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Visa, MasterCard and Amex: Payments dinosaurs face off Bitcoin technology threat

Whereas the dinosaurs didn't know what hit them, huge payments companies can see the threat from distributed ledger technology hurtling their way and …

Tesco to warn sales are still falling

Chief executive Dave Lewis to face shareholders for first time, as Tesco tries to recover from £6.4bn loss<p>Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will face shareholders for the first time at the retailer’s annual meeting on Friday as they look for answers in a year that saw record losses of £6.4bn and an …

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Losing Sleep? Your Wallet Is To Blame.

The job market is showing signs of improvement, gas prices are down and the market is still in its bull run. Yet despite this relatively rosy environment, Americans are seriously stressed about money. Eighty-four percent feel that they are not in control of their current financial situation. Nearly …

Opinion: 5 dividend stocks that are ‘forever’ investments

It’s undeniable that the stock market is at an inflection point.<p>At home, all eyes are on the Federal Reserve in anticipation of the end of near-zero …

Investing

Canadian small-business investment shows shift in economy: PayNet

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Small-business investment increased in most parts of Canada in the first quarter, with the exception of two of the country’s most oil-sensitive provinces, as firms adjusted to the fallout of lower crude prices, data from PayNet showed on Thursday.<p>PayNet, which tracks commercial …

Small Business

Fortune.com

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H&M is counting the cost of its far-flung supply chain

For most big retailers, a 21% rise in sales and 11% jump in quarterly profits would be reason to cheer. But H&M is under pressure today, as investors worry about what they see in the details of the Swedish group’s latest earnings report (pdf). Its shares dropped by more than 2% amid the stream of …

Interest Rates

Stimulus package to boost MERS-hit South Korean economy

South Korea has announced a stimulus package to boost its sluggish economy which has been hit by an outbreak of the MERS virus.<p>Twelve billion euros (15 trillion won or $13.5 billion) is to be injected to offset reduced growth forecasts.<p>The finance ministry said it expected growth to be 3.1 percent …

See Chevy’s New, More Fuel-efficient Cruze

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Just Spent $23 Million On a Huge New York Estate

When you’re worth more than $22 billion, as Alibaba founder Jack Ma is, you can most definitely afford a 28,100-acre property in New York’s …

How 3 Entrepreneurs Went from Welfare to Multi-Million Business in Five Years

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Zaycon Fresh is an unusual business with an unusual story. Two brothers and their cousin, all on welfare after they fell on hard times during the recession, decided to start a business. Today, this business holds events throughout the …

Entrepreneurship

Obamacare will stay. And it should, because it’s working

For decades, policy wonks have bemoaned runaway health costs in the US.<p>But a funny thing has happened in the aftermath of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare: Health care inflation has dropped markedly.<p>Just this morning, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis …

Ikea to trial smaller UK stores for picking up online orders

Most Ikea stores are massive, bustling places located far from the high street and built-up urban areas. Visiting one isn't a problem if you have a large car and a few hours to spare -- but for many people, at least one of those can be difficult to come by. To help out, the king of flat pack …

McDonald’s reports progress on its health commitments—and also strong sales of chocolate milk

In September 2013, McDonald’s, joined by former US president Bill Clinton, announced a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation “to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed choices in keeping with balanced lifestyles.” …

McDonald's

The Latest Sign That The Economy Is Getting Back on Track

Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of US economic activity.<p>U.S. consumer spending recorded its largest increase in nearly six years in May on …

Alibaba’s next plan is to get more of China’s businesses delivering on-demand

Alibaba and its complicated affiliate, Ant Financial, are investing 3 billion yuan ($483 million) each into Koubei, a joint venture that focuses on what Alibaba calls “local services.” What that means is that the Chinese e-commerce giant is getting into the on-demand business—which covers …

Nike reports 24% rise in profit

<b>The US sportswear maker Nike reported a 24% increase in profit from selling more high end shoes and clothes.</b><p>The company said net income rose to $865m (£550m) in the three months to the end of May, an increase from $698m a year earlier.<p>That was better than analyst expectations.<p>Nike saw growing …

New self-healing plastic could make cracked phones a thing of the past

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of us know all too well the frustration that comes of buying a shiny new gadget, only to see it smashed into a thousand pieces soon after.<p>But a new family of plastics offer insurance against these disasters, through unique properties that allow them to be reformed after being broken …

University of Illinois

Facebook for iOS now lets you find and share Web links without leaving the app

Facebook is making it a lot easier to find and share links on your posts – if you’re an iOS user.<p>Now when you write a post, a link icon will appear above your keyboard that will allow you to search for and share Web links right from the Facebook app.<p>It’s a convenient change for mobile. While it’s …

OS X El Capitan Code Hints at 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac

Apple's newest OS X El Capitan beta, released on Tuesday, contains code that may hint at some upcoming Apple product updates. Shared by Pierre Dandumont (via <i>9to5Mac</i>), the code references a Retina display with a 4096 x 2304 resolution, potentially referring to a future 21.5-inch Retina iMac with a …

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with flashlight quick action, animated GIF support in Photos app

Microsoft today rolled out a new preview build of Windows 10 for phones. Build 10149 for people in the fast ring of the Windows Insider program provides a few updates that users have been asking for, and it finally changes the name of Microsoft’s next-generation browser from Project Spartan to …