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Tribunal Finds Suzuki-VW Alliance Has Terminated

An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

Four Men to Face Charges Over Migrant Deaths

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Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

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Thousands March Against Lebanon Government

A demonstration in Beirut against poor waste management blossomed into full-throated demands that Lebanon’s long-standing political class step down from power.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Financially Strapped Greece Struggles With a Flood of Refugees

On the island of Lesbos, volunteers shore up efforts to house and feed tens of thousands of migrants.

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Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

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Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

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China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

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Warum Big Data nicht nur beim Verkauf von T-Shirts gut ist

Das Schlagwort Big Data sei wie Sex bei Teenagern, sagte der Datenwissenschaftler Dj Patil auf der Konferenz DLD in München: „Jeder spricht darüber, jeder glaubt, dass es alle anderen machen, und jeder behauptet daher, dass er es schon machen würde.“

Tatsächlich ist Big Data  seit einigen Jahren ein Schlagwort, das auf keinem IT-Branchentreffen fehlen darf – und dennoch können viele Unternehmen es noch nicht mit Inhalt und konkreten Anwendungen füllen. Die vom Burda-Verlag ausgerichtete DLD-Konferenz in München steht daher auch ganz im Zeichen von Big Data – und was damit möglich ist.

Die Grundlage von Big Data sind Milliarden von Sensoren und Geräten, die jederzeit rund um die Welt Daten sammeln – so sind beispielsweise Smartphones und das, was die Nutzer damit tun, eine ständige Quelle neuer Daten. Doch auch Satelliten, Produkte mit RFID-Chips, GPS-Daten von Kameras und Smartphones gehören zu den ständigen Datensammlern.

„Mit Big Data bekommt die Welt ein Nervensystem“, glaubt daher der Fotograf Rick Smolan, der auf  der Konferenz seine iPad-App zum Buch „The Human Face of Big Data“ präsentierte. Zuerst habe Smolan den Begriff nur für einen weiteren Marketing-Gag gehalten – doch dann entdeckte er mehr in dem Thema und wollte mit dem Buch Big Data ein Gesicht geben. Am bekanntesten ist die Echtzeit-Auswertung von Big Data bei Google und Amazon: Die Websuchmaschine nutzt riesige Datenmengen, um zu entscheiden, welche Werbung Nutzern angezeigt wird. Der Onlinehändler nutzt das Einkaufsverhalten von Millionen von Nutzern, um Muster zu finden und auf dessen Grundlage Empfehlungen zu geben, woran der Kunde als nächstes interessiert sein könnte.

„Big Data ist für mehr gut als nur T-Shirts zu verkaufen“, sagt Smolan. So illustriert sein Buch beispielsweise, wo verurteilte Straftäter in New York wohnten, bevor sie ein Verbrechen begingen. Die beeindruckenden Fotos sind nicht nur schön anzusehen, sondern können auch hilfreich sein – beispielsweise, wenn es darum geht, auf welche Teile der Stadt sich Präventionsmaßnahmen konzentrieren sollten. Eine weiteres Beispiel: Landwirte, die ihre Ausbeute bis 2030 mittels Daten verdoppeln wollen – unter anderem, indem die Felder mit Hardware wie iPads überwacht werden.

Eine weitere konkrete Anwendung, die Smolan präsentierte, ist die kostenlose App Datainsights. Nachdem zahlreiche persönliche Informationen eingeben wurden, findet die App denjenigen anderen Nutzer des Programms, dessen Angaben mit den eigenen am besten übereinstimmen. Smolan nennt das den „digitalen Doppelgänger” finden.

Der Fotograf befürchtet, dass die Massen an Daten nicht allen gleichermaßen zur Verfügung stehen werden. Auf der DLD erzählte Smolan die Geschichte eines Mannes mit Herzschrittmacher, der die Daten, die sein Herzschrittmacher aufzeichnete, gerne selbst ausgewertet hätte – um beispielsweise Zusammenhänge zwischen Alkoholkonsum und Herzproblemen herauszufinden. Er rief die Herstellerfirma an, die die Daten jedoch nicht herausrücken wollte, da sie Firmeneigentum seien. „Moment mal, das ist mein Herz, und das sind meine Daten“, soll der Mann gesagt haben – allerdings ohne Erfolg. 

Die Digital Life Design (DLD)ist eine seit 2005 jährlich stattfindende Konferenz in München, auf der sich internationale Gäste aus großen Unternehmen und Tech-Start-ups zu Zukunftsfragen austauschen. Die Konferenz gilt neben der Pariser LeWeb als wichtigste Konferenz für Internetunternehmen

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Tribunal Finds Suzuki-VW Alliance Has Terminated

An arbitrator has ruled that an alliance between Suzuki Motor and VW has been terminated and ordered the German car maker to dispose of its 19.9% stake in Suzuki.

Four Men to Face Charges Over Migrant Deaths

A Hungarian court said four men could face up to 16 years in prison for alleged people trafficking in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Thousands March Against Lebanon Government

A demonstration in Beirut against poor waste management blossomed into full-throated demands that Lebanon’s long-standing political class step down from power.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Volunteer Melinda McRostie speaks to migrants who just arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Financially Strapped Greece Struggles With a Flood of Refugees

On the island of Lesbos, volunteers shore up efforts to house and feed tens of thousands of migrants.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 58

Fed’s Fischer: ‘Good Reason’ to Think U.S. Inflation Will Move Higher

The Fed‘s Stanley Fischer said there is “good reason” to think sluggish U.S. inflation will firm and move back toward the U.S. central bank’s 2% annual target, touching on a significant assessment facing the Fed ahead of its September policy meeting. 69

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

France, Germany Warn Putin on Ukraine Separatist Elections

Leaders of France and Germany told Russian President Vladimir Putin that rebel-run elections conducted in the separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine would endanger the so-called Minsk peace process. 52

Rice to Press Pakistan on Antiterror Vigilance

National security adviser Susan Rice is set to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to press the country’s government to do more to prevent terrorists from using its territory as a base for attacks on neighboring states.

Treading Line Between War and Peace, U.S. Special Forces Groom Afghan Troops

The U.S. military allowed The Wall Street Journal to visit a variety of commando units, offering a glimpse into what may be the last fighting season of America’s longest war. 70

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

Buying the Dips Doesn’t Work for Everyone

The old strategy of buying the dips may not work for everyone. In fact, for some people, it could be disastrous, writes Jason Zweig.

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.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

Disenchantment with the business climate, especially among American companies, comes as concerns are spreading about Myanmar’s political future.

A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility. 53

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

Inmarsat declared the launch of a Russian Proton rocket carrying one of its satellites a success after the rocket delivered its cargo into its initial orbit position.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that already were making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

European Refiners’ Profit Revival Faces End

Europe’s biggest energy companies have enjoyed a revival of refinery profits, but that run may be winding down even as oil prices slump.

Rebekah Brooks to Return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks is expected to head News Corp’s U.K. division, a position similar to one she resigned from amid the phone-hacking scandal. Separately, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing a police referral related to the hacking probe.

U.S.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), right, listens to Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) last month in Washington, D.C.

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Iran Deal

Congressional opponents of the Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B as President Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal. 677

Book Reviews

Stieg Larsson’s Heroine Lives Again

David Lagercrantz’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” revives Lisbeth Salander in fitting style.

World War II’s Greatest Escape

Allied prisoners broke out of a German camp using ladders inspired by medieval siege tools.

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