Some Autistic Children Don’t Find Pleasure in Voices because of a physical disconnect between the brain regions involved in speaking and those linked to rewards

Some Autistic Children Don’t Find Pleasure in Voices

Children with autism spectrum disorder may not perceive human voices as pleasurable because of a physical disconnect between the brain regions involved in speaking and those linked to rewards, a study suggests.

Brain imaging determined that the connections between the two brain regions were stronger in children who don’t have the disorder than in those diagnosed with it, said Daniel Abrams, the lead author. That’s important because communication problems are key diagnostic criteria for autism.

One in 50 U.S. children are diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority have difficulty using language effectively, including being unable to grasp nuances of speech such as rhythm and tone, according to the National Institutes of Health. The newest research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to suggest why. Read more of this post

Netflix Push Into Kids’ TV Shows With DreamWorks

Netflix Rises on Deal for Exclusive DreamWorks Programs

Netflix Inc. (NFLX), the dominant subscription video-streaming service, rose as much as 6 percent after agreeing to a multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) to obtain original programming.

Netflix shares climbed $12.72 to $226.71 at 10:18 a.m. in New York, the biggest intraday increase since April 23. The stock has more than doubled this year. DreamWorks jumped 5.2 percent to $24. Read more of this post

Online Video-Ad Startups Rivaling Google Seen Near IPOs

Online Video-Ad Startups Rivaling Google Seen Near IPOs

Demand for Web commercials played alongside video clips is fueling growth at marketing startups, putting such companies as Tremor Video Inc., YuMe Inc. and Adap.tv Inc. on course for initial public offerings this year.

All three have picked bankers or are in discussions to sell shares to the public, according to people familiar with their plans, who asked not to be identified because the information hasn’t been publicly disclosed. Read more of this post

GE Hiring Thousands of Engineers to Build Industrial Web to connect everything from jet engines to medical-imaging machines to the Web and help customers run equipment more efficiently.

GE Hiring Thousands of Engineers to Build Industrial Web

General Electric Co. (GE) is hiring thousands of engineers near San Francisco in a push to connect everything from jet engines to medical-imaging machines to the Web and help customers run equipment more efficiently.

“We’ve opened a software center in East Bay, hiring thousands of software engineers to basically bring all the great innovation you’ve seen in Silicon Valley now to industry,” Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer at GE, said at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Half Moon Bay, California. Read more of this post

Australia eyes Buddha and baccarat to lure Chinese tourists

Australia eyes Buddha and baccarat to lure Chinese tourists

Mon, Jun 17 2013

By Jane Wardell

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s coastal Wyong region outside Sydney, a pretty stretch of pristine beaches and wildlife-filled wetlands, isn’t high on the travel agenda of most Chinese tourists.

But the local mayor and a Chinese businessman have big plans to change that – by building a A$500 million ($480 million) theme park that will include a full-size replica of Beijing’s Forbidden City and a nine-storey temple housing a giant Buddha. Read more of this post

China Insiders Sell Most Shares in May in 4 Years, UBS Says

China Insiders Sell Most Shares in May in 4 Years, UBS Says

Major shareholders, senior management and individuals with stakes of more than 5 percent sold a net 24.7 billion yuan ($4 billion) of Chinese A shares in May, the most for a month since June 2009, UBS AG said.

The biggest sales were in computer-related shares, media and “special equipment” sectors, UBS strategists including Qin Xia wrote in a report dated today. Net stakes rose only in chemical raw materials and telecom operations, while the sell-off in smaller companies as a percentage of the free-float reached new post-2008 highs, they wrote.

Insiders sold as the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 5.6 percent in May, the biggest advance since December, and as more locked-up shares became tradable. The benchmark index has slumped 6.5 percent in June as data from exports to industrial production pointed to slowing growth and higher money-market rates signaled tighter liquidity. Read more of this post

China Foreign-Investment Gains Ease as Economic Slowdown Deepens

China Foreign-Investment Gains Ease as Economic Slowdown Deepens

Foreign direct investment in China rose in May by the least in four months, a sign of concern that growth is slowing in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Inbound non-financial investment increased 0.3 percent from a year earlier to $9.26 billion, the Ministry of Commerce said today in a statement in Beijing, after a 0.4 percent gain in April. China’s outbound investment rose 20 percent in the first five months of the year to $34.3 billion, compared with a 27.4 percent pace in January-April.

The report follows data indicating capital inflows slowed last month while growth decelerated in exports, industrial production and lending. Confidence is fading in an economic rebound this quarter, with investment banks from Morgan Stanley to Barclays Plc cutting their 2013 expansion forecasts. Read more of this post

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