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Euro zone business growth slows in September as prices keep sliding: PMI

A huge euro logo is pictured past next to headquarters of ECB in Frankfurt By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Euro zone business activity has expanded at a slightly weaker pace than expected in September as firms cut prices for the 30th month in a row, a survey showed on Tuesday. The data will dishearten the European Central Bank, which is struggling to spur growth and revive inflation rooted way below its target. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies across the region and seen as a good indicator of growth, dipped to a nine-month low of 52. ...


Euro data hits stocks, China reading soothes commodities

A man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and the stock price indexes of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - More downbeat data from Europe left shares on course for a third day of losses on Tuesday, though commodities got a break from recent selling after a reading on China's massive factory sector outpaced the market's bleak expectations. In data likely to dishearten European policymakers, euro zone business activity expanded at a slightly weaker pace than expected this month, with firms also cutting prices for a 30th month in a row to drum up business. The manufacturing PMI for Germany, Europe's largest economy, slumped to 50. ...


Samsung Electronics holds its first Image Sensor Forum in China

Samsung Electronics holds its first Image Sensor Forum in China On September 22nd, Samsung Electronics held the Samsung Image Sensor Forum 2014 in Shenzhen, showcasing its latest image sensor technologies and emphasizing the strategic importance of the Chinese mobile image sensor market.   Over 300 …


Air France CEO says strike could kill Transavia project

French Prime Minister Valls sits in cockpit of an Airbus A380 aircraft in Hamburg PARIS (Reuters) - The labor dispute with French pilots over the launch of Air France-KLM's low-cost airline Transavia in Europe could force management to abandon it, the company's chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said on Tuesday. Speaking as a strike costing up to 20 million euros($25.7 million) daily entered its ninth day despite his promise to suspend the project to the end of the year, de Juniac said he was deeply reluctant to abandon a launch he sees as crucial to fight competition from other low-cost players, but that he might have to. ...


China September factory activity edges up but employment shrinks

An employee works at a machine manufacturing factory in Huaibei By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up some momentum in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a potential source of worry for Communist leaders who prize social stability above all else. Signs of a weakening labor market reinforced expectations that China would further relax financing conditions in coming weeks, but stop short of cutting interest rates or loosening the reserve requirement for all banks to support the economy. The HSBC/Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50. ...


Alibaba's Jack Ma rises to top of China rich list as tech tycoons gain

Alibaba founder Jack Ma waits for an interview at the NYSE before the company's IPO, in New York By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , has become China's richest man with a fortune estimated at $25 billion, underscoring the ascension of tech tycoons over real estate peers in the world's second biggest economy. Ma knocked Wang Jianlin, head of the Wanda property group, into second place with $24.2 billion, according to this year's list of China's super-rich published by Hurun Reports Inc. Tech billionaires accounted for half of the top 10 names and included Tencent Holdings Ltd founder Pony Ma in fifth place with a $18. ...


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 preorders in South Korea sell out

Sarah Tew Carriers rejoice as the preorder window for Samsung's phablet has been cut short due to high demand.>


IKEA's next style revolution: itself

IKEA design chief Marcus Engman poses for a picture in Stockholm By Mia Shanley ALMHULT Sweden (Reuters) - Having redesigned kitchens, bathrooms and sitting rooms around the world, IKEA has decided to redesign itself. The store that inserted Scandinavian design into millions of households from Beijing to Boston needs to come up with something new to keep its leading position in an industry which is fast being transformed by travel and the Internet. Says its head of design Marcus Engman: "I think we have to - and we are - rethinking what's Scandinavian for tomorrow. ...


Philips to split off lighting business, form separate company

A Philips logo is seen at Philips headquarters in Amsterdam AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120-year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15-billion euro business. The company said the new structure would bring cost savings of 100 million euros (128.46 million US dollar) next year and a further 200 million euros in 2016. It expects restructuring charges of 50 million euros from 2014 to 2016. ...


M&S frees Alan Stewart to take up Tesco CFO role early

File photograph shows grey clouds hanging over a Tesco Extra store in New Malden southwest London LONDON (Reuters) - British retailer Marks & Spencer has allowed Alan Stewart, its departing chief finance officer, to join troubled rival Tesco in the same role two months early following an appeal from Tesco's new chief executive Dave Lewis. Tesco , Britain's biggest grocer, said Stewart would join the firm on Tuesday, rather than the previously announced date of Dec. 1. Stewart quit M&S on July 10 to join Tesco but had since been on a period of so called "gardening leave", with M&S intent on holding him to his contractual notice period. ...


Tiny robot learns to fly a real plane

Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET A doll-sized humanoid robot has learned how to use a cockpit simulator to fly a light aircraft designed for humans.>


Argentina's Fernandez meets billionaire investor Soros in New York

George Soros speaks on stage at the Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event hosted by the International Rescue Committee at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez met on Monday with Argentina bondholder and billionaire financier George Soros, who is suing a U.S. bank caught in the middle of the country's latest default. A spokesman for Soros said they had discussed topics including the energy sector. The meeting came as Fernandez's leftist government struggles to kick-start growth and contain runaway consumer prices after failing to complete a June interest payment to Soros and other holders of bonds restructured after a previous default. Soros' portfolio also includes a 3. ...


