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Markets Head Lower

Global stock markets headed lower at the end of a turbulent month that was dominated by concerns over China and the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s future interest rate rise.

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.

EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Iliad Lifted by New Mobile Clients

Iliad said net profit rose 16% in the first half as the French low-cost telecom company continued to win over new mobile clients with its ultracheap tariff plans.

Alibaba Targets Rural China for E-Commerce Growth

China e-commerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, facing a slowdown in the growth of their core urban customers, are battling to crack a new frontier: the sprawling countryside with some 600 million potential shoppers.

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

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.

Lawyer’s Offstage Acts Threaten Record Pact

When federal agents showed up at Keila Ravelo’s home three days before Christmas, they kicked off a chain of events that could send her to prison and scuttle the biggest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.

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.

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. 85

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.

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.

Canadian Oil Sands Halts Crude Production at Syncrude

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.has halted production at its Syncrude project in northern Alberta after a fire damaged equipment at its synthetic crude oil processing facility.

In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy, as a labor shortage impels the nation to overcome its longstanding resistance to foreign workers.

France to Finance Tax Cuts With Cost Savings

The French government says it can find $2.2 billion worth of savings in 2016 to pay for tax cuts for households without sacrificing France’s commitment to reduce the budget deficit.

Climate Change Builds as 2016 Issue

President Barack Obama’s trip to Alaska’s Arctic on Monday will likely reverberate much farther south, on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, where global warming is expected to emerge as a key issue. 259

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.

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.

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Adobe verschenkt Photoshop ohne es zu wollen

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Adobe stellt sein Profi-Grafiksoftware-Paket Creative Suit  per Gratis-Download zur Verfügung – zumindest in der Version CS 2 von 2005. Das Software-Paket kostete damals mehr als 2.000 Euro. Das Angebot richtet sich an Altkunden, welche die Software gekauft haben, wie Adobe in einem Foren-Beitrag klarstellt. Demnach gab es technische Probleme mit den Aktivierungsservern, die daher am 13. Dezember deaktiviert wurden.

Um den Kunden der sieben Jahre alten Software die Nutzung dennoch zu ermöglichen, werden spezielle Seriennummern samt Download-Links zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Software richtete sich aber nicht an die Allgemeinheit. Nachdem zahlreiche Tech-Portale, darunter auch WSJ Tech, über den Gratis-Download berichteten, schaltete Adobe die Seite vorübergehend ab. Inzwischen funktionieren die Download-Links aber wieder.

Für Windows und alte Versionen von Mac OS X stehen die Creative Suit 2 kostenlos inklusive Seriennummer zum Download bereit – auch in einer deutschsprachigen Version. Voraussetzung ist lediglich, dass sich der Nutzer per kostenloser Registrierung auf der Website eine Adobe-ID anlegt. Eine Überprüfung, ob der Kunde die Software wirklich gekauft hat, findet nicht statt. Danach stehen Adobes wichtigste Werkzeuge für Profi-Grafiker in der fünf Jahre alten Variante zur Verfügung. Kurz nachdem über den Download berichtet wurde, schienen die Server aufgrund des Ansturms überlastet zu sein.

Auch wenn CS2 offiziell nur Windows 2000 und Windows XP unterstützt, läuft die Software Berichten zufolge auch unter Windows 7, selbst in der 64-Bit-Variante. Damit dürfte sie auch auf dem aktuellen Windows 8 lauffähig sein. Heise Online berichtet allerdings von Problemen unter Windows 7 mit den RAW-Dateien von Digitalkameras.

Die nicht mehr ganz frische Software läuft auf Apples aktuellen Intel-Rechnern nicht mehr – Voraussetzung ist  Mac OS X 10.2.8 bis 10.3.8 mit den Prozessoren PowerPC G4 oder G5. Apples Rechner hatten vor dem Wechsel auf Intel-Prozessoren eine Prozessoren mit der PowerPC-Architektur genutzt, die von heutigen Versionen des Betriebssystems Mac OS X nicht mehr simuliert werden kann. Möglich ist der Betrieb auf aktuellen Macs mit Intel-Prozessoren nur mit einer PowerPC-Emulation, welche Apple nur bis zur Version Snow Leopard ins System eingebaut hatte – nicht mehr in die Nachfolgeversionen Lion und Mountain Lion.

Das Paket umfasst Adobe Photoshop, das weltweit bekannteste Programm zum Bearbeiten von Fotos und anderen Bildern, sowie Acrobat Standard 7.0 zum Erzeugen von PDF-Dokumenten, das PDF-Konvertierungsprogramm Acrobat Pro 8.0, den HTML-Editor Audition 3.0 GoLive CS2, das Vektorgrafikenprogramm Illustrator CS2,  die professionelle Textverarbeitung InCopy CS2, das Layout- und Satzprogramm InDesign CS2 und die Filmbearbeitungssoftware Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Auch die abgespeckte Photoshop-Varianten Elements 4.0 und 5.0 sind verfügbar.

Die Programme können jeweils einzeln als Installationsarchiv heruntergeladen werden, die dazugehörige Seriennummer steht direkt neben dem Download.

Update 19:32 Uhr: Auf der Adobe-Download-Seite ist nur noch eine Fehlermeldung zu sehen. Adobe reagierte nicht auf eine Bitte um Stellungnahme.

Update vom 8. Januar, 9:34 Uhr: Offenbar will Adobe die Software nicht allen Anwendern zur Verfügung stellen, sondern nur Kunden, welche die Software bereits gekauft hatten, geht aus einem Foren-Beitrag von Adobe hervor. Demnach gab es technische Probleme mit einem Aktivierungsserver. Um den Kunden dennoch die Nutzung der sieben Jahre alten Software zu ermöglichen, wurden dazu spezielle Seriennummer samt Download zur Verfügung gestellt. Der Download-Link wurde unterdessen wieder aktiviert. Der Artikel wurde entsprechend überarbeitet.

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Markets Head Lower

Global stock markets headed lower at the end of a turbulent month that was dominated by concerns over China and the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s future interest rate rise.

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.

EU Ministers Push for Action on Migrant Crisis

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Personal Tech

Google OnHub Review: The Wi-Fi Router Gets a Brain

The search giant enters the home networking category, and makes your old router look stupid.

Iliad Lifted by New Mobile Clients

Iliad said net profit rose 16% in the first half as the French low-cost telecom company continued to win over new mobile clients with its ultracheap tariff plans.

Alibaba Targets Rural China for E-Commerce Growth

China e-commerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, facing a slowdown in the growth of their core urban customers, are battling to crack a new frontier: the sprawling countryside with some 600 million potential shoppers.

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

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.

Lawyer’s Offstage Acts Threaten Record Pact

When federal agents showed up at Keila Ravelo’s home three days before Christmas, they kicked off a chain of events that could send her to prison and scuttle the biggest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.

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.

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. 85

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.

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.

Canadian Oil Sands Halts Crude Production at Syncrude

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.has halted production at its Syncrude project in northern Alberta after a fire damaged equipment at its synthetic crude oil processing facility.

In Japan, Foreigners Fill Workforce Gaps

Non-Japanese are taking a bigger role in powering Japan’s economy, as a labor shortage impels the nation to overcome its longstanding resistance to foreign workers.

France to Finance Tax Cuts With Cost Savings

The French government says it can find $2.2 billion worth of savings in 2016 to pay for tax cuts for households without sacrificing France’s commitment to reduce the budget deficit.

Climate Change Builds as 2016 Issue

President Barack Obama’s trip to Alaska’s Arctic on Monday will likely reverberate much farther south, on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, where global warming is expected to emerge as a key issue. 259

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.

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.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09