Lead the Way in Responsible Business

The submission deadline for the 8 th Annual Responsible Business Awards is drawing ever closer and we’re still on the hunt for the ground-breaking initiatives that have brought CSR to the fore over the past year. This is your chance to be recognised, and what’s more, recognise colleagues, teams and partners who have worked tirelessly to… Read more

Chile’s Biggest Stock Exchange Adopts IBM Blockchain Tech

International Business Machines announced Wednesday it is partnering with the Santiago Stock Exchange, Chile’s largest stock exchange, to implement Latin America’s first blockchain stock exchange solution. “In our understanding, t will be the first to implement securities lending blockchain technology anywhere in the world,” IBM Chile General Manager Francisco Thiermann told International Business Times. Thiermann said… Read more

Apply Pay Is Ready To Conquer The Fashion World

Apple Pay may become a major player in the fashion industry, because mobile payment apps are redefining the ways people go shopping. According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of Americans buy something online every week. As retailers look to personalize in-person shopping experiences through high-tech interaction, payment apps gain even… Read more

China May Be Ditching Paper Money

Bitcoin is booming in Asian markets and mobile transactions are increasingly popular in industries where cash used to be king, like shopping abroad. The Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay announced this week its tap-and-go system soon will be compatible for shopping at more than 4 million American stores, strategically marketing to Chinese students and tourists in… Read more

3 Key Facts About ‘Generation Price Shop’

Although the Millennium Bug (Y2K for the conspiracy fans) never amounted to much when it came to destroying financial systems, the same cannot be said for millennials. Ok, “destroying” is perhaps a bit strong, but “shaking to their very core” is probably accurate. Young Americans have really done a number on the finance industry. Not because… Read more

Trump’s America is showing the telltale signs of a failing state

We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide. We have… Read more

Elon Musk And The Future Of Tesla, Apple, Model S And Model X In 4 Quotes

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. As Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk typically does during the company’s quarterly earnings calls, he shared key insighta about the business this week, including some comments on more speculative subjects. Commentary ranged from an update on what level of Model S and Model X sales Musk thinks Tesla… Read more

Use of mobile apps increases worldwide in past 2 years

As mobile apps have become part of the daily life for tens of millions of users globally, people are spending much more time on apps, a new study from US-based app tracker App Annie found. The report compared data from the first quarter in 2015 and 2017, showing that the time per user increased over the… Read more

As Oil Prices Dip, African Countries Spend Less on Military

African military expenditures have finally slowed down after more than a decade of steady increases, according to a new report on global defense spending. The main reason, the report found, is a drop in oil prices. “The sharp decreases in oil prices has affected quite a number of African countries, namely South Sudan and Angola. This… Read more

Marijuana Stocks Are Sky High

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. The marijuana industry is the hottest thing since sliced bread, and marijuana stocks are thriving as a result. Here’s a quick rundown of how some of the industry’s largest players’ stock prices have performed over the trailing 12 months: GW Pharmaceuticals: up 35% Canopy Growth Corp.: up 248%… Read more

What If Zillow Collected Patent Transaction Data

Imagine a world where Zillow had as much patent transaction data as it has for residential real estate transactions. If Zillow had a database that was populated with patent transaction, it could drastically change the Intellectual Property marketplace. In this transparent IP world, in seconds parties could establish a reasonable royalty rate or sale price for… Read more

ESPN Had Layoffs Because Of Cord-Cutters

Earlier this week, the sports media space reeled from the news that ESPN is laying off an estimated 100 employees. This week’s layoffs weren’t the first for ESPN, but still affected a deep bench of on-air and online employees, including personalities like Trent Dilfer and staffers like NBA guru Marc Stein. While certain corners of the… Read more

EU-Funded fake news spotting tool gets better and better

Journalism may get an extra boost from fact-checking algorithms. Image in Public Domain Pictures. The Pope endorses Donald Trump! Or does he? Vaccines cause autism! No, they don’t (really, they don’t). Every day we’re bombarded with information and news, much of which is simply not true. Fake news has become a part of our life, and… Read more

2017 Green Transition Scoreboard® Tracks Private Green Investments At $8.1 Trillion

Today, the latest Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) found that, despite Trump’s anti-green policies, private green investments now total more than $8.1 trillion USD ($8,133,456,730,370). Published annually since 2009, the GTS is a global measure of private green investment in five green sectors: 1) Renewable Energy, 2) Efficiency, 3) Life Systems (water, waste, recycling, community investing, e-learning… Read more

