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Yahoo Replaces Google as Default Search Tool on Firefox Browsers

 Yahoo! replaced Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers in the U.S., as Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer seeks out more partnerships to boost the Web portal’s traffic and revenue. Google had been the automatic search option for the Internet browser, developed by Mountain View, California-based Mozilla Corp., since 2004. Under the agreement […] Read More →

Cheap-Oil Era Tilts Geopolitical Power to U.S.

 A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while enhancing the power of others. Some changes already are evident. Surging U.S. oil production enabled America and its allies to impose tough sanctions on Iran without having to worry much […] Read More →

McDonald’s Enlists Orcs and Elves in Chinese Food Fight

 McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) is enlisting the orcs and elves of the World of Warcraft in its fight to win over Chinese consumers scared away by food safety scandals. To entice younger customers, McDonald’s designed Warcraft-themed outlets and gave away virtual items such as magic turtles tied to the popular online role-playing game, its first cooperation […] Read More →

China Shows Off New Stealth Fighter to U.S. Military

  China announced deals and publicly unveiled its latest fighter jet as the nation’s biggest air show opened yesterday, showcasing its rising aerospace and military clout as senior U.S. officers looked on. Global aerospace companies including GE Aviation and Embraer SA are gathered at the Zhuhai Air Show in the southern province of Guangdong as […] Read More →

Why China’s Singles Day Won’t Become a American Shopping Holiday

 China’s bachelors and bachelorettes are spending Tuesday with Alibaba (BABA). Nov. 11 is known in China as Singles Day, an annual event for which online retailers slash prices, and China’s eligible shoppers treat themselves to discounted goodies. Popularized by Alibaba in 2009, Singles Day has become wildly popular. Alibaba watchers have speculated that the company will […] Read More →

Putin’s gallantry upstages Chinese host at APEC

 It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive. Worse still were off-color jokes that began to circulate about the […] Read More →

Does Putin’s Russia Have a Future?

 Russia’s present is too unbalanced to discuss, and President Vladimir Putin prefers to rehash the past. That increases the temptation to talk about the distant future, to fathom where the country’s current trajectory is leading. Some smart commentators in Moscow have also given in to this temptation, and their scenarios are bleak. The Russian ruble is down […] Read More →

90 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Cargo Ship Owned by Senate Minority Leader’s Father-in-Law

Liberty Blitzkrieg – by Michael Krieger,  Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s […] Read More →