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French Election Results Provide Little Hope To Spur Country's Dismal Economy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:20:00 -0400

Sunday's French election results are unlikely to revive the struggling Gallic economy.


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Is Apple Intentionally Going To Delay The High-End iPhone 8 Launch?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:22:00 -0400

Expected Apple iPhone 8/iPhone X delays taking away a key boo-bird thesis?


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Fed Move Could Spur Flurry Of Banking M&A Deals

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:07:00 -0400

Last month, the Federal Reserve Bank approved People’s United Financial, Inc.’s acquisition of Suffolk Bancorp. As part of its approval, the Fed quadrupled its review threshold for banking M&A transactions from $25B to $100B in combined assets, opening the door for a flurry of banking M&A.


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Tesla Investor Puts $2M 'Elon Dump Trump' Campaign In Gear With $400K Full-Page Ads

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:54:00 -0400

The venture capitalist's calls for a Musk-Trump split took prime realty in some of the nation's wealthiest-read Sunday editions.


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Global Markets Surge On French Runoff Election Vote And Heavy Deal News

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:54:00 -0400

Global stock markets surged on Monday after French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron performed strongly in a Sunday vote that now will pit his centrist, business-platform platform against the far right candidacy of Marine Le Pen in a May runoff.


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Market Direction Depends On Earnings From These 7 Stocks Reporting This Week

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:34:00 -0400

The Dow Jones Industrial Average could easily end this week negative or neutral. It depends on the reactions to from Boeing, Caterpillar, DuPont, Coca Cola, 3-M Corp, Procter & Gamble and United Technologies, who report first quarter 2017 earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday or Wednesday.


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Russia Investors Get No Love From Trump, But...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:04:00 -0400

Russian stocks are a bit of a mess, but as far as risk goes, the markets have never been less afraid of the bear in the woods.


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AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Falls To A New Post-Election Low

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months fell again, keeping bullish sentiment below its historical average for 13 out of the last 14 weeks.


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Pensions Are On The Way Out But Retirement Funds Are Not Working Either

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:57:00 -0400

Funding for pensions is dangerously low. But there is still hope. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


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The Next United Airlines Scandal May Happen In Financial Markets

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:34:00 -0400

Airlines aren’t the only industry to depend on complex algorithms. So do banks, brokerages, utility companies, hospitals, pharmacies, health insurers, governments, and more.


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This Event Could Lead To A Collapse Of The Euro... And Send Gold Skyrocketing

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:15:00 -0400

The EU is the second-largest economy in the world behind the US. Therefore, its collapse would likely trigger a global financial crisis.


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French Election Ends As Expected, But Euro Bounce In Markets Temporary

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:20:00 -0400

The euro has almost no upside until Le Pen is out of the way. Barclays expects Macron landslide, but a hung parliament.


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French Election: Market 'Nightmare Averted' As Euro Gains Against U.S. Dollar

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:48:00 -0400

With votes in France's general election first round pointing to no major upset and the strong likelihood of a pro-EU, pro-euro president, markets have read the situation positively with stocks, bonds and the euro’s value against the US dollar set to be boosted. But don't discount further volatility.


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Merkel Trumps U.S. Putting EU Ahead Of Britain In 'Trade Queue,' Begs Questions

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:16:00 -0400

With U.S. President Donald Trump having been an outspoken critic of the European Union and supporting Britain’s decision to exit the Union, he appears now to be putting the EU bloc ahead of UK in a trade deal. But what could it mean for exports and investment as a snap UK general election is called?


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3 Reasons Why 'Spring Forward, Fall Back' Also Applies To Gold

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0400

Considering gold’s recent rise, many investors are waiting for a pullback. But armed with the knowledge that the lows usually occur in the spring, you can take the contrarian approach and “buy low” right now.


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Microsoft On Thursday

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:07:00 -0400

Microsoft is expected to earn $0.69/share on $23.44 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.72.


