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EU Leaders to Hold Emergency Meeting on Migration Crisis

European Union interior and home affairs ministers will hold an emergency meeting on September 14, the Luxembourg presidency said, in a bid to step up action to handle the biggest wave of migration since World War II.

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.

Some Stock-Market Experts Still Bracing For More Trouble

The big question worrying investors now is whether last week’s rally is sustainable or just the prelude to another storm.

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.

The Outlook

U.S. Port Traffic Hinted at China Slowdown

Long before investors lost faith in the Chinese stock market, something seemed amiss at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The number of containers coming from China was up, but beginning in 2013, fewer were being sent in the other direction.

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.

Eni Reports 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.

Rice Condemns Pakistan-Based Militant Attacks in Afghanistan

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday told top civilian and military leaders in Islamabad that attacks in neighboring Afghanistan by Pakistan-based militants were “absolutely unacceptable,” according to a senior American official.

Lebanese Official Defies Calls to Resign

A top Lebanese official defied demands from thousands of protesters over the weekend to step down, providing potential fuel for a growing antigovernment movement that is coalesced around uncollected trash.

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 20 in Yemen

A Saudi-led air raid killed at least 20 workers at a factory in northern Yemen, a local official and a resident said, the latest carnage in the conflict between Yemeni rebels and forces allied with the country’s exiled president.

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.

Malaysia Protesters Face Uphill Battle to Dislodge Najib

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital over the weekend to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak, but analysts say the leader of the resource-rich nation is still in a strong position.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

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.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 61

Puerto Rico Extends Deadline for Draft Restructuring

Puerto Rico’s governor extended a Sunday deadline for a group of government officials to deliver a draft of a restructuring plan that is widely anticipated by investors.

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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.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

Hackers Are the New Wizards

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The Real Roots of Russia’s Revolution

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Wer hat das Netbook getötet?

Die beiden größten Netbook-Hersteller Acer und Asus produzieren die kleinen und günstigen Laptops seit dem 1. Januar 2013 nicht mehr, berichtet die Digitimes.

Der britische Guardian geht der Frage nach, wer das Netbook getötet hat. Die Tatverdächtigen: Apples iPad und andere Tablets, die Konkurrenz des PC-Marktes, die globale wirtschaftliche Entwicklung und die wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen, unter denen die Netbooks hergestellt wurden. Die von Intel 2012 eingeführte Klasse der Ultrabooks hat ein Alibi: Die neuen besonders schnellen, flachen, leichten und teuren Laptops zielen mit ihrem Preis auf einen ganz anderen Markt und sind darüber hinaus viel zu erfolglos, als dass sie den Netbooks hätten gefährlich werden können.

Tablets haben Netbooks überrundet

Klar ist: Seit im April 2010 Apples iPad auf den Markt kam, hat es die gesamte PC-Branche aufgewirbelt. Im Februar 2012 überrundeten die Tablets die Netbooks bei den verkauften Stückzahlen. Doch das allein ist noch nicht ausschlaggebend. Vielmehr konnte der Netbook-Markt aufgrund der geringen Preise und Margen kaum Druck aushalten. Netbooks konnten nur ein Massengeschäft sein, keine Nische – in welche die Geräte durch mehrere Faktoren gedrängt wurden.

Insbesondere, nachdem klar wurde, dass viele Käufer das vertraute Betriebssystem Windows statt Linux bevorzugten, wurden die Margen immer geringer, weil die Hersteller nun auch noch für eine Windows-Lizenz an Microsoft zahlen mussten. Dass der PC-Markt insgesamt vor allem durch die gesamtwirtschaftliche Entwicklung ab 2010 geschwächt wurde, kam erschwerend hinzu.

Der taiwanesische Hersteller Asus, mit vollem Namen eigentlich Asustek, hatte die besonders kleinen, billigen und leistungsschwachen Laptops 2007 mit dem EeePC eingeführt. Damals war das mit Linux ausgestattete Gerät für einen revolutionären Preis zu haben: 200 Dollar in den USA, in Deutschland kam es ein Jahr später zu einem höheren Preis auf den Markt.

Der EeePC und seine Nachahmer waren die ersten Massen-PCs mit Solid State Drives (SSD) – schneller Flash-Speicher, der als Festplattenersatz dient und heute immer häufiger zur Standard-Ausstattung jedes PCs gehört. Auf ein optisches Laufwerk zum Abspielen von CDs, DVDs und Blu-rays wurde – wie bei den später eingeführten teuren Ultrabooks – aus Platz- und Gewichtsgründen verzichtet.

Schnell aber wurde das Konzept auch verwässert: Geräte mit Festplatte statt SSD kamen auf den Markt und die meisten Netbooks sind heute mit Windows XP oder Windows 7 ausgestattet und nicht mehr mit Linux. Was bei allen Netbooks gleich geblieben ist: Sie alle sind klein – der Bildschirm ist meist um die 10 Zoll groß – und sie alle sind mit einem Atom-Prozessor von Intel ausgestattet – ein besonders leistungsschwaches Modell von Intel, das auf das Stromsparen optimiert ist.

