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One chart Starbucks would really like you to see

For a long time now, global demand for commodities has been almost inextricably linked to Chinese industrial growth. Of course, now we’re told that China is slowly trying to rebalance its economy away from the industrial investment that drove its growth toward more domestic consumption. That’s an …

China

Japan now spends more on mobile apps than any other country

Last year, Americans spent about a third more on apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store than the Japanese. By October this year, Japan’s 127 million people were outspending America’s population of 310 million by about 10%, according to a new report from App Annie, a research firm. Per capita, …

Apps

Are Gold, Art And Bitcoin Worth Your Money In 2014?

It has been a great year for stocks, but T. Rowe Price’s U.S. equity chief warns that investors shouldn’t expect a repeat in 2014.<p>“Moving forward, U.S. stocks are unlikely to match their recent strength,” he said at a recent event in New York, noting that 2013 marks one of the few years since World …

YouTube revenues may rise by 50% to $5.6bn

YouTube's advertising revenues will rise by more than 50% to $5.6bn in 2013, according to a report that confirms the threat posed by the internet to traditional TV ads.<p>The report by eMarketer claims that YouTube has become such a draw for advertisers that it will account for 11% of advertising …

Another $50 Million in Funding for Startup Darling Snapchat | Inc.com

Startup darling Snapchat has raised $50 million in Series C funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This comes after news that the Venice, California-based company turned down a whopping $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last month.<p>According to <i>Forbes</i>, …

Venture Capital

Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Gets $25 Million In Funding From The Most Influential Venture Firm In Silicon Valley

Coinbase does a little bit of everything with bitcoin. It's a bitcoin wallet for consumers, it allows merchants to take bitcoins as payments, and its working on a way for developers to integrate bitcoin into applications.<p>This brings Coinbase's total money raised to $31 million. It says it has …

A Startup Brings Same-Day Delivery to Shopping Malls | Inc.com

The phrase “shop ‘til you drop” is taking on new meaning: A Silicon Valley startup, Deliv, is enabling customers to ditch their bags but keep right on spending.<p>Shopping mall operators Macerich, Westfield Group, Simon Property Group, and General Growth Properties are expected to announce the new …

Customer Service

Neflix’s market crushing 2013, as told through five charts

It’s clearly been a remarkable year for Netflix shares.<p>And it was largely driven by strong results released as part of quarterly earnings reports.<p>But the metric that moved the shares wasn’t profits. It was subscriber growth for its online video stream services. They’ve been on a tear. In fact, in …

Markets

Google reportedly considering a move to in-house server processor design

Google could potentially design its its server processor chips in-house some day, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The move would be an interesting one, as Google has typically relied on Intel chips to power its servers. Any major changes are likely several years down the road, but just the …

Hubble captures Horsehead nebula in stunning infrared

This new image puts the famous hydrogen-dust cloud in an ethereal light, revealing the horse rearing its head above cosmic whitecaps.<p>I just rewatched Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," and I think the soundtrack's opening horn melody would go perfectly with this NASA pic.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope has …

Astronomy

Search

Forget the breathless coverage of China Mobile offering the iPhone for a moment. Yes, it’s huge news for China’s biggest wireless carrier and Apple (AAPL) — and we’ve heard plenty to the point. But the real game changer for China is another mobile milestone that’s nearly as imminent: the rollout of …

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Most Americans don’t know what bitcoin is, and that’s good news for speculators

Bloomberg surveyed a bunch of Americans and discovered that only 42% could correctly identify what bitcoin is. A small minority (12%) thought bitcoin was either an Xbox game or an iPhone app. (Scroll to the bottom of this Bloomberg page for an unintentionally hilarious pie chart depicting the …

Cryptocurrency

Apple's 'iWatch' Said to Arrive in October 2014 with Wireless Charging

According to Chinese site <i>C Technology</i> [Google Translate, via <i>GForGames</i>], Apple is planning to release its long-rumored iWatch alongside the next iPhone in October 2014, with the company having tested two iWatch prototypes. However, the report also states that Apple has not decided on the final …

Snow turns to rain, ice a concern after deadly storm slams Northeast

Temperatures were rising Sunday across the Northeast, causing heavy snowfall to turn into rain and making the roads slick with ice.<p>According to MyFoxBoston.com, snow showers dwindled and heavy rain was falling on top of the snow that had accumulated overnight. Car accidents were reported across the …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband

The video-streaming company ranks the European country No. 1 when it comes to streaming speed, thanks to its Internet service providers.<p>Netflix has crowned the Netherlands as the country with the fastest video-streaming times, the company said in a blog post Monday.<p>After crunching its November …

Google Fiber

As Software Eats The World, Non-Tech Corporations Are Eating Startups

Netscape founder and VC titan Marc Andreessen famously wrote back in 2011 that software is steadily eating the world, disrupting industries like music, retail and more. Now large corporations in these industries are starting to eat startups.<p>Over the past year or two, non-tech corporations have …

Associated Press News

Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The touchdown of the unmanned Chang'e 3 lander is the latest mission in the country's ambitious space programme, which is intended to …

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on …

GOP offers holiday hope sans ACA

With the holidays nearing, Republicans offered glad tidings Saturday that the nation’s health care problems can be addressed. Their remedy? Something other than Obamacare.<p>“We should offer some hope and good cheer. The truth is there are good reasons for hope, if we can just change direction,” Sen. …

The Apple iPhone 5c Review: The Mid-Range Wolf Disguised In Polycarbonate

While it is not quite a curate’s egg, Apple’s mid-range iPhone 5c is a well-balanced evolution of the iPhone 5 that makes some safe choices without endangering the brand. There are some small improvements over last year’s iPhone 5 hardware, notably the update to iOS7. Apple has bundled even more …

The New Armor That Lets You Sense Surveillance Cameras

Like a creepy digital tap on the shoulder<p>We pass under surveillance cameras every day, appearing on perhaps hundreds of minutes of film. We rarely notice them. London-based artist James Bridle would like to remind us.<p>Bridle has created a wearable device he calls the “surveillance spaulder.” …

Hamid Karzai hits out at US 'threats' over Afghanistan

A senior American diplomat warned Afghanistan faces civil war unless it signs a deal for US bases to remain in the country, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president said on Saturday<p>Hamid Karzai, the <b>Afghan</b> president, has accused the United States of "threatening" to abandon the country to continuing civil …

Afghanistan

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Artificial Intelligence