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In OPEC Hotel, Dealmaker’s Gambit Wins Saudi-Iran Agreement

Noureddine Boutarfa, the Algerian oil minister who hosted this week’s OPEC meeting, resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the dealmaker’s book: He …

The secrets of Ikaruga and its developer, Treasure

<i>"What test players have found difficult about Ikaruga, by the way, is not that it requires amazing reflexes for bullet dodging. They find it</i> …

Ex-Im Bank Dispute Threatens G.E. Factory That Obama Praised

WAUKESHA, Wis. — When President Obama visited General Electric’s sprawling, red brick engine factory here in January 2014, he praised it as a sign that manufacturing in America could have a promising future.<p>“We’re here because you’re doing some really good stuff,” Mr. Obama said. Plants like this, …

The Real Reason Google Serves All That Free Food

When I had the opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters last summer, I found out first hand that the rumors are true: there’s a lot of food and it is delicious.<p>Cofounder Sergey Brin once commanded his architects and office designers that “No one should be more than 200 feet away from food.” Since …

GUNS N' ROSES: 'Reckless Road' Biography To Be Turned Into Movie

The <b>GUNS N' ROSES</b> biography <b>"Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction"</b>, in which author <b>Marc Canter</b> tells of the making …

What's going to happen to all those glass towers?

We have written numerous articles on the problems of all-glass buildings, so I was asked to be on the Globe and Mail's Globe Now video to discuss the …

Kenya’s merchants are warming up to a payment system born in a Seattle basement

Naming your company “money” takes some gall, but for the founders of Kopo Kopo, the gambit looks like it might pay off.<p>The Nairobi-based payments systems company provides merchants with a platform to accept payments through mobile phones. It takes its name from a corruption of the Krio word for …

How One Bad Thanksgiving Shaped Amazon

It’s officially the holiday season, which means 70,000 people have temporary jobs at Amazon fulfillment centers to ensure that your gifts arrive exactly when they’re supposed to. While these jobs aren’t exactly easy or high-paying – there’s been plenty written about the not-so-awesome working …

Learning to Say “No” Is Part of Success

Success* is often built on a reflexive habit of saying “yes” to opportunities that come our way. We’re hungry for any chance to prove ourselves, and when we’re presented with one, we take it, even—or especially—if it seems daunting. (A lesson I learned years ago was to say yes to opportunities that …

The Terrifying Search Engine That Finds Internet-Connected Cameras, Traffic Lights, Medical Devices, Baby Monitors And Power Plants

Marc Gilbert got a horrible surprise from a stranger on his 34th birthday in August. After the celebration had died down, the Houston resident heard an unfamiliar voice coming from his daughter’s room; the person was telling his sleeping 2-year-old, “Wake up, you little slut.” When Gilbert rushed …

Can You Trust Your Employees?

You don’t have to spend much time watching the news or reading the media to see employees and business leaders making compromises with their integrity. Working in marketing and public relations, I’m very familiar that most people believe we regularly spin up the truth to make stories bigger than …

These Excel Text Tricks Will Save Your Life When Cleaning Up Disorganized Data

// OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'x3bzZ5YzotLZQKMUOTKm3k0D59Fe0GNW', {"autoplay":true}); }); //<p>While Microsoft Excel is an impeccable program, sometimes you're forced to scrounge for data from less organized places.<p>Here, we look at one such example where the data that we …

Microsoft Excel

Spain just spent $680 million on a submarine that can’t swim

Navartia<p>One of Spain’s largest defense splurges may also be one of its most embarrassing. After spending nearly one-third of a $3 billion budget to build four of the world’s most advanced submarines, the project’s engineers have run into a problem: the submarines are so heavy that they would sink …

European News

Apple’s tax bill is a window into the global post-industrial economy, and all its problems

The testimony by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, on his company’s tax-avoiding habits has elicited mixed reactions. Some thought the company was being nailed to the cross; others thought the hearing added up to an Apple love-fest. But on the whole, the hearing wasn’t really about Apple’s tax shenanigans, …

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Iran-Based Hackers Traced to Cyber Attack on U.S. Company

A previously unknown hacking group believed to be based in Iran has started cyber attacks on targets inside the U.S., according to Mandiant Corp., a …

Jury awards $70m in Las Vegas Sands lawsuit

A jury has awarded a Hong Kong businessman a $70m judgement against Las Vegas Sands Corp., the casino giant run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson.<p>Richard Suen claimed he was owed up to $328m for helping the Las Vegas-based company secure a lucrative gambling license in Macau, the only place in China …

BlackBerry Messenger Will be Free iOS and Android App

At the BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), the popular service that has long allowed BlackBerry users to chat and share voice notes, images and video, will now be cross-platform with free apps for iOS and Android.<p>Heins …

Facebook’s first funder just backed TransferWise, a startup that’s like an ancient Islamic money transfer system

Peter Thiel is known for his canny investments. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, and look how that turned out. So it is cause for excitement in British tech circles that the first European investment by Thiel’s Valar Ventures is in TransferWise, a London-based start-up that hopes to …

Peter Thiel

METALLICA's 3D Movie To Be Shopped, Screened At CANNES Film Festival

According to Variety, <b>METALLICA</b>'s upcoming IMAX 3D movie, <b>"Metallica Through The Never"</b>, will be shopped and screened at this year's <b>Cannes</b> film …

Is Tesla making green cars or status symbols for the 1%?

Is the 1% going green or just going for the new, new thing?<p>Among buyers willing to spend close to six figures to get from Point A to Point B, first quarter US sales numbers that show Tesla Motors’ Model S electric sports sedan is outselling by wide margins the Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series and the …

GM Channels Google, Facebook and eBay With New High-Tech Data Center

General Motors today unveiled a state-of-the-art $130-million enterprise data center at its Technical Center in Warren, Mich., and said it will open a second, mirrored site at its Milford, Mich., vehicle proving grounds — part of a sweeping overhaul of its global IT operations.<p>For nearly three …

Bloomberg’s culture is all about omniscience, down to the last keystroke

At Bloomberg, omniscience is a feature not a bug.<p>The company’s New York City skyscraper unfurls around its courtyard like a panopticon. Inside, the decor is punctuated at every turn with fish tanks. No one has an office to hide in, and the meeting rooms are enclosed in clear glass.<p>Visit any of …

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