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Pending home sales rise just 0.1% in December

A lack of homes for sale is keeping potential buyers at bay. Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose just 0.1 percent in December from a downwardly revised November reading, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Taking the revision into account, sales were flat. Only the Northeast, likely due to warmer-than-average weather, saw gains. These so-called ‘pending’ home ... Read More »

Skeleton keys open doors for all governments, not just ours

Does the U.S. government have the right to examine any of our private information, no matter how it’s stored, with a properly executed warrant? That’s the crux of the latest battle between Apple and the FBI. As you can read elsewhere on Macworld, the United States District Court of California has issued an order requiring Apple to build firmware to ... Read More »

To beat the market, just buy the winners: Technician

For investors looking for profits amid the choppy market, one technician has a simple solution: Stick with the winners. While Oppenheimer technical analyst Ari Wald believes stocks are “oversold,” he said Monday that “you still want to be selective, because the overall market environment is cracked, and I think the choppy behavior can continue.” Specifically, Wald would recommend looking to ... Read More »

UCLA just open-sourced a powerful new image-detection algorithm

Image recognition has become increasingly critical in applications ranging fromsmartphones to driverless cars, and on Wednesday UCLA opened up to the public a new algorithm that promises big gains. The Phase Stretch Transform algorithm is a physics-inspired computational approach to processing images and information that can help computers “see” features of objects that aren’t visible using standard imaging techniques. It ... Read More »

Why Facebook’s earnings won’t just be about Facebook

With Facebook.com already dominant in social media, Wall Street will watch this weeks’ earnings for signs the company can continue its meteoric growth in far-off new ventures. Facebook — like many Internet companies — will surely face scrutiny as it reports its monthly active users for its namesake platform in quarterly earnings scheduled to be released Wednesday. Analysts told CNBC ... Read More »

Cramer: McDonald’s turnaround just getting started

In a world where stocks are trading in lockstep with the price of oil, Jim Cramer finally found the one company that could do enough to break away from the pack—McDonald’s. Steve Easterbrook is the CEO of McDonald’s that took over the helm of the fast food giant, and Cramer thinks is the reason why the company reported stellar earnings ... Read More »

Arista just lost a patent round against Cisco and could face an import ban

Cisco Systems has won the latest round against Arista Networks at a U.S. trade agency that could block importation of Arista products. Arista violated three Cisco patents on networking technologies, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw of the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday. If the full Commission confirms that finding, the ruling could be bad news for Arista, a ... Read More »

Measured in snacks, consumer spending is just fine

The U.S. consumer is relatively financially healthy, despite turmoil in stock markets — at least if you measure in gas station snacks, according to one PepsiCo executive. “The U.S. consumer is doing just fine,” Hugh Johnston, Pepsi’s vice chairman and chief financial officer, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday. Thanks in part to lower gas prices and improved employment, ... Read More »

Measured in snacks, consumer spending is just fine

The U.S. consumer is relatively financially healthy, despite turmoil in stock markets — at least if you measure in gas station snacks, according to one PepsiCo executive. “The U.S. consumer is doing just fine,” Hugh Johnston, Pepsi’s vice chairman and chief financial officer, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday. Thanks in part to lower gas prices and improved employment, ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Bing just called the first four primaries for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

In March, Microsoft said it would use its Bing technology to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. On February 1, Microsoft said that Donald Trump would win the first four primaries by an even wider amount than before. Microsoft’s Bing predicts that Trump will win the Republican primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada relatively easily, ... Read More »