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China Fears Sink Markets Again

U.S. stocks plunged Tuesday amid new evidence that China’s stubborn economic slowdown is damaging global commerce.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

Conglomerate Honeywell Finds Love Amid the Breakups

Investors have rewarded Honeywell, even as other conglomerates have been pressured to tighten their focus.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over until mid-March sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Russian Airline Aeroflot to Take Control of Carrier Transaero

Russia’s largest airline, state-controlled Aeroflot, will take control of the country’s No. 2 carrier Transaero in a government-brokered deal to stave off bankruptcy at the heavily indebted company.

Uber Drivers’ Suit Granted Class-Action Status

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies treats its drivers like employees without providing health benefits and paying for expenses normally covered by an employer. 139

‘Super-Sizing’ Natural Gas Output

Applying newer fracking techniques to a prolific natural-gas region that straddles Louisiana and Texas could give the U.S. more—and much cheaper—supplies of the fuel for many years. 52

Amgen to Help Develop Novartis’s Pipeline of Alzheimer’s Drugs

Novartis AG will share the risks and rewards as Amgen Inc. will help develop its pipeline of experimental Alzheimer’s disease drugs.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.3 billion specialty chemicals business by ‘legally and economically’ separating the unit, now named Covestro.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

FHA Offers Olive Branch to Hesitant Lenders

The government is trying to coax banks back to making mortgage loans to risky borrowers, after a string of expensive disputes over a federal loan program led some banks to conclude it wasn’t worth the headaches.

Heard on the Street

In a World Awash with Gas, Why Finding More is Good for Eni

Italy’s Eni has found a big gas field in Egypt. That highlights its strengths as the company also gets its financial house in order.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

Death Toll Rises After Ukraine Protest Blast

The death toll from Monday’s blast outside Ukraine’s parliament rose to three, and police said the man suspected of throwing a grenade was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

China’s World

Flourishing Cities Offer Beijing a Lesson in Thinking Small

Fengdu on the Yangtze River is one of hundreds of smaller Chinese cities still bursting with consumer vitality. It’s if these striving cities lose momentum that China is in danger of failing, writes Andrew Browne.

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 70

Lebanese ‘YouStink’ Activists Occupy Minister’s Offices

Members of a grass-roots antigovernment movement occupied the offices of the environment minister in Beirut to press their demands for his resignation.

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

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Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.

Review

Thermal Cameras Reveal an Unseen World

With the Seek Compact and Flir One cameras, little $250 accessories for iPhones and Android phones give you “Predator” vision.

Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

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Management

Dealing With ‘Daddy Track’: Men Face Challenges Going Part Time

As women make strides in the workplace and men shoulder more caregiving duties at home, few fathers have workplace flexibility figured out. 64

Art

New Facial Details Surface Beneath a Rembrandt

Conservators at the Getty shed new light on an image hidden under “An Old Man in Military Costume.”

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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.

Google reagierte bis zum späten Montagmorgen nicht auf die Bitte um Stellungnahme von WSJ Tech.

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China Fears Sink Markets Again

U.S. stocks plunged Tuesday amid new evidence that China’s stubborn economic slowdown is damaging global commerce.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

Conglomerate Honeywell Finds Love Amid the Breakups

Investors have rewarded Honeywell, even as other conglomerates have been pressured to tighten their focus.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over until mid-March sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Russian Airline Aeroflot to Take Control of Carrier Transaero

Russia’s largest airline, state-controlled Aeroflot, will take control of the country’s No. 2 carrier Transaero in a government-brokered deal to stave off bankruptcy at the heavily indebted company.

Uber Drivers’ Suit Granted Class-Action Status

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies treats its drivers like employees without providing health benefits and paying for expenses normally covered by an employer. 139

‘Super-Sizing’ Natural Gas Output

Applying newer fracking techniques to a prolific natural-gas region that straddles Louisiana and Texas could give the U.S. more—and much cheaper—supplies of the fuel for many years. 52

Amgen to Help Develop Novartis’s Pipeline of Alzheimer’s Drugs

Novartis AG will share the risks and rewards as Amgen Inc. will help develop its pipeline of experimental Alzheimer’s disease drugs.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.3 billion specialty chemicals business by ‘legally and economically’ separating the unit, now named Covestro.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

Goldman Sachs and its big-bank peers have sharply reduced their market exposure, making them relatively absent from trading in the latest volatility.

Goldman Sachs and its big-bank peers have sharply reduced their market exposure, making them relatively absent from trading in the latest volatility.

Market Bets Abound, but Where Are the Banks?

As Wall Street brims with tales of hedge-fund fortunes made and lost amid recent market gyrations, banks have been stuck on the sidelines, hamstrung by postcrisis rules governing what risks they can take.

FHA Offers Olive Branch to Hesitant Lenders

The government is trying to coax banks back to making mortgage loans to risky borrowers, after a string of expensive disputes over a federal loan program led some banks to conclude it wasn’t worth the headaches.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

Death Toll Rises After Ukraine Protest Blast

The death toll from Monday’s blast outside Ukraine’s parliament rose to three, and police said the man suspected of throwing a grenade was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

China’s World

Flourishing Cities Offer Beijing a Lesson in Thinking Small

Fengdu on the Yangtze River is one of hundreds of smaller Chinese cities still bursting with consumer vitality. It’s if these striving cities lose momentum that China is in danger of failing, writes Andrew Browne.

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 70

Lebanese ‘YouStink’ Activists Occupy Minister’s Offices

Members of a grass-roots antigovernment movement occupied the offices of the environment minister in Beirut to press their demands for his resignation.

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Personal Tech | DxO One Review

Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.

Review

Thermal Cameras Reveal an Unseen World

With the Seek Compact and Flir One cameras, little $250 accessories for iPhones and Android phones give you “Predator” vision.

Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

Video

Hungary Stops Migrants Boarding Trains To Germany

1:46

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38