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State of the Art: Why Jeff Bezos Should Push for Nobody to Get as Rich as Jeff Bezos

“We have technology that has allowed us to create vastly more wealth for society,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the M.I.T. Initiative on the Digital Economy. “But there’s no economic law that says that these benefits will be distributed evenly — and it’s worked out that some people have gotten most of the benefits and a lot of other people have been left behind.”But economics isn’t destiny, he said.“Technology has led to some of this concentration, but since it makes the pie bigger, you could make everyone better off simultaneously — you could make the poor better off and the rich better off — and whether we…

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The Most Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home

Take a deep breathNeed a moment to yourself? Try meditating or relaxing with both devices with a few free, guided meditations from Headspace. On Google, you can say, “Hey Google, talk to Headspace”; on Alexa, request “Alexa, open Headspace.” If you’re a subscriber, you can continue a meditation from your phone onto your device. If you want general meditation content, you can say something along the lines of “Alexa, help me relax,” or “O.K. Google, help me meditate.”Both devices can also help you calm down with commands like “O.K. Google, help me relax,” and sounds like rain falling will play — or white noise if you’re using…

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Exclusive: Russian oil firm seeks dollar alternative amid U.S. sanctions threat – traders

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian oil producer Surgutneftegaz (SNGS.MM) is pushing buyers to agree to pay for oil in euros instead of dollars if the need arises, apparently as insurance against possible tougher U.S. sanctions, traders who deal with the firm told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Russian oil producer Surgutneftegaz on a board at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File PhotoRussia has been subject to Western sanctions since its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, but Washington has threatened to impose extra sanctions, citing what it has called Moscow’s “malign” activities abroad. The prospect that causes…

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Canada PM urges some U.S. flexibility in NAFTA, talks seen slow

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing NAFTA, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions from the media in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne MuschiOttawa is pushing back against increasing pressure by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and its allies to make the concessions they say are needed for the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement. “We’re interested in what could be a good deal…

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Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, saying it was hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if his accuser did not testify before the Senate. With Trump’s effort to cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court on a knife’s edge, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Friday morning deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will talk to lawmakers. Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982…

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Lawyer for Kavanaugh’s accuser says Senate panel rushing to hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for a woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault on Wednesday criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for scheduling a hearing on the matter for Monday, the Washington Post reported. “The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth,” the Post quoted Lisa Banks, a lawyer for Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, as saying. The statement made no mention of whether Ford would testify, the Post said. Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad ZarghamOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Don’t rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European leaders on Wednesday to drop “unacceptable” Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, and urged the bloc to respond in kind to her “serious and workable” plan. Over Wiener schnitzel in Salzburg, May tried to win over the leaders of the European Union by effectively asking them what they would do if they were asked to agree a “legal separation” of their countries — something she says the EU is asking for by insisting Northern Ireland might stay under EU economic rules. It may be a high-risk strategy. EU officials again said…

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Nike’s Kaepernick ad spurs spike in sold-out items

(Reuters) - Nike Inc (NKE.N) has sold out 61 percent more merchandise since the controversial ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick appeared earlier this month, according to data on the company’s online sales from Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research. Kaepernick, who sparked a national controversy by kneeling during the national anthem, first tweeted the ad on the Labor Day weekend, which immediately sparked demands for a boycott of the company’s products. President Donald Trump also tweeted, without providing evidence, that “Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts”. But the research by Thomson Reuters, conducted in collaboration with StyleSage Co, showed here the world's largest…

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Irish PM says no progress in Brexit talks on border issue

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Vardkar said on Wednesday there has been no progress in six months in talks between the European Union and Britain on the delicate issue of border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the European People's Party (EPP) meeting ahead of the informal meeting of EU leaders, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerSpeaking to reporters on arrival for talks of all 28 EU leaders in Austria, Varadkar was asked if there was progress on the border issue with British Prime Minister Theresa May. “No, I’m afraid that’s not the case. I don’t think…

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EU’s Juncker says Brexit deal still ‘far away’

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that a Brexit deal with Britain was still “far away”, an EU official said. FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech during a debate on The State of the European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerJuncker had been asked on arrival at a summit in Austria with British Prime Minister Theresa May about how close the sides were to concluding a deal which both say they hope to conclude in the coming two months. Officials on both sides say much of a withdrawal treaty is…

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