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Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees as Hungarian leader says his country doesn’t want ‘a large number of Muslim people.’

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 598

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage Licenses

A federal judge declared a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds in contempt of court for defying his order to issue marriage licenses, and sent the clerk to jail until she complies. 2234

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Jobs Report Could Seal Deal on Rates

The August employment report could make or break the case for the Federal Reserve raising rates this month.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon. 52

Andy Murray’s Shoes Take Center Stage

Andy Murray wore Adidas shoes for his first two matches of the U.S. Open this week despite a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with rival Under Armour.

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of Europe’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s finance chief to become the next chairman of the VW supervisory board.

Jaguar Lowering Prices to Better Compete in U.S. Luxury Market

Jaguar is lowering prices in the U.S. to better play in the cutthroat environment luxury car brands face in appealing to American vehicle buyers.

Credit-Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit

As motorists head out on the last big driving weekend of the summer, the credit-card industry and gas-station owners are deploying everything from sophisticated software to heavy-duty padlocks to combat an epidemic of fuel-related theft and fraud. 75

Private-Equity Firms Plunge Back Into the Oil Patch

Private-equity firms are doubling down on energy, despite heavy damage from their last adventure in the sector.

Traders Ride the ETF Roller Coaster

Mom-and-pop investors who trade in exchange-traded funds and notes linked to commodities have experienced some of the roughest volatility over the past several weeks.

ECB’s Draghi: It Ain’t Easy Ahead of the Fed

Mario Draghi promised that the European Central Bank was ready to boost quantitative easing as soon as necessary to help the eurozone economy.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Justice Department Changes Policy on Cellphone Surveillance

The Justice Department is changing the way it uses secret technology to find and track cellphones, adding more judicial and internal supervision to a practice that critics say invades privacy and has had too little oversight for years.

French Prosecutor Confirms Airplane Part in Reunion Belongs to MH370

A top French prosecutor confirmed the airplane debris that recently washed ashore on the French island of Reunion came from the Malaysia Airlines’ missing Boeing 777.

NATO Opens Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

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Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

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‘La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)’ Review: Dark Immigrant Odyssey

In Diego Quemada-Diez’s celebrated directorial debut, a trio of teenagers flee from Guatemala and make their way through a treacherous Mexico, where police and gangsters prey on vulnerable travelers.

20 Odd Questions

Manolo Blahnik on Old Films and Kate Moss

The shoe designer on what he’d blow his money on, the drama behind Kate Moss’s wedding shoes and exactly how he feels about fake Manolos.

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How ‘A Little Life’ Became a Sleeper Hit

No one expected Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life” to be a best seller. But the 720-page sleeper hit of the summer has fans dissolving in tears-—and declaring it the best book they’ve ever read.

What to Read This Fall

Heavy hitters Elena Ferrante, Isabel Allende and Jonathan Franzen weigh in with new work, while first-time novelists Garth Risk Hallberg and Chinelo Okparanta offer buzzy debuts. Actress Mary-Louise Parker pens an unconventional memoir.

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Googles seltsame Maps-Sperre für Windows-Smartphones

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Wer Google mit einem Windows-Smartphone nach dem Weg fragt, wird seit diesem Wochenende kommentarlos auf die Google-Startseite geleitet, berichtet unter anderem das Blog The Next Web. In einer Stellungnahme für das IT-Blog Gizmodo erklärte Google, der Dienst sei auf Browser optimiert, welche zur Darstellung der Website eine Software namens Webkit nutzen. Diese sogenannte Rendering-Engine nutzen sowohl Apples Safari als auch Googles Webbrowser Chrome, nicht aber der Internet Explorer von Microsoft, der auf Windows-Smartphones zum Websurfen verwendet wird.

Die Erklärung ist aus mehreren Gründen nicht schlüssig: Erstens merkten viele Blogs an, dass Googles Web-Kartendienst problemlos mit dem Internet Explorer auf Desktop-PCs funktioniert, der nach Aussage von Microsoft exakt dieselbe Rendering-Engine zur Darstellung der Websites verwendet wie der Internet Explorer auf Smartphones mit Windows Phone 8. Zweitens hatte Google die Umleitung offenbar für die britische Version von Google Maps vergessen, sodass Nutzer eines Smartphones den Webdienst mit der Adresse http://maps.google.co.uk/ nach wie vor aufrufen konnten, wie Gizmodo berichtet.  Auch mit dem beliebten Firefox-Browser funktionierte Google Maps immer, obwohl dieser Webbrowser Webkit ebenfalls nicht verwendet.

