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Vietnam's Next Top Priority For Economic Development

State-owned firms took off in Vietnam with the rise of its post-war Communist government in the 1980s. They develop oil and gas. They provide phone service and run an airline. Some make dairy products or garments. They make up about one third of the country’s $186 billion economy. And in the …


Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Reaches Record Highs

A recent report finds that 24 million Americans are starting or running new businesses.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, the spirit is willing and the flesh is getting there.

A new report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), sponsored by Babson College and Baruch College, finds that 24 …


Saudi Arabia refuses to bow to pressure to cut oil production

Market share continues to be Saudi Arabia’s main concern—and not even $40 oil prices will make it give into peer pressure to cut production.

Major oil producers have been trying to convince Saudi Arabia, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ biggest producer, to take the lead and …

Saudi Arabia

IMF's Lagarde warns of spillover risks from recent volatility

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Recent volatility in global financial markets shows how rapidly risks can spill over from one economy to the next, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

"What has been demonstrated in the last few weeks is how much Asia is at …


Moto X Play review

Motorola’s other big claim, besides the battery, is that the new camera in the Moto X Play would be class-leading. At its price point, that’s probably true — as the X Play does indeed have the best camera I’ve seen in any Motorola phone to date. But there are a couple of important caveats mixed in …


Facebook’s New Spam-Killer Hints at the Future of Coding

Haskell is a 25-year-old programming language that isn't all that popular. But Facebook uses it, and that's a sign of things to come.The post …


Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to Create a New Video Format

Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and others are teaming up to create a new open source video standard.The post Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to …

Open Source

Studios sue 16 users of Popcorn Time, the ‘Netflix for Pirates’

A small group of viewers who accessed the Pierce Brosnan-starring film Survivor on the torrent platform Popcorn Time, often dubbed “Netflix for …


Google Just Redesigned Its Logo, and Reminds Us How It's Changed the World

A quick look at how much a company can change the world. It's been an amazing 17 years.

Just a month after they restructured the company, Google has changed their logo. It's the sixth iteration of the brand trademark now known across the globe.

Google describes the new typeface as "Product Sans", and …


Intel's New Skylake Processors: What You Need To Know

Stop. Don’t buy that new Windows laptop or tablet. Don’t pull the trigger unless you’re getting a truly amazing deal. Because today, Intel’s …

Intel Corporation

New PlayStation 4 firmware adds YouTube streaming, 10 GB of online storage

The next system software update for PlayStation 4 will bring with it a host of new features, including the option to livestream gameplay to YouTube, a tenfold increase in online storage and a new Events hub.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog today, Sony confirmed previous reports that PS4 system …


Turkish authorities detain British family believed to be Syria-bound

A British woman who left her London home and was feared to be on her way to Syria with her four children has been detained in Turkey, counter-terrorism police have said. Zahera Tariq, 33, and her four children, aged between four and 12, from Waltham Forest in east London, were last seen a week ago …

Middle East

Graffiti artist Stik's life painting on the streets

He has lived in a homeless hostel and dodged police to put his mark on the city, but now London-based graffiti artist Stik is invited all over the world to paint huge murals of stick figures, many of them offering social comment.

They can be seen in New York, Tokyo and London - where he has painted …


Turkey charges Vice News reporters with aiding terrorist group

A Turkish court has charged three journalists working with Vice News with “aiding a terrorist organisation” and ordered their arrest pending trial in a move that has caused indignation and outrage amongst journalists and international human rights groups.

Correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman …

Middle East

MoPub now supports video ads that reward you for watching

MoPub has added new support for rewarded video ads. Starting today, publishers can manage this ad format from Unity Ads, AdColony, Vungle, and Chartboost.

If you’re not familiar with rewarded video ads, these are formats that encourage users to deal with ads in order to receive an in-app reward. …


Brazilian Wasp's Venom Could Be A Powerful 'Weapon Against Cancer,' Study Shows

Prof. Mario Palma/Sao Paulo State University

Toxic, but life-saving?

