Daily Intel

Small cars fare poorly in crash tests
The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.-based safety group that's funded by insurers. To earn a "good" rating, a car must keep...
Jul 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM
We owe, we owe: A key to the lesser depression | Jon Talton
The report on delinquent debt in America from the Urban Institute is worth a closer look. Washington is one of only three states with less than 4 percent of people with a credit file having past-due debt. Seattle, at 3.5 percent, is one of the...
Jul 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM
Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July
A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month.
Jul 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM
Xbox One launching in China Sept. 23
Microsoft announced Sept. 23 as the launch date in China for sales of its Xbox One gaming and entertainment console.
Jul 30, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Windows Phone 8.1 gets an update; Cortana goes to China and UK
Windows Phone 8.1 is getting an update that includes live folders -- essentially groupings of live tiles on the Start screen -- while digital voice assistant Cortana is now headed to Windows Phones in China and the UK.
Jul 30, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high
Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. Twitter Inc. posted a net loss of $144.6 million, or 24 cents per...
Jul 30, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.
Jul 30, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400
The maker of Prolia for osteoporosis and anemia treatment Aranesp said it's restructuring to free up money needed for investments in the business, particularly marketing and other costs for launching new drugs. Amgen is awaiting U.S. approval for...
Jul 30, 2014 | 11:30 AM
American Express 2Q profit rises 9 percent
American Express Co.'s net income grew 9 percent in the second quarter, as spending by cardholders increased and the credit card issuer set aside less money to cover potential credit losses. American Express cardholders tend to be more affluent...
Jul 30, 2014 | 10:30 AM
McDonald's could be liable for labor practices
Heather Smedstad, senior vice president of human resources for McDonald's USA, said in a phone interview that the company has never been determined to be a joint employer in the past and that it would fight the decision by the labor board. In March...
Jul 30, 2014 | 10:30 AM