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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

Here's a fact that might surprise you: All of the top 10 U.S. companies that were born on the Internet — including Google, Amazon and eBay — have overseas corporate headquarters in Ireland.<p>The American tech sector is huge in Ireland. It's growing rapidly — and having a huge impact on life there.<p>But …

Japan's Biggest Problem Is Basically Unfixable

In the long term, this is largely a story about demographics, and Japan is fighting an uphill battle.<p>One-fourth of Japan's population is older than 65, and that number isn't going down anytime soon. That means a shrinking percentage of the population is working. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of …

Japan

Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers Moving from China to Vietnam

There’s a saying: A crooked river gets that way by following the path of least resistance.<p>If we were to delete “a crooked river” and replace it with “cheap labor,” we’d have a pretty reliable economic rule of thumb.<p>Textile and apparel jobs have been following the path of least resistance for …

1 Million American Pension Plans Could Be Insolvent In 10 Years

The agency in charge of insuring private-sector pension plans is warning about big problems on the horizon. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation projects that several large multi-employer plans will become insolvent within the next decade.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>The federal agency that …

Google and conservationists are tracking boats to stop illegal fishing

Overfishing has been a problem for ages, but oceans are big and it's not as if the water police authorities can track where every boat drops its nets. At least, until now, since thanks to Google, SkyTruth and Oceana, we're now close to being able to pinpoint where every boat is in every ocean. …

China's economy experiencing 'period of pain': vice minister | Reuters

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - China’s economy is going through a “period of pain” as authorities try to shift it toward slower, more sustainable growth, with the rapid expansion of its shadow banking sector a major problem, the vice finance minister said on Saturday.<p>China's Vice Finance Minister …

Greece finally emerges from recession, leaving a battered society behind

In a tiny, windowless storeroom, elderly women sort through items normally destined for the trash.<p>It's an unlikely place to be saving lives.<p>The women volunteer at a charity clinic that recycles drugs sent by relatives of dead cancer patients, recovering stroke victims, or new mothers who …

Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer to Weed Business Boom

Voter legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom, pot advocates and opponents agree.<p>A federal law banning marijuana sales …

Cannabis

Even the Rich Have Qualms About the Economy: Survey

On top of a weaker-than-expected monthly jobs gain and a miniscule 0.1 percent gain in wage growth, a new survey shows that the confidence of the wealthy is flagging.<p>According to the Affluent Consumer Tracking Study from Unity Marketing, confidence is the lowest it’s been since the recession. The …

Demographics

A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution.<p>He’s created a new type of …

Facebook says the US is the worst offender in a huge leap in requests for user data

Global government requests for Facebook user information in the first half of 2014 surged by a quarter, compared with the second half of 2013, hitting nearly 35,000, according to a new report from Facebook. Some 15,433 of those requests were from US law enforcement agencies—a jump of 23% versus the …

Privacy

Alcohol Is Getting More Expensive Most Quickly in These Cities

If the price of your pints seems steeper than it did a year ago, you might be on to something.<p>Depending on where you live, the price of alcoholic …

San Francisco Bay Area

Scientists Agree: Top Performers Need Friends Outside Of Work

It is common sense that you should cultivate friends outside of work. However, too often, professionals allow their non-work friendships to wither, as they struggle to maintain a healthy home life and a robust career.<p>Although challenging, nurturing friendships beyond your office enhances your …

The failure of One World Trade Center

We did it.<p>Thirteen years after the towers fell, One World Trade Center has risen in their place. The massive, glass-panelled skyscraper, which welcomes its first tenants this week, restores the balance of Manhattan with an exclamation point at the southern tip.<p>Born of politics and compromise, the …

Skyscrapers

The local beer fighting off competition in India

When it comes to beer, Indians like it strong.<p>The most popular choices have alcohol levels between 6% and 8% and international brewers have launched powerful drinks to compete with local favourites.<p>The BBC's Simon Atkinson finds out more about Hayward's 5000 - a local beer fighting off that …

India

U.S. student debt burden falling more on top earners, easing bubble fears | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Young Americans with big college debts are often portrayed as struggling to pay their bills. The reality is somewhat different - those owing super-sized student loans tend to be higher paid.<p>A graduating student has "I Did It" written on her mortar board during Commencement …

Growth In China's Services Sector Hits A 9-Month Low

The services sector has been more resilient than the manufacturing sector and is creating more jobs, which partly explains why the government has so far refrained from more aggressive policy easing in supporting the slowing economy.<p>The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) …

Economy

China faces trap in currency war

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Last Friday, the Bank of Japan effectively tossed a grenade into the region’s currency markets with its surprise …

Stock Markets

Posture perfect: How to text and work at a desk without destroying your body

Electronics are slowly turning humanity into a humpback species. Poor posture is a major contributor to back pain and can even negatively affect our emotions. Fortunately, there’s a an easy way to remedy the situation. At VentureBeat’s Healthbeat conference this week, Crossfit San Francisco Founder …

IBM goes all consumer-y in its bid for continued relevance

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: IBM<p>IBM’s partnership with Twitter (Twitter!) is all about making the company’s Watson and other tools more aware of …

How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball

Most people know radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips as the security tags adorning clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from …

Smartphone app to be used as hotel room keys

The hotel group Starwood is to begin giving hotel guests the option to by-pass check-in and simply use their smartphones to enter their hotel rooms.<p>The chain has upgraded 30,000 room locks in its nearly 150 hotels to work with the system, which uses Bluetooth technology. Rival chain Hilton is …

Hospitality

Even without a president, Lebanon seen surviving turmoil for now | Reuters

MAARAB Lebanon (Reuters) - Samir Geagea is a leading candidate for the vacant Lebanese presidency but won’t even hazard a guess when there might be an election to fill the post, such is the political uncertainty overshadowing his divided nation.<p>Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, …