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Dollar hits six-year peak versus yen, ECB aims cash hose
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:28:46 -0400 -

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of LondonBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar vaulted to a six-year peak against the yen on Thursday as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising interest rates underlined the diverging path between the United States and the rest of the rich world. It came as the European Central Bank prepared to turn its liquidity taps back on in full after a 2-1/2 year break, and as voters in Scotland started hitting the polls to decide whether to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. ...


Apple's iPhone 6 gets one Chinese license, needs another before sales begin
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:48:25 -0400 -

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during event at the Flint Center in CupertinoBEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPhone 6 received regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies but still requires one more critical licence before it may be sold in the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. Apple has not yet issued an iPhone 6 release date for China, one of its most important markets, leading to widespread speculation that it has encountered difficulty obtaining the requisite licences from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which tests new phones before they may enter national telecom networks. ...


Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:16:22 -0400 -

A cleaner waters the flowers below a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering. The shares are expected to be priced after the markets close at 4 p.m. Thursday and start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker "BABA. ...


Alibaba cash could fund small spending spree at Yahoo
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:07:11 -0400 -

An employee walks past a wall painted with logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd at its headquarters office on the outskirts of HangzhouBy Alexei Oreskovic and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s upcoming public offering will give Yahoo Inc billions of dollars for a potential shopping spree that investors hope will jumpstart its comeback. But with numerous holes to fill and soaring tech company valuations, Yahoo will have to make tough choices with any acquisitions. Yahoo is expected to sell about $9.5 billion in stock of the Chinese e-commerce company. After giving at least half back to investors and paying taxes, Yahoo's cash stockpile, currently $4.2 billion, may swell by $3.1 billion. ...


Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:31:34 -0400 -

Sun rises to the east of the U.S. Federal Reserve building in WashingtonBy Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving. Many economists and traders had expected the U.S. central bank to alter the rate guidance it has provided since March, given generally improving data on the economy's performance. But the Fed repeated its assurance that rates would stay ultra-low for a "considerable time" after a bond-buying stimulus program ends. ...


As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:36:39 -0400 -

Australian PM Abbott delivers keynote speech during B20 Summit in SydneyBy Lincoln Feast and Ian Chua SYDNEY (Reuters) - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth. But the efforts of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers, meeting this weekend in the tropical tourist town of Cairns, risk being drowned out by growing alarm over geopolitical tensions and increased market volatility. ...


U.S. inflation surprisingly weak, Fed keeps low rates pledge
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:11:42 -0400 -

Shoppers carry their purchases along Broadway in New York CityBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs. It was the first decrease since April last year and followed a modest 0.1 percent gain in July. Economists had expected consumer prices would be flat in August. ...


ECB outlines new plan that will give more voting power to bigger states
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:41:14 -0400 -

ECB headquarters are pictured prior to the bank's monthly news conference in FrankfurtFRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank detailed plans on Thursday for changing the way the euro zone governors vote from next year, curbing smaller economies' potential influence in favor of big countries, like Germany. The move, triggered by the swelling of the euro zone to 19 countries with Lithuania's accession next year, will divide national central bank governors into groups of smaller and larger economies to ensure efficient decision making. The five largest economies with the biggest financial sectors will share four votes. ...


Julius Baer CEO says any takeover of bank far off: Bloomberg
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:42:08 -0400 -

Collardi, Chief Executive of Swiss private bank Julius Baer, addresses a news conference to present the bank's half-year results in ZurichZURICH (Reuters) - The head of Julius Baer, a rumored takeover target for larger rival Credit Suisse, said any purchase of the Swiss private bank was unlikely for the foreseeable future, Bloomberg News reported. A Swiss finance blog reported last month that Zurich-based Baer could eventually become a takeover target for Credit Suisse. But Chief Executive Boris Collardi said any move on the bank was far off and a deal would be "very expensive". "It's hard to imagine an acquisition of Julius Baer this year, or for the foreseeable future," he told Bloomberg at a conference in Geneva on Wednesday. ...