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33 Cartoons About Technology Changing EverythingThis way to the tech cartoons ...Happy Anniversary Apple! Here's To 10 More Years Of iPhone-Related Distraction#NetflixAndChill ... 5 Years LaterUber, But For CatsThe Government Can't Take What You Give Away For Free'Smart Clothes' Will Improve And/Or Ruin Your LifeThe No. 1 Quality Future Employers Want In A Job CandidateFinally! An 'American Ninja' Competition For The Netflix Warrior In Us AllHow To Reboot Your Child For The Digital AgeBig Brother Is Watching You ... From Your ToasterVictimized By An Airbnb Racist? Good Luck With That ...'Pokémon GO': Expand Your World, Meet New People, Get Robbed By ThemNever Too Young To Learn Password Protection!Samsung's New Galaxy Note 7 Is The BombAs Robots Are Able To Do More Jobs, What's Left For Humans?Driverless Cars Are Missing A Human TouchKeep Calm And Play 'Pokémon GO'Mating Rituals Of Silicon ValleyYes. But Would A Car Want To Drive Itself?The One Sure Way To Get Your Kickstarter CrowdfundedCatfishing: Another Concern Of Video Job InterviewsHarriet Tubman $20 Bill In The Era Of Apple Pay'Observing And Recording' The Cops Comes With LimitationsHow Slack (And Open-Office Design) Is Transforming Workplace CommunicationHow To Answer Dumb Interview Questions (In Silicon Valley)What Do Women Want From Video Games?How Office Robots May Put Your Job At Risk In Ways You Haven't ImaginedThe Ultimate First World ProblemPrince Fans Pay Tribute By Paying For His MusicHe's A Mac, He's A PC ... And That's The FBIStar Wars' BB-8 Takes The FieldRoger Goodell Isn't Dead, But The NFL Needs A New Twitter PasswordRallHillary Clinton's Private Email Server Is Still A Thing

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:07:00 -0400

Americans love privacy so much, weshare it with everyone. Cartoon byChris Britt.

Back in the day, co-workers used to email each other rather than leaning over the cubicle wall. Times certainly have changed ... or have they?


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3 Secure Income Plays For 6.3% To 7.8% Yields

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:38:00 -0400

Real estate investment trusts (REITs), when picked carefully, provide generous dividends that will fund your retirement cash flow needs by themselves.


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Amazon.com On Thursday

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:55:00 -0400

Amazon.com is expected to earn $1.11/share on $35.40 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $1.20.


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10 Big States Taxing Internet Sales10 Big States Taxing Internet Sales1. California2. Texas3. New York4. Illinois5. Pennsylvania6. Georgia7. North Carolina8. New Jersey9. Virginia 10. Massachusetts

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:55:00 -0400

Shopped online recently? Don’t be surprised if your state’s sales tax is added to the total at check-out. Congress has yet to pass a bill requiring an Internet-only merchant in one state to charge sales taxes to customers in another, but revenue hungry states have pushed ahead---using new laws, reinvigorated old ones and audits to pressure sellers to collect their levies. Traditional retailers like Wal-Mart fell in line years ago, as did Apple and Dell. And by Jan. 1, 2014, the biggest hold-out-- Internet behemoth Amazon.com—will be collecting sales taxes from more than half the U.S. population. Still fancy tax-free? Try eBay or Overstock.com. Or move to Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, Montana or Oregon, which have no sales taxes. Here, as of April 2013, are the 10 biggest population states that have moved to tax e-commerce.

A new state law took effect in September 2012 requiring out-of-state sellers who have in-state marketing or corporate affiliates and more than $1 million in sales a year to Californians, to collect the state’s hefty sales tax (7.5% statewide, but as high as 10% with local add-ons) when shipping goods to its 38 million residents. The law was part of a 2011 deal state leaders struck with Amazon.com--the company agreed not to try to fight the law and to build warehouses in California and in return the state postponed its effective date for 14 months. Meanwhile, to the relief of California web site owners, a state board has issued rules that keep the new law from hitting Internet merchants who merely use in-state affiliates to post Web ads or links.

