Coca-Cola plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan, in a suprising departure for a US company identified with cola and other non-alcoholic beverages. While Coca-Cola dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the Japanese experiment is “unique” in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. The new offering will… (more…)

Coca-Cola to launch its first alcoholic drink in Japan

Coca-Cola plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan, in a suprising departure for a US company identified with cola and other non-alcoholic beverages. While Coca-Cola dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the Japanese experiment is “unique” in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. The new offering will… Read more

Oscars’ TV audience dropped � maybe to an all-time low, early ratings show

LOS ANGELES — The early ratings for ABC’s telecast of the 90th Oscars are down from last year and may be an all-time audience low. The broadcast, which lasted nearly four hours, averaged a 18.9 rating in the 56 overnight markets measured by Nielsen. That was down 16 percent from last year’s comparable figure, a 22.4… Read more

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

For those looking for free news online, the search is becoming harder. Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a “paywall.” Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is… Read more

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. The mythical company — in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894 — on Monday brought in a new financial director, Benson Woo, to try to rescue the ailing group. Gibson… Read more

Students to Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts on Guns

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, high school students and teachers across the country are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to act on guns. On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as… Read more

Facebook Is Officially for Old People

For the first time in nearly a decade, less than half of all teenagers in the United States will visit Facebook at least once this month, according to new research. The social network has more than 2 billion monthly active users around the world and the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been busy in his attempts… Read more

Richest one percent made 82% of wealth created last year: Oxfam

The world’s richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world’s elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown… Read more

12-Year-Old With Epilepsy Sues Jeff Sessions Over Pot

A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, it’s a choice she had to make to save her life. Bortell has epilepsy and Sessions has made it his mission to make it impossible for her to access… Read more

Wine glasses have gotten 7 times bigger since the 1700s, new study concludes

This likely means that people are drinking more alcohol than before – much more. Since time immemorial, wine has been a companion both in moments of happiness and moments of sadness. But as time passed, it seems we’ve grown closer and closer to this companion beverage. Modern agriculture and technology have allowed us to produce and… Read more

Legal Marijuana Market Focus on US and Canada: Trends, Outlook and Analysis Forecasts to 2021 adds “Legal Marijuana Market (Medical & Recreational) with Focus on US & Canada: Industry Analysis: (2017-2021)” report to its research store. PUNE, India, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a family of plants called Cannabaceae. There are more than 700 varieties of cannabis that have been described so far. Based… Read more

Net giants ‘must pay for news’ from which they make billions

Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits. The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or… Read more

Net neutrality: where do we go from here?

The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. What does that mean for us? Mignon Clyburn FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn gave a powerful message of dissension before the vote. FCC The Federal Communications Commission just voted to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom Act, which repeals the net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015. By… Read more

World Bank to stop financing oil, gas projects from 2019

The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced Tuesday at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy’s shift to clean energy. “The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it said in a statement in Paris, where world leaders sought… Read more

Is Donald Trump Ending American Democracy?

Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on the Trump administration’s tax policy is a given. But President Donald Trump’s attacks on the pillars of U.S. democracy is something every American should fight, says Brian Klass, an academic who studies authoritarian regimes. “I don’t mind that people agree or disagree on tax policy, health care, foreign affairs,” Klass,… Read more

Time is running out for BuzzFeed, Mashable

BuzzFeed has given up on going public for now and Mashable is looking for an emergency buyer. The honeymoon period looks to be over for online news websites — left fragile by a model built almost entirely on advertising. Less than two years ago, blog turned news site Mashable was valued at $250 million, with Time… Read more

N. Korea fires ballistic missile

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday, South Korean military officials said, the first such launch in two months and just a week after the US slapped fresh sanctions on the hermit state and declared it a state sponsor of terrorism. The North has stoked international alarm over its banned nuclear missile program but before Tuesday… Read more

These major retailers are closing 1,000 stores in 2018

The new year could be another difficult one for traditional retailers. After closing more than 5,000 stores in 2017, we’re already getting word of closings for 2018. In 2017, the store closure and bankruptcy announcements began in January, right after the Christmas shopping season. RELATED: This retail secret may trick right-handed shoppers into spending more money… Read more

Canada to track economic impact of cannabis ahead of legalization

Canada’s statistical agency said Tuesday it will start tracking the economic impact of recreational use of cannabis before it is legalized next year, but highlighted challenges of measuring black market transactions. The value of the production, importation and consumption of cannabis in Canada — which will remain illegal except for medical use until June 30, 2018… Read more

