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Robert Reich: WhatsApp is everything wrong with the U.S. economy

The instant messaging service connects millions, but its record-breaking sale won’t generate new jobs<p>If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.<p>According to news reports today, Facebook has agreed to buy …

He Wanted A Job; Facebook Said 'No' -- In A $3 Billion Mistake

In the middle of 2009, Brian Acton was the software engineer that no one wanted to hire. Despite a dozen years of experience at Yahoo and Apple Computer, he got turned down by two of the Internet’s brightest stars at the time. First Twitter said no in May. Then Facebook rejected him in August. …

10 weapons Wall Street uses to manipulate you

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — New “Infinity Machine!” Yes. “Quantum Leap?” Yes. “The Future of Computing?” Well, no IPO yet. No Dell …

Singularity

Two European Leaders Want To Build A Communication Network That Cuts Out The US

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States.<p>Merkel, speaking on Saturday ahead of a visit to France, has …

Surveillance

Web Apps Raise The Ceiling Above HTML5 As Famo.us Recreates Facebook's Paper

UX design has been getting pretty slick in the world of iOS. Last week, Facebook released Paper (subtitled “Stories from Facebook”), perhaps the best newsfeed app I have seen. This native iOS app is built using a toolkit called Origami that the Facebook design team has developed on top of Apple’s …

Nokia changes its Facebook and Twitter pages green, Android tease?

One of the main colors on the Android Authority website is green. Why? Because it is the color of Android. The color of Nokia is blue, a nice serious deep blue. Well it was until recently anyway. Just a few hours ago Nokia changed the color of its Facebook and Twitter pages to green. Not quite …

Mobile Technology

Virgin Atlantic tries greeting its passengers using wearable tech

Forget tablets in the airplane cabin -- Virgin Atlantic thinks wearables are where it's at for improving your travel experience. The airline has begun trialing a greeting system that uses Google Glass and Sony's Smartwatch 2 to streamline the airport check-in process for Upper Class passengers. …

WSJ: An Android-Powered Nokia Phone Clad In Windows Phone Clothing Coming Later This Month

Rumours that primary Windows Phone OEM Nokia has been two-timing Microsoft by keeping an Android phone project on its backburner have been doing the rounds for a while now (aka the rumoured Nokia Normandy device). But yesterday the Wall Street Journal tipped more fuel on this fire, citing “people …

Apple's Initial Sapphire Production to Target iWatch, Not iPhone 6?

Evidence has made clear that Apple is investing heavily in sapphire for its future products with the company working with partner GT Advanced Technologies to start production of the material in a new Arizona plant. Earlier reports suggested the sapphire is likely for the next-generation iPhone, but</i> …

James Dyson takes on Google with £5m investment in domestic robots

Company puts money into laboratory at Imperial College London to develop devices such as robotic vacuum cleaners<p>Sir James Dyson is taking on the might of Google by investing £5m in a British university to develop a new generation of "intelligent domestic robots".<p>His company, best known for its …

'Flappy Bird' Gone, But 'Ironpants' Takes Its Spot

“Flappy Bird” has come and gone. As Paul Tassi detailed yesterday, the creator of the maddeningly addictive and wildly popular game removed it from both iOS and Android after a wave of internet hate. This despite the reported $50,000 a day in ad revenue it was pulling in. And while it’s gone from …

Google Briefly Overtakes ExxonMobil as Second-Most-Valuable Company

Google (GOOG) briefly vaulted into the No. 2 position in global market value on Friday before energy behemoth ExxonMobil (XOM) rallied late in the day to narrowly reclaim its spot behind Apple (AAPL).<p>The intraday takeover by Google marked the first time Exxon had been knocked from the top two spots …

Meet Jesse Cohn, The 33-Year-Old Hedge Fund Investor Laying Siege To Silicon Valley

In 2006, a 26-year-old senior tech analyst at a hedge fund walked into the office of a stressed out Harry Knowles and told the then 76-year-old CEO of Metrologic Instruments that he needed to sell the bar-code scanning systems maker he founded to a private equity firm. The hedge fund that employed …

Mobile Marketing and the Magic of Push Notifications (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If <i>Mad Men</i> took place in 2014, the boardroom talk would have been all about push notifications on your smartphone.<p>Mobile marketing is where the magic is these days, but it’s not enough to have notices of sales and discounts landing in a …

Marketing

If You Are Willing To Delay Your Retirement A Little, You Can End Up With A Lot More Money

When people—especially baby boomers–start to get serious about retirement planning, they are almost always shocked and dismayed. That occurs for two reasons.<p>First, they discover that they simply haven’t saved enough money. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than 60% of …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

Startups

Uncertainty about US future in Afghanistan forces Pentagon to explore Pakistan drone options

Uncertainty about whether any U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan next year jeopardizes the American drone program over Pakistan, forcing the Pentagon to explore other options to keep it alive.<p>Without U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the U.S. would have to close its bases, including the ones …

Saddam’s Jewish Treasures

These priceless Hebrew artifacts were rescued from Hussein’s notorious intelligence service. And now, they’re about to go back to Iraq—just as the …

Iran's Supreme Leader Says The United States Would Overthrow The Iranian Government If It Could

In a speech to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, added that officials seeking to revive the economy should not rely on an eventual lifting of sanctions but rather on home-grown innovation.<p>"American officials publicly …

South Asia

Five reasons why 2014 is the year your mobile becomes your debit card

Could 2014 be the year the mobile payments revolution finally changes the game for SMEs? One provider claims it will be.<p>Technology is a great leveller. Devices such as smartphones and tablets are allowing enterprising companies to shed the shackles that traditional banking has kept them in and has …

The United States Makes It Clear That It Sides With Japan Over China

After a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship, which both countries say remains robust in spite of a bump after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a controversial war shrine in …

Geopolitics

How An “Evil Router” Can Help You Build Wi-Fi Devices That Actually Work

“With our dial, and the way the lights respond to touch, we hope that we’re evoking some of that magic again,” he says. “At the same time, Beep is a …

Wi-Fi

Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase

Ten years ago, when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook at Harvard, Noah Buyon was only nine years old.<p>Facebook started out as a site exclusively for college students, so it took Buyon a few years to find out about it. But when his older brothers got accounts, he wanted one too.<p>"It became kind of the …

How A Startup Accidentally “Hacked” Shark Tank With A QR Code

If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s a show on ABC that has a set of entrepreneurs presenting their products or companies before a panel of investors. They’re there to secure funds for expansion or whatever purpose from a group that includes billionaire Mark Cuban, fashion giant Daymond …

Pakistan: Taliban criticise peace talks delay

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1049000/1049792_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522602548_e4e4e58fde190d2b7a455315075f8eaf<p><b>Pakistani Taliban negotiators have condemned the failure of government representatives to meet them in Islamabad, as preliminary peace efforts got off</b> …

Pakistan

Microsoft's next boss: The challenges facing Satya Nadella

<b>Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella is becoming its new chief executive.</b><p>He was formerly in charge of the firm's Cloud and Enterprise division and has never headed up a major company, let alone had to replace the larger-than-life Steve Ballmer to oversee what has become a mishmash of products …

Satya Nadella

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple’s “iWatch” | Ars Technica

Long-rumored wearable may horn in on Nike's, Fitbit's, and Jawbone's turf.<p>Of all the Apple rumors to circulate during the Tim Cook era, the "iWatch" …

Netanyahu brushes off Kerry's boycott warning

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's warning that Israel faced a growing boycott threat if peace talks with the Palestinians fail, saying the campaign would not achieve its goal.<p>In the latest flare-up between the two …