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New CEO Nadella pushes data culture at Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp needs a "data culture" to thrive in the new computing environment, according to Chief Executive Satya Nadella, in his third public appearance in three weeks putting his imprint on the software company.

China economic growth slows to 18-month low in Q1 8:43am IST

BEIJING - China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (R), daughter of India's ruling Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi, and her husband Robert Vadra leave after casting their vote at a polling station in New Delhi April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Priyanka Gandhi steps up to fight for Congress

Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress clashed with estranged cousin Varun Gandhi, who is running in the election on a BJP ticket, in a new sign of aggression that partymen hope will draw her deeper into active politics to revive their fortunes.  Read | Full Coverage: Election 2014 

Pro-Russia protesters rough up an Ukrainian General, Genady Krutov (C-R), in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation

Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.  Full Article | Related Story 

A vendor weighs potatoes for a customer at a vegetable wholesale market along a roadside in the old quarters of Delhi April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Economic Pulse

Rising food prices push inflation up

Rising food prices drove inflation in India up more than expected in March, reversing a slowdown and leaving the RBI with less room to support the economy amid fresh signs of slowing growth.  Full Article 

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Tech Results

Yahoo's growth anemic; turnaround chugs along

Yahoo Inc barely managed to expand its core advertising business in the first quarter despite Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's two-year effort to revive growth at the Internet pioneer.  Full Article 

A cricket fan gets his face painted before the Indian Premier League (IPL) qualifier 2 match outside a stadium in Kolkata May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

News agencies to boycott IPL over restrictions

A number of news agencies have decided against covering cricket's Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition due to the exclusion of some photo agencies from covering matches.  Full Article 

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Views and Expert Opinion with Sankalp Phartiyal
    Paul Donovan

    The Reform Club

    In one sense, the fact that ambitious global reforms are likely to be more modest in reality is to be welcomed. The most successful reforms tend to be those reforms that are undertaken against a backdrop of economic growth elsewhere in the world. If three-quarters of the world were to try and reform all at once, there would be no external growth left to ease the pain of adjustment, writes Paul Donovan.   Full Article 

    Neal Gabler

    America: The anecdotal nation

    Americans seem to have a greater fondness for anecdotes than citizens of any other nation. Newscasts have human-interest segments; no recent State of the Union address is complete without the president pointing up to the gallery and telling stories of his guests there. Though many anecdotes are harmless, they can be worrisome when it comes to public policy.  Commentary 

    Alan Guo (C), CEO of Light In The Box, Ltd., and other company executives watch as their company begins trading on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Alibaba, Weibo and China's potential for growth

    In recent weeks, there has been a surge in Chinese tech sector IPOs - including Alibaba and Weibo - all planning to list on American exchanges. They’re smart to list away from home: doing so will give them access to more liquidity, and allow them to avoid certain restrictions - like the rule that companies cannot IPO in China if they haven’t yet turned a profit.  Full Article 

    Edward Hadas

    Wealth buys less lifestyle, more power

    The more money people have to fling around, the greater their influence on legislators, jurists, and charitable and educational institutions. They can shape tax laws and push companies to favour shareholders – that is themselves – over customers and workers. More insidiously, the ultra-rich can fund foundations and think tanks and back publications which help shape the public debate.  Commentary