Tesla's Musk seeks to allay water concerns at factory site after protests

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk sought to allay environmental concerns about the electric carmaker’s planned […]

Renault, Nissan chief engineers to meet, revive R&D projects: sources

PARIS (Reuters) – Renault’s (RENA.PA) engineering boss will meet his counterpart at Nissan (7201.T) in Japan this week, two sources close to Renault said, as the carmakers seek to revive projects crucial to an alliance left reeling by the Carlos Ghosn affair. FILE PHOTO: The logos of car manufacturers Renault and Nissan are seen in […]

This Week in Business: Beware Mysterious Videos on Your Phone

My iPhone got hacked once, but the only fallout was that it sent my contacts a bizarre email containing only a fish emoji (really). The billionaire Jeff Bezos apparently wasn’t so lucky — but of course, his phone contents are far juicier than mine. For more on that strange story, and the business and tech […]

Boeing's 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co successfully staged the first flight of the world’s largest twin-engined jetliner on Saturday in a respite from the crisis over its smallest model, the grounded 737 MAX. The 777X, a larger version of the 777 mini-jumbo, touched down at the historic Boeing Field outside Seattle at 2 pm (2200 GMT) […]

India Restores Some Internet Access in Kashmir After Long Shutdown

NEW DELHI — Months after imposing a sweeping communications blackout in Kashmir, the Indian government on Saturday unblocked several hundred websites in the disputed Himalayan region, bringing a tentative end to the world’s longest internet shutdown in a democracy. The announcement comes nearly half a year after India’s government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, […]

Electric vehicle maker Rivian: expect prices lower than previously announced

MILL VALLEY, California (Reuters) – Electric vehicle startup Rivian on Saturday displayed its pickup truck and SUV at an event in San Francisco’s Bay Area and said that when their prices are unveiled soon they will be lower than has been previously announced. The Rivian R1T all-electric truck is pictured at an event, held by […]

Russell Simmons Documentary Premieres Amid Controversy

PARK CITY, Utah — Outside the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “On the Record,” the documentary about women who have accused the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, a truck flashed an electronic sign in support of survivors: “Hold sexual abusers accountable.” Inside, the directors were thanking the festival for its support after Oprah […]

Pompeo Denounces News Media, Undermining U.S. Message on Press Freedom

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated his clash with a respected NPR journalist on Saturday, lashing out at her and what he called the “unhinged” news media in an extraordinary statement. A day earlier, he abruptly ended an interview with her and delivered what the news outlet described as a profanity-laced rant. The […]

Boeing 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight

A Boeing 777X airplane takes off during its first test flight from the company’s plant in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) on Saturday successfully completed the maiden flight of the world’s largest twin-engined jetliner, the 777X. The 252-foot-long passenger jet landed at Boeing Field near downtown […]

Clayton Christensen, Guru of ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ Dies at 67

Clayton M. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School whose groundbreaking 1997 book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” outlined his theories about the impact of what he called “disruptive innovation” on leading companies and catapulted him to superstar status as a management guru, died on Thursday at a hospital in Boston. He was 67. The cause was […]

Indonesia Releases U.S. Journalist Detained Over Visa Issue

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An American environmental journalist accused of violating the terms of his visa has been freed after three days in jail and is likely to be deported soon, a top Indonesian government minister said. The journalist, Philip Jacobson, 30, who works for the nonprofit news site Mongabay and is known for exposing environmental […]

EU plans more protectionist antitrust rules, data sharing in policy shake-up

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU plans to adopt more protectionist antitrust rules and encourage businesses to share data as part of an industrial policy overhaul aimed at giving European companies a sharper edge in global markets, a strategy document seen by Reuters shows. FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in […]

Fashion retailer H&M says data protection breaches unacceptable

FILE PHOTO: The H&M clothing store is seen in Times Square, New York, Nov. 15 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Fashion retailer H&M (HMb.ST) said on Saturday that data security breaches found at its German unit were unacceptable and it was cooperating with the local data protection supervisory authority in its investigation into […]

Owners of solar company that caused loss for Buffett plead guilty over Ponzi scheme

(Reuters) – The husband-and-wife owners of DC Solar, a California solar company that caused Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) to take a $377 million charge last year, pleaded guilty on Friday to involvement in an estimated $912 million Ponzi scheme. Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett walks through the exhibit hall as shareholders gather to […]

Your Credit Score May Soon Change. Here’s Why.