As part of a 2012 deal with state leaders, Amazon began collecting sales tax from the state’s 26 million residents in July 2012 and is building new warehouse facilities in the state. In return, the Texas Comptroller dropped a claim for $269 million in back sales taxes from Amazon--a claim based on the presence of an Amazon warehouse near Forth Worth that arguably made it liable for sales tax collection. As part of the Amazon deal, a new Texas law requires all Internet merchants with certain affiliated physical facilities in state to collect Texas sales tax, but doesn’t impose that burden on out-of-state companies simply because they have marketing deals with in-state sites.

In 2008, New York passed the first-in-the-nation “Amazon law” requiring Internet merchants with in-state web marketing affiliates to collect the state’s sales taxes on items shipped to its residents. In March 2013, New York’s highest court rejected challenges to the law’s constitutionality that were brought by Amazon and Overstock.com. Overstock, which terminated its in-state affiliates after the law was passed, says it is considering appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Amazon has collected sales taxes from New York's 19.6 million residents since the law was passed.

In March 2011, Illinois Democratic Governor signed an Amazon law requiring any Internet retailer w[...]


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'Dumb' Start-Up Ventures, Great Fortunes

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:00 -0400

“Dumb” start-up ventures can pay big time, provided that they are executed right.


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Toys To Watch In 2017VR Real Feel RacingTeddy RuxpinLEGO BoostHologram BarbieHero Droid BB-8Da Vinci Mini MakerGorilla GymHolocubeRoller Coaster ChallengeMagnaflexHexbug BattleBotsMad MattrThumb Chucks

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:00 -0400

Recognizing the need a better VR racing experience this company not only developing a working steering wheel, it will also release a baseball bat, fishing rod and motocross controllers.

One of the first toys to sport LCD screens for eyes, this toy promises to tell lots of stories to your child, just as the original did.

The new motto for this toy is Build - Code - Play. This is important as many coding toys tend to focus less on the mechanics. LEGO Boost is building and coding in order to have a good time playing.

Special features include customizable appearance in race and body type as well as the ability to tell you the weather, dance and give birthday reminders.

BB-8 promises to impress with his “Follow Me” mode so that he can act as a companion. He will also respond to voice commands.

With it’s incredibly low price of just $249, it’s only a matter of time before children start making and selling their own toys.

This set is both a toy and a tool for the entire family as it encompasses swings, pull-up bars, rope ladders, trapeze attachments and even yoga swings.

For under $20, kids will be able to hold and move a hologram in their hand.

How can one appreciate the physics behind roller coasters without taking up so much space? Simple, turn it into a maze.

Flexible as it is powerful. These magnets offer a bouncy trait that makes it a versatile building toy.

Modeled after the robot stars of ABC’s show, Battlebots, these bots inspire rough and tumble play without hurting anyone.

This new toy has all the benefits of kinetic sand and more as it can be molded into bricks that kids can use to build tall buildings and if they dare, crush with one blow.

Toys like this tend to nurture healthy devotions to self-improvement of skills.


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The Week Ahead: Bullish Evidence Building

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:44:00 -0400

The concerns over earnings season, the French election and the prospect of another broken promise will weigh on stocks this week but the bullish evidence continues to build .....


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From AT&T On Tuesday

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -0400

AT&T is expected to earn $0.75/share on $40.78 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.75.


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10 Innovative Chinese Products At CES 201710 Innovative Chinese Products At CES 20173D Camera With 3D Sound By Sonicam"Little i Guard" Robot By iBotnSmart Pet Feeder On Wheels By Gaoke Times TechnologyRobot Toys By UBTechLow-Cost Robot Arm For Industry by Elephant RoboticsNail Art Printer By O2 NailsModular Robot Toy By Cell Robotics"Shoes Nurse" Shoe SterilizerHealth Seat For WomenXiaomi's Smart Products Lineup

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -0400

Chinese companies are transitioning from contract work to innovation

Sonicam's 3D camera uses 64 microphones to record spatial sound for a truly immersive VR experience.

