The New Science of Email Subject Lines; Dan Moskovitz used simple flattery to grab the notice of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with the subject line, “Thank You! You’re Awesome.”

Mar 24, 2014

The New Science of Email Subject Lines

ADAM AURIEMMA

In the cutthroat world of corporate email, where attention spans are measured in fractions of a second, a well-crafted subject line can make all the difference. Just don’t try too hard. Read more of this post

Alibaba’s U.S. Listing Is Evolution, Not Revolution, for Corporate China

Mar 24, 2014

Alibaba’s U.S. Listing Is Evolution, Not Revolution, for Corporate China

FRANCESCO GUERRERA

“What a joy to have friends coming from afar!” Confucius’ famous expression of elation sums up Wall Street’s feelings about the landmark listing of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in New York. Read more of this post

China’s face mask industry under scrutiny as pollution worsens

China’s face mask industry under scrutiny as pollution worsens

4:58am EDT

By Grace Li

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese citizens are feverishly snapping up face masks as worsening air pollution fuels a multi-million dollar industry where many products fail to provide even basic protection, drawing calls for better oversight and standards. Read more of this post

Anti-corruption champion set to challenge India’s Modi

Anti-corruption champion set to challenge India’s Modi

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 17:26

AFP

VARANASI, India – The leader of a fledgling Indian anti-corruption party was expected to announce plans Tuesday to stand against election frontrunner and opposition leader Narendra Modi in the holy city of Varanasi. Read more of this post

Cisco Bets a Billion on the Cloud

MARCH 24, 2014, 3:59 PM  Comment

Cisco Bets a Billion on the Cloud

By QUENTIN HARDY

Even for the world of globe-spanning computer systems, Cisco is going big.

On Monday Cisco Systems announced it would spend $1 billion on creation of an “Intercloud,” which promises to bridge multiple cloud-computing systems open to the public — like those offered by Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine — the private clouds of big companies and specialty cloud services for business. Read more of this post

Scare Tactics Over Foreign Drugs

Scare Tactics Over Foreign Drugs

By GABRIEL LEVITTMARCH 24, 2014

ABOUT five million Americans buy medication internationally each year because of high costs in the United States. These drugs are considered “foreign unapproved drugs” by the Food and Drug Administration, and federal law makes it illegal to buy them. Generally, though, purchases go through without a hitch. Only rarely do customs agents seize an order. Read more of this post

Asia’s changing food tastes could be Australia’s ‘next big story’

Asia’s changing food tastes could be Australia’s ‘next big story’

March 25, 2014 – 3:33PM

Glenda Kwek

Asia’s growing taste for meat and dairy could see agricultural exports outperform metals and drive Australia’s next commodities boom as the unprecedented investment in the mining sector winds down, a global report says. Read more of this post

Economic ties bind Germany, Korea; For both Korea and Germany, exports are crucial as a means to foster economic growth as well as employment, given the two countries’ industry structures

Economic ties bind Germany, Korea

OPINION

Mar 25,2014

For both Korea and Germany, exports are crucial as a means to foster economic growth as well as employment, given the two countries’ industry structures.
Thus, it is good to see that trade ties between them have turned out to be resilient even in the face of economic difficulties. Korea’s trade relationship with Germany has been affected less by the last economic downturn than that of most other European countries. This is obvious when looking at the data for 2013.  Read more of this post

Chinese industries are generally divided into state-owned and private sectors. The mobile and Internet field is referred to as “the third sector.”

The third sector of Chinese industry

Mar 25,2014

Chinese industries are generally divided into state-owned and private sectors. Core businesses are dominated by state-run giants, and small and midsize private companies focus on the manufacturing, processing and service industries. Lately, a new industrial ecosystem that transcends the traditional boundary is emerging in China. The mobile and Internet field is referred to as “the third sector.” Koreans pay special attention to the third sector as it directly relates to us in many ways. Read more of this post

Solving the problem with ActiveX is a prerequisite if Korea is to facilitate online commerce and banking

Time to deep six ActiveX

Mar 24,2014

Authentication certificates for online trading were battered at a rare public forum Thursday at the Blue House presided over by President Park Geun-hye. Lee Seoung-cheol, deputy chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries, called the compulsory application of ActiveX – Microsoft’s security software needed for online transactions – a typical example of “Galapagos regulations.” Park stepped into the discussion and called for a drastic resolution of the software’s cumbersome requirements that make it difficult even for Chinese TV fans to buy the coat a famous Korean actress wore in the popular drama “My Love From the Star.”  Read more of this post

Olam, Temasek and a huge pile of debt

Olam, Temasek and a huge pile of debt

March 25th, 2014 |  Author: Contributions

Andy Xian Wong

* The author blogs at http://andyxianwong.wordpress.com

Temasek’s offer to buy out Olam in a S$2.53 billion deal comes as the commodity trader continues to pile on debt. While Olam’s politically well-connected management and shareholders may appreciate the sovereign wealth fund’s backing, this is a deal which ticks all the wrong boxes for Singapore. Read more of this post

Fast fashion brands under scrutiny in China; Since Zara entered China in 2006, it has been blacklisted at least 15 times

Fast fashion brands under scrutiny in China

Staff Reporter

2014-03-23

Over the past year, cheap, fast-fashion brands such as Zara and H&M have swept through the Chinese mainland market, the Chinese-language Time Weekly reports.

