US Phone Subscribers Hang up on Contracts

U.S. consumers have had their fill of expensive, contract-based phone plans. Figures from T-Mobile USA on Thursday, added to earlier reports from other companies, indicate that the U.S. wireless industry lost subscribers from contract-based plans for the first time in the first quarter. Contract-based plans are the most lucrative ones for phone companies. The industry default over the past several […]

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Like to Brag on Facebook or Twitter? That’s Because Self-Disclosure Is like Eating and Sex, Says Study

We love talking about ourselves, we really do — that’s what a group of Harvard neuroscientists found while testing the theory that we’re big on self-disclosure, anyway. In fact, say the scientists, we love self-disclosure so much because it tickles our core value centers in much the same way as “primary rewards” like food and sex. Citing studies of human […]

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Israel Sets Tough Demands for Next Round of Iran Talks

During a visit to Israel on Wednesday, Catherine Ashton, the European diplomat leading nuclear negotiations with Iran, got a reminder of the enormity of the challenge she faces. Ashton met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior cabinet members to brief them on plans for the Baghdad talks scheduled for May 23. Unlike last month’s ice-breaker meeting in Istanbul, in […]

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Pomp and Poverty: U.K.’s Legislative Agenda

Britain’s Conservative-led government plans to finally reform the centuries-old House of Lords and introduce direct elections for members. Attempts to overhaul the unelected 700-year-old upper chamber — which does not make laws, but can amend legislation — have frustrated British leaders for decades, with peers reluctant to agree to changes. Queen Elizabeth II announced the government’s new legislative program Wednesday […]

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Who Is François Hollande? What You Need to Know About France’s Next President

  Most of the world now knows François Hollande as the man who won France’s May 6 presidential election, and in so doing made incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy the nation’s first single-term head of state in 31 years. Many people have also heard Hollande described as the “anti-Sarkozy”: a self-styled Monsieur Normal who prefers low-volume discussion, consensus and unassuming behavior to […]

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