Your credit score — that all-important passport within the financial world — may be about to change. And it won’t necessarily be because of anything you did or didn’t do. The Fair Isaac Corporation, the company that creates the widely used three-digit FICO score, is tweaking its formula. Consumers in good financial standing should see […]

The 3 critical questions your prospective clients need you to answer

Photo: Shutterstock. Before you market anything to anyone, there are 3 critical questions your prospective customers need you to answer. Here’s why this matters. Almost all marketing from small and medium-sized businesses gets this wrong. And in doing so, they needlessly lose out on additional sales or new clients. I don’t want that to happen to […]

Starbucks shuts shops, suspends delivery in China's Hubei amid virus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: visitor drinks coffee at a Starbucks outlet inside the Forbidden City in Beijing January 18, 2007. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV BEIJING (Reuters) – Starbucks has closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China’s Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, where a coronavirus outbreak originated from its capital Wuhan has caused […]

What You Need to Know to Visit Spain as a Tourist

Featured image from Pixabay on Pexels Every business owner needs a break from time to time. Are you thinking about some international travel for your next vacation from running your business? For instance, would you like to visit Spain? If you do, you’re going to need a visa in addition to your passport. In this […]

Trump Impeachment: Making a Case Against a President, and Against Tuning Out

They played video. They brought graphics. They cited Alexander Hamilton so many times, they may owe royalties to Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Democratic House impeachment managers, unfolding their case against President Donald J. Trump, were conducting a TV trial without many of the staples of legal drama, particularly witnesses on the stand. Instead, they relied on […]

New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App

New Jersey police officers are now barred from using a facial recognition app made by a start-up that has licensed its groundbreaking technology to hundreds of law enforcement agencies around the country. Gurbir S. Grewal, New Jersey’s attorney general, told state prosecutors in all 21 counties on Friday that police officers should stop using the […]

Trump speaks with British PM Johnson about telecoms security: White House

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday discussed the security of telecommunications networks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the White House said, as Britain nears a […]

Fiat Chrysler asks U.S. court to toss out GM racketeering claims: filing

(Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) on Friday urged a federal judge to throw out a General Motors Co’s (GM.N) lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of racketeering and bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union to put GM at a multibillion dollar labor cost disadvantage. FILE PHOTO: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) headquarters are seen […]

Stocks Fall as Second Virus Case in U.S. Spooks Investors

[embedded content] Stocks in the United States suffered their worst decline since early October, amid concern that a dangerous new virus could hurt the global economy. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite index both dropped 0.9 percent on Friday. The declines picked up steam after officials said a second case of […]

New U.S. curb on Huawei in limbo amid pushback from Pentagon: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department has withdrawn a rule aimed at further reducing sales to China’s Huawei Technologies amid concerns from the Defense Department the move would harm U.S. businesses, people familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: Huawei’s first global flagship store is pictured in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China October 30, 2019. […]

Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries. Google’s fees range from $45 for a subpoena and $60 for a wiretap to $245 for a search warrant, according […]

Former top U.S. general Dunford joining Lockheed Martin's board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former top U.S. military official, General Joseph Dunford, has been elected to the board of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the Pentagon’s largest weapons supplier, the company said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford arrives in the Rotunda before the casket of U.S. Senator John McCain lies in […]

Explainer: Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Allegations that Amazon.com boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones and the secretive tools used to hack them. FILE PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington […]

U.S. bank regulator sharpens teeth on Wells Fargo, surprising critics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long accused of being too soft, a U.S. bank regulator has surprised its critics with tough treatment of scandal-ridden lender Wells Fargo, culminating on Thursday in more than$58 million in fines against eight former executives at the bank. FILE PHOTO: A Wells Fargo logo is seen in New York City, U.S. January […]

Remaining hurdles for scandal-hit Wells Fargo

FILE PHOTO: A Wells Fargo logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. Picture taken October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co and its officials have racked up well over $4 billion (3 billion pounds) in penalties since a sales practices scandal […]

Bayer faces fourth U.S. Roundup cancer trial in Monsanto's hometown

(Reuters) – Bayer AG is set to face a fourth U.S. jury trial over allegations that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, with four cancer patients in the hometown of its agricultural subsidiary Monsanto scheduled to begin making their case on Friday. The lawsuit marks the first multi-plaintiff trial in the litigation over whether glyphosate, […]

The S&P 500 has worst day since October as virus fears mount

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street fell in a broad sell-off on Friday, as investors fled equities on growing concerns over the scope of the coronavirus outbreak, capping the S&P 500’s worst week in six months. All three major U.S. stock averages turned sharply negative, with the S&P 500 seeing its biggest one-day percentage drop […]

