business
Incredible New Trading Software Only Lost Money One Day in Four Years

If you think the stock market can be a gamble, you'd now be wrong. The latest trading software developed by Virtu—a company specialising in high-frequency trading—has had only one day of loss in the past four years. Read More >>

privacy
WhatsApp Purchase Challenged Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook's recent acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp took a great many people by surprise, and unsurprisingly a number of people have raised concerns about the implications the purchase will have on user privacy. This is Facebook, after all. A complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission has demanded that the deal be put on hold until Facebook can shed light on its plans for user data. Read More >>

concepts
Make a Fine First Impression With a Tetris-Playing Business Card

In a time when business cards seem more obsolete than ever, people are coming up with ways to modernise them. What way to make a better first impression than Kevin Bateske, who created this business-card-sized Game Boy clone called the Arduboy. Read More >>

shopping
Dixons and Carphone Warehouse in Talks to Merge and Create UK Tech Behemoth

High street tablet and washing machine specialist Dixons Group is having talks with mobile expert Carphone Warehouse about a possible merger, with the plan being to create one tech giant with a staggering 2,900 UK branches. Read More >>

apple
Could Mac OS X Have Saved Sony's Vaio PC Business?

Sony is ditching its poorly-performing Vaio PC line, boxing it up and selling it off to Japan Industrial Partners in order to focus on its more-fruitful TV and PlayStation offerings. But could it have been a different story if the company had pursued one of Steve Jobs more pie-in-the-sky ideas? Read More >>

microsoft
Rumour: Microsoft is Preparing to Name Satya Nadella as CEO

Microsoft's board is reportedly preparing to name Satya Nadella as the new CEO. Nadella is an internal candidate most recently in charge of the company's enterprise and cloud endeavours. The company is also reportedly considering replacing Bill Gates as chairman. [Bloomberg] Read More >>

money
UK's Minimum Wage May Pop to £7 an Hour as Country Plods into Recovery Mode

Chancellor George "Cockney" Osborne has come out in favour of a shock, inflation-busting rise in the minimum wage, suggesting that those on the adult minimum pay structure might be earning a basic £7 an hour by the year 2015. Read More >>

business
2013 in Patent Wars, and Which Companies Will be a-Trollin' in 2014

Although you probably wouldn't want to sit next to a 'technical patent litigation specialist' at a dinner party, the patent wars of 2013 had almost all the tension and bad acting of an ITV legal drama -- lengthy motions, last-minute filings, down-to-the-wire bans, a corrupt judge or two, and even a last-minute presidential pardon. Read More >>

computers
IBM's Watson is Now the Size of Three Pizza Boxes--It's Also a Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson's crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a billion dollar investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City's Astor Place. Read More >>

tv
ITV and Vodafone Named as Possible Buyers of Channel 5

A suite of the world's cash-richest companies are said to be in line to buy Channel 5, with the owner of the TV network looking for around £700m to hand it over. Considering Richard Desmond's media group bought the station for £103.5m back in 2010, that'd be a nice little profit for him. [FT & THR via Digital Spy] Read More >>

money
Britain's Big New Multi-Million Export? Pig Sperm

Nuclear reactors, mineral fuels, cars and railway rolling stock. Add to that list of the UK's biggest exports pig cum. Read More >>

business
Accused of Spying, Huawei CEO Says it's "Exiting the US Market"

It looks like China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, is sick and tired of the United States accusing it of cyberspying. In an interview with the French press, the company's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said they're throwing in the towel stateside. Read More >>

blackberry
"It's Just a Scratch" Claims BlackBerry CEO in Open Letter to Business World

BlackBerry's interim CEO John Chen has gone down the open letter road to get his message across, claiming the business is no longer for sale and that the original deal with Fairfax is how it's going to be from now on -- and its future is safe. So don't all switch to iPhone in a panic. Read More >>

money
Money DOES Buy Happiness, But Too Much Triggers Status Anxiety and the Sadness Just Returns

The University of Warwick has been tracking the happiness index of people in countries with rising wealth levels, suggesting that more money actually leads to fewer problems -- but once earnings rise above a certain level the greed urge kicks in and you start getting stressed that nothing's good enough. Read More >>

apple
Yes, Apple Has Bought the Kinect Sensor People's Arses

Apple's rumoured purchase of Israeli company PrimeSense has been confirmed, with Apple releasing a short statement about the deal over the weekend. But it didn't say how much it paid, nor would it outline any firm "purpose or plans" behind the buy. An Xbox One royalty play, perhaps? [BBC] Read More >>

airplanes
What, People are Actually Paying Easyjet to Pre-Book Seats?

Budget flier Easyjet increased its average profit-per-passenger from £4.81 per seat to £7.03 over the last year, thanks in part to letting passengers pay a little extra for the luxury of pre-booking a seat in advance and trying to bag a nice one with an extra few millimetres of knee/magazine clearance. Read More >>

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