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    3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

    3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying


    If you don’t have one of these — or you’ve waited until the options were good enough before investing — now is the time to...

    If you don’t have one of these — or you’ve waited until the options were good enough before investing — now is the time to buy.
    Closing of Philippine Tourist Hub Stirs Fears of Military Takeover

    Closing of Philippine Tourist Hub Stirs Fears of Military Takeover


    Members of Filipino Navy SEAL units during a drill on Wednesday on the resort island of Boracay. On Thursday it is being closed to tourism for six...

    Tourists will be barred from the island of Boracay in what local officials call an overreaction by President Rodrigo Duterte to environmental threats.
    The Shift: Workers of Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Organize

    The Shift: Workers of Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Organize


    Employees in the tech industry have an unusual power: They can make their companies act more responsibly. All they have to do is speak...

    Employees in the tech industry have an unusual power: They can make their companies act more responsibly. All they have to do is speak up.
    Kobe Steel Faces Japan Government Inquiry Over Data Scandal

    Kobe Steel Faces Japan Government Inquiry Over Data Scandal


    Mitsugu Yamaguchi, the new president of Kobe Steel, at a news conference in Tokyo last month. He replaced Hiroya Kawasaki, who stepped down to take responsibility for the data falsification...

    The company said it would cooperate with “relevant authorities” over practices that cast a shadow over the country’s vaunted manufacturing abilities.
    Joy Reid Blames Hackers for Anti-Gay Blog Posts, but Questions Mount

    Joy Reid Blames Hackers for Anti-Gay Blog Posts, but Questions Mount


    The MSNBC host Joy Reid has come under fire for decade-old blog posts that include expressions of disgust at the thought of homosexuality and claims that gay men prey on “impressionable teens.” She said she was the victim of...

    Ms. Reid, an MSNBC host who apologized in December for old anti-gay posts, said newly surfaced writings were “manipulated” by “an unknown, external party.”
    Mulvaney, Watchdog Bureau’s Leader, Advises Bankers on Ways to Curtail Agency

    Mulvaney, Watchdog Bureau’s Leader, Advises Bankers on Ways to Curtail Agency


    Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, last week in Washington. He told banking executives and lobbyists on Tuesday that trying to sway legislators with campaign contributions was one of the “fundamental...

    Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the bureau, also described the two types of people he was most responsive to as a lawmaker: constituents and the lobbyists who contributed to his campaign.

    Grumpy Investors Can’t Find Anything to Look Forward To


    A combination of disappointing corporate earnings and early signs that inflation could be accelerating pushed stock markets...

    A combination of disappointing corporate earnings and early signs that inflation could be accelerating pushed stock markets lower.
    Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress

    Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress


    Shen Yue, who has a degree in civil engineering, giving a colleague a massage in her role as a “programmer motivator” at Chainfin.com in...

    Some tech companies are hiring female “motivators” for a role that’s a mix of psychologist and cheerleader — to help overworked male programmers through conversation and massages.
    Facebook Replaces Lobbying Executive Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

    Facebook Replaces Lobbying Executive Amid Regulatory Scrutiny


    Facebook has been scrambling to respond to intense scrutiny from federal regulators and...

    Facebook shuffled its ranks in Washington as it confronts pressure from lawmakers over data privacy, election interference, misinformation and other issues.
    Steven Mnuchin Will Head to China as Trade Tensions Mount

    Steven Mnuchin Will Head to China as Trade Tensions Mount


    Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, will lead a delegation of President Trump’s top economic advisers to Beijing next week in hopes of brokering an agreement to avert a trade...

    President Trump said he would send his Treasury secretary to Beijing to try to resolve a trade dispute that could have damaging economic repercussions.
    White Collar Watch: Supreme Court Continues to Narrow the Meaning of Obstruction

    White Collar Watch: Supreme Court Continues to Narrow the Meaning of Obstruction


    The Supreme Court’s decision in a tax case last month is worth examining in light of talk that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating the 2016 presidential election, may be trying to build an obstruction-of-justice...

    A recent ruling reinforced a message that it’s not enough to show that conduct may have had some tangential impact on a case like the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election.
    European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data

    European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data


    Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, said that because users in Germany lacked a real choice, Facebook was able to pressure them into giving up their...

    The authorities in a number of countries say the company is unfairly using its leverage over consumers to extract personal information from them.
    A Video Game ‘Loot Box’ Offers Coveted Rewards, but Is It Gambling?

    A Video Game ‘Loot Box’ Offers Coveted Rewards, but Is It Gambling?


    The random contents of a loot box from a Summer Games event for Overwatch in 2016. Loot boxes can be earned by playing the game or can be bought with...

    Loot boxes are a substantial revenue stream for the video game industry. But some lawmakers say they constitute gambling and should be regulated.
    In Brexit Vote, Town’s Nostalgia for Seafaring Past Muddied Its Future

    In Brexit Vote, Town’s Nostalgia for Seafaring Past Muddied Its Future


    A scrum of wholesalers at the daily auction at the Grimsby Fish Market. The market is a chilled and cavernous hall, which one recent morning was filled with more than 2,500 yellow boxes of fish on...

