Saturday, November 28, 2015 12:16

Musk's Tesla faces German battle over battery-powered homes
By Vera Eckert and Christoph Steitz FRANKFURT (Reuters) - If Elon Musk's vision of millions of households producing all their own power becomes a reality, it will probably happen first in Germany. The South African-born entrepreneur's company Tesla, best known for its electric cars, sparked global interest in the idea of self-powered homes in April, when it said it would start selling lithium-ion batteries for households next year...
Halliburton refiles bid for EU approval of $35 billion Baker Hughes buy
U.S. oil services provider Halliburton Co has refiled a request for EU antitrust approval of its $35 billion bid for smaller rival Baker Hughes , four months after regulators rejected an earlier application because of insufficient data. The European Commission will decide by Jan. 12 whether to clear the deal or open a full investigation, according to a filing on its website. Halliburton has said it is prepared to sell three drilling businesses in Mexico and an expandable liner hangers unit as well as three Baker Hughes businesses which includes offshore cementing activities in Australia, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, Norway and the United Kingdom...
Class action suit against Barclays alleges forex rigging losses
The suit by Axiom Investment Advisors LLC, filed in a Manhattan federal court, follows a pact on Nov 18 in which Barclays agreed to pay New York State's financial regulator an additional $150 million to settle allegations stemming from allegations about the bank's forex practices. A Barclays spokesman declined to comment. Barclays, in some instances, used a feature called “Last Look” on its forex trading platform to automatically reject client orders that would be unprofitable for Barclays because of price swings in milliseconds-long hold periods the bank imposed after trades were placed, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has said...
EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance. Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law...
Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states
Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.
Spotify, you make my streams come true (AKA, the making of my musical wonderland)
Commentary: A lifelong music lover, I've found that Spotify's streaming service is the best way to hear the songs I love most. To me, music services like this count among the most exciting technological achievements today.
Top Windows Mobile news of the week: Nokia Android leak, Lumias half off, Cortana iOS beta
This week in Windows Mobile we saw Microsoft give big discounts in the Philippines, Cortana went to beta camp, and Nokia's first Android phone supposedly leaked.
The best Cyber Monday deals
So you successfully emerged from Black Friday shopping relatively unscathed, and you've got the cash for an extra tech gift (or, let's be honest, a treat for yourself). Where do you go to spend that dough? ...
Hack of toy maker VTech exposes families
A hacker got into a customer database for the Learning Lodge app store, where parents can download apps, games and e-books for VTech toys.
How To Blow Your Boss's Mind
We all want to get ahead. Still, even when it seems you're doing everything right--you're never late to work, rarely take a sick day, and always meet deadlines--promotions can be few and far between.You're putting the work in, so why aren't you getting rewarded? The answer is simple: you don't get promoted for fulfilling your boss's...
20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb
We're all tempted to use words that we're not too familiar with.If this were the only problem, I wouldn't have much to write about. That's because we're cautious with words we're unsure of and, thus, they don't create much of an issue for us.It's the words that we think we're using correctly that wreak the most havoc.We throw them around in...
10 ways to manage the post-Thanksgiving madness
Ahhh, the holidays. What a lovely time of year to catch up with the extended family and do a quick bit of shopping at enormous discounts. The truth of the situation, however, is often less relaxing than ...
Top iOS news of the week:Apple Pay in China, OLED iPhones, and 3D Touch in Google Drive
Apart from Black Friday deals, this week in iOS we saw Google Drive getting 3D Touch, heard that future iPhones may use OLED screens, and that Apple Pay is going to China.
See the radio waves constantly bathing you with this app
Whether or not you realize it, there are radio waves constantly washing over you. Thanks to the countless WiFi routers, cellular towers, and GPS satellites (not to mention all the Bluetooth and other smaller ...
Star Wars or Star Trek? Let us help you choose a side
Han Solo and the Jedi take on Captain Kirk and the Federation in a sci-fi clash of titans to once again try to settle the long-running debate over which franchise reigns supreme.
Top Android news of the week: $161 tablet, Jolla halts deliveries, Motorola updates
It was a slow holiday week for news in Android and apart from the Black Friday deals we heard about Motorola Marshmallow updates, saw Jolla shut down deliveries, and a tablet emerged for just $161 with either Android or Windows.
You partly have Eric Schmidt to thank for the new $5 Raspberry Pi
While many of you were supposed to be eating turkey on Thursday, you were instead geeking out over Raspberry PI's newest computer, the Zero: a pint-sized module that costs just $5. But according to a new ...
Formula E is planning the first racing series for driverless cars
It was only last year that Formula E made its debut as the first racing series exclusively for electric cars. Now, after just two seasons of championships, its organizers are already preparing for another ...
A new chiptune album is coming to the Nintendo Famicom
Every week it feels like a new video game soundtrack gets a vinyl release. Journey, The Last of Us, FTL and Shenmue -- none of these are surprises anymore. So what's next? MiniDiscs? Cassette tapes? Well, ...
Toymaker VTech says data was stolen from its kiddie app store
VTech, the brand best known for its electronic kid's toys and cordless phones, said Friday that hackers had earlier this month stolen some of its customer data. While VTech is hardly the first company ...
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