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Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

Feb 25, 2015

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

There are smiley, sad and heart emoji — and now, for the first time, there will be racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to release nonwhite faces in its lineup of the cartoon faces that some people use to liven up text and email ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reddit, Google to crack down on posting of nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given ...

Greece clears key hurdle to extend bailout but doubts remain

Feb 25, 2015

Greece clears key hurdle to extend bailout but doubts remain

Greece cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in its ongoing battle to remain solvent as its European creditors approved a four-month extension to its financial bailout — but the cash-strapped country has much more to do to convince its partners that it deserves longer-term help ...

JPMorgan to close 5% of bank branches to cut costs

Feb 25, 2015

JPMorgan to close 5% of bank branches to cut costs

JPMorgan Chase plans to close 300 bank branches over the next two years, about 5 percent of the total, as more customers move online and the bank seeks to cut costs. The closures are part of a $1.4 billion cost-cutting plan the bank announced ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. consumer confidence slides after big January gain

U.S. consumers are feeling a bit less confident this month, but their spirits are still at the highest levels since before the Great Recession. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped this month to 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in ...

Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

Feb 24, 2015

Panel proposes cutting solar tariff by as much as 16%

The government is considering reducing incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs. The tariff for applications approved between April 1 and June 30 could be cut to ¥29 per kilowatt hour ...

Hitachi agrees to buy two Finmeccanica rail businesses

Feb 24, 2015

Hitachi agrees to buy two Finmeccanica rail businesses

Hitachi Ltd. is set to buy Finmeccanica SpA’s rail business and a signals affiliate in its largest ever overseas acquisition as it seeks growth abroad. The Japanese industrial group, which makes nuclear power plant turbines, electronic equipment and industrial machinery will close the acquisitions ...