Windows-Phone-Nutzer können Google Maps immer noch nutzen, wenn sie beim Internet Explorer den Desktop-Modus aktivieren. Die Option sorgt dafür, dass Websites auf dem Smartphone so dargestellt werden wir auf einem Windows-PC, nicht in ihrer mobilen Variante. Auch andere Websites, die eine mobile Variante für Smartphones aufliefern, werden dann in der Standard-Ansicht angezeigt, so lange der Desktop-Modus aktiv ist. Außerdem lässt sich die für Desktop-PCs optimierte Vollversion von Googles Kartendienst auf Smartphones nicht komfortabel bedienen.

Inzwischen scheint Google zurückzurudern. Cnet zitiert eine Stellungnahme von Google, laut der die Umleitung wieder verschwinden soll – nachdem Google das Bedienerlebnis für Internet-Explorer-Nutzer mit technischen Änderungen verbessert haben sollen.

Warum das Hickhack? Könnte es sein, dass Google ursprünglich dem eigenen mobile Betriebssystem Android gegenüber Microsofts Windows Phone einen Vorteil verschaffen wollte?

Dagegen spricht, dass Google seit kurzem auf der Plattform des größten Konkurrenten Apple eine eigene, viel gelobte Karten-App zum kostenlosen Download anbietet – nachdem Apple die Googles Karten-App durch das viel kritisierte Apple Maps als Standard-Kartendienst ersetzt hatte. Allerdings fehlt der iPhone-Variante von Google Maps die bei Android eingebaute Auto-Navigation. Insofern ist es tatsächlich möglich, dass Google im Zusammenhang mit der Internet-Explorer-Engine zumindest bei der mobilen Version des Kartendienstes Probleme festgestellt hat.

Was immer die Hintergründe sind – für alle, die Windows Phone 7 und Windows Phone 8 verwenden, gibt es eine Alternative namens Nokia Here. Die Lumia-Smartphones von Nokia haben eine verbesserte Version der Karten-App des finnischen Herstellers bereits vorinstalliert.

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Search

Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees as Hungarian leader says his country doesn’t want ‘a large number of Muslim people.’

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 598

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage Licenses

A federal judge declared a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds in contempt of court for defying his order to issue marriage licenses, and sent the clerk to jail until she complies. 2230

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Jobs Report Could Seal Deal on Rates

The August employment report could make or break the case for the Federal Reserve raising rates this month.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon. 52

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of Europe’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s finance chief to become the next chairman of the VW supervisory board.

Former Saab Board Members Hit With Forgery Charges

Former CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson and head lawyer Kristina Geers deny falsifying data to justify huge payments before car maker went bankrupt.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-television group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Credit-Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit

As motorists head out on the last big driving weekend of the summer, the credit-card industry and gas-station owners are deploying everything from sophisticated software to heavy-duty padlocks to combat an epidemic of fuel-related theft and fraud. 75

Private-Equity Firms Plunge Back Into the Oil Patch

Private-equity firms are doubling down on energy, despite heavy damage from their last adventure in the sector.

Traders Ride the ETF Roller Coaster

Mom-and-pop investors who trade in exchange-traded funds and notes linked to commodities have experienced some of the roughest volatility over the past several weeks.

ECB’s Draghi: It Ain’t Easy Ahead of the Fed

Mario Draghi promised that the European Central Bank was ready to boost quantitative easing as soon as necessary to help the eurozone economy.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Justice Department Changes Policy on Cellphone Surveillance

The Justice Department is changing the way it uses secret technology to find and track cellphones, adding more judicial and internal supervision to a practice that critics say invades privacy and has had too little oversight for years.

French Prosecutor Confirms Airplane Part in Reunion Belongs to MH370

A top French prosecutor confirmed the airplane debris that recently washed ashore on the French island of Reunion came from the Malaysia Airlines’ missing Boeing 777.

NATO Opens Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

Off Duty

Adventure & Travel

Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

Arts

Film Review

‘La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)’ Review: Dark Immigrant Odyssey

In Diego Quemada-Diez’s celebrated directorial debut, a trio of teenagers flee from Guatemala and make their way through a treacherous Mexico, where police and gangsters prey on vulnerable travelers.

20 Odd Questions

Manolo Blahnik on Old Films and Kate Moss

The shoe designer on what he’d blow his money on, the drama behind Kate Moss’s wedding shoes and exactly how he feels about fake Manolos.

Video

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Describes His Sorrow

1:52

Tesla's New Model X SUV Finally Set for Delivery

2:25

Are Baby Monitor Flaws Inviting Hackers Into Homes?

3:45