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U.S. Stocks Cap Volatile Period With Weekly Gains

U.S. stocks closed little changed Friday, notching gains for the week in a deceptively calm end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets. 110

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 112

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘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. 254

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

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

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 83

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.

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‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry over the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Rise Again

Oil prices soared Friday for the second day in a row, as traders who had bet on lower prices scrambled to close out those wagers.

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.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

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.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

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

Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

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 were already making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

Video

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

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Lebanese ‘Stink’ Protest Turns Toward Politicians

2:11

Buzz Aldrin Developing Plan to Colonize Mars

1:09

On Wine: Will Lyons

Why Gin Is Back With a Flourish

Gin is experiencing the kind of boom the wine industry experienced in the mid-1980s, as boutique-distilled bottles with names like Half Hitch, Opihr and Ransom Old Tom give the classic G&T a new—and flavorful—twist

Music

Foals’ ‘What Went Down’ Is a Visceral Confessional

Yannis Philippakis, the lead singer whose energetic stage presence and novelistic lyrics have made Foals one of British rock’s most compelling propositions, talks about the band’s fourth album.

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Sonys Playstation 4 bleibt ein Geheimnis

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Das Logo der neuen Playstation. Wie die Konsole jedoch aussieht, weiß noch keiner.

Die Spielkonsole der nächsten Generation ist endlich da. Nur leider kann man sie noch nicht sehen. Wie erwartet hat Sony in der Nacht zu Donnerstag in New York die Playstation 4 vorgestellt, das neueste Gerät in der Welt der Unterhaltungselektronik. Der Vorab-Hype war groß, die Erwartungen auch. Am Ende aber zeigte Sony die neue Konsole gar nicht. Kein Preis, kein Design. Nicht mal ein Erscheinungsdatum wurde genannt. Nur ganz kurz war zum Ende der zweistündigen Präsentation von „Holiday 2013″ die Rede, womit wohl die Weihnachtsferien gemeint sind.

Was Spielefans längst wissen: Die PS4 wird von einem Prozessor mit x86-Architektur von AMD angetrieben, der über acht Kerne verfügt. Insgesamt acht Gigabyte Arbeitsspeicher stehen für CPU und Grafik zur Verfügung. Ein zweiter Chip zur Bearbeitung von Hintergrundprozessen soll die neue Konsole noch schneller machen.

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Mark Cerny, der Systementwickler der Playstation 4, zeigt den neuen Controller.

Gesteuert wird die Playstation 4 mit dem neuen Dualshock 4 Controller, von dem schon vor der offiziellen Präsentation Bilder im Netz aufgetaucht waren. Die Kontrolleinheit verfügt über ein Touchpad und kann per 3D-Kamera erfasst werden. Neu ist, dass die Spieler nun kleine Ausschnitte aus einem Spiel „ausschneiden” und Freunden als Videoclip über soziale Netzwerke zuschicken können.

Fünf Jahre hat Sony nach eigenen Angaben an der neuen Konsole gearbeitet. Und innovativ ist an dem Gerät, dass Nutzer damit künftig in der Cloud spielen können. Dave Perry, der Mitbegründer und Chef des IT-Dienstleisters Gaikai, sprach während der Präsentation darüber, wie stark Gaikai an der neuen Playstation mitgewirkt hat. Gaikai wurde im vergangenen Jahr von Sony gekauft und hat sich auf Spiele in der Wolke spezialisiert. Käufer der Playstation 4 sollen einige Spiele zunächst ausprobieren können, bevor sie bezahlen müssen.

Ein bisschen enttäuschend: Für die Playstation 3 entwickelte Spiele werden nicht auf der neuen Konsole laufen. Auf sie muss darum über die Wolke zugegriffen werden.

„Das Wohnzimmer ist nicht länger das Zentrum des Playstation-Universums”

Andrew House, Sonys Präsident und Chef der Sparte Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony zeigte während der Präsentation, dass neue Spiele auch auf der mobilen Spielkonsole PS Vita laufen können, die schon Ende  2011 auf den Markt kam. Diese Strategie könnte ein Versuch sein, die nicht gerade berauschenden Verkaufszahlen der Vita anzukurbeln.

Die Branchenlage ist schwierig, die traditionelle Spielindustrie leidet unter rückläufigen Umsatzzahlen. Weil es immer mehr kostenlose Onlinespiele gibt und sich große Hersteller wie Sony, Nintendo und Microsoft mit neuen Produkten viele Jahre Zeit lassen, hinterfragen einige Branchenbeobachter den Sinn und Zweck von Konsolen in der heutigen Zeit.

Sony hat das Vorgängermodell Playstation 3 bis heute mehr als 70 Millionen Mal verkauft. Das Unternehmen spricht von mehr als 110 Millionen Mitgliedern in seinem Playstation-Netzwerk. Allerdings erlitt der Konzern vor zwei Jahren einen großen Rückschlag. Hacker knackten mehr als 77 Millionen Nutzerkonten und der japanische Konzern musste den Dienst vorübergehend abschalten. Der Angriff kostete Sony nach eigenen Angaben 171 Millionen US-Dollar.

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Search

U.S. Stocks Cap Volatile Period With Weekly Gains

U.S. stocks closed little changed Friday, notching gains for the week in a deceptively calm end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets. 110

Four Arrested in Hungary Over Migrant Truck Deaths

Flowers were placed where dozens of migrants were found dead.

Hungarian police said they had arrested four men after 71 migrants were found dead in a truck across the border in Austria on Thursday. 112

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘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. 254

Pro-Kurdish Party Joins Interim Government in Turkey

The power-sharing lineup unveiled by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also includes several independent appointees.

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. special-operations forces in Afghanistan are trying to make sure their elite Afghan counterparts can fight on their own before American troops leave, which is planned to take place by the end of next year. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

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

Special-operations units are trying to get their local counterparts ready for combat before American troops leave Afghanistan.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 83

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.

IMAGE 1 of 9

‘Craft’ Bourbon Is in the Eye of the Distiller

“Craft” distilleries have mushroomed in the U.S. to 588 from 51 over the past decade. Feeling the heat from the new competition, global liquor conglomerates are getting in on the act, and not letting definitions get in the way.

Syngenta Shareholders Not Happy

Some Syngenta shareholders are angry over the pesticide-and-seed giant’s rejection of takeover proposals from rival Monsanto, which abandoned its pursuit this week.

Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

French luxury-goods company Hermès International said it expects demand for its pricey handbags and fashion to remain resilient and grow 8% this year despite the risk of an economic slowdown in China.

Luxury Brands Push Deeper Into India

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

‘Flash Crash’ Trader Denied Extradition Delay

British trader Navinder Sarao had requested a two-month delay in his extradition hearing.

Labor Group Says BofA CEO Moynihan Should Not be Chairman

A labor group is urging Bank of America shareholders to vote against a bylaw change that allows Brian Moynihan to hold the dual titles of bank CEO and chairman.

Oil Prices Rise Again

Oil prices soared Friday for the second day in a row, as traders who had bet on lower prices scrambled to close out those wagers.

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.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities, writes Andrew Browne.

Syriza’s Poll Lead Narrows Ahead of Election

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is leading against its main political rival ahead of next month’s elections, according to four polls published on Friday, though the gap with the conservative New Democracy party has closed considerably.

Brazil’s Big Bet on China Turns Sour

Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

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.

Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

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

Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

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 were already making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

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