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Speed-reading apps are great for speed and terrible for reading, study finds


Speed reading apps like Spritz are a nifty way to plow through text at a breakneck pace, but they’re not perfect.

Apple’s own numbers show that people are hungry for cheaper iPhones


Apple had a fantastic first quarter. So good, in fact, that the company surprised itself—in January it forecast revenues of between $42 billion and $44 billion.

The secret of German companies’ success—always see disaster around the corner


Hope for the best but expect the worst. That seems to be the motto for German executives, who report brisk business at the moment but fear that the good times won’t last.

Apple just became the world’s biggest-dividend stock


Apple is continuing its remarkably rapid transformation from the world’s premier growth story to the world’s top-value stock.

Comcast’s monthly bills are way higher than Time Warner Cable’s


Cable companies aren’t terribly popular with their customers, and the size of their monthly bills goes a long way toward explaining why.

South Koreans love megachurches even more than Americans do


Even in evangelism, America’s flair for mass production is irrepressible. The US has more than 1,600 megachurches—meaning those with more than 2,000 weekly attendees—the most in the world.

Nokia will continue to make phones—but only in India, only for 12 months and only because it has no choice


The $7.2 billion sale of Nokia to Microsoft is expected to close tomorrow, bringing the phone-making chapter of a remarkably versatile, adaptive and admired company to a close—almost.

The US needs more Hispanic medical students


In the coming weeks, nearly 17,000 medical school students will graduate across the US and begin their career in medicine.

Nanorobots that hide in your blood like viruses could someday fight cancer


When it comes to fighting disease, your body’s defense system doesn’t like enlisting outside help. Overcoming this “locals only” attitude has been a huge handicap for scientists trying to make medical nanorobots, but now a team from Harvard thinks they’ve developed a disguise that will help the nanorobots sneak through and get to work fighting cancer.

Most tech companies go on hiring binges, but Netflix stays lean


For the first years of their existence, tech companies tend to be tiny. The recently acquired WhatsApp had only 55 employees when Facebook bought it for $19 billion.

Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—GE’s shopping list, China’s Japan jabs, Obama’s sanctions, robot milkmaids

What to watch for today The first earnings report from Microsoft’s new CEO. Satya Nadella, who took over after a long and tortuous leadership search, has a chance to burnish his image with good news about the company’s push into cloud computing.

The man who’s been doing Google Street View since before Google’s founders were born


Harlem’s Lenox Lounge as Vergara saw it in 1994 (left) and 2014 (right). Camilo José Vergara Camilo José Vergara came to the US from Chile to study in 1965, and in the 1970s, he began taking photos to document the decay of inner-city neighborhoods.

The latest target of Chinese censorship is amateur pornography


​ ChinaSmack A Chinese crackdown on pornography is taking a creative turn. Authorities have arrested over 20 women in Henan province for writing gay erotic fan fiction online, according to a report (video in Chinese) from Anhui Television.

Meet the guy who owns the most Teslas in the world and lives in the Arctic Circle


Jens Kratholm, a 56-year-old Norwegian, owns a staggering seven Teslas. Six of them are Roadsters and one is a Model S.

Apple earnings prove it: This is a phone company

Apple has still got some gas in the tank. Both profits and sales exceeded expectations from analysts. Here’s all the ways Apple surprised them.

Facebook’s mobile user base has crossed the 1 billion threshold


More than one billion people logged into their Facebook account on a mobile device, on average, in the first three months of the year.

Why you shouldn’t trust games to help your hiring process


“It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game.” This old adage has never been more true than when you look at a new batch of games being marketed as a better way to measure employee potential and, ultimately, factor into company decisions on whom to hire or fire.

Uber’s usage maps are a handy tool for finding the world’s rich, young people


Uber, the wildly successful taxi-service app that garners both good and virulently hateful feeling, just released maps of how its services are used in the 100 cities it in which it now operates.

The bizarre reality of the US housing market: Home sales are tanking, and prices are soaring


So, new home sales in the US tanked in March, falling 13.3% year-over-year—the ugliest number since April 2011.

Why your dinky little startup is worth billions of dollars


Tech company valuations are becoming so inflated that some think there’s a bubble about to burst. But how do offices with a few dozen people in them get to be worth billions, and what do those numbers mean?


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