Pi-Top: The 3D-printable Raspberry Pi laptop anyone can build

Pi-Top In the interests of making computer-building -- and computers -- accessible to all comes the Pi-Top, a do-it-yourself, 3D-printable Raspberry Pi laptop.>


Samsung Introduces QMD Series Smart Signage Offering Ultra-Realistic Detail

Samsung Introduces QMD Series Smart Signage Offering Ultra-Realistic Detail Summary: • Samsung introduced the QMD Series Smart Signage, an 85-inch Ultra High-Definition (UHD) commercial display, offering an immersive viewing experience, dynamic connectivity, and enhanced display functionality.      Samsung Introduces QMD Series Smart Signage Offering Ultra-Realistic …


Smartphone app knows when you're feeling blue

Dmitry Kalinin, CC BY 2.0 A newly developed smartphone app collects and analyses various data to predict when you're feeling depressed, stressed, or lonely.>


Ray Ozzie's new app reimagines the phone call

Ray Ozzie, working on his first startup since a five-year stint at Microsoft. One of Bill Gates' all-time favorite programmers is back after pondering the hypothetical: What would people do if the phone had never been invented before the Internet came along?>


Facebook said to be near launch of new ad network

Facebook said to be near launch of new ad network New Atlas platform expected to help marketers better target and measure their ads, according to the Wall Street Journal.>


See evil haunt an IKEA-like store in horror book trailer

Wander the labyrinth inside the prefab furniture store Orsk, which is full of bargains and angry spirits. Angry spirits torment employees at a modern furniture store, giving new meaning to the phrase "graveyard shift.">


Lyft buys Hitch, giving its carpool feature a jumpstart

Lyft began testing a carpool feature called Lyft Line in San Francisco in August. The peer-to-peer car service buys another ride-sharing platform that's focused on connecting multiple passengers along the same route.>


Scientists map the 219 million stars of the visible Milky Way

ESO/S. Brunier A new catalogue of the visible Milky Way is the most detailed yet, charting 219 million distinct stars in the region we can see from Earth.>


Immersion looks to shake up mobile videos with touch feedback

Immersion looks to shake up mobile videos with touch feedback The company unveils TouchSense Engage, which uses touch feedback technology to simulate the roar of a crowd or the boom of an explosion.>


Kinetic sculpture reflects meteor impacts on the moon

Field The lunar surface gets artsy in the hands of two London digital designers and their data-driven hanging sculpture based on cosmic events.>


Uber seen upping fee it charges new drivers in SF to 25%

Uber seen upping fee it charges new drivers in SF to 25% Drivers for the peer-to-peer car service are increasingly being hit with pay cuts and raised costs, according to an Uber notification posted to Reddit.>


Tesla Model S avoids traffic with new software update

Tesla Model S avoids traffic with new software update Tesla Model S owners are receiving an over-the-air software update for their cars which adds traffic avoidance features and calendar integration.>


Google+ accounts no longer needed for new Gmail users

Google+ accounts no longer needed for new Gmail users People signing up for Gmail can now say "no thanks" to Google's social network -- one of many moves the search giant has made in the past few months regarding Google+.>


Kinectic sculpture reflects meteor impacts on the moon

Field The lunar surface gets artsy in the hands of two London digital designers and their data-driven hanging sculpture based on cosmic events.>


Tomorrow Daily 055: A $1 microscope for cell phones, a new Oculus VR prototype, and more

Tomorrow Daily 055: A $1 microscope for cell phones, a new Oculus VR prototype, and more On today's show, we wonder what we'd use a cell phone microscope for, discuss the ongoing (and highly entertaining) Twitter war between Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams, and freak out over how cool the newest Oculus VR prototype looks.>


Apple may change Beats brand as it spins up music service

Apple may change Beats brand as it spins up music service There are conflicting reports about what Apple will ultimately do with Beats Music, with Recode reporting a potential name change, and TechCrunch calling for the service to be scrapped completely. Apple says TechCrunch's report is inaccurate.>


Future Proofing Your Brand Strategy

Future Proofing Your Brand Strategy "The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet." William GibsonFuture proofing your brand strategy is a constantly moving target.Visual Communications Drive Engagement like not other content, especially in today's smartphone drenched world. Be discriminating with all images used across your digital footprint.Content in...


How Laura Fuentes Turned Packing School Lunches Into A Business

How Laura Fuentes Turned Packing School Lunches Into A Business Everyone is entrepreneurial these days: prototyping and making MVPs, building out innovation programs, corporations hiring professional full-time EIRs and while some companies face massive layoffs and restructures, the entrepreneurial spirit has caught on to almost all corporate cultures but in true American form the real entrepreneur starts at...


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