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'Furious 7': 'See You Again' songwriter inspired by a different loss

New Jersey native Charlie Puth had been in Los Angeles just a few days when he was asked by his music publishing company to come up with a melody that could pay tribute to the late<p>Paul Walkerin "Furious 7."<p>It was hardly a special invitation. Puth was one of more than 50 songwriters — many of them …

Music

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> A South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting an apparently unarmed black man at least eight times in the back as he was running away.<p><b>2.</b> Royal Dutch Shell is reportedly in talks to acquire British gas producer BG Group, which has a market value of $46 …

Google buying Twitter would be like Microsoft buying Yahoo

It cropped up again Tuesday morning and may have contributed to a 4% rise in Twitter's stock price. One outlet reported rumors that Twitter had hired Goldman Sachs to fend off two possible takeover rumors, one from Google.<p>We have no idea whether the rumor is true. Twitter declined comment, and we …

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?

The past three centuries of progress have been powered by coal, oil and gas. Burning much of what’s left will lead to environmental and economic catastrophe. Here’s how to save the earth without giving up on growth<p>The final chapters of The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell’s 2014 novel, describe a future …

Fossil Fuels

FitCoin: A New Cryptocurrency You Earn by Working Out

Last year, we saw cryptocurrencies break into mainstream news media with the launch of the ‘Coinye West‘ Bitcoin. The currency, originally slated for release in January last year, was shuttered after the Kanye West decided it was a copyright infringement to have his face on the promotional material …

Cryptocurrency

China property slide accelerates, consumer confidence falls

The slump in China's property market looks to be accelerating with new home prices last month falling at the fastest pace on record.<p>House prices in …

Protests at opening of ECB's Frankfurt headquarters

More than 10,000 people filled Frankfurt's historic Römerberg square for a peaceful rally on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the European …

The 10 Airlines With the Best Economy Class Seats

With ever-rising airfare rates, along with taxes and baggage fees to contend with, flying economy is the only possible option for the vast majority of travelers. That doesn't necessarily have to mean skimping on comfort and amenities, though -- by doing a bit of research before booking, it's easy …

McDonald's and Coca Cola are waging junk food war on Russia, claims government

A Russian official has accused US fast food giants McDonalds and Coca Cola of waging "war" against citizens by aggressively marketing "unhealthy" …

Samsung breaks records with £45m push behind Galaxy S6

Korean giant throws marketing weight behind crucial new handset in smartphone battle with Apple<p>Samsung is launching a record-breaking £45m marketing barrage to support its new Galaxy S6 smartphone and regain ground lost to Apple.<p>The figure, disclosed by industry sources, is the largest ever for a …

Mobile

5 Things I Learned About Successful Startups From Steve Jobs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No one could have taught you more about starting a company than Steve Jobs, and I had the privilege and honor of working for him in the Macintosh division of Apple.<p>Over the course of several years, and then watching him for another two …

15 reasons Warren Buffett is $72 billion richer than you, in one chart

If you’ve always wanted to know who Warren Buffett is and how he got so rich, this was the week for you!<p>Nearly 50 years ago, Warren Buffett and his …

ECB to launch long-awaited QE gambit

The kickoff was announced Thursday by ECB President Mario Draghi, who confirmed the eurozone central bank will begin its programme of buying around 60 billion euros of public and private bonds each month starting March 9 -- a policy it will apply until at least September 2016.<p>The move comes as …

U.S. adds 295,000 jobs in February

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy churned out a robust 295,000 jobs in February, reducing the nation’s unemployment rate to the lowest …

The 18 richest people in private equity

Last year was a good year for PE - the strongest since the financial crisis, according to research firm Preqin. In June, PE and venture capital assets under management reached a new high of $3.8 trillion, Preqin found.<p>We've gone ahead and compiled a list of the biggest winners in the industry …

David Bonderman

Warren Buffett's 23 Most Brilliant Insights About Investing

Buffett is undoubtedly the most successful investor in history. His investment philosophy is no secret, and he has repeatedly shared bits and pieces of it through a lifetime of quips and memorable quotes.<p>His brilliance is timeless, and we find ourselves referring back to them over and over again.<p>We …

Demand for Apple Watch could use up third of world’s gold

We’re still waiting for the final pricing details on the Apple Watch, but if recent reports that Apple plans to sell one million gold Edition units a month are true, Apple Watch could wreak havoc on gold prices and do who knows what to the global economy.<p>Josh Center at TidBits has done some math on …

Smartwatches

Why Greece needs a basic income

Greece has a well-known problem with tax collection. According to OECD figures the country only succeeded in collecting just over half the tax revenue that it was owed in 2010. And even more potential revenue is lost through both professionals significantly underreporting their incomes, as Business …

Chinese emissions from fossil fuel use fell in 2014

Help us tell the story right<p>Climate change is the story of the century. As journalists, we have a responsibility to tell it right. But that takes …

Opinion: Here’s why Microsoft stock is better than you think

Microsoft Corp. is a stock that investors love to hate.<p>And after the software king posted disappointing earnings a few weeks ago, the bears were …

Americans See China's Economic Power as Diminished Threat

Story Highlights<p><i>Forty percent see China's economy as critical threat to U.S.</i>• <i><br>In 2013-2014, 52% saw China's economy as critical threat</i>• <i><br>China slides back</i> …

10 Companies That Aren't Waiting For Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage

It’s been six years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage, which stands at a paltry $7.25. Some companies aren’t waiting around any longer.<p>A week after Walmart said it would bump its roughly 500,000 lowest-paid employees up to $9 per hour in April, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other chains …