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Google Maps Launches ‘River View’ Of Grand Canyon

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Google Maps users can now raft down the rapids of the Colorado River, from the comfort of a couch, following the launch of “river view” for the Grand Canyon. The company added the feature to Google Street View, allowing users to ride the rapids and discover the canyon along the […]

Consumer Confidence Drops In March

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Consumer sentiment fell unexpectedly in early March as an unusually harsh winter seemed to dull people’s outlook on the economy’s health. The index reading was 79.9, down from 81.6 in February and 82.5 in December, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment. The median estimate made […]

Warren Buffet Would Be Surprised If Stock Prices Fell 50 Percent

NEW YORK (UPI) — Warren Buffet said Friday that he would be “surprised a lot” if stock prices globally fell by 50 percent, but said another financial crisis was possible. The Oracle of Omaha, as Buffet is popularly called, said he did not expect stocks to fall from their current levels and that there would […]

U.S. Has Close To 10 Million Millionaires

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (UPI) — The number of households with a net worth of $1 million or more is at a record 9.63 million, higher than before the financial crisis hit. This number surpasses the previous high of 9.2 million in 2007, just before the global financial crisis struck, according to a report released by […]

Mark Zuckerberg Calls Obama Over Frustration Regarding The NSA

MENLO PARK, Calif. (UPI) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Barack Obama Thursday expressing frustration over the excessive snooping being conducted by the National Security Agency. Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page assuring his followers that he plans to take the issue of government snooping very seriously and he wants to protect users from […]

Initial Jobless Claims Fall To 315,000, Lowest Level Since November

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Americans filing initial jobless claims dropped for the week ending March 8 to 315,000, the lowest it has been since November. The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits was down 9,000 from 324,000 the previous week, while economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected it would rise to 330,000. Continued claims continued to […]

Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee By $20 To $99

Amazon Prime is hiking the membership fee for its two-day shipping, video streaming service by $20 to $99, starting April 17. New customers have little over a month to avail of the old rate, and the new rate will affect customers who renew their subscription after April 17. Amazon also increased the price of its […]

U.S. Retail Sales Rise Slightly In February

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. retail sales rose by 0.3 percent in February, suggesting a thaw in the sluggish sales seen over the unusually harsh winter and a recovery in the economy. According to the Commerce Department, retail sales had positive growth for the first time in three months, rising 0.3 percent from January. Retail sales […]

Report: February Foreclosures At Lowest Monthly Level Since 2006

IRVINE, Calif. (UPI) — Fewer U.S. homes were in foreclosure in February than in any month since December 2006, RealtyTrac reported Thursday. But 21 percent of homes now in foreclosure are “zombie properties” abandoned by their owners, the housing data reporting service said. In some cities, one-third of foreclosed homes are abandoned. “Cold weather and […]

World Wide Web Inventor: The Web Needs A Digital Bill Of Rights

LONDON (UPI) — Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee — its inventor — said the Web needs a digital bill of rights to protect its users. Berners-Lee has been an outspoken critic of government surveillance of the Web, saying that new rules or an online “Magna Carta” need to […]

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