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China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Market Rally Loses Steam

A rally spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy and a rebound in commodity prices lost some steam Friday, as European shares and U.S. stock futures slipped.

Austria Raises Estimate of Number of Migrants Found Dead

The number of migrants found dead in a truck off a highway outside of Vienna has been raised to more than 70, from an initial estimate of between 30 and 50.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already.

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 51

Eurozone Businesses, Households More Upbeat

Businesses and households across the eurozone became slightly more upbeat in August, an indication that the slowdown in economic growth during the second quarter is unlikely to turn into a more severe downturn.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Swiss Economy Beats Expectations

Switzerland’s economy grew in the second quarter, defying expectations that it would slip into its first recession in six years.

U.K. Confirmed As One of Fastest-Growing Western Nations

Britain was confirmed as one of the fastest-growing western nations in the second quarter, a fresh sign of health for policy makers at the Bank of England to weigh against concerns about the global economy.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece on Thursday named Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou, head of the country’s Supreme Court, as interim prime minister, with the task of leading the country to an election.

As China Celebrates Victory, Businesses Cope With Loss

Beijing ordered more than 10,000 factories to close or reduce output ahead of a high-profile military parade, crimping many businesses in the capital and leaving some workers without wages.

Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

A race to shore up funding for the $27 billion Yamal LNG energy project in the Russian Arctic has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions.

UberChina Closing In on $1 Billion in New Funding

The Chinese affiliate of Uber is close to securing about $1 billion in new funding from investors in the region, part of the ride-hailing company’s rivalry with deep-pocketed Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi.

Hermès Warns of Currency Pressure

French luxury-goods company Hermès International warned that volatile currencies will erode its profitability in the second half of the year with profit seen rising more slowly than sales.

German Car Makers Shift Gears as China Slows

At BMW’s annual results presentation in March, former Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer warned of a coming slowdown in China. These days his prediction seems optimistic.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

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Stock Halts Added to Monday’s Market Chaos

Monday’s mayhem in stocks appears to have been exacerbated by rules designed to ensure orderly trading, executives and traders said, the latest ripple from investors’ embrace of stock-linked funds.

China’s Banks Face Worst Year in More Than a Decade

China’s biggest lenders are scrambling to clear rising bad loans from their books, as a faltering economy weighs on loan repayments and sets banks on pace for their worst year since they began listing shares 13 years ago.

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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’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Market Rally Loses Steam

A rally spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy and a rebound in commodity prices lost some steam Friday, as European shares and U.S. stock futures slipped.

Austria Raises Estimate of Number of Migrants Found Dead

The number of migrants found dead in a truck off a highway outside of Vienna has been raised to more than 70, from an initial estimate of between 30 and 50.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already.

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Hacker Killed by Drone Was ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 51

Eurozone Businesses, Households More Upbeat

Businesses and households across the eurozone became slightly more upbeat in August, an indication that the slowdown in economic growth during the second quarter is unlikely to turn into a more severe downturn.

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Swiss Economy Beats Expectations

Switzerland’s economy grew in the second quarter, defying expectations that it would slip into its first recession in six years.

U.K. Confirmed As One of Fastest-Growing Western Nations

Britain was confirmed as one of the fastest-growing western nations in the second quarter, a fresh sign of health for policy makers at the Bank of England to weigh against concerns about the global economy.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece on Thursday named Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou, head of the country’s Supreme Court, as interim prime minister, with the task of leading the country to an election.

As China Celebrates Victory, Businesses Cope With Loss

Beijing ordered more than 10,000 factories to close or reduce output ahead of a high-profile military parade, crimping many businesses in the capital and leaving some workers without wages.

Sanctions Bite Massive Gas Project in Russian Arctic

A race to shore up funding for the $27 billion Yamal LNG energy project in the Russian Arctic has emerged as a test of Moscow’s ability to weather Western sanctions.

UberChina Closing In on $1 Billion in New Funding

The Chinese affiliate of Uber is close to securing about $1 billion in new funding from investors in the region, part of the ride-hailing company’s rivalry with deep-pocketed Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi.

Hermès Warns of Currency Pressure

French luxury-goods company Hermès International warned that volatile currencies will erode its profitability in the second half of the year with profit seen rising more slowly than sales.

German Car Makers Shift Gears as China Slows

At BMW’s annual results presentation in March, former Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer warned of a coming slowdown in China. These days his prediction seems optimistic.

How Do You Short China?

Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

5 Days That Taught Investors All They Need to Know

A Wall Street veteran tells us it took just five days for him to learn all he needed to know about investing. The problem is, they've happened over the past 15 years.

Stock Halts Added to Monday’s Market Chaos

Monday’s mayhem in stocks appears to have been exacerbated by rules designed to ensure orderly trading, executives and traders said, the latest ripple from investors’ embrace of stock-linked funds.

China’s Banks Face Worst Year in More Than a Decade

China’s biggest lenders are scrambling to clear rising bad loans from their books, as a faltering economy weighs on loan repayments and sets banks on pace for their worst year since they began listing shares 13 years ago.

From $21.5 Billion to $4.4 Billion in 18 Months

Market turmoil in China has further derailed the money-management industry’s flagship effort to bring more-sophisticated—and riskier—investment strategies to small investors.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

Entrepreneur Olof Sköld and his partner, Helene Carson, build a retreat for their family

Life

Adventure & Travel

Berlin’s Waterfront Heats Up for Travelers

The capital’s long-overlooked riverbanks are now party central, lined with hot hotels and bars—and a beach with a view of Angela Merkel.

At My Vanity

A Hair Stylist’s Secrets for Beauty, the French Way

Celebrity hairdresser Vinz, who has tended to the tresses of everyone from Kirsten Dunst to Caroline de Maigret, shares his top tips for glowing skin and ending bad hair days forever.

Video

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3:36

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0:32

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1:22