• Why are more Latinos dying on the job again?

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Abdón Urrutia remembers the impact. He was 16 feet off the ground on a commercial office construction project in Tysons Corner, tied in with a harness, stripping the metal molds used to pour concrete off the walls after they had set. Suddenly, one of the molds tipped over into his back, knocking him against protruding rebar and a wooden handrail. He yelled out in pain, and his brother rushed over to help him to the ground, as his legs started getting numb. “I was laying down on the floor for two hours trying to figure out how to get up,” recalled Urrutia, 23, nearly six months after the accident.

  • China's Economy Just Overtook The U.S. In One Key Measure

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    This was inevitable, but it still feels momentous: By one important measure, China's economy is now the biggest in the world, topping the United States. China's gross domestic product is worth $17.6 trillion, adjusted for China's relatively low cost of living, compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S., the International Monetary Fund estimated as part of its latest World Economic Outlook.

  • Cyberattack on JPMorgan Raises Alarms at White House and on Wall Street

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON — President Obama and his top national security advisers began receiving periodic briefings on the huge cyberattack at JPMorgan Chase and nine other financial institutions this summer, part of a new effort to keep top national security officials as updated on major cyberattacks as they are on Russian incursions into Ukraine or Islamic State attacks. But in the JPMorgan case, according to officials familiar with the briefings, no one could tell the president what he most wanted to know: What was the motive of the attack? “The question kept coming back, ‘Is this plain old theft, or is Putin retaliating?’ one senior official said, referring to the American-led sanctions on Russia. “And the answer was: We don’t know for sure.’’

  • Young Gamblers Want Skill With Their Slot Machines

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    With the gambling industry anxious to attract younger players, some slot machine makers are looking to challenge the generation raised on video games. Players in the United Kingdom will soon get a chance to make real wagers after sinking a battleship, knocking a character off a perch, or playing a word worth a triple-word score.

  • Consensual Sex App ‘Good2Go’ Pulled From Apple Store

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Apple has pulled a consensual sex app off the market. Good2Go prompted those considering sex to go on record with both their willingness and their sobriety level.

  • Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

  • Drone Delivery for Amazon and Google Slowed by Headwinds

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Drones have become synonymous with modern life—they’ve distanced troops from the battlefield and are even expected to bring the Internet to remote and underserved areas. But as their use in delivery services verges on becoming a reality, drones are running into a big problem: wind. Though Google and Amazon have already begun testing, German company Deutsche Post DHL is ahead of the pack. Since December 2013, DHL has been carrying out delivery drone missions to collect data about how unmanned aerial vehicles behave in special weather conditions. Its project represents the first and only time to date that drones are carrying out automated real-life missions in Europe.

  • Orlando Poverty Nears 20%

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    It costs a family of five about $1,500 for a four-day pass to the theme parks at Disney World near Orlando, Florida. It takes Weston Vlier, who drives a bus there, four weeks to earn that much. “If nobody is able to help us out with food, we just don’t eat,” said the 42-year-old father of three who makes less than $25,000 per year. “I can’t even pay my rent this week.”

  • Berners-Lee: 'Computers are getting smarter. We're not'

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    “Companies,” says web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, “are increasingly going to be run by computers. And computers are getting smarter and we are not.” The only solution, he argues, is for people to embrace new technology, and accept that some jobs will simply disappear. Sir Tim is, as he puts it, “in London to think about the future”. Today he will speak at the Intellectual Property Expo, last month he addressed senior technology executives at a dinner organised by PR and marketing agency SapientNitro, but the over-riding theme across these and other engagements is data. “Opening up government data I’m very keen on,” says Sir Tim with his usual understatement, “and the release of enterprise data is going to be more important.”

  • WARREN BUFFETT: 'Hillary Is Going To Win ... I Will Bet Money On It'

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made a bold prediction about the 2016 presidential race at Fortune's "The Most Powerful Women" summit in California on Tuesday, reports Business Insider.  Buffett said, "Hillary is going to run." Furthermore, he added that he's positive she will make it to the White House. "Hillary is going to win," Buffett said, adding, "I will bet money on it, I don't do that easily." Buffett was less willing to predict who might run against Clinton.