    Branded “idiots,” residents of Grimsby, England, choose romance for a dying fishing industry over another that is thriving.
    Supreme Court Upholds Procedure That’s Said to Combat ‘Patent Trolls’

    Supreme Court Upholds Procedure That’s Said to Combat ‘Patent Trolls’


    The Supreme Court backed a procedure that resembles a trial in federal court, but is conducted by an executive-branch...

    The justices ruled that the proceedings, which opponents say usurp the role of the federal courts, were a permissible way for the agency that administers patents to fix its mistakes.
    Washington Wants to Weaken Bank Rules. Not Every Regulator Agrees.

    Washington Wants to Weaken Bank Rules. Not Every Regulator Agrees.


    Regulators are considering a plan to relax a rule adopted in the wake of the financial crisis, but not all policymakers are backing the...

    Regulators are on the verge of reducing a post-crisis requirement that banks maintain a certain amount of capital based on their total size. That has put regulators at odds.
    Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People

    Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People


    A co-working office space in Finland for entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers. Public discomfort has grown in the country over the idea of giving out government money without requiring recipients to seek...

    Finland captured global attention with its trial of universal basic income, handing out cash, no strings attached. Now, the experiment is ending.
    Supreme Court Bars Human Rights Suits Against Foreign Corporations

    Supreme Court Bars Human Rights Suits Against Foreign Corporations


    The Supreme Court case, decided by a 5-to-4 vote, concerned a bank based in Jordan that has been accused of processing financial transactions through a New York branch for groups linked to...

    Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said such suits should require explicit congressional authorization, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor countering that the court had created a double standard for corporations.
    Square Feet: After Years of Decline, a California Port City Sheds Its Past

    Square Feet: After Years of Decline, a California Port City Sheds Its Past


    Queensway Bay in Long Beach, Calif., with the Queen Mary and docks in the distance. A $250 million entertainment and hotel complex is planned for the waterfront next to the Queen...

    About three dozen development projects, valued around $3.5 billion, are underway or in the pipeline in Long Beach.
    Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car

    Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car


    Starting Tuesday, Amazon customers with certain vehicles can have their orders delivered to a parked car in dozens of cities across the United...

    The new service is aimed at anyone who doesn’t want to risk a package being stolen from a porch and can’t receive an order at work.
    Why Won’t We Learn from the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster?

    Why Won’t We Learn from the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster?


    28-year-old Shila Begum is a former sewing machine operator for Ither Tex Ltd., the fifth-floor...

    After more than 1,100 people were killed in the horrific building collapse, hundreds of factories in Bangladesh were shuttered. Five years later, the garment industry looks set to return to business as usual.
    Black Woman’s Violent Arrest at Alabama Waffle House Was Justified, Police Say

    Black Woman’s Violent Arrest at Alabama Waffle House Was Justified, Police Say


    People protested on Sunday outside a Waffle House in Saraland, Ala., after a video showed three white police officers throwing a black woman on the floor during an...

    Video of the arrest shows white officers grabbing the woman and tossing her onto the floor, causing her shirt to come down and exposing her breasts.
    Zelle, the Banks’ Answer to Venmo, Proves Vulnerable to Fraud

    Zelle, the Banks’ Answer to Venmo, Proves Vulnerable to Fraud


    The personal payment platform Zelle is flourishing. But so are fraudsters, who are exploiting weaknesses in the banks’...

    The personal payment platform Zelle is flourishing. But so are fraudsters, who are exploiting weaknesses in the banks’ security.
    Economic Scene: The Facebook Fallacy: Privacy Is Up to You

    Economic Scene: The Facebook Fallacy: Privacy Is Up to You


    Tourists at Facebook’s headquarters on April 10, the day its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testified at a Senate hearing. Researchers say his pledge to give users more say over the use of their data is undercut by a phenomenon known as the...

    Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that the social network would empower its users to control their own data. There’s just one problem: human behavior.
    Ford Changed Leaders, Looking for a Lift. It’s Still Looking.

    Ford Changed Leaders, Looking for a Lift. It’s Still Looking.


    Ford, which is due to report its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, hired Jim Hackett as chief executive last May, but he has yet to detail his overall turnaround...

    After 11 months as chief, Jim Hackett has yet to satisfy those looking for a clear articulation of a strategy. But big moves could be in the offing.
    Apple’s Deal for Shazam Is Delayed in Europe Over Data Concerns

    Apple’s Deal for Shazam Is Delayed in Europe Over Data Concerns


    European regulators announced an investigation into Apple’s proposed acquisition of Shazam, the song-identification app, over concerns that Apple would acquire data on...

    European authorities are testing the idea that data can give companies an unfair edge over rivals.
    Gender Pay Gap? Maybe Not in the Corner Office, a Study Shows

    Gender Pay Gap? Maybe Not in the Corner Office, a Study Shows


    Despite the efforts of some companies to address a gender pay disparity, women still earn less than men. But a new study suggests that there may be no pay gap between male and female chief executives of publicly traded...

