Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Carl Icahn is right about Dell’s complex, self-enriching attempt to re-enter public market

Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Carl Icahn is right about Dell’s complex, self-enriching attempt to re-enter public market

Carl Icahn has successfully tormented several tech companies in the last decade — from Motorola to Yahoo to eBay — but usually demands value extraction that isn’t always the best route for a company’s health or long-term investors. Icahn’s new battle with computer executive Michael Dell and his eponymous company, now entering a bruising second → Read More

Key Words: Google touts 30 million monthly users for its mobile-payment platform in India

Key Words: Google touts 30 million monthly users for its mobile-payment platform in India

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has dominant positions in search, advertising and mobile devices, but the company has had to play from behind when it comes to mobile payments. Google is very much still interested in enabling financial transactions, however, and the company’s payments general manager Caesar Sengupta said Tuesday that partnerships have helped it achieve early → Read More

The Tell: Stock-market investors are suffering from ‘post traumatic volatility disorder’, says Credit Suisse analyst

The Tell: Stock-market investors are suffering from ‘post traumatic volatility disorder’, says Credit Suisse analyst

Credit Suisse’s Jonathan Golub says an upsurge in volatility may be feeding on itself, leading to further wobbles in a market that was on the verge of busting higher just weeks ago. In a research report distributed Monday called “U.S. Equity Strategy: Post Traumatic Volatility Disorder,” Golub says a resurgence of volatility is under way → Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Uber’s top deal maker Cameron Poetzscher steps down

The Wall Street Journal: Uber’s top deal maker Cameron Poetzscher steps down

Uber Technologies Inc.’s head of corporate development, Cameron Poetzscher, has resigned less than a month after a Wall Street Journal article revealed allegations of prior sexual misconduct in the office, according to a person familiar with the matter.  An Uber spokesman on Monday confirmed Poetzscher’s departure. The resignation is effective immediately and Uber’s new CFO → Read More

You’re not wrong: A neighbor’s ugly house may drag down the value of yours

You’re not wrong: A neighbor’s ugly house may drag down the value of yours

Getty Images A landscaper installs a section of artificial lawn at a home in Burlingame, Calif. A new academic paper confirms what real-estate agents and reality-television shows have been telling homeowners for years: Curb appeal matters. The working paper, “Computer Vision and Real Estate: Do Looks Matter and Do Incentives Determine Looks,” was based on → Read More

Market Extra: Sweden’s central bank seen setting the stage for a rate hike

Market Extra: Sweden’s central bank seen setting the stage for a rate hike

In a busy week for central bankers, investors are on the lookout for details about when interest rates could be going up in continental Europe, where the monetary policy normalization process lags well behind the U.S. Federal Reserve. With the European Central Bank vowing to keep rates at present levels at least through next summer, → Read More

Child-care costs in America are getting close to $10,000 per year

Child-care costs in America are getting close to $10,000 per year

Child-care costs are the rise. Parents across the country spent $9,000 to $9,600 annually for one child’s day care last year, up roughly 7.5% on the year, according to a national average costs released Monday by Child Care Aware of America. “No matter how you look at the statistics, child care is unaffordable for families → Read More

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