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Joe Nocera

04/13/2014 - 8:15pm

    So they're at it again, Apple and Samsung, fighting over patents in a courtroom in San Jose, Calif. They had a similar fight in 2012, in the same courtroom, which Apple won. Samsung has also won its share of these legal battles, including in Australia.

    This time around, Apple alleges that Samsung has violated...

04/10/2014 - 12:28am

    The Chevrolet Cobalt is in many ways the perfect representation of the bad, old days of General Motors, when quality didn't much matter, market share was more important than profitability, and financial decisions came before design and even safety decisions.

    First...

04/07/2014 - 2:36am

    If you were going to hold up a school as being exemplary in the way it puts athletics in, as they say, "the proper perspective," Northwestern University would certainly be one you'd point to. For instance, although it lacks the kind of winning tradition - at least in the big-time sports - that...

04/07/2014 - 2:08am

    There is always something just a little frustrating about reading a Michael Lewis book. On the one hand, Lewis' core point - whether it is that left tackle has become the second most important position in football ("The Blind Side"), or that the stock market has become rigged by high-frequency...

03/06/2014 - 2:39am

    We are fast approaching a privacy crisis in the United States. Google, Facebook and other big Internet companies collect information about us, which they deploy in the service of advertisers. Big data brokers, like Acxiom, have developed sophisticated tools that allow them to know almost as much about us as we...

03/06/2014 - 1:47am

    Whenever I read a story about Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has been so much in the news these days, I think about a man named Dee Hock. In the early 1970s, Hock created the credit card system that we now know as Visa. Hock was a man who liked to think grandiose thoughts. When it came to Visa, and credit...

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