    Women still earn far less for every dollar that men earn, but two professors say their research shows no significant difference at the chief executive level.
    Sears C.E.O. Seeks to Buy the Retailer’s More Valuable Parts

    Sears C.E.O. Seeks to Buy the Retailer’s More Valuable Parts


    Edward S. Lampert, whose hedge fund owns a controlling stake in Sears, has been trying for years to save the troubled...

    Edward Lampert made the unusual move of offering to have his hedge fund buy parts of Sears, including its Kenmore brand, as it struggles to pay down debt.
    Richard Jenrette, 89, Wall St. Power and Preservationist of Homes, Dies

    Richard Jenrette, 89, Wall St. Power and Preservationist of Homes, Dies


    Richard Jenrette in 1996 at Millford, in Pinewood, S.C., one of a dozen historic American homes he restored and furnished with period...

    He helped found a groundbreaking firm, nursed an insurance giant back to health and created a trust devoted to restoring historic American homes.
    Professor Apologizes for Helping Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data

    Professor Apologizes for Helping Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data


    Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who created an app to harvest data from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, said the company knew what he was...

    Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who helped harvest tens of millions of Facebook profiles in 2014, said he “never heard a word” of objection from the social media giant.
    What Might Happen to Amazon’s Profit if It Paid Its Workers More?

    What Might Happen to Amazon’s Profit if It Paid Its Workers More?


    Amazon does not disclose its total compensation expense, but its disclosure of median pay provides some insight on the impact of paying its employees...

    Amazon does not disclose its total compensation expense, but its disclosure of median pay provides some insight on the impact of paying its employees more.
    Hawaiian Food Is Flourishing … in Utah?

    Hawaiian Food Is Flourishing … in Utah?


    The brothers Kimo and Kalani Mack, who hail from Oahu, moved to Salt Lake City and opened their restaurant, Mo’ Bettahs, with no experience, no business plan and only the money they had saved driving buses in...

    The restaurant chain Mo’ Bettahs has found success appealing to Utah’s dominant religious group: Mormons, who have long had ties to Polynesia.
    Craft Distillers, Facing Lower Taxes, Invest in Themselves

    Craft Distillers, Facing Lower Taxes, Invest in Themselves


    Allen Katz, a founder of New York Distilling Company, in Brooklyn, above the copper still where its gin is...

    A little-publicized amendment in the new tax law shows the growing political clout of American spirits producers, particularly the smaller ones.
    Banker Finds He Has ‘Even More Enemies Than I Thought’

    Banker Finds He Has ‘Even More Enemies Than I Thought’


    The governor of Bank of Latvia, Ilmars Rimsevics, at a news conference in Riga in...

    Accused of bribery, Ilmars Rimsevics, Latvia’s widely disliked central banker, seems headed for a fall, along with one of the nation’s largest banks.
    A Former Top Wall Street Regulator Turns to the Blockchain

    A Former Top Wall Street Regulator Turns to the Blockchain


    Gary Gensler, a senior lecturer at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, at the M.I.T. Media Lab. Mr. Gensler, once one of the top financial regulators in the Obama administration, will teach a class on the blockchain in the...

    Gary Gensler, who once led the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has joined M.I.T., where he is warning about potential problems for virtual currencies.
    Tariff Dodgers Stand to Profit Off U.S.-China Trade Dispute

    Tariff Dodgers Stand to Profit Off U.S.-China Trade Dispute


    The Yangshan port in Shanghai. To avoid tariffs on exports from China, brokers there arrange transshipments, which make a stop in another country on the way to their destinations to disguise the origin of the...

    Chinese brokers send goods around the world to disguise their origin and escape penalties. Tougher trade rules may end up only helping them.
    Overseer Faults Volkswagen’s Reform Efforts Since Emissions Scandal

    Overseer Faults Volkswagen’s Reform Efforts Since Emissions Scandal


    An e-Golf electric car gets a final check in the so-called light tunnel in a Volkswagen factory in Dresden, Germany. The carmaker’s American overseer has been critical of its efforts to remake itself since its emissions...

    Larry Thompson, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, said the carmaker had not held wrongdoers accountable or been serious enough about change.
    Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class

    Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class


    Shala Marshall has taught for 17 years, has a master’s degree and has been a finalist for Oklahoma teacher of the year. Her adjusted gross income is $28,000, she said, and “I can’t support a family on...

    Even as private employers have rebounded from the recession, the public sector’s ranks have withered, and pay and benefits have lagged.
    Prominent Exit From Ad Industry Sets Off Questions About Future

    Prominent Exit From Ad Industry Sets Off Questions About Future


    Martin Sorrell, who recently resigned as the head of WPP, helped create the era of conglomerate-building that has defined the advertising industry for the past three...

    The resignation of WPP’s Martin Sorrell shocked the industry and also highlighted the question of what‘s next for advertising companies in a dynamic era.
    The Week Ahead: Tech Companies Report Earnings and Economic Growth Data Is Released

    The Week Ahead: Tech Companies Report Earnings and Economic Growth Data Is Released


    An Amazon warehouse in Florence, N.J. Amazon, a frequent target of President Trump, is one of several big tech companies that will report earnings this...

    Detroit automakers are also reporting results, while President Trump will discuss trade with French and German leaders but skip the White House Correspondents’ dinner.