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In This Brutal 'Titan Games' Event, Friction Is The Real Winner Sure, you need big muscles to win the Lunar Impact event in Dwayne Johnson's new reality show. But you won't get anywhere without friction. Details
The Detroit Auto Show Proves Americans Sure Love SUVs The people want their cars big and gas-powered. The automakers are happy to provide.  Details
Be Careful Using Bots on Telegram Introducing a bot to a secure Telegram conversation downgrades the level of encryption—without providing any visual cues. Details
2 Food Processors Tested: Breville, Cuisinart Even if your knife skills are solid, a food processor is still faster and more convenient for bigger projects. Details
Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors Its execs have been arrested. Its gear is banned in places. And countries are reconsidering relationships with the company. How much trouble is Huawei really in? Details
To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons PG&E’s electrical equipment likely caused California’s massive Camp Fire. That’s particularly maddening because science knows full well how to stop that. Details
How Trump Could Wind up Making Globalism Great Again OK, so it was never great in the first place. But the rise of rank nationalists could finally—perversely—spark an era of progress and cooperation for all humanity. Details
Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives Never-ending notifications. Pull-to-refresh rewards. There's no escape from surveillance capitalism. Details
An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach Collection #1 appears to be the biggest public breach yet, with millions of unique passwords sitting out in the open. Details
Gillette's Ad Proves the Definition of a Good Man Has Changed Despite the backlash, the fact that the Gillette ad exists at all is an undeniable sign of progress.  Details
Yandex's Self-Driving CES Demo Comes Without a Human Backup The "Google of Russia" showed up in Vegas with a bold and daring demonstration of what a Moscow-trained robot Moscow can do. Details
Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope Antibiotics are still massively overprescribed, a new study shows. With no new drugs in sight, some scientists are turning to Crispr for a reboot. Details
Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful We know a lot about the “what” of the Mueller probe’s findings. The crucial questions now focus on the “why.” Details
Anti-Trump Activists Defend Fake-*Washington Post* Stunt Protesters have created satirical newspapers before, but the tactic comes with more baggage in the era of fake news. Details
A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery Researchers use a fossil, fancy computer work, and a complex robot to tease apart how an early land-walking animal moved. Details

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Sears dodges liquidation, stores to stay open – for now 

The company's chairman and largest shareholder won a bankruptcy auction for the chain, which hasn't seen a profitable year since 2010. If Sears keeps its lights on, the company could save tens of thousands of jobs across the United States.

US-China trade: How dose of reality is pushing both sides to deal 

During 2018, the outlook seemed to grow steadily worse for relations between the world’s two largest economies. Things are shifting as both sides see the risks of a trade war.

Recession is a risk in 2019. But maybe one that policymakers can avoid. 

A number of key trends in the economy are positive, from wage growth to low interest rates. Some of the biggest wild cards are trade policy and central bank actions.

Stocks dive, again. Does Wall Street foresee a recession?  

After several strong years, stock markets look rattled as 2018 draws to a close. A mix of factors signal a heightened risk of a slowdown, but an outright recession is far from certain.

Where local residents help birth the businesses that serve them 

Often new businesses rely on financing from a top-down system where bankers call the shots. For places that feel left behind, often communities of color, some new models are springing up. 

From hemp to organic foods, farm bill embraces change in rural US 

Passage of the farm bill is a rite of Congress that often borders on the arcane. But this year’s version signals how American farming is gradually embracing a vision beyond the industrial model.

Post-layoffs, GM fights to keep tax credit for electric vehicles 

A $7,500 tax incentive for buyers of electric vehicles is critical for General Motors as it ramps up production in the EV market. But some government officials are hesitant to continue funding the incentive, especially in the aftermath of GM's massive layoff.

Qatar leaves OPEC, cementing distance with Saudi Arabia 

Qatar will leave the world's largest consortium of oil producing countries in a bid to expand natural gas and oil drilling even as oil prices remain low. The departure signals a completion of the political and diplomatic rift between Qatar and the dominant member of OPEC, Saudi Arabia.

Which fork in the road to take? Detroit says both. 

US carmakers appear poised to try two paths forward at once, building more SUVs and pickups, which the US market loves, to pay their way along a road less traveled: electric and self-driving cars.

It’s a wide world of charity out there. Do you know how to navigate it? 

As ‘Giving Tuesday’ arrives, it’s a good time to think about charitable donations. Increasingly, average givers are focusing on the effectiveness of organizations they might support.

Preparing for tech shift, GM cuts thousands of jobs across US, Canada 

The largest automaker in the US, General Motors, announced Nov. 26 that it would cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America. The cuts affect both white- and blue-collar workers, and underscore a major restructuring for the automaker as it prepares for the future.

Instead of amplifying human biases, can algorithms help fix them? 

The rising use of artificial intelligence has become one of the dominant trends in business. On the heels of that trend come questions about fairness and a quest for ethical algorithms.

Ahead of Black Friday, market sees red 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 600 points on Nov. 20 as tech companies and retailers face losses and an oil surplus pushed barrel prices lower. The global economy shows signs of weakening, with the US, China, and Europe facing potential slowdowns. 

Hard times in farm country coincide with a trade war – echoing 1980s 

Farmers are resourceful by necessity. But many face a test as a US-China rift undercuts their exports – a challenge familiar to those who weathered the US wheat embargo against the Soviet Union.

After CEO arrest, Renault-Nissan alliance faces fissures 

Carlos Ghosn, who serves as chairman for both Renault and Nissan, was arrested in Japan on Nov. 19 for alleged financial improprieties. Analysts say this could strain the nearly 20-year-old Renault-Nissan alliance, which collectively represents one of the world's largest automakers.