China's house prices fall further, economic gloom deepens
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:12:28 -0400 -

A woman rides past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China in BeijingBy Xiaoyi Shao and Lu Jianxin BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity. For now, policy easing is likely to come in the form of help to the most vulnerable sectors, rather than more aggressive steps such as cutting interest rates, but authorities are ready to step in with bolder measures if unemployment rises, policy insiders told Reuters. ...


iOS 8 brings big boost for Web programmers
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:25:54 -0400 -

iOS 8 arrived September 17, 2014Apple's newest operating system supports WebGL and IndexedDB, two standards that'll make websites much more capable on its mobile devices. Also new: a faster Web with SPDY.>


Gear VR: This is what you see when you put it on
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:14:43 -0400 - At IFA 2014, we brought you the exclusive first look at the new Gear VR, Samsung's first reality headset. We have also offered you an infographic on the key features of the Gear VR and …
Verizon, Motorola to unveil fast-charging new Droid in October
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:06 -0400 -

What could HTC and Verizon reveal on November 13?The latest smartphone in Verizon's Droid franchise will boast fast-charging as its marquee feature.>


Tim Cook explains Apple's privacy policies in open letter
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:03:47 -0400 -

Apple CEO Tim Cook sits down with PBS's Charlie Rose to talk shop.Apple publishes new webpage that explains how it handles its users' personal information and government requests for that information.>


Alternatives to Google's $100 Android One in Asia
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:35:29 -0400 -

You may have not heard of the Samsung Galaxy V, but its low price of $98 makes it the perfect entry level device in developing markets.The new Android One phones may cost just $100, but there are cheaper phones in the market that are equally competitive and offer similar value.>


How Samsung’s Smart Home initiative will change your Future Home
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:59 -0400 -

How Samsung’s Smart Home initiative will change your Future HomeIFA, one of the largest electronics shows in the world has finished. To mark the official beginning of IFA 2014, Samsung Electronics’ President and CEO, BK Yoon, delivered a keynote speech. In this speech, Samsung …


iOS 8 also comes with bucket of security fixes
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:04:59 -0400 -

iOS 8 also comes with bucket of security fixesLong list of iOS 8 security fixes makes your iPhone and iPad safer to use, but Apple doesn't say how severe some of the problems were -- again.>


Top 10 Ways to Generate Stand-Out Publicity
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:20:46 -0400 -

Top 10 Ways to Generate Stand-Out PublicityI am often asked about ways to market a product without spending a fortune. We all believe our product or service is "newsworthy," right? The key is to fine-tune your pitch -- just as you would to attract a new client and seek out the WIIFT -- What's In It For THEM. Figure that out before you make your pitch, consider what other "experts"...


Amazon releases family-friendly, low-budget tablets
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:44:56 -0400 -

Amazon takes aim at parents with a cheap, kid-friendly tablet.The e-commerce giant delivers a $99 tablet and a kid-focused tablet, leveraging what's worked for it in the past: low prices and tech-aware parents.>


Uber, Lyft reportedly sinking San Francisco taxi business
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:34:56 -0400 -

Lyft distinguishes its cars with a fuzzy pink mustache.Taxi use in the city has tumbled by 65 percent over the last year -- much of this is attributed to the growing use of ride-sharing services.>


Tomorrow Daily 053: Incredible multiscreen interaction from MIT's THAW project, and more
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:16:22 -0400 -

Tomorrow Daily 053: Incredible multiscreen interaction from MIT's THAW project, and moreOn today's show, we jump on the hype train for THAW, MIT's seamless multiscreen project, watch a 3D-printing robot get omnidirectional wheels, check out a drone that can be printed for just $800, and discuss what we know about Windows 9.>


Samsung 27-inch S27D590C Curved Monitor Redefines the Viewing Experience
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:10:10 -0400 -

Samsung 27-inch S27D590C Curved Monitor Redefines the Viewing ExperienceSummary: • Samsung Electronics introduced the 27-inch S27D590C Full HD Curved Monitor designed to enhance visually compelling entertainment content.     Samsung 27-inch S27D590C Curved Monitor Redefines the Viewing Experience Designed to make multimedia content …


Uber recruits military veterans to be drivers
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:50:40 -0400 -

Uber recruits military veterans to be driversThe ride-sharing service rolls out a new initiative to "on-board 50,000 members of the military community" within the next year and a half.>


I ain't afraid of no Krispy Kreme 'Ghostbusters' doughnut
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:49:28 -0400 -

Don't cross the Kremes! Sony Pictures and Krispy Kreme celebrate "Ghostbusters"with two new doughnuts.To celebrate the iconic movie's 30th anniversary, fans can gobble "Ghostbusters"-themed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. Get one before Slimer eats them all.>


