People posed in front of the Amazon Go sign as testers tried out the new service. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Amazon last week trademarked several phrases that point to a possible international expansion of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery concept. First spotted by Bloomberg, the filings show that the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office signed off on Amazon applications to trademark the following slogans: No Lines, No Checkout. (No, Seriously.) and No Queue, No Checkout. (No, ...
This current automotive landscape is a tricky one for automakers. We’re on the verge of a massive technology shift from the internal combustion engine, which every automaker has been using for over 100 years, to electric motors. While the change will be relatively drastic, and has been ongoing for some time, car companies are now starting to significantly increase their efforts in electric mobility and autonomous driving. According to BMW, the Bavarian brand plans on being the world leader...
From left: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, first lady Melania Trump and President Trump, open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21. (Saudi Press Agency/European Pressphoto Agency) The optics of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he addressed dozens of leaders from Arab and Muslim majority countries, suggested a dramatic departure for American Middle East policy. The real...
It’s sort of odd for American BMW enthusiasts to feel sad about the rear-wheel drive 1 Series switching to front-wheel drive. While it’s understandable for European enthusiasts to mourn one of the brand’s best cars in ages, the 1er Hatch never made it ‘Stateside. So American enthusiasts have been deprived of the 1 Series Hatchback’s charms. Still, it doesn’t take having to drive it to realize how good of a car it is and why it’s a shame the next model wi...
Years ago, when I wrote for our sister publication, MONEY, I appeared on CNN to talk about how to rebuild your identity if every piece of your identification was lost and your community was in turmoil. It was after Hurricane Katrina, and people were scrambling to get in touch with banks, government agencies, and insurance providers, offering any proof of self they could. It was advice I would go on to repeat during every storm, fire and landslide season after that: Get yourself to a public libra...
FinanceFeeds - It will barely be surprising to say that Europe is suffering from binary options fraud. Sweden has become the latest to join the ranks of European nations complaining of a rise in enquiries and complaints about binary options brokers and an increase in losses incurred by clients of these entities. The trend has been underlined in a report by Sweden’s Finansinspektionen, entitled Consumer Protection on the Financial Market. Binary options are mentioned amid the top three sour...
Elation and heartbreak encompassing medals of various colours along with top performances made up quite an eventful Canadian sport weekend. Here are the details… Athletics Andre De Grasse beat a strong 200-metre field at the Jamaica International Invitational this weekend, clocking in at 20.14 seconds. The 200m Olympic silver medallist in front of a knowledgeable athletics crowd in Kingston outpaced American LaShawn Merritt (20.28) and Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain (20.29) comfortably. Stay...
Harare, Zimbabwe — A South African big game hunter died on Friday in Zimbabwe after a fellow hunter fired his gun at an elephant causing it to collapse on him, according to multiple media reports. According to News 24, Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a group of hunters when four elephants charged the group inside the Good Luck Farm preserve in Zimbabwe. A female elephant lifted Botha with her trunk and another hunter shot her. The elephant collapsed and fell on Botha, killing him. Simuka...
WE CHANGED THE WORLD! ...OOPSGood morning! Busy news day already, with Ford set to replace its CEO, SoftBank finally closing its Vision Fund, AngelList launching a platform for ICOs, and Wilbur Ross waking up from a nap to make a nonsense comment about protesters in Saudi Arabia. But first: My column in the latest issue of Fortune. (You can read it online here.) IF YOU PAY ATTENTION only to statistics, the technology industry is stronger than ever: Profits are surging, tech stocks are up 17.4% t...
Last week, The Washington Post reported that 36 million pounds of imported nonorganic soybeans suddenly obtained “organic” labels for domestic sale after entering California. This could happen because soybeans, like other foods, are imported via complex global supply chains, involving many different specialist businesses between the farmer and the final customer. Regulating these supply chains to ensure, for example, that “organic” foods deserve their labels is hard...
The widow of a British lawmaker killed by a right-wing extremist last year successfully got all major political parties to take an hour out of campaigning this weekend. Brendan Cox, the widower of Jo Cox, the British Member of Parliament who was stabbed and shot outside her constituency surgery in northern England on June 16 last year, has been fighting to ensure that politicians avoid bitterness and hatred in their campaigning in the run up to the U.K.’s general election, which takes pl...
In his campaign for president, Donald Trump famously promised to “drain the swamp” and do things differently. One way the president can do that is with the people he nominates for key positions in government. And although Trump’s Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees — and, now, the next FBI nominee — have garnered a lot of attention, his nominees for ambassadors have earned far less. But in the initial nominations for ambassador, there is an important lesson: Trump isn...
As President Donald Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a trending topic on Twitter was #bintrump, Arabic for "Trump's daughter," meaning Ivanka. The term expresses admiration for someone by referencing the accomplishments of his offspring. "With President Trump, when we want to mention how great he is, we say 'Abu Ivanka,' we don't say 'Abu Eric.' She's amazing,” businessman Ahmed Ibrahim told the L.A. Times. To Saudi women, the first daughter is an aspirational figure as a traditio...
FinanceFeeds - A leopard cannot change its spots, says the well worn adage. The innate nature of the human condition in some cases runs counter to the ever changing and rapidly advancing world of FX industry execution methodology and market infrastructure topography. Nowadays, there is a clear distinction between the electronic trading companies that operate their entire corporate entities with aplomb, delivering services that range from prime of prime brokerage with genuine market connectivity,...
“Nothing will give us more meaning in life than to know that we matter for others.” – Esther Perel I’ve wanted to speak with psychotherapist Esther Perel for years. In a cover story, The New York Times called her the most important game changer in sexuality and relational health since Dr. Ruth. Her TED talks on maintaining desire and rethinking infidelity have more than 17 million views, and she’s tested and been exposed to everything imaginable in thirty-four year...
The New York Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis are having a rocky offseason and things likely just got a whole lot worse. On Sunday the Knicks announced they would not be renewing the contract of Josh Longstaff, who happens to be Porzingis’ favorite assistant coach on the team. Something tells me this isn’t going to end well. The offseason started with Porzingis skipping exit meetings with the team’s front office, and continued down a dark path when Porzingis ignored a text from he...
All major global indices closed the week on a positive note on Friday with the US, European and Asian markets responding to positive news, particularly in relation to the potential uptick in the oil price ahead of this week’s OPEC meeting. Iron ore and base metals were also strong, providing further support. However, it would appear oil is the commodity that will be front and centre this week, and even after a 2.4% increase to US$50.50 on Friday, analysts expect further upside potential should...
Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter said he was stopped at an airport in Romania on Saturday after his travel documents were canceled by his government. The Oklahoma City Thunder center tweeted a video saying he was being held by police at the airport. “They said (Turkey’s embassy) canceled my passport. They’ve been holding us here for hours,” Kanter says in his video, panning over to two men in white shirts, “by these two police.” A Romanian border police spokesma...
The end of European club seasons will dovetail with the resumption of U.S. World Cup qualifiers, a timely transition as Coach Bruce Arena makes final roster decisions before training camp opens next Monday in the Denver area. Players outside of MLS have always comprised a key block of the squad and, with the Americans aiming […]
Ford recently announced plans to cut jobs and shift production away from sedans and toward sport utility vehicles and crossovers. The company's commitment to the working truck, or pickup, market is unwavering. But de-emphasizing sedans--where Ford has had great success with models from Taurus to Fusion to Focus--is a noteworthy shift in strategy. First and foremost, Ford is responding to evolving consumer tastes and uses. The "family" vehicle needs to fill multiple roles, from commuting to ferry...