App that stops you from ‘drunk’ calling your kith and kin

Drunk Mode is an app that stops you from making those late night calls to your girlfriend. Described as a ‘condom for your phone’, Drunk Mode stops you from doing foolish things with your phone when you have had a few drinks. Drunk Mode, LLC, Founder and CEO of Drunk Mode, LLC, and communication genius…

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Rise to Highest in 5 1/2 Years

U.K. mortgage approvals rose to the highest in 5 1/2 years in September, adding to signs of a strengthening property market that’s being stoked by government incentives. Lenders granted 66,735 mortgages, the most since February 2008, compared with a revised 63,396 the previous month, the Bank of England said in a report in London today.…

Abe’s Special Zones to Fuel Economic Reform, Hatta Says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reforms may be aided by excluding the agriculture, trade and welfare ministries from oversight of special economic zones, according to the head of a working group on the plans. “Abe sees the strategic special zones as the heart of regulatory reforms,” Tatsuo Hatta, 70, said in an interview in Tokyo…

Wholesale Prices in U.S. Unexpectedly Fall as Food Costs Ebb

Wholesale prices in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in September as food costs retreated, an indication inflation remains tame. The 0.1 percent decrease in the producer price index followed a 0.3 percent gain the prior month, a Labor Department report showed today. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 80 economists called for a 0.2…

Tax Revolts Hit Hollande as Farmers, Soccer Clubs Protest

French President Francois Hollande’s taxes, among the world’s highest, have made strange bedfellows out of the country’s soccer clubs and farmers in Brittany. Revolts against a series of levies have erupted with protests by farmers in Brittany against a trucking tax on Oct. 27 leaving several people injured, and soccer clubs refusing to play a…

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MOST Americans who lose their jobs these days are able to find new ones quickly. But those who do not are likely to remain unemployed for a long time. In some other industrialized countries, long-term unemployment has risen to record levels, even as overall unemployment has begun to decline.