These fast fashion brands have an unbelievably quick product cycle of just 15 days, but their quality has been questioned in recent years. Many of the products have made it onto quality inspection “black lists,” said the report. Read more of this post

Big Data versus the SAT

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Big Data versus the SAT

In a recent Time Magazine article, the president of Bard College, Leon Botstein, joined a chorus of criticism of the SAT, going so far as to call it “part hoax and part fraud.”  Criticism is coming fast and furious because the SAT has just unveiled a new, improved product to try to fend off a trend among competitive colleges to downplay the role of the SAT, and even to eliminate its use entirely.  (The not-for-profit status of the College Board, which produces the SAT, does not put the company beyond reacting to a profit motive; not-for-profit does not exactly mean you don’t get benefits from pulling in more revenue). Read more of this post

S.Korea beats Japan to become world No.2 in chip industry

S.Korea beats Japan to become world No.2 in chip industry

SEOUL, March 24 (Xinhua) — South Korea beat Japan to become the world’s second largest manufacturer in the global semiconductor industry, the trade ministry said Monday. Read more of this post

Personalized medical treatment based on genetic testing has become a lucrative global industry said to be worth US$30 billion

Personalized medicine based on genetic testing worth US$30bn

Staff Reporter

2014-03-25

Personalized medical treatment based on genetic testing has become a lucrative global industry said to be worth US$30 billion, reports the Chinese-language Global Entrepreneur magazine. Read more of this post

France’s No. 3 smartphone brand Wiko is actually owned by a Shenzhen company called Tinno which sold 14 million smartphones worldwide with an average unit price of US$23, equating to annual sales of US$320 million

Leading French smartphone brand Wiko owned by Chinese company

Staff Reporter

2014-03-25

France’s No. 3 smartphone brand Wiko is actually owned by a Chinese company, reports Huaqiu, the Chinese-language website of the nationalistic tabloid Global Times.

Read more of this post

Mobile apps for logistics services gain traction in China

Mobile apps for logistics services gain traction in China

Staff Reporter

2014-03-25

The mobile internet has changed our lives, from chatting, shopping and hailing a taxi through a mobile phone, to using a mobile device to access banking services. This trend has also impacted the traditional retailing, financial and transport industries and even the logistics sector to various degrees, reports the Chinese-language National Business Daily. Read more of this post

Chinese Smartphone Makers, Qualcomm in Battle Royale over Patent Payments

03.24.2014 19:44

Chinese Smartphone Makers, Qualcomm in Battle Royale over Patent Payments

Country’s device manufacturers take complaints over high rates for chipmaker’s royalties to top economic planner, which is investigating

By staff reporter Qin Min

(Beijing) – As the country moves into the next generation of wireless networks, handset vendors hope an anti-trust probe into computer chip giant Qualcomm Inc. will put an end to what they see as discriminatory patent fees. Read more of this post

‘NK could be next Chernobyl’; “If North Korea transfers its nuclear weapons to terrorist groups, it would pose a great challenge to world peace”; Park proposes Pyongyang as pilot case to make nuclear-free world

Updated : 2014-03-25 07:28

‘NK could be next Chernobyl’
Park proposes Pyongyang as pilot case to make nuclear-free world

By Kim Tae-gyu
THE HAGUE ― President Park Geun-hye proposed denuclearizing North Korea, Monday, as a pilot program to make a world free of nuclear weapons. Read more of this post

Asia to unite for stable gas supply; Flexible gas pricing to end Asian premiums

Updated : 2014-03-24 19:04

Asia to unite for stable gas supply
By Choi Kyong-ae

Asian buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will join forces to secure gas in the rapidly-growing Asian market, regional energy experts said in Korea, Monday. Read more of this post

Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots

Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots

MARCH 24, 2014

Claudia Dreifus

The biochemist Ricardo E. Dolmetsch has pioneered a major shift in autism research, largely putting aside behavioral questions to focus on cell biology and biochemistry. Read more of this post

Ripples From the Big Bang: The telescopic discovery of gravitational waves believed to have been left from the origin of the universe will reverberate for years to come

Ripples From the Big Bang

MARCH 24, 2014

Dennis Overbye

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — When scientists jubilantly announced last week that a telescope at the South Pole had detected ripples in space from the very beginning of time, the reverberations went far beyond the potential validation of astronomers’ most cherished model of the Big Bang. Read more of this post

Is the World More Depressed?

