has put its pace of expansion ahead of neighbouring giant China.<p>The south-east Asian archipelago hailed a "new growth trajectory" as its GDP expanded 2.2pc in the first three months of the year, to grow 7.8pc year-on-year, outpacing …

Japan upgrades growth outlook as 'Abenomics' revitalises economy

The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy on Monday, in a further sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive polices are beginning to reignite growth.<p>The upgrade was the first in two months, and an improvement from April when it said the economy was showing signs of …

BBM Gamble Won't Stop BlackBerry Exodus

BlackBerry unveiled a variety of announcements at its recent BlackBerry Live conference. The one that’s getting the most attention, though, is the announcement that the popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service will soon be available for iOS and Android. The move is intended to allow BlackBerry to …

How can Amazon pay tax on profits it doesn't make?

A Guardian investigation has revealed that Amazon paid just £3.2m in corporation tax in the UK last year. But this says less about the company's tax …

Goldman Sachs makes a $500 million bet on Elon Musk’s solar business

Elon Musk’s electric car and rocket ship ventures may score the headlines—but SolarCity, his rooftop photovoltaic company, is proving the market leader of a booming business. The Silicon Valley firm today further consolidated its position as the US’s largest residential solar installer with the …

Solar Power

HAJIME KITANO: Japanese Markets Are Doing Something We Haven't Seen In 20 Years

Kitano has been silent for several months following his resignation from JPMorgan as Chief Japan Equity Strategist in late January.<p>At the time, the Japanese revival was quickly becoming the biggest economic story in the world, and his absence from the conversation struck us as unfortunate.<p>Kitano …

Stock Markets

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Won't Apologize For Saying He Only Wants Cool Thin People To Wear His Clothes

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Jeffries said that his "choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense."<p>Jeffries said that his "7-year-old, resurrected quote has been taken out of context," but did admit that the brand "targets its marketing at a particular segment of …

Abercrombie & Fitch

Yahoo Has A New Partnership With Twitter

That means you're going to start seeing tweets from politicians, celebrities, media outlets, and other publishers on your Yahoo homepage.<p>As part of the integration, Yahoo will also include "relevant and personalized tweets" alongside news stories.<p>The new integration will roll out over the next few …

World Economic Forum

STOCKS FALL AFTER BAD ECONOMIC DATA: Here's What You Need To Know

First, the scoreboard:<p>And now, the top stories:<p>Three big economic data releases came out at 8:30 AM, and all three fell short of economists' expectations. Initial jobless claims surged to 360,000 (330,000 expected), consumer prices fell 0.4% month-over-month (-0.3% expected), and housing starts …

Markets

BILL GATES IS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AGAIN

Bill Gates is once again the world's richest man, according to Bloomberg News.<p>It says Gates has taken the lead from Mexican magnate Carlos Slim thanks to Microsoft's rising stock price. It's at a 5-year high trading at ~$34 a share.<p>Bloomberg's Billionaire Index hasn't yet updated to reflect Gates' …

Bill Gates

Top 21 under-the-radar destinations

From Canada’s Yukon wilderness to the mountaintops of India, these unconventional holiday destinations will lead you off the beaten path and onto an adventure all your own.

National Parks

USA POSTS BIGGEST MONTHLY BUDGET SURPLUS IN FIVE YEARS

Total tax receipts collected during the month were $406.723 billion, up 27.6% from April 2012.<p>Total spending was $293.833 billion, up 13.1% from a year earlier.<p>The numbers were right in line with analysts' consensus estimate for a $112 billion surplus.<p>There is always a spike in revenues in April …

Personal Finance

JPMorgan Directors To Shareholders: Don't Fire Us, Let Dimon Keep Chairman Job

JPMorgan Chase‘s board is feeling heat in the days leading up to its annual shareholder meeting when their fate is determined by shareholders’ votes.<p>In a letter to shareholders the bank’s leading independent director, Lee Raymond, and William Weldon, head of the board’s corporate governance …