Margen zu gering für einen Nischenmarkt

„Netbooks hatten ein kurzes aber interessantes Leben“, schreibt der Guardian. „Sie entwickelten sich vom einstigen Retter der PC-Industrie zu nur einem weiteren falsch bepreisten Versuch, um stromsparende Intel-Chips voranzubringen und mehr Geld für Microsoft einzusammeln.“ Letztlich war der Preisunterschied zu den besser ausgestatteten Laptops nicht mehr groß genug und gleichzeitig die Marge für die Hersteller zu gering, um einen Nischenmarkt zu rechtfertigen.

Pionier Asus hatte für Ende 2012 das Ende der Eee-PC-Produktion angekündigt und auch Acer will aus dem Geschäft aussteigen, was die Taiwanesen im Gespräch mit dem Wall Street Journal im Herbst noch dementierten. Asus und Acer waren die einzigen beiden verbliebenen Netbook-Hersteller, nachdem sich zuvor unter anderem schon Samsung, HP und Dell aus dem Markt zurückgezogen hatten.

Meine mobile digitale Schreibmaschine bleibt

Ich persönlich bin mit meinem Eee-PC 1000H immer noch zufrieden. Für mich ist das Gerät perfekt als „mobile Schreibmaschine“ mit Internetzugang, wenn ich unterwegs bin. Wenn ich auf Außenterminen schnell etwas mitschreiben will, ist eine Tastatur unterlässlich – mein iPad kann da nicht mithalten. Als das Gerät nach zahlreichen Windows-Updates all zu langsam wurde, habe ich das Betriebssystem Windws XP durch Linux Mint ersetzt. Seit dem bin ich wieder rundum zufrieden mit meinem Netbook – auch wenn die Geräteklasse inzwischen tot ist.

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    • [...] Der vielleicht wichtigste strukturelle Grund, der gegen ein Comeback des PCs spricht, ist die Tatsache, dass die Branche an Absatzzahlen gemessen wird, die in einer Zeit entstanden, in denen Netbook-Laptops boomten – Geräte, die für sehr wenig Geld verkauft wurden aber bei der Leistung Abstriche machten. Das Netbook hat deutlich an Popularität eingebüßt. [...]

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EU Leaders to Hold Emergency Meeting on Migration Crisis

European Union interior and home affairs ministers will hold an emergency meeting on September 14, the Luxembourg presidency said, in a bid to step up action to handle the biggest wave of migration since World War II.

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.

Some Stock-Market Experts Still Bracing For More Trouble

The big question worrying investors now is whether last week’s rally is sustainable or just the prelude to another storm.

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.

The Outlook

U.S. Port Traffic Hinted at China Slowdown

Long before investors lost faith in the Chinese stock market, something seemed amiss at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The number of containers coming from China was up, but beginning in 2013, fewer were being sent in the other direction.

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.

Eni Reports Natural Gas Discovery off Egypt

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Rice Condemns Pakistan-Based Militant Attacks in Afghanistan

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday told top civilian and military leaders in Islamabad that attacks in neighboring Afghanistan by Pakistan-based militants were “absolutely unacceptable,” according to a senior American official.

Lebanese Official Defies Calls to Resign

A top Lebanese official defied demands from thousands of protesters over the weekend to step down, providing potential fuel for a growing antigovernment movement that is coalesced around uncollected trash.

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 20 in Yemen

A Saudi-led air raid killed at least 20 workers at a factory in northern Yemen, a local official and a resident said, the latest carnage in the conflict between Yemeni rebels and forces allied with the country’s exiled president.

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.

Malaysia Protesters Face Uphill Battle to Dislodge Najib

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital over the weekend to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak, but analysts say the leader of the resource-rich nation is still in a strong position.

China Places Cap on Local Government Debt

Chinese lawmakers have placed a $2.5 trillion cap on local government debt as Beijing looks for ways to address one of the major impediments to its economy.

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.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 61

Puerto Rico Extends Deadline for Draft Restructuring

Puerto Rico’s governor extended a Sunday deadline for a group of government officials to deliver a draft of a restructuring plan that is widely anticipated by investors.

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. 59

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.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

Hackers Are the New Wizards

Chuck Wendig’s “Zeroes” reminds us how interconnected we all are, with electronic links all the way down to our refrigerators and cars, all of them hackable.

The Real Roots of Russia’s Revolution

Before revolution was a ruinous war. What led Russia into the conflagration?

Books

A Runaway Boy, a Theatrical Dynasty and a Cliffhanger

Brian Selznick’s ‘The Marvels’ is the latest in a loose trilogy including ‘Hugo’ and ‘Wonderstruck.’

Stieg Larsson’s Heroine Lives Again

David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” revives Lisbeth Salander in fitting style.

World War II’s Greatest Escape

Allied prisoners broke out of a German camp using ladders inspired by medieval siege tools.

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