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Resignations at Cisco hint at an internal power struggle for CEO Chuck Robbins

The four executives who ran Cisco's unusual "spin-in" strategy quit today.<p>That was quick. A week after announcing that three members of Cisco Systems' legendary four-person research and development team had been reassigned, CEO Chuck Robbins just announced that they've all resigned instead.<p>In what …

Cisco Systems

The Smart Water Source For Your Garden That You're Not Taking Advantage Of

When you pair your expensive home landscaping water needs with a gray water filtration system, the result is an eco-friendly solution that saves …

Home Improvement

United Airlines is flying on biofuels. Here’s why that’s a really big deal.

On Friday, United Airlines will launch a new initiative that uses biofuel to help power flights running between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with eventual plans to expand to all flights operating out of LAX. It’s the first time an American airline will begin using renewable fuel for regular …

Biofuel

A new Chinese proverb is having a dramatic impact on the economy

Stumped?<p>These are just a few of the goods and services you can buy online in China, justifying the new Chinese proverb, "anything you think of, you can buy it on the internet."<p>The speed and willingness with which Chinese consumers have adopted online shopping is nothing short of astonishing.<p>Just a …

eCommerce

Zimbabwe to make Chinese yuan legal currency after Beijing cancels debts

Yuan becomes the latest currency to be approved for public transactions in Zimbabwe, as the southern African nation seeks to increase trade with Beijing<p>Zimbabwe has announced that it will make the Chinese yuan legal tender after Beijing confirmed it would cancel $40m in debts.<p>“They [China] said …

China

Canada is considering the 'unthinkable'

It seems as if there is, almost, a feeling of relief that this unconventional tool has come out of the realm of academia and into the realm of real world policy making.<p>More significantly, the Governor stated that the " effective lower bound for Canada's policy rate is around <i>minus</i> 0.5%". In other …

Canada

Everything just changed for Chinese companies

After a weekend at China's Central Economic Work Conference, Chinese officials have laid out details for what promises to be an excruciating reform period for its corporate sector.<p>"China will create conditions for execution of bankruptcy procedures based on market rules, and speed up trials of …

Profit

This is how much debt the average American has

Of course, some forms of debt have traditionally been considered "good." Primarily, that has come in the form of a mortgage or student loan -- largely because these two either create equity in a home, or open doors of professional opportunity. That being said, either can be taken to extremes and …

Personal Finance

The 'Concussion' Scientist Has A Radical Proposition For Football

In an op-ed for The New York Times published Monday, a forensic pathologist by the name of Bennet Omalu argued for a unique approach to football’s concussion crisis: Require children to reach the legal age of consent before they can play the sport.<p>“We have a legal age for drinking alcohol; for …

High School Football

OPEC's price war is crushing American producers

Which means that the world can probably expect oil prices to remain low for some time.<p>Traditionally, OPEC members have produced about 40 percent of the world's crude oil, but 18 months ago prodigious U.S. production began to eat into its market share. It also created an oil glut that caused prices …

Oil

Anonymous swaps Isis propaganda site for Prozac ad in trolling fight

GhostSec Anonymous splinter group pulls Islamic State darknet offline replacing it with a pharmacy advert<p>Anonymous splinter group GhostSec has taken its “war” on Isis to the darknet, replacing a propaganda forum with an advert for Prozac.<p>The site was only recently set up within the Tor darknet by …

Internet

Apple ordered to pay $234m to university for infringing patent

Company used University of Wisconsin-Madison’s microchip technology in some iPhones and iPads without permission<p>A US jury has ordered Apple Inc to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm more than $234m (£151.5m) in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some …

IPad Pro

Money is pouring in to Wall Street

Greed is making a comeback on Wall Street.<p>Just six weeks ago investors were on the verge of a full-blown panic. Fears about China's economic turbulence and vague Federal Reserve policy gripped the financial markets.<p>The deep concern caused the Dow to plummet by an unprecedented 1,000 points on …

