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Stephen Hawking Offers New Theory on Black Holes

Stephen Hawking Offers New Theory on Black Holes

Physicist Stephen Hawking offered up a new theory about how information might escape the powerful clutches of a black hole, an idea he hopes will help resolve one of the most vexing enigmas of physics.

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Back to School Shopping Is a Digital Holdout

Back to School Shopping Is a Digital Holdout

Parents and children still primarily go out to stores for the annual binge on protractors, pencils and Post-it Notes instead of doing school shopping online.

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Uber Hires Hackers to Work on Self-Driving Cars’ Defenses

Uber Hires Hackers to Work on Self-Driving Cars’ Defenses

The ride-hailing company confirmed it had hired security researchers known for hacking into a Jeep Cherokee’s system.

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Nassim Taleb’s ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Nassim Taleb’s ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Amid market volatility, Nassim Taleb’s Universa Hedge Fund made more than $1 billion in profits in one week.

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The Flood of Bottled Water

The Flood of Bottled Water

Thirst for bottled water keeps growing, despite the added cost and added plastic. U.S. bottled water volume rose 7% last year, and the number of brands has exploded into the hundreds.

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A Disappointing Vacation? How to Turn It Around

A Disappointing Vacation? How to Turn It Around

Trips that go awry can be salvaged when travelers embrace their spontaneous sides, bond with fellow travelers over the trip’s flaws and reset expectations.

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McDonald’s, Tyson Cut Ties to Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

McDonald’s, Tyson Cut Ties to Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse

McDonald’s and Tyson Foods severed ties with a Tennessee poultry farm after an animal-rights group released video footage from the facility that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death.

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From $21.5 Billion to $4.4 Billion in 18 Months

From $21.5 Billion to $4.4 Billion in 18 Months

Market turmoil in China has further derailed the money-management industry’s flagship effort to bring more-sophisticated—and riskier—investment strategies to small investors.

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Japan’s Top University Embraces Silicon Valley Spirit

Japan’s Top University Embraces Silicon Valley Spirit

The 138-year-old University of Tokyo has been working to shake its conservative image and bring some Silicon Valley spirit to its campus.

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Step Forward for Japan’s ’Womenomics’

Step Forward for Japan’s ’Womenomics’

A new law will pressure Japanese companies to hire more women and promote them to management positions, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “womenomics” program.

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UberChina Closing In on $1 Billion in New Funding

UberChina Closing In on $1 Billion in New Funding

The Chinese affiliate of Uber is close to securing about $1 billion in new funding from investors in the region, part of the ride-hailing company’s rivalry with deep-pocketed Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi.

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Amazon: What's the Future After R&D Cutback?

Amazon: What's the Future After R&D Cutback?

Amazon laid off dozens of engineers who worked at its Lab126 unit and scaled back on several ambitious projects. What's behind CEO Jeff Bezos's move and what consumer product projects are still in development? Photo: AP

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Winners and Losers in China’s Upheaval

Winners and Losers in China’s Upheaval

China’s economic slowdown is shaking the fortunes of multinationals that do business there, but the effect is uneven. Those that fed the traditional boom industries of infrastructure, energy and steel are hurting. In contrast, companies catering to consumers are faring better.

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Intel Invests More than $60 Million in Drone Maker

Intel Invests More than $60 Million in Drone Maker

Intel, in a new effort to sidestep the declining PC market, said its venture capital arm invested more than $60 million in a Hong Kong company that sells consumer drones.

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Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Amazon is scaling back its efforts to develop consumer devices, laying off dozens of engineers at its secretive Lab126 hardware-development center and trimming or halting other projects.

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