Three People Own Half the US, While One In Five Has Nil

This article first appeared on Jeff Bezos recently became the richest person on earth. Bezos, head of the online retail behemoth Amazon, saw his wealth jump by $10 billion in just the past month to now more than $90 billion. That’s a stunning leap. But what’s truly stunning is that Bezos and the next two… Read more

Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

By Margot Susca, Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Communication. Beaming in news from far away. Daniel Fung/ Considering the history of television news a few years ago, iconic anchor Ted Koppel declared that CBS’ 1968 debut of “60 Minutes” forever altered the landscape of broadcast journalism: A news program drew enough advertising to turn a… Read more

UK steps up Brexit preparations with thousands of new staff

The British government said Tuesday it expects to have hired up to 8,000 new staff by next year as it steps up preparations for leaving the European Union — with or without an exit agreement. At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Brexit minister David Davis told colleagues that “preparatory work has seen a significant acceleration in… Read more

New Zealand firms up ban on foreign house buyers

The New Zealand government firmed up plans Tuesday to prevent foreigners from buying houses in the country, saying it wanted the new law in place early next year. New Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she aimed to have the ban take effect before the wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is ratified in February. The… Read more

ICE Seeks 5 More Detention Centers As Arrests Increase

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is eyeing locations for five new detention centers near four major cities that could house thousands of detainees, at a time when immigration arrests are up. In a post to the federal contracting website, ICE and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, requested information to identify “multiple… Read more

Dutch Philips looks east over Brexit concerns

Dutch electronics giant Philips said Monday it will increasingly rely on emerging markets as a buffer against the possible negative effects of Brexit, warning of a revenue drop and possible job losses in Britain. “I don’t think we’ve seen a big impact yet (from Brexit),” said the Amsterdam-based group’s chief executive Frans van Houten. “But I… Read more

Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed ‘the future’

A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as “the future” Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile)… Read more

Marijuana Sales In Colorado Hit $1 Billion In 8 Months

Marijuana sales in Colorado hit $1 billion in a record eight months, according to data analysis from the Denver Post’s weed site, The Cannabist Tuesday. This is the second year in a row that the industry has made $1 billion in sales. Last year it took ten months to hit the $1 billion mark in combined… Read more

Report Details Digital Divide Among Nations

A recent report provides some surprises about which countries are gaining traction in the digital space and which are stalling. Researchers at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University in Massachusetts looked at where digital is replacing “physical interactions,” in communications, society and politics, commerce, media and entertainment. For example, instead of handing over… Read more

China’s top ride-sharing company calls for building cities around people

Jean Liu, president of Didi Chuxing, speaks during the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York on Sept 20, 2017.[Photo/VCG] NEW YORK – Future cities should be built around people, not machines, said Jean Liu, president of Didi Chuxing, a top Chinese ride-sharing company. Cities should empower people rather than stress them out, and should have… Read more

Late Frank Zappa back on tour as hologram

Experimental rocker Frank Zappa, prolific in his life and even in death through a string of posthumous releases, is heading back on tour as a hologram. Zappa’s family trust on Thursday announced that the hologram concerts would begin in 2018 and hoped the resurrected Zappa would jam again with some of his still-living collaborators including metal… Read more

This Is What A Blockchain-Powered Economy Looks Like

Traditional banks officially caught the summer’s blockchain fever, in part propelled by the cryptocurrency boom. Quartz reported some of the world’s largest banks, including Barclays, HSBC and the Swiss banking giant UBS, recently started exploring ways to build a paywall with blockchain technology, the same distributed ledger technology behind innovations like bitcoin. Then last week the… Read more

The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages

By Joshua A.T. Fairfield, Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University. Is this our relationship to tech companies now? Queen Mary Master Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the… Read more

HSBC And IBM Develop Cognitive Intelligence Solution To Digitise Global Trade

Trade finance giants HSBC is working with IBM to develop a cognitive intelligence solution combining optical character recognition with advanced robotics to make global trade safer and more efficient for thousands of businesses. HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF) team facilitates over $500bn of documentary trade for customers every year, and in doing so must… Read more

Young Taiwanese choose China jobs over politics

Taiwan has long seen its international allies switching allegiance to an ascendant Beijing, but now there are also fears of a brain drain of the island’s youth as they pursue careers in rival China. Cross-strait tensions have soared since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, with Beijing cutting all official communication. China still sees the… Read more

