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Germany to extend electric company car tax incentives:  paper
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FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attends a media briefing during his visit to Beijing, China, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz plans to extend tax incentives for electric company cars, he told a newspaper on Saturday, the government’s latest attempt to boost demand for clean vehicles. […]

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CenturyLink: Don't Head To The Bomb Shelter
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The big dividend cut by CenturyLink (CTL) came as a surprise to some shareholders, but my previous research indicated that investors remain focused on free cash flows and EBITDA margins. Whether or not the company uses the cash flows to pay dividends or reduce debt shouldn’t reflect on the stock as the value is in […]

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It Might Be Time to Stop Assuming Hotels Are the Best Option for Business Travel
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I travel about 75,000 miles a year for business, yet I can’t remember the last time I stayed in a hotel. That may surprise many business travelers, but to me, it’s a relief. I suffered through years of expensive boutiquesor cookie cutter chains, uncomfortable mattresses and terrible breakfasts. Finally I gave up on hotels altogether, […]

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These Amazon Employees Reportedly Did Something Very Selfish. Now It Just Seems Stupid. (And Lots of People Are Laughing at Them)
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My fellow Americans, we live in a divided time. Yet, there are moments when we can all come together as one. Most of us, anyway. It’s controversial. Some New Yorkers are rejoicing. These are the ones who thought the whole thing was just a lopsided, secretive sweetheart deal, orchestrated by a massive company owned by […]

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Why Walmart farms out same-day grocery deliveries to low-cost freelance drivers
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Jeff Leonard slides behind the wheel of his burgundy Hyundai Accord and heads to a nearby Walmart Inc store, where he picks up the package of groceries waiting for him. Jeff Leonard, a DoorDash driver, waits to pickup an order at a Walmart online grocery pickup parking lot in Cumming, Georgia, […]

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Japanese self-drive cars map developer to buy rival U.S. startup for $200 million
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(Reuters) – Japanese map platform developer Dynamic Map Platform announced on Wednesday it plans to acquire Detroit-based map startup Ushr for up to $200 million in a bid to widen its geographical footprint in the burgeoning self driving cars market. Dynamic Map Platform counts Japan’s Toyota Motor, Nissan and Honda among its investors, while Ushr […]

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Thailand launches Huawei 5G test bed, even as U.S. urges allies to bar Chinese gear
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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Friday launched a Huawei Technologies 5G test bed, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. FILE PHOTO: A Huawei 5G device is pictured outside an exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Huawei, the world’s top […]

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The Next Era of Innovation Will Emphasize Privacy and Individualization, Report Says
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Over the next three years, companies will give consumers more control over their data, privacy, and how they interact with products and services, according to a new report. “Companies are amassing tremendous amounts of information about consumers,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer. “The key thing for companies to think about is […]

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Trump's State of the Union Is Silent on Key Tech Issues
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In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in “the cutting edge industries of the future.” But the speech was characteristically backward-looking. Trump talked up gains in manufacturing jobs and oil and gas exports, but didn’t once mention the word “technology,” nor any other tech policy issue, such as […]

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