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Amazon wants you to call...

July 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Amazon (AMZN) is getting back into mobile phones. The company announced an experiment to subsidize two low-cost Android phones. This is not the first time Amazon’s tackled mobile. In 2014 it unveiled the Fire phone, a high-end smartphone with a heavily skinned version of Android,...

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Brave new world of synthetic DNA

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.It really is a brave new world. Last week a group of prominent scientists announced plans for a project to create synthetic human DNA from scratch. The project will be led by synthetic biologists Jef Boeke of Langone Medical at the New York University and George Church of Harvard Medical School,...

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Apple dials up trouble for iPhone

July 8th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple (AAPL) shareholders should be worried. It used to be a button-down, tight-lipped secretive company. Those days are gone. It’s now so transparent it’s verging on the pathetic. Maybe you’ve heard the news. According to the Wall Street Journal, with the exception...

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Parking is the new plastics

July 6th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.In the film "The Graduate," a family friend offers young Ben guidance for his future: Plastics. Good call. Google is having that consigliore moment right now with cities. Like Mr. McGuire in the film, it wants to whisper just one word: Parking.A couple of weeks ago Eric Schmidt, the chairman...

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Oil industry under siege

July 1st, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Things are going to get a lot tougher for the embattled fossil fuels industry. That’s according to a new Bloomberg research piece predicting a slow, inevitable death. To be sure, fossil fuels have been under siege for a while. The politics of climate change coupled with spills, fires, explosions...

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Brexit winners and losers...

June 28th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Global markets came under heavy pressure over the past few days after voters in the United Kingdom surprised the world last Friday with a decision to leave the European Union after more than 30 years of membership. The political fallout is just beginning, with pro-remain British Prime Minister...

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Will Apple go the way of Blackberry?

June 26th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Apple is about to become a much less significant consumer electronics business.The notion that Apple is in decline is not even controversial anymore. Many longtime Apple proponents have made comparisons to Blackberry (BBRY). The Canadian company excelled at a couple of skills and executives...

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Autonomous cars just 3 years away?

June 23rd, 2016

The future of cars is within sight. Autonomous or self-driving cars are coming to American streets.  And Silicon Valley will ensure they arrive sooner than major car companies want.In addition to a ten-minute dissertation on rocket science and arguing that all life on Earth is probably not real, Tesla’s charismatic chief executive Elon...

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