China moves higher in global innovation index: report

BEIJING – China is steadily working its way toward a higher position on the world’s innovation index ranking, as a report released Friday placed it 17th on the index measuring innovation capability out of 40 major ranked countries. The national innovation index report 2016-2017 by the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED) shows… Read more

Chinese bike-sharing company ofo enters Seattle

TIANJIN — China’s bike-sharing company ofo has launched services in Seattle, after acquiring the permission from local authority, according to a company press release on Friday. A total of 1,000 of ofo’s signature yellow bikes will be placed on the American city’s streets, and the number is expected to grow to cater to the needs of… Read more

Chinese visitors bring new pressures to cities in UK

The University of Cambridge has become a popular tourism destination for Chinese people.[Photo by Tan Xi/For China Daily] Tourism provides 2.8 percent of the UK’s gross domestic product. But some smaller cities are beginning to feel overwhelmed by the number of tourists, and that the costs are beginning to outweigh the benefits. Cities such as Oxford… Read more

This Blockchain Startup Could Revolutionize Real Estate Investments

On Tuesday, an initial coin offering launched by the real estate startup Propy Inc. sent shockwaves throughout the blockchain community. The tokenized fundraising campaign raised more than $5 million, attracting investors like billionaire TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. Demand for Propy’s tokens, called PRO, was so high it overloaded the Ethereum network. Although the final earnings tally… Read more

What Will Tech Look Like in Ten Years?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Answer by Jeff Desjardins: What technologies can we expect to be mainstream in the next 10 years? This is a challenging and… Read more

Developers Believe IoT Presents New Risks, Government And Financial Sector At Risk

The internet-connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating more vulnerabilities for consumers and for a number of industries that count on the technology, a new survey found. Netsparker, a web applications security company, run a poll of web developers with the help of Propeller Insights that found a majority of experts… Read more

How AI Could Turn Social Media Into Stock Market Gold

Can robots trawl social media for stock market insights? Subjective chatter analysis is a tricky business. But the entrepreneurs behind the New York startup Accern believe using artificial intelligence to analyze Twitter and Tumblr can turn stock investments into a lot more money. It’s not Accern’s focus on AI that makes it unique. According to Mckinsey… Read more

Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen

LOS ANGELES — California State plans to drop placement exams in math and English as well as the noncredit remedial courses that more than 25,000 freshmen have been required to take each fall — a radical move away from the way public universities traditionally support students who come to college less prepared than their peers. In… Read more

North Korea’s new ICBMs can reach most of the United States

This is a threat Russian ICBMs still pose today, as they have for decades. On Friday, July 28, the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea successfully tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile for the second time. The design of the Hwasong-14 was the same as the missile tested on July 4, and in its second flight, it confirmed… Read more

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done. Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis. Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress. But Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government’s efforts to fight… Read more

UK to ban sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040

Britain said Wednesday it will outlaw the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution but environmental groups said the proposals did not go far enough. Environment minister Michael Gove announced the move as part of the government’s keenly-awaited $3.9 billion air pollution plan, which will… Read more

Employees Are ‘Excited’ To Have Biochips Implanted

Silicon Valley may shine as the home of technological innovation, but the location of one new tech evolution (albeit one with dystopian undertones) is River Falls, Wisconsin. Employees of the River Falls-based Three Square Market are being offered the chance by their employer to have a biochip implanted in their skin —and plenty of the workers… Read more

Snopes fights to avoid deathblow: GoFundMe page created to weather legal storm

An ongoing legal storm has prompted the fact-checking website to turn to fans for a financial life-preserver. A GoFundMe fundraiser page called “Save Snopes” was created Monday by its team with the goal of raising $500,000. The reason: Snopes’ parent company, Bardav Inc., is in a protracted legal battle with Proper Media revolving around the… Read more

Trump’s foreign brands show challenges of manufacturing in U.S.: White House

The White House said Monday that nobody knows better than President Trump, whose name-brand shirts and ties have been made in places such as China and Indonesia, how difficult it is to manufacture products in the U.S. “I think he actually understands in a very unique way the challenges that our regulatory system and our tax… Read more