  • Twitter Sues For Right To Disclose Details Of Government Surveillance Requests

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Twitter filed suit against the FBI and the Justice Department on Tuesday, seeking the ability to released more detailed information on government surveillance of Twitter users. “We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Twitter said in a blog post announcing the lawsuit, filed in federal court.

  • All 4 States Considering A Minimum Wage Increase Right Now Are Republican

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    With midterm elections just one month away, businesses owners have plenty of worries including rising health-care costs and regulations. But one issue in particular looms large: the minimum wage. Four states have proposals on their ballots to raise the minimum wage beyond the federal, hourly rate of $7.25—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Notice a trend? All four are red states, and voter-approved wage gains in those predominantly Republican states could bolster the push for higher living wages—a key policy area for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

  • AT&T Hacked By Its Own Employee

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    (Reuters) - AT&T Inc informed about 1,600 customers that an employee gained unauthorized access to their personal data in August, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a flurry of data breaches in recent months. According to a letter posted on the website of the Attorney General of Vermont on Oct. 1, the company said the person may have obtained Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and AT&T services customers subscribed to. (http://bit.ly/1s3mbnL)

  • Chipotle To Open A Second Pizzeria

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Chipotle wants a bigger slice of the pizza market. The burrito chain last December opened Pizzeria Locale, a gourmet pizzeria in Denver that specializes in individually crafted personal pies. On Sunday at 11 a.m., it plans to open a second location, also in the Mile-High City. "I would say we're doing really, really well," Steve Ells, one of Chipotle's two chief executives, said in a segment on Bloomberg TV. "Pizzeria Locale is growing faster than Chipotle did in the early days."

  • Walmart And Whole Foods Are Slowly Killing Traditional Supermarkets

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The days of buying all of your food at a local grocery store are coming to an end. And that could be a problem for the supermarket industry. The share of the grocery market held by traditional supermarkets like Kroger, Safeway and Publix will fall to about 37 percent in 2018 from about 40 percent in 2013, according to a recent research note from Jones Lang LaSalle, a investment management firm specializing in real estate. At the same time, wholesale clubs like Costco, grocery delivery sites and so-called fresh format stores like Whole Foods are poised to grow.

  • Walmart Makes Big Change In Wake Of Obamacare

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer. Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move, which would affect 30,000 employees, follows similar decisions by Target, Home Depot and others to eliminate health insurance benefits for part-time employees.

  • One in three jobs will be taken by software or robots by 2025

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    ORLANDO - Gartner sees things like robots and drones replacing a third of all workers by 2025, and whether you want to believe it or not, is entirely your business. This is Gartner being provocative, as it typically is, at the start of its major U.S. conference, the Symposium/ITxpo.

  • CNN Hit With $5 Million Bias And Wrongful Termination Suit

    Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    CNN has had better Mondays. The same day parent Turner Broadcasting said the cable news net will lose nearly 10% of its workforce, CNN has been named in a $5 million wrongful-termination and discrimination lawsuit by a longtime employee who was let go in January. Stanley Wilson worked as field producer and writer of news and documentaries, covering stories including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and elections and contributing to such programs as Black In America and Homicide In Hollenbeck. In the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Wilson claims that Peter Janos, who served as his immediate or general supervisor for his entire 17 years at CNN, “never liked Plaintiff and never wanted him at the [Los Angeles] bureau because of Plaintiff’s protected characteristics, including his race, color and ancestry, among other things.”

  • First look at the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing

    Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    (CNN) -- China's string of amazing hotel openings continues next month with the completion of the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing. Due to open in mid-November, the eye-catching 97-meter-high luxury hotel has 21 floors filled with 306 guestrooms and suites.

  • Hong Kong protesters in cyberwar

    Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    (CNN) -- The massive protests in Hong Kong took an ugly turn on Friday when students pressing for representative democracy clashed with opponents, prompting a breakdown of talks aimed at defusing the crisis. This negativity followed a week of remarkably peaceful civil disobedience in what has been dubbed the "Umbrella Revolution," after the widely shared image of a man defiantly holding up an umbrella in a haze of police tear gas fired to disperse the tens of thousands of activists crowding the city's main government and business thoroughfare, the region referred to as Central.