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When It Comes To Social Media, Consumers Tell Brands To Speak Only When Spoken To

It’s every CMO’s worst nightmare: a social media crisis that has taken on a life of its own and is posing a real threat to a brand’s reputation. It could be a negative comment from a dissatisfied customer that’s gone viral on Twitter, an online reaction to a brand action offline, or an accidental …

Somehow, Everybody Came Out a Winner in the Herbalife Battle Royale

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Remember a couple of months ago, when hedge fund giant Carl Icahn went nuclear on hedge fund giant …

Jeep CEO Mike Manley Says It's Time To Change, Calls The 2014 Cherokee 'Progressive'

In a small room at the Chrysler stand on the floor of the New York International Auto Show, Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep, sits at a table as if waiting to be interrogated.<p>An iPad and file folders rest on top of his coat strewn haphazardly beside him. In an hour and a half, he must get on …

Tesla ditches Model S with smallest battery, bumps up guidance

Electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) announced on Sunday night that it has decided to cancel production of the base version of its Model S …

Crude Oil Futures Hovers Below $97 After China Manufacturing Data

Crude oil prices declined and hovered below $97 a barrel in Asian trading Monday as weaker-than-expected Chinese manufacturing growth weighed on …

Novartis cancer drug patent bid rejected by Indian court in landmark ruling

India's supreme court has rejected drugmaker Novartis AG's attempt to patent a new version of a cancer drug in a landmark decision that healthcare …

With sober new PMI data, have emerging markets hit a BRIC wall?

Observers of last month’s BRIC summit in South Africa noted that the countries needed to face up to the slowdown (paywall) that has followed the emerging markets boom. That challenge was underscored on Monday as India and Russia posted disappointing industrial output numbers, while China showed …

Stock Markets

US Futures Are Lower After Down Day In Asia

However it was a fairly ugly session in Asia, with Japan falling over 2%.<p>The culprit: A bad "Tankan" manufacturing report, which is leading to the idea that "Abenomics" is still not revving up the domestic economy.<p>China and Korea were also both down on the day.<p>US futures are down a bit. And things …

How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order

Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world's leading importer of oil – the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn’t own that dubious distinction. That same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day -- …

TESLA: We're Selling More Cars Than We Expected, And We're Now Profitable

Below the dotted line is the press release.<p>------------------------------------------------------------<p>PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 1, 2013) - Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced today that sales of its Model S vehicle exceeded the target provided in the mid February shareholder letter. As …

‘Abenomics’ lifts Japan business mood, households’ inflation expectations

Japanese business sentiment improved in the first three months of 2013 and households' inflation expectations hit a 4-1/2 year high, central bank surveys showed, suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's determined push for monetary stimulus is thawing Japan's long-held perceptions of intractable …

China’s factory activity rebounds in March

Stronger domestic demand helped China's factory activity to rebound in March, with new orders up sharply in a sign that the underlying economic recovery is strong enough to weather any risks from patchy export performance, surveys showed on Monday.<p>China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' …

Stockman\’s doomsday market scenario finds some detractors

The Death of the Penny – US Mint to Cease Penny Production in 2017

The US Mint announced this morning that they will phase out the production of new pennies beginning in late 2016, and mint the last batch of pennies …

Why austerity budgets won’t save your economy

Austerity is in vogue. For some time now, countries in Europe have been raising taxes and cutting government spending because they are worried about their national debt. They have hit on the word <i>austerity</i> to describe these tax increases and government spending cuts. The US is now following suit.<p>But …

Economics

Flexible Workspaces: Employee Perk Or Business Tool To Recruit Top Talent?

Thirty million Americans now work from home at least one day a week, with that number forecast to increase sharply in the coming years, according to the Telework Reseach Network. By 2020, 1 in 3 people will be hired to work online, from anywhere they want, according to an estimate from Odesk, an …

The Minimum Wage Typifies Much That Is Wrong With Washington

President Barack Obama wants to give low-wage Americans a raise. Actually, he doesn’t plan on writing anyone a check. Rather, he wants to force other people to write checks.<p>It’s a bad idea, no matter how popular.<p>In his State of the Union speech President Obama argued: “no one who works full-time …

Google Glass Early Adopters Want To Build Learning, Healthcare, Accessibility & Safety Apps

Wondering who has won a Google Glass? Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy has used Twitter’s API to compile a partial list of the so far close to 4,000 winners of Google’s Glass Explorers first adopter competition who applied to buy the high tech specs via Twitter. Google still hasn’t confirmed …

China’s Lenovo is doing innovative things—But its plans to topple Apple seem farfetched

Chinese tech companies have a tendency to copy instead of innovate. Lenovo is one company that appears to break this mold.<p>Here, the UK’s Daily Telegraph details how Lenovo brought PC usage to the Chinese masses by coming out with hardware that translated English script into Chinese characters.<p>And …

Lenovo

2009's Fastest Supercomputer Goes Dark Today

The world's fastest supercomputer isn't the world's fastest super computer anymore, so it's getting turned off today. At Los Alamos National …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

Iterations: Calendar Frenzy, Google Now, and Apple’s “Anticipatory Computing” Problem

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah is a contributor to</i> TechCrunch<i>. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Now that the Mailbox sale to Dropbox is complete, let’s move on to the next native iOS app that everyone wants to replace: The Calendar. Yes, the calendar. Nearly every other conversation I had this …

After 8 years, YouTube is finally shutting down

No, not really. In celebration of April Fool’s Day, YouTube went all out with their (highly unbelievable) prank. Now some of you may be saying, …

World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled

IBM Roadrunner, the first petaflop machine, goes offline today.<p>Five years ago, an IBM-built supercomputer designed to model the decay of the US …

By building “fairy circles,” termites engineer their own ecosystem

These barren circles allow water to collect in the desert.<p>The Namib Desert is dotted with thousands of mysterious “fairy circles,” which are …

Facebook’s Android Homescreen Could Expose Apple’s Inflexibility

The mainstream has had little reason to care that Android gives developers much more customization freedom than iOS. But if Facebook’s fabled Android homescreen is a hit, the stubbornness of Apple’s closed mobile platform could be framed as a drawback after years of its cohesive design and ease …

Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Following up on YouTube’s April Fool’s Day prank, Google has launched one of its own. It’s similar to its prank last year, when it launched an …

iMessage DDoS attacks foreshadow a bigger threat

Recently, several iOS developers became victims to an iMessage DDoS attack that crashed their app and inhibited their devices. The attacks were …

Energy inefficiency brings an end to 2008's record-breaking Roadrunner supercomputer

The fastest supercomputer of 2008 is being decommissioned today after setting record-breaking speeds five years ago. The IBM-built Roadrunner was the first machine to reach the notable performance target of 1 sustained petaflops — equivalent to one million billion calculations per second. Though …