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Counting on the Trendy to Revive Kava, a Traditional Drink

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:50:05 GMT

The owner of a kava farm at work in Taveuni, Fiji. The country’s kava harvests have been inconsistent for years because of outdated farming.Pacific Island governments and others are working to modernize cultivation of kava, hoping that the drink’s popularity can be sustained.

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Google Self-Driving Car Unit Accuses Uber of Using Stolen Technology

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:48:15 GMT

An Uber vehicle mapping the streets and topography of Pittsburgh last year in preparation for the use of driverless cars.A lawsuit says an employee took thousands of secret files on self-driving car design when he left Google to start his own company, later sold to Uber.

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Wheels: Self-Driving Cars Might Need Standards, but Whose?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:49:41 GMT

A more standardized approach to self-driving cars could reduce the amount of processors and wiring needed.Some say autonomous vehicles should have common technology before they hit the road, but there is also a strong case for independent approaches.

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Snapchat Founders’ Grip Tightened After a Spat With an Early Investor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:18:06 GMT

Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners. The terms he attached to an early investment in Snap led the company’s founders to seek overwhelming voting control of their creation.A big question about the I.P.O. of Snap is why its creators retain such outsize voting control. The answer lies in their history with a venture capital firm.

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Fewer Niceties, Similar Price: Airlines Turn to ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:27:02 GMT

Travelers who opt for new basic economy fares will definitely be getting fewer amenities, but may be paying the same price.The new basic economy class seats are expected to be in many cases the same price as the existing standard economy fare.

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Why Being Donald Trump Jr., the Businessman, Won’t Be Easy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:24:34 GMT

From left to right: Jeremy Blackburn, Donald Trump Jr., Jung Yun and Camilo Benedetti.A photo of the president's son and three others at the Trump SoHo hotel in 2010 provides a peek at some of his past associates, how they interacted with him and what they are doing today.

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Jury Rejects U.S. Seizure of Luxury Cars From Exporters

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:11:55 GMT

A jury has ordered the federal government to return luxury cars, including BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes and Land Rovers, that it seized from a small Tennessee company in 2013.The ruling is something of a conclusion to a crackdown on companies that used middlemen to buy cars from American dealers and sell them for big profits in China.

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Google Cousin Develops Technology to Flag Toxic Online Comments

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00:01 GMT

Jared Cohen, president of Jigsaw, formerly known as Google Ideas, in 2015. Jigsaw said it had developed a tool for web publishers to identify comments that can undermine a civil exchange of ideas.Researchers at the incubator Jigsaw think machine learning can help publishers filter out readers’ offensive posts to keep the discourse civil.

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Banking Industry Addresses Diversity, Adding Women to Boards

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:10:19 GMT

Women made up 26 percent of the directors in the banking industry last year, tied with the retail industry and better than the average in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.

Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:27 GMT

Protesters before a town hall meeting with Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey in Branchburg, N.J., on Wednesday.Conservative Republicans are pushing for a fast repeal with only a bare-bones replacement plan, but moderates are interested in coming up with a clear and robust plan.

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Former I.M.F. Leader Sentenced for Embezzlement

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:53:50 GMT

Rodrigo Rato is the most prominent person to have been convicted since the bailout of the Spanish bank Bankia in 2012.Rodrigo Rato was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for misusing the funds of Bankia, a Spanish bank that was eventually bailed out.

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Trump Talk Rattles Aerospace Industry, Up and Down Supply Chain

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:14:53 GMT

Workers in the SmartCells factory in Chehalis, Wash., this month. The company makes rubber mats for Boeing workers. SmartCells has already diversified, sensing potential trouble in the aerospace industry.Many in the field fear border tariffs and trade deals will raise the cost of American airplanes, sending shock waves though its thousands of suppliers.

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Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net. What if His Appointees Disagree?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:27 GMT

Former Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, the new White House budget director, has called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and helped engineer a government shutdown to cut spending.The coming days may show whether President Trump will keep his campaign promises to preserve social programs or take on the views of those around him.

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Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:31:07 GMT

Uber offices in Berlin last year. Some current and former Uber employees describe a largely unrestrained workplace culture.A former employee’s blog post has raised questions about the limits of meritocracy at Uber and how much executives knew about the treatment of employees.

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Automakers Call on E.P.A. Chief to Ease Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:41:06 GMT

Companies like G.M. are buoyed by sales of sport utility vehicles, which are more profitable.Manufacturers are pushing the agency’s new director, Scott Pruitt, who has long battled business regulations, to revisit targets for 2025 affirmed last month by the Obama administration.

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SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting Policies

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:18:11 GMT

The installation of solar panels on a house in San Leandro, Calif. Once SolarCity customers sign up to lease a system, they will make payments to the company month after month for at least 20 years.The company, owned by Tesla, relies on monthly payments from solar panel customers. But foreclosures can halt those payments, and SolarCity relies on only one credit check to vet customers.