Is the World More Depressed?

MARCH 24, 2014

T. M. Luhrmann

I’VE been in and out of India for years, but on a recent visit to Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, it seemed that suicide and depression had become part of the social conversation in a way that was once taboo. Read more of this post

As airlines rely on sophisticated calculations to harvest every drop of profit, routes from small and midsize city airports are increasingly being dropped

Smaller Airports Are Being Left Behind

MARCH 24, 2014

By JOE SHARKEY

MY son Chris is on a business trip in India this week, and his choice of how he got there from his home in Tucson underscores a reality in air service. More often these days, business travelers will choose to drive a few hours to a bigger airport because airline service is not as convenient at their local airport. Read more of this post

The first law of website design is that the owners of a company usually hate their new site within 24 months

MARCH 24, 2014, 7:00 AM  2 Comments

Why I Redesigned My Website

By JOSH PATRICK

Are you getting the most out of your business?

As soon as you finish your new website’s design, it’s time to start figuring out how to change it. At least, that’s how it has always been for me. But this time around I actually had a good reason. Read more of this post

A Question of What’s a Reasonable Reward: A money manager claims Coca-Cola allocated as much as $24 billion toward stock-based rewards for its senior people

MARCH 24, 2014, 8:51 PM  Comment

A Question of What’s a Reasonable Reward

By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN

Earlier this month, Coca-Cola sent out its annual report and proxy statement to shareholders.

The red-and-white report was relatively predictable. Until you get to Page 85.

That’s the page that stopped an analyst who works for David Winters, a longtime money manager and founder of Wintergreen Advisers, in his tracks. Read more of this post

Backstage with Xerox CEO Ursula Burns; On the problems facing the world’s growing population, the challenges of M&A, and the one thing people don’t understand about Xerox

Backstage with Xerox CEO Ursula Burns

By Andrew Nusca March 24, 2014: 5:30 AM ET

On the problems facing the world’s growing population, the challenges of M&A, and the one thing people don’t understand about Xerox.

FORTUNE — Ahead of her keynote at her company’s inaugural Simple@Work conference in New York City, Xerox (XRX) chief executive Ursula Burns sat down with Fortune senior editor Andrew Nusca for a wide-ranging discussion on the motivation of overpopulation, popular perception of Xerox, and her biggest business challenge for 2014. Below are her words, edited and condensed for clarity. Read more of this post

Albemarle & Bond: a business you’d struggle to pawn; Breakneck expansion and the fall in the gold price have done for the high-street pawnbroker that has wiped out its shareholders

Albemarle & Bond: a business you’d struggle to pawn

Breakneck expansion and the fall in the gold price have done for the high-street pawnbroker that has wiped out its shareholders

By Alistair Osborne, Business Editor

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8:35PM GMT 24 Mar 2014

So, what do you call something that you’d struggle to pawn? Albemarle & Bond, as it turns out. Read more of this post

What the Wolves of Wall Street can teach us about risk; Simplifying the financial system is the only durable way to minimise risk

What the Wolves of Wall Street can teach us about risk

Simplifying the financial system is the only durable way to minimise risk

“What a commentary on the state of twentieth-century capitalism,” mused “motivational speaker” Jordan Belfort as he looked back on his life of fraud, sex, and drugs. As head of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, he fleeced investors of hundreds of millions of dollars in the early 1990’s. I saw Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street and was sufficiently intrigued to read Belfort’s memoir, on which the screenplay is based. I learned quite a lot. Read more of this post

The real story behind smarter working in a small business; Hannah Godfrey interviews Simon Duffy, the co-founder of men’s skincare brand Bulldog, to see how a small business can effectively implement a smarter working strategy

The real story behind smarter working in a small business

Hannah Godfrey interviews Simon Duffy, the co-founder of men’s skincare brand Bulldog, to see how a small business can effectively implement a smarter working strategy.

Hannah Godfrey

theguardian.com, Monday 24 March 2014 10.19 GMT

There is a real art to making a small business work, according to Simon Duffy, co-founder of the men’s skincare brand Bulldog. All entrepreneurs have heard about the importance of the great idea, they know that a successful entrepreneur must have an unshakable confidence is his or her project and value hard grind. All these things are important, but, Duffy believes, if you don’t also have the humility to see that you are not the best person to do everything, then your project is likely to flounder. Read more of this post

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