News: 2014-03-15

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North America

Miami Luxury Condos Revived With Buyer Cash Deposits – Bloomberg

Fed’s Fisher says U.S. housing on ‘sustainable rebound’ | Reuters

Fed Wants Surcharge on Large U.S. Financial Firms – WSJ.com

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Fed Sends $79.6 Billion in Profit to Treasury – Real Time Economics – WSJ

US Federal Reserve’s unrealised losses rise to $53.2bn – FT.com

Quiznos Follows Sbarro Into Bankruptcy Court – Bloomberg

Black Businesses Miss Out on Loan Rebound – WSJ.com

Consumers Begin March Feeling More Gloomy – Real Time Economics – WSJ

Producer Prices Fall, Signaling Weak Inflation – WSJ.com

What Can Take the Place of Fannie and Freddie? – Real Time Economics – WSJ

Puerto Rico after financing | MuniLand

Terence Corcoran: Mark Carney may not deserve his rock-star status, but there was little he could have done to deflate the dollar | Financial Post

“He was, they said, the rock star of the global banking world, the man who saved Canada from severe recession and helped ward off deeper crises abroad. Today, all of sudden, less than a year out of the Bank of Canada job, Mr. Carney’s image — already tarnished in Britain — is also being tarnished at home. It’s the first strike, and might not be the last.”

 

Ukraine

Visa ban on Russian energy CEOs could backfire | Reuters

“Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on Friday that visa bans threatened by the European Union and the United States in retaliation for Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region would include Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Rosneft head Igor Sechin. European officials earlier said that the EU list includes 120 to 130 names of senior Russian officials who could be subjected to travel bans and asset freezes.”

Ukraine crisis sharpens focus on European shale gas | Reuters

Russian gas pipeline project bypassing Ukraine signs major deals | Reuters

Guest post: Ukraine rushing full pelt towards catastrophe | beyondbrics

Russia’s wealthiest are ‘very scared’ | Toronto Star

Poor Dmytro (Firtash)? | In Moscow’s Shadows

Russia sounds alarm over eastern Ukraine – FT.com

“Russia warned on Friday it was prepared to intervene in eastern Ukraine after clashes in which at least one person died, as US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov began crisis talks in London.”

 

China

China Suspends Two Forms of Smartphone Payments – WSJ.com

“China’s central bank is temporarily suspending the use of two forms of smartphone payments, a setback for the country’s two largest Internet companies as they try to gain a larger share of the online finance market. A People’s Bank of China official who declined to be named said the bank issued a directive Thursday ordering the suspension of online payments using QR codes and virtual credit cards in smartphone payment systems.”

11 ugly signs that confirm China’s dramatic slowdown | Financial Post

 

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Markets

Iraq’s Oil Output Surges to Highest Level in Over 30 Years – WSJ.com

Copper price plunge tied to China credit unwind – FT.com

Fire-sale of US Treasuries is a warning of acute stress across the world – Telegraph Blogs

Topix Posts Biggest Weekly Loss Since June on China, Yen – Bloomberg

Gold Trades Near Six-Month High Before Crimea Referendum – Bloomberg

Buffett: ‘Stay Away’ From Bitcoin – MoneyBeat – WSJ

 

Technology

Can we trust online physicians’ ratings?

With data brokers selling lists of alcoholics to big business, the feds have some thinking to do

The US is an ‘enemy of the internet’ | The Verge

Amazon launches AppStream to speed up mobile app performance

Real-Time Economic Data Tracking Platform Premise Raises $11M From Social Capital Partnership | TechCrunch

Jon Stewart calls out Senator for CIA hacking hypocrisy | The Verge

Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload

T-Mobile plans to upgrade entire 2G network to LTE by mid-2015 | The Verge

Russia Blocks Websites Of Putin’s Critics, Including Chess Star Garry Kasparov | TechCrunch

With 1M pre-orders in China, the Nokia X could be a hit after all

The ‘Stolen’ Mt.Gox Data Contained Malware That Robbed Users Of Bitcoin | TechCrunch

Secret Raises $8.6 Million in Anonymous Messaging Race – Digits – WSJ

GoDaddy Prepares for Initial Public Stock Offering, Sources Say – WSJ.com

Astrill VPN Offers Secure, Region Restriction-Free Browsing On Android

 

Elsewhere

Artist paints woman’s entire body to make her look like a parrot | Mail Online

Malaysian Leader: Missing Flight’s Disappearance ‘Deliberate’

People who live or work near takeaways ‘are almost twice as likely to be obese’ | Society | theguardian.com

 

Economics

Money in the modern economy: an introduction – Quarterly Bulletin article – YouTube

SMEs pushed into open arms of alternative funders – Telegraph

IMF Warns Inequality Is a Drag on Growth – WSJ.com

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