How Apple built a chip Powerhouse
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How Apple built a chip Powerhouse

Steve Jobs long believed Apple should own the technologies inside its products rather than rely on mashups of components from other chip makers, including Samsung, Intel and Imagination Technologies. In 2008, the company made a small but significant step in that direction by acquiring boutique chip maker P.A. Semi. Two years later, Jobs unveiled the iPad….

Some Famously Efficient Japanese Manufacturers Are Now Lying to Compete
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Some Famously Efficient Japanese Manufacturers Are Now Lying to Compete

Bloomberg means that Kobe Steel’s scandal over fake quality data is just the latest example of how some competition-pressed Japanese manufacturers are bending the “rules”, and of how desperate these companies have become to stay ahead of Chinese and other foreign competitors. As a fact, an increasing number of companies in China, South Korea, and elsewhere have…

The New Face of American Unemployment
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The New Face of American Unemployment

Bloomberg reports on the “new face” of American unemployment – one we cannot ignore any longer. Bloomberg finds that as the U.S. labor force crests again, a new complex of problems locks many Americans out of the workplace. Even at so-called full employment, some 20 million Americans are still left behind. While some of America’s jobless are…

People lie but search data tell the truth
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People lie but search data tell the truth

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, in his new book “Everybody Lies,” argues persuasively for a mutiny in social science. As revealed in this article, is that most people tend to lie on surveys and on social media. But in the ostensible privacy of online searching however, he argues, we inadvertently reveal ourselves, and this “digital truth serum” offers…

Will Amazon Kill FedEx?
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Will Amazon Kill FedEx?

So far, for UPS and FedEx, Amazon’s been great for business.  But lately, it seems all the more that it’s taking business away from them. With Amazon having spent $11.5 billion on shipping last year—nearly twice what it did two years ago, things are starting look bleak for prominent delivery service companies. When asked about Amazon’s…