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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with the continent’s migration crisis as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

Meet the Private Watchdogs Policing Finance

The use of outside monitors to police financial institutions that have misbehaved has exploded in recent years, sometimes generating friction.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

U.A.E. forces prevented Houthi rebels in Yemen from overrunning the Yemeni port city of Aden and now also reluctantly find themselves in the business of nation-building.

At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Thousands Without Power After British Columbia Storm

Emergency crews were working to clean up in the aftermath of a vicious windstorm that tore through southwestern British Columbia, leaving an estimated 500,000 people without electricity.

Egypt Rejects Criticism of Journalists’ Jail Sentences

Egypt’s foreign ministry rejected international criticism of a court’s decision to sentence a team of Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison, summoning the British ambassador to Egypt for condemning the verdict.

Judges to Weigh California’s Death Penalty

A federal appeals court in Pasadena, Calif., will hear arguments over whether California’s death penalty violates the Constitution, the latest flash point in a nationwide debate about states’ capital punishment systems.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Low-profile Signature Bank has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing lenders, attracting a fan base ranging from hip-hop mogul Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo to former Congressman Barney Frank

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

Asian Shares Start Lower

Asian markets are struggling to shake off a global selloff, despite a bounce in China shares at the end of last week.

BNY Mellon’s Pricing Problems Persist

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 77

China Slowdown to Hit Asia Electronics Supply Chain

After several years of torrid expansion, the slowdown in smartphone sales in China is expected to hit Asian parts suppliers.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

Technology

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

Apple’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors like Google.

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Video Music Awards 2015

Taylor Swift won best pop music and best female videos for “Blank Space,” and Nicki Minaj took the award for best hip-hop video for “Anaconda.” The two also buried their beef by joining forces onstage at MTV’s 32nd annual ceremony.

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Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

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Phone Cases: The New It Fashion Accessory?

Over the past few years, the iPhone case has gone from pragmatic protector to style statement. One writer plays catch up.

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Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.

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Hat Apple ein Online-Problem?

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Eins ist klar: Apple ist immer noch extrem erfolgreich in dem, was es tut. Der US-Konzern macht mehr Gewinn als irgendein anderes Unternehmen der Welt – trotz der jüngsten Talfahrt an der Börse. Dabei ist Apple nur auf sehr wenigen Feldern  aktiv, dort aber Marktführer mit Traummargen – vor allem bei Smartphones und Tablets.

Allerdings ist der Konzern vor allem von diesen beiden Geräten auch abhängig, was ihn sehr verwundbar macht, sollte jemals ein anderes Smartphone oder Tablet das nächste heiße Ding werden – oder vielleicht auch ein ganz anderes Gerät.

Mit den zwei anderen IT-Giganten – Microsoft und Google – teilt sich Apple deshalb ein Problem: Die Gewinne sind von einer speziellen Sparte abhängig. Bei Microsoft ist es das Geschäft mit Softwarelizenzen, insbesondere für die Produkte Windows, Office und Serversoftware. Bei Google ist es Online-Werbung und bei Apple ist es eben der Verkauf von Hardware.

Microsoft und Google haben in der Vergangenheit versucht, weitere Einnahmesäulen zu etablieren – stets vergeblich. Microsoft kann im Online-Geschäft mit Diensten wie Bing bis heute keine signifikanten Einnahmen generieren, und Google erzielt mit dem Cloud-Geschäft für Firmenkunden nicht annähernd die Margen des Marktführers Amazon.

Apple dagegen hat nie versucht, eine weitere Einnahme-Säule neben dem klassischen Geschäft mit Hardware aufzubauen. Der Verkauf von Software und Musik via App Store und iTunes spielt in den Bilanzen des Unternehmens kaum eine Rolle – und der Cloud-Dienst iCloud ist nur ein Zusatzangebot für die Apple-Kunden, der sich trägt, aber kaum Einnahmen generiert.

Der ehemalige Apple-Entwickler Patrick Gibson attestiert seinem Ex-Arbeitgeber auf Tumblr nun eine Internet-Schwäche und schlägt vor, der Konzern solle mit seinen riesigen Bargeldreserven Twitter kaufen. Gibson hatte früher bei Apple an der Software für das erste iPad gearbeitet.

Das US-Wirtschaftsblog Business Insider ergänzt, Apple habe ein großes Problem. „Apples Schwäche waren schon immer Web-Dienste. Es ist gut darin, fantastische Hardware zu bauen und starke Desktop-Software. Doch wenn es um Angebote wie Apple Maps, E-Mail oder iMessages geht, ist es schwach“, stellt das Blog fest. Zuletzt hatte Apple ein Desaster erlebt, als es mit einer neuen Version seines mobilen Betriebssystems iOS Googles etablierten Kartendienst Google Maps durch ein eigenes Produkt ersetzt hatte. Gibson fasst Apples Problem so zusammen: „Google wird schneller besser beim Design als Apple es beim Thema Internet gelingt“, sagt der Entwickler, der sich selbst als langjährigen Mac-Nutzer und eingefleischten Apple-Fan bezeichnet.

Apple kämpft beim eigenen Cloud-Service iCloud mit Fehlern. Nutzer berichten beispielsweise von häufigen Konflikten zwischen verschiedenen Dokumenten-Versionen, wenn sie die Speicherung im Internet verwenden. Gibson schreibt: „Fast alles, was Apple in Angriff nimmt und mit dem Internet zu tun hat, ist ein Durcheinander.“ Die Schuld sieht Gibson bei veralteter Web-Technik.