Internet Access More Important than Laundry Facilities for Apartment Dwellers

In a sign of just how important internet access is, a new survey suggests rental apartment hunters are more concerned with high-speed internet and wi-fi than they are with in-home laundry facilities. The survey commissioned by cable television and internet provider Comcast, found 34 percent of the 205 building managers, building owners and real estate developers… Read more

Responsible Business Week Showcases Companies Making a Positive Impact

Guest Author Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a feeling that business should more accountable and trustworthy, the lack of which arguably contributed to some people’s decision to vote leave in the… Read more

It’s time to harness the power of African youth

Young people can offer the much-needed human capital to speed up economic growth and foster sustainability on the continent Africa, the continent with the biggest potential for growth because of untapped opportunities, is home to 12 percent of global oil reserves (Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Sudan and new potential sources like Kenya); 40 percent of the world’s… Read more

Pull the plug on internet monopolies

  1. WeChat is China’s most popular mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent. [Photo/IC] IN AUGUST 2012, THE DOMESTIC SOCIAL MEDIA APP WECHAT opened a new function called “public accounts” that allows registered users to publish their articles. Those who read an article on a public account can choose to make a payment to… Read more

As Farm Business Dries Up, Town Focuses on Foreign Visitors, Investors

“What can we do for you today?” asked sales clerk Josh Kness as the farmer came up to his counter. He was looking for some bolts of a particular size and gauge and within a few minutes Kness had them on the counter and completed the transaction. On almost every day of the week in rural… Read more

France’s overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot

Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades. This as final preparations are made ahead of Sunday’s main casting of ballots across France, where some 47 million people are eligible to take part. A blackout on opinion polls and the candidates or their… Read more

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions Hawaii’s Attorney General Dougal Chin has hit back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions following his dismissive remarks about a Ninth Circuit judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific.” Sessions criticized Hawaii-based Judge Derrick Watson, who placed a temporary restraining order on two sections of Trump’s […]

China’s bike-sharing firms test the waters in US market

People ride shared bikes along the Chang’an Avenue of Beijing on March 10, 2017. Beijing claims to have over 200,000 shared bikes. [Photo/People’s Daily Online] China’s emerging bike-sharing operators have begun to test the waters in several US states, demonstrating China’s innovative ability to the citizens in the country half a world away. In China, once… Read more

Inside France And Germany’s Fight Against Fake News

Inside France and Germany’s Fight Against Fake News Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking on the closing panel of the fourth Arctic Forum in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk on Thursday when he was asked a question unrelated to the challenges facing the region. Beginning to smile, the panel’s moderator, CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore, asked: “I […]

Robots To Have ‘Large And Robust Negative Effects’ On Labor Market

Politicians like President Donald Trump often demonize trade deals and undocumented immigrants for their suspected downward pressure on labor and job supply, but a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that the economic threat of artificial intelligence may be far more serious. With the introduction of one robot per 1,000 workers,… Read more

Vote to Gut Internet Privacy Rules Provokes Backlash

A vote to repeal internet privacy rules in the U.S. has led to backlash from critics, who say it will “fundamentally undermine” online security and enable unconstitutional mass government surveillance. The vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to allow internet providers to share personal information with advertisers and other third parties without consumer… Read more

Trump budget shifts income to upper class: it’s a good thing for all of us

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2017 – Outspoken critics of President Trump’s policies, including liberal public-policy professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, object that Trump’s policies will shift income from the lower class to the upper class. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to make that correct conclusion. But this is actually a good thing,… Read more

Laissez-Faire Government Should Concern Every Citizen

If the recent news from Washington isn’t a little unsettling, maybe you should look again. A new administration has brought some unconventional thinking to the Oval Office, and the repercussions could be felt for years by American consumers. Among the changes: An executive order that whenever an executive department or agency publicly proposes a new regulation… Read more

Trump’s first budget to offer look at his vision for dismantling ‘administrative state’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that means. This earliest version of Trump’s… Read more

Private prisons aren’t the only companies making a fortune off immigration detention

Unlike President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel ban, which is now stalled in the courts, the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the US is ramping up. That could mean we’ll see more people being sent to detention centers. For some companies, more detained immigrants mean more business. But it’s not just private prisons that stand to… Read more