from Data Dive:

In Uber’s fast expansion, big legal headaches

December 11, 2014

On Monday, Portland, Oregon, brought a lawsuit against the app-based ride hailing service Uber for operating without the consent of the city. But this wasn't Uber's biggest domestic legal headache in a week in which the company was sued by two California district attorneys for misleading customers about background checks, a driver in Chicago was investigated for rape, and  a former driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco.

from Mark Jones:

In Uber’s fast expansion, big legal headaches http://t.co/fg2yUAHgBL

December 11, 2014

In Uber’s fast expansion, big legal headaches http://t.co/fg2yUAHgBL

from Reuters FYI:

Here comes Zombie Santa — so run!

December 11, 2014

A Zombie Santa is pictured Death Yard Haunted Attraction in Hendersonville, Tennessee December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

A Zombie Santa is pictured Death Yard Haunted Attraction in Hendersonville, Tennessee December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

from Mark Jones:

US called out foreign regimes as CIA used same torture methods http://t.co/E3nML3F2Kp

December 11, 2014

US called out foreign regimes as CIA used same torture methods http://t.co/E3nML3F2Kp

from Breakingviews:

Gold’s rally won’t outlast tectonic rate shift

December 11, 2014

By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

That’s a big Twinkie

December 11, 2014

The market’s gyrations are a bit more than many people want to handle this time of the year, but it’s a time when stupid stuff happens, and lack of liquidity combined with concerns about the world economy are raising questions that, essentially, seem like the same question: Has this equity-market surge come too far, and are we due for the “big” Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man-sized thing that everyone has been anticipating since, well, more than two years now?

from The Great Debate:

Details of how U.S. rebuked foreign regimes while using same torture methods

By James Ross
December 11, 2014

A protester dressed as a detainee of the US government demonstrates outside the White House in Washington

So the CIA doesn’t consider “waterboarding” -- mock execution by near drowning -- to be torture, but the U.S. State Department does.

from Mark Jones:

Will cheap gas last? The answer and nine other predictions for 2015 http://t.co/SHlcEpYSgd

December 11, 2014

Will cheap gas last? The answer and nine other predictions for 2015 http://t.co/SHlcEpYSgd

from MacroScope:

ECB numbers game

By Mike Peacock
December 11, 2014

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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pushed the envelope as far as he could last week, saying a review early next year would decide whether money-printing to buy government bonds was needed. He said he didn’t need unanimity within the ECB to force it through.

from Mark Jones:

ECB numbers game http://t.co/Ju8uyyZiP6

December 11, 2014

ECB numbers game http://t.co/Ju8uyyZiP6