Google dagegen ist inzwischen erfolgreich ins Hardware-Geschäft eingestiegen und verkauft aktuell drei mobile Geräte: das Smartphone Nexus 4, das kleine Tablet Nexus 7 und das große Tablet Nexus 10 – alle drei natürlich mit Googles Betriebssystem Android. Die Geräte werden dem Konzern aus den Händen gerissen.

Wird Google Apple also auf dem Hardware-Markt gefährlich, während es Apple nicht gelingt, seine Online-Schwäche abzulegen? Eine echte Konkurrenz für die Apple-Hardware ist Google nicht. Vielmehr verdrängen die sehr günstigen Geräte aus dem Hause Google gerade die Geräte der Android-Konkurrenz von HTC, Samsung und Co. – und eröffnen neue Käuferschichten, denen Smartphones und Tablets vorher zu teuer waren.

Apple dagegen verkauft so viele iPhones und iPads wie nie zuvor – wenn denn die Produktion nachkommt. Das Hardwaregeschäft ist für Google außerdem keine weitere Säule für Einnahmen geworden, denn die Geräte werden – ganz im Gegensatz zu den teuren Apple-Geräten – absichtlich subventioniert verkauft. Die Nexus-Tabets und das Smartphone sind nichts weiter als Träger von Googles Webdiensten, damit der Konzern noch mehr Online-Werbung verkaufen kann. Schaden tut Google damit vor allem den eigenen Android-Partnern wie Samsung, HTC und Sony, die im Gegensatz zu Google vom Hardware-Verkauf leben müssen.

Apple dagegen hat den Premiummarkt immer noch fest im Griff. Erst wenn sich das einmal ändern sollte, hat der Konzern ein Problem. Das allerdings könnte schneller passieren, als Google seine Technologieführerschaft bei Web-Diensten verliert.

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EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

Germany, France and the U.K. pushed for a faster response in dealing with the continent’s migration crisis as Hungarian police detained a fifth person in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

Striking Workers Block French Port

The labor dispute is preventing travelers from boarding ferries on both sides of the English Channel.

Meet the Private Watchdogs Policing Finance

The use of outside monitors to police financial institutions that have misbehaved has exploded in recent years, sometimes generating friction.

Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

VW Is Told to Shed Suzuki Stake

An international court has ordered Volkswagen of Germany to sell its nearly 20% stake in Suzuki, allowing the Japanese auto maker to extricate itself from the tie-up after a four-year struggle.

Eni Reports Huge Natural-Gas Discovery off Egypt

Eni SpA said it made a massive natural-gas discovery off the coast of Egypt in what the Italian oil-and-gas company is calling the largest ever find in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Southern Yemen

U.A.E. forces prevented Houthi rebels in Yemen from overrunning the Yemeni port city of Aden and now also reluctantly find themselves in the business of nation-building.

At Least 11 Die in Saudi Arabia Fire

A large fire at a residential compound of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200, officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Thousands Without Power After British Columbia Storm

Emergency crews were working to clean up in the aftermath of a vicious windstorm that tore through southwestern British Columbia, leaving an estimated 500,000 people without electricity.

Egypt Rejects Criticism of Journalists’ Jail Sentences

Egypt’s foreign ministry rejected international criticism of a court’s decision to sentence a team of Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison, summoning the British ambassador to Egypt for condemning the verdict.

Judges to Weigh California’s Death Penalty

A federal appeals court in Pasadena, Calif., will hear arguments over whether California’s death penalty violates the Constitution, the latest flash point in a nationwide debate about states’ capital punishment systems.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, is seen in 2007. He calls himself a Signature Bank customer for life after the bank stood by him when he was facing money-laundering charges.

The Only Bank This Hip-Hop Mogul Will Use

Low-profile Signature Bank has become one of the nation’s fastest-growing lenders, attracting a fan base ranging from hip-hop mogul Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo to former Congressman Barney Frank

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

Asian Shares Start Lower

Asian markets are struggling to shake off a global selloff, despite a bounce in China shares at the end of last week.

BNY Mellon’s Pricing Problems Persist

Executives at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. are racing against the clock to make it through a backlog of pricing issues before the markets open Monday morning.

Suppliers Feel Pain as Coal Miners Struggle

As big coal miners struggle, their equipment suppliers—thousands of businesses sprinkled throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky—are scrambling to find new customers anywhere they can. 77

China Slowdown to Hit Asia Electronics Supply Chain

After several years of torrid expansion, the slowdown in smartphone sales in China is expected to hit Asian parts suppliers.

Ageas to Sell Hong Kong Life Insurance Business

Belgian insurance company Ageas said Sunday it will sell its Hong Kong Life insurance business to Chinese asset-management firm JD Capital for €1.23 billion.

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

Technology

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

Apple’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors like Google.

Arts

IMAGE 1 of 12

Video Music Awards 2015

Taylor Swift won best pop music and best female videos for “Blank Space,” and Nicki Minaj took the award for best hip-hop video for “Anaconda.” The two also buried their beef by joining forces onstage at MTV’s 32nd annual ceremony.