It seems like an oxymoron, but scientists say the venom of Polybia paulista, a wasp native to Brazil, fits that description.

According to a study published in the Biophysical Journal this week, the wasp’s venom contains a toxin, named …


Eurostar chaos as migrants clamber onto tracks

Five trains held as French police clear migrants from line after latest disruption to cross channel traffic

Rail services between Britain and France were suspended after migrants clambered onto the Eurostar track outside Calais.

• EU migrant crisis: latest news

In all five trains had to be held while …


PlayStation 4 gets YouTube livestreaming, extra cloud storage, and more in system update 3.0

The PlayStation 4 is getting a substantial update that will introduce a number of new features, and Sony is trying them out today with a beta test.

PS4’s system firmware version 3 (officially 3.00) is coming in the near future, and it is bringing with it deep support for YouTube Gaming (which you …


This startup's fast charging battery software could land on cell phones next year

Quick charge cell phones are becoming a must-have. Will a startup’s new tech take over the market?

A handful of high end smart phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are starting to offer the ability to quickly charge a cell phone with hours of talk time in just a few minutes. But a …


The World's 50 Most Sustainable Companies 2015

Johnson & Johnson

Being a New Mom In Denmark Vs. The United States: Personal Experiences

See also: Personal Experiences: Raising Kids in Denmark Vs. The United States

Yesterday I wrote about the differences between the pregnancy and birth experiences of my friend Erica, a married American mom who has lived in Copenhagen for 9 years, and my own, a mom of two living in New York City. …


Google has a new logo

Google is introducing a new logo today. Just a month after unveiling a major restructuring of the company, Google is updating its image, too. The new Google logo is still a wordmark, but it's now using a sans-serif typeface, making it look a lot more modern and playful. The colors are also softer …


Woman who sued Uber over alleged rape in India withdraws lawsuit

Ride-hailing service condemned the attack but argued the company was not contractually related to the defendant and that California was the wrong …


Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads

There’s nothing wrong with app install ads, but too often now, you click on a mobile search result, and when the site loads, a giant app install interstitial pops up that prompts you to install that site’s app. Those ads typically block all the content on the site until you find that little small …


Sony's next big PS4 update adds YouTube streaming and increases cloud storage

Sony's next PlayStation 4 system update will bring increased cloud storage, the ability to stream game footage live on YouTube, a new hub for in-game events, and a host of other upgrades. The version 3.00 update — one of the biggest in the console's lifespan — was detailed on Sony's PlayStation …


41 amazing public space transformations captured by Google Street View

Cities are built for humans.

But if you look at the layout of most of them, it looks like they're made for cars.

Especially in the world's most populated places. In São Paulo, Brazil — which boasts over 10 million residents — a third of the people travel by car, another third takes public transit, …


Tesla has a new $29,000 battery upgrade for its old Roadsters

In August 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about "a fairly exciting upgrade" (i.e., an improved battery pack) to the company's first car, the Lotus-based Roadster. Today, we can finally put a price tag on what it'll cost you to give your aging all-electric sports car around 35-percent more energy …


Intel's 'Skylake' CPU family includes an unlocked laptop chip

To say that Intel has been dragging out the launch of its Skylake-based processors would be an understatement when it didn't even reveal full details after it started shipping the first CPUs. Most of that secrecy is coming to an end today, however, as the semiconductor giant is officially launching …

Intel Corporation

Amazon Prime Video now does what Netflix won't: offline playback

Amazon has been making real strides in its attempt to catch up to Netflix, and today the company is delivering a feature that arguably leapfrogs its streaming competitor in sheer utility: offline playback for both iOS and Android devices. An update to the company's mobile video apps for each …


Apple is reportedly planning to make its own movies and TV shows

Apple is in talks as part of a possible move into producing its own original programming, Variety reports. According to the publication, the company is looking to start hiring for a new development and production division in the next few months that would go into operation next year, producing …