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Apr 24, 2015

Big personalities of the dotcom boom – where are they now?

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – The Nasdaq’s March 2000 peak
brought with it a plethora of colorful personalities – Wall
Street analysts, bankers and tech moguls – who saw their
reputations tarnished once the bubble burst. Many found solid
second acts long after the dotcom implosion hit them hard.

Now that the index has surpassed its prior peak, here is an
update on some of the most notable names of the last Nasdaq
boom.

Apr 14, 2015
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China’s leftover homes

Zheng Meiju walks towards her partially demolished nail house (back) in Rui’an, Zhejiang province, China, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

“Nail houses” in China are houses that are left standing amid development in cases where the owners are unwilling or unable to reach an agreement on the demolition of their property. Reuters looks at some of these freestanding relics. Some of them stand alone, in open industrial spaces or highways, while others are silent protests of the urban landscape around them.

Apr 14, 2015
via Reuters FYI

China’s leftover homes

Zheng Meiju walks towards her partially demolished nail house (back) in Rui’an, Zhejiang province, China, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

“Nail houses” in China are houses that are left standing amid development in cases where the owners are unwilling or unable to reach an agreement on the demolition of their property. Reuters looks at some of these freestanding relics. Some of them stand alone, in open industrial spaces or highways, while others are silent protests of the urban landscape around them.

Apr 10, 2015
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Sandra Bullock’s ‘safe door’

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The charges against Joshua Corbett, who broke into Sandra Bullock’s home last June, include burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun. They encompass the events of a night that led Bullock to lock herself in her bedroom closet and call 911. The call was played for the jury in court this week, who heard her shakily tell the 911 operator that someone had begun banging on her bedroom door, which, for what  it was worth, was a “safe door.” Reuters reports that Corbett could face up to 20 years in prison.

Let’s go to McDonald’s, don’t tell Dad

A young mother is taking her kids for “sneaky meals” at McDonald’s. In return for not telling their father about their fast-food transgressions, the kids’ reward is momentary possession of the legendary McNugget. The situation underscores how hard it may be for the world’s largest restaurant chain to remake its nutritional image and revive U.S. sales.

Mar 20, 2015
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Hong Kong protests lead to retail woes

A police officer gestures at protesters during a demonstration inside a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 15, 2015. Anti-mainland Chinese demonstrators on Sunday protested against parallel traders and confronted police, government radio reported. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Protests and street violence continue in Hong Kong, including in shopping malls, where luxury stores that are propping up the economy carry the brands that Chinese consumers cannot easily access on the mainland. But the protests are beginning to divert wealthy tourists from China to cities like Seoul and Tokyo. Tour groups from China dropped about 80 percent this month.

Feb 3, 2015
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Battle of the statistics

Lululemon’s founder, Chip Wilson, found out the hard way that alienating women of a certain size and tone is not the best way to keep your job, even if your company is the leading purveyor of yoga apparel, equipment and a zen state of mind. ReutersTV looks at how Wilson has shaped the company’s value to investors.

Is a REIT sell-off coming?

Investors in Real Estate ETFs (REITS) are watching the Fed closely. If rates rise later this year, the boom in the popular funds could face its first test in a while.

Feb 3, 2015
via Reuters FYI

Battle of the statistics

Lululemon’s founder, Chip Wilson, found out the hard way that alienating women of a certain size and tone is not the best way to keep your job, even if your company is the leading purveyor of yoga apparel, equipment and a zen state of mind. ReutersTV looks at how Wilson has shaped the company’s value to investors.

Is a REIT sell-off coming?

Investors in Real Estate ETFs (REITS) are watching the Fed closely. If rates rise later this year, the boom in the popular funds could face its first test in a while.

Jan 30, 2015
via Reuters FYI

India’s modern art moment

India’s biggest art fair kicked off this week in New Delhi, where contemporary artists showcased works that are growing in value on the global market. A Christie’s auction there in December generated $12 million. The India Art Fair draws 100,000 visitors every year, who pay markedly less for admission than other renowned art shows, with tickets around $6. A replica of Mumbai’s train station by artist  T V Santhosh is tilted on its side and displaying time pieces counting down times.

A visitor looks at an exhibit titled ‘The Threshold into a Dream’ by Indian artist T.V. Santhosh at the India Art Fair in New Delhi January 29, 2015. REUTERS/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

Jan 30, 2015
via Reuters FYI

India’s modern art moment

India’s biggest art fair kicked off this week in New Delhi, where contemporary artists showcased works that are growing in value on the global market. A Christie’s auction there in December generated $12 million. The India Art Fair draws 100,000 visitors every year, who pay markedly less for admission than other renowned art shows, with tickets around $6. A replica of Mumbai’s train station by artist  T V Santhosh is tilted on its side and displaying time pieces counting down times.

A visitor looks at an exhibit titled ‘The Threshold into a Dream’ by Indian artist T.V. Santhosh at the India Art Fair in New Delhi January 29, 2015. REUTERS/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE

Jan 27, 2015
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The star-power of the NFL

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) addresses the media during a press conference after their arrival in preparation for Super Bowl XLIX. January 26, 2015; Chandler, AZ, Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Want to know why we care so much about Sunday’s game? Amy Tennery (who is in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl all week) writes that the Super Bowl’s popularity rose in correlation with television technology. As more televisions were brought into U.S. households, the National Football League became a national past time. It celebrates its forty-ninth league-level championship on Sunday. Fantasy sports, big-money athletes, cheerleaders and advertising on game day are all entry-ways for anyone to get affiliated with the sport. Whether we stay or take a hike after glimpsing some of the injuries and the spousal abuse allegations that are a part of the NFL is a question that Tennery explores as she reports from the field.