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Your Facebook Network Can Predict Whether You'll Get Dumped Within The Next 60 Days

This is either useful or terrifying, depending on how the data affect you: Researchers at Facebook and Cornell University have figured out a formula that predicts whether a couple is likely to break up within the next 60 days.<p>Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist at Cornell, and Lars Backstrom, a …

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Now Facebook Can See Inside Your Heart, Too

Each day brings fresh confirmation that giving away any information means you’re giving all of it away, thanks to algorithms that crunch your …

Tweet-a-Coffee: You can now buy a Starbucks latte for a friend via Twitter

Here’s something that coffee-crazed and tech-mad Seattleites will certainly love. Starbucks is launching a new partnership with Twitter called …

Apple earnings will put iPhone and Mac sales in the spotlight

As quarterly earnings season continues, the eyes of the tech world are turning towards Cupertino as Apple prepares to announce its fiscal fourth …

Amazon soars to nearly 110,000 employees, surpasses Microsoft for first time

Amazon’s growth shows no sign of slowing down.<p>The company’s quarterly earnings report today shows Amazon blowing past the 100,000-employee mark with …

If You Build It, They Might Not Come: The Risky Economics of Sports Stadiums

The trials of the Phoenix Coyotes, the least popular hockey team in the NHL, offer a lesson in public debt and defeat<p><i>The trials of the Phoenix Coyotes, the least popular hockey team in the NHL, offer a lesson in public debt and defeat</i><p>blog.svconline.com<p>In June, the city council of Glendale, Arizona, …

UK economic growth will strengthen for rest of 2013, say experts

Hopes that Britain's emergence from the doldrums is finally gathering speed have been given a boost by Paris-based thinktank the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which said on Thursday the recovery would continue to strengthen for the rest of the year.<p>The rosy outlook was …

Economics of Goldfinger: Bond, Bretton-Woods, and Harold Wilson's austerity policies.

Thanks to the miracle of Amazon Prime Instant Video I watched <i>Goldfinger</i> for free (or, rather, for no additional cost beyond a Prime membership that …

Why Companies Are (Finally) Falling All Over Each Other To Become Best Places To Work

Smart companies have figured out that happy workplaces mean bigger bottom lines and winning the talent battle. Which is only good news for you.<p>Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.<p><i>–Former U.S. General and President</i> …

Mark Carney's gear change is a bold move with real risks

No wonder the Chancellor wanted Mark Carney. On Wednesday the new Governor of the Bank of England offered a package of forecasts that would have been music to George Osborne’s ears.<p>Lending picks up just before the next general election, the housing market is starting to recover and, fortuitously, …

All young jobhunters should see themselves as a brand

Ten years ago LinkedIn was launched with the slogan “relationships matter” and we set ourselves a mission to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.<p>We’ve noticed that since 2003 the professional landscape in the UK has changed significantly — as has job …

More than 2.2 million women now the main breadwinners, report finds

More than 2.2 million women are now the main source of income in their households, a rise of 83% in the past 16 years, a report has found.<p>It means one in three working mothers is the primary breadwinner for her family, either because she earns more or the same as her partner or because she provides …

The traditional high street is dead, says minister, as he suggests shops could become homes

A Government minister sounded the death knell for traditional high streets today as he said empty or boarded up shops should be turned into housing.<p>Nick Boles, planning minister, will grant local authorities far greater freedom to convert retail premises into private housing as the internet …

China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms

China's new leaders are close to abandoning the country's one-child policy, belatedly moving to avert an ageing crunch as the work force goes into sharp decline.<p>The official news agency Xinhua reported that the Family Planning Commission is studying proposals to lift the ban on a second child, if …

Retailers land sunny side up in heatwave

'Spontaneous' shoppers boost food and DIY sectors while other parts of the high street remain in the shade.<p>Britain still loves a barbecue and spending time in the park, but has little desire to lay carpets in the summer. Those are the early conclusions that can be drawn in the retail world from the …

America's Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs

We often associate hefty salaries with corner offices, lab coats and law degrees, but it turns out you can pull in a pretty penny working outside the financial, medical and legal fields. Writers, home economics teachers, and film editors, for instance, can score six-figure paychecks in their …

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Aid organisations critical of further cuts to aid budget in economic statement

NGOs and aid organisations are lining up to express their disappointment at further cuts to Australia's aid budget, announced by treasurer Chris Bowen in the government's pre-election economic statement on Friday afternoon.<p>The overall aid budget will be cut by $879m over the forward estimates and …

Labour to focus on economic growth 'bypassing most families'

Labour will this week attempt to shift the political focus to its claim that the start of an economic recovery will bypass most of the population by saying that working people are on average £1,350 worse off in real terms under David Cameron.<p>It has also published findings from a specially …

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Portmeirion profits hit by EU anti-dumping levies

Portmeirion, the British ceramics maker, has blamed "wrong-headed" EU anti-dumping levies for a 38pc fall in first-half profits.<p>The company said revenues rose 4pc to £23.8m in the six months to June 30, as strong sales of its traditional 'Botanic Garden' range in South Korea offset weaker sales in …

Britain overtakes Germany to become Ferrari's biggest market in Europe

Ferrari now sells more of its sports cars in Britain than in any other European country, it has revealed.<p>The manufacturer delivered 415 cars in the UK in the six months to June 30, a rise of 6pc. This demand from consumers made Britain Ferrari's leading European market in the period, overtaking …

Tesco-Sainsbury's row draws battle lines for entire retail sector

Tesco and Sainsbury’s squabble as often as Itchy and Scratchy in The Simpsons, but their latest row over Tesco’s price-matching campaign is far from a comedy sideshow.<p>Forget the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and its ruling this week on Tesco’s Price Promise, this fight is about far more …

10 Reasons To Take A 10-Day Vacation

For only the second time in my adult life, I just completed a vacation of more than seven days—10, to be exact. Corroborating my first experience, I am now convinced that there is a certain magic to the 10-day vacation and have resolved to make them an annual habit. Here’s why:<p><b>1. Most importantly,</b> …

Start-up diary: How to get your product on the shelf

Jeremy Carson, founder of shower gels business 100bodycare, explains how experimentation with small, independent stores will provide some useful lessons before you try to get your product into giant retailers.<p>When I first started my business, I was told there is no greater thrill than seeing your …

BAT plans to dominate e-cigarette market

British American Tobacco is planning an aggressive expansion of its nascent electronic cigarettes business in an effort to counter declining sales in western markets.<p>The world’s second-biggest tobacco company, which started selling its Vype e-cigarette brand over the internet in Britain this week, …