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Lawsuit to scare VW out of the U.S.

The U.S. government’s lawsuit against Volkswagen threatens the German automaker with such heavy penalties that, in hindsight, it may not have been worth it...

End of tech revolution?

For some time now, we have been reading about the tech revolution: Entire industries are being "disrupted," the way we do the simplest things...

A checking account is a dangerous thing

Which is the greater number: $105 or $100 plus 3 percent? You might think this a trivial question, but about 60 percent of adults...

Software isn’t taking over

The opening of Amazon.com's first brick-and-mortar store last week proves that software is not really "eating the world," as venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen put it...

VW’s mea culpa implicates all carmakers

Volkswagen’s voluntary admission of “irregularities concerning the carbon dioxide emissions of its cars should send a shudder through the entire auto industry. Although...

Branch banking not dead

Predictably, reports last week that the French bank Societe Generale would close 20 percent of its branch offices were met with anger by a...

Tesla should be afraid of German carmakers

German car companies have made clear they plan to match Tesla’s luxury electric vehicles with models of their own. Instead of being a disrupter...

Computers an obstacle to learning?

Information technology is great, but it may not be making kids smarter, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has an...

Today’s tech is like yesterday’s Wall Street

The banking industry got a lot of flak after the death of an overworked Bank of America intern in 2013, when Wall Street’s sweatshop...

U.S. clean power plan should be more German

For all the noise and debate that President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan has generated, it’s actually pretty timid. If the U.S. wants to...

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