Habit Burger Grill plans to offer Impossible plant-based patty

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Habit Restaurants Inc (HABT.O), known as the Habit Burger Grill, plans to put a plant-based meat patty from Impossible Foods Inc on its menu in the second half of this year as a limited-time offering. FILE PHOTO: Employees work at the Impossible Foods headquarters in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco, […]

Success in Real Estate: 4 Principles to Master

Working in real estate demands a lot of time and effort, but offers substantial financial rewards for those who become successful. Managing those demands can be an agent’s biggest challenge. Success in real estate is possible with these four principles. Feature Photo by The Lazy Artist Gallery from Pexels Real Estate Is Business Many people picture a successful […]

Ecommerce Security: 10 Tips for Your Online Store

Featured image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay  Ecommerce has changed the way consumers shop. No longer does the traditional brick-and-mortar store reign supreme. Instead, online stores, by offering shopping convenience all day and all night every single day of the year, lure customers to their sites from all over the world. And as ecommerce sales continue […]

Frieda Caplan, Who Enlivened the Produce Aisle, Dies at 96

Frieda Rapoport Caplan, a food distributor who changed the look of American produce aisles and made palates more adventurous by championing kiwifruit, enoki mushrooms, Jerusalem artichokes and countless other once-exotic items, died on Jan. 18 at her home in Los Alamitos, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. She was 96. Cindy Sherman, head of marketing at […]

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director

Just a few years ago, intimacy direction was such a new practice in the theater that hiring someone to choreograph sex scenes was almost unheard of. Then along came #MeToo, and awareness rapidly began to shift. By last summer, intimacy direction was on Broadway. Now Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the nation’s leading regional theaters, […]

Roxane Gay Revisits ‘Darkness’ as a Graphic Novel

The author Roxane Gay is making another foray into the world of graphic novels, with the publication in October of “The Sacrifice of Darkness,” an adaptation of one of her short stories. The fantasy is about a world that is cloaked in darkness when it loses its sun. Tracy Lynne Oliver is a co-writer of […]

E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade […]

E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade […]

Bombardier scrambles to craft rail merger with Alstom, Hitachi: sources

LONDON/MONTREAL/PARIS (Reuters) – Bombardier (BBDb.TO) has approached France’s Alstom (ALSO.PA) and Japan’s Hitachi (6501.T) to find a merger partner for its rail business as it struggles to contain costs that have eaten into margins, sources told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A worker walks in front of a Bombardier advertising board at the SBB CFF Swiss railway […]

London Police Are Taking Surveillance to a Whole New Level

LONDON — London’s police department said on Friday that it would begin using facial recognition technology in the city to identify people off the street in real time with video cameras, adopting a level of surveillance that is rare outside of China. The decision is a major development in the use of a technology that […]

Walmart testing higher minimum wage for some employees

FILE PHOTO: A man passes in front a “bodegon” named “Mini Walmart” in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela December 10, 2019. Picture taken December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero (Reuters) – Walmart Inc (WMT.N) is testing a higher starting wage for certain newly created jobs in about 500 U.S. stores, as it looks to improve in-store experience for […]

Tougher Huawei Restrictions Stall After Defense Department Objects

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has temporarily shelved a proposed rule change that would further restrict American sales to Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, after some officials in the Defense Department and other agencies argued that the measure, which was intended to protect national security, could actually undermine it, according to people familiar with the […]

Nestle teams up with Canadian plant-based ingredient makers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ZURICH (Reuters) – Food group Nestle SA (NESN.S) said on Friday it has teamed up with small Canadian plant-based food ingredient makers Burcon (BU.TO) and Merit Functional Foods, the second such supply agreement this month that targets Canadian crops. FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured during the 152nd Annual General Meeting of Nestle in […]

Financier doubts add to Boeing's MAX headaches

DUBLIN (Reuters) – To restore faith in the 737 MAX, Boeing needs to prove its flagship jet is not just airworthy but also a safe investment. FILE PHOTO: Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, U.S. July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo At a […]

Boeing considers another cut in 787 Dreamliner production: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Boeing Co is contemplating another cut in 787 Dreamliner production, Bloomberg reported on Friday. China, a major buyer of the 787, hasn’t been buying airplanes from Boeing recently, leading to a drought of orders for the wide-body aircraft. Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust […]