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October 23, 2014

Amazon tests investors’ patience.

  Shares of the company plummeted in after-hours trading after Amazon posted a 20% quarterly revenue gain, alongside a $437 million loss, its biggest quarterly profit loss in 14 years. Some doubters call the setup a ponzi scheme; others call it the future.
6 hours ago

Ebola is in Mali, too.

  A two-year-old Malian girl who traveled to Guinea has tested positive for the virus, making Mali now the sixth West African country to record a recent case. Senegal and Nigeria have since been declared Ebola-free.
7 hours ago

Europe sets a major emissions target.

  The EU signed a pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030. Green groups said key aspects of the deal were left vague or voluntary.
5 hours ago

AMC took control of BBC America.

  The US cable network that is home to “Mad Men” agreed to pay $200 million for a 49.9% stake and operational control of the UK public broadcaster’s US channel. The remainder will continue to be owned by BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm.
5 hours ago

Shinzo Abe suffered his third scandal in a week.

  An aide to Japan’s trade minister spent public money at a sadomasochistic sex club and later claimed for it on official expenses. The minister, Yoichi Miyazawa, has only been on the job for three days; his predecessor was forced to resign for misuse of public funds.  
October 23, 2014
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The end of cable TV is (sort of) nigh.

October 23, 2014

Microsoft’s cloud is booming.

  The company’s quarterly earnings beat expectations, at $0.54 per share. Revenue was up 25% from a year ago, boosted in part by an 128% increase in cloud services.
5 hours ago

Time to rewrite dinosaur textbooks again.

  To make room for this really ugly one.  

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