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Carlos Ghosn, Executive Who Revived Nissan, Will Step Aside

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:49:06 GMT

Carlos Ghosn at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. He was dispatched to a struggling Nissan in 1999 by Renault, after the French carmaker bought a large stake in the Japanese company.Mr. Ghosn, a rare foreign executive in Japan, took control of the Japanese automaker in 2001 and helped save it from collapse with large job cuts.

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The Future of Work: The Jobs Americans Do

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:02 GMT

Ofelia Bersabe, Santa Clara, Calif. • The Home Health AidePopular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.

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Common Sense: Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:02:54 GMT

A Cadillac CT6 being prepared for the opening of the Chicago Auto Show in early February. Cadillacs have been used by every president since Woodrow Wilson.On the Oscars broadcast, the message will be working together to overcome challenges. But these days, can even invoking unity be a risk for a brand?

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Adventures in Capitalism: How Trump Might Become a Workplace Disrupter

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:25:00 GMT

Workers at a solar energy site outside Cholame, Calif., in August. The internet has changed the way white-collar workers find jobs, but has not benefited blue-collar workers as much.This administration, freed from the usual political debts to unions or Wall Street, has an unusual opportunity to remake American working life.

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Silicon Valley Tried to Upend Banks. Now It Works With Them.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:35:00 GMT

Brett King once hoped his company, Moven, would become “the Facebook of banking.” Today, he is selling his software to the banks he once scorned.Financial start-ups hoping to become the Facebook of banking have had to work with the financial industry instead of displacing it.

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Entrepreneurship: How Small Firms Can Defuse a Political Threat and Blunt a Boycott

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:27:09 GMT

Nicole Morgenthau, owner of Finch Knitting & Sewing Studio, in Leesburg, Va. When Ms. Morgenthau received an email from a Trump supporter threatening a boycott of her store, she posted the letter and her reply on Facebook, leading to an outpouring of support and an increase in business.Corporations have crisis management firms at their behest. Small-business owners have to rely on their own wits to respond to political animosity.

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The Secret Art History on Your Money

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:49:42 GMT

A $1 note from the Corn Exchange Bank of Wisconsin shows an illustration of a “fancy head” derived from a painting by the French artist Constant Joseph Brochart.An exhibition at the Grolier Club explores the beautiful and sometimes just odd images on financial instruments, and the unsung artists who created them.

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Tech Fix: Picking a New Phone Plan? Here Are Your Best Bets

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00:46 GMT

Unlimited plans may sound appealing, but they are not for everyone. And picking among other options can challenge the savviest of consumers.

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State of the Art: I Ignored Trump News for a Week. Here’s What I Learned.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:20 GMT

President Trump has taken up semipermanent residence on every media outlet of any kind, political or not.Coverage of President Trump may eclipse that of any single human being ever. I discovered several truths about our digital media ecosystem when I tuned it out.

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The Future of Work: The Retraining Paradox

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Many Americans need jobs, or want better jobs, while employers have good jobs they can’t fill. Matching them up is the tricky part.

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From Trump the Nationalist, a Trail of Global Trademarks

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:51:29 GMT

The Trump Tower in Mumbai, India, far right, which was under construction last November. President Trump also has a trademark in India in a category that covers laundry detergent, perfume and soaps.A review of foreign trademarks registered to President Trump’s companies gives clues to a globe-spanning strategy and potential conflicts of interest.

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Scene Stealers: And Now, Here’s Your Right-Wing Podcast Host: Chuck Woolery!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:32:02 GMT

Chuck Woolery, famous during the 1980s for hosting game shows like “Wheel of Fortune,” “Scrabble” and “Love Connection,” has since 2014 been hosting the podcast “Blunt Force Truth” with a friend, Mark Young.Maybe if Mr. Woolery’s former showbiz colleagues had tuned in between binges on NPR and CNN, they wouldn’t have been so shocked by the outcome of the election.

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Life as a Runway: How Etsy Employees Dress for the Office

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:18:05 GMT

Contrary to what you might think, not everyone at the e-commerce company wears vintage.

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Ask The Wirecutter: How to Decide Which Headphones to Buy (Hint: Not Apple’s AirPods)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:10:36 GMT

Sampling headphones at an Apple store in San Francisco. With so many choices on the market, having two less expensive pairs may be the best option.With so many choices available, shopping for earphones can be daunting. A headphone editor suggests buying two cheaper pairs suited to different needs.

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Video Review: 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:30:41 GMT

The GTI strikes an excellent balance between performance and practicality. It was the original hot hatchback and remains the one to beat.

Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity’s Liberal Partner on Fox News, Dies at 66

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:23:55 GMT

Alan Colmes conducting an interview in 2004 after a presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.Mr. Colmes and Mr. Hannity sparred for 12 years in Fox News Channel’s most tangible effort to fulfill its “fair and balanced” credo.

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Op-Ed Contributor: What Facebook Owes to Journalism

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:28:33 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to help the news media. Here’s what he needs to do.

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