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Global 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 a U.S. Federal Reserve 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.

Iran Deal Could Open Door to Gulf Businesses

While executives in the Gulf see opportunities, the region’s governments remain at loggerheads on other issues.

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. 60

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.

Eurozone Inflation Stays Low

Eurozone consumer prices were barely higher than a year earlier in August, keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to consider additional stimulus measures to bring inflation closer to its target near 2%.

Islamic State Blows Up Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites.

Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

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Alibaba Targets Rural China for E-Commerce Growth

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Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, in 2007.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, in 2007.

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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

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Lawyer’s Offstage Acts Threaten Record Pact

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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.

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. 96

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Canadian Oil Sands Halts Crude Production at Syncrude

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Austria Toughens Controls Amid Migrant Crisis

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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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Global 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 a U.S. Federal Reserve 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.

Iran Deal Could Open Door to Gulf Businesses

While executives in the Gulf see opportunities, the region’s governments remain at loggerheads on other issues.

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. 60

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.

Eurozone Inflation Stays Low

Eurozone consumer prices were barely higher than a year earlier in August, keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to consider additional stimulus measures to bring inflation closer to its target near 2%.

Islamic State Blows Up Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State has partially destroyed Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in a massive explosion, the latest in a series of attacks by the militants on the Syrian city’s famed historic sites.

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, in 2007.

Hip-hop producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, center, in 2007.

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. 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.

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. 96

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.

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.

U.K. Approves Giant North Sea Gas Project

A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S said it has received approval to develop the $4.5 billion Culzean gas field, the largest new find in the U.K. North Sea for a decade.

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.

Austria Toughens Controls Amid Migrant Crisis

Austrian police have toughened controls in the country’s eastern border region close to Hungary in response to last week’s discovery of 71 dead migrants in an abandoned truck.

Biden Faces Narrow Path

As Vice President Joe Biden weighs a presidential bid, he must confront a number of fundamental questions. Among them: Does he have a viable path through an electoral map that is becoming more treacherous? 260

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. 288

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.

Video

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1:38

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2:11

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