First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200… Read more

Cyberfriends set out to prove worth to shoppers

Going shopping, even in a giant mall, can be a breeze, if you have a personal shopping assistant who takes all the pain away-giving you advice on which clothes suit you, guiding you to the nearest toilet, letting you in on the best stores for discounts and even lugging around the shopping bags. Forget boyfriends, who… Read more

Canada’s Desjardins Suspends Lending for Energy Pipelines

Canadian lender Desjardins is considering no longer funding energy pipelines, a spokesman said Saturday, citing concerns about the impact such projects may have on the environment. Desjardins, the largest association of credit unions in North America, Friday temporarily suspended lending for such projects and may make the decision permanent, spokesman Jacques Bouchard told Reuters by telephone.… Read more

US.Consumers Looking Forward To Paying With Facial Recognition, Voice Control

Cash is getting less attention and people are looking forward to paying companies with mobile apps and other technologies instead, according to a new survey by online invoicing and payment firm Viewpost, which surveyed 1,000 U.S consumers for its analysis. Read: PayPal Invests In LendUp, Startup Offering Loans To People Banks Deem Too Risky More than… Read more

Volvo to Go All Electric in 2019

Swedish carmaker Volvo says it is phasing out the internal combustion engine in favor of electric motors by 2019. Volvo, which is Chinese owned, is the first traditional carmaker to announce the move. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Volvo’s president Håkan Samuelsson in a statement Wednesday. “People increasingly demand… Read more

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges Further reinforcing trends seen over the last six months, CECP: The CEO Force for Good has drawn together its current research base to develop a series of insights designed to help guide companies as they shape their social strategies, which […]

The Fintech Arms Race Between Banks And Startups

Brick-and-mortar banks are in desperate need of a makeover. They know it too. Capital One is opening Capital One Cafes in major cities across the U.S., with hip decor and more laidback consulting vibes than traditional branches. JPMorgan is trying the same idea with its Manhattan technology hub. Bloomberg reported the bank’s $9.6 billion technology budget… Read more

The Fintech Arms Race Between Banks And Startups

Brick-and-mortar banks are in desperate need of a makeover. They know it too. Capital One is opening Capital One Cafes in major cities across the U.S., with hip decor and more laidback consulting vibes than traditional branches. JPMorgan is trying the same idea with its Manhattan technology hub. Bloomberg reported the bank’s $9.6 billion technology budget… Read more

? MetLife Invests $36B in Impact-Related Projects to Push Sustainability

Several global companies now pursue sustainability goals such as building stable markets, protecting the environment and improving social inclusion. Some of these companies are leading from the front by ensuring that their business strategy is aligned with universal values in order to create a positive environmental and social impact. MetLife is working to make a positive… Read more

Texas man buys a billboard to deliver a Texas-sized message about Donald Trump and the media

Billboard seen in Texas! — Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) June 22, 2017 A man from Boerne, Texas bought a billboard to announce his “breakup” with ABC News over its Russia coverage and to proudly declare “The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did.” In full, the billboard reads: ABC News: I grew up with you. We… Read more

Digital Economy Seen Presenting New Opportunity for US-ASEAN Engagement

Countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be a wellspring of opportunity for the United States because of growth in the region’s digital economy and its young population, researchers say. Those combined forces will “create a much more dynamic [economy] … over the coming decades,” said Satu Limaye, head of the Washington… Read more

When Will Electric Cars Become the Norm?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Michael Barnard, low-carbon innovation analyst: Is it really practicable & sustainable to replace 100 percent of today’s fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to electric? Not… Read more

Fintech Is Shaking Up The Mortgage Market

Mortgages are one of the rare financial beasts most people with the means have, yet few actually understand. A study by the Pew Charitable Trust found mortgages are the most common type of debt in America, held by 44 percent of all Americans with any type of debt. NerdWallet estimated the average borrower owes $176,222 in… Read more

The Future of Big Data and Intellectual Property

IP data is uniquely suited for big data tools and techniques because of its high volume, high variety, and high velocity of changes. The intellectual property space is becoming increasingly competitive and organizations that create IP have a smaller window than ever before to ensure it is protected and exploited internationally. IP data is suited for… Read more

How Donald Trump Is Ruining America’s Reputation Around The World

U.S. News and World Report recently published its annual “Best Countries” ranking, based on how thousands of people around the world perceive other nations. Switzerland topped the 80-country ranking, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom. One big surprise was that the United States fell three spots, from fourth to seventh. The U.S. received poor marks… Read more

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