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Sales Are Slow For Trump Condos In Chicago

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:33pm

An unusually large number of luxury condos are for sale or rent at Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower. Market forces and protests over the Trump presidency may both be factors.

Kaspersky's Russian Roots Come Under Scrutiny

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:33pm

The Pentagon may soon be prohibited from using anti-virus software and other products from Kaspersky Lab. The Moscow-based company is alleged to have ties to the Kremlin, which Kaspersky denies.

Appeals Court Says EPA Can't Keep Delaying Obama-Era Methane Rules

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:55pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. notes the EPA can choose to rewrite a rule designed to prevent leaks from natural gas facilities. But it can't just put it off for two years, the judges decided.

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There Are Plenty Of RFID-Blocking Products, But Do You Need Them?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 1:41pm

An industry has sprung up to make wallets and accessories that block hackers from "skimming" data wirelessly through radio frequency identification. But some experts say there's little need to worry.

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In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 7:15am

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

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Why Isn't The Housing Market Booming The Way Experts Expected?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:39am

Interest rates are near historic lows and consumer confidence is high, but the market isn't booming. One reason may be mobility: people moving from state to state is half what it was two decades ago.

For Job Retraining Programs To Work, People Need To Show Up

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:44am

Retraining workers who've lost jobs is tough. If the program isn't good, workers may get trained for jobs that no longer exist. And even when the training is good, it's hard to get people to show up.

New Jersey Budget Deal Reached Just In Time For July 4 Celebrations

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 12:40am

State beaches and parks will be open for the holiday now that lawmakers in the New Jersey legislature and Gov. Chris Christie reached a $34.7 billion budget deal Monday night.

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In Russia's Tech Center, Scientists Face Rewarding But Unpredictable Life

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:09pm

Research institutes in Novosibirsk were built as innovation centers in the USSR. Despite the brain drain, scientists and techies remain, but life for successful entrepreneurs can be unpredictable.

In Reno, Nev., Homegrown Startups Fuel Tech Transformation

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Reno, Nev., is enjoying a tech boom. Giants like Apple, Google and Tesla are all there. The transformation is also being driven by some homegrown start-ups, but some worry Reno will become unaffordable.

Damaged Goods: How A Truck Accident Leads To Cheap Cheese

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

When a truck overturns or a warehouse catches fire, the result can be millions of dollars worth of slightly damaged goods. Mike Mentuck's job is to get those goods back into the marketplace and save insurance companies' money in the process.

A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 2:43pm

Southwest China's Guizhou province is one of the country's poorest, most remote regions. But Guizhou has some unique advantages, which it is trying to use to transform itself into a big-data hub.

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How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:29pm

The Smithsonian's first brewing historian explores everything from immigration to urbanization through the lens of beer. And with the boom in microbrewing, she says beer's story has come full circle.

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Tesla's Long-Awaited, Lower-Priced Model 3 To Arrive Friday

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50am

The first of Tesla's significantly more affordable Model 3 cars should finish production by next weekend, CEO Elon Musk announced late Sunday.

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