News: 2014-02-16

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Europe

Ukraine bondholders confident as default threat looms | Capital City | IFRe

Google to build new €150m data centre in Dublin – Independent.ie

The German courts and the ECB: It isn’t over | The Economist

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The fractured middle: UK salary split sees übers pull ahead – FT.com

Scottish independence is economic nonsense – Telegraph

BITCOIN: A flawed currency blueprint with a potentially useful application for the Eurozone

Italy Yields Reach 8-Year Low on Leadership Putsch; Bunds Drop

ekathimerini.com | Data confirm economy set to rebound

ekathimerini.com | Cyprus Q4 GDP fell less than in Q3

Insolvenz: Moody’s senkt Hypo-Rating um vier Stufen – KURIER.at

This Austrian bank was downgraded for notches because of a potential bankruptcy and nationalization. The risk in European banks is still there.

DutchNews.nl – The recovery takes hold: Dutch economy grows by 0.7%

 

Emerging Markets

Venezuela Protests Leave 5 Injured in Fourth Day of Unrest – Bloomberg

Venezuelans Blocked on Twitter as Opposition Protests Mount – Bloomberg 

China January lending soars to four-year high | Reuters

Chinese banks’ asset quality remains under pressure | South China Morning Post

Admitió Kicillof que el Gobierno analiza recortar subsidios – 15.02.2014 – lanacion.com  

The argentine government has admitted it is evaluating whether to cut subsidies, especially on fuel, as it can no longer continue to make these payments. The result will be higher prices for consumers.

Precios Cuidados: Gobierno anunció multas a súper por más de $ 3 M – Ambito.com

Argentina is now fining businesses for raising prices as a way to keep inflation in check. French retailer Carrefour got the biggest fine.

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Technology

Apple Inc. (AAPL) news: Apple: This Is Ridiculous [Google Inc] – Seeking Alpha

Apple overtaken by Google in Enterprise Value despite having four times the cash flow

Tom Perkins, A Man From A Bygone Era | TechCrunch

Investor Tom Perkins says progressive taxation ‘persecutes’ the rich | Reuters

The money quote : “If you pay a million dollars, you should get a million votes”

Introducing Strict SSL: Protecting Against a Man-in-the-Middle Attack on Origin Traffic | CloudFlare Blog

Making NSA-style spying harder, CloudFlare offers more robust Web crypto | Ars Technica

Japan’s Rakuten says to buy Viber Media for $900 mln

45 Million Smartwatches Expected to Ship by 2017

You’re not going to read this | The Verge

 

North America

Fisher Backs QE Tapering Even With Weather Hurting Growth

Canada’s Housing Market Suffers Chill in January – Canada Real Time – WSJ

Canadian Factory Sales Drop in December – WSJ.com

Weak Canada Factory Sales Crank Up the Pressure on Politicians – Canada Real Time – WSJ

 

Elsewhere

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict | Nicholas Stern | Comment is free | The Guardian

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Be Happier, Backed by Science

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com

 

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