Stock Markets

Finding a Place for Cannabis Cash

Shaun Gindi brought a duffel bag stuffed with a thousand $20 bills to open a checking account at his local Chase branch. The bank closed his account …

Cannabis

Chinese firms want to build, finance California high-speed train | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A team of Chinese firms, along with the Export-Import Bank of China, wants to build and finance a large part of California’s proposed 800-mile high-speed rail project.<p>CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in …

High-speed Rail

The Unlikely Origin Story of the Egg McMuffin

Tuesday is the day late-sleeping Egg McMuffin fans have been waiting for: starting Oct. 6, McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day, across …

McDonald's

The 10 U.S. Cities With The Biggest Gap Between Rich And Poor

Atlanta, San Francisco, and Boston are among the cities with the highest income inequality in the nation.<p>In San Francisco, the richest 5% of households rake in an average of $423,000 a year, while the poorest 20% make around $24,000. The income gap between rich and poor is even worse in Atlanta, …

10 things you might not know about U.S. Special Operations forces

<b>(CNN) —</b> The troops that make up U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) include some of the most elite fighters in the U.S. military across all branches, including the Army Green Berets and Navy SEALS.<p>They're perhaps best known for going after high-value targets like Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader …

Military

The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute

Some businesspeople are working half of the week in far-off countries or catching 3 a.m. trains just so that they don’t have to uproot their lives at home.<p>A few years back, David Neeleman, the founder of JetBlue Airways, left his company and launched a new airline in Brazil. The airline, Azul, …

Commuting

California capitalism is starting to look a lot like Polish communism

This talk by Maciej Ceglowski (the founder of Pinboard among other things) is mostly a discussion of ad-tech and privacy issues. It raises a number of interesting points and echoes a view of ad blockers that my partner Albert has convinced me is correct (that they are a logical extension of the …

Venture Capital

This is How People Lie About Their Lives on Instagram

Bangkok, Thailand-based photographer Chompoo Baritone recently created a clever series of images that pokes fun at how Instagram users often use …

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.<p>You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of …

Digital Advertising

Review: The Carl Zeiss VR ONE is a Headset Best Left on The Shelf

The promise of truly immersive, virtual reality headsets for the masses is just around the corner with Oculus Rift launching its consumer version in …

Virtual Reality

Cool cartography: the art of mapmaking

Mind the Map, a new collection of artwork published by Gestalten, shows the skill, humour and care involved in map design, including one depicting New York’s smells, and a meticulously hand-painted ski map

Maps

How a Fake Business Built an Awesome Online Reputation

In today's digital world, consumers are able to form a perception of a business long before they set foot in the door. But you may want to think twice before basing your opinion of a business solely on its online reviews.<p>Kashmir Hill said she built an awesome online reputation for the Freakin' …

Online

My Epson Printer Wastes 25% of Its Ink

Last week a video created by Bellevue Fine Art went viral after it showed how much ink their large format Epson 9900 printers were wasting (Spoiler …

Epson

Segway files patent lawsuit against 'hoverboard' maker Inventist

Those two-wheeled "hoverboards" that you've been seeing under the feet of NBA players and various celebs may be grounded by legal trouble as Segway …

Year After Cigarette Ban, CVS Says 95 Million Fewer Packs Sold At 'All Retailers'

One year after CVS Health (CVS) stopped selling tobacco products, the pharmacy giant says it put a rare dent in U.S. tobacco sales, reducing purchases of cigarette packs by at least 95 million at “all retailers,” according to a new analysis of retail market data.<p>Aside from taxes on cigarettes and …

Pharma

China military parade shows might as Xi Jinping pledges 300,000 cut in army

Victory parade in Beijing to mark end of second world war showcases armed forces in front of a number of world leaders<p>Chinese president Xi Jinping made an unexpected pledge on Thursday to cut his army by 300,000 troops, even as his armed forces put on a massive show of force during a 70th …

China