Bug forces Apple to delay launch of HealthKit fitness apps
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:49:01 -0400 -

Bug forces Apple to delay launch of HealthKit fitness appsApps were expected to be released with the launch of iOS 8 today, but they were pulled at the last minute.>


NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black hole
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:33:08 -0400 -

NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black holeThe agency's Hubble Space Telescope spots one of the smallest galaxies ever discovered -- with a giant black hole at its core.>


With this thing strapped on, even you could run a 4-minute mile
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:29:33 -0400 -

With this thing strapped on, even you could run a 4-minute mileAn Arizona State University engineering student has revved up a jetpack that helps runners move faster while expending less energy.>


Try these great messaging apps for Windows Phone
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:29:09 -0400 -

Screenshots by Sarah Mitroff/CNETThese popular Windows Phone messaging apps are useful (and fun) ways to keep in touch with friends.>


Teen shot gamer dead over PS4, say police
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:28:26 -0400 -

Teen shot gamer dead over PS4, say policeA man advertised his PS4 for sale on Craigslist. Police say he met the potential buyers in a parking lot and when they tried to steal the device, one of them, a 16-year-old girl, opened fire.>


Destiny sales exceed $325M in first five days despite meh reviews
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:22:30 -0400 -

The successor to Halo, Bungie's ambitious project is quickly moving units.The sci-fi shooter isn't close to selling as fast as titles from existing franchises like Grand Theft Auto, but for a nonsequel, it's humming right along.>


Social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:07:49 -0400 -

This marketing image shows Netropolitan's target audience.If Facebook is just too plebeian for your tastes, then whip out your credit card and head over to Netropolitan, a social network for the wealthy.>


R + L = J: 'Game of Thrones' fan theories to chew on
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:07:11 -0400 -

Kit Harrington, better known as Jon Snow, attends the screening to kick off season 3 of "Game of Thrones."Who are Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister's real parents, and what might that mean for the rest of the series? These plausible fan theories paint a fiery picture of Westeros' future. Caution: spoilers.>


On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With Pride
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:15:19 -0400 -

On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With PrideImage courtesy of StopherjonesMost of us have to say no quite a lot in our lives. To people who knock at the door selling religion, or nice looking new guttering to improve the look of your roofline. To your children when they want the new Android phone that their friends have, or when your own friend has made one unreasonable demand too many...


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to make rocket engine for Boeing, Lockheed Martin
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:12:40 -0400 -

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to make rocket engine for Boeing, Lockheed MartinAmazon CEO's aerospace company enters into a partnership with the United Launch Alliance to develop BE-4, a rocket engine to replace Russian-made launch jets.>


Amazon's new Kindle and Facebook's mini Facebook
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:07:05 -0400 -

Amazon's new Kindle and Facebook's mini FacebookThe Kindle Voyage e-reader leaks early on Amazon, and Facebook reportedly works on an app called Moments. Also, Bridget Carey has your ultra-quick guide to deciding if Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is the right fit for you.>


Need art-spiration? Amazing digital creations drawn with a stylus
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:44:39 -0400 -

Need art-spiration? Amazing digital creations drawn with a stylusTen One Design's Pogo Art Contest tasks creatives with drawing original work on an iPad or other iOS device using a stylus -- and demonstrates just how far digital art has come.>


Police radar gun that shows if you're texting?
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:31:00 -0400 -

Police radar gun that shows if you're texting?Think radar guns can only detect your speed? A company in Virginia is trying to extend their use.>


Dear Sony, don't get out of smartphones yet
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:52 -0400 -

Dear Sony, don't get out of smartphones yetSony has gotten knocked around in the smartphone business. CNET looks at why the company needs to stick it out.>


Your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus questions, answered right here
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:43 -0400 -

Your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus questions, answered right hereIn a special Ask the Experts: iPhone Overtime edition, CNET's Jeff Bakalar sits down with Scott Stein to answer iPhone 6 and 6 Plus questions all taken from CNET readers.>


Could Gold Apple Watch cost $5,000?
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:35 -0400 -

Could Gold Apple Watch cost $5,000?Is Apple really going to compete with the high-end watch brands? Some speculate that most of the Apple Watches will be pricey.>




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