This companion robot is labeled "Mother's second pair of eyes". It includes functions like target following and "cloud think tank".

Smart pet feeders are so 2016. In 2017, they can move around and include a laser to play with your pet.

These robot toys received innovation awards for their technology and design.

This sub-$10,000 industrial robot arm is equipped with computer vision. It can perform complex tasks like pick-and-place and more.

This portable machine that decorates your nailscreated a stir in the Beauty & Baby Tech section.

This incredibly advanced modular robot would fit right in with others in Big Hero 6, or in a robotics research lab.

This device dries and sterilizes the inside of your shoes.

This smart seat provides heat, steam and infrared to help blood vessels irrigate the uterus. Foot sauna sold separately.

Xiaomi has released dozens of low-cost and high quality smart products including the popular "mini Segway". Why can't we have those products in US yet?


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From Kimberly-Clark On Monday

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:34:00 -0400

Kimberly-Clark is expected to earn $1.54/share on $4.51 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $1.56.


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10 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Career1. Take stock of where you are in your career and where you want to go2. Update your résumé3. Update your LinkedIn profile4. Clean off your desk5. Clean up your inbox6. Clean up your online reputation7. Take a class8. Network9. Pare down your to-do list10. Update your "bragalogue" of recent achievements

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:34:00 -0400

Many of us get so caught up in day-to-day work that we lose sight of whether we're on the right path. Do you enjoy going to work every day? Are you stimulated by what you do? Are you making enough to live the way you want and save for the future? Are you pursuing your professional dreams? If not, take steps. Think about this moment in your career as an 18-month segment. Talk to your boss to find out what you can do to get on a learning curve, and spend the next three months acquiring the skills you need, inside and outside your organization. Take on added responsibilities that will challenge you. In mastering new skills, you may discover new things that excite you and get ideas about what you want to do next.

Replace hackneyed expressions like "strong team player" and "possess organizational skills" with strong, active verbs that demonstrate results. Whenever possible, use numbers to document your performance. Instead of saying "Managed a team of three" say "Managed a team of three employees who interacted with clients and had a 100% client retention rate over two years." Include keywords related to your skills and background, since many big companies use computers to screen résumés for phrases, like "analyst" or "financial modeling." Have a friend double-check your résumé for spelling and grammatical errors. And always be honest.

Add links to any websites that showcase your work. Write a summary of your career, with as many keywords as possible. Enlist colleagues to write recommendations. Increase your volume of connections by reaching out to former colleagues. Send a brief personal note with each invitation to link. Flesh out the "Experience" section to include a description of every job you've had.

Set aside an hour before or after work to declutter your desk. File business cards in some kind of searchable way, and file random documents, too.

Save important e-mails and addresses. Unsubscribe from inbox-clogging newsletters. Write the e-mails you've been avoiding, and move on.

Either set your Facebook settings so prospective employers can't see your updates and photos, or be very sure to post information that presents you in a positive, professional light.

Continuing education is a great way to explore other careers without officially shifting gears. It's often taught by a working professional who can give you an insider's perspective on a particular career. If you're happy in your current job, brush up on skills that will make you a more valuable employee.

The best time to network is when you're not actively searching for a job. Join an alumni organization, and get to know people inside and outside of your field. Network internally by meeting colleagues for lunch or coffee at least once a week.

Consider all the things that compete for your time, and decide which to hold onto and which to discard. If you volunteer with three nonprofit organizations, select the most meaningful one, focus on it, and stop giving your divided attention to all three. Focus on the things that are important to you, and don't do the extraneous stu[...]


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Earnings Preview: What To Expect From T-Mobile On Monday

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:23:00 -0400

T-Mobile Inc is expected to earn $0.35/share on $9.60 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.38.


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