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Gap is betting its lowest-priced brand will work as well in the Middle East as it has in Asia


Earlier this year, Old Navy, the lowest-priced retail brand of the Gap, opened its first stores in the Philippines and in China.

This Chrome extension will brighten your day every time you open a new tab


If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, do yourself a favor and install this extension right now.

GrubHub is craving more customers—and has a TV strategy to get them


Quarterly profits have quintupled, shares are up, the number of active customers has increased 50% since September 2013—all is well in the land of GrubHub, the online food-ordering company adored by young investment bankers and art students alike.

Why was America’s top spy also a fertilizer day-trader?


Fertilizer is a strategic commodity, and that’s no load of manure. In fact, it’s potash—a mineral salt mined from the ground to add nitrogen to industrial fertilizer production.

“Smart cities” are coming—but will need some better ideas


Chicago, the third largest city in the US, is about to get a new set of “smart city” sensors. Scientists from the University of Chicago’s Urban Center for Computation and Data (UCCD) and the federally operated Argonne National Laboratory have plans to attach a network of 40 smart sensor installations to light poles on three city campuses, Wired reports.

All is well for airlines in the US—for now


The numbers: Good. American Airlines said Thursday it earned a record $942 million in the third quarter, more than triple what it earned a year ago.

What Comcast’s earnings tells us about the state of cable in America


Comcast, the biggest cable company in the US, which is trying to buy the second biggest cable company, Time Warner Cable, reported its quarterly earnings this morning.

Tesco’s Value Destruct-o-Meter: $21 billion and counting


The numbers: Grim. Really grim. Gruesome, even. When a 92% drop in profit is not the worst thing in a results announcement, you know you’re in trouble.

The countries that bend over backwards for rich foreigners


Ever wonder how wealthy foreigners are faring in your country, compared to others around the world? HSBC just released its annual rankings of the best places to live as an expat, which it calculated using a wide range of factors from salaries and career potential to family life and other quality-of-life indicators.

Christian Bale is the next Steve Jobs


The second Steve Jobs movie to be made since the Apple co-founder’s death finally has a star, the Oscar winner (and Batman star) Christian Bale.

Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most


It seems pretty clear. A recent paper from the US Department of Labor spotlighted the diverse earnings dynamics among America’s racial and ethnic groups.

The backstory to seven of the most popular protest slogans in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement


HONG KONG—At Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, demonstrators have been using a wide array of puns, jokes, curses, and other wordplay in Cantonese to emphasize the distinct identity that they see as under threat from the mainland.

How to lay off good people


I wrote about how I hire in “How to hire good people instead of nice people.” But what I didn’t know then was how to lay off those good people I’d hired once our business had run its course.

Malcolm Gladwell on the key to success: don’t be afraid to look like a fool


I had the chance to sit down with Malcolm Gladwell just before he went on to speak about David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants during the World Business Forum “Provocateurs” conference.

Having children is not the formula for a happy life


After we wrote a book about the sacred cows of marriage and divorce, we were asked to tackle one of the sacred cows of American parenting.

How to thrive as an introverted leader—and how to follow one


To be a great boss, you don’t have to be an extroverted back-slapper. A growing body of research suggests introverts can be excellent leaders too.

“Organic” is a misleading label. Here’s how technology could create something better


If you look around any American or European supermarket these days you’ll find that there’s regular food, and then there’s “organic” food, complete with a sparkling certificate and usually a few sketches of flowers, sunrises, and dancing cows.

The man who taught Warren Buffett how to manage a company


Disciples of the investing firm Berkshire Hathaway and its legendary leader, Warren Buffett, know that his mentors in investing were Benjamin Graham and Charlie Munger.

Poor voters aren’t bad for Hong Kong—prosperity and democracy often go hand in hand


HONG KONG—Hong Kong’s chief executive CY Leung’s recent claim that Hong Kong’s citizens were too poor to allow direct elections was greeted with outcry here and astonishment overseas.

Why India’s art scene is increasingly being defined by foreign collectors and museums


On October 24, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will open